Sony Corporation, Tokyo
ICF - 7600A
überarbeitet am 30.10.2010
As a successor to the first miniature multiband shortwave radio ICF-7600, Sony presented the ICF-7600A in the year 1983, this very similar looking radio got a double conversion design.
The Sony ICF-7600A is the successor of the ICF-7600 covering seven shortwave broadcast bands and not only five of them. The set is 120 x 190 x 32 mm wide and has a weight of 500 g, it's dimensions are nearly the same as the ones of the earlier ICF-7600, but Sony managed to pack a complete double conversion design in the cabinet. In contrast to the older model, it's switch off button is marked green.
The left part of the receiver front is taken by the quite flat 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 printed on the cabinet. In the ICF-7600A,
the FM broadcast band extends from 76 to 108 MHz, in contrast to the variant
ICF-7600AW sold in Europe, which only covers the 88 - 108 MHz range used in Europe
and omits the frequencies above 76 MHz used for FM broadcasts in Japan.
At the left small face of the radio, You find a 6V DC jack to connect the external power supply and jacks for earphones and a cassette recorder, the battery compartment is found at the back, the ICF-7600A needs four UM-3 batteries.
Operating the ICF-7600A 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. On the
bandspread dial, 8 mm correspond to 50 kHz, so You can "guess" a frequency
within 10 kHz, in the 19 m band, it's 8 mm for 100 kHz, so the dial resolution
is about 20 kHz.
© Martin Bösch 20.5.2005 / translated 9.11.2010