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The "IC-R8600" SDR Communications Receiver.
We find it to be Icom's best receiver EVER made "wide band" or not.
(yes even when compared to the IC-R9500 that we have also tested)

Contributing Editor :
"Passport To World Band Radio” 2000 to 2009

Welcome to "Dave's Radio Receiver Page". Here is my little spot on this earth to pass along my experiences and or comments about "Radio Receivers", as well as other gizmos that I use in my radio monitoring / recording ventures. My main focus is in the "Shortwave" part of the radio spectrum. A few other radio related items have been thrown in too , including amateur radio equipment reviews and views that may not be directly related.

I have been playing around with radio receivers for well over 30 years now, and in this time span my fingers have run across many models, some really good and some really bad. Most comments you read here have been pulled from my own head, but from others as well (as noted). All observations from me are being made with the 2 ear / 2 eye method, so no fancy test equipment here. These of course are my views and your findings may well be different.

Any set being listed on these pages does not mean that I own it or plan on owning.

I'm sorry if any part of this site seems to have a "Soap Box" slant to it , but I tell it like it is with my "hard - hitting" unbiased hands on reports. To the dismay of some readers, our reviews also contain comments / views and links from other owners / reviews and information sources. We have been doing it this way since 1998 and are NOT going to change our charter to be skewed by other forces.

"Thank You" for stopping by and enjoy your visit to this web page.....Dave N9EWO

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" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments " - Tabletop

AOR AR7030 Tabletop HF Receiver

AOR AR-DV1 SDR "Digital Voice Receiver"

ICOM IC-R8600 Wide-Band SDR / DSP Receiver

ICOM IC-R9500 Wide-Band DSP Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-545 Tabletop DSP HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-345 Tabletop HF Receiver

(JRC) Japan Radio Co. NRD-630 DSP HF Receiver

Kenwood (Trio) R-1000 Tabletop HF Receiver

SDRplay RSP-1 - SDR Receiver

Ten-Tec RX-340 DSP HF Receiver

WJ-8711 (A) and WJ HF1000 (A) DSP HF Receiver
(Finmeccanica - DRS Technologies - Signia IDT - BAE Systems - Watkins Johnson)

YAESU - STANDARD VR- 5000 Tabletop "All Mode" Wide-Band Receiver


" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "- Portables

eton "e1" LW / MW / SW / FM / XM Portable Receiver

Grundig "Satellit 800" / Tecsun "HAM-2000" LW / MW / SW / FM / Aircraft Portable Receiver

Tecsun PL-880 / Tecsun PL-660 FM Stereo / LW / MW / SW Receivers

SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE : ICF-SW7600GR , ICF-2010 (ICF-2001D), CRF-1, ICF-6500W


" Radio Receiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "- Portables with Built In Recording

Grundig - eton "G2 Reporter" DEGEN DE1128 / DE1128H MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 / WAV Recorder-Player

DEGEN DE1121 (KAITO KA1121) LW / MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 Player - MP3 Recorder

DEGEN DE1126 - DE1127 - DE1123 (KAITO KA1123) - DEGEN DE1125 - Pocket MW / SW / FM DSP Receivers - MP3 Player - WAV Recorder

TIVDIO V-115 (AudioMax SRW-710S) MW / SW / FM Receiver - MP3 Player - MP3 Recorder


" Radio Transceiver - Views / Reviews and Comments "

ICOM IC-7300 Tabletop SDR HF / 50 MHz Transceiver

ICOM IC-7600 Tabletop DSP HF / 50 MHz Transceiver

YAESU FT-450D Tabletop DSP HF / 50 Mhz Transceiver

YAESU VX-2R , ICOM IC-P7A and ICOM IC-Q7A Dual Band "Micro" Amateur Handheld Transceivers

YAESU VX-3R "Micro" Amateur Handheld Transceiver / Vero - Baofeng UV-3R (MKI and MKII)

TDXone TD-Q8A Dual Band Handheld Transceiver


" Other and Miscellaneous... "

JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver (60 WPC - Super A)

MW122A Regulated Power Supply Modifications (for use with Sat 800, Tecsun HAM2000 , E1 , SW-8 )

Sangean DAR-101 Digital MP3 "Stand Alone" Audio Recorder

PALSTAR LA30 Ferrite Loopstick Antenna (prototype)

ErgoGenesis "BodyBilt" (Mid Back Type) J752 ESD Task Chair


Dave's Miscellaneous "Tidbit" Radio Stuff

N9EWO's HF Receiver's Previously Owned


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