Best Shortwave Radio Reviews 2018 with Buying Guide

Modern technology has brought revolution in the word of communication. Many advanced systems of telecommunication have been discovered in recent years and being used worldwide.

Despite having these advanced ways of communication, sometimes we face such condition that we don't have any other form of communication rather than the old friend; Shortwave Radio.

Shortwave radios are still popular for listening national and international broadcastings of different programs, sports, and music.

A number of manufacturers are manufacturing radios of different style and functionality. From them picking the best shortwave radio isn’t that easy if you don’t have that expertise.

Therefore, today I'm here with 15 shortwave radio reviews. I will try to cover every pinpoint about them. But before that, let's see what makes a good shortwave radio.

What to Look Before Buying a Shortwave Radio

Frequency Reception Capability

Although most of the radios cover the whole range of radio frequency, the quality largely depends on the reception capability. As this is the first section of radio mechanism, if this is bad then the whole system will be useless. So before buying, make sure the radio antenna is wide enough and reputed for a good reception quality.

Sound Quality

Sound quality depends on two factors. How effectively the wave is being changed into a digital signal and the quality of the loudspeaker.

A good radio will effectively cancel the noise in the sound, distortion, and interference. Using a PLL synthesizer, this is possible to deliver quality sound.

Again, for better sound quality, make sure the speaker is good enough to transfer the digital signal into quality crispy detailed sound.

Emergency Alert Stations

If you want to use your radio for outdoor activities like fishing, camping, hiking, make sure that the radio has some preset weather and emergency alert channels. Some of the best radio in this days comes with NOOA and RDS stations preset in them. 

Ways Power

When your main activity with the radio is emergency communication, make sure you can power the radio in a natural way. Some radios have built-in dynamo and by cranking it you can charge it. On the other hand, some have solar panel for charging.

But if you don't need to use the radio for an emergency, go for one that consumes low power and suits with your home power supply.

Ease of USE

It shouldn’t be sophisticated to use the radio. Many people find it hard to tune the radio.  If you are one of them, I suggest you prefer those have auto tuner and memory recall tuner.

Again the shape and size of the radio is a big factor. For home purposes, choose the desktop models and for outdoor go for the compact and lightweight one.

Additional features

Along with playing broadcastings, some of the advanced shortwave radios offers additional features like alarm, clock, sleep time, safety lock, thermometer, hygrometer, mini electronics charging capability etc. If you think they will be useful for you, choose those serves these facilities.

Price

After all of these, the important thing that you should consider is the price of the radio. Nobody wants to break the bank just for a radio. You should measure what are you getting for the money. Alternatively, you should make sure that just for low price, you don’t pick a junk.

Top 15 Best Shortwave Radio Reviews 2018

1.Eton Grundig Satellit 750 Ultimate AM/FM Stereo Also Receives Shortwave, Aircraft Bands - Black

Flexible functionality, reception capability, and audio quality have made Eton Grundig Satellit 750 a fabulous that we can’t help but allocate the first position for it in our top list of best shortwave radio.

It can capture every radio wavelength that is available in this days – LW, SW, SSB, AM, FM and even the VHF also. Whether you want to hear the international broadcasting or a fan of local FM radio channel, this one will capture the frequencies and bring the sound at your home.

Shortwave frequencies range from 1.6 MHz to 3 MHz and this one has the capability to capture from 1.7 MHz to 3 Mhz. Although you are going to miss some of the prior frequencies, you should know that in these days, those waves aren't used. They are far stronger than the requirement.

You can also hear to the AM and FM frequencies that range from 118 MHz to 137 MHz. So as we can see, this one makes it possible to get yourself connected to both the local and international broadcasting.

In this days, the most advances shortwave radios come with station memory features and this one is not the different. You can save up 100 channels for each band and the total capacity is 1000 channel.

Apart from capture ability, this one also provides a good sound. By canceling the disturbing frequencies and resonance, this one gives you a clear sound.

Eton has also added additional functionalities like alarm, input, and output of audio.

