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.
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 an excellent 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.
October, 27 2019
I thought I had a good am/fm radio, but now I have a great radio! I live off the grid and now pick up previously weak fm stations and many more am stations.
AM stations hold well, very little fading.
Wish the clock would stay displayed when you turn the radio on.
Around the house, a bit big for camping unless you have the room.
El Segundo Ca
October, 18 2019
Great Radio for every need
Love the digital accurate channel selection with many programming features. Not for the technically challenged, this is high tech.
lots of buttons to program.
Regular AM/FM table radio, shortwave at night , quality music sound.
West Central Indiana
October, 8 2019
I owned 3 of these radios. They work great new. They just don't last long, which is disappointing. Still if CCrane came out with an updated version I'd buy it immediately.
Strong AM Reception. Good FM. Shortwave is ok but has less Reception the higher the frequency.
No sync for shortwave and AM. No single side band. No keyboard entry. Very annoying beep for band changes etc. And light that brightly comes on when ever dial is touched. Both beep and light makes using this radio useless at night if you want to keep your spouse happy.
AM listening in low interference areas.
March, 27 2019
I ordered this item direct from your company by mail order in the pre-internet era; it has performed well for many years, and I have been very satisfied with the radio.
Overall design and quality performance, including innovative ability to use both AA and D batteries.
January, 6 2019
Worked great for a few years. Best FM Reception ever! AM very selective, and SW solid. However, the frequency tuning knob quit working altogether even after multiple resets..
Best FM Reception ever! AM very selective, and SW solid.
The frequency tuning knob quit working altogether even after multiple resets..
November, 30 2018
Nothing special but it works great
Reception and Sound!!!
November, 21 2018
Great price, great service!
Does everything as described, and everything that I need it to do.
I use it for talk radio mostly. I have it hooked to external speakers so I can crank it up in my shop. Just a darn good radio!
October, 29 2018
I bought this radio new, I son't know, maybe more than 20 years ago. It has worked flawlessly with zero problems. I wish I was this satisfied with all my purchases.
Good sound, strong reception. lots of versatility. Built-in battery recharger. Alarm clock with snooze bar.
You need the manual, but it's available on-line.
Newmarket, ON, Canada
May, 10 2018
The radio is peerless but I was embarrassed to find the manual with coffee or food stains plus writing in the margins. With shipping, $ exchange and Canadian customs my price was close to $200. CDN. One would think you guys could,at least, send a CLEAN Manual.
Refurbished radio comes with a used stained manual
Inside a travel trailer where Rx much better than any radio tried - even other CC AM/FM Weather radios.
May, 8 2018
i bought a few years ago , i spent summers in alaska ..in the bush .. no tv etc and 2 radio stations .. when im bored i turn on the short wave and search .. i hear Australia japan and lots of places i have no idea where since i dont know the languages P
December, 20 2017
Didn't expect a perfect radio. First thing I noticed was the battery status didn't work and the charger, same. Next the tuner malfunctioned. Have not used since, several years now. No hope to repair, a shop told me.
Of no use now but a dust collector.
March, 22 2011
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|
AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10KHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1620 kHz (9KHz Steps - International)
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)|
|Sleep Timer||1-90 minutes|
|Clock||12/24 Hour Modes|
|Dimensions||11.25" W x 7.25" H (9" H with handle) x 3.5" D|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited Warranty|
(2) PAL Connectors
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.