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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | C.Crane Skywave SSB Help


Reviews Summary for C.Crane Skywave SSB
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $169
Description: Small, portable AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather + Alert,
Scannable VHF Aviation Band and Single Side Band. Includes
CC Shortwave Reel Antenna, CC Earbuds and carry case.
Product is in production.
More info: http://https://www.ccrane.com/item/rad_ccradio_skywssb/100101/cc_skywave_ssb_am_fm_sw_wx_aviation_and_ssb_bands
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KF2YD Rating: 3/5 Nov 26, 2017 05:42 Send this review to a friend
C.Crane Skywave SSB  Time owned: months
C.Crane Skywave SSB Review

I compared the C.Crane Skywave SSB to two other similar portable radios that I own. The two other radios are the Tecsun PL-380 and my Grundig / Eton Satellite radio. Some o

AM Sensitivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (fair), Tecsun Pl-380 (fair), new Grundig Satellit (good)
AM Selectivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (good), Tecsun Pl-380 (good), new Grundig Satellit (Very good)
Am Sound - C.Crane Skywave SSB (poor), Tecsun Pl-380 (good), new Grundig Satellit (excellent)

FM Sensitivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (good), Tecsun Pl-380 (very good), new Grundig Satellit (very Good)
FM Selectivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (fair), Tecsun Pl-380 (very good), new Grundig Satellit (very Good)
FM Sound - C.Crane Skywave SSB (fair), Tecsun Pl-380 (very good), new Grundig SSatellit (excellent)

SW Sensitivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (good), Tecsun Pl-380 (very good), new Grundig Satellit (very Good)
SW Selectivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (good), Tecsun Pl-380 ( good), new Grundig Satellit (Very Good)
SW Sound - C.Crane Skywave SSB (fair), Tecsun Pl-380 (good), new Grundig SSatellit (excellent)

SSB - C.Crane Skywave SSB (good), Grundig Satellit (Good) Note: No SSB on Tecsun PL-380

WB Sensitivity - C.Crane Skywave SSB (poor) Reception was poor and the NOAA transmitters are located not far from my home. Note: Tecsun & Grundig Satellit do not have WX band.

The C.Crane Skywave SSB is definitely not worth the high price they are asking for it. The radio does not have the greatest sound due to the very small speaker it has. The AM sensitivity is fair because it has a very small ferrite antenna. I am not sure why it had poorer FM selectivity compared to my other radios that I own and I am not sure why the weather band has poor sensitivity but its possibly that there is a flaw in their design. Overall the C.Crane Skywave SSB is a very compact pocket radio but has some limitations due to its small size. When it first came out they wanted $169.95 and now I they dropped the price to $149.95 and its possible that the price will drop even more !

 
KA7EII Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2017 17:08 Send this review to a friend
Excellent tiny shortwave radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got my new CCrane Skywave SSB radio. Same size as my wife's CCrane Skywave. AM, FM, WX and Airband all work just as well on the Skywave SSB as the regular Skywave.
So far, I am very satisfied with the SSB reception on the new Skywave SSB. It has one strange quirk - when you press the SSB button, it takes about 3 to 4 seconds to go into SSB mode. Five dashes appear on the display during this wait. After that, it is great. I enjoy aeronautical communications and I get good reception of San Francisco radio and aircraft flying between the west coast and Hawaii. This is on the built in whip antenna. Also been tuning through the ham bands and it does a nice job. There is an extra 0.5 KHz bandwidth on SSB mode so it is possible to do some casual CW listening. I like how the "Band" button works on shortwave. When in AM mode, it cycles through the shortwave broadcasting bands. In the SSB mode, it cycles through the ham radio bands. It even selects LSB on 160-30 meters and USB on 20 through 10.
The only other receiver I have to compare it with (other than my wife's Skywave) is my 18-year old Sangean ATS-909. The '909 is a bit more sensitive on MW AM broadcast band but selectivity is as good or better on the Skywave SSB. FM sensitivity is great and the FM selectivity of the Skywave SSB beats the '909 hands down. Using the built in whip antennas, the Skywave SSB is more sensitive than the '909 on shortwave. Haven't tried the included roll-up antenna on the Skywave SSB yet. Having a squelch is really nice for monitoring the VHF Airband. One thing the Skywave SSB does that the regular Skywave does not do - you can scan 10 VHF Airband frequencies on the Skywave SSB.
So far, I am very satisfied with this new, tiny shortwave receiver.
 


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