Eton Grundig Satellit 750 runs with 6V DC source. Therefore, when you are outside home, you aren’t going to miss those favorite shows and sweet music.

Putting these all together this can be said that with all the required features and additional functionalities, Eton Grundig Satellit 750 is able to serve all the users in all their purposes.

Highlighted Features

  • DSP technology for tuning sensitivity.
  • Cancellation of interference and resonance.
  • Compatible with all radio frequencies.
  • Strong antenna for capturing the weakest frequencies.
  • Input and output of audio with 3.5 mm jack.
  • 1000 station memories for saving the favorite channels.
  • Auto manual and direct frequency input for better flexibility.
  • Great frequency ranges for both longwave(118-137 MHz) and shortwave(1711-30000 KHz).

2.Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM/FM, Longwave & Shortwave Radio with SSB (Single Side Band) Reception

The reason why Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital stands above the crowd is its ability to select the frequency with sensitivity. Along with this, ultra-filtration capability has made this one the best shortwave receiver ever.

Just like the other shortwave radios, this one covers the longwave as well. Therefore, you can hear the local broadcasting with this that tends to have the longer frequency. Whether you are at home or outdoor, this one will play the broadcasting for you at anyplace with its capability of receiving the weakest signal.

Filtration is the first requirement of clear sound and there is no substitute of this when the radio has to receive the weakest signals. With PLL synthesizer and dual digital receiver, this one filters out the required frequency and cancel the noise.

This one also allows the user to select the sensitivity of the frequency. For all type of frequency, you can set the sensitivity level to a minimum point. Again this is also possible to select the selectivity of the frequency.

Tecsun PL880 Portable is also a great one whenever it comes to the loudness of sound. This one can deliver up to 65 dB sound and therefore, enjoy your favorite music show is a great fun with this.

There are some additional features and accessories that will the user experience further better like, alarm, a sleep mode that ranges from 1 to 120 minutes, external antennas, stereo earphones and carrying pouch.  

Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital runs with 3.7V rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries. You can also play it with a 5 V DC source. Again as it runs with Lithium-Ion batteries, this is possible to play it a long time due to the high charge density of the batteries. 

After all of these, the price of this shortwave radio is very much affordable and if we compare the features, durability, and flexibility with the price, this is highly economic also.

Highlighted Features

  • Sensitivity and selectivity control.
  • Louder sound for both shortwave and longwave.
  • Rechargeable battery with high charge density.
  • Filtration of frequency.
  • Cover the whole range of shortwave and longwave.
  • Alarm and sleep features.
  • Carrying pouch for better handling.
  • Built-in charger for included batteries.
  • PLL synthesizer for better sensitivity and selectivity.

3.Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Solar Power, Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio

If you are looking for such a radio that will stay close to you all the time just like your shadow, then Kaito KA500 will be the most suitable one for you I think.

This is engineered for emergency and if you ask an expert what is the best portable shortwave radio, the answer most probably you will get is Kaito KA500.

The reason behind its effectiveness in emergency condition is its multiple power input feature. There is a built-in small generator inside the radio that can be run with a crank. There is also a solar panel on the top of this radio. As a result, if you are outside the home -  away from all general sources of power as well as in an emergency situation, this will not be a useless box.

Apart from the natural sources, you can also use 3 AA size batteries, 5V DC input or 5V DC or AC wall adapter.

If you do a lot of outdoor activities and you need a regular update of the current situation of the weather, this will be the most helpful for you because this one has 7 preprogrammed weather channels that will make sure if the weather is suitable for those activities.

This one has DC output system. Therefore, you can use this one as an emergency power supply for your small electronic devices.

After all of these, the main factor that determines whether a radio is good or bad is its frequency capturing ability and transform that into sound. This one has been engineered in such way that it works with great with shortwave frequencies by filtering them with the power of advanced circuitry design

and with the high-performance antenna, this one effectively captures the longwave weak frequencies. This one also has 7 preprogrammed channels for weather updates and public emergency system.

For durability, ABS material is used in this radio. Therefore, for outdoor use, this one will ensure the maximum durability and safety.

