New? Or used? What kind of budget are you looking at?I m looking forward to buying my first desktop receiver I live in northern Canada and will install a good diapole antenna would like one to hear the weak pirate stations any suggestions thank you
Although 1 to 2 mHz is the norm for me too, the SDRplay RSP (1 or 2) will allow you to see a 10 mHz part of the spectrum as long as the PC/laptop is powerful enough to keep up.SDRs have an advantage where you can see a whole section of a spectrum (say 1-2 Mhz, for example) at a time, and you can then jump to it rather quickly. Some pirates don't stay on all that long, so this is a significant advantage in pirate hunting
There is a new Grundig Executive Satellit out for about $199 that is getting very good reviews at the moment. Friend who purchased one already (actually stole it for $77 off of Amazon) says it is better than any other portable he has owned. Might be worth a look.The OP could always get a Sangean ATS-909X and save a bit of money -- it sells for around 200-250$ US --and it works great on SW, and will also handle an external wire antenna. Cheaper than a tabletop.