We get frequent requests from our customers to recommend portable shortwave receivers - in addition to our tabletop lineup. As an Amazon Associate we have put together a selected list of portables below. We appreciate your business - it helps to support services like our free logging service. Below are some key shortwave facts you might find interesting:
The is a very sensitve receiver with exellent SSB reception capability and the added benefit of stereo FM reception.
The Grundig 800 is an example of a so-called "portatop" receiver. It's advantage is its large speaker - excellent for extended program listening - and comes with SYNC and SSB capability as well.
||Other Features / Notes
power, headphone jack, limited SW band coverage. No
digital tuning. Grundig's are now made in China.
||AM, FM, all SW bands
||nice finish, dual clocks, 24 hr
format, timer (10 minute increments), headphone volume control.
Good SW performance for price
||AM, FM, all SW bands
||digital clock timer, dual alarm,
54 memory settings
||AM FM, continuous SW band
system on FM (program and call sign), auto scan feature to
detect active stations, 306 memories, clock, alarm, best Sangean
||PLL digital tuner, AM, FM
continuous SW band coverage
||80 memories, timers, visual
||PLL digital tuner, AM, FM,
continuous SW coverage
||many features, weight is 7
lbs., considered "best" consumer
shortwave portable, but most expensive as well.
||True DSP receiver. Digital
tuning, AM, SSB, DRM, continuous SW band coverage. Controlled by
Dxtra's software on PC
||Yes, with Dxtra software
shortwave performance in the world for the price according to "Passport
to WorldBand Radio" guide.
No front panel, PC controllable, has DRM (new digital shortwave mode) output capability, integrated 12 volt power supply jack. Dxtra's WorldStationTM control software INCLUDED in purchase.
WorldStationTM gives you:
- integrated "point and click" band table
- unlimited memories (1000 pre-populated)
- real-time "What's On" database
- real-Time program lookup while on frequency
- integrated program listening scheduler
- remote control over a network built-in
- auto-scan of multiple of SW band activity simultaneously.
- built-in graphical visualization of band activity
- much more
The Bearcat series of scanners from Uniden have distinguished themselves as top performers over the years. The latest models incorporate "trunk tracking" or the ability to "follow" switched conversations as they automatically change channels. The high-end Bearcat BC-780XLT even features a 4800 baud serial port for computer control of the radio, similiar in concept to PC controllable shortwave radios that Dxtra writes control software for.
As the CEO of Dxtra I frequently make long road-trips on the Interstate highway system to visit suppliers, to attend radio conventions, and of course on vacation like millions of other Americans. There is never a time that my Cobra CB radio is not tuned to channel 19 - the famous "truckers" channel. I consider the CB radio not only a "fun" piece of Americana but a useful and important safety tool on the road. Most of the time, I just listen to general radio traffic and if the airways get a little rough - I just turn up the squelch.
If you drive for a living or use the
Interstates, you know that the
roads are very crowded today with all kinds of trucks and cars. And
unfortunately, accidents do happen: road spills, jackknifes due to
slippery road conditions, road debris and so forth. Sometimes errant
"four wheelers" cause accidents due to erratic or unsafe driving
practices. The most common "four wheeler" problem I see is simply
"sitting" in the truck driver's blind spot when passing. I always make
it a practice to always pass a truck quickly to get out of the danger
The second most common car driver problem I see is car drivers not accelerating onto on-ramps quickly enough. I routinely see car drivers "merging" into the right lane at 30-40 MPH, instead of the required 60 MPH - this is extremely dangerous to truckers who must break heavily. So to my fellow car drivers let's give the "big rigs" a break - they have a tough job to do. The CB radio has almost certainly saved my tires on several occasions where I got warned of road debris. In one case on I-81 South in Virginia I used a bypass route suggested by a trucker that must have saved me a couple of hours when I-81S was shut down for about 20 miles between exits. And the list goes on. Like the old commercial says "don't leave home without it" - IT being your trusty CB radio!
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*VOX is an abbreviation for "voice activation".
*WAAS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a GPS-based navigation and landing system that provides precision guidance to aircraft at thousands of airports and airstrips where there is currently no precision landing capability. Systems such as WAAS are known as satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS). WAAS is designed to improve the accuracy and ensure the integrity of information coming from GPS satellites. The FAA is using WAAS to provide a Lateral Navigation/Vertical Navigation (LNAV/VNAV) capability with commissioning in 2003. Concurrently, the FAA will evaluate the approach to achieve Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Landing System (GLS) capability in later years. WAAS testing in September 2002 confirmed accuracy performance of 1 . 2 meters horizontal and 2 .3 meters vertical throughout the majority of the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska.