Shortwave or world band radio

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Shortwave or world band radio

Aloha!   Does anyone know anything about shortwave or world band radios?  I'm looking to get a portable one for my father for Christmas.  He grew up on radios and still loves listening to radio programs.  He used to have a small/portable shortwave/world band radio but hasn't worked in quite some time.

I've done some online research but I thought I'd ask BLF for some info and/or experience on these radios.   I know absolutely nothing about this so any help/info/experience would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Grundig is usually the go to brand for these.

 

You can also get him a cheap laptop and internet service :).

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There are many good manufacturers.

 

I have Degen DE-1203 and Tecsun PL-600. Both are excellent shortwave receivers, with full band coverage and also SSB band.

 

I bought both from Ebay and its prices are budget if compared to other receivers like Kenwood, Icom...

 

 

 

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Thanks guys.  He has a laptop but it's a little bit too overwhelming for him sometimes.  He doesn't even use it anymore.  I'd like to get a shortwave or world band radio that has a manual tuning knob instead of a digital tuner.  The one I've been looking at is the Sangean ATS-909 but am open to any other suggestions. 

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 http://www.sangean.com/products/products_main.asp?pid=11

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I can recommend this. SSB and 18 preset memories. Small and very portable. Have used it all over the world

with good results.

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Hmm... it seems all the Grundigs et al are now made by Tecsun anyway.

 

If you're feeling a tad adventurous, you might want to try the new PL-606 DSP radio. Very inexpensive, uses the latest tech, and supposedly quite good.

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