RadioShack DX-402 (Sangean ATS-505) $31.95 shipped via eBay



eBay seller reforger is selling “open box/used”  RadioShack model 20-629 (DX-402) portable shortwave radios for $31.95 US including shipping.

The RS DX-402 is essentially a rebranded Sangean ATS-505.

I purchased a DX-402 earlier this year and find that its AGC circuit is one of the best found in sub $100 radios. As a bonus, the DX-402 has SSB mode; at $31.95, it must be the least expensive portable with SSB currently on the market.

At time of posting, this eBay seller claims to have 7 units left and 48 units sold. I don’t expect the remaining stock to last long. Again, these are used/open box units, but all are claimed to have been tested. The seller has a total of 162003 rated transactions with a 99.8% positive rating: if interested, I believe you can buy with confidence.

Click here to view the DX-402 on eBay.

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Ultra Portable Shoot Out: Which radio do you prefer?


I’ve been traveling this week, but found the opportunity to hold another shortwave portable shoot-out. (You may recall the weak signal shoot out earlier this year.)

This time, I’m comparing three popular ultra portable radios, namely, the: CountyComm GP5/DSP (a.k.a. Tecsun PL-360), the Tecsun PL-310ETand the Tecsun PL-380.

This particular trip afforded me a bit of time to test these wonderful little portables in a relatively scenic environment, on balcony overlooking the Atlantic. And even though propagation has been somewhat dismal this week, I had so much fun recording these samples, I recorded several for comparison.

Which of the three radios do you prefer? Listen to the recordings, then vote! You’ll find a survey form at the bottom of the page that will allow you to cast your vote for your favorite with weak signals, with strong signals, and your favorite overall.

We’re using a form this time to make it easier to tally the results. If you enjoy this contest–or have any problems–simply comment below.

Stay tuned for a medium-wave shootout in coming weeks!

Note: I will close this survey at 00:00 UTC on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Global 24 – 9395 kHz (Strong)

Radio 1

Radio 2

Radio 3

ERT Open/ Voice of Greece (Relatively strong)

Radio 1

Radio 2

Radio 3

Radio Riyadh (Weak)

Radio 1

Radio 2

Radio 3

Rádio Bandeirantes (Very weak)

Radio 1

Radio 2

Radio 3

Submit your response

Click here to use our response form to vote on your favorites, or simply use the form embedded below:

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Jay Allen reviews the Eton Traveler III

The Eton Traveler III

The Eton Traveler III

A big hat tip to SWLing Post reader, John, who shares this link to Jay Allen’s review of the Eton Traveller III via the excellent Herculodge blog.

Teaser? Jay comments that the Eton Traveler III “offers the best AM reception [he has] seen yet in this size and price category among DSP equipped designs.” On the flip side, he was less impressed with SW and FM sensitivity as compared with the Traveler II and Tecsun PL-310.

Click here to read Jay’s excellent comparative review of the Eton Traveller III.

The Traveler III is available from Universal Radio and Amazon for about $59 US at time of posting. 

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Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation adds two shortwave transmitters

Radio_Pakistan_logo(Source: Radio Pakistan News via Mike Barraclough)

“Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Samina Parvez has said two new short wave transmitters are being installed enabling listeners in Europe to tune in Radio Pakistan.

Speaking at a function organized by newly-elected CBA of Radio Pakistan, USO at Broadcasting House in Islamabad on Thursday, she said a shortwave transmitter was recently revived as a result of which programmes are now clearly being listened in the held Valley.

She appreciated the tireless efforts of PBC staff, who rebuilt the PBC Station Muzaffarabad that was devastated by 2005 earthquake. The engineers of the organization restored transmission at Turbat station in spite of difficult situation. Besides, a transmitter has also been installed at PBC Hyderabad and broadcasts from this transmission can be listened as far as Dubai.

The Director General said that digitization of precious voice treasure is underway that is making it possible to hear old and rare voices and programmes on latest gadgets like YouTube.

She said the income of Radio Pakistan increased this year by 150 million rupees due to the efforts of the sales department.

Secretary General USO assured the management full cooperation of workers for the revival and betterment of the organization.”

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New European medium wave stations

dechovkaSWLing Post reader, Anil, writes:

cesky-impulsIn this general feeling of gloom surrounding the medium and shortwave bands I thought that I would send you some news that bucks the trend. There are a couple of brand new commercial stations, just a few months old, broadcasting on medium wave and can be heard all over Europe.

Many thanks, Anil!  I know medium wave DXers who will also try to log both of these stations from outside of Europe.

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The Outernet Lantern: a portable wireless library


The Outernet Lantern.

One project I have been following very closely since its debut is Outernet: a satellite-based information retrieval system that promotes free–and anonymous–access to information. In a sense, it’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to shortwave radio in the digital realm, in terms of information access.

I first mentioned Outernet nine months ago; since then, it appears to have met or exceeded all of its development goals.

Yesterday, I received an email from the Outernet campaign regarding a product they have in development called “Lantern.” Outernet describes Lantern thus:

Lantern is an anonymous portable library that constantly receives free data from space.

[…]Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive. To view the content stored in Lantern, turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to Lantern with any Wi-Fi enabled device. All you need is a browser…Here is a quick overview of how the system works:

1. Outernet continuously broadcasts data from space. Most of what we broadcast is decided by you. The rest is either part of our Core Archive (critical content, like educational material or disaster updates) or Sponsored Content. In every case, we tell you how the content got there. If it’s sponsored, we tell you who paid for it.

2. Lantern connects to the satellite signal. A receiver, such as Lantern, can be bought from Outernet, or we’ll show you how to build one yourself. Lantern can receive numerous types of signals from various satellites and frequencies. Lantern can be plugged into a satellite dish to receive data at an even faster rate (200 MB/day and up).

3. Connect your Wi-Fi enabled device to Lantern. Lantern’s Wi-Fi hotspot allows anyone with a computer, tablet, or phone to interact with Lantern’s content. Everything can be viewed in a browser, just like the Internet, except this is an “offline” version.”


With ETOW in mind, I’ve already pre-ordered a Lantern, supporting the project via IndieGoGo.  During the first 24 hours of the campaign, which started yesterday, the cost of a Lantern is $89 US.

If this interests you, too, watch the following video about Lantern and consider supporting the project at IndieGoGo:

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While Ofcom threatens RT, Voice of Russia launches as “Sputnik”


(November 11, 2014 Screen capture from Sputnik news agency and radio)

As some attentive SWLing Post readers have noted, the Voice of Russia has found a new identitySputnik News Agency and Radio–with a new website/news portal to match. Here’s the message the (former) Voice of Russia posted on their website today:

“Dear readers, we are excited to announce that the Voice of Russia is changing its name and moving over to a new website. We will now be known as Sputnik news agency and radio. You can find all the latest stories from our London bureau here: Please update your bookmarks and stay with us!”

Meanwhile, The Guardian is reporting that Russia Today has been found guilty of breaching UK broadcasting regulations in their coverage of the Ukraine crisis:

Russia Today, or RT, was summoned to a meeting with Ofcom after it was found guilty of breaching the code governing UK broadcasters in a ruling published on Monday.

The regulator flagged up four separate reports, all broadcast in March this year, all dealing with the situation in Ukraine.

Ofcom said it recognised that RT, which is funded by the Russian government and launched a UK version last month, would “want to present the news from a Russian perspective”.

But it said all news must be presented with “due impartiality … in particular, when reporting on matters of major political controversy”.

[Read the full article at The Guardian online…]

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