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Author Topic: which receiver do you use ?  (Read 100726 times)
KB9KXH
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« on: December 08, 2011, 10:52:43 AM »

For shortwave listening i use a Drake R8A, a Sony 2010, most of the time with many others that mostly sit on the shelf.
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N8YX
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 03:09:09 PM »

IC-R71A x 4.

IC-751A x 2.

IC-R70 x 1.

IC-745 x 1.

TS-940S x 2.

The R70 is slaved to the 745; they share a common antenna. Likewise, each R-71A is slaved to a '751A or a '940S.

For VHF and above I have a bank of R7000s and assorted PRO-series scanners, some of which are computer controllable.

There are a few Drake R7s and a couple of ITT Mackay Marine 303x-series receivers kicking around the basement shack.
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N3WAK
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 05:26:50 AM »

Greetings! 

Kenwood R5000 (original owner)
Drake SW-4A ("C-line" VFO; no RNYWW logo)
Drake SPR-4, with calibrator and NB
Drake R8A, with VHF converter
Drake 2-B, with 2AC calibrator
Drake R-4B

All great rigs..."old technology" analog shortwave broadcasts just sound better on an older rig.  Especially ones that glow.  Especially ones that I wanted when I was a kid but could only dream of having. 

73, Tony
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KAPT4560
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 07:37:11 AM »

 The R-390A is the Queen of the Air and at my bedside with an E-W attic longwire and outlet ground.
 I also have an ICF-2010, but it has mysteriously been beset by image and easy overloading issues. I do have the service manual for this radio. It unfortunately had a beer spilled on it years ago.
 I do like old Nationals, I have the NC-98, NC-125 and NC-200. The Hammarlund HQ-129X is nice in the shop. I have an Echophone EC-1 in the garage with a 50' longwire and ground.
 The widow of a friend who had passed gave me his JRC NRD-515 with all the availible factory accessories (speaker, memory unit, filters and headphone jack). It is and amazing early digital tuning radio.
 I have a couple of 'Long Distance' Zenith and GE console and table radios that are great AM band DXers in the evening. Many regional stations disappear into the 'mud' around 4pm to be replaced by more distant out-of-staters.
 I have been updating a lot of old house wiring from  2-prong to 3-prong outlets. Much of the wiring is the old cloth wrapped in conduit type. I bought a 3-prong outlet tester and was horrified at the number of bad/noisy grounds and reversed hot/neutral wires in the house that I have since fixed. I have been tracking down other RFI noise in the house like CFL lamps, wall warts and various digital cacaphony.
 If you are in doubt about your own house wiring, I would implore you to get a tester. Cheap insurance and better reception.
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WB9YCJ
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2012, 10:15:25 PM »

Icom IC-7700 sitting next to IC-781 with same antenna.

I usually prefer the 781 for AM (Med wave AM, shortwave AM).

Now figure that one out. 

 Huh Analog VS. Digital ?
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KG6BRG
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2012, 05:50:23 PM »

Frog-7
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 12:13:32 PM »

Mint Hammarlumd HQ 180A.

Dick  AD4U
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AK7V
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 09:26:54 AM »

Either my main ham rig (Icom IC-756 pro 3) or my Lowe HF-150.

It's easier to tune around and find stations with the Icom, but if I'm listening to a particular program or searching a small segment of the bands, the Lowe is great.  It's also portable, so I can take it outside or into another room.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 07:50:12 PM »

Radio Shack DX-394

Icom IC-R2 (camping SWL)
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EI4GMB
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 09:15:11 AM »

For Shortwave listening I use a Drake R8E receiver coupled to an RF Systems DX-1 Pro II antenna. I have worked some rare DX over the years with this combination. I also find the Drake R8 series to be superb in both sensitivity and selectivity. If you can find one in reasonably good condition my advice would be to snap it up. Sometimes they appear on ebay very reasonably priced!

73,

Fred EI4GMB
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2012, 09:22:49 PM »

 I use my old reliable Kenwood TS-570. Works great for SWL.
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KC0KEK
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2012, 06:12:55 PM »

I use my old reliable Kenwood TS-570. Works great for SWL.

Agreed.

I also have an Icom R70 in my office for AM DXing and casual SWLing.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012, 01:22:09 PM »

FRG-100, with custom built AF/CAT interface
DX-70TH (main station rig)
MVT-7100 for VHF/UHF
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KE6WNH
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012, 06:11:39 PM »

Radio Shack DX-380
Radio Shack DX-390
Sangean ATS-803

But I use my IC-706, Yaesu VX-5R, and Yaesu VX-7R to do a lot of SWLing because they have better sensitivity and lower noise floors than my receivers.
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N3PDT
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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2012, 07:00:44 PM »

Ten Tec Jupiter and a Zenith Transoceanic H500.

I have just started listening to Short Wave broadcast.
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