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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Radio Shack SW60 Help


Reviews Summary for Radio Shack SW60
Radio Shack SW60 Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $$80? US
Description: desktop multiband radio with AM/FM/SW/VHF1/VHF2/UHF
frequencies. Manufactured by Radio Shack in either China or
Korea
Product is not in production.
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RENTON481 Rating: 4/5 Mar 8, 2012 01:30 Send this review to a friend
Decent bandscanning radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
The SW60 is a decent all around radio for bandscanning VHF and UHF.

It is adequate on MW but lacks some selectivity. It is o.k. for general listening to SW broadcasts, but SW can overload when strong signals are present, and because it's not real selective, some signals can 'swamp' others (most digital portable SW radios work better than the SW60 for SW listening).

The fine tuner control works on all bands and is most useful on SW, the VHF hi band, and UHF.

The best thing about the radio is the VHF and UHF bands. Searching for signals on this radio is quicker than using the search function on a scanner. The sensitivity is decent on the action bands (the VHF section has an RF amp -- the UHF section might also have an RF amp but I'm not sure).

The performance (i.e. selectivity) on the action bands doesn't match that of a scanner, but for casual listening to 2 meter repeaters, railroad dispatchers, local aircraft, weather, Low Band skip, etc. the radio is and adequate performer.

The radio has two whip antennas -- one for SW, FM, and VHF; the second one for UHF. When using the whip antennas on the action bands it helps to 'tune' them by shortening or lengthening them to increase the sensitivity on the section of the VHF or UHF band you're listening to.

The SW60's Motorola jack, in the back of the radio, can be used for an external antenna for SW and VHF. All you need is a UHF (SO-239)/Motorola jack adaptor, which I think is still sold at Radio Shack and some other electronics stores.

With a decent outdoor antenna hooked up to the Motorola jack in the back of the radio, you can hear Low Band VHF skip on it.

The radio takes 4 C cells, and they last a lot longer than a set of AA's does in a handheld scanner.

The SW60 obviously won't perform as well as a scanner, but it's a decent radio for quickly tuning around the bands to see what's out there.
 
LIGHTFOOT44 Rating: 4/5 Apr 30, 2011 12:48 Send this review to a friend
Surprising Quality and Reception  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have 2 of these SW60 receivers, and I love them both. One is made in Korea, and one in China for Radio Shack. Sound is good on AM/FM, and not bad on SW either. This unit seems to pull in weak SW stations very well considering they are all crammed into one band. I love the micro tuning wheel which pinpoints the station through fine tuning. This makes it easier to tune in SW stations. I'm very impressed with the Radio Shack sets that I have from the 80's and 90's. I also have the DX350, which I've written a review about in its own section here. This SW60, is a perfect size for a desktop radio, and would be best used by the occasional shortwave radio listener. There are some defunct bands like VHF and UHF, which I can't seem to get much, since TV went digital. Only strange thing about this radio is that the 2 dial lights, which i really like, are on full time when using the power cord. There is a big button to push on the front of the set, which i figured was supposed to be pressed to turn ON the dial lights, but when pressed it turns them off. When on battery power the dial lights are out, and come on when the button is pressed. If one were to listen to the radio a lot, I'm sure those dial lights would burn out pretty fast, but at this point they both work. I usually use it on batteries anyway.
 


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