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Monitoring Times Takes a Look at the Latest Tech. "CCRadio-SW AM/FM/Shortwave Portable Radio" by Larry Van Horn N5FPW. Originally published September 2013 and Reprinted by permission.

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The purpose of the CCRadio-SW was born when an engineer’s time went into producing some of the best reception and audio you could find in a portable radio. It has all the necessary tunings and tweakings available for excellent performance under various conditions and offers the best combination of sensitivity, selectivity and audio performance for any radio of this size.

This masterful radio delivers some of the best FM reception and, thanks to the built-in Twin Coil Ferrite® Antenna, the AM is exceptional. It has continuous coverage of the shortwave band with excellent reception right off the whip antenna. The five-inch speaker is accurate, pleasant and reproduces deeper bass than any portable of similar size.

The CCRadio-SW is one of the few radios with a mono switch. When activated the radio filters out the stereo FM multiplex signal which can add a hissing noise when listening to a weak station. It will only tune in the mono broadcast found on all FM stations.

General features:
  • RF Gain, Bandwidth Control, Fast and Slow Tuning
  • Bass and Treble Controls
  • Lighted LCD Display and Lighted Buttons
  • Clock Radio with Snooze Alarm
  • Stereo Line Output and IF Output for Input to Computer
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs. Size: 11.25" W x 7.25" H (9" H with handle) x 3.5" D
  • Stereo Headphone Jack
  • 50 Memory Presets
  • Built-in charger, with auto shut off, for NiMh batteries
  • Uses 4 "D" batteries or 4 "AA" batteries for programming back-up (batteries not included)
  • 9V AC Adapter and PAL Antenna Connectors Included
  • One Year Limited Warranty

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By YMartinez
Bridgeport, CT
3/6/2014
Confirmed User
Great Radio
I've owned this radio for more than a year. I love its AM performance. I am able to pick up a lot of radio station from New York (about 50 miles)The FM is spectacular, I am able to pick up all the station with in 0-58 miles away. The sound quality is great. The speaker has a great punch even when I am listening AM stations. I have 5 of the best AM radios such as Panasonic RF-2200, FR-2600, General Electric super radio one and Two. Just the RF-2200 get better AM reception than my CCRadio-SW but not for much... Just a little clear in long distance station but in sound quality is not near as my CCRadio. Those Superadio from GE have better sound but just a little more power in the speaker. However the CCRadio is ages ahead of any of my old radios. This radio is a great investment. Now my other radio are only in exibition to brag aouth them but for my CCRadio the story is different its my everyday radio. Yashin Martinez
By spelger
reno, nv
3/2/2014
Confirmed User
nice radio
I am a current CCRadio (the one with the TV band) and i love that. This radio replaces that which i have taken to work. I have had this radio for about 3-4 years now and i still find myself trying to use tuning or volume knobs that dont exist on the side like the CCRadio. the power switch half broke on the inside, still works but feels funny now so i am pretty gentle with it. the reception is good for me, even on the SW band with only the built in antenna. the radio is pretty light compared with the CCRadio but by keeping 4 D and 4 AA batteries inside it becomes better weighted. the built in charging system is a great thing to have, never do i need to pull out my charger anymore. if i could have designed this i would have just used the CCRadio as a template because it is so well known, it has a fatter foot print making it harder to knock over and the antenna is never in the way as in this model, i find that i need to collapse it before pulling up the handle. also, even with a pillow speaker/head phones plugged in the radio makes a beeping sound when the tuning of the band wraps back to the beginning, ive been meaning to remove that part, i wish it had a switch to turn it off in the middle of the night when my wife is sleeping it seems extra loud. but over all a good radio and i am sure will perform better for SW with an external antenna, i pick up cuba, china, russia, australia, and japan to name a few.
By AAlexander
TUCSON, AZ
10/30/2013
Confirmed Buyer
DOA - They took it back and paid the postage, but it was dead, dead, dead.
By DLundberg
FORT WORTH, TX
10/24/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Ze best of ze best...
By RBambauer
CLEARLAKE, CA
7/12/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Bought this radio 4 years ago, has been in use almost every day since good to better am reception, good SW reception, better FM reception. Added an external antenna about 2 years ago and boosted the FM\SW reception significantly. Well worth the price.
By WOtis
LOVELADY, TX
2/13/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Great Radio.
By TGreen
CIBOLO, TX
10/25/2012
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By MLesley
ANACORTES, WA
10/8/2012
Confirmed Buyer
I give this radio a 5 star even tho I sometimes have trouble getting good reception - not the fault of the radio but my location in the woods. Also, I should opted for the CCRadio-2 for better AM/FM reception - it may have picked up better. All in all, I love to take this radio outside in my yard when I am gardening.
By TGallagher
SCRANTON, PA
2/21/2012
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By mstephens
MOUNT HOLLY, NC
10/29/2011
Confirmed Buyer
Like the sound and reception, not some of the controls.
By NHelget
LINCOLN, NE
10/6/2011
Confirmed Buyer
I bought this radio several months ago and I am very disappointed with it . Won't pick up any far away AM stations. My old 1970's Realistic Patrolman-6 has twice the sensitivity. Sorry I chose this model, as I never use the short-wave.Norm Helget
By GMarsh
SANTA ROSA, CA
9/22/2011
Confirmed Buyer
I expected good reception and this radio delivers that. But to my ears the quality of the sound is just OK, not great, but OK. Radios of the 40's and 50's had much better eq choices. This radio at least has bass and treble controls which help a little bit.
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General Specifications
Input Power AC Adapter: 9V DC 500mA tip negative
Batteries: (4) AA or D size (not included)
Audio Output 2.5 Watt
Speaker 5", 8 ohm, 5W
Frequency Coverage AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10KHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1620 kHz (9KHz Steps)
FM 87.0 - 108.0 MHz
SW1 1711 - 10010 kHz
SW2 9990 - 20010 kHz
SW3 19990 - 29999 kHz
Rotary Tuning Knob Resolution AM - 1 kHz, 9 kHz or 10 kHz
FM - 10 kHz or 100 kHz
SW - 1 kHz or 5 kHz
AM Tuning 10 kHz or 9 kHz steps
FM Tuning 100 kHz steps
SW Tuning 5 kHz steps
AM Antenna Internal Ferrite Bar - 10mm x 160mm (6.3") long with Twin Coil Ferrite® technology
FM, SW Antenna Telescopic whip antenna
AM Dual Conversion 55.845 MHz 1st IF; 455 kHz 2nd IF
AM IF Output For input into a computer for decoding DRM, SSTV, SSB, CW and more.
AM Sensitivity 0.2 mV/m
FM Sensitivity > 5 uV
SW Sensitivity > 20 uV
Selectivity (Wide) Wide > 40 db (100x)
Selectivity (Narrow) > 60 db (1000x)
External Antenna Terminals AM Spring loaded wire terminals
FM/SW PAL Connector
FM Stereo/Mono Switch Yes
Earphone Jack 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo 32 ohm
Line Out Jack Dual RCA
Presets 50 Total (10 per band)
Lock Switch Yes
Sleep Timer 1-90 minutes
Alarm Yes, dual
Snooze 5 minutes
Clock 12/24 Hour Modes
Dimensions 11.25" W x 7.25" H (9" H with handle) x 3.5" D
Weight 4.2 lbs.
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty
Included Accessories AC Adapter
(2) PAL Connectors
Manual
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • What are the possible sleep timer settings?

