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As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT


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As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT



If you want something that would last, and not have to be replaced if he
really got into it, and would get nearly the entire purchase price back
if he didn't like it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/JRC-NRD-525-RECE...ith-RDI-White-
Paper_W0QQitemZ140059327343QQihZ004QQcategoryZ1505 1QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrd
Z1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/ICOM-R-71A-RECEI...ITH-PASS-BAND-
TUNING_W0QQitemZ140059361026QQihZ004QQcategoryZ150 51QQssPageNameZWDVWQQr
dZ1QQcmdZViewItem


I wouldn't even bother with most of the junky new portables they have
for sale now.


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Dear TMT,

I assume the child would be mature enough to operate and appreciate a
short wave receiver. If so, I would strongly recommend the Sony
ICF-SW7600GR. While it is somewhat more expensive ($130.00 or
thereabout) than other radios that some other people replying to your
post will recommend, it is better-built (and more rugged) than most
Chinese-made short wave radios (this Sony model is still made in Japan)
and is far more sophisticated than any of them.

It offers advanced reception circuitry not available at all on any
other new radio currently being sold at under $500.00 and this
circuitry allows broadcasts (as well as Hams on SSB) to be heard with a
great deal more pleasantness than most other receivers. It is also, in
fact, a fine MW and FM radio, as well as even being a dual-alarm clock!

Therefore, as it is very versatile and, at least in my opinion, far
better designed (and priced) than most other portables, it is one radio
that no one, child or adult, will ever "outgrow," at least as long as
there are "analog" broadcasts.

Should you buy this radio for a child, I really envy him/her! What I
wouldn't have given to have had such a radio as this when I was a
child!

Best,

Joe

P.S. If you were interested in REALLY getting this child involved and
you wanted to actually BUILD a short wave receiver with him/her, there
is the Ten-tec 1254 Kit ($195.00), which has gotten good reviews in
PASSPORT TO WORLD BAND RADIOS. It is not a toy regenerative receiver,
but, rather, a sophisticated superheterodyne model. Frankly, the Sony
will outperform it, but, for a child, building something and have it
actually work is a thrill that just cannot be duplicated. You would
definitely have to supervise and help a child with this project and
please take note of the fact that I personally have never even seen one
of these Ten-tecs, nor do I personally know any owners.

Too_Many_Tools wrote:
As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT


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Sony 7600 GR.
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On 7 Dec 2006 17:00:06 -0800, "Too_Many_Tools"
wrote:

As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT


frankly I would give a good crystal kit for the kind needing no
bateries
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It is very difficult to recommend a shortwave radio for a kid
without knowing a bit more about the kid. First is the age and
interests. If this is to be a useful gift, it will have to be a match
for these factors. I would not spend much money on the radio. The first
radio should be considered as a trial run and not create any pressure
to enjoy an expensive gift Just because you were interested in
shortwave does not mean that the kid will be interested. If he shows an
interest, a better radio could come later. There are lots of radios
under $100 that would do for a start.
Times have changed and the new generation is quite different than
previous generations. They have shorter attention spans and a kit would
demand too much concentration for most kids. They are greatly
influenced by their peer group and shortwave radio is not cool. I
think that the radio could be related to school as a science project or
"bring and brag" for elementary. The kid is not likely to enjoy
listening to current programs but could develop a knowledge of
geography which could help in school. It would help to have a map of
the world Kids are quite good at learning digital skills so I would
not worry that he could not navigate menus on a digital radio.
The radio should be of good quality and inexpensive which probly
means Chinese. I have an Eton E10 which I have found quite
satisfactory. It is inexpensive, sensitive, sounds good, and is widely
available. Purists may object, and others may have other favourites,
but this would do the job.

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On 7 Dec 2006 17:00:06 -0800, "Too_Many_Tools"
wrote:
As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT


My 2 cents? -- I'd get the kid one of those grundig/eton crank
generated radios (model numbers are FR-xx or something like that).
They are apparently pretty rugged.

I think there are 2 versions that cover shortwave. Plus they have
lights on them and could be useful when the power fails. Moreover,
they don't require the kid to buy batteries.

As wind-ups, they can introduce some basic physics concepts in
addition to radio awareness. I think they're usually $40-50.

Give them a look. And please tell us what you eventually choose and
why.
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For a child I'd recomment the MFJ or TenTec regenerative receiver...TenTec
is a kit iirc
BOTH $100 ea
They are instructive and FUN cause the kid DOES things, adjust trimmers,
tuners, coils etc, keeping him busy and out'a trouble. INSIST he uses the
headphones so the squeal is heard by HIM alone

yodar



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As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT



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Whatever radio you get sit with the kids for a while and be sure to
listen to something from far away, that's what grabs their attention
is catching a program from Turkey, etc..............................
at least it did at my house


I.P. Yurin wrote:
On 7 Dec 2006 17:00:06 -0800, "Too_Many_Tools"
wrote:
As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT


My 2 cents? -- I'd get the kid one of those grundig/eton crank
generated radios (model numbers are FR-xx or something like that).
They are apparently pretty rugged.

I think there are 2 versions that cover shortwave. Plus they have
lights on them and could be useful when the power fails. Moreover,
they don't require the kid to buy batteries.

As wind-ups, they can introduce some basic physics concepts in
addition to radio awareness. I think they're usually $40-50.

Give them a look. And please tell us what you eventually choose and
why.

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" As Christmas draws near, I remember the thrill of getting my first
shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?



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shortwave radio for Christmas.

If you were going to buy a shortwave radio for a kid today, which one
and why?

Thanks

TMT





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