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The CC Skywave™ opens up a marvelous world of radio at home or when you're traveling. It has an intuitive layout so it is easy to use and has exceptional overall performance. Our customers are calling it the "Ultimate Travel Radio". The reception, audio and durable build are what this radio excels at.

General features:
  • AM, FM, Weather plus Alert, Shortwave (2.3-26.1 MHz) and Air Aviation Band
  • Direct entry of a frequency plus auto scan and store, signal meter
  • Lighted LCD display, battery meter
  • Selectable fast or fine tuning on all bands except weather
  • 400 memory presets
  • Runs on (2) AA Alkaline batteries (not included)

Never listened to the Aviation band? This band lets you listen to nearby pilots, air traffic controllers and ground crew. When traveling, airline schedule changes and problems can be perplexing and annoying. Listening to control towers can provide endless entertainment and informative tidbits of information. It is as simple as telling the Skywave to scan for an active frequency until you find some action. The best one is usually the approach frequency used for planes that are landing and you'll know if you've found the correct one when you hear it. You can also search the web for “air traffic control radio Seattle” for example, to find information and to learn more about aviation radio. If you live next to a smaller airport you could ask a local pilot for the frequency or look up “common traffic advisory frequency” plus the airport name. English is the standard language used in aviation at all airports worldwide.

When traveling abroad, unless you have checked local laws, tuck your Skywave™ into a safe corner of your carry-on. An Airband radio may not be legal to have in some countries.

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Review of the C. Crane CC Skywave™ Radio by Jay Allen of RADIOJAYALLEN.COM

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Edmond, OK
Confirmed User
What a neat little radio
I like having all the many freq. bands on such a small radio.
The sould is very good also.
I have not found anything bad with the radio.
Best Uses
It will fit in my shirt pocket and with headset it works really nice.
See Pros, Cons & Best Uses.
Confirmed User
huge upgrade over previous version
Sound quality
Ease of operation.
cannot think of any
Best Uses
Travel radio
I liked the SWP, but is was cumbersome in regards to operation, and had no feathering of volume control. This upgrade is huge in everyway. sound ease of operation reception. this product is rich with features and superior in performance.
By DMolnar
Medina, Ohio
Confirmed User
CC Skywave
Nice radio.
Over priced. This radio should sell for around $ 39.99.
Best Uses
By BGrant
Stone Mtn Ga
Confirmed User
Super fast shipping
easy to follow instructions
!!Excellent reception
Carrying case has no cutouts for use while carrying

shortwave will probably need an antenna
Best Uses
General radio. Sports
talk shows
Very glad to get this radio. I got the AC adapter and recharable batteries. Looking for many years service. Thank you CCrane for your timely shipping.
By SKamp
Sacramento CA
Confirmed User
Almost as good as a tabletop conmmunications rx
From Sacramenyo CA
at night in September October 2915 hsve heard WHO 1040 Des Moines
Lack of longwave
Lack of ssb
Best Uses
Truly portable
From Sacramento CA at night in sept oct 2015 heard WHO 1040 Des Moines, CBR 1010 Calgary, 1030 mix of KTWO Wyoming and Mrxico City. FM easy reception San Francisco Fm, and daytime MW SF to Fresno. WX Sf, Stockton, Sac. Sw too bad BBC et al have left the air or they would be blasting in
By DVenegas
Confirmed User
Best Potrable Radio!
battery life
easy to use
great reception
Clear excellent sound
Best Uses
ball games
late night AM listening
Small but powerful radio. Battery life seems like forever. Way better than i expected. So glad i chose this radio! Thanks C Crane!
By LSorensen
Selah, WA
Confirmed User
Much better than anticipated
Everything about this little jewel is Pro. I have been using this for past 6 months and nothing has disappointed.
I also use to check on aviation weather at local airport before I got o fly our aircraft.
As an added bonus the tonal quality is amazing for such a small unit.
No Cons that I can think of.
Best Uses
Both music and spoken word. Also very good for NOAA weather.
Get this unit while you can. I don't think that there is a better one!
By SLowry
Half Moon Bay, CA
The Greatest
Went on the wait list for this one to be shipped as soon as available. I've had several Grundigs, Kaitos and others, but the Skywave trumps all, especially with the aviation band, battery efficiency, panel layout and more. Look at the other reviews: there are a lot of good reasons for so many 5 stars.
By JFrank
Natick, MA
Confirmed User
Outstanding Radio
easy to use
battery life
Best Uses
The beach
the backyard
on my night table
I love this radio. The AM is great and the adjustable bandwidth make even the noisiest signals intelligible. The FM is more sensitive than my table radios. If you use the included earbuds, the FM, in stereo mode, sounds very good.
By DLesley
Collierville, TN.
excellent product and value
attractive and quality product
very good reception and sound
I have been very pleased with the quality, reception, and speaker sound of this radio. This was more than worth the price. you get what you pay for.
By JThoms
Indianapolis, IN
Confirmed User
C Crane has done it again!
Great Value and plenty of performance packed in a tiny package.
Excellent ergonomics.
No SSB coverage.
No external antenna jack
Best Uses
General usage
Great size for travel.
Since the Skywave is an updated SWP, I look forward to a possible Skywave with SSB.
By DSmith
Laurel, MD
Confirmed User
Good successor to the CCRadio SWP
WX Band
Volume Control Knob
USB Charger port
Variable bandwidth Audio
Much more susceptible to being overloaded by strong local stations than my SWP. For example a nearby (1-2 mile?) medium wave (AM band) transmitter will overwhelm stations on the shortwave band.
Best Uses
Away from cities
Wish list: Option to activate the radio when triggered by SAME. The ability to manage/load/save memories from the USB port.
By WMontague
durham, on
Confirmed User
Impressive Radio
small size
good battery life
AM Reception
feature rich
needs extrnal antenna jack
Best Uses
travel radio
go bag radio
Amazing little package. Yes, SSB reception would be nice, but I don't miss it. C Crane has found the sweet spot with this one. I've had many radios over the years, and this one is one of the best I've used. No purchase regrets. NONE.
By CStacks
Laguna Niguel CA
Confirmed User
Better then expected! A big smile on my face.
Great Reception on all bands
Does not drift
Speaker does a great job even better with head phones
None except ssb is missing
Best Uses
With me all the time
6:30 PM yesterday attached 20 ft long wire and counted 58 readable shortwave stations. Also able to rcv aircraft from several airports with the radio's antenna. C CRANE please make a Sky II that covers the HF ham frequencies!!!!
By JMitchell
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
The best radio I've ever had!
reliability works in anywhere
I can't think of any.
Best Uses
overnight I can get at least 1 European station.
I am a radio buff, have 5 radios, including shortwave. I have had my Crane radios since Sept 1, 2006 & still enjoy fantastic reception. Could easily live without a tv but not without a radio.
By BBarney
Stockbridge, MA
Confirmed User
It's the best!
What a surprise! Unbelivable quality in a compact box. I must stop: my home is becoming the East coast division of the C.Crane Company.
Too many radios! Yes
i know i can only listen to one at a time.
Best Uses
Put it in your pocket and take it everywhere!
Quality company/quality products!
By BHolzer
South Bend, IN
Confirmed User
