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             Icom IC-R8600 SDR (to help slightly for a purchase of a test sample).
          -    AOR AR-DV1 (again to help offset sample cost a bit, as the reader suggestion said "the good the bad and the ugly")
          -    Sangean ATS-909X (with firmware P-01...actual status still murky)
          -    Tecsun S-8800 (however already appears to be a huge disappointment for the $$'s involved !!)
          -    Grundig Satellit 800 (Tecsun manufactured - a.k.a. "R.L. Drake" Design , improved later SW8[A])
             Sony ICF-6700W (more reliable than a ICF-6800W ??)
             Sony ICF-SW1S (retest)
             Sony ICF-SW40
             Sony ICF-2001 (retest)
          -    Sony CRF-1 (reader suggested that I retest for a "full" report, that is if can locate a "non-overpriced" working one)
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              Panasonic RF-B600
          -    Panasonic RE-1800 (VHF / UHF scanner)
          -    Sangean ATS-803A (retest)
             Sangean (first digital portable for Sangean) ATS-801 or ATS-802
             Sangean ATS-404 or ATS-405
          -    eton / Grundig "Satellit" (does not have to be the new "Executive" version)
             Pioneer SX-6 (stereo receiver)
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          -    Any older “Solid State” HF Transceivers
          -    JIL SX-400 VHF / UHF Receiver (with or without the RF-1030 SW converter)

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          "Dave's Radio Receiver Page" - 2016 Reviews
          Icom IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver
          TXTone TD-Q8A Handheld Transceiver
          Yaesu FT-450D HF Transceiver
          Sony ICF-6500W Receiver
          SDRplay - RSP1 SDR
          CountyComm GP5/SSB Gen 3
          C.Crane "FM Reflect" INDOOR FM Antenna
          JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver

            • Yaesu VX-3R - "Last LAST Call" : The Japanese made Yaesu VX-3R "Micro" dual band Handie Talkie has been discontinued and was totally sold out at all USA dealers by early March. However there was ONE LAST shipment in late March to some US dealers (but not all). It was in the market place since 2007 (so 10 years). The VX-3R has not seen a great track record for reliability with frustrating bugs and issues in it's lifetime (see my updated review here that covers some of these....but keep in mind this was with very early 2007 samples). But if you desire a brand new sample NOW is the time to purchase one before the very limited stock is gone ! We are not aware of a Yaesu "Micro" replacement HT at the time this text was typed (but I'm not saying that one could not happen....it's unknown ?). (Updated : Mar 24)

            LAST CALL : If you always wanted a NEW Yaesu VX-3R Micro HT, NOW is the time to purchase one (while they last) !!
            • New Uniden model “BearTracker 885”. Yes a 40 channel CB PLUS a Digital Trunking Scanner (with built in GPS and Beartracker) in one box !! It has NOT yet been FCC approved (that I can find). What we REALLY need is a 2 Meter (at least) HANDHELD transceiver with a Digital P25 Trunking scanner built in !! Now THAT I would buy in a second !! (Mar 24)

            “BearTracker 885”. Yes a 40 channel CB PLUS a Digital Scanner (with built in GPS and Beartracker) in one box.
            • "Icom IC-7610 and IC-R8600" : The new Icom IC-R8600 Wide Band Receiver is slated for release (for Japan market) in very late March 2017. Sorry, will probably never see DMR or the other missing digital modes due to obvious conflicts (and that is indeed a major drawback for many including me). At 228,000 Yen MSRP price, my USD street price "guess" will be in the $ 2200~2300. area at release ? The "cats meow" for a standalone "non-computer" connected WideBand SDR set up might be IC-R8600 AND a AOR AR-DV1 setting next to it (even with the AR-DV1's downfalls) ??
            The new “Icom IC-7610 SDR Transceiver” release is now slated in the Japan market for MAY 2017 at a MSRP of 368,000. Yen. That converts to a bit under $ 3300. USD. So given the usual duty and other fees involved added on, my "guess" is should be around $ 3600~3800. USA street price at release ?? So that is a bit less what the IC-7600 street price was when it was first released ($ 4000.) ? If the MAY release in Japan happens, my crystal ball guess again (without any FCC OET clearance or other issues) should hit the USA market around late JULY or AUGUST ??
             