Putting these all together, this is clear that, Kaito Ka500 is an unbeatable radio if usage and durability is the main concern.

Highlighted Features

  • Multi-way power for emergency use.
  • Pre-programmed weather channel.
  • Durable material construction for outdoor use.
  • High sensitivity reception capability.
  • 5 v power output for charging electronic devices.
  • High-performance antenna for better frequency reception.
  • Loud and clear sound due to the high-performance speaker and noise filtering.

4.TIVDIO V-115 Portable Shortwave Transistor Radio AM/FM Stereo with MP3 Player Recorder Support T-Flash Card and Sleep Timer

Want to record your favorite program? Then TIVDIO V-115 is the one that you might be looking for. It’s one of the economical radio of our list that offers all the necessary features at such price.

It has the unique capability of recording both through MIC and radio programs. You can also record in three different qualities that can be up to 128 kbps. As a result, you can record your favorite program or other conversations and listen to them later.

This one also has a built-in Mp3 player. You can store the music in T-flash card and listen to them through speaker or headphone. So if you love music and radio programs, this one will fulfill them both at once.

It runs with 1000mAh rechargeable battery. As a result, you can play this for a long duration and as the battery is rechargeable, you don’t need to buy dry cells. This will save you some bucks.

The size of this radio is also compact and therefore for outdoor use, this is the most suitable one. This one also offers some additional features like sleep time, multi-language functionality, adjustable LCD backlight.

After all of these, this radio has impressive reception ability for both SW and LW bands. Therefore, for both local and international broadcastings, this is a good choice.

If you are looking for a compact radio in an affordable price that will serve the additional necessities, this one is recommended for you.  

Highlighted Features

  • MIC and line record at three different qualities.
  • Built in Mp3 player.
  • Supports flash card for storing music.
  • Rechargeable lithium batteries for long time play and economy.
  • Sleep timer and multi-language interface.
  • 100 preset channels.
  • USB connectivity for data transfer.
  • Input and output of audio and can be used as a loudspeaker.
  • Compact size and highly portable.

5.Sangean ATS-909X BK AM/FM/LW/SW World Band Receiver

One thing that has made Sangean ATS-909X BK fully different from other is its auto-tuning. But this is not only the feature that we placed it in the fifth position of our best shortwave radio list. This one is loaded with such features that a good radio must have in order to fulfill the need of the user. 

As I have mentioned above, Sangean ATS-909X BK has auto-tuning system that automatically scans the whole frequency range and records them in the memory. So you needn't search for them all the time. 

But apart for the auto-tuning, you can also tune it by entering the frequency directly, recalling the memory and turning the rotary wheel.

It offers 406 memory preset stations. Although compared to the high-end shortwave radios, this is little bit low, I think this is more than enough for an average user.

In shortwave frequency, the channels are dense and for this reason, you may have noise in your speaker. But this problem has been solved in this radio with the help of wide-narrow bandwidth switch. 

The display of this device is very impressive. This is LCD screen with LED backlit. This screen shows all the necessary details like PTY, RT, and CT. You can also set alarm in this radio and this one has world time feature for 42 cities.

This radio covers the whole range of radio frequency which means you can use this for both longwave and shortwave.

Sangean ATS-909X BK has a built-in 3inch speaker for louder sound and for better listening experience, you can control the tone by sliding the controller. 

This one is economic also. It has a built-in charger in it and led indicator to show the charge status.

If you are really looking for a quality receiver with quality sound, this one is recommended for you.

Highlighted Features

  • Multiple tuning methods with auto-tuning.
  • Built-in charger for the economy.
  • 406 memory stations for better navigation.
  • Bright LCD screen for better data and readings.
  • Covers the whole range of radio frequency.
  • PLL synthesizer for filtering the frequency and reducing noise.
  • Great selectivity with good sensitivity.

6.Kaito KA321 Pocket-size 10-Band AM/FM Shortwave Radio with DSP (Digital Signal Processing), Black

Kaito is one of my favorite brands when sensitivity and selectivity is the main concern. And of course, Kaito KA321 is not a different.

