consider the Sony ICF-7600G which has a Synchronous Detection circuit
that helps to reduce the annoying fading of shortwave signals. This
feature alone is worth the extra money. Grove Electronics sells this
receiver for $169.95 new (not refurbished). Other reputable dealers may
even sell this model for less. Whatever model you determine to be best
for your needs make sure you buy from a dealer that has a physical
presence in case you need any type of service or warranty work. You are
a good brother!
> My brother, the chef, will be working at a very exclusive Alaskan fishing camp
> in the distant wilderness for five months beginning at the end of May. He wants
> to purchase a small, backpackable, shortwave radio to use while there but has
> no idea what may be a good buy in the $100.00 range. He has been looking at the
> Sony ICFSW12 and SW30. I have also heard that the Sangean 606A is an excellent
> buy though its closer to $150.00, is it worth the difference? I would
> appreciate any recommendations or suggestions on his behalf. Thanks in advance.