Good pocket radio but poor SW
Great FM reception
Good AM and WX
Easy to use
nice audio
excelent headphone jack
Poor SW reception compared to other radios in this size and price
no ajustable light switch
as for air band I haven't been able to pick up anything.
Best Uses
great portable for headphone use as many stations come in clearly with out raising the antenna.
Great audio with just the speaker
Compaired with the Grundig G6 the Skywave performs poorly on SW but the skywave is easier to use
By MP.
Cape Coral, FL
Confirmed User
Best little radio!
Enough features to satisfy most everyone. Amazing sound out of a small unit.
Pulls stations a LONG way. Plays a LONG time on 2 AA batteries.
Soft cover should have perforations over speaker.
Would be nice to have a scan feature for Air Band.
By FConti
Los Angeles, CA
Confirmed User
Bought and evaluated this radio
I have been into radios for 45 years
This is a good little transistor.
Fairly easy to use lots of features
Good reception and tone.
Dont like that the dial light cannot
be set to stay on all the time.
Needs variable tone control with
bass enhancement
Best Uses
General use radio
This radio is worth buying, wish they were built in the USA.
By RGray
L'town, NC
Confirmed User
One Sweet Radio
Ease of use
Great reception
Love it so far
Buttons are a little stiff
No big deal for me
Best Uses
Kicking back and relaxing
What ever where ever when ever
This is one sweet radio. Reception is phenomenal. I can't say it's my favorite, yet, as I've only had it a few days but from what I'm experiencing I don't think it will be long. The buttons are a little stiff but I can deal with that. Wow!! Awesome job C Crane.
By mvallgren
Confirmed User
the best little radio on the market
Skywave go in circles around tecsun. If Tecsun find 34 listening channels only found 75. I'm very happy with my purchase. The next purchase will be a CCRadio-SW
then I'm home.
no reseller in europe
Best Uses
all within the radio.
This is what you seek. Ridiculous much better reception in this class
By MHarroun
Pleasant Grove, UT
Great Little Radio
This has been a wonderful little desk radio. Sound is outstanding. Controls are intuitive. Seems to be very high quality. I would recommend this radio to friends and family.
By MHansen
Confirmed User
Fantastic radio!
All the frequencies I want in one small package
Great reception
Great battery life
Easy to use
None as of yet!
I love, love, love this radio! My first C. Crane, but it won't be my last if they keep making them like this!
By CRasmussen
Kalamazoo, MI
Confirmed User
Small size, Big operator.
ease of use
It would be nice to enter airband frequencies to scan.
Best Uses
in the car with earphones
great fun cute little radio. Great sounding. Better than I expected. Recommend it highly.
By MHernandez
Aguadilla PR
Great Radio for this little radio
Best Uses
Am band
FM and Weather band
I like the reception of this radio. The AM band have long range of reception. The Fm band have a separation between a station. I would recommend weather band because I live about 40 miles of the station and the reception is excellent. The sound is good is loud and clear voice.
By dDalal
san jose, ca
Confirmed User
Hello, pilots!
very well designed
fine tuning
Best Uses
easy listening
pilot chatter
NOAH weather
I very easy to use, cool radio! Quality build, fine tuning, multi-band.
By CMcClain
Heart of Texas
Good performance
AM sensitivity
FM sensitivity
Long battery life
Rechargeable friendly
None yet!
Best Uses
Daily listening
I listen to talk on both AM and FM. I get good reception with marginal signals (as judged compared to my C Crane radio) I power mine from NiMH rechargeable and it is so easy to plug in to USB and push charge button to recharge. Even if using conventional non rechargeable cells this radio barely sips power! I like that the battery charge display seems to work well with the 1.2 volts out from NiMH cells.
By BWyman
Expected better.
Good f.m.& timer is a plus.
I had a cheap $10.00 Sony radio I bought from Walgreens about 7 years ago that could pick up stations as well as this radio. The sw& aviation gets boring very quickly. I have never heard any conversations on them. If you are lucky someone will garble a few numbers that are meaningless to me. I thought C.Crane radios has great reception but the are no bettet than a cheap drug store radio.
Best Uses
& falling to sleep
by with the timer.
Fair but expensive!
By CMcfarlane
Sunrise, FL
Confirmed User
Love this radio!!
Exceed my expectation! Able to find the AM stations I listen to
By CLove
Manchester, NH
Confirmed User
My New Favorite Pocket Radio
I've been swling for about the last 50 years. When I heard about this radio my interest was peaked. Did research on the radio and liked what I was reading so I decided to give one a try. I chose wisely. This little radio is outstanding. I'm not going to repeat what everyone else is saying, but I will say this is one very nice radio that fits in your pocket. CCRANE knocked this one out of the park! My new favorite pocket sized radio.
