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In August 1993 Sony started shipping a new short-wave portable receiver for the budget end of the market. Sony says the SW-30 is the smaller brother of the ICF-SW33... in fact though it is much better value. The radio is a pocket size format covering medium wave, FM stereo from 76 to 108 MHz and 10 short-wave bands between 3700 and 21950 kHz. Stereo on FM is only via the headphones of course. In the UK & France the ICF-SW30L is available with longwave. But this added some US$25 to price of the radio. Note that there short-wave coverage is not continuous...there are some gaps. But Sony has learned from mistakes it made with the ICF-SW-15 & ICF-SW- 22. The short-wave bands run from 3700- 4200, 4650-5150, 5800-6300, 6950- 7450, 9375-10000, 11525-12150, 13375 -14000, 14975-15600, 17475-18100, 21320-21950.

Original price: USD 100.00 or GBP 80.00.

General characteristics

HAM bands
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Frequency stability
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Tuning steps
HF: 1, MW: 9 / 10, FM: 50 kHz

Receiver

RX-range
3700-21950 kHz in 12 bands (with gaps)
76-108 MHz
Modulations
AM   W-FM  
Sensitivity
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Selectivity
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Filters
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Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
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Image rejection
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Audio output
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Connections

Antenna
Built-in telescopic
Impedance
Other
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Electrical

Power requirements
4.5V DC (3R6/AA)
Current drain RX
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TX
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Physical

Manufactured
Between 1993 and 1996 in Japan
Dimensions (w×h×d)
169 × 112 × 35 mm (6.65 × 4.41 × 1.38 in)
Weight
450 gr (15.9 oz)
Form factor
Handheld

Other features

Memories
15 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Sleep timer
Local-DX switch
Accessories
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MPN
SONY-ICF-SW000030

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