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“Proposed "Classic Set Review 2018 Idea List”. What Dave would like to review in 2018 or your suggestions or OTHER receiver donations, including postpaid “donations” from ebay - elsewhere OR good samples in the USA to purchase at reasonable prices). Our contact email is on the top of this page.
-    Sony ICF-6700W (frequency counter issues are OK)
-    Sony ICF-SW40
-    Sony ICF-2001 (the original "direct keypad" SW receiver from 1980)
-    Sony ICF-2002, ICF-2003 (or variants)
-    Sony CRF-1 (retest, even if not totally working correctly)
-    Sangean ATS-803A (or "A" version variants)
-    Sangean ATS-801 or ATS-802 (Sangean's first digital readout sets)
-    Icom IC-R70 (Icom’s first “digital display” communications receiver)
-    JRC NRD-525
-    Drake R8

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            Icom released new 1.31 firmware on February 27th : USA version linked here (untested).

            Sherwood Engineering "Receiver Test Data" lab numbers / ratings (Important updated testing data Feb 11th).

            Important Updates : It has been reported on the IC-R8600 "Groups io" (subscription required to read listings), certain production "ver 1.2" samples of the "CS-R8600 PC Programming Software" (for the IC-R8600 Receiver) are defective. They are missing the EXE file. Icom are of course quickly replacing these defective ones as needed (some with ver 1.0 which will need the 1.2 update done as covered in our review).

            Decoding DMR With Your Icom IC-R8600 ("You Tube" Video)

            PLEASE NOTE : "BUG REPORTS" have now been moved over to the BOTTOM of the review page. Will continue to update these as required on the review page (latest update on Feb 17).
            (Updated : Mar 15)

            ICOM "IC-R8600" SDR WIDE-BAND RECEIVER. Available in the USA for around $ <2500. USD "street price" ($ 3400. in Canada). Full N9EWO Review Here.
            • "Icom IC-7300" N9EWO Latest Information : New 1.21 Firmware was released on February 27th 2018 (not tested). Be sure and save the settings to the SD card BEFORE as it can (will) clear those after the update has been done (just reload that file after). "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. (Updated : Mar 22)
            Information via Universal Radio's IC-7300 Web Page [Mar 18] :  "Availability Note :  We are currently out of this model, as is Icom. Icom does not expect to have them back in stock until late May. Because of this availability problem, we are not currently accepting orders for this item."

            New 1.21 Firmware was released on Feb 27th, 2018. Icom IC-7300 Voice Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the menu's, default is OFF).
            • Yaesu FT-70DR Battery Note : A user tip with the Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band Fusion Handie Talkie in regards to battery life. Just as it is with many handheld amateur transceivers and even certain SW portable radios these days (and should not be), the FT-70DR draws some pretty good "stand by" current when OFF. Any owner of these HT's should REMOVE the SBR-24LI battery "totally" from the radio body when not in use (even more so when not being used for any extended period). We had this same issue with the Yaesu FT1XDR, Wouxun KG-UVD1P and even the Yaesu VX-2R and Icom IC-Q7A many years back. After a few months of testing here at HQ with a FT-70DR sample, it's the same situation. It has no clock or other battery backed settings, so is not a big deal here (again just be sure and remove the battery when not in use). (Mar 20)

            Yaesu FT-70DR : Remember to totally remove the battery when not in use for improved battery life.
            • AOR AR-DV1 Review : Our "AOR AR-DV1" review is available here . Be sure and listen to the mp3 audio file. Information in our review that has NOT been covered anywhere else (up to now). (Updated : Mar 08)

            Our AOR AR-DV1 "Digital Voice Receiver" Review is now available (NOTE : I did not use the word SCANNER which it is NOT).
            • Icom IC-7610 "Fan Operates in just Receive Only Use !" : The Icom IC-7610 "Direct Sampling" SDR HF Transceiver's receiver section draws around "3+ amps" of current just as with the elder IC-7600 model did (via information as indicated in the brochure). We of course had a gut feeling that the fan would operate in just RECEIVE use ??
            IMPORTANT UPDATE : Our concerns were found valid. Rob Sherwood NC0B reports to us that the IC-7610's internal fan does indeed cycle with JUST RECEIVE use !! So it's the same as with the IC-7600 fan operation and noise (our full IC-7600 review can be seen here). I for one will NOT be making a IC-7610 purchase now or in the future (it's off my possible purchase list permanently). But I'm sure for many (most) this trait will not be an issue at all. This is a VERY IMPORTANT factor and a total deal breaker for ME ! As we have already covered in our IC-7300's review, it's fan NEVER operates in just "Receive only" use. NO fan operation is REQUIRED with any "receiver" for our very sensitive ears to this kind of noise !!