Medway, MA
Confirmed User
great radio
excellent reception on all bands nice small size great for a travel radio
havent found any
Best Uses
great all around portable radio audio is pretty good for such a small radio
recommend highly!!!! another great product from a great co thanks cc crane!!!
Confirmed User
Best Uses
By EParent
Crestview, Fl
Versatile Compact Radio
The bands!
Compact size goes anywhere
Price (but it's worth it)
Best Uses
Nighttime AM DX'ing. FM will fill a room. Has volume of a bigger radio. Excellent SW sensitivity and selectivity
Use air bands at airport or listen in your backyard to airliners flying overhead. Up to the minute weather reports when on the go 24/7.
I've been searching for the perfect radio since listening to Zenith transistors in the middle 60s. This compact quality radio comes very close with the five bands and sensitivity across the bands. It is now my go-to radio for any outdoor activities because of its versatility. Also fits in a pocket while listening at a ball game. Now I'm hoping C Crane can add Ham radio 2 meter Snd/Rcv capabilities along with the current five bands to their next radio. I'll gladly add it to my collection. Thank you, CCrane! :)
I must add my 2 cents two, 4 a wonderful radio. I bought my LITTLE CCRANE Skywave a month ago and am amazed at this GREAT little radio. It has so much too offer in such a little package & of course sounds so wonderful too. I have two RadioShack radios dx396 & dx 360, 5 times bigger, that are very good but cant match my little CCrane [ that I love ]. The manual was explicit also & it was easy 2 program. I absolutely recommend this little gem.
Portland, OR
Confirmed User
Small but powerful
Purchased a Skywave with AC adaptor for my son for Christmas. He loves it. He works for the US Postal Service on the Oregpn coast so he particularly likes the weather band. First thing in the morning he listens to the weather report so he knows what to expect and can plan accordingly. Just bought one for myself and cant believe how many functions Ccrane got into a small package. For the size and the money I dont think you can beat it. Aircraft, weather, shortwave, AM and FM. You get it all. Quality sound and great reception.
Confirmed User
Love my new CC Skywave!
I absolutely love my new CC Skywave radio. I own several CC radios including the CC Radio2, Observer and SW Pocket. Although l really have enjoyed my SWP, the Skywave has made several improvements on the SWP design. The rotary volume knob and adding Airband frequencies to name a few. I work in aviation so I really love being able to scan the Airband and save them to memory. I was able to pull in a couple of nearby airports in my area right from my house. The ATS function is also handy as well especially for shortwave. Speaking of shortwave, what a great performer for such a little radio. Just sitting in my living room, downstairs.... I was able to pull in at least 10 SW stations. CC Radio has made another outstanding product and it is perfect for travel. I take my SWP on all my hikes and campouts and I will now be taking along my Skywave. A lot of radio and versatility in one great little package. Great job CC RADIO!!!!
By RDitto
Terre Haute, IN
Confirmed User
A Suberb Radio with Great Value!
When I first saw this radio that I received for Christmas, I couldnt believe all the features in the small size. Wow! I was amazingly surprised at the quality of reception and the room filling sound. This is an excellently designed radio.
By EPepper
Confirmed User
Great little radio
Worked right out of the box with no problems. What I love about this radio is that just like the old CCRadio Plus it will use and recharge batteries. I love being able to unplug it and run it off batteries when outside working. Reception inside our old doublewide is excellent.
By Jghent
Burlington, NJ
C Crane has done an excellent job in the design
The reception on MW too me is perhaps the best part of this radio since I listen to talk . I walk and ride with this radio in my pocket and reception does not change. They did a pretty good job with the antenna along with the electronics. The only thing that I have noticed when compared to my more expensive portables is that you cant independently program memories. For example: if you start out on page(1) and program 3 AM stations into memories 1,2,3, then program 3 FM stations in 4,5,6. Toggling the radio off/on, depending on what band appears in the display is where the memory buttons will respond too. So if your in AM mode, then only memories 1,2,3 will work. Other than that minor inconvenience the radio performs really well on FM and Shortwave. I found the ATS feature very useful on the SW bands. The audio for this size radio is pretty good and not tinny in my opinion, although there is no bass. Headphones sound great on FM stereo. Also what I find convenient with the radio while it's in your pocket is the ability to operate it. Just stick your hand in and you can press the on/off, AM/FM, and memory buttons. Im sure there will be other ways to use the radio, but as you can see I wanted something with had excellent performance and ample volume which this radio satisfies. Great job C.Crane