For shortwave, this radio has eight different meter bands and they help to navigate the frequencies with more effectiveness. Although here we are talking about the best shortwave radios, this one is also a good option for both midwave and longwave.

For processing the radio frequency, it uses silicon lab DSP technology. Different selectivity for different frequency range is also a notable feature of this radio because this improves the sound quality and reduce noise.

Although Kaito KA321 is compact in size the sound is pretty loud with a 50 mm speaker having 8 Ohm impedance.

One major handicap of this radio is, it doesn't have any digital screen rather it uses old-school analog screen. So if you aren't comfortable with that, this one is not for you.

Again, this one doesn’t run on rechargeable batteries. Therefore, you need to buy fry cells and that will cost you some bucks.

The price of this radio is very affordable. If you aren't a power user who doesn't want to break the bank for a radio and all you want is a radio for nominal use, this will be the most suitable for you.

Highlighted Features

  • Covers SW, MW, and LW.
  • DSP processing technology.
  • 3.5 mm jack for headphone listening.
  • 50 mm large speaker for loud sound.
  • 8-meter bands for shortwave.
  • Good selectivity and sensitivity.

7.C Crane CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and Airband Portable Travel Radio with Clock and Alarm

C Crane CC Skywave is another mid-price range compact radio that is built for traveling and outdoor activities. Although this one doesn't have all the features that those high-end radios have, for a general user, this one is ideal. 

It covers 2.3-26.1 MHz of shortwave. For weather alert, this one has NOAA local weather advisor. For these two reasons, this one is called best world band radio. For local coverage, this one also works with MW and LW. So you aren’t going to miss any program.

This one has LCD display for necessary readings. But one disappointing thing about the display is that it's lighted with bulb, not with LEDs.

You can tune this radio with rotary knob but you can also use buttons for manual entry. To memorize your favorite channels, this one has 400 channel memory capacity. As additional features, this one has alarm, sleep time, mute and lock system. You will also get earbuds and carrying case and fold out back stand with this.

C Crane CC Skywave runs with two AA size dry cell batteries which means you need to replace them and you can’t recharge them. In general, this one can be played from 60 to 70 hours in mid-volume with two new batteries.

If portability and outdoor usability are all you want, this one is recommended for you.

Highlighted Features

  • 400 preset memories for better navigation of channels.
  • Runs with two double A size battery.
  • Manual or memory entry for tuning.
  • Runs 60-70 hours with every two new batteries.
  • Lighted LCD display.
  • Alarm, mute and locking features.
  • Earbuds and carrying case included.

8.TECSUN PL-380 DSP FM stereo. MW. SW. LW. World Band PLL Radio Receiver

Although TECSUN PL-380 DSP isn’t that costly, this one offers more features than any other shortwave radios within its price range.

It uses Si4734 as a signal processor that digitalizes the analog radio frequency. Therefore, the sound quality and frequency filtering are dramatically improved in this radio. Another advantage of this chip is, when you change your place, say walk, there will be no disturbance in sound because of cancellation of interference.

Another point that makes it stand out of the crowd is the tuning method. This one has 7 different tuning method including the easy tune. The easy tune is superior to the auto-tune because it scans the whole frequency range and doesn't replace the existing stations with the new ones.

 Another great advantage of the Easy tune is that it's able to tune the weakest channels that are not possible by the auto-tune. This one can save up to 550 channels in its memory and you can tune them by memory tune.

The whole range of radio bandwidth is covered in this radio and this is able to play all the broadcasting for local and international channels.

For power, this one uses rechargeable batteries that can be charged through 5v adapter supplied with this radio.

To show the necessary readings this radio uses LCD screen that is backlight by the LEDs for better appearance. Necessary readings such battery status, channel frequency strength are shown in this screen.

I recommend this one is you need lightness and better tuning capability in your radio

Highlighted Features

  • Si4734 chip for better reception of frequency.
  • Noise and interference cancellation.
  • Covers the whole frequency of radio wave.
  • Easy tuning mode for better navigation of channel.
  • Compact size for hiking, camping, and backpacking.
  • Earbuds, carrying case added.
  • Alarm and easy on-off feature.

