Rex Cox said:
Has anyone bought or had a chance to play with a Grundig Buzz Aldrin shortwave radio? I'd like to have a small, portable shortwave radio with good sensitivity, low frequency bleed-through, and decent sound quality through its speaker, as well as being able to listen to through ear buds. Is there anything better with comparable features and price?
I did have a Buzz Aldrin there for a while, I traded it with Jeff Kaiser for the Grundig G5. The G5 is a somewhat bigger but a better all around radio than the G6. Unfortunately the G5 is no longer available and has been replaced by the G3 which should be better but gets mixed reviews.
I like radios with old fashioned tuning knobs, the YB400 is all buttons... Dual conversion is good, it prevents that low frequency cross talk.
Sound is generally a function of size, bigger radios sound better. I have a Ccrane SW that I keep by my bed in the mountains, it is a simple to operate radio that sounds good and is sensitive. It is big compared to the G6 but I like the big readable dial... The only minus is that it lacks SSB. This is made by Redsun and is the 2100.
This radio looks to be very similar, probably a repackaged Redsun 2100, less expensive than the CCrane SW.
As far as reviews go, EHam is the place I trust, these guys know their radios. It's like the Astromart of Radios. They can be tough on a radio like we can be tough on a telescope but I prefer that to a namby-pamby "I love it" from Amazon
It is best to read the reviews rather than just rely on the ratings. I have two table tops, one is a Kenwood R-1000, one is an Icom R-75. The Kenwood is rated 4.6 out of 5, very good, the Icom is rated 4.5 very good. The Icom is a far superior radio, if there is a signal to be heard, it will pick it out of the background...
I find Passport to Worldband Radio to be very good but unfortunately the last edition was 2010 or 2009. Besides the reviews of all currently available radios and antennas, there is a lot of information, schedules of all known stations etc.
A used one would be very helpful...