The ICOM "IC-R8600" SDR Communications Receiver.
We find it to be Icom's best receiver EVER made "wide band" or not.
(yes even when compared to the IC-R9500 that we have also tested)
(N9EWO Photo)

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"Passport To World Band Radio” 2000 to 2009

Welcome to "Dave's Radio Receiver Page". Here is my little spot on this earth to pass along my experiences and or comments about "Radio Receivers", as well as other gizmos that I use in my radio monitoring / recording ventures. My main focus is in the "Shortwave" part of the radio spectrum. A few other radio related items have been thrown in too , including amateur radio equipment reviews and views that may not be directly related.

I have been playing around with radio receivers for over 40 years now, and in this time span my fingers have run across many models, some really good and some really bad. Most comments you read here have been pulled from my own head, but from others as well (as noted). All observations from me are being made with the 2 ear / 2 eye method, so no fancy test equipment here. These of course are my views and your findings may well be different.

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The ICOM IC-7300 HF Transceiver with true "direct sampling" SDR technology.
Excellent performance / spectrum scope.  MW / HF / SWL broadcast listening  audio
 while very good / clean, lacks any Bass responce. See our full report here. (N9EWO Photo)



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" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments " - Tabletop

AOR AR7030 HF Receiver

AOR AR-DV1 SDR "Digital Voice Receiver"

Burkhard - Reuter RDR55E SDR HF Receiver

ICOM IC-R75 / IC-R71 HF Receivers

ICOM IC-R8600 Wide-Band SDR / DSP Receiver

ICOM IC-R9500 Wide-Band DSP Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-93 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-301A HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-345 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-505 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-515 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-525 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-535 HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-545 DSP HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-630 DSP HF Receiver

Kenwood (Trio) R-1000 HF Receiver

Kenwood R-5000 HF Receiver

LOWE HF-250 HF Receiver

Palstar R30 HF Receiver

SDRplay RSP-1 / RSP-1A / AFEDRI "SDR NET" SDR Receivers

Ten-Tec RX-320 / RX-321 DSP HF Receivers

Ten-Tec RX-340 DSP HF Receiver

Ten-Tec RX-350 DSP HF Receiver

UNIDEN Bearcat BC898T Scanner Receiver

WJ-8711 (A) and WJ HF1000 (A) DSP HF Receiver
(Finmeccanica - DRS Technologies - Signia IDT - BAE Systems - Watkins Johnson)

YAESU - STANDARD VR- 5000 Wide-Band Receiver


" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "- Portables

AOR "AR-mini" and ICOM IC-RX7 Pocket Wide-Band Receivers

ATS-25 / ATS25 LW / MW / SW / FM DSP Receiver (with firmware upgrades)

eton "e1" LW / MW / SW / FM / XM Receiver

GRECOM PSR-800 "EZ Scan" Digital Scanning Handheld Receiver / Uniden BCD396XT

Grundig - Eton "Satellit 750" / Tecsun "S-2000" / Eton "Elite 750" LW / MW / SW / FM / Aircraft Receiver

Grundig / eton G6 - Degen DE1109 LW - MW - SW - FM - Aircraft Receiver

Grundig "Satellit 800" / Tecsun "HAM-2000" LW / MW / SW / FM / Aircraft Receiver

"Malachite - Malahit DSP1" Original Russian Standalone DSP - SDR

Sangean ATS-909X LW / MW / FM / SW Receiver

Sangean ATS-909X2 LW / MW / FM / SW / AIR Receiver

SONY SW RECEIVERS : ICF-SW7600GR , ICF-2010 (ICF-2001D), CRF-1, ICF-6500W

Tecsun PL-880 / Tecsun PL-660 / Tecsun PL-680 FM Stereo / LW / MW / SW Receivers

Tecsun PL-360 / Tecsun PL-380 / Tecsun PL-365 / CountyComm GP-5 SSB FM Stereo / LW / MW / SW DSP Receivers


" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "- Portables with Built In Recording

DEGEN DE1121 (KAITO KA1121) LW / MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 Player / Recorder

DEGEN DE1126 - DE1127 - DE1123 (KAITO KA1123) - DEGEN DE1125 - Pocket MW / SW / FM DSP Receivers - MP3 Player - WAV Recorder

Grundig - eton "G2 Reporter" DEGEN DE1128 / DE1128H MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 / WAV Recorder-Player

ICOM IC-R30 - IC-R20 Wide-Band Handheld Receivers

TIVDIO V-115 (Retekess V115 / VRrobot WC-710S / AudioMax SRW-710S / HanRongDa K-603) MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 Player / Recorder


" Radio Transceiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "

FLEX-6400M Tabletop SDR HF / 50 MHz Transceiver

ICOM IC-7300 Tabletop SDR HF / 50 MHz Transceiver

ICOM IC-7600 Tabletop DSP HF / 50 MHz Transceiver

YAESU FT-450D Tabletop DSP HF / 50 Mhz Transceiver

YAESU VX-2R , ICOM IC-P7A and ICOM IC-Q7A Dual Band "Micro" Amateur Handheld Transceivers

YAESU VX-3R Dual Band "Micro" Amateur Handheld Transceiver

YAESU FT1D / FT1XD / FTM-100D "System Fusion" Amateur Analog-Digital Transceivers


" Antenna's and Antenna Accessories "

Ameco TPA / MFJ-1020B Tunable Preamp - Active Antennas

MFJ-1026 (MFJ-1025) "Deluxe Noise Canceling Signal Enhancer" ("Monitoring Times" April 2007 - PDF Document)

PALSTAR LA30 Ferrite Loopstick Antenna (prototype)

"RF  SYSTEMS" GMDSS LW / MW / SW  Vertical Antenna vs. MLB-MK2 Long Wire Antenna


" Other and Miscellaneous... "

JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver (60 WPC - Super A)

MW122A Regulated Power Supply Modifications (for use with Sat 800, Tecsun HAM2000 , E1 , SW-8 )

Sangean DAR-101 Digital MP3 "Stand Alone" Audio Recorder (TASCAM SD-20M information)

Task Chair Reviews (Mid Back) :"BodyBilt" J752 ESD / Global #T9F695506 / Eurotech 4x4LE-LM59802A / Lemberi-Bossin AB-EOC01


Miscellaneous Receiver Reviews
- Coby CX-CB91 
- Sangean HDR-16 AM/FM HD

- C.Crane "Skywave"
- Retekess TR604
- Yaesu FT-70D Notes
- C.Crane "FM REFLECT" FM Antenna
- Grundig / Eton "Field" BT
- CommRadio  CR-1A
- Tecsun PL-600

Miscellaneous "Radio" Tips / History and Service Notes
- Tecsun PL-600 Audio Distortion Modification
- Sangean ATS-803 / ATS-803A - Realistic DX-440 "Anti-Chuff" Modification.
- GRE "General Research of Electronics Inc." Shortwave "HF" Receiver List.

- JRC NRD-525 Important Serial Number Information.

- HF RFI Generator - "Electronic Defrost Timer"
- "Caveat Emptor" - JRC Display Failures
- AOR AR7030 Power Supply Repair Notes
- Tecsun PL-380 Undocumented Function /  Hiss Issues Apparently Cleared Up.

- Increased “Off” Battery Life with Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen DE1126 - DE1127 - DE1128 - DE1128H
- Kenwood R-1000 “39.545 Mhz” Display Repair
- ICOM SM-6 Desk Microphone Internal High Res Photo


"Sherwood Engineering" Lab Numbers and Reports

N9EWO's HF Receiver's Previously Owned

N9EWO List : "Radio's That Never Were"


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