*In approximate order of ownership.
Philips 515 4 band Portable.
The first radio that I payed for with my own moolah.
This radio had a more extensive frequency coverage than
my parents radio cassette player , and I heard many
In reality though , my ignorance hid the fact that it
was a horrible thing .... It had extensive images and
heterodyne whistles (although not as bad as others that
I have heard) because of its low IF frequency.
The frequency display was out of calibration by an order
of many 10's of KHz , and the tuning control was jerky ,
which often meant overshooting weak signal of interest.
Another grotesque piece of junk.
This was bought new and had filter ringing , filter
switching problems , low sensitivity , birdies and a
high noise floor from the synthesiser.
My brother bought it , gave it to me because it was junk
, and I sold it on eBay for $10. (I did the right thing
and disclosed all faults to the buyer)
A fancy looking radio that doesn't work as good as it
A much improved design over previous models from the
users standpoint it wasn't a good DX machine.
Birdies , high noise floor and relatively low
Disappointing - but usable.
A significant step up in performance compared to the
You would have to be pretty fussy to find faults with
Even though its older this radio has perhaps slightly
better performance than the 7700.
This model is hard to get in such nice condition as mine
I have owned 3 of these over the years.
Arguably the best performing SW radio from Yaesu.
The analogue Barlow Wadley drift cancelling system works
well and the radio is sensitive.
It is only let down by the stock wide filter.
I have owned 6 of these in the past.
This is my all time favorite SW radio.
Its performance is above average with no noticeable
noises or faults.
Shown here is my first one of three FRG-100's.