I have decided to post a photo of the four short wave band radios I own.
This does not include my amateur radio transmitters which will also pick up all the shortwave frequencys as do these radios in the photos.
I am listening to my Radio shack DX 392 as I type..the local light jazz station as I stand the night watch.
Here goes ..lets see if I can remember how to do this again. Sometimes it is simply "No Joy " as far as getting these photos to post.
OK..it worked out alright.
These are portable type battery operated sets but I also have the AC Adapters for them.
ON the right side of the photo is the Radio Shack DX 398 short wave set. It operates on four AA type batterys...one specifically dedicated to keeping
the clock running. AM/FM bands as well as the short wave bands down to 150 Kc. and up to the 29,999 end of the band. This rig has the Single Sideband
mode in it so I can listen to the Amateur Radio Bands as well as certain Aircraft bands when they are using HF long range transmissions in the SSB
mode. This is a true single sideband circuit verses the other large radio which uses a Beat Frequency Occilator and tends to be more nasal when tuning
in the SSB transmissions. This is a good sized set for portability and having the features. I purchased a similar set by Grundig for my mother some
years back with the same SSB features.
The other larger set is the earlier model DX392 by Radio Shack. I listen to it as I post this. It runs off D cells ...4 of them also 3 AA type
batterys for the memory and the clock. This radio has a cassette player/recorder in it and can record from the radio. Hence the large battery
requirements. It uses a Beat Frequency Ocillator to tune in the Single Sideband receive so it tends to be a bit more Nasal than the newer DX398.
Obviously by its size it is not as portable.
THe Grey looking radio under the DX 392 is a Grundig Model FR 200. This radio was at one time sold by Radio shack too. It has an unusual feature which
I have not really used much ..it has a magneto type arrangement where you can hand crank and charge a set of telephone type batterys from a cordless
phone to run the radio for about 45 minutes. I dont use the hand crank much but prefer to use it in the 3 AA type battery mode. THe hand crank might
possibly come in handy out in the field. It also has built in it a small flashlight ..to the left of the analog scales. THis light it not very bright
or intense...I prefer to use my mag light instead.
This is strictly an AM/FM mode radio. NO Single Side Band used here.
The fourth very small radio is the Grundig PE 100. This radio is also a AM?FM mode radio with the short wave bands in am mode only. It is very small
and runs off two AA type batterys. This radio I keep in my back pack and take to work daily. Very portable this radio is. I usually listen to it on
headphones thought it has a built in speaker. I purchased this radio from Radio Shack.
Truth be known though I prefer analog dials over the newer digital technology.
I chose these radios for thier portability. I have base station radios here which run off 110 volts AC and will pick up all the shortwave bands. The
Amateur Radio in my truck will do the same...pick up all the shortwave bands.
Antennas on all these radios are the telescoping type for portability but those knowlegable can fabricate a more sensitive antenna from common
materials and attach it to these radios. Some of them even have a connection on the side for a external antenna.
[edit on 11-3-2007 by orangetom1999]