Portable Shortwave Receivers
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überarbeitet am 22.7.2010

As an alternative to large domestic radios (the ones with the "piano keys" and the green glowing "magic eye") and the small transistor radios, which You could carry with You on trips, portable sets with above average reception qualities have been designed in the sixties.
These " world band radios" provided not only reception of the domestic stations on long and medium waves, or even the FM band, but they also gave access to foreig radio stations in the shortwave bands.
In these years, technical progress allowed the shortwave segment to be spread over several dial segments, which covered only one small part of the shortwave spectrum each, but allowed to read the transmitting frequency of an unknown station to help station identification or even to tune in a desired frequency with adequate accuracy to find a stations's signal, without listening to several interval signals while sweeping the band. Turret tuners with a rotary drum made small parts of the shortwave spectrum visible in a dial window.
turret tuner
In the eighties, as digital frequency counters became affordable, these portable radios became genuine "world receivers",

followed by portable sets with digital PLL synthesis of the desired reception frequency. You could even store frequency information in memory channel without having to order a specific frequency crystal.

The time line of the portable sets gives You an overview over the development of the portable receivers.

In some cases, allocating a set in the travel radio or portable receivers section turns out difficult, in these cases You might try both sections or consult the receiver list.