'SW Radios that I have loved - and hated'

*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 interesting stations.
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.




Sangean ATS803A-
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.
Simply terrible.
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)




Yaesu FRG-8800.
A fancy looking radio that doesn't work as good as it looks.
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 sensitivity.
Disappointing - but usable.




Yaesu FRG-7700.
A significant step up in performance compared to the 8800.
You would have to be pretty fussy to find faults with this radio.




Yaesu FRG-7000.
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 here.
I have owned 3 of these over the years.




Yaesu FRG-7.
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.




Yaesu FRG-100.
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.