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überarbeitet am 30.10.2010

When Sony presented it's first portable shortwave receiver ICF-2001 with complete microprocessor control and PLL frequency synthesis, it was a milestone in the development of travel sortwave radios. This set offered not only a digital frequency readout, but also direct frequenyc entry by means of a 0 - 9 keypad and six memories! This receiver was not only portable in the sense of the word, that it was equipped with two metal carrying handles and would "easily fit under an airplane seat", but with it's size of a hardcover book, it could be carried around in the handluggage. But reception quality did not reach the mark set by desktop shortwave receivers.
This changed dramatically, when Sony presented the ICF-2001D (for digital), it's called ICF-2010 outside Europe. This double conversion receiver with automated ECSS - reception (single sideband reception of broadcast stations replacing the stations carrier signal by an inetrnaly generated carrier to which the set is locked automatically) was another milestone to enable single sideband reception of faint broadcast signals. Personally, I still consider it (although it's size makes it a bit more heavy to carry) as the best travel shortave receiver ever! It's successor ICF-SW77 was improved with alphanumeric memories and complex world clock features, but in my eyes didn't reach the same level, when there is the demand to pull as much audio as possible out of a very poor signal.
When loking around for a really lightweight travel set, in the middle of the eighties, there was virtually no way leading around Sony's ICF-7600D (in the U.S. look for a ICF-2002). This was the first lightweight travel set to include useable SSB capabilities to catch some ham traffic or CW signals. I liked to use it as an alarm clock, but I always have been a bit short of station memory channels.
One minor problem is to overview the range of models carrying the 7600 in their designation - over the years there have been quite different sets with very similar model numbers. And the D, A, W, G suffix will make out, what radio You get. So make sure, when looking in eBay for a second hand 7600, that You go for the one You intended to buy. That fast, that the European and international / U.S. model designations vary, wouldn't help You much keeping an overview.
In the last few years, Sony developed even more miniaturised sets. The ICF-SW1000T is not much bigger then the cassette hold in it's cassette player, and it incorporates a complete double conversion shortwave receiver. I don't like it's very tiny controls to fiddle around, that'a why I still prefer the 7600 models, but I have to admit, I still use a really outdated cellular phone, too...
Nowadays, Sony seems to have stopped development of even more advanced shortwave receivers, but the ICF-SW7600G(R) is still available. I regret, that at the moment, shortwave reception has been made as easy as never before (just type in the frequency and press ENTER button), the main international broadcasters and External services have the tendency to leave the shortwave bands. For listening Swiss Radio abroad, You have to go back to a satellite dish, a mains operated receiver or to a Internet Café - the digital shortwave (DRM) reception, the receivers are too bulky and use too much processor power to run without 230V mains power supply, not suitable when we go camping.

Travel Radios

ICF-2001(1980):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz- 30 MHz,
FM, AM, SSB(BFO),
digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 6 memories, direct keypad frequency entry
ICF-2001D / ICF-2010 (1985):
double conversion; AIR-Band, FM, AM 150 kHz - 29,999 MHz;
FM, AM, AM-Sync, SSB;
digital frequency readout 100 Hz, 32 memories, scanning functions, clock / timer Bedienungsanleitung Users manual
   
ICR-4800 (1981):
single conversion, MW, 5 x SW (49-16m), analog bandspread dial
ICF-4900 / ICF-4910 (1985):
double conversion; FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13m), analog bandspread dial

ICF-4900 MARK II / ICF-4920 (1988)

ICF-5100 (1987):
double conversion, FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13 m),
analog bandspread dial: ICF-4900with cosmetic changes
   
ICF-SW10 (1994):
single conversion, FM, MW, 9 x SW (60 - 13m),
analog bandspread dial
 
ICF-SW12 (1997):
double conversion, FM, MW, 9 x SW (60 - 13m),
analog bandspread dial, world time alarm clock
 
ICF-SW15 (1988):
single conversion, FM, LW, MW, SW - 26,1 / 30 MHz,
digital frequency readout 5 kHz
 
ICF-SW20 (1989):
double conversion; FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13m),
analog bandspread dial
ICF-SW22 (1995):
double conversion, FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13m),
analog bandspread dial
 
ICF-SW30 (1996):
double conversion, FM, MW, 10 x SW,
FM, AM; digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 15 memories
ICF-SW33 (1993):
double conversion; FM, MW, 11 x SW (75 - 11 mb, tuneable only within bands),
FM, AM; digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 18 memories, world time clock
ICF-SW40 (1997):
double conversion; FM, LW, MW, SW 3,85 - 26,1 MHz,
FM, AM;
digital frequency readout 1 kHz and pseudo - analog LCD dial, 15 memories
 
