Sony Corporation, Tokyo
ICF - SW15
überarbeitet am 30.10.2010
In the year 1993, Sony came out with a small portable travel shortwave radio, not a really ambitious receiver, but a very useful travel companion.
The Sony ICF-SW15 with it's 160 x 95 x 33 mm and a weight of 400 g fits in nearly every coat pocket; the front panel with it's speaker on the left side and the vertical bandspread dials has been copied very often over the years. Sony has at least been the inventor of this arrangement, have a look at the ICF-4900 or the ICF-7600.
The Sony ICF-SW15 is powered by three UM-3 / AA batteries.
The left part of the receiver front is taken by the speaker.
Most of the right half is taken by the dial window with it's vertical frequency
dials of the spread 49, 41, 31, 25, 19, 16 and 13 m shortwave bands, the dials for
mediumwaves and the FM broadcast band are located further right, the dial
pointer can be seen through a small slot.
Operating the ICF-SW15 is absolutely easy: press the SW button to switch
the radio on and to select the shortwave range, then use the sliding switch to select
the desired shortwave band, position number 1 stands for the 49 m band, the
selected band in indicated by a tiny mechanically moved indicator just below
the frequency dial. Try to locate the desired frequency on the corresponding bandspread dial,
this might not be an easy task as channel spacing between the dial marks
is 100 kHz.
© Martin Bösch 26.9.2010 / transl. 16.11.2010