            Will be interesting to see the IC-7610 brochure and specifications when those are released. For one what will the RECEIVE current be ?? As many know the IC-7600 is a HUGE “power pig” at around 3 AMPS just in receive. Of course this means that the set runs on the hot side and the fan cycles in just receive mode (with never ANY transmit used at all) !! The excellent IC-7300’s fan NEVER comes on in just receive use being it’s current consumption is only around 840 ma’s (fancy display and all). As I have already made comment to, ANY fan operation on a radio while SWLing is a nasty unacceptable drawback to ME. You Tube Video's (from March "ICOM Festival" Tokyo, Akihabara) : Video ONEVideo TWO (showing the "DIGI-SEL" adjustment) .

            Sorry, no news on the new IC-R30 handheld Wideband Receiver as I type this. (Updated : Mar 20)


            NEW ICOM SDR's : "IC-R8600" WIDE-BAND RECEIVER (left), "IC-7610" HF TRANSCEIVER (right).

            "Standard Wireless Operations" (Radio Shack) filing Bankruptcy on March 8th and total liquidation is expected.

            If your Japanese or Asian radio cabinet screw heads have a little "dot" on them, this indicates a JIS ("Japanese Industrial Standard") type of screw is being used. NOT all JIS screwdrivers are created equal however (Vessel brand are the ONLY sure thing ?). A standard Phillips type screwdriver can bugger up a JIS screw head. Click on photo above and see our provided links on this subject (as now added on that page) .
            • WJ-8711A HF Receiver Review Page "Updated" : Updated text / review on the WJ-8711A receiver. The DS1643-100+ "Real Time Clock" RAM's are no longer available (Maxium DS1643)It is REQUIRED for operation of the receiver and the internal battery does die in about 10 to 15 years after it's activated. Of course early (non A?) versions used a coin type lithium cell in a holder and this is not valid here. UPDATES : As of me typing this text, I do see availability up on ebay and Amazon from strange unknown dealers (but who knows how long these supplies will last ?). WARNING : As it goes these days, watch out for "counterfeit" manufactured ones (or ones that have been already activated....that is are USED) !! We are unaware of any workaround for this serious issue (anyone ??). (Updated : Mar 01)

            The Watkins Johnson WJ-8711A : The REQUIRED DS1643-100+ RTC RAM's that are used in these receivers has been discontinued and no longer available (no known substitution or work around...??).
            • CountyComm GP-5/SSB vs. Tecsun PL-365 : Dan Robinson has provided a comparison video up on "You Tube" between a CountyCommn GP-5 / SSB (Gen 2 model) to a near Tecsun PL-365 and the audio quality appears to be slightly improved with the Tecsun ?? Seems to our ears that the lone AM mode bandwidth selection used is set (easily done with the Si4735 DSP chip) a bit narrower in the CountyComm GP-5 / SSB version ?? Too bad that there was not a user bandwidth adjustment provided with these set as with the PL-380 (and other Tecsun Si4734/4735 models). Additionally the Tecsun PL-365 appears to have "Si473x" DSP [the sometimes common problem with the Si473x] "choppy audio" issue on weak signals. It all depends how it was interfaced....A.K.A. Degen DE1126 etc. This was NOT detected much with the GP5 / SSB (Gen 2) in this video. Still a good SW pocket receiver with SSB for what it is. However our main issue with the GP-5 / SSB is it's excessive audio distortion on SSB and sadly that remains unchanged with the new "Gen 3" version in our testing. My review is still are available here (mid page), Again don't forget that the AM Antenna jack on the top (without the plug in loop) also works as a external antenna jack and not only for MW but also for SW (not for FM). We thank Dan for providing this very informative video. (Updated : Mar 01)
            "CountyComm" GP-5/SSB vs. the Tecsun PL-365 pocket portable sets with SSB (old Gen 2 model shown above). Slightly different audio quality ?? See Dan Robinson's "You Tube" comparison video here.
            • Icom IC-7300 Notes : "Line Audio Output" : Added comments with our IC-7300 review in regards to the now tested "Line Output" at pin 12 of the 13 pin rear connector, plus updated "Voice Synthesizer" information at this output (as well as the built in SD card recorder).....yes it can indeed "voice stamp" recordings...excellent. My apologies that I missed this important feature in the original report (it's not set ON at default). See my review for more information on this topic.
            Icom IC-7300 ver 1.14 Firmware Update :  Icom released "version 1.14" firmware for the  IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver back on October 4th, 2016.  Adam's VA7OJ's "Yahoo Group" forum users reported that there are issues with MW (AM Broadcast) reception where that band becomes very noisy and useless (severe OVF overloading that cannot be controlled properly ?). We did the 1.14 update here at HQ and works OK...however, it is more sensitive to OVF overload (MW band and elsewhere). I do indeed have the "MW band ATT" OFF.  I have no OVF indication with no preamps, some OVF with Preamp 1 with a super strong signal (and or lots of band noise) and lots with Preamp 2 with the conditions. I use a passive RF Systems 55 foot MLB long wire for MW and SW. Of course if anyone is using receive antenna's with internal preamps (say the Wellbrook Loop) this will make this OVF overload issue much WORSE !! In those situations these folks may have to keep the "MW band ATT" ON (located in the menus) and or to reduce the RF gain as required. UPDATES : One thing we did notice with firmware 1.14 after some additional testing was while receiving a broadcast station in the AM mode and at a WIDE 10 kHz bandwidth, was the audio does not sound as clean (I'm detecting a bit more audio distortion mixed in using the same identical settings, and of course with no OVF indicator). So alas we have gone back to Ver 1.13 for now ourselves. (Updated : Feb 03)