ICF-SW55 (1992):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 29,999 MHz;
FM, AM, SSB,
digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 125 memories (alphanumeric), scanning functions, clock / timer
ICF-SW77 (1992):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 29,999 MHz;
FM, AM, AM-Sync, SSB,
digital frequency readout 100 Hz, 162 memories (alphanumeric), scanning functions, clock / timer
   
ICF-7600 (W) (1978):
single conversion; FM, MW, 5 x SW (75 - 19m),
analog bandspread dial
ICF-7600A (W) (1983):
double conversion; FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13m),
analog bandspread dial
ICF-7600 D / ICF-2002 (1983):
double conversion; FM, AM 153 kHz - 29,995 MHz,
FM, AM, SSB (BFO),
digital frequency readout 5kHz, 10 memories, Fine tuning, alarm clock with timer Bedienungsanleitung
ICF-7600 DS / ICF-2003 (1987):
double conversion; FM, AM 153 kHz - 29,995 MHz,
FM, AM, SSB (BFO),
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, fine tuning, 10 memories, clock, cosmetic changes and technical improvements Bedienungsanleitung
ICF-7600 DA / ICF-7700 (1987):
double conversion, FM, LW, MW, 12 x KW (90 - 11 mb),
FM, AM,
digital frequency readout 5kHz & pseudo - analog LDC dial, 15 memories Bedienungsanleitung
ICF-7601 L (1988):
double conversion; FM, LW, MW, 9 x SW (60 - 13 mb),
analog bandspread dial
ICF-7601 (1988):
double conversion; FM, MW, 10 x SW (120 - 13 mb),
analog bandspread dial, international version with tropical bands coverage 120 - 75 m
ICF-SW7600 (1990):
double conversion; FM, AM 153 kHz - 29,995 MHz,
FM, AM, SSB (BFO),
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, fine tuning, 10 memories, clock
ICF-SW7600G (1994):
double conversion; FM, AM 153 kHz - 29,995 MHz,
FM, AM, AM-Sync, SSB(BFO),
digital frequency readout 1 kHz, Fine tuning, 10 memories, clock
   
AIR-7 (1985):
double conversion; FM, AIR, VHF 144 - 174 MHz, LW, MW, SW - 2194 kHz,
40 memories, Squelch
ICF-PRO70 (1990):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 108 MHz (PRO-70/2 150 kHz - 30 MHz 87,6 - 108 MHz),
FM, AM, SSB,
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, 40 memories, scanning functions
ICF-PRO80 (1990):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 108 MHz (115 - 223 MHz with converter), FM, AM, SSB,
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, 40 memories, scanning functions
   
ICF-7800 (1978):
fold-up travel radio, single conversion, FM, MW, SW 3,9 - 12 MHz
 
ICF-SW800 (1989):
double conversion; FM, SW 3,7 - 17,9 MHz,
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, "check cards" with station memories
ICF-SW600 (1996):
"kitchen radio", single conversion; FM, MW, 9 x SW (49 - 13 mb),
analog bandspread dial
 

Miniature travel portables

ICF-SW1 (1988):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz,
digital frequency readout 5 kHz, 10 memories, clock / timer
ICF-SW100 (1994):
"Laptop"-Design, double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz,
FM, AM, AM-Sync, SSB,
digital frequency readout 1 kHz, 50 memories alphanumeric, clock / Timer

World Band Radios with Cassette Recorder

CF-950S (1976):
receiver technically derived from the ICF-5900 with mono cassette recorder
CRF-330K (1978):
reveiver derived from the CRF-320 with mono cassette recorder
WA-5000 (1984):
single conversion, FM, MW, 5xSW(49-16m),
mono cassette recorder
WA-8000 (1986):
double conversion, FM, MW, 7 x SW (49 - 13 mb),
stereo cassette recorder
WA-6000 (1987):
single conversion, FM, MW, 5xSW(49-16m),
mono cassette recorder
WA-8800 (1987):
double conversion; FM, MW, 8 x SW (49 - 13 mb),
stereo cassette recorder
ICF-SW1000T (1995):
double conversion; FM, AM 150 kHz - 30 MHz,
FM, AM, AM-Sync, SSB,
30 memories, stereo cassette recorder (c.f. ICF-SW7600G)
CFS-50IL (1988):
single conversion & stereo double cassette recorder in "Ghetto-Blaster" - format,
FM, LW, MW, SW 5,9-17,8 MHz, digital frequency readout 5 kHz, 20 memories