I just got a shortwave radio, since I heard that this particular model had recently gone out of production, and have pulled in stations from China, New York, Cuba, and Ohio in the past couple of nights. (I'm in the Chicagoland area.)
The radio I bought is the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, and it's been hailed as one of the best modern portables. It's got SSB capability, which allows me to tune in to communication transmissions, as well as synchronous detection/lock (which I honestly don't completely understand beyond the basic concept that it makes weaker signals easier to decipher).
It also pulls in a jazz station in the area that my smaller radio(s) can't (90.9 FM), which I am actually listening to as I type this.
|Here's a front view of the radio.|
|Right side panel of the radio|
|Left side panel of the radio - it even has a line-out jack so I can plug in an external recorder easily and still listen through the headphone port.|
|Front view of the box|
|Handsome carrying case|
|Rear panel of the radio - MADE IN JAPAN|
|The external "whip" antenna that came with it hooks onto the existing antenna like this.|
Oh, one more thing - I graduated from UIUC on May 15th! Now I'm officially a mechanical engineer.