Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Bruce Atchison, who recently shared his positive comments about the CC Skywave. Bruce writes::
This is a lot of radio for such a small size. The CC Skywave is a great travel companion because of its portability and price.
Moreover, it’s rich with features. The receiver tunes in AM and FM as well as all the shortwave bands, NOAA weather channels, and the aircraft band. The latter comes in handy while you’re waiting for flights so you can find out immediately and directly what is delaying them.
It also has a built-in alarm clock so you needn’t miss the next morning’s activities.
The Skywave runs on 2 AA cells and can be set to charge NiMH rechargeable batteries. Its mini-USB port lets you use the AC adaptor or 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter. You can even use one of those cell phone solar panels to power the set.
This radio’s reception is excellent and its filters allow for eliminating adjacent channel interference. Apart from its rather high noise floor on AM, the receiver pulls in stations at night very well.
The Skywave can also add local stations to its memory pages automatically. This comes in handy in foreign cities when you don’t have time to manually scan the AM and FM dial.
This is truly a globe trotter’s accessory. You can set it to European AM channel spacing and the Japanese FM band. The radio even has a fine tuning setting for oddly-spaced stations.
The three amber LEDs light up the dial nicely and they turn off automatically after about ten seconds to conserve battery life. In fact, the Skywave is amazingly energy efficient.
Whenever I travel, this radio is one thing I’ll be sure to pack. It’s all I need when I travel away from home.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bruce. Yes, I believe the Skywave is a great little travel radio, too. One of the Skywave features I used extensively while off-grid in Canada this summer, was the weather radio function (Environment Canada and NOAA frequencies are the same). Without Internet, it was an excellent, handy source of weather information.
The top Amazon review complains about the buttons not always activating when “clicked” — they sometimes need to be pressed again, harder. That sounds annoying.
Can it receive SSB and CW? (BFO)
No–the Skywave is a broadcast receiver only (AM/FM)
What price are we looking at fr this radio ?
Usually between $79-89 US, depending where you buy it. Sometimes C.Crane sells open box ones for a little less, too.
Thanks for prompt reply.
Is it available yet in UK ?
I’m not sure. You might try eBay or contacting C.Crane directly–perhaps they’ll ship to the UK?