9.Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo, Wind Up, Dynamo Cranking AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio

Voyager Pro KA600 is another super performer radio from that is superior to other because of its suitability and ease of use in tuning and emergency. This is also a great one for outdoor activities because of its capability of showing natural forecasts.

For tuning, this one has four different tuning modes that include manual and automatic tuning. You can tune this by rotating tuning knob, pressing the auto-tune button and from 335 pre-saved channels.

This is a great radio for outdoor activity because, this one shows different statistics like, humidity, temperature and keeps the user updated with the weather conditions with NOAA and RDS alert.

When you are at outdoor, this will keep you updated and organized with calendar and alarm clock. When you are camping this will help you supplying light by LEDs and Flashlight.

If you are outside home where there is no facility of electric power, this radio won't be a useless box as it can be powered with built-in generator and rotating crank. There is also a solar panel in this radio that can be rotated at 180 degrees.

This is powered by rechargeable batteries and the manufacturer supplies wall adapter for charging it. You can also use three dry cells of AA size. There is also the facility of direct dc input for home use.

This radio covers the whole range of radio wave and the sensitivity and selectivity are better than most of the radios.

Straps are attached to this radio for ease of carrying and earbuds for personal listening. The construction is durable for making it stronger against outdoor environment.

For outdoor activity, ocean use and emergency, this is the best shortwave radio that I have ever seen because of its durability, multiple power features, tuning mode and built-in natural emergency forecast channels. 

Highlighted Features

  • Five powering ways including solar and crank generator.
  • Four tuning modes including memory and auto-tuning.
  • LEDs and flashlight for light.
  • Durable construction for outdoor activity.
  • Alarm clock and calendar for a better personal organization.
  • NOAA for sea forecasts and EAS for an emergency update.
  • Great sensitivity and selectivity for all frequencies.
  • Attached carrying case and earbuds for personal listening.

10.Tecsun PL-360 Digital PLL Portable AM/FM Shortwave Radio with DSP, Black

Tecsun PL-360 is built for those who need a handy pocket size radio and loves compact gadgets. Advances tuning mode and frequency synthesis capability have made this one of the best shortwave radios. 

The PLL technology effectively synthesizes the received frequency and the DSP technology process the analog signal into digital. The final result is clear and crisp sound. Just like the other radios from Kaito, this one has good sensitivity and selectivity.

Instead of ATS (Auto Tuning System), ETM (Easy Tuning Mode) is used in this radio. The advantage of ETM is, it can capture the weakest channel and saves them in the memory without replacing the previous saves. For saving channels, this one has 450 memories that are adequate for a normal user. You can also tune this radio by rotating the tuning knob.

Shortwave reception capability of this radio is strong. But for AM reception, this is weaker. However, this problem can be solved by attaching a highly sensitive antenna supplied with the radio.

This radio is powered by rechargeable batteries and the size of the battery is AA. The charger is supplied with this radio.

As additional features, this one has alarm clock, sleep time, thermometer and safety lick system.

For handy use just like a mobile, this is the best travel shortwave radio for outdoor use.

Highlighted Features

  • Highly sensitive AM antenna.
  • ETM for easy tuning of weak channels.
  • Rechargeable batteries and charger.
  • 450 memories for storing favorite channels.
  • Alarm clock, sleep timer and thermometer for temperature reading.
  • PLL synthesizer for better selection and sensitivity.
  • Portable mobile size for better handling in outdoor.

11.SONY 12 Bands World Band Receiver Radio ICF-SW11 | SW Introductory Model

If you love old school stuff and don't care about additional features, all you care about is long lasting durability through master construction; SONY ICF-SW11 is here for you. Sony is a worldwide famous tech manufacturer giant and it doesn't even require to mention the quality of products of them. This shortwave radio isn't a difference.

This radio covers the whole radio frequency range of SW, LW, FM, and AM. It doesn't have any digital tuner you have to tune this through the rotating tuning knob.

The screen of this radio is analog and it only shows the frequency ratings. As a receiver, this one has ferrite antenna for AM frequency and Telescopic antenna for FM frequency. The reception quality is awesome for both bands.

