Category Archives: Reviews

Mega Review: the Tecsun PL-880, PL-660, Sangean ATS-909X, and Sony ICF-SW7600GR go head-to-head

This article, which extensively reviews–and compares–the Tecsun PL-880, PL-660, the Sangean ATS-909X, and the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Without a doubt, it’s my longest and most comprehensive review to date. Summer:  time … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Early Shortwave Stations: A Broadcasting History Through 1945″

As a life-long student of the history of technology–radio or otherwise–I appreciate well-written, authoritative works of history on the subject. That is exactly what you’ll find in Jerome S. Berg’s The Early Shortwave Stations: A Broadcasting History Through 1945.  In these days … Continue reading

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Complete list of Tecsun PL-880 hidden features

On the advice of several SWLing Post readers, I have compiled a complete list of Tecsun PL-880 hidden features with how-to links: Tecsun PL-880 Hidden Features: USB/LSB selectable synchronous detector Adjusting muting threshold Enabling DNR function Displaying firmware version Adjusting FM … Continue reading

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The best general coverage transceivers for shortwave listening

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Like many amateur radio operators, I became interested in HF radio because of my real passion for shortwave radio listening. During my first fifteen years as an … Continue reading

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Video: Review of the DX Patrol SDR dongle

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, John, for sharing this video review of the DX Patrol SDR receiver. The reviewer gives the DX Patrol high marks on shortwave performance, but admits that there is a significant learning curve in terms … Continue reading

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A review of the Melson S8 shortwave radio

The radio manufacturer, Melson, caught my attention a couple of years ago when it released the Melson M7–an AM/FM radio with a built-in MicroSD MP3 player. It wasn’t that an AM/FM/MP3 combo radio was that unique or novel, rather, what … Continue reading

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Mehmet Burk reviews the Degen DE660 and DE1126

SWLing Post reader, Mehmet Burk, has apprised me of reviews he has published of the Degen DE660 and DE1126. Until reading Mehmet’s review, I was not aware of the Degen DE660 (FM/Blutooth/MP3 player). He states the DE660, “will fill a room or vehicle … Continue reading

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