Hey guys, why not try and answer this blokes query?
cburger -- reading between the lines, I gurss that if you also have a separate SSB
rig that the "short wave radio" you are asking about is a receiver, not a transceiver. And I would say that if you anticipate offshore/foreign cruising that you might well want to listen to the rich variety of programming available on the short wave bands. In the SouthPacific (our cruising grounds) both NZ and Aussie have national non-commercial shortwave broadcasts of local and world news, as well as general interest shows. They also have broadcasