Short wave Car Radio

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 07:08
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I am looking for a new CD/ radio for my camper and apart from stuff like USB, etc I want short wave reception to get the ABC and Radio Australia.

I found much of the Sony range has short wave, but it only goes down to 2.940Mhz and the ABC's night frequencies are 2.310, 2.485 and 2.325Mhz.

Is anyone aware of a car stereo that also has short wave apart from the Sony's?


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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:33

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:33
Hi Boobook

You may like to have a look at this site Sangean. I have a friend that has one and he is very pleased with his radio.

Cheers
DW
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:41

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:41
I actually have a great Short wave receiver portable thanks to advice from Robin. A Tecsun PL660 which is great. They also make a brilliant loop antenna for AM for about $30.

However, I am specifically after a Dash mount DIN AM FM SW CD unit on this ocassion.
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Follow Up By: wilco318 - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 21:16

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 21:16
Hi

I think this is about the only one that there is the Sony Shortwave CDX-GT570S Car AutoRadio FM AM SW Radio
its on Ebay here; http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/250902740993?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Cheers
Kelvin
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:34

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:34
Hi bb

I would like one also.

We have about 5 days of music on the walkman that plays through the VMS box but after several years it gets a bit under my collar. Wouldn't mind a short wave one or even a good am/vhf portable with active antenna to take away. We have tried a few and nothing good enough yet. The amateur stuff did it perfectly but I took it when we got the sat phone so I cannot even use it. It's a bit big to put back just for the news.

This post is just so that I can keep a track of this thread.

Cheers

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:48

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 08:48
Phil, take a look at my follow up above. A great combination which has SSB and aircraft VHF as a bonus. The radio has lots of memories.

The loop antenna is unbelievable. Without the loop antenna, an AM signal can be deeply buried in noise to the point where you can just tell there is a signal, and with it you get a crystal clear signal. I simply rest the radio in the antenna with no connections ( no ext antanna socket required).

Go to ebay and type in "tecsun loop antenna".
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 09:07

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 09:07
I saw those lype of antennas a while back.

I took the car back to the bloke who installed the VMS and got him to add a bunch of cables to the back of the box that they do not supply as standard.

He demonstrated an active antenna about 10" long which could go on the roof and improve the in car radio reception a whole bundle. Being a miser I did not buy it. It isn't really that urgent and am just keeping my eys open for an opportunity when I haven't got to save up for the diff locks any more. Thats the antenna side story. One day.

But for the radio, like you I want it in the dash. So a portable is not the ideal. Difficult while mobile.

Thanks mate

Phil
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Follow Up By: cruza25 - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:48

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:48
hi Boobook
is this any good for your needs

Shortwave converters for the AM radio in your Car or Semi-Trailer.

High Performance SW to Car Radio Converter for Listening to the Northern Territory Australian SW Radio Services

When mobile, you can now listen to the Northern Territory Australian Domestic Shortwave services on 2310, 2325, 2485 and 4835, 4910, 5025 & 5050KHz with this great product ! Features an antenna bypass mode to return your vehicle radio to standard AM/FM reception when the converter is turned off.

(Code C-CONV-SW25)

We also have a Table Top model converter with Plug Pack (Option)

http://www.amradioantennas.com/shortwave_antennas.htm

cheers
mike
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:09

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:09
Hi Mike

Looks like I beat bb to the response.

That is almost there. But from my reading it will not give me full short wave band coverage.

I would like to be able to listen to the ham bands as well for the WIA and club news broadcasts.

I will keep the link in case things/requirements change.

Phil

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:04

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 12:04
Mike, that looks like it could be an option if I can't find anything better. I have looked at a few SW converters and non went down to 2.3mhz like that one.

So my options are
a)still look for a suitable SW receiver
b)a stand alone SW receiver plugged into the Aux plug
c)Sony S/W stereo with the unit you mentioned specifically for ABC night frequencies.

I wonder if anyone hase one of these and how sensitive thay are. Certainly worth looking at.

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