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August 20, 2008

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Ed S.

You know I owned a 5900 for over 20 years and can't remember if the whip antenna angled or not. But I think it doesn't. Check or download an online owner's manual to be sure.

jeffrey McMahon

Ed, I don't think it does. I'll look for a manual.

Ed S.

Also, be sure to check the SW1 band; mine never got anything but hum & buzz on that band. Also, mine was not at all sensitive on the CB Band (11 meters/25-27 MHz).

Paul

Wonderful, glad you like the Sony. Now it's time for the next one, the Sony ICF-6800W - orange (just kidding).

If you are into tinkering and fixing things up you may find this link useful. It talks about mechanically realigning the dial unit:

http://www.noobowsystems.com/restorations/icf-5900w/icf-5900w-e.html

jeffrey McMahon

I don't even know what SW stations to look for. As far as tuning dial goes, I simply memorized the new configuration.

Scooby214

That does look like a nice radio. I had better not start looking at vintage radios. I already have a hard enough time supporting my radio addiction with my teaching salary...

jeffrey McMahon

What grade do you teach and where? My wife and I teach in Los Angeles area. I teach English at community college and she teaches sixth grade English at Palos Verdes middle school.

Mike W

Great news, Jeff. I'm glad you're so pleased with the vintage Sony.

I can tie this in with your recent post about the C. Crane twin coil ferrite antenna. Many reviews of the TCA, including the one on radiointel, mention one of more radios that it does not help on. Those radios are precisely the ones that are strongest on MW, and are usually analog - the RF-2200, the GE Superadio's I & II, and I suspect the ICF-5900 as well.

Two points I'd like to make about these vintage analog classics :

(1) Running them on D cells is the way to go. Without the chips, clocks, and LCD displays of the modern sets, they are marvels of electrical efficiency and go a long time on a set of fresh batteries. Good D cells can be had pretty cheaply nowadays .

(2) While these are among the best portables ever, they do not make the best bedside radios. A simple digital radio with memories and a backlit LCD screen is better suited to that purpose.

Thanks for the feedback, I may well buy an ICF-5900 myself someday.

Carrie

Mike,

Funny you should mention the portability vs. bedside issue because I am tempted to put the 5900 next to the bed. However, the limitations, as you mentioned, will probably cause me to balk at such a move.

One thing I prefer about the 5900 over the RF-2200 is that it's easier to use, to see the controls. It's in many ways less busy. It takes more time for my eyes to adjust to the 2200's rows of bands. But I'm splitting hairs. The 2200 deserves to be in the pantheon. It is a truly stunning radio.

Ed S.

The easiest SW "benchmark" stations to tune in are the WWR Universal Time announcement stations at every 2,5 MHz: 2.5, 5.0, 7.5, 10, and 15 Mega Hertz.

jeffrey McMahon

All right, I'll give it a test later. Is there an ideal time?

Scooby214

I teach fourth grade in the Oklahoma City area. I just started my tenth year of teaching today. I enjoy the teaching, but I don't know how I'll ever put my three children through college with my teaching salary, even with working extra jobs when I can.

Ed S.

These staions transmit the time 24/7. It is interesting to see how much better they usually come in at night vs the day. But it will also give you an idea how deaf or sharp a radio's reception is when comparing two or more radios. Tune both radios to 5 MHz, for instance and see which has less fade, etc.

jeffrey McMahon

Ed, I couldn't hear anything on SW, but I don't know how to coordinate the two dials. I'll let you test it when I bring you your 2200.

jeffrey McMahon

Scooby, I thought the cost of living in Oklahoma was such that you could buy a new house for 250K.

Here in LA 600k gets you a hut.

My wife got her Masters online and it bumped her salary up considerably.

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