Refurbished CCRadio-SW AM/FM Shortwave RadioItem # CSWF

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First Look: 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 in the Monitoring Times Magazine. Reprinted by permission.

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The CCRadio-SW AM/FM/Shortwave Radio is a powerhouse, portable radio from C. Crane. Thanks to the built-in Twin Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna, this masterful radio has AM reception in the same class as the legendary CCRadios. It also delivers outstanding FM, and – here's the big news – Shortwave! This radio offers the best combination of sensitivity, selectivity and audio performance for any radio of this size. Shortwave is excellent 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 comes with a large, easy-to-read LCD display and all the adjustments necessary for excellent performance under various conditions. C. Crane provides a clear, straightforward manual to get you started. Here are some of its outstanding features: RF Gain Control, Bandwidth Control, Bass and Treble Controls, Fast and Slow Tuning, 50 Memories, Lighted Buttons, Clock Radio with Snooze Alarm, Stereo Line Output and Headphone Jack, IF Output for Input to Computer. Runs on 4 "D" size batteries or 4 backup "AA" batteries (not included). Built-in charging circuit will recharge optional NiMh batteries right inside the radio-saving you both time and money. AC Adapter and antenna connectors included. One-year limited warranty.

Weight: 4.2 lbs. Size: 11.25" W x 7.25" H (9" H with handle) x 3.5" D.

General features:
  • AM/FM/Shortwave [SW1, SW2, SW3 (1711 - 30,000 kHz)]
  • Built-in Twin Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna
  • 50 Memory Presets (10 Per Band)
  • 5-Inch Speaker (5-Watt/8-ohm)
  • Treble Control
  • Bass Control
  • Headphone Jack
  • Large Easy-to-Read Lighted Digital LCD Display
  • Digital Clock (12 and 24 Hour)
  • Alarm (Buzzer or Radio)
  • Five Minute Snooze Feature
  • Sleep Timer with Nine Operational Settings: 90, 60, 45, 30, 15, 10, 5, 1 (minutes) and "ON" (continuous).
  • Tuning Knob Speed Control
  • 9k & 10k Tuning
  • Lighted Buttons
  • Ground Jack
  • Lock Feature
  • DC Input
  • Dual RCA Stereo Line Output
  • RF Gain Control
  • Bandwidth Control
  • IF Output for Input to Computer
  • Built-in charging circuit charges optional NiMh batteries
  • Powered By AC Adapter (included), four "D" size batteries (not included) or four backup "AA" size batteries (not included)
  • Dimensions: 11.25" W x 7.25" H (9" H with handle) x 3.5" D (290mm x 185mm x 70mm)
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds without batteries
  • One-year Limited Warranty
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By JCiccolella
Confirmed Buyer
Top Notch product (and product support). Ordered and received mine just after seeing it at the 2012 Dayton Hamfest. Spent the first three nights doing receiver testing and comparisons with my two favorite portables, Zenith TransOceanic D7000Y and Sony ICF-2010. Easy to listen to great audio right in there with the TO, and way-way better than the 2010. Tuning is easier of course than the analog TO, but has better feel and sound-while-tuning than the 2010. All three hooked to the same antenna were hearing the same weak signals. I have an AM broadcast station 3 miles away and the only place I heard it is on its assigned frequency. All three have wide and narrow bandwidth settings. In fact it’s amazing how many TO like features are incorporated into the CCR-SW, right down to the world time zone map. Now the lack of SSB, and sync, may be problematic for some. But the CCR-SW has an IF output port, and that means SSB and DRM are both possible. For the refurbished price this unit is an exceptional deal. I believe I have 3 favorite portables now.Now there was a slight problem with one of the included PAL connectors and that was quickly taken care of with a single friendly phone call to customer support. It’s nice to find good people supporting the product.
By TManzi
Confirmed Buyer
Wanted a SW radio but was looking to save some money so I ordered a refurbished CCRadio-SW. When it arrived I was impressed with its condition. Looked as if new. I powered it up and it worked perfectly the first night. The next time I went to use it, it would not power up. I checked out the instruction manual but still could not get it to power up. The next day I called customer service and a nice young lady named Deby tried to help me out. None of her suggestions worked. I still do not know if the problem was "operator error" or if there was something wrong with the radio. No problem though. C Crane Radio was as good as their word and sent me a new replacement radio! NO BULL!! And I thought good customer service was dead. I love this radio. It works great. I use it all the time. Reception is top notch. Thank you C Crane, you have a customer for life! I just wish this stuff wasn't made in China......
By BEschler
Confirmed Buyer
I ordered this radio to replace my old CC radio. It still worked great after 20+ years. Lost it off the boat. Have a dry bag now. Got this radio and had a few minor problems with it so I contacted CCrane. They had me return it on their postage and they sent me a brand new one. What a company. Great radio. I like it almost as much as the old one. It was an old friend.
By TMeekin
Confirmed Buyer
This is an outstanding refurbished radio for the price. I can pick up numerous SW stations at night, and a lot of AM stations also. A really good deal, I think.
By AFinkle
Confirmed Buyer
I enjoy listening to this almost everyday. Great FM Great AM.... one thing I should have got was the SW listening book, I can find some stations, but this radio is pretty nice because just like AM/FM you can pick up every channel.... a scanner would have been nice... but my patience was not around and I need a radio asap.... and I am very pleased with this one. Don't tell anyone but I dropped it, spilled stuff on it and it started to rain one day, and it still works prefect. The battery life is pretty good, about I don't know 2 days work 6 hours a days, and down time between work... maybe 10 plus hours on AA... Love it.
By ANeudeck
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No SSB, USB, or USB.
By TGreen
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Instructions (PDF) CCRadio SW AM/FM Shortwave Radio Instruction Manual 2.82 Mb 7:00 @ 56KBps

