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Shortwave radio help please

 
Travis Bickle
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Hello, fellow GPL brothers/sisters:

I’m trying to purchase an addition to my bug-out bag with the purchase of a SW radio. I’d already purchased an incredibly cheap and ridiculous one that doesn’t work PERIOD. My price point, unfortunately, is within the the hundred dollar range so I was hoping I could get good suggestions from you guys, considering I.m a complete novice in this field.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 Quoting: KokoLoco


Why "shortwave" ?

Just for listening to the world?

Let me know what you want to accomplish and I'll try to locate some affordable radio gear for you and post it here.
 Quoting: Travis Bickle


I used to live in Saudi Arabia as a young teen girl. (My Father worked for Oil Co.)
My sister and I couldn’t get American music unless you had a shortwave radio. Looking back, this was AWESOME, now I’d just like to get the same. (For different reasons, obviously...)
 Quoting: KokoLoco



Perfect... let me have a look and I'll see what I can find. I'm a CHEAP bastard but I always try to find the best gear.

I personally use a few base models for the home. (Yeesu and Kenwood BRICKS for the '90s...) but have a couple of portables that I have loved over the years.

I'm assuming you want something portable?
One of these days... A *REAL* rain is gonna come and wash all this scum off the streets.
KokoLoco  (OP)

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01/26/2022 04:31 AM
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Don't watch that staged up survivor bullshit. If you really gotta watch something, go to Utube and look at how to build a shelter and how to make a stove from mud, that kind of shit. Better yet, find some damn woods by your house, take your shit out there and spend a day and a night. That will begin to teach you what you need to know. Sitting on your ass watching videos just won't cut it when the chips are down.
 Quoting: 5lats


Agreed completely. I’d like to counter your argument, if you don’t mind...
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Hello, fellow GPL brothers/sisters:

I’m trying to purchase an addition to my bug-out bag with the purchase of a SW radio. I’d already purchased an incredibly cheap and ridiculous one that doesn’t work PERIOD. My price point, unfortunately, is within the the hundred dollar range so I was hoping I could get good suggestions from you guys, considering I.m a complete novice in this field.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 Quoting: KokoLoco


bro, baofeng u5r.

the baseline of cheap prepper gear.

actually surprising range for simplex line of sight comms.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79876868


I’m not a ‘bro’ dude but whatevs. What is ‘baofeng u5r’ though? And how is that relevant to the the thread title?
 Quoting: KokoLoco


Those are short range walkie-talkies, good for a couple miles. But are very capable and do most VHF/UHF ham bands and more. Get one for the kit.

A chart...
HF = High Frequency 0mhz to 50mhz (shortwave) range=global
VHF= Very High Frequency 50mhz to 200mhz range=75 miles
UHF= Ultra High Frequency 200mhz and up range= 10 miles
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As a start you might want to check out the radios that are listed at the site linked below. The site is entitled

"10 Best Portable SSB Radios In 2022 – Expert Review"

[link to www.aidsquilt.org (secure)]

Or just do a Google or DuckDuckGo search on portable shortwave radios with SSB.

"Must Haves" in a shortwave radio are digital tuning (aka PLL tuning) AND SSB (which stands for Single Sideband which is a mode of communication used by most amateur radio operators and some shortwave radio stations).
Travis Bickle
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01/26/2022 04:43 AM

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As far as a shortwave reciever that looks pretty darn good from the specs, (as well as the reviews)

This one looks good and, is only 80 bucks on Amazon.

What I like:

Frequency Range: (With Sideband in the Sortwave range)

-FM: 88.0 – 108 MHz
-AM: 520 – 1710 kHz (Tuning step 9/10 KHz selectable)
-LW: 153 KHz to 513 KHz
-SW: 1711 HHz to 29999 KHz

Tuning Methods:

-Direct keypad entry
-Auto scan
-Manual dial tuning

The price...

What I don't like:

No extended bands, (Air/VHF/UHF)

I'm not familiar with "Tecsun" (but their radios are all reviews pretty well...)

[link to www.amazon.com (secure)]
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Travis Bickle
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As a start you might want to check out the radios that are listed at the site linked below. The site is entitled

"10 Best Portable SSB Radios In 2022 – Expert Review"

[link to www.aidsquilt.org (secure)]

Or just do a Google or DuckDuckGo search on portable shortwave radios with SSB.

"Must Haves" in a shortwave radio are digital tuning (aka PLL tuning) AND SSB (which stands for Single Sideband which is a mode of communication used by most amateur radio operators and some shortwave radio stations).
 Quoting: CANON CITY PATRIOT


hesright
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01/26/2022 06:51 AM
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Re: Shortwave radio help please
go out and get the boy scout manual its a good place to start.
join your local ham radio club they are nice helpful people.
lost in alaska
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Re: Shortwave radio help please
Hello, fellow GPL brothers/sisters:

I’m trying to purchase an addition to my bug-out bag with the purchase of a SW radio. I’d already purchased an incredibly cheap and ridiculous one that doesn’t work PERIOD. My price point, unfortunately, is within the the hundred dollar range so I was hoping I could get good suggestions from you guys, considering I.m a complete novice in this field.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 Quoting: KokoLoco


Is this the Peter Dinkyledge midget hate thread? Shortwave?
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01/26/2022 07:01 AM
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Re: Shortwave radio help please
Camp out in freezing rain and make a fire with wet material.

As for radio.most on here just want something that hacks cellphones but are too afraid to say it.

Naked show is about how fast a person starves to death.

Trying to teach folks you better have a stash or you will die.
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I the Tecsun PL-880 is the best portable SW on the market right now, the only problem is the batteries it uses are the chargeable kind
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With SW the antenna is the key, a moderately priced radio with a good antenna is better than an expensive rig with weak antenna. You can build your own or start with something easy as this which will help a bit

[link to www.amazon.com (secure)]

If you want to go for something better you could start here

[link to www.hamradiosecrets.com (secure)]

Also, time of day effects reception, you will pick up more at night at you location because the radiowave will propagate off the ionosphere and travel farther.
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01/26/2022 07:49 AM
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These are the Better SW Receiver's



[link to www.amazon.com (secure)]


and official site


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Re: Shortwave radio help please
You can get a cheap, even portable radio. Just make sure to get a few yards of wire to go with it, maybe 6 or 7 yards. I have a tiny radio but attach the wire to the antenna (very crude) and I can receive broadcasts from pretty much anywhere.
KokoLoco  (OP)

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01/27/2022 02:58 AM
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So I got banned from my own thread.....what up w that?!
KokoLoco  (OP)

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01/27/2022 03:06 AM
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I sincerely appreciate all of your help. Can anybody here tell me why I might have been banned from this site? I didn’t curse.....
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01/27/2022 03:29 AM

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Re: Shortwave radio help please
I have one of these, works great!


[link to www.amazon.com (secure)]
 Quoting: 5lats


That is not a short wave receiver.





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