Tag Archives: Radio Reviews

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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Results of the Shortwave Portable weak signal shoot-out

Thanks to all who participated in our shoot-out!  Last week, I posted three recordings of a weak shortwave broadcast in an attempt to evaluate which recording–thus which radio–our listeners prefer. The test was “blind” in that, though four radios were evaluated, only three … Continue reading

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Review of the Elecraft KX3: world-class transceiver, superb shortwave receiver

I originally wrote this review for Monitoring Times Magazine, May 2013 issue (pages 56-57). The review that follows has been expanded and includes updates. You may have noticed that in the past few years, while more and more software defined … Continue reading

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A review of the Degen DE321 DSP shortwave radio

The Degen DE321 is the first of a new type of radio hitting the market–a DSP-based receiver with an analog tuning dial. I was very intrigued by this radio since both it and the future Tecsun R-2010 are the newest … Continue reading

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Grundig G8 Traveler II on sale at National Geographic

The National Geographic online store has a few Grundig radios on sale. Most notably, the Grundig G8 for $24.95. The G8 is a great little shortwave receiver. I’m very impressed with the performance, especially for a $25 radio (normally, these … Continue reading

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The Ten-Tec RX-320D – A little black box with big punch

When I began SWLing.com, I did so with the beginner in mind, and to that end, I more or less limited my product reviews to portable radios. Portables are easy to use, simple, and affordable; what’s more, the technology behind … Continue reading

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