The SWL Years…

Besides the use of CB radio i also did a lot of listening on shortwave, VHF and UHF.

The first radio i bought was a Tokyo Crusader NR82F1. This radio was also sold using other names i remember there was also a MARC radio the same as this one. Also was the PAN Crusader-X, another brandname. It was a nice radio, could receive LW/MW/SW/VHF and UHF allmode. It was also a challenge to use, the radio drifted every minute so you had to work this one. But i used it a lot, was listening to all kinds of traffic from hamradio to ships and airplanes. On HF but also on VHF.

Tokyo Crusader NR-82F1
Tokyo Crusader NR-82F1

In 1981 i bought a Kenwood R-1000,

Kenwood R-1000
Kenwood R-1000

a far better radio on HF. It did receive nothing on VHF and UHF though so i also bought a scanner to compensate for that. At first I had a Handic 0016 computer scanner.

Handic 0016
Handic 0016

I had a all black version instead of the white one in this picture. A good scanner but it could not receive the AIR band and therefore I bought a Bearcat BC 220 in 1983.

Bearcat BC 220
Bearcat BC 220

In 1985 the Yaesu FRG-9600 came out. I bought one as it could receive SSB om 6, 2 and 70 cm HAM radio bands. Nice receiver for VFO excursions, by no means a scanner as it was very slow with that.

Yaesu FRG-9600
Yaesu FRG-9600

In 1982 the Icom R-70 was announced in the Dutch Hamradio magazine’s. The receiver was not available yet but would become available within a few weeks. I had to have that radio, wonderfull spec’s and a nice radio to see. I called my radio shop, Doeven in Hoogeveen, and they told me they expected one radio within a few weeks for demonstration and it would be a couple of weeks more before the first shipment would come in. As I was living on an island we agreed that i would get a phone call when the demo was arrived. After a few weeks i got this phonecall and i took one day off to listen to the radio. It was superb, I had to have this radio. I ordered (and payed) one and went off to Schiermonnikoog again. A few weeks later I had a one week holiday and left for mainland to visit some relatives. I also called Doeven to inform about the R-70 but they did not receive any yet but expected them any day. After a week I was packing to leave for the island again but still nothing heard from Doeven. The next morning I had to leave for Schiermonnikoog again…
I was just about 16:00 when the phone rang, it was Doeven, the shipment arrived and i could pick up the radio. But I did not have a car and could not make the trip by bus to get in Hoogeveen before the shop would close… Luckily my sister came by and she was so kind to drive me to get the radio. That evening at my parents house I used the radio with some wire dangling out of the window… The next morning I left for Schiermonnikoog. One of the waiters on the ferry was also Shortwave Listener and i remember he insisted to unpack the radio on board to have a good look at it, we even plugged it in on the 220 board net to see it shine…

ICOM R-70
ICOM R-70

Somewhere around 1987 I must have gone haywire as i sold the R-70. I can’t recall why I only know that I ended up having no real HF radio at all… I did have the Yaesu FRG-9600 with a SW convertor so I could receive from 150 Khz up to 905 Mhz.

It took me about 2 years to get my mind on a somewhat better HF radio again, in 1990 i bought a old Yaesu FRG-7000 and picked up the “real” hobby again. But is was by no means a radio like the R-70.

Yaesu FRG-7000
Yaesu FRG-7000

In 1992 I sold the 7000 and bought a Lowe HF-150. A wonderfull little radio, very good receiver. With this radio I started to receive digital modes, I used the HOKA decoder for that, a whole new concept, computer and a box…

Lowe HF-150
Lowe HF-150

I have been using this radio till about 2004. Since 1998 I also had bought an Icom R-70 again, second hand as I wanted to have one again. This R-70 is sold in 2003 but for a better reason as I sold the 1st one…

I did use some other radio’s over the years like the STE ARAC 102, a 10 / 2 meter allmode receiver.

STE ARAC 102
STE ARAC 102

Bought the ARAC in 1981, sold it in ’85 when I bought the FRG-9600

Also a Realistic Pro 2006 scanner .

Realistic Pro-2006
Realistic Pro-2006

Owned the 2006 from 2002 till about 2007

The portable Sony ICF-SW-7600G

Sony ICF-SW-7600G
Sony ICF-SW-7600G

I remember using this radio a lot at the time of the 1st gulf war in 1990 when I was listening a lot to US airplanes heading for Incirlik airbase in Turkey. This radio was at my bedside and I used it also to listen to BBC worldservice, VOA and KOL Israel at that time. A nice receiver, I only used a little wire antenna on this one.

CB and SWL lead also  to The Licenced Years