The "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)

Contributing Editor :
"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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" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments " - Tabletop

AOR AR7030 Tabletop HF Receiver

AOR AR-DV1 SDR "Digital Voice Receiver"

ICOM IC-R8600 Wide-Band SDR / DSP Receiver

ICOM IC-R9500 Wide-Band DSP Receiver

ICOM IC-R75 Tabletop HF Receiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenwood (Trio) R-1000 Tabletop HF Receiver

LOWE HF-250 Tabletop HF Receiver

Palstar R30 Tabletop HF Receiver

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

Ten-Tec RX-340 DSP HF Receiver

Ten-Tec RX-350 DSP HF Receiver

UNIDEN Bearcat BC898T Tabletop 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 Tabletop "All Mode" Wide-Band Receiver

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

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

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

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

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

"Malachite-DSP" Original Russian Standalone DSP - SDR

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


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 - MP3 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) MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 Player - MP3 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)

ErgoGenesis "BodyBilt" (Mid Back Type) J752 ESD Task Chair
Dave's Miscellaneous Receiver Reviews
- 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

Dave's Miscellaneous "Radio" Tips / History and Service Notes
- 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

N9EWO's HF Receiver's Previously Owned

N9EWO List : "Radio's That Never Were"

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