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Thanko Raremono: the World’S First USB Shortwave Radio?

by Range

Thanko has just released what they claim is the world’s first USB shortwave radio, which also picks up AM and FM radio waves. It’s a neat-looking device that simply plugs into your computer.


If you’ve ever wanted to listen to shortwave radio on your computer or laptop, this is the device to use. For a shortwave radio solution, Raremono looks pretty good. It uses some minimalist design, which is always good in my book. Surfing the radio frequencies has never been easier!


The included software allows you to save audio in either MP3 or WAV file format onto your computer’s hard drive.


It’s available here for ¥3.980 (approx $44.73 USD). For that price, you also get an antenna to pick up the radio waves and the necessary cables to hook everything up.


[Thanko via DVice]

Comments (2):

  1. Garth Bock says:

    According to Thanko it only tunes to 17 mHz which is not the whole SW band which goes up to 30 mHz.

  2. wolf359 says:

    Very high quality, USB controlled, shortwave SDRs (Software Defined Radios) have been out for a few years now.
    Thinko’s claim of being the first is entirely false.
    What is worse is that at $45 the unit will be a poorly and simply engineered toy that will leave a sour taste in the mouths of potential radio communication enthusiasts and they may never return to the hobby.

    Also, everyone beware, this is where the acronyms for Universal Serial Bus and Upper Side-Band (a specific type of signal related to AM{Amplitude Modualtion as a signal type not the AM broadcast band}) clash. Looking at Thanko’s website, it looks like this radio cannot receive USB or LSB signals at all. Only AM

    Garth Bock:
    There are very few Shortwave AM broadcasters above 17MHz. Many shortwave radios in this price have even less frequency coverage. While there are many very interesting utility communications in the 17-30MHz range, for the most part you won’t hear anything except AM CBs up there

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