            New Icom IC-7300 ver 1.14 Firmware update. Works OK, except we detected slightly increased audio distortion (using AM mode with a WIDE 10 kHz bandwidth). Voice Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the menu's, default is OFF).
            • "SWL-Remotes" Discontinued : The IR standalone device that we recommended for use with the ICOM IC-7600 and IC-7300 has been discontinued and is no longer available. We know of no replacement device that equals this neat gadget that allowed one to provide limited remote control function of various radios (and while NOT being connected to any computer). With the Icom IC-7300 it greatly helped dealing with the some touch screen operations (but not entirely) even giving a "speaker audio mute" that is not even available on the transceiver itself. One will have to hunt on the used market now and will not be easy as it was not a widely sold product (ebay ??). We continue to enjoy our "R-75" remote model as connected to a IC-7300. (Updated : Mar 20)
            "Universal Radio" in Ohio USA informs us that they do have a very limited number of other "SWL-Remotes" models left in stock as I type this (while they last !!).

            Qty. 2  IR-IC "Icom Generic" . This model will still control the IC-7200 / IC-7300 and MANY other CI-V Icom radios.
            Commands are more limited over the now unavailable “R75” model but is still very much useful.
            You can read the full manual and it's command list here !! Works via the CI-V port. Those commands are :

            - Direct Frequency Keyboard Entry
            - Memory Channels (including scan control)
            - VFO (plus tune up and down)
            - VFO Tuning Step Selection

            - Mode Selection
            - Bandwidth Filter Selection
            - Quick Toggle of Radio Features (VFO-Memory / Attenuator / Modes / Bandwidth / Speech)
            (missing commands vs. the "R-75" model include : NB / Notch / Preamp / AGC / Volume Control adjustments and Audio Muting).

            Qty. 1  IR-R5000CS (for the Kenwood R-5000 Receiver)
            Qty. 1  IR-UNIDEN (for certain OLDER Uniden Scanners)



            "SWL-Remotes" a excellent standalone IR remote control device for Receivers / Transceivers has been discontinued.

            Icom's Excelent IC-7300 SDR Spectrum Scope Performance Easily Overtakes the now outdated IC-7600 or IC-R9500 sets. Higher resolution LCD too (even with it's smaller size).
            • New Yaesu "FT-25R", "FT-65R" and "FT-70R" Analog HT's : 3 new "standard size" analog Yaesu handheld transceivers, 2 are lower cost Chinese manufactured (near clone) entries. (Updated : Mar 23)
            - FT-65R Dual Band Handheld Transceiver includes a 1950mah lithium ion battery as stock unlike the FT-60R that uses low capacity nickel-metal hydride batteries (ni-mh). A larger optional capacity lithium ion type battery is available (2500mah). Made in China. Uses "Kenwood" microphone / speaker configuration. eham reviews are showing the FT-65R is already off to a very shaky start ! Guessing that the new FT-25R "2 Meter" variant could have similar defects ??

            - FT-25R is a 2 Meter only version of the FT-65R (also made in China).

            - FT-70R "Fusion" Dual Band digital model is made in Japan, not China. No GPS, but 2 neat LED's on top. Only one band at a time on this one. Same size as the FT-1XDR.

