Protecting your investment: Troy’s radio case recommendations

IMG_1293Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Troy Riedel (the Amateur Astronomer), who writes:

I’m rather – uh – call it OCD re: equipment cases (and bags/packs).

All of my […]astronomy equipment is well secured & cataloged in several dozen cases.

I [also] wanted to protect my shortwave radios. I like the neoprene cases that Tecsun ships with their radios as they have a bit of shock absorbing capacity. I went online at Amazon & eBay and I bought “neoprene” cases of various sizes made for GPS units, external hard drives, and tablets.

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Upon receiving them I’ve found the 3.5-4″ GPS cases are perfect for the Grundig G6 and similar sized radios.

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Belkin “Grip” tablet cases are perfect for the Grundig G3/G5. And the larger “iLuv Gaudi” case is prefect for the YB400 & Sony ICF-SW7600GR. The iLuv even has memory foam. I feel I could drop any radio in this iLuv case from a reasonable height and the contents would be perfectly fine.

Including shipping, I spent $6 for the most expensive case and as little as $3.95 for the least expensive.

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The iLuv memory foam case, in silver, was only $4.99 and free shipping via Amazon Prime. Some of the cases have exterior zipped pockets perfect for ear buds and a USB cable. The neoprene has the capacity to stretch a bit, so all of them are a snug fit. Though there is an extra 1/2″ on the iLuv case, the memory foam quality ensures a nice, tight fit.

I’ve attached a few pictures to illustrate my finds.

BTW, I also noticed today that The Worldwide Listening Guide is priced at $21.62 on Amazon. That’s down from $24.95 and a good deal with Prime.

Thanks so much for sharing your research, Troy. I have just added the iLuv case to my Amazon cart. Like you, I have a Sony ICF-SW7600GR and it gets taken to the field a lot. The 7600GR comes with a nice custom case/cover, but it offers little in the way of protection–$4.99 is a reasonable cost to protect one of my favorite portables.

Like you, Troy, I have a serious addiction to quality bags and cases.  I hope you know that you’re only enabling me! Ha!

Readers: Please share your radio case/bag recommendations as well!

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7 thoughts on “Protecting your investment: Troy’s radio case recommendations

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  2. Bill

    Good info. I too have used GPS cases, and prior to the explosion of smartphones with cameras, I found camera cases for inexpensive cameras that fit well, too, and since cheap cameras aren’t particularly popular any more, stores were selling the cases cheap.

    I find small cases are great for traveling, I have one for radios, one for smartphone accessories, one for a mini wifi router etc. If the TSA or foreign equivalent want to see something, it’s easy to just grab the case and open it.

    I have even used ladies “makeup” bags/pouches before all the neoprene GPS cases hit the market.

    I don’t know why, but when in stores or shopping online, I always give the “cases” a once over. And yes, I sometimes buy one “just because!” Or for some future radio!

    Thanks for the tips.

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  3. Phil from Darwin

    Great. Just grabbed the last case for my 7600G which will be in my backpack for 6 months while I trip around Europe and Asia this year.

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  4. Erica COLE

    I wish I’d been a little more careful with my Tecsun PL880. “i dropped it while getting onto a minibus and now the whip antenna is so swivelly as to be a pain in the backside: Warranties FTW, I hope.
    Does anywhere do a custom case for this radio that still allows you to use controls etc please?
    This just goes to show the extra time putting it back in its usual closed-in case is time well spent.
    Thanks if anyone can help: this is a long shot I know.

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  5. Broadwing

    These are very nice cases. I tend to want a little more protection and space so I use a tactical military type shoulder bag for my portable radio kit. It hangs nicely off the back of the passengers seat in my car and allows me to keep my PL-660, spare batteries, portable wire antenna, earphones, frequency lists, and other gear all together in a handy pack. It cost around $13.00 on e bay with free shipping. Any extra protection is better than none for a radio used out in the field.

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