Thinning the herd at SWLing Post HQ

I’m in the process of re-arranging my small office/radio shack and building a dedicated fold-out workbench for all of my projects that require a bit of solder and tinkering.

I need to downsize some of my radio collection to not only free up space but also re-fund the radio kitty. I literally have dozens and dozens of portables–many duplicates. I also don’t like radios to sit on a shelf–I’d rather them be in someone’s hands and on the air. There are a number of portables I use regularly and that I’m keeping for future performance comparisons.

Note that most of these radios are in a price class that likely makes international shipping a moot point (the shipping might cost as much as the radio). I’ve included shipping in the following prices, but this assumes USPS within the US.

If you’re interested in any of the following, contact me at: [email protected]

Also, please not that it could take time for me to reply to your inquiries due to my activities and travels this week.

Sony ICF-SW11 – Update: SOLD

This ICF-SW11 is in superb shape. Comes with original box and paperwork.
$65 shipped USPS to US.

Tivdio V-117 – Update: SOLD

This is a really simple analog display, DSP radio. Performance is respectable for such a super inexpensive radio. Of course, not a DXing machine or anything. $15 shipped USPS to US.

XHDATA D-808 – Update: SOLD

This is a wonderful DSP radio and I’ve had many a good listening session with this unit. If you’re not familiar with this radio, I highly recommend reading 13dka’s review. $90 shipped USPS to US.

Sony ICF-SW100 – Update: Keeping this one after all

I honestly can’t decide if I want to sell my SW-100. I swore I never would and I might change my mind. This one is not cosmetically perfect (perhaps 7 out of 10?)–I purchased it used from Universal Radio and had Vlado (N3CZ) replace the ribbon cable in this unit and tested it thoroughly in 2015. I have traveled extensively with this little radio since and it has served me well. I haven’t used it in ages, though, because as of late I tend to take my CC Skywave SSB or Belka DX since those would be easier to replace if damaged.  This would only include the radio and the attachable cover. It works as it should and the battery cover is completely in tact.

If interested, just send me an offer. Full disclosure: I’m truly on the fence about this one and could change my mind.

More to come…

As I dig into my radio reserves, I may find others that I’ll post for sale.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m not leaving the world of shortwave. Not at all. Even after I sell of some extra units, I’ll still have 24 or more portables here. 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Thinning the herd at SWLing Post HQ

  1. Michael Marcus

    I currently own a SW-100 for several years. I sold the original one I purchased when they first came out. I always regretted selling the first one. This is the only portable that I’ve been able to receive Trans-Pacific AMBCB stations on (JOUB 774kHz). And that’s WITHOUT any external antenna. Even my venerable Panasonic RF-2200 can’t do that. 73, KG7M

  2. Stephane Schmitz

    I have several ICF-sw10/11 and these are keepers.
    Very good sensitivity, also on the LW band which is very rare on handheld radios.
    The sound is very pleasant and it hears a lot. And it has FM stereo as well.

  3. Johan le Roux

    To use a cycling analogy, it would appear that the optimal number of radios to own is (x +1), where x is the number that you already own. Enjoy them all!

  4. Herb Tarlek

    As much as I’m tempted to make an offer for it, I agree with the others: keep the ICF-SW100. You’ll almost certainly regret selling it immediately.

  5. Rob W4ZNG

    That ICF-SW100… oh man, what a beauty. A functional beauty. Don’t sell that one.

    I’d like to bid, but pfft, like you I have too many radios floating around too.

    1. Julio Cesar Pereira

      I recently acquired an SW-100. What a great little rig!!! It is the most valuable of these. I also have a D-808 and it is an excellent radio adds up with features the SW-100 does not have, such a airband and bandwidth filters.

  6. Rick

    Do not sell the SW-100. You will regret it. And keep one analog unit.

    No, I’m not buying any more SW until II have a Kenwood HF rig to join the Yaesu and Icom rigs… And more antennas.

    1. Rob W4ZNG

      >>> No, I’m not buying any more SW until II have a Kenwood HF rig to join the Yaesu and Icom rigs… And more antennas. <<<

      You know, there ought to be a 12-step program for people like all of us here. Except that we'd ask something like "huh, that's a 2-step program in S-units, right?"

  7. Barry

    Yes, keep the 100. No question. Even though I always wanted one. I have a 2010 and a 7600G and a lot of little ones.

    73, VE7VIE

  8. Julian

    I’m with Ollie and John on this one…
    When you sell something you like, you tend to regret it later, so I’d encourage you to keep your SW100… you know it, Vlado serviced it, Q.E.D.

    I miss my first Sony ICF 2010 / 2001D, bought in the late 1980s, it came with an AN-1 active antenna, power supply etc… I didn’t sell it, it was “liberated”… the 2010 / 2001Ds I’ve bought since have all failed and never felt the same…

    So keep your SW100… you’ll miss it if you sell it…


  9. 13dka

    Not wanting to make your SRHD (Shortwave Radio Herding Desire) any worse but I have to agree with John above – it’s kind of a unique design and kind of a milestone in the history of portables. But then again, it’s not like these radios are particularly rare or anything and you’re not a museum (yet). 🙂

  10. John

    If you sell your ICF-SW100 you’ll regret it.

    I sold my first ICF-SW100 to fund the purchase of an ICF-SW07.

    I came to bitterly regret it, purchased another SW100 just after it was discontinued and have kept it in mint condition, ditto for my SW07

    The ICF-SW100 is one terrific little wideband radio, Sony design and ingenuity at its best.



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