            Yaesu's Chinese FT-65R Dual Band Handie Talkie (left) (reviews already showing serious issues). The FT-25R "2-Meter only" version with the same case style / batteries as with the FT-65R. New "Dual Band" FT-70DR Fusion HT (right), more simple over the same size FT-1XDR with no GPS and one band at a time.
            • Icom IC-7200 "Back in Production" : The Icom IC-7200 HF DSP Transceiver is back in production once again (at least for now). Unknown if any part / design changes had to be made to make this possible ? Let's hope they are using better quality Chinese fans ?? We TRIED 2 brand new samples near the end of the last run and it's internal "Dual Mini Chinese Fans" BOTH squealed like a pig. This was very VERY annoying for ME even if only operating in transmit (OK, so not everyone is sensitive to this sort of noise ??). Our first sample we had a few years before never had this fan squealing issue (it was/is a decent HF transceiver and SWL receiver). We ended up with the IC-7300 a few months later which was a excellent upgrade for our desires and still being affordable (plus including an internal antenna tuner) . Our IC-7300 review can be seen here. (Updated : Jan 06)
             
            Icom's IC-7200 HF DSP Transceiver has returned once again to dealer shelves. (Universal Radio Photo)
            • Sangean ATS-909X NEW Firmware has Issues / Poor Customer Service - QC from "RadioLabs" : John Case checks in with news that Sangean have changed the ATS-909X's firmware to NEW  "P-01" (from 1.29). The MAJOR downside with HIS sample of this latest "P-01" firmware is on LSB or USB modes the usable volume either drops severely or drops out near all together. John tells us that Jay Allen has also verified this bug.
            Our review on the Sangean ATS-909X can be found here using 1.29 firmware (both stock and modified). But even with the "RadioLab" mods with firmware 1.29 the MW/SW "AM Mode" the audio still disappoints greatly in our view with the 909X. I can not stand listening to a ATS-909X for more than 30 minutes on SW before my brain gets tired and MUST shut it off ! But before this firmware change it DID have very good SSB (and generally stable).

            John also reports that he has had very poor "customer service / quality control" with "RadioLabs".  He also has told us that Sangean customer service reported that P-01 is the new firmware, and is not a mistake (both white and black versions have been noted with the new P-01 firmware now). Again with John's test sample SSB was almost inaudible, even at maximum gain. His even greater problem with "RadioLabs" is they told him they had Ver 1.29 black radios in stock and would send him one, but instead sent a P-01 version. They left a ribbon cable disconnected after modification, so I he had to open the radio and reconnect it to test it. Appears that they do not check anything after replacing the filters and removing the detent. Worse, after telling RadioLabs he wanted to send it back for a refund (at John's expense), they gave him an RMA number, and even acknowledged receipt, but sat on the refund for almost 2 weeks until Paypal intervened. NOTE : Is it possible that John's sample may have been defective ??

            UPDATES : Appears there is more to the new "P-01" firmware. Avo Ohaniam reports over on "SWLing.com", that his new "P-01" sample suffers from greater general drift (as noticed vs. his old sample with 1.29), undesirable backlight changes, background audio hiss even on super strong signals and a higher FM Stereo threshold (that is it now takes a stronger signal for "Stereo" to kick in). However he also states that his MW reception is improved, bandwidths are wider and now has better audio quality (this is not a bad thing aside from the increased hiss). John Case is thinking that Sangean has now done away with the 2 bandwidth filters altogether and now ONLY using the DSP chip for IF bandwidth filtering. This has not been verified by us but if true of course probably makes the "RadioLabs" IF Bandwidth filter modifications no longer required. NOW....another user has reported that his ATS-909X with the 1.29 firmware has unusable SSB as well. So this saga gets even more interesting !! (Updated : Jan 16)