There is 57 mm 140 mW speaker in this radio that supplies quality and crispy sound. SONY ICF-SW11 runs on two AA size battery and they aren't rechargeable in any way. You can play this radio for 30 hours with every pair of new batteries. 

As you can see, most of the advanced features aren’t present in this radio but we still put this in the 11th position in our best shortwave radio list only because of its durable construction and outstanding reliability.

 Highlighted Features

  • Manual tuning with the tuning knob.
  • Analog display for frequency.
  • Runs on 2 AA size batteries.
  • 30 hours of battery life.
  • 57 mm loudspeaker with 140mW power output.
  • Strong antenna for better reception of frequencies.
  • 3.5 mm earphone jack.
  • Whole frequency coverage in one radio and no tough operating system.

12.TIVDIO V-115 Portable Shortwave Transistor Radio AM/FM Stereo

Although TIVDIO V-115 doesn't look that glorious from outside, the features and performance aren't that less than the high-end radios.

Along with radio tuning functionality, this one is also an MP3 player and recorder. You can record audio through the MIC, music through the line and radio broadcasting and save them in the T Flash card.

You can also select the recording quality from three different rate – 64 kbps, 96 kbps, and 18 kbps. The flash storage is upgradeable up to 32 GB if you want.

TIVDIO V-115 works as SW, MW, and LW and you can play for the FM and AM channels through it. Therefore, you won’t miss any program whether it’s local or international. For better navigation of popular channels, this one has 100 radio channel presets.

The sound quality of this best shortwave radio is improved by advanced circuitry system. Therefore, this one provides high sensitive interference-free sound.

1000mAh rechargeable battery makes it possible to play this radio for a long time. You can charge it by wall adapter through the USB cable.

The size of this radio is pretty compact and the weight isn't that much high. Therefore, carrying in outdoor and use while on swift is very easy and effortless. When you need multi-functionality in a compact size and you don't want to break the bank, this is the best cheap shortwave radio option.

Highlighted Features

  • 100 preset channels.
  • Inline, MIC and broadcasting recording mode at the different quality rate.
  • Up to 32 GB t-flash card support.
  • Automatic and manual tuning of channels.
  • LCD with backlight for better appearance of the screen.
  • Compact size and low weight.
  • Tuning increment for SW, MW, and LW.
  • Sleep timer for auto shut down.
  • Rechargeable 1000mAh battery.
  • 3.5 mm jack for input and output of audio hence usable as a loudspeaker.

13.Eton Mini Compact AM/FM/Shortwave Radio, Black

If you are looking for a compact handy radio to use on the go, Eton Mini Compact will be the best one for you because of its slim, compact and lightweight design.

This one works on the whole range of radio frequency. The frequency reception quality has been dramatically improved in this compact radio. For Am reception, this one has the telescopic antenna as the AM frequency is weaker than the shortwave.

The screen of this radio has kept small to reduce the size of this radio. Although it’s small, it shows the necessary readings and the appearance with an orange color are appreciably smart.

As the additional features, this radio has alarm, clock, and one click lock system. For tuning, this one has both auto scan tuner and knob tuner.

As the power source, this radio uses 2 AAA batteries primarily. You can also play it by 6V dc source connecting to the DC jack.

This radio is only recommended for those who need a pocket size radio to always kept with and doesn't need those additional high-end features.  

Highlighted Features

  • Compact, convenient and handy size.
  • Autotuner and manual knob tuner.
  • Runs with AAA size battery pairs and 5V DC input.
  • 3.5 mm audio output jack.
  • Nice and smart looking display.
  • Alarm, clock and auto lock system.

14.Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio

Kaito KA500 is another awesome radio of Kaito's emergency series that offers a wide range of advanced features in reasonable price.

Just like the other radios of Kaito's emergency series, Ka500 offers different ways to power it. There is built in dynamo and by rotating the crank, this can be charged when there is no other power source available. If the day is sunny, you can power this radio with a solar panel that is attached to this radio and can be rotated to 180 angles.

