SWLing Post reader, Mark, recently contact me with the following question:
“What portable shortwave radios under $300 have an option to have their memories programmed using a computer?”
I replied to Mark that I can’t think of a single shortwave portable that can be programmed via computer–at least, not a “typical” portable radio like a Sony, Sangean, Tecsun, Degen, or Redsun.
I may be wrong, however, so please comment if you can help Mark identify a model.
I am aware of portable wideband communications receivers/transceivers that cover the shortwave bands: handhelds like the Icom-IC-R6, Icom IC-R20, Yaesu VX-3R, AOR AR8200 Mark III B and Kenwood TH-F6A.
Wideband handhelds are more akin to a scanner, though, and typically shortwave sensitivity is simply not on par with a dedicated shortwave portable. The AOR AR8200 Mark III B ($700+) and discontinued Icom IC-R20 may be a couple of exceptions.
Please comment if you can help Mark with his quest.