            We have received reports that current production samples of the Sangean ATS-909X are suffering from issues with the new "P-01" firmware. John Case's "P-01" firmware sample suffered from "Low or No Audio" when in LSB or USB modes. Others have reported different undesirable changes. But it appears to have improved audio quality (aside from the added hiss).
            "CountyComm" GP-5/SSB pocket portable with SSB (Gen 2 shown above). Gen 3 now tested and the ONLY differences we can detect vs. the Gen 2 are a new green and red buttons on front panel and stainless steel antenna. Our reviews are available here. A near Tecsun PL-360 with SSB added, however uses the slightly different si4735 DSP receiver IC. Current US street price is $ 89.95 plus shipping.
            • Updated SONY Page : Revamped and added a ICF-6500W receiver review (located near the bottom) to the newly named "SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE". We normally do NOT review discontinued products anymore. But we received this "donated" Sony and being it is such an interesting set even in 2016, we have made another exception. Repairs had to be made before testing could begin on this sample (as covered in the review). To our ears, it actually has better audio, SW and MW sensitivity, dynamic range and image rejection than the ICF-SW7600GR (see review top of page). Being there will be no more Sony SW receivers to be made, we can at least cover the classic sets they did produce (good and not so good) when a good sample crosses our paths. Speaking of the set the ICF-SW7600GR has been discontinued .."so this is the end of an era". Amazon still has new samples available as I type this. But these supplies are nearly exhausted so if you always wanted a NEW one, better do it NOW !! UPDATES : Updated and added text to the ICF-6500W review. With properly cleaned band switches, the MW and FM  performance improved greatly. (Updated : Jan 02)

            Revamped and added a ICF-6500W receiver review to the remaned "SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE".
            • "JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver" Review :  For something a bit different, we review JVC's (Japan Victor Co.) Classic 1980 "R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver". Tired of the current lot of Stereo Receivers on the market (and this has been the case for over 25 years now) that are USELESS for listening to MUSIC ?? A bit of my history here as well with stereo receivers. We just restored a sample and is a "excellent" sounding (digital tuner) stereo receiver. (Updated : Jan 01)

            The R-S77, JVC's first "Top of The Line" Stereo Receiver that featured a Synthesizer Digital Tuner and "Super A" Amplifier. In our view overall JVC NEVER equaled it (performance / sound / longevity / quality of construction). (N9EWO Photo)

            Our C.Crane "FM Reflect" INDOOR FM antenna review. We found to be near excellent provided it is installed properly.
            • "SDRplay RSP1" Review : Our long awaited "SDRplay RSP1" review is now available here. My apologies for the delay. It took more time then I had planned and other issues got in the way. We also tested it with the popular DSD+ software and worked well after some troubleshooting. UPDATED : Added additional text and fixed typos. We wish to thank Sungchul Cho again for the donation of the test sample. (Updated : Oct 14, 2016)

            • Updated "Miscellaneous" Page : The "miscellaneous" page has been updated and renamed to Dave's Miscellaneous "Tidbit" Radio Stuff . New entries and neater look. Area for just about "anything" to do with radio receiver's / amateur transceiver's but not in any huge detail. Subject to add / remove any entry at any time, so check back once in awhile. I may or may not indicate any new entries on this "Misc" page on the news page. NOTE : Some of the more important older "non" news items could get moved over to here after awhile now (as a number of them have already). (Updated : Dec 02, 2016)
             
            • TDXone TD-Q8A Handheld Transceiver :  Our review on the TDXone TD-Q8A Dual Band HT is available here. Overall a good small "low cost" full powered "amateur radio" VHF/UHF FM transceiver. However we had issues with it's lithium Ion batteries and the included plastic antenna. UPDATE : Added additional photo that shows the recessed antenna connector. (Updated : Apr 12, 2016)
             
            TDXone 2meter/70cm Dual Band Handheld Transceiver. Our review is available here. (N9EWO Photo)
            • Yaesu FT-450D Review : Our Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver review is available here. Nice set for Amateur use (receiver performance is good), but not so hot as a SWL set at least in our view. It's fair to poor ergonomics, hissy receive audio and a cooling fan that runs full time (yes even in just 100% receive only operation) makes for a sour experience. (Updated : Mar 10, 2016)

            The Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver. FAN-tasic (that is if you like fan noise !!)
            Great Ham rig with good receiver performance, but is a poor SWL set in our view.
            My review is posted here.  (N9EWO Photo)

            "I've been having some memory issues with my Yaesu 857-D. I reloaded the memories again using the CHIRP software. The more I re-uploaded the memories the worst the problem got. The memories seemed to upload but as I rotated the select knob all the memories showed as 7.000 LSB. There were even some new memory channels that I've never seen before they were not numbers but a combination of Alpha-numeric characters.  After an email from Yaesu Tech support I was told that Yaesu does not recommend the use of CHIRP "because we have experienced corrupted CPUs in some of our radios that have used that software."  This is an exact quote from Yaesu Tech support.  Unfortunately I now have an expensive repair to look forward to ! Others need to be aware of this." (Updated : Jan 26)

            The New Kaito KA108 portable appears to be another Degen made Disaster !! 
            • "Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Communications Receivers - 1942-2013", 2nd Printing : The 4th edition of this excellent publication is now back in stock with the the 2nd printing . Weight of this 800 page "Hard Cover" book (that's 400 sheets of paper) is 6.2 pounds (2.8 kg), so is quite heavy. (Updated : Jan 18, 2016)

            "Shortwave Receivers Past & Present" 4th edition by Fred Osterman (in hard cover).
            Back in stock with the 2nd printing. If you always wanted a copy "now" is the time.