 As a traditional power source, you can use dry cells, rechargeable battery and wall adapter as Direct DC. You can attach a USB with it and charge your small electronic devices with it on emergency condition. 

This one is specially programmed to use for outdoor activities. Seven built-in weather channel will keep you updated on the weather condition. Local and international broadcasting can be played through this radio as it is built for the whole range of radio frequency. For tuning this radio, you can manually input the frequency rate, rotate the knob, run the auto tuner and play from the preset channels.

Kaito KA500 doesn’t have any digital display, therefore you are going to miss some of the additional features as because without it, they aren’t installable.

For ease of carrying, straps are attached with this radio. As a light source, five bright LEDs are attached with this radio that will supply enough light for reading in wild environment.

For enough strength and durability against the outdoor environment and effectiveness in the emergency condition, this radio is a suitable option within a moderate budget.

Highlighted Features

  • Five different ways to power the radio including dynamo cranking and solar panel.
  • Built-in emergency weather condition update channels.
  • LEDs for an adequate amount of light for reading.
  • AA size battery size for primary power.
  • FM and AM for local and international broadcasting.
  • Rechargeable internal Ni-Ah battery.
  • Power output for small electronics charging through USB.

15.Grundig S450DLX Deluxe AM/FM/Shortwave Radio - Black

One thing that is most appreciable about Grundig S450DLX is its ability to transform radio waves into crispy, clear and noise-free sound. So if you are more concerned about sound, this is the best sw radio that you might be looking for. 

With aux-in technology, this radio is able to play Mp3 music and satellite radio channels. In total there are 5 bands in this radio. You can save 10 channels for each of the band that will occupy 50 channel memories.   

As I have mentioned above, this radio is unbeatable whenever it comes to sound quality. With high-performance IC and MOSFET technology, this radio produces awesome sound by canceling interference, distortion, and noise. 

 For further improvement in the sound quality, this one uses wide-narrow bandwidth selection. This also allows you to change the tone of the sound with treble and bass control. You can also select the input and output of stereo to Mono or Stereo.

 In order to work good with Am band, this one yes PLL synthesizer. Therefore, if the broadcasting is from really far away, this will effectively transform the weak signal into loud. 

Tuning the radio is very easy and doubtlessly, this is a good tuner as you can select one from three different auto tuning speed slow, mid and fast. The slower the tuning, the more channel it will capture.

The LCD screen of this radio is advanced and able to show, frequency, battery status, signal strength and info about the channel playing. Alarm function of this radio is advanced. It comes with wakeup, snooze and sleep function.

For carrying, this one has straps on the top. There is further padding over it. Therefore, when you walk, you can carry this one effortlessly and listen to your favorite program.

This one requires six D size batteries as a primary source. This one is higher than the normal radio players. This is because it's complicated circuitry system for better sound quality. You can also use direct 9V DC source of 500mA.

Price of this radio is a little bit higher. But if you are ready to spend some extra bucks for the sound quality, this one is for you.

Highlighted Features:

  • Improved sound quality.
  • Noise, distortion and interference cancellation.
  • 50 station memories for better navigation of favorite channels.
  • Stereo or auto selection for line level of audio.
  • IC an MOSFET technology for audio improvement.
  • PLL Synthesizer for AM band.
  • Smart display for better controlling with the microcontroller.
  • Full range loud speaker.
  • Sound control through treble and bass.
  • Aux-in technology for mp3 and satellite radio channels.
  • Alarm, Clock battery and frequency level indicator.
  • Padded Carrying straps to carry on the go.
  • Alternating antenna for FM and GND antenna for MW signal.

How do Shortwave Radios Work?

The whole range of radio frequency is divided into three major part. SW, MW, LW. The shortwave has the minimum wavelength. Hence, this is the strongest radio frequency and use to broadcast programs and music over a large area.

In the radio station, the microphone turns the sound wave into the electrical signal. The electrical signal is then mixed with the magnetic field and the final product becomes an electromagnetic wave. This wave is then transmitted through a highly powerful antenna.

