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Old 10-20-2017, 3:04 PM
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Default CCRANE SKYWAVE w/SSB

I have a Skywave and enjoy it, especially for travel. Now they finally came out with a SSB option. I'm curious as to how it will stack up to the PL 880 and others.

https://www.ccrane.com/item/rad_ccra..._and_ssb_bands
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Old 11-02-2017, 7:29 AM
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Overpriced, as usual.

The Digitech AR-1780 is a better value receiver and performs very well.
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Old 11-19-2017, 6:43 PM
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Default Just got the CCrane Skywave SSB

Just got my new CCrane Skywave SSB radio. Same size as my wife's CCrane Skywave. AM, FM, WX and Airband all work just as well on the Skywave SSB as the regular Skywave.
So far, I am very satisfied with the SSB reception on the new Skywave SSB. It has one strange quirk - when you press the SSB button, it takes about 3 to 4 seconds to go into SSB mode. Five dashes appear on the display during this wait. After that, it is great. I enjoy aeronautical communications and I get good reception of San Francisco radio and aircraft flying between the west coast and Hawaii. This is on the built in whip antenna. Also been tuning through the ham bands and it does a nice job. There is an extra 0.5 KHz bandwidth on SSB mode so it is possible to do some casual CW listening. I like how the "Band" button works on shortwave. When in AM mode, it cycles through the shortwave broadcasting bands. In the SSB mode, it cycles through the ham radio bands. It even selects LSB on 160-30 meters and USB on 20 through 10.
The only other receiver I have to compare it with (other than my wife's Skywave) is my 18-year old Sangean ATS-909. The '909 is a bit more sensitive on MW AM broadcast band but selectivity is as good or better on the Skywave SSB. FM sensitivity is great and the FM selectivity of the Skywave SSB beats the '909 hands down. Using the built in whip antennas, the Skywave SSB is more sensitive than the '909. Haven't tried the included roll-up antenna on the Skywave SSB yet. Having a squelch is really nice for monitoring the VHF Airband. One thing the Skywave SSB does that the regular Skywave does not do - you can scan 10 VHF Airband frequencies on the Skywave SSB.
So far, I am very satisfied with this new, tiny shortwave receiver.
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Old 11-20-2017, 8:03 AM
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Nice review. I live in a condo with the usual antenna restrictions so I enjoy just sitting on the patio and tuning around on my Skywave. Based on your comments I will probably uograde. Thanks for the info, very helpful.
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Old 11-27-2017, 8:44 AM
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Sounds like a pretty good radio. DSP IF chip technology has really helped the hobby.
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Old 12-25-2017, 11:05 AM
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My wife got me the Skywave SSB for Christmas! Just playing around with it (whip antenna only), this little receiver is REALLY sensitive.If anyone were really wanting a do all , very small package emergency radio this fits the bill perfect.

AM/FM are better than my Tecsun 880 (it almost pains me to write that). I am listening to AM stations 300-400 miles away with almost full bars at 11am. It has VERY good rejection of adjacent signals also.

Messing around with SW again VERY good, beating both the Tecsun 380 and 880. Many weak signals coming in on it at 2-3 bars more strength. SSB is just as good----through all the bands, picking up plenty of HAM operators, utility signals.

The weather bands from location, are the same as my 396xt (my best for weather dx). I compared it to most of the scanners in my signature line, just so people have an idea. The 396 and Skywave are receiving 4 different stations. The airband , what can I say , as good as my uniden 125. I am directly underneath the flight paths of KC-MSP-CHI centers, I hear many conversations. It is slower than normal today----kind of expect that though for Christmas day.

The only negative's I see (and it's very minor) is the same lag that KE7II mentions above----but it's not that bad. Of course the speaker is a bit tinny----but that is too be expected, this radio is pretty much pocket size. Anyway , maybe this will help someone out who is on the fence if they want to buy it or not.

It is an impressive radio for it's size. Merry Christmas everyone!
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