CC Radio SW Audio Instructions by Tim Hendel

(Tim is blind and records many of our audio tutorials for our products)

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

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
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
What's in the Box
  • This WiFi Antenna is hands down the best. It allows me to connect to a business almost a half mile away. Two months time and this baby paid for itself. I am a very happy with my purchase.
    — John A., Mill Valley, CA
  • This radio deserves five stars because it sounds great, the ease of use and preset stations. This radio will become your favorite radio, also backed by great customer service if ever needed, thank you very much.
    — Pete P., Santa Rosa, CA
  • This is an excellent internet radio. I have had the unit playing constantly from the time I received it. Excellent sound for such a small unit and the remote works wonderfully.
    — James H., Richmond, BC
  • Good sound, lightweight and comfortable; not too tight on the head. I like one feature; it doesn't tell you where to place the speakers, left side or right side.
    — Harry W., Manassas, VA
  • I purchase this product specifically for AM recordings and it has worked superbly. I wanted to wait awhile before I gave my opinion on the product. It has worded exactly as advertised and more.
    — Jack L., San Pedro, CA
  • Very nice, economical home lighting. If you're used to the white light of fluorescent bulb replacements, these will offer the same type with no toxic ingredients or damaging UV radiation.
    — Gary B., San Francisco, CA
  • This antenna does work well; however placement and the shape you have it bent into is very important. I live about 70 miles away from Toronto and receive a lot of Toronto FM stations static free with the FM reflect.
    — Thomas S., Buffalo, NY
  • I'm not sure how I gone this far in life without it. I just love it. The best sound ever from an AM radio.
    — James G., Springfield, MA
  • This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
    — Robert S., Tabernacle, NJ
  • I just received my EP radio yesterday. I'm totally impressed with the old school simplicity and the modern day sound quality. Thank you, C.Crane!
    — David C., Raleigh, NC
  • I have had only one, thank the lord, occasion to use this in and emergency situation and it worked flawlessly. Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!
    — Vernon P., Dufur, OR
  • This radio is totally fantastic!!! It will provide service in any condition and works as engineered and advertised. I am going to order more units for all family members.
    — Glen B., Bethlehem, PA
  • This radio is wonderful. Small but powerful. Several years of service and no problems.
    — William B., Litchfield, IL
  • Just received this little jewel... did not open the manual and I was listening to NPR within minutes... no kidding. I'm a radio guy and the audio is great and look forward to a lot of great listening.
    — Lin F., Inman, SC