    You can set the sleep timer for 90, 60, 45, 30, 15, 10, or 5 minutes or even just 1 minute.
  • If I accidentally activate the sleep timer setting, do I have to wait for the timer to go off before turning the radio back on?

    No, the last choice in the sleep timer selection is on. Select 'on' and the radio will continue to play continuously.
  • How long will a fresh set of AA Alkaline batteries power the radio?

    A set of AA Alkaline batteries rated at 2500 mAh would provide roughly 30 hours of runtime if the radio is played at a moderate volume level.
  • How long will a fresh set of D-size Alkaline batteries power the radio?

    A set of D Alkaline batteries rated at 14000 mAh would provide roughly 175 hours of runtime if the radio is played at a moderate volume level.
  • Does the CCRadio-SW Have SSB?

    No. The CCRadio-SW does not have Single Side Band. The CCRadio-SW covers:

    SW1: 1711-10010 kHz
    SW2: 9990-20010 kHz
    SW3: 19990-29999 kHz
  • Does the CCRadio-SW have a line-in jack?

    No. The CCradio-SW does not have a line-in jack. However, the CCRadio-2E and the Gozo radios do have line-in jacks. If you would like to know about more C. Crane radios with line-in jacks, please Contact Us.
  • What is the frequency coverage of the CCRadio-SW?

    The CCRadio-SW has a frequency range from 1,711 kHz to 29,999 kHz.
  • Does the CCRadio-SW have 1 kHz tuning?

    Yes, the CCRadio-SW has 1 kHz tuning on both the AM and SW bands.
  • Does the CCRadio-SW work with the CCRadioplus Custom Step Down for Mobile use?

    Yes, the CCRadio-SW can be used with the CCRadio plus Custom Step Down and also the DC Step Down Voltage Converter.
  • How do I disable the "beeps" on my CCRadio-SW?

    To disable the "BEEP" you hear when you push any of the buttons on your CCRadio-SW, you first have to turn off the radio. With the radio off, press and hold down the SNOOZE button until you hear a short beep. This procedure should disable the beeps. You can enable the beeps again by pressing and holding down the SNOOZE button until you hear the short beep - also with the radio turned off.
  • I want to charge my rechargeable batteries in the CCRadio-SW, will the battery charging circuit on the CCRadio SW automatically turn on when I use the AC adapter?

    No. To activate the charging circuit, first turn the radio off and then press the memory/charge button to activate the charging circuit. The charging cycle will run for 12hrs before shutting off. If you are charging high-capacity D-size NiMH batteries it can take up to 3 to 4 charge-discharge-and-recharging cycles to get them up to full capacity.
  • Does the Solar Kit for the CCRadio Plus work with the CCRadio-SW?

