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May 29, 2011

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Shawn Patrick

The reviewer didn't even try it on shortwave, which is the INTENDED purpose of this radio. Hummm... The majority of users on amazon give the 750 a 5-star rating and those who actually use the radio on shortwave rave about it's performance, especially when used with an external antenna (which is what REAL shortwave listeners use). For those who think adding thicker layers of plastic adds to the toughness of a radio, it's false. And for listening to sideband ham transmissions, the 750 really shines.

No one in their right mind is going to buy this radio for AM and FM only, there way better and cheaper radios for that. Thus, this review has to be thrown into the muck... Sorry guys.

Ron

I have to agree with you Shawn. You hear very little complaining from SW listeners that own this radio. This is a radio I've thought about getting for myself, and everything I've read about it is that it's a SW machine.

Some radios are AM/FM with Shortwave; some are Shortwave with AM/FM. I'd suggest this one is the latter. I don't know if I'd like to use this as a portable to haul around every day, but when you consider most of the SW listeners that bought this are going to have it permanently on a table or night stand, hooked up to an external antenna, the most important part of build quality is going to be the buttons and knobs. Comparing it to a Sangean Lunchbox is like comparing a Coupe de Ville to a Land Rover.

And let's put this in perspective. Yep, $300 is definitely a high end AM/FM radio. $300 is kind of a midpoint price for a good SW radio though, I don't think a lot of non-SW listeners get that. This $300 (now more like $240) radio gives a $600+ tabletop a run for its money.

Sean

I cannot agree enough with both of you Ron and Shawn. The radio on SW performs rather well and I enjoy using the radio every day. For 250-300 USD it is well worth the cash.

Terry

I think I'd go for the Icom R-75 instead.

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