> I'm fairly new to the hobby. Well... Actually, I've been listening to
> short wave off and on over the years, but only recently started to
> develop a serious interest in it. And so I decided I needed a better
> My main interests are in listening to the various "free radio" shows,
> and to a lesser extent, international news programs. However, all I
> have at the moment is a DAK MR-101, so it is quite a rare treat when
> I manage to pull in anything outside my own time zone (seriously).
> I'm currently thinking of buying the Radio Shack DX-394 and would
> appreciate some comments on the subject.
> I was originally looking at the DX-390, but Radio Shack recently
> reduced the price of the DX-394 by $100. This makes it only about $70
> more expensive than the DX-390, and it has now caught my eye.
> And yes, I do realize one is a tabletop set and the other is a
> If I do buy the DX-394, I'll most likely use the whip antenna that
> comes with it. But, what I want to know is, will the DX-394 using the
> whip antenna still be able to pull in more stations than the DX-390?
> Is there some sort of indoor antenna that can be attached to it?
> (other than stringing wire all around the room). Maybe something like
> those amplified antennas for stereo receivers?
> Or would I just be better off (and $70 richer) going with the DX-390?
> I should also mention that I live in an apartment complex, so an
> exterior antenna is not an option.
> Like I said, I'm just starting out, and I really don't have a clue, so
> maybe I'm way off base in my thinking. But any and all comments would
> be greatly appreciated...
I'd go with the DX-390. It's the same as the Sangean 818, which is a
good performer. Although I have no personal experience with the
DX-392, I understand that it has had some problems.
Hope this helps!