Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1] 2 3 Next   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Receiver buying advice please  (Read 28247 times)
N4WVE
Member

Posts: 33




Ignore
« on: April 28, 2013, 11:38:31 AM »

Hello all,

I am looking for opinions on the best short wave receiver in the 700 to 900 dollar range.  I need computer interface capability for use with ERGO, etc. any ideas?

Greg N4WVE
Logged

Greg N4WVE
KE7RNK
Member

Posts: 9




Ignore
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 12:58:23 PM »

The most popular is the Icom Ic-R75. Time tested. Tough.Built like a Ford
Logged
SWL2002
Member

Posts: 347




Ignore
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 02:20:43 PM »

Hello all,

I am looking for opinions on the best short wave receiver in the 700 to 900 dollar range.  I need computer interface capability for use with ERGO, etc. any ideas?

Greg N4WVE

SDR or conventional analog?
Logged
K5TED
Member

Posts: 748




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 06:36:22 PM »

Now is a good time to get the R75. There's a special on where you get the UT-106 with it for free.

That said, you can spend the same money on a new Flex 1500 and have a more versatile receiver that will run on most any relatively modern PC through the USB port, and outperform the R75 by a good margin, plus have full computer control and audio interfacing in the digital domain, no patch cables or interfaces needed..


Logged
AUSSIE
Member

Posts: 39




Ignore
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 10:32:01 PM »

Hi Greg the Icom-R75 is an excellent hf receiver.These are my videos on Youtube first video is an R75 with UT-106 dsp which personally its a waste and i do have other receivers with the UT-106 dsp but took them out second using my other R75 with no dsp board using a Bhi NES10-MK2 dsp speaker which highly recomend main intrest for me is monitoring hf aircraft..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IqwVsUsuX1g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ofVuOq8Z5gw

Regards Lino..
MY SHACK:
ALINCO DJ-X11,ALINCO DJ-X2000,ALINCO DX-R8 (2)
AOR-3030,AOR-5001D,AOR-7030,AOR-8200MK3,AOR-8600MK2
DRAKE-R8,DRAKE-R8B,DRAKE-SW2
GRE-PSR400,GRE-PSR500
GRUNDIG SATELLIT-750
ICOM-PCR1000,ICOM-PCR1500,ICOM-R3,ICOM-R20,ICOM-R71A,ICOM-R75 (2),ICOM-R2500,
ICOM-R7100,ICOM-R8500,ICOM-RX7
KINETIC SBS-3
KENWOOD-R5000
LOWE HF-235
PALSTAR-R30A
RACAL-6790
REALISTIC-PRO2035
RFSPACE SDR-IQ
TEN TEC-320D,TEN TEC-340 (2),TEN TEC-350
UNIDEN-BCT15X,UNIDEN-UBCD396T,UNIDEN-UBCD396XT,UNIDEN-UBC780XLT
WATKINS JOHSON HF-1000A
YAESU-VR500




Logged
KE6EE
Member

Posts: 400




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 11:39:24 AM »

Regards Lino..
MY SHACK:
ALINCO DJ-X11,ALINCO DJ-X2000,ALINCO DX-R8 (2)
AOR-3030,AOR-5001D,AOR-7030,AOR-8200MK3,AOR-8600MK2
DRAKE-R8,DRAKE-R8B,DRAKE-SW2
GRE-PSR400,GRE-PSR500
GRUNDIG SATELLIT-750
ICOM-PCR1000,ICOM-PCR1500,ICOM-R3,ICOM-R20,ICOM-R71A,ICOM-R75 (2),ICOM-R2500,
ICOM-R7100,ICOM-R8500,ICOM-RX7
KINETIC SBS-3
KENWOOD-R5000
LOWE HF-235
PALSTAR-R30A
RACAL-6790
REALISTIC-PRO2035
RFSPACE SDR-IQ
TEN TEC-320D,TEN TEC-340 (2),TEN TEC-350
UNIDEN-BCT15X,UNIDEN-UBCD396T,UNIDEN-UBCD396XT,UNIDEN-UBC780XLT
WATKINS JOHSON HF-1000A
YAESU-VR500

Lino has just a few receivers! I notice that he has two Tentec RX 340s.

I have only one. They are expensive new ($4.5k these days) but can be found on occasion used in excellent shape for half that. That's how I found mine. I wanted to point out that a receiver's ease-of-use, ergonomics, esthetics if you will, can be most important to a user. Much more so than strict performance in certain critical areas.

The RX-340 is elegant in design, function and ease-of-use. The Icom R-75 performs well but is anything but elegant in design; it's passably easy-to-use, IMHO.

Quality of design-for-use is something worth reflecting on. And then there's pure charm in a receiver as possibly exemplified best in the ancient Hallicrafters SX-28. Old Collins S-line general coverage receivers have enormous charm and elegance tool, and they perform quite well. Cheaper than the RX-340.

You might wonder why Lino has two RX-340s. The guy I bought mine from had two too.

Then there's the question of audio quality which varies significantly from receiver to receiver. The Icom R-75 has rather inferior audio quality, but there are simple modifications one can find on-line to improve this.

Yes, the RX-340 has a serial interface.
Logged
SWMAN
Member

Posts: 571




Ignore
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013, 01:48:56 PM »

 I have a Yaesu FRG-100 SW radio and it is GREAT. It receives from 100 kc up to 30 mhz. Great little table top radio and sells for about 600 bucks.
Logged
AUSSIE
Member

Posts: 39




Ignore
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 02:12:29 PM »

Hi N6GND youre right when it comes to audio varies on all the receivers tonightonly use the Bhi NES10-MK2/MK3 dsp speakers on all my hf receivers each sound and clarity is different enough to understand the voices specially when monitoring hf aero comms..

