CC-Skywave | C.Crane

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Portable world receiver with FM-Stereo, Medium Wave, Short Wave, VHF aeronautical band, 162 MHz NOAA weather band. AM selectable IF bandwidth. Ideated in USA / P.R. of China, year of introduction 2013.

Reference market : ham-radio / consumer

General :
Frequency coverage 0.5200 ~ 1.7100 MHz [1]
2.3000 ~ 26.1000 MHz
87.5000 ~ 108.0000 MHz [2]
118.0000 ~ 137.0000 MHz
162.4000 ~ 162.5500 MHz [3]
Modulation mode AM / FM / WFM
Tuning step 1 / 9 / 10 KHz [4]
Features :
Memory 400 regular memories in 40 banks
Display 1 KHz frequency resolution
Segment-bar signal meter
Power supply 3V battery (2 x AA alkaline / NiMH)
5 VDC external
Power consumption 30 mA min volume
100 mA max volume
Audio power 0.5 W
Connections Jack 3.5 mm (headphone)
Mini-USB (power supply)
Mechanical and environmental data :
Dimensions 126 (W) x 77 (H) x 28 (D) mm

[1] With 10 KHz steps, frequency coverage 522~1620 KHz for 9 KHz steps
[2] Can be expanded to cover 76~108 MHz
[3] 7 standard channels for the USA weather band
[4] On MW band

Description :

CC-Skywave is a small-sized receiver intended for a portable use and where wide frequency coverage is required. Besides the Medium and Short Waves bands the reception is in fact extended to the segment dedicated to airplane communications on VHF and to a group of specific channels on 162 MHz. The medium wave band (MW) can use both standard tuning steps of 9/10 KHz (fast tuning) and a minimum step of 1 KHz (slow tuning), so you can search for the best listening condition in the presence of strong signals on the channels immediately below and higher than desired. Listening to AM, therefore both on MW and SW (shortwave), and on the VHF air-band can be further optimized by setting one of the five available filter bandwidths ranging from 1 to 6 KHz. The audio output is of adequate quality even for FM, being able to choose between two sound profiles (tone settings) for voice and music. As this model of C.Crane addressed to the Canadian and US market, the reception also includes 7 channels that on the 162 MHz are dedicated to the NOAA network for weather warnings to the population.

Other features of the CC-Skywave: internal antenna for Medium Waves and stylus antenna for SW / FM / VHF, tuning via lateral rotary control or with direct input from the keyboard, 400 memories divided into pages of ten locations each (the memories track beyond the frequency also the mono / stereo setting for FM and the filter bandwidth for AM), clock, alarm, sleep timer for automatic switch-off settable between 15~120 minutes, keyboard lock function, built-in battery charger with power supply from mini-USB port and therefore compatible with various sources.

Performance and practical notes :

The small CCSkywave is characterized by an interesting mix of elements. It has a really small footprint while offering a wide coverage of frequencies, the listening is of a good level with a shortwave sensitivity comparable to if not slightly better than that of other receivers of the same band. Regarding the SW, the 2.3~26.1 MHz range includes the whole spectrum where broadcasting stations are active in the regional and international services. As you can guess, there is a lack of an external antenna socket, but in the logic of typical use this is a minor defect. The filter bandwidth for the AM mode deserves a parenthesis, the circuit that determines the selectivity is similar to what is implemented in the model PL-380 (Tecsun). This is a useful option, but with a non-optimum effectiveness, again for an economic and compact receiver it is an acceptable defect. Equally adequate behavior on VHF where listening to air-communications is quite good.

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