            New version of the Degen DE1103 has been released . Now with DSP.
            Click on photo above for more information over on "SWLing.com" (Sorry, it appears to be another Degen Dud ?)
            • AOR "AR-Mini" receiver returns for USA consumers : At least for the time being the AOR AR-Mini (consumer B "cell blocked" version) micro handheld wideband receiver is back for sale in the USA. As readers to this web page already know, I reviewed this back a few years ago and can still be seen here . It is unknown how long this reprieve will last for the B version, so if you ever wanted one of these models, I would say don't wait. US dealer Universal Radio has a killer price on it as well (as I type this text anyway). (Sep 23, 2015)
              
             The AOR AR-Mini Pocket Wideband Receiver (blocked B version) returns for USA consumers.
             But unknown for how long ?? US dealer Universal Radio has super nice price (as I type this)

            But sadly as I type this many customers are now becoming "very frustrated' with the new models and the ever growing list of serious issues. eham reviews (are not good overall) : BCD436HP here , BCD536HP here.

            Reports / information/ links via Radio Reference Forums. Bugs include (could any of these be a real deal breaker for you ??) :
            1. With early samples of the BCD536HP only (serial numbers below <38002600 ), a nasty white noise / hiss that appears via the headphone jack (all modes, squelched or unsquelched). Also the volume setting does not affect the level of the headphone jack hiss. Uniden is making this right (as of Feb 26, 2014) : "click here for more information" via Radio Reference .
            2. NASTY noise when the squelch closes (for video/audio file click here). Any settings / adjustments do not fix this (perhaps now fixed with firmware update) ?
            3. Scan speed is slower over the BCDx96XT's .
            4. Excessive "Bassy" audio with P25 decoding.
            5. Missing the very first part of a P25 transmission.
            6. Audio crackling when decoding a P25 "phase 2 system" (but not always).
            7. Difficult display with the BCD436HP (subjective).
            8. Keys Sluggish / Slow (both models, also see # 14).
            9. Other P25 Decoding Issues (both models)
            10. BCD436HP LCD defects with certain samples.
            11. Problem with BCD536HP USB mini jack
            12. Less sensitive when compared to elder products (same antenna's).
            13. BCD396XT more sensitive over BCD436HP.
            14. P25 Phase II reception and/or Recording function Bogs down Microprocessor .
            15. BCD436HP LCD Failures.
            16. Other CPU Noises on BCD536HP.
            17. BCD436HP LCD Lens is a Scratch Magnet .
            18. BCD436HP Internal Speakers Blowing Out (same issues as with the BCD396T and BCD396XT, see below for more on this) !!
            19. Paint wearing off keypads (but this can be an issue with the BCD396XT as well with heavy use).
            20. BCD536HP : Display Backlight fading. 50% loss of brightness in use.
            21. "Clock Reset Issue" (ANOTHER recall on some samples)
            (Uniden has FINALLY fixed this issue , for information "click here")
            22. BCD436HP : The "pressure type" speaker contacts become internment (no longer use wires with soldered connections)
            23. BCD436HP : Display Backlight fading. 50% loss of brightness in use. This is getting to be a MAJOR issue (just as with the BCD536HP's..see #20.) UPDATE : Appears that Uniden has started to use a new display and OR backlighting LED's at least with the BCD436HP's ? [also see here for pictures of the new display] .

            (Here is a "very important" note from the manual) : " WARNING ! If you connect an external speaker to the scanner’s Ext. SP Jack or Headphone Jack, never connect the audio output line to a power supply and ground. This might also damage the scanner. BCD536HP Only - All audio output is Class-D amplified (PWM). Never connect Ext. the SP Jack or Headphone Jack to an external Class-D AMP. "So be extremely careful if you take the output from the receiver speaker jacks to say the input of some another amplifier or other device (perhaps use a proper isolation audio transformer ??) !!

