Shortwave Radio Reviews

The Grundig G3 or Sony ICF-SW7600GR (in background) are among the hundreds of shortwave radios found in our Shortwave Radio Index

If you’re looking for shortwave radio reviews, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for reviews of shortwave portables, tabletops, SDRs, or professional receivers, our site offers a rich treasury of curated information to help you find the right radio for your needs, to compare models–or just to learn about the unique world of radio, both past and present.

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SWLing.com is actually three sites:

  • SWLing.com – Our original site,  SWLing.com offers a simple, straightforward primer on how to effectively purchase and use a shortwave radio. Best of all, it has a popular Radio Reviews page that lists the best portable and tabletop shortwave radios on the market. The reviews, which focus on the effectiveness and usability of each model, are written in simple language for the benefit of those just starting in the hobby, who may not yet know the technical jargon, as well as for non-native English speakers and young users.  Clear instructions and definitions are provided.
  • The SWLing Post – (here) We post up-to-date news, reviews, interviews and everything shortwave. New posts are made regularly, often daily. Here, you can easily find our own in-depth shortwave radio reviews. These reviews are comprehensive and typically focus on one model at a time, offering comparisons to other similar radios.
  • The Shortwave Radio Index – At the SWRI we have curated an index of all shortwave radios currently on the market. That’s right, all of them. We add new models each week as they come on the market.  The site is searchable by manufacturer, model, or type of radio. Each entry contains features and specifications of the radio with links to reviews on other sites, to retailers and resources for each model. This exhaustive index took some time to construct; as such, we continue to put a great deal of time into maintaining it. As with all our sites, this is a free resource for you to use and share.

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21 Responses to Shortwave Radio Reviews

  1. kenneth hunt says:

    sir, i need someones help. i would like to purchase a receiver—a good one—
    that will receive DRM. i do not want one that needs to work with a PC. I want one
    with knobs. my present receiver is an icom-R75.
    in advance i thank you for your time.
    P.S. there is nothing available in the United States—what ever i find ( with your help )
    will need to be shipped to me.

    • Thomas says:

      I wish I had an easy answer for you. The only effective DRM receivers at present are ones tied to PC’s–either IF receivers (like the RadioJet) or an SDR (like the Papp radio, Perseus, Excalibur, RFSpace products, etc.).

      I know of no all-in-one radios with build-in DRM decoding that really work. The portbale UniWave (no longer in production) and Newstar DR111 are only good at receiving very strong signals. Both radios review fairly poorly. I do have some hope that the Chengdu Newstar DR111 may get some upgrades that improve its performance. Keep checking back. Also check out the DRM website: http://drmnainfo.blogspot.com/

      So, sorry to say that what you’re looking for does not exist at present. Thanks for the question!

      • P.Israel says:

        Yes. As you said no built in receiver at present. But DRM.ORG is making strenuous effort world over for its expansion. None of the big players have come forward to produce receivers at affordable prize. Here in India DRM transmission hours are increased without receivers available to test.

  2. Homero de Souza Junior says:

    Tradução
    Estoy escuchando ahora mismo VOZ DE GRECIA en 15.650 khz, programa musical. parana recepción en Curitiba Brasil

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  5. Mike Almer says:

    I lost my Grundig YB 400 (or was it a YB350?) in a recent burglary and I’d like to replace it. I’ve been searching for reviews of SW radios in the $75 to $125 range. Can you make a recommendation or two? Size is a small consideration for me as I travel with my SW, mostly camping in remote parts of Baja California. The dimensions of my YB400 were pretty much ideal for me. Thanks.

  6. Israel says:

    I am in India. Many major sw broadcasters faded away I still likes sw services who ever are still on the air. I would like to buy a receiver in range of $100 to 150. Can anyone suggest a set which should be DRM ready.

    • Manfred says:

      Für DRM – Empfang empfehle ich den:
      ” Grundig Musik 51 DAB+ SP ”
      Er kann sowohl Analog als Digitalradio auf UKW .
      Es gibt Ihn in der Farben weiß und schwarz.
      Der Website-Link führt zum weißen Gerät.

      Info’s
      Grundig Music 51 DAB+ SP

      Radio – 20 – Wellenbereiche: DAB+, UKW – Uhr – Weckfunktion – Sleeptimer – Anschlüsse: 3,5 mm-Klinkenanschluss – Stromversorgung: Batterie, Netzteil – MaÃ?e: B26,50 cm x H14,30 cm x T8,30 cm – Gewicht: 830 gRadio – 20 – Wellenbereiche: DAB+, UKW – Uhr – Weckfunktion – Sleeptimer – Anschlüsse: 3,5 mm-Klinkenanschluss – Stromversorgung: Batterie, Netzteil – Maße: B26,50 cm x H14,30 cm x T8,30 cm – Gewicht: 830 g ++++++ Radio – 20 – Wellenbereiche: DAB+, UKW – Uhr – Weckfunktion – Sleeptimer – Anschlüsse: 3,5 mm-Klinkenanschluss – Stromversorgung: Batterie, Netzteil – Maße: B26,50 cm x H14,30 cm x T8,30 cm – Gewicht: 830 g ++++++ Radio – 20 – Wellenbereiche: DAB+, UKW – Uhr – Weckfunktion – Sleeptimer – Anschlüsse: 3,5 mm-Klinkenanschluss – Stromversorgung: Batterie, Netzteil – Maße: B26,50 cm x H14,30 cm x T8,30 cm – Gewicht: 830 g
      Schon ab 53,19 € bei 9 Shops

      Viel Spaß damit.
      Euer Manfred

  7. Vimal Oberoi says:

    In Tecsun radio 2010D,as the analog dial has different dial spreads for FM 1,2&3,so that analog and digital readouts match.
    My querry is,then they ought to have similar different dial spreads for AM 9/10 kHz steps(one for 522-1620 & other for 520-1710).Otherwise it will show wrong dial readings when step is 9 kHz on 520-1710 scale,won’t it?

    • Thomas says:

      Hi, Vimal,

      You’re correct that the frequency dial isn’t specific to the different steps, however (and fortunately) the digital display will show the proper steps and frequencies in MW.

      Apologies as I almost overlooked your comment!

      -Thomas

  8. sudhir pandey says:

    i am looking for DRM receiver in Mumbai is there anybody can tell me where it can be available to buy. thanks

  9. Manfred says:

    Hier noch einmal der Link zum Geraet: Farbe weiß
    ” Grundig Musik 51 DAB+ SP ”
    http://www.notebooksbilliger.de/grundig+music+51+dab+spwhite+weiss?nbb=a87ff6

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  11. Manfred says:

    The best ever portable smal sw radio ( all Waves Radio )is the Tecsun PL 880.
    I have one and it is great.

    Take it and you will have fun at all.

    55 & 73
    Manfred ,My Amateurfunk – Call: DD9BR

  12. D says:

    I am in USA, and would like to listen to radio stations from INDIA. I would greatly appreciate your suggestions. Thank you.

  13. Prakash says:

    I would agree with Thomas. I am able to listen All India Radio(Hindi) using Tecsun pl-660 and Kaito 321(you need patience to tune in Kaito though). I was getting decent signal for these 2 here in central Connecticut.

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