I do share another shack with dad and we have around 50 receivers and have 6 uncles that are into radios.

I bought 6 Ten Tec-340 got a massive discount when i was on holidays few years ago with dad in the US postage for all cost $1600 US dollars end at the time our aussie dollar was around the 88 cents against the american dollar buy the time we got back picked up the radios within 5 business days.The Ten Tec-340 sells in australia for $7000 aussie dollars very expensive..

Regards Lino..
Logged
K5TED
Member

Posts: 748




Ignore
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 09:04:28 PM »

Back to the topic, radios in the $700-$900 range featuring computer interface...

So, the other parameter is the use of ERGO software..

Looking at ERGO, the site claims compatibility with:

AOR AR3030, AR5000, AR7030
 Collins HF-2050
 Cubic R3030
 Drake R8, R8A, R8B
 ICOM R75, R8500, R9000, R9500, Generic
 ICOM 746, 756, 7000, 7600, 7700, 7800
 Kenwood R-5000, TS440
 Kenwood TS570, TS870, TS2000, TS590S
 Japan Radio NRD525, NRD345, NRD535, NRD545, JST245
 McKay Dymek DR333
 MicroTelecom Perseus CI-V
 Racal 6790
 Rhode & Schwartz EK890, EK895
 Ten Tec RX320, RX340, RX350, RX400, Orion
 Watkins Johnson 8711, 8712, HF1000
 Yaesu FT767, FT1000, FT950, FT2000, FTDX3000, FTDX5000, FTDX9000, FRG100, VR5000


In the specified price range are only a couple of current production receivers, and a few current production transceivers.

Of the new receivers, I'd probably pick the Perseus.

If I were looking at used radios in the specified price range, then the market opens up a bit in the traditional radio category, especially when taking into consideration some of the older but fully featured transceivers, i.e., the Kenwood TS-870 with DSP or even receivers such as the R-5000 or FRG-100.

What sort of listening will you be doing, primarily? Broadcasts? Utilities?

Are you using the ERGO for point n' click tuning of shortwave stations based on downloaded program skeds or more for scanning, discovery and logging?











Logged
N9RO
Member

Posts: 124


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2013, 10:00:12 AM »

I would consider a WiNRADIO Excalibur, I have had a number of WiNRADIO receivers over the years and they are excellent!  The Excalibur uses the newer direct-sampling technology and supports EIBI and HFCC databases.  Although it still uses a USB interface the Client/Server software is excellent for running it over you LAN.  Easy software tools (no need to be a programmer) to roll your own operating environment, great device to create your own personal SWL station with LAN support.  This is a SWL receiver create for the serious SWL environment with SWL supporting software.

Good Luck
Tim  N9RO
Logged

Real techies don't use knobs.
KE6EE
Member

Posts: 400




Ignore
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2013, 10:47:24 AM »

I do share another shack with dad and we have around 50 receivers and have 6 uncles that are into radios.

I bought 6 Ten Tec-340 got a massive discount when i was on holidays few years ago with dad in the US postage for all cost $1600 US dollars end at the time our aussie dollar was around the 88 cents against the american dollar buy the time we got back picked up the radios within 5 business days.The Ten Tec-340 sells in australia for $7000 aussie dollars very expensive..

Regards Lino..

50/6 means only 8 1/3 receivers per Uncle. Which could be enough, depending.

Having so many Radio Uncles, not to mention Radio Dad, certainly explains the need for the half-dozen RX-340s.

I had only one uncle who was a collector. He collected heating and cooking stoves from all around the world, including the specialty items known as Lighthouse Stoves. He had a very big house with a huge basement. Fortunately for the sanity of the family, he was unique.

Logged
N4WVE
Member

Posts: 33




Ignore
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2013, 03:25:51 PM »

Thanks for all the input guys! I am primarily interested in AM broadcast and am leaning towards sdr, but which one?

Greg N4WVE
Logged

Greg N4WVE
SWL2002
Member

Posts: 347




Ignore
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2013, 05:19:57 PM »

Thanks for all the input guys! I am primarily interested in AM broadcast and am leaning towards sdr, but which one?

Greg N4WVE

Stay away from any Flex Radio SDR if you are going to use it in the am broadcast band or below.  They dont have the proper filtering.  I would also stay away from the SRR-IQ for use down there too.  Look at a Perseus or a QS1R.  Perseus is made in Italy and is a bit too expensive for what it covers and the QS1R is American made and is well supported.  I try to buy American made when I have a choice.  Thats why I have a Flex-5000 and a QS1R.  99% of my use is SWL.

- robert
Logged
N4WVE
Member

Posts: 33




Ignore
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2013, 05:34:29 PM »

Robert,

I am most interested in broadcast am. Does the QS1R show EIBI and HFCC schedules with point and click frequency changing?

Greg
Logged

Greg N4WVE
SWL2002
Member

Posts: 347




Ignore
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2013, 06:16:07 PM »

Robert,

I am most interested in broadcast am. Does the QS1R show EIBI and HFCC schedules with point and click frequency changing?

Greg

Greg, I use my QS1R with HDSDR which is excellent for AM broadcast reception.  It has EIBI and HFCC integrated (point and click).   I also use Studio 1, which also does both.

-robert
Logged
Pages: [1] 2 3 Next   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!