            BCD436HP Internal Speaker's Blowing Out "the same old story" : The excessive "blow out" speaker failures that plagued the BCD396T and BCD396XT continue in the new BCD436HP !! By looking at internal pictures (see link below), Uniden is still using a weird " 24 ohm 0.5 watt " internal speaker as with the older BCD396 models in the BCD436HP (however it has a different number printed on it). Information found in the HP owners manual specs (page 89) that states a 0.8 watt speaker being used is dead wrong !! The BCD436HP's speaker is now held in place using a spring clip . It is not hot glued in as with the old BCD396T and XT models so now it can rattle/buzz as well . Also the connections to the speaker are only being made with pressure pin contacts to the controller PC board. In other words the speakers wires are no longer soldered to the speaker . Hint : Perhaps if one turns up the volume it up too far into distortion (a trait of the old 396 models) , say past 8 or 9.....could this be a issue to these failures ?? I NEVER use my BCD396XT past 9 at any time to put less stress on it !! Note : We do not own or have used a BCD436HP to verify this but it looks like Uniden did not learn from the excessive speaker failure issues from past models !! Very sad it is !!

            Internal Recording Feature : With the BCDx36HP models, you record everything or nothing. On the GRE PSR-800 (now the Whistler WS1080), you can select which channels / frequencies are to be recorded . The super cool "multi color" backlight as in the older XT models has now gone away. Now it's just a lone white backlight , (well at least it is not that deep blue backlight that was used with the BCD396T which is hard to see at all) .

            Internal Photo's of the BCD536HP (click here and are down the page) .
            Internal Photo's of the BCD436HP (click here and are down the page) .

            New owners should read the Uniden TWiki web pages before operation : BCD436HP and BCD536HP .

            Again the BCD436HP handheld is just too B-I-G for me at 6.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches !! I love the size of the BCD396XT for real pocket use with it being 4.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches . Please Note : We still have our BCD396XT mini review on the bottom of my updated GRE PSR-800 / Whistler WS1080 page .

            These new Uniden Scanners use separate FM normal and narrow filters : Interesting posting over on Radio Reference (with photo's) that point out the "actual" IF filters used between the GRE PSR-600, the old Uniden BCD-996XT and the latest BCD536HP. The GRE PSR-500 / 600 (and Radio Shack PRO-106 /197) used 2 IF filters for the normal and narrow FM filtering. Where the older BCD396XT / BCD996XT only used used one filter with some fancy audio shaping for FM narrow and latest BCD436HP / BCD536HP now uses 2 separate filters (just like GRE did). (Updated : Jan 21, 2015)


            Uniden's BCD436HP Handheld (left photo) and BCD536HP Desktop / Mobile (right photo) "Scanners" .  However both models have now seen a "never ending" long shopping list of issues (see above).
            Degen's DE1128H (right photo) is much improved over the old Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen 1128 model (left photo) .

            CCrane Witness + USB AC power adapter also works for excellent CLEAN reception for radios that use a USB Mini jack for power . If you own a SW receiver that uses a USB jack for power , it's worth to have at least one of these . I have been unable to locate an equal on this (not even close) . My mini-review on this AC Adapter can be found here (dead bottom of page) . You seen this information here first on DRRP !!
            However , we have received many reports directly with even later made Degen DE1126 samples (most using the V01.8 firmware) that are having nasty MP3 dropout issues, yes just like the Grundig G2 Reporter.  So I can no longer recommend the purchase of any remaining Degen DE1126 or DE1127 samples (your risk as they say, and perhaps that bug does not bother you ?) . Again see the review page for more information (bottom). (Updated: Jan 12, 2016)


            Tom from New Zealand tells us , Degen's DE1131 "pocket marvel" (left photo) does not suffer from the dreaded MP3 skipping trait . He also reports that the audio has also been improved over the old DE1126 . The updated DE1128H (right photo), is "greatly" improved over the old non H version (a.k.a. : Grundig G2 Reporter). No more MP3 dropouts for one and better audio (receiver section is unchanged). See my review here on the bottom of this page.

            N9EWO Review's the Sangean ATS-909X (Stock and RadioLabs Versions) , Tecsun PL-660 and PL-880. (N9EWO Photo's)

            The MW122A power supply runs very hot out of the box with the Sat 800, e1 or SW-8.
            My mods will help to make it run a bit cooler. Click on photo above to visit the web page. (N9EWO Photo)

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