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Re: [RFI] Handheld Rx for Topband

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Subject: Re: [RFI] Handheld Rx for Topband
From: "Jim Brown" <jim@audiosystemsgroup.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:06:58 -0800
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On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:30:13 -0000, G8EWT wrote:

>Can anyone give me the model number of a reasonably priced radio that covers
>2MHz that's available in Europe? Alternately I will be visiting the US in
>April and could arrange for delivery to my hosts there.

The recommendations for the consumer products like the Grundigs are good. I 
have one of those, but I have a Kenwood VHF/UHF talkie that receives all the 
down to 500 kHz. Below 10 MHz, it autoswitches to an internal loopstick 
but you can override that to use the antenna connector from the menu. It's NOT 
very sensitive below VHF, so it won't hear weak signals, and it overloads on 
strong signals. Yaesu also makes one. 

Another possibility is one of the little QRP all-band rigs like Yaesu makes. 
There's at least one model that runs on batteries. My neighbor, K6XX has one of 
those that we've used to chase noise. They are probably distributed worldwide. 
You'll need some sort of antenna for it. Something as simple as a rigid piece 
wire shoved into the coax connector will work, and you can build a small loop. 


Jim K9YC

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