The best dx radio for AM dxing is the CCRadio-2E by C Crane. I bought one of these and have been very happy with it.
No doubt there are a few other radios in this class. However I’ve owned this one for several years and can absolutely confirm its attributes as one of the best dx long range AM radios…
Here’s why I bought it. And why I believe it’s the best AM radio in its ‘DX’ class. A quick review as to why I like it.
C. Crane CCRadio-2E Enhanced Portable Radio
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I’ve added several AM Radio Station lists down below that you can download (PDF). Sorted various ways…
(UPDATE) It has been a few years since I originally posted this, and the radio is still going strong. My opinion has not changed – likely best in its class for long range DXing – AM Radio Band listening.
I’ve updated the article for your renewed interest:
THE AM RADIO BAND
The 530 to 1,700-kHz frequency band, which broadcast AM occupies, is classified as a medium wave (MW) radio band.
Medium wave signals follow the curvature of the Earth, using ground wave propagation, but can also bounce off the ionosphere at night, resulting in skywave propagation.
With the addition of skywave propagation, AM broadcast signals can travel great distances — 500 miles or more.
Why CCRadio-2E is the Best DX Radio
(in no particular order)
Superior Audio Quality
Even with my older model C Crane radio, their audio quality has always been significantly better than other radios. This AM radio has the best sounding audio I’ve heard in this category. It has a 5-inch, 6-watt speaker and audio tuned for the spoken word.
The bass and treble controls allow you to equalize the sound to your own taste. Very solid. Given my previous career in audio I can appreciate what they’ve done.
Superior AM Radio Band Antenna for DXing
One very important factor to good reception (regardless of what type radio) is the antenna! The CCRadio-2E has a new internal ‘Ferrite Bar’. It measures 8 inches long and has what they call “Twin Coil Ferrite®” technology. Let me tell you – it works!
This feature by itself attributes to my opinion as a best radio for AM DXing. It is exceptional at pulling in distant stations.
There are also terminals for an external AM antenna. However I have not used it or needed to use it given the remarkable performance from the internal antenna.
The radio also will tune in the FM band. It has all seven NOAA weather radio bands (with emergency alert functionality).
Additionally it will tune in the Ham radio 2-meter band (often used during emergencies and disaster situations by emergency responders). The inclusion of the 2-meter band is new for C Crane, and is a nice fit for this radio as a preparedness information gathering tool.
Other features include memory presets, clock, sleep timer, headphone jack, line in-out, and adjustable display light.
Let me expand on the display light… This is a nice touch and something I’ve not seen in other similar class radios. There are several brightness settings for the green hue LED back-light display. The dim setting is perfect for lights-out listening and won’t affect your eye’s night vision.
There’s an old saying that ‘you get what you pay for’. While this radio is not cheap, I am very satisfied with the new CCRadio-2E. I still believe it’s the best dx radio for AM on the market today for long range listening.
I live in a rural region far away from AM broadcast stations. This radio will impressively pull in some of them which are very far away. Even during the daytime.
AM radio band broadcasts often consisting of talk radio shows, news, and sometimes sports broadcasts.
I do enjoy listening to AM radio – there are a few talk shows that interest me… Even though I can listen to most any of these on the internet, I enjoy the good old fashioned ‘airwaves’ too. <grin>
Additionally, I believe that a portable AM radio for preparedness is a good thing! Because if you lose power – you will still have a source of news and information, given that these radios are battery powered.
Since AM radio is local, especially during the day (when reception is mostly limited to 100 miles or less), you will have a good resource for news reporting of any event which may be unfolding.
During the evening and night, atmospheric conditions enable AM radio wave propagation to great distances – which is where the CCRadio-2E really excels.
Note: One thing I’ve noticed regarding its functionality: While you’re tuning to a faint/weak station, you can hear the special tuning (internal automatic gain structure) such that the volume (strength) of the station will change up/down until it ‘locks’ on to it. This is normal – and interesting to observe.
Tip: An article about an inexpensive but decent little AM pocket radio:
[ Read: Best Cheap Pocket Radio ]
List of AM Radio Stations – 50kW
Here’s a list of 50kW AM radio stations that I put together, sorted a few different ways:
Download a PDF copy and print it for your reference…
(I feel the frequency sorted list is the most useful, given that an unknown station that you’re listening to will reveal their station identification call letters often at the top and bottom of the hour)
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