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
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"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
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
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
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
"e1" LW / MW / SW /
FM / XM Portable Receiver
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
Sangean ATS-909X2 LW / MW / FM / SW / AIR Portable Receiver
SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE : 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
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)
Task Chair Reviews (Mid Back) :"BodyBilt" J752 ESD / Global #T9F695506 / Eurotech 4x4LE-LM59802A / Lemberi-Bossin AB-EOC01 / OFM 119-VAM-AA
N9EWO's HF Receiver's Previously Owned
N9EWO List : "Radio's That Never Were"
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