            For many IC-7600 owners, after awhile with the fan inhaling air nearly full time in a warm room, annoying viewable dust can settle in between the front lens and the actual LCD. Removing that is near impossible for most. One can find references to this issue on the IC-7600 Yahoo Groups. Now....IF the IC-7610 will have this same trait is way too early to tell of course.
            (Updated : Jan 31)

            Icom's IC-7610 SDR HF Transceiver's "Internal Fan" does indeed operate with JUST RECEIVE use. (Universal Radio Linked Photo)

            No more "factory repairs" for the Japan Radio Co. (JRC) NRD-545 (click on photo for my review)

            • Grundig Satellit 750 "Last Call" : We have received word that the Grundig Satellit 750 has been officially discontinued. Get them while you can (new anyway) !! We never thought much of the Satellit 750, as we covered in our review here. A far cry from the excellent Satellit 800 (our "Sat 800" review can be seen here). The Satellit 750 and Satellit 800 (right photo below) were both manufactured by TECSUN. (Updated : Mar 01)

            The "Grundig Satellit 750" has been discontinued (left photo above). We will use the old Radio Shack term "SOWG" here (that is "Sold Out When Gone") 

            New improved SDRPLAY "RSP1A" is now available. Price $ 20. USD more over the old RSP1 model (at the time this entry was added).
            • "Universal Radio" has Moved to a New Location as of Monday October 16th, 2017. 
            "Universal Radio has moved its operations to a more efficient location here in the Columbus, Ohio area where we can continue to serve our loyal customers. This will be the fourth location change since Universal was founded in 1942. We look forward to many more years of serving the amateur and short wave communities which Universal Radio has done for 75 years. The new location is a 30-minute drive from the old Americana location." .

            Universal Radio Inc.
            651 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
            Worthington, OH 43085


            The V-115 does indeed have STEREO output with headphones and also records the MP3 file in Stereo. From reading eham internet reviews some samples of the V-115 FM work in Stereo with headphones and others do not (Amazon Link : it's dead in one channel (mono ??) ?? Craig found this out in his testing of the V-115 :"Proper headphone / earbud operation depends on the diameter of the reduced portion of the tip on the phone plug. Works fine with some phones, but not with others.". So the reason why some only get one channel, and it has to do with the "low quality" jack being used ?

            UPDATES TO N9EWO's REVIEW : Test sample # 2  of the V-115 arrived with a broken whip antenna, Both samples AM (MW) station breakthrough was experienced across the entire SW coverage of the radio but was not all the time (MW station power of only 1000 watts at approx. 5 miles away). We also found the V-115's internal charging indicator to be indifferent with both samples. See N9EWO review text for details.
            Text bugs now fixed with a number of additional findings added as well (Ver 5.0), sorry for the confusion. (Updated : Oct 29)

            Craig Menning checks out the TIVDIO V-111 , V-115 and Kaito KA29. The V-115 and KA29 both have built in "Off Air" internal recording functions. Includes internal pictures and N9EWO's V-115 Review (bottom of this page).
            • Grundig Satellit 800 (Tecsun HAM-2000) Review : N9EWO's Satellit 800 / HAM-2000 Review is available here. Again we normally do not review discontinued products anymore. But have been making exceptions depending the availability of test samples and if I wish to cover that model. The Satellit 800 was well worth the review effort. It's a excellent LARGE SW receiver and in our opinion the Chinese have yet to top it (not even close).
            • Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT / GA-37B AA Battery Holder : From reader requests we have reposted the (discontinued) Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT Reviews (located on the bottom of the Yaesu VX-3R page). The "UV-3R MK II" model is still available new on ebay for around $ 30. as I type this. We have totally updated the Mark II review and the latest received UV-3R test sample was received DEFECTIVE (yes...another bad LCD screen). But we tested this anyway along with the original sample from 2011 via the local owner for the updated report. In a number of ways it beats out the Yaesu VX-3R (DSP receiver and more RF power for two).
            Also turns out that the Yaesu FBA-37 "3 AA cell battery case" will indeed fit / work on the UV-3R Mark II (with a slight modification).

            There is a lower cost Chinese clone available of this AA case . It's called the GA-37B, and our micro review can be found on the VX-3R page (just below the UV-3R Mark II review). It works with a few important notes.

            We have reposted (and updated) the Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT reviews (located on the bottom of the Yaesu VX-3R review page), also the GA-37B AA Battery Holder.
            • 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). Of course early (non A?) versions used a coin type lithium cell in a holder and this is not valid here. 
            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) !!

            Watkins Johnson WJ-8711A : The DS1643-100+ RTC RAM's that are used in these receivers has been discontinued and no longer available.
            • 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). Speaking of the ICF-SW7600GR , it has been discontinued ( longer available new....."so this is the end of an era for Sony and Short Wave receivers"}.

            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 WORTHLESS for listening to MUSIC ?? A bit of my history here as well with stereo receivers. We restored a sample and is a "excellent" sounding (digital tuner with preset memories) stereo receiver.

            JVC's first "Top of The Line" R-S77 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.
            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.

            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)
            Degen's DE1128H (right photo) is much improved over the old Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen 1128 model (left photo) .

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

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