Category Archives: Portables

Melson S8

The Melson S8 is a DSP-based portable AM/FM/Shortwave receiver with MP3 playback. What sets the Melson apart from other sub $50 portables is the exceptional response from the radio’s built-in speaker. While shortwave reception is mediocre–with a high noise floor … Continue reading

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Tecsun PL-880

The Tecsun Pl-880 is the latest offering by the prominent shortwave radio manufacturer, Tecsun. The Pl-880 is a dual-conversion receiver sporting SSB reception with fine 10 Hz steps. It appears to have adjustable bandwidth, and a dedicated fine tune control. … Continue reading

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Tecsun R-2010D

The Tecsun R-2010D is a mechanically-tuned DSP based portable shortwave/AM/FM radio. Tecsun first announced this receiver three years ago with the model number R-2010 (click here to see the entry in the SWRI). While there are a few other mechanically-tuned DSP … Continue reading

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Panasonic RF-562D

The Panasonic RF-562D is a simple, portable analog shortwave radio. The RF-56D covers a major portion of the shortwave broadcast band (4.75 to 18 MHz) as well as AM (medium wave) and FM. The RF-562D can be purchased from a … Continue reading

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Degen DE32

The Degen DE32 is a small DSP-based shortwave radio with analog styling and the ability to play digital audio via a Micro SD card.  The DE32 is much like the Degen DE321 (review) and the Kchibo KK-9803 (review) in that it is a DSP, but uses … Continue reading

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Sony ICF-F11S

The Sony ICF-F11S is a simple analog portable shortwave radio produced primarily for markets in Asia. Shortwave coverage spans from 2.3-7.35 MHz. Be aware that there is a cosmetically identical model called the Sony ICF-F12S which has shortwave coverage from 5.9-18 … Continue reading

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Sony ICF-F12S

The Sony ICF-F12S is a simple analog portable shortwave radio produced primarily for markets in Asia. Shortwave coverage spans from 5.9-18 MHz. Be aware that there is a cosmetically identical model called the Sony ICF-F11S which has very limited shortwave coverage. … Continue reading

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Degen DE1129

The Degen DE1129 is a new portable shortwave radio receiver and MP3 player/recorder. A smaller cousin of the DE1128, the DE1129 has switchable 9/10 kHz steps on the mediumwave band–something that prevented the DE1128 from ever catching on in North … Continue reading

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Quantum FX R25U

The Quantum FX R25U is an analog portable shortwave radio with USB input and player support. As with other Quantum radios, there is very little information available regarding the technical specifications. So far, this radio is only available via eBay (see link … Continue reading

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Quantum FX J-114U

The Quantum FX J-114U is an analog portable shortwave radio with USB and SD card player support. As with other Quantum radios, there is very little information available regarding the technical specifications. So far, this radio is only available via … Continue reading

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