Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Geor » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:50:28

I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
That was almost 20 years ago.

I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
$300-$400 portable.

Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
about the Grundig 800.

It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Burr » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:59:20


I use these and enjoy them very much

Burr
Grundig's Sat800&650,YB400&FR200
Drake SW8 Scanners BC 895&245XLT
Sangean DT110(for Ball Games)
Also Have a Clock Radio!!!
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> I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> That was almost 20 years ago.

> I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> $300-$400 portable.

> Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> about the Grundig 800.

> It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Bone Sp » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 11:55:06


Quote:>I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
>That was almost 20 years ago.

>I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
>$300-$400 portable.

>Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
>about the Grundig 800.

>It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

I use an Icom IC-R75 Will work off a seperate 12 volt DC power source
for several hours. You could also get your hands on a Realistic
DX-302. These where made by Radio Shack a few years ago. They can be
found on Ebay or other auction sites for 50 to 80 dollars US. The
advantage of the DX-302 is it has an internal battery compartment. As
for an antenna, I took a "back of set" CB antenna, removed the coil
and upper whip, replaced it with a car anntenna replacement whip. I
have received signals from all over the planet. Easily VOA, Tiapei,
USSR, RCI, WBCQ, etc.


Put SW Radio in subject

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Telamo » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 12:13:43



> I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> That was almost 20 years ago.

> I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> $300-$400 portable.

> Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> about the Grundig 800.

> It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

As long as you end up with a good one the Sat 800 should be a good radio
for what you want, which is program listening. There are still many
music programs around the dial. I think the internal speaker is pretty
good but most radios do better with an external one. Someone with a Sat
800 is sure to make a comment.

--
Telamon
Ventura, California

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by bb.. » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 22:40:12

- you don't have to spend $300-400 for a good portable...

- the Sangean ATS-505 (aka Radio Shack DX-402) is a good radio,
  and offers SSB receive... you may find used ones for $80 or less

- keep in mind that if you don't like the whip on your portable,
  you can replace it with a 6-foot one for less than $5, or use
  a random wire (the ATS-505 offers an antenna jack)...

- if you want to listen to SW while using your computer, there are
  receivers that may be placed in or attached to your PC... i
  recommend the RX-320 from Ten-Tec (and it's less than $300)...


Quote:> I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> That was almost 20 years ago.

> I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> $300-$400 portable.

> Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> about the Grundig 800.

> It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Frank Whi » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 01:15:52



Quote:

>I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
>That was almost 20 years ago.

>I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
>$300-$400 portable.

>Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
>about the Grundig 800.

>It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

You can still get the kind of music you won't hear on your
local 'Top 40' station - or probably, any other AM/FA station -
via shortwave.  It's an entertaining and informative hobby.

Whether it would be worthwhile for you is for you to determine.

Before going for a portable or table top, you might want to
see if you can pick up a used SW at a second hand store or
garage sale.  Or buy a cheap SW like an FR200, to get your
feet wet first and see if this is something you still like.

FW

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Geor » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 12:20:48

I picked up a Grundig 800 on ebay (new) for $317. They are selling a
whole bunch of them and are new and one is just about to go at
$300.00.

I don't mind much spending $300.00 to experiment, I used to have one
many years ago and wanted something a little better.




> >I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> >That was almost 20 years ago.

> >I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> >$300-$400 portable.

> >Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> >about the Grundig 800.

> >It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

> You can still get the kind of music you won't hear on your
> local 'Top 40' station - or probably, any other AM/FA station -
> via shortwave.  It's an entertaining and informative hobby.

> Whether it would be worthwhile for you is for you to determine.

> Before going for a portable or table top, you might want to
> see if you can pick up a used SW at a second hand store or
> garage sale.  Or buy a cheap SW like an FR200, to get your
> feet wet first and see if this is something you still like.

> FW

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Michae » Thu, 26 Jun 2003 10:12:53

Hiya.  If you do just a bit of research on the web, you can find lots of
listings of shortwave broadcasts that are specific to music.  Although there
aren't any "all music all the time" shortwave stations that I know about,
many of the major broadcast players like VOA, BBC, VOR, RCI, CRI, WBCQ and
may others have special segments dedicated to music.  One of my favorites is
the Jazz/music segment that VOR does.  WBCQ also has some programs where
they play "oldies".  Lots of the Asian and Middle eastern broadcasters also
feature music in their broadcasts.  I like to listen to that type of music
from time to time.  It's great to get some exposure to different types of
music from time to time without having to go out and by it :-)
The draw back, is, of course, the quality.  Although some signals are
strong, it's in no way like listening to a CD on a quality stereo system.

Depending on how much you wanna spend for your radio...  I think the
Satellite 800 is my favorite radio for broadcast.  It has great audio.   You
can pick one up brand new for about 300 US.  If that's more then you wanted
to spend, I recommend the YB-400 or Sony 7600gr for about 150.00 US.  Priced
even lower is the Sangen 505.  You can get one for just under 100 US and it
still has SSB capabilities.

--
Respectfully,

Michael

Home Page: http://md_dxing.tripod.com/
Northern NJ
R75 w/DSP, Kiwa agc/sync & audio mods
G5RV & 200ft longwire w/ICE-180
MFJ-1048 preselector
SoundBlstr Live PC card w/five piece Cambridge
speakers & full software mixer/eq.


Quote:> I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> That was almost 20 years ago.

> I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> $300-$400 portable.

> Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> about the Grundig 800.

> It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.

 
 
 

Worth purchasing SW radio for alternative music?

Post by Geor » Sat, 28 Jun 2003 12:48:55

Nice post thanks.  Where could I have got a grundig 800 new for
$300.00. I got one close to that on ebay, but ebay is a pain in the
butt.  The best price I found on the web was $499.99. $399.99 for a
refurb.

> Hiya.  If you do just a bit of research on the web, you can find lots of
> listings of shortwave broadcasts that are specific to music.  Although there
> aren't any "all music all the time" shortwave stations that I know about,
> many of the major broadcast players like VOA, BBC, VOR, RCI, CRI, WBCQ and
> may others have special segments dedicated to music.  One of my favorites is
> the Jazz/music segment that VOR does.  WBCQ also has some programs where
> they play "oldies".  Lots of the Asian and Middle eastern broadcasters also
> feature music in their broadcasts.  I like to listen to that type of music
> from time to time.  It's great to get some exposure to different types of
> music from time to time without having to go out and by it :-)
> The draw back, is, of course, the quality.  Although some signals are
> strong, it's in no way like listening to a CD on a quality stereo system.

> Depending on how much you wanna spend for your radio...  I think the
> Satellite 800 is my favorite radio for broadcast.  It has great audio.   You
> can pick one up brand new for about 300 US.  If that's more then you wanted
> to spend, I recommend the YB-400 or Sony 7600gr for about 150.00 US.  Priced
> even lower is the Sangen 505.  You can get one for just under 100 US and it
> still has SSB capabilities.

> --
> Respectfully,

> Michael

> Home Page: http://md_dxing.tripod.com/
> Northern NJ
> R75 w/DSP, Kiwa agc/sync & audio mods
> G5RV & 200ft longwire w/ICE-180
> MFJ-1048 preselector
> SoundBlstr Live PC card w/five piece Cambridge
> speakers & full software mixer/eq.



> > I used to have a SW and mostly listened to music from other countries.
> > That was almost 20 years ago.

> > I was wondering is this is still worth while and worth getting say a
> > $300-$400 portable.

> > Also what portable has the best built-in whip. I've read good things
> > about the Grundig 800.

> > It does not have to be ultra portable, it will stay in the house.