With a few Eton mini Am Fm shortwave radios available at the moment its not hard to stumble across at least one for sale while floating around the net. A decade ago any shortwave radio that came in the case sizes we’re used to today was nearly always poor quality, but thankfully technology has moved on rapidly giving us compact radios that are (slowly) approaching what we’d expect from the bigger sets.
Below are two mini shortwave radios form Eton/Grundig that have very much the same specifications even if the outward appearance is totally different. Size does make these radios much easier to transport than most bigger portable SW sets.
NGWMINIB Mini Radio
A good front panel layout has keep the controls to a minimum and freeing up enough room for a decent sized speaker.
Mini 400 Radio
With a little bit less frequency coverage than the NGWMINIB Mini Radio shown above the second shortwave slot on the mini 400 doesn’t start until 5.90 MHz instead of 3.2 MHz.
Both these mini radios have the clock and alarm functions that are present on almost every bit of personal tech these days and just highlights all the other similarities between the two models shown here.
If we had to choose it would have to be the NGWMINIB Mini Radio mainly because of the extra bit of coverage but also because it has a better overall look than the mini 400. Frequency coverage is split between different SW bands, this produces some gaps and its always best to make sure these aren’t in places you regularly listen to shortwave transmissions.
With so many good fully fledged pocket shortwave radios available these mini radios may not be to every bodies liking but do fill a gap in the market that many radio enthusiasts are happy to part with money for.