    Yes.
  • What is that rattle I hear sometimes when I move my CCRadio-SW?

    When you have no D size batteries in your CCRadio-SW and move it, the springs in the battery compartment can make a slight rattling noise.
  • Is it normal for the AC adapter to become warm during use?

    Yes.
  • What does the term Dual Conversion that is printed on top of the display screen mean?

    Dual Conversion, A dual conversion receiver filters and amplifies the incoming radio signal from the transmitter twice. This double filtering helps the receiver to ignore unwanted signals that are close to the frequency being used. This is not protection against another transmitter sending a signal on the same frequency. Instead, it is protection against other transmitters transmitting on frequencies that are close to the one being used. Dual Conversion typically makes a receiver more selective without reducing sensitivity. This can really help if you have a strong unwanted station nearby the bleeds into the station you want.
  • My rechargeable batteries never show a full charge in my radio, are they working right?

    Rechargeable batteries will NEVER show a full charge on your radio display. Most of our radios are calibrated to read the charge of your Alkaline batteries - which is 1.5 volts at full charge. Rechargeable batteries, however, are fully charged at just 1.25 Volts, and so your radio will show a partial charge even if the rechargeable batteries have been fully charged.
  • Does the clock-radio function have a buzzing alarm, or is it just a radio alarm?

    You can set the alarm on the CCRadio-SW to go off to the buzzer or the radio. If you set the alarm to go off to the radio, you'll get the station and the volume setting that you listened to before turning the radio off.
  • How do I set the alarm? I am following the instructions in the manual but am still having problems setting the alarm. How come?

    The alarm instructions in earlier versions of the CCRadio-SW manual are incomplete. The proper directions for setting the alarm are:
    • To set the alarm time: press and hold "ALARM" button until word the Timer A and the alarm hour begin to flash on the display.
    • While "Timer A" and the alarm hour are flashing, press the "HOUR" button to set the hour and the "MINUTE" button to set the minutes.
    • With the word "Timer A" still flashing, press and release the "ALARM" button to set the alarm mode. The first icon to appear on the display next to the word "Timer A" will be __ . Selecting this icon sets the alarm to Buzzer mode. Press this button again and the__ icon will appear on the display, setting the alarm to Speaker mode. This activates the radio to turn on and play a radio station when the alarm goes off. Press the button again and both icons will disappear from the display, indicating that the alarm is "off". You have about four seconds between pressing the buttons or you must start over.
    • When you are finished setting your alarm you must confirm your settings by pressing "Timer A".
  • How do I change the CCRadio-SW clock from a 12 hour format to a 24 hour format?

    With the radio off, press and hold the "Hour Δ" button for approx. 5 seconds. The time displayed will then be in a 24 hour format and confirmed by a double beep. Follow the same procedure to return to a 12 hour clock format.
Manual Size Download Time
Instructions (PDF) CCRadio SW AM/FM Shortwave Radio Instruction Manual 577.20 KB 1:24 @ 56KBps
Audio Instructions

CC Radio SW Audio Instructions by Tim Hendel
(Tim is blind and records many of our audio tutorials for our products)

Audio Player

Press the play () button above to stream the audio. To download the file, please use this link.

  • The CCRadio SW will not turn on.

    1. Make sure the "LOCK" is off.
    2. Check the "BATTERY SELECTION" switch to make sure it is in the proper position.
    3. Be sure that the batteries are installed correctly.
    4. Make sure all batteries are good.
    5. If using the AC Adapter, make sure that it is plugged fully into the power jack.
  • The CCRadio SW has poor reception on FM and SW.

    1. Check the "FM/SW ANTENNA" switch on the right side of the radio for the proper setting.
    2. Check the position of the "AM SENSITIVITY" switch for "LOCAL" or "DISTANT" setting.
    3. Check the position of the "AM RF GAIN" control. It should be fully clockwise.
  • The CCRadio SW has poor reception on AM.

    1. Check the position of the "AM RF GAIN" control. I should be fully clockwise.
    2. Rotate the radio for the best reception.
    3. Concrete, brick and metal buildings can greatly reduce radio reception. Try the radio outside. If the reception is improved, add an external AM antenna like C. Cranes Twin Coil Ferrite Am Antenna.
  • I changed the "AM Tuning Steps" from 10 kHz to 9kHz, but my radio does not respond.

    You must press the "RESET" to activate the change. To press the "RESET", use the end of a paperclip and push it into the hole briefly.
  • My tuning knob rubs when I turn it. How can I fix it?

    We are sorry, this sometimes happens with a new radio manufacturer. Pull the knob straight off. Make a little ball out of a 1" square piece of paper. Push it in the shaft hole on the knob. Line up the flat edges of the knob and shaft and replace the knob.
  • I get decent reception on the CCRadio-SW but I don't seem to get the kind of reception I was expecting.

    Check the Local/DX switch. The switch should be set to DX for the best AM reception. The Local position is used when you are near a transmitting tower and it is distorting a nearby station on the dial.
  • I have D batteries in the radio but it won't turn on.

    Make sure the "Battery Size" switch located on the left side of the radio is set to "D."
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