The antenna of a shortwave radio receives this frequency and turns into the electric digital signal. But unfortunately, the signal remains weaker than. Therefore, the signal is strengthened by a transistor and amplified many times.

Finally, the electrical signals are supplied to the speaker and we hear the sound that is broadcasted from the stations.

How to Use SW Radio Properly? 

To use a shortwave radio, the first thing you need is to understand the functionality of the radio properly. Although the high-end radios have advanced functionalities, the basics are the same.

In order to listen to the shortwave broadcasting, the first thing you need is to bring the radio into SW mode. If the signal is not that strong, you have to use the antenna and turn it different angels to see at what angle there is a better strength. Then you should tune the radio according to the tuning facility that the radio offers and you prefer.

What is Shortwave Radios Used for?

At the first radio was invented for emergency communication. But now, the use of radio isn't confined within that. Nowadays, radio is used for broadcasting different programs, music, live sports etc.

but the most important use of shortwave radio is an emergency and environment alert. This is useful for the sailors, fisherman and anyone who is at outdoor and away from the civilization.

Benefits of Using a Shortwave Radio.

First of all, a shortwave radio allows you to listen national and international broadcasting. You can also hear to the local broadcastings also. At some situation, radio is the only way to communicate and get yourself updated with the word.

Especially in the wild areas where modern facilities of communication like telephone, satellite channels or mobile aren't available. If for you are planning for longtime outdoor activity a shortwave radio will benefit, you most by keeping pace with the rest of the world.

Types of Shortwave Radios

There are mainly three types of shortwave radios available these days.

  • The portables ones that are compact, lightweight and easy to carry. Usually used for the outdoor activity.
  • The desktop models, heavy in weight and large in size used at home and generally powers with home power supply.
  • All in ones, that can be used both at home and outdoor. They have many built-in functions, like alarm, clock, calendar, mp3 player, thermometer, barometer etc. and can be charged and powered in many ways.

How to take Care of Your Shortwave Radio?

Following the bellow checkpoints, you can do the best care for your shortwave radio.

  • Clean the radio after every couple of months.
  • Always use the recommended power source.
  • Never force the tuning and volume knob.
  • Don’t shake the radio too much ever.
  • Keep it away from insect, direct sunlight, damp weather.
  • Never place any large magnet near it.
  • Give it a break.
  • Don’t press the buttons randomly if you don’t know the functionality.

A Brief History of the Shortwave Radio

Guglielmo Marconi first gone through a long study on radio and in 1924 he became able to transmit in both daytime and nighttime at a 32-meter distance. 

The commercial operation of radio was first conducted in 1926 and in 1926 on full swing. Soon radio became the main medium of communication.

And now, shortwave is used for communicating with spacecraft and satellites.

Shortwave vs Longwave radio- What are the differences?  

The lower the wavelength, the higher the strength of the radio frequency. And therefore, the shortwave is stronger than the longwave.

Generally, shortwave is used for broadcasting over the larger area and international broadcasting. The Am channels that you tune are of shortwave.

As the longwave is weaker, this is used for broadcasting in local areas. The FM channels, that you tune are of longwave.

Common Maintenance Issues of a Shortwave Radio

If there is an issue in the circuitry system of the radio, you won't be able to hear the sound any more or the sound will be noisy. This can be happed because of the following reasons:

  • The receiver is damaged and can’t receive the frequency.
  • The transistor may be dead
  • The synthesizer may stop working.
  • Any other component of the radio is miscommunicating.

Final Words

As you have read this far, I think now you know what makes a good shortwave radio. All the SW radios that we have reviewed here have proven record of good performance.

But, not all of them will be suitable for you because the suitability of a radio depends on the users, taste, necessity, and budget.

So before you take your buying decision, ask yourself, will it be able to fulfill your need in the upcoming days because nobody buys a radio every month. 

I recommend you to consider these items because our team has done the real hard work to analyze these radios and collect as many information possible on these radios. After evaluating them, we only put one in our best shortwave radio list if it occupies the criteria of our evaluation.

Happy listening. 

Richard B. Torres
 

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