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The Ultimate Newbie !!!!!

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by zx_spectrum, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. zx_spectrum

    zx_spectrum New Member

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    hello
    just like the title says; it doesn't get more newbie than this
    I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT RADIOS ....
    well actually know the difference between AM and FM

    i just want a table radio that can pick really distant stations
    I live far from my country and.... yeah i am really homesick. i know i cant use the internet but No i want the real experience



    so could you:
    1- tell me what to look for (what feature should i look for when shopping for radio)
    2- recommend a given model if possible. my budget is about 100-200$

    the radio that i am looking for should be :
    1- able to pick really distant stations
    2- table top
    3- analog ... and this is very important . well it is a nostalgia-thing

    thank you so much for your help
     

  2. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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  3. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Well first tell us where you are located and what country you want to listen too. Most countries have dropped international shortwave broadcasting in favour of internet or satellite radio and may not even have anything for you to listen to back home via radio.
     
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    Riverman71 Part-time Member

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  5. fogdog

    fogdog Well-Known Member

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    Go to flea bay and get an old 1940's wooden table top Short Wave Radio.

    I've got a 1941 General Electric L-160 S/W Radio that im going through off and on.
    These old radios check all the boxes that you wanted.

    73
     
  6. Slowmover

    Slowmover Well-Known Member

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    What one wants is the BLAUPUNKT Berlin.

    Couldn’t afford it then or now. But sure as hell would be cool as a conversation-starter on the credenza behind one’s desk.

    A 928 Porsche to go with it is obvious. Tell the old lady you’re going to check the news, and she’ll wonder she’s hearing the starting line at the Nurburgring.


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  7. Slowmover

    Slowmover Well-Known Member

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    I guess in the meantime this old thing will continue to get me by:

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  8. loosecannon

    loosecannon Sr. Member

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    what you are looking for is going to be out of your budget.

    first, no one makes an analog tuned Shortwave radio anymore, which means you'll be buying on the used market, and buying something that is over 20-30 years old.

    this means that the chances of you getting a lemon, or something that will require restoration/repair quite high.

    next, the shortwave radios in your price range have terrible front ends, and even worse selectivity.
    what this means in laymans terms is that any big radio station near you will drown out those distant stations even if you are not on the same frequency as it.
    It also means that the noise and static that is ever present because of our modern world will make it difficult if not impossible to hear weak signals.

    the kind of radio you want is a table top short wave receiver like this (Kenwood R5000):
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    or an HF amateur radio like this(yaesu FT-840):
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    both of these radios can be found on the used market for 500 dollars or less.

    now about the antenna.
    you are going to need a lot of space to hang a very long wire across your yard.
    don't bother with active or amplified antennas, as they will only amplify the noise.

    any wire shorter than say 40 feet is not going to do you any good.
    being new to all this you will probably buy something, and an antenna like you need will cost around 100 dollars.

    if you want to actually be able to hear the distant stations, you are going to be in to the hobby 500 dollars+.

    LC
     
  9. fogdog

    fogdog Well-Known Member

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    Walmart # 563410144
    $50.00. 9 band radio.
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  10. Slowmover

    Slowmover Well-Known Member

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    FD0CE814-B033-40A5-8ADD-5EBF2F2B21CA.jpeg I’d go for the C. Crane Shortwave model
     
  11. zx_spectrum

    zx_spectrum New Member

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    well I couldn't find the one you recommended, but I found this one brand new
    what about it ?? is it o.k ??
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  12. zx_spectrum

    zx_spectrum New Member

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    Thank you so much guys you have been a lot of help
    some of you suggested settings that are more appropriate for a hobbyist or professional and i am neither of those and honestly not intending to be one
    I just want to listen to stations that are 4500 Km (2800 miles) away at max

    well now I understand from you guys that i must look for:
    - shortwave radio
    - has external antenna input

    please correct me if I am wrong
    thanks
     
  13. Slowmover

    Slowmover Well-Known Member

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    On there site was a refurbished one of the model I showed. I would try for it if otherwise attractive.
     
  14. zx_spectrum

    zx_spectrum New Member

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    actually i am looking for brand new unit
     
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    Do you know what frequencies the stations you want to receive are transmitting on?

    Everyone seems to have assumed that you want to receive shortwave stations but I didn't see you actually say that, just want to make sure there are no mistakes regarding just what kind of stations you're trying to bring in.
     

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