More info needed. How serious are you? What's your budget? "Best" portable or "Best" desktop receiver? Are you going to use an external antenna, or not? What are your expectations?Hey guys,
What is the best radio currently on the market (new) for AM broadcast (MW) DXing?
I was very dissapointed to find out that the Icom R75 has a MW attenuator built in, and it's all surface mount so very difficult to eliminate. It's fine up at 1,600khz but down in the basement on longwave .... YUCK! If you want to go old school, the Yaesu FT767gx I used to have was KILLER on MW and long wave. No MW attenuation plus the pre-amp worked down there too. That was great for using loops. The problem, however, is that it is an old radio and old radios are subject to needing repairs. The upside to THAT, is that they use regular electronic circuit boards (transistors, capacitors, resistors), NOT surface mount, so they are repairable.... snip ...
One thing I wanted to ask about ham transceivers with general coverage: does one exist that is any good on MW? Anybody have luck with one? I was always under the impression that amateur transceivers are made intentionally partially deaf on MW to prevent interference with the amateur bands from strong MW stations. But if any good MW dxing transceiver exists, I'd be very, very, very happy to know about it.
Thanks for the tip on turning the AGC off and working the RF gain.
The CCradio I have is a great radio. No other portable I have can touch it.Boombox, thanks for the link and the info! Great and very helpful!
k9rzz, I guess I really want to buy a new radio as my first transceiver. I did not know that the Icom R75 has the same built-in attenuator as the IC-718 transceiver. I was seriously considering the 718 until I found out about the attenuator and that the AGC is not adjustable and not able to be shut off. Basically, the only choices I'm considering among ham transceivers are:
1. Icom IC-718 - which I am about to scratch off
2. Yaesu FT-450D
3. Icom IC-7200
4. Alinco DX-SR8T
Obviously, the quality of the MW reception of a particular transceiver is not going to be THE determining factor in getting that transceiver or not, but it will be A factor. The more factors I can line up in favor of a transceiver, the more justified I feel in my mind about spending that amount of money on a radio.
On the other hand, perhaps I should forego worrying about AM DXing with a transceiver and just get something like the CCradio-EP or some other portable to do my MW DXing.
Thanks for your input!