Video: The Digitech AR-1780 on single sideband

With travels, solar eclipse events and family activities this week, I’ve had very little time to play radio.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day though, so I took the family to the Blue Ridge Parkway and (of course) packed a couple portable radios.

While we all enjoyed a picnic, I pulled out the AR-1780 with the intention of exploring its SSB performance and audio fidelity. I found an Islands On The Air (IOTA) activation with a decent pileup on 14,250 kHz.

I shot this short video with my smart phone:

Click here to view on YouTube.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the AR-1780 on SSB. The noise floor is pretty low, the filter selections are handy and the overall audio is comparable to slightly larger portable radios.

The dedicated fine tune control is quite handy, even though it’s oddly located on the right side of the radio (where one typically finds a volume control).

I’m putting together a short review of the AR-1780, but will need more air and comp time before I form any firm opinions.

For readers that have made it this far down the post, you might recognize a yet-to-be-released portable next to the AR-1780. Of course, I’m comparing it with the AR-1780 and its predecessor, but it’s not a production run unit (yet!), so I can’t comment on performance. Stay tuned, though, as I will be posting more in the coming days!

6 thoughts on “Video: The Digitech AR-1780 on single sideband

  1. Vince

    Sounds nice indeed. Good filter selections, as you noted. I’m curious to see if it’ll make its way to North America under some other name.

  2. Troy Riedel

    The AR-1780 looks like a monster next to the CCrane … of course, unless one remembers how diminutive the CCrane is : )

    Gotta echo Vince’s comment re: if & when the AR-1780 makes its way to North America … and if so, what badging does it carry(?). A Tecsun, CCrane – or whatever badging in North American – would make it “more competitive” in pricing and thus a more viable option/alternative to other available models.

  3. Rob Wagner

    Thomas (and others) – There’s a quick and dirty video review of the AR-1780 by Pater VK3YE, which highlights a few interesting quirks (if that’s the right word!) with this receiver. Some birdies, specs that don’t appear accurate, and a query over one of the bandwidth settings. Well worth a look! Check it out at

    Cheers all, Rob VK3BVW


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