By EKeene
Jersey Shore/NYC metropolitan area
Confirmed User
Every band a winner!
I got my Skywave for Christmas, and I am extremely pleased. I am a radio DX hobbyist, and have a very large assortment of radios with which to compare the new Skywave. The am band is exciting -I am getting my best DX of the season with this little radio.The band width selector is terrific. The air band is perfect - it actually scans, has a squelch,and picks up more traffic than my best scanners.The fm is fine - I could hear everything I wanted to hear with the very nice included stereo earbuds. The weather band is fine, and the shortwave outperformed several highly-rated Tecsuns I compared with. Only the much more expensive PL880 and Satellit 750 did better. I highly recommend this great radio, especially for the SW, AM and Air bands.
By mlundblad
Aberdeen, WA
Confirmed User
this is an awesome radio!!
I just received this radio today for Christmas and I am blown away by all the features and sensitivity, esp. the AM band which I can barely receive anything past 1250 due to a few local strong stations. This radio wouldve been perfect if it had SSB or LW and continuous coverage. But all in all this is a great radio! I love you C.Crane :)
By HAlexander
Franklin, TN
The Ultimate Travel Radio
After putting this radio through all the paces, I am convinced that its quite possibly the ultimate travel radio! I am particularly impressed with the performance of the AM and SW bands. And I really appreciate the precision offered with the thumbwheel volume control, as well. Thanks for another great product, my 6th purchase from CCrane. I have yet to be disappointed!
By GSmoker
Jamestown N.Y.
Confirmed User
Above Expectations
Good sound quality, Best reception, Real good performance on all bands
By LSingleton
Stroh, IN
Confirmed User
Just great love it
Just got my skywave radio today and it works great the sound is good and the am stations are really good. I would recemmend this to my friends or anyone.
By RLucas
Santa Clara, ca
Confirmed User
good value
As described on web site, digital selectable tuning good sound quality
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General Specifications
Input Power AC Adapter: 5V DC 300 mA with Mini USB Tip (not included)
Batteries: (2) AA (not included)
Power Consumption 30-100 mA DC (depending on headphone or speaker usage)
Audio Output 0.5 Watts
1/8" Stereo Earphone Jack
Speaker 1.5", 8 Ohm, 0.5W
Frequency Coverage AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10 kHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1620 kHz (9 kHz Steps)
FM 87.5 - 108 MHz (Regular Mode)
FM 76 - 108 MHz (Expanded Mode)
Shortwave 2300 - 26100 kHz
Aviation 118 - 137 MHz
Weather Band: Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz
Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz
Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz
Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz
Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz
Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz
Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz
AM Tuning Built-in Ferrite Bar
FM, Weather, Shortwave and Aviation Tuning 16" Whip Antenna
Presets 400 Total
Lock Switch Yes
Sleep Timer 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 Minutes
Alarm Yes
Clock 12/24 Hour Format
Display Lighted LCD
Dimensions 4.75" W x 3" H x 1.1" D
Weight 5.5 Ozs. Without Batteries
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty
Included Accessories CC Earbuds
Carry Case
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • I followed the user manual and cannot set the ALARM to wake with beep. The Manual says that the alarm should be set to beep by default but it wakes with the radio instead. How can I switch the alarm to beep?

    We apologize for this mistake. To switch the Alarm to beep, press the #5 button once during alarm setup. You will notice that the speaker icon has disappeared from the screen indicating that only beep is set.

  • Why does the light flash on and off when I turn the radio off?

    The Weather Alert is turned on. This is a reminder that the alert feature is on and is working. It is not recommended to leave on frequently when using batteries.

  • How do I do a complete factory reset?

    With the power off, press and hold memory buttons #4 and #6 until the radio beeps four times and the display flashes.

Manual Size Download Time
Instructions (PDF) CC Skywave Radio Instruction Manual 12.3 MB 29:17 minutes @ 56Kbps
Instructions (PDF) CC Skywave Radio Instruction Manual - Reset Addendum 685 KB 1:37 minutes @ 56Kbps
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