Shortwave Radio Question?

Which SW radio will receive

US Coast Guard

Red Cross

State Emergency Management


hurricane net

US Army National Guard

US Army Corps of Engineers

Maritime calling




Grundig G5 AM/FM/SW Radio (

Grundig G6 Aviator Buzz Aldrin Edition Shortwave Radio (

Grundig S350 Deluxe AM/FM/SW Radio (

Radio Shack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio (

Grundig Mini 300 AM/FM/SW Pocket Radio (

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Basically most are SSB nets and such you described,so let me try and run them down from what I've observed in post Katrina

    US Coast Guard - They work on many USB frequencies usually in the 2-4 Mhz range meaning the radios in question will need a outside antenna to listen to anything. Also they work Maritime VHF a lot

    Red Cross- They have their own radios and the last I remember they are on 40 Mhz FM or the Amateur ham bands

    State Emergency Management- Didn't say what state. Most utilize the 700-800 mhz frequenices , Amateur frequencies, and Satellite phones and preset low band HF frequncies

    FEMA- Cell phones the last I looked... Most of FEMA uses state resources, cell phones, or Federal frequecies in high 160 mhz range

    hurricane net -14 Mhz USB and 7 Mhz LSB amateur bands

    US Army National Guard- Military frequencies all over (Need Popular communications for ideas as they can transmit almost anywheres they want as they are separate from FCC) including some Amateur radio repeaters (as military has first dibs on most ham frequencies above 420 mhz)

    US Army Corps of Engineers- If I remember 450 mhz and 800 mhz repeaters)

    Maritime calling - Various frequencies on HF and VHF.. check out WLO for ideas

    Army MARS- Frequencies usually on either side of HF ham bands such as 4004 khz for example in SSB

    SATERN - Usually 14 mhz USB amateur

    RACES- anywheres where the nets that are set for state traffic is decided, usually 3.7, 7, and 14 mhz (Amateur bands)

    So forget s350,300, and the radio shack as you need a radio that can do SSB (or on some it's called a BFO (Beat frequency Oscillator).

    The G5 in ratings was underwhelming in performance from what I read as a utility listening rig. Best to get a real listening radio such as the more expensive rigs for most listening. Short of buying new ( is one place) , best to find a old ham rig for a few hundred as most built in the last 20 years will do the job you want and will do it better than these portables as you will need a massive listening wire as remember. Most of the consumer radios are made for picking up 50,000 watt stations, not 100 watt ham rigs

    But for actual frequencies:

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  • I♥U
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Only the G5 and G6 have SSB and this is the mode what most two way communications is.

    However , this is not a recommendation to buy ANY of these radios.

    Portables are limited in performance and are not suitable for hunting out the weakest signals.

    For that , you need a proper desktop shortwave with a REAL antenna.

    However , if you want a radio that ''may'' be suitable for strong stations and fit into your pocket or backpack , then these two are the best on your list -- but I wouldn't waste my money on a portable.

    Oh yeah , it should be clear that these small radios from the famous European company 'Grundig' are ALL made in China.

    For more SW info see--

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