Sony Portable Receivers

Manufacturer Sony Corporation, Tokyo

Over many years, Sony held a large market share with its sets. Sony set milestones again and again, like in the development of the Walkman & video camcorders, but also spoiled the shortwave listeners for years with a good number of receivers, from the miniaturised matchbox-sized sets up to the early heavy-weight tabletop receivers, but Sony never aimed at the market of commercial communication receivers nor at the amateur radio market.

The ICF-5900W with its double conversion technology, BFO and an acceptable dial accuracy, which was achieved with a crystal calibrator & a linear interpolation dial, enjoyed much popularity soon after its release in 1976, until 1978, when the legendary ICF-6800W became the most desired receiver of many shortwave listeners, especially in the even improved successor version with the orange lettering on the front panel. Equipped with a digital display and thanks to the combination of two switchable filter bandwidths and the preselector, it allowed excellent sensitivity with good large signal behaviour and enabled real DX reception. At the same time, the large-format CRF-320 with similar technology - but in a completely different price range - and the CRF-1 with dimensions similar to the tabletop receivers from Kenwood, Yaesu or Drake were launched, the last receiver was sold in Europe only in very small numbers.

A milestone was the ICF-2001, the first microprocessor-controlled shortwave receiver, which not only allowed digital frequency display but also frequency input via keys and it could store 6 frequencies! In terms of reception performance, this receiver was surpassed by many analogue receivers, but the breakthrough came with Sony's ICF-2001D. This portable receiver with its 100 Hz tuning steps, digital display and above all the synchronous detector with separately selectable sidebands is still considered to be the most powerful travel receiver by many enthousiasts. The successor ICF-SW77, which appeared later, was extended with alphanumeric memory functions and world time clock functions, but could not keep up to the 2001D in terms of intelligibility of weak signals.

The ICF-7600D was the first truly SSB-capable travel radio with digital display & memory functions and, after several further development steps, was being produced in the same format, with the same arrangement of controls & apart from the newly added synchronous detector, the same range of functions over many years.

However, Sony's type designation policy has always caused troubles, the radios carry different type designations in the USA, the combinations of 7600 & the letters D, A, W, G designate quite different radios with equally different performance.

In the nineties, Sony has focused on extremely miniaturised travel radios, hardly bigger than an audio cassette, even if the ICF-SW1000T still has an integrated cassette recorder, with sophisticated managed alphanumerically labelled memories & world time clock functions, which should further simplify shortwave listening, but still offered some affordable travel radios, which have acceptable shortwave performance without disappointments.

Station receiver from Sony

CRF-150ca. 1968Double ConversionVHF, LW, MW, 10 x SW (160 - 75, 60, 49, 41, 31, 25, 19, 16, 13, 11 m)Analogue display, S-meter, two bandwidths
CRF-160approx. 1969/70Double ConversionVHF, LW, MW, 10 x SW bandsanalogue display
CRF-220approx. 1967Double ConversionVHF (88 - 108 MHz), LW, MW, 19 x SW (1.6 - 29.8 MHz)linear analogue display
CRF-2301968Double Conversion2 x VHF (64 - 108 MHz), LW, MW, 19 x SW (1.6 - 29.8 MHz)linear analogue display
CRF-50801972Single ConversionVHF, LW, MW, 5 x SW (1.6-26 MHz)analogue display
CRF-50901972Single ConversionVHF, LW, MW, 5 x SW (1.6-26 MHz)Analogue display
ICF-5500M1974Single ConversionVHF, MW, 2 x SW (1.6-4.5 and 4.5-12 MHz)Analogue display
ICF-5800L1973Single ConversionVHF, MW, LW, 2 x SW (1.6-4.5 and 4.5-12 MHz)Analogue display
ICF-5900W1976Single ConversionVHF, MW, 2 x SW (3.9-10 and 11.6-28 MHz)Analogue display with calibration marker
ICF-6500W (L)1982Double ConversionVHF, LW, MW, SW (3.9-26.1 MHz)Digital display
ICF-6700W1978Double ConversionVHF, MW, SW 1-30 MHzdigital display 1 kHz, two bandwidths
ICF-6700L1978Double ConversionVHF, LW, MW, SW 1-30 MHzDigital display 1 kHz, two bandwidths
ICF-6800W1978Double ConversionVHF, MW, SW 1-30 MHzdigital display 1 kHz, two bandwidths
ICF-6800WA, orange1980Double ConversionVHF, MW, SW 1-30 MHzDigital display 1 kHz, 2 bandwidths, successor version with improved front end
CRF-3201978Double ConversionVHF, LW, MW, SW 1,6-30 MHzDigital display 1 kHz, mechanical. timer
CRF-320A198xDouble ConversionVHF, LW, MW, SW 1.6-30 MHzDigital display 1 kHz, digital clock
CRF-11978Double ConversionAM 10 kHz - 30 MHzDigital display 1 kHz, AM, SSB, 2 bandwidths, preselector
CRF-V211989Double ConversionVHF, AM 9 kHz - 30 MHzDigital display, 350 memories, HF/NF spectrum analysis, RTTY/FAX decoder, printer, clock

Sony World receivers with integrated cassette recorder

CF-950S1976 Receiver based on the ICF-5900 with mono cassette recorder}|
|[[CRF-330K]]|1978| |Receiver based on the CRF-320 with mono cassette recorder|{{:images-small:sony-crf330k.jpg?200|
WA-50001984Single ConversionVHF, MW, 5 x SW (49 - 16 mb)mono cassette recorder
WA-80001986Double ConversionVHF, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13 mb)stereo cassette recorder
WA-60001987Single ConversionVHF, MW, 5 x SW (49 - 16 mb)mono cassette recorder
WA-88001987Double ConversionVHF, MW, 8 x SW (49 - 13 mb)stereo cassette recorder
ICF-SW1000T1995Double ConversionVHF, AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz30 memory, stereo cassette recorder (similar to ICF-SW7600G)
CFS-50IL1988Single Conversion & double stereo cassette recorder in „ghetto blaster“ formatUKW, LW, MW, SW 5.9-17.8 MHzDigital display 5kHz, 20 memories

Special receivers from Sony

TR-84601972Single ConversionAIR bandAnalogue aeronautical receiver
TFM-8600W1978?Single ConversionLW, MW, VHF, AIR band Analogue aeronautical receiver
ICF-8650W1980?Single ConversionMW, VHF, AIR bandaeronautical receiver with digital display
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