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Offline Alan Georges

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portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« on: December 02, 2018, 12:44:48 PM »
Just up today (and in time for Christmas), a roundup and quick reviews of the SWLing Post's favorite portable radios:  https://swling.com/blog/2018/12/best-of-the-best-reviews-of-some-of-my-favorite-portable-shortwave-radios/

They're broken out into price categories, $25-$50, $50-$100, $100-$200, and $200+.  He doesn't go < $25, but in that range something like the Kaito KA321 for $20 over at Amazon is a good pick.  Not really that much on shortwave these days, between state-owned broadcaster budget cuts and poor HF propagation, but everyone needs a decent battery AM/FM radio and at these prices you might as well get SW coverage too.

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Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 09:42:34 PM »
thanks for the info. I've been looking to step up from my County Comm GP5.

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Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 06:29:33 AM »
Please don't let politics leak over into the comms forum.  Many of us here have found useful preparedness-related comms information at that site, and I at least have never noticed any overt political slant to the postings there.

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Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 08:55:53 AM »
leadeye,
  I like my GP5. I use it with my Super Tuna][ Plus for QRP. If you find another radio
radio with better AGC though I would like to see it.

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Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 09:23:08 AM »
leadeye,
  I like my GP5. I use it with my Super Tuna][ Plus for QRP. If you find another radio
radio with better AGC though I would like to see it.

Kool Kombo, armymars.  I was thinking along the same lines, except I bought a DEGEN and a pixy 40 meter.  Sure, I own a Yaesu 897 just for looks, but QRP combinations like yours really make ham radio a kick in the pants.... Have fun, mate.

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Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2018, 10:26:42 AM »
OT?  The agc is weak in the GP5 SSB. The 680 with BFO looks good for CW. I need to keep looking.