In this section, you find descriptions of short wave communication receivers - usually general coverage sets covering the complete short wave frequency range up to 30 MHz. These so-called communication receivers or all wave receivers will receive stations from throughout the world, as long as you find suitable reception conditions with little RF noise in your surrounding, acceptable propagation conditions and sufficient transmitter power.
You won't find here „scanning receivers“ with extended frequency ranges above 30 MHz well into the VHF und UHF bands, which are used not only for FM radio, but also for military, commercial and aeronautical communications. There are several comprehensive Websites in the internet.
You find informations about older receivers using tube technology, the so called „hollow state“ sets or „boatanchors“ (You might have an idea about the weight of this beauties in black or grey colour) in the section boatanchors.
Even if the operation of such a set might seem somewhat complicated and you won't find storage memories, alarm clock and all other bells and whistles, the receiving capabilities of a used from this category can surpass those of many modern receivers. Since older sets with analog technology were faded out as „Surplus“ from military and commercial services, you might encounter them in the amateur radio market.
|Tabletop receivers by AOR||The Japanese company AOR, initially known only for their scanners, brought out some remarkable shortwave receivers in the nineties.|
|Tabletop receivers by Drake||R. L. Drake manufactured amateur radio receivers and transceivers from the late fifties onwards, which later increasingly used in the commercial sector as well. In the nineties Drake had a number of fine receivers in its catalogue.|
|Tabletop receivers by Icom||The company Inoue Electric Factory Company Ltd. was founded in 1964 and got a reputation with their transistorised amateur radio equipment, initially sets operating in the VHF range. After some portable transceivers, Icom presented the IC-R70 in 1982, it was the first of a series of successful receivers.|
|Japanese tabletop receivers||In the seventies and nineties, various Japanese manufacturers of amateur radio equipment introduced different types of all wave receivers, which were often distinguished by their low price and accessibility for modifications.|
|Tabletop Receivers of JRC (Japan Radio Company)||The Japan Radio Company already had an excellent reputation as a major Japanese manufacturer of high end receivers and transmitters in maritime communications, when it launched a line designed to the amateur radio market in 1977, offering professional technology at an affordable price.|
|Tabletop receivers by Kenwood (Trio-Kenwood Communications)||Trio Company, a Japanese company, started manufacturing shortwave receivers for the home and amateur market in the mid-1950s, initially they were sold under the labels of other companies, such as Lafayette and Jennen. The company was renamed Kenwood in 1986.|
|Tabletop receivers by Lowe||The British company Lowe Electronics initially sold amateur radio accessories and from the early 1980s also offered a Japanese-made shortwave receiver under their brand, e.g. the SRX30. From 1987 onwards, Lowe had a production range of several designated shortwave receivers.|
|Tabletop receivers by Philips||The Dutch company Philips was one of the first manufacturers of radio sets in the early 20th century. Philips always concentrated on the consumer market, their few commercial communication receivers were almost as unsuccessful as their various world receivers.|
|Tabletop sets by Realistic DX / Tandy||The American electronics discounter RadioShack sold receivers from Japanese, Korean or Chinese manufacturers under the Realistic DX label, partly stripped down or modified in other ways.|
|Tabletop receivers by Yaesu||Yaesu was founded by a Japanese amateur radio operator and initially produced transmitting equipment for the amateur radio market. After the FRdx400 and FR-101 receivers, which only covered the amateur radio bands, Yaesu presented the FRG-7 in 1977. This fully transistorised triple conversion set was based on Wadley loop technology and was one of the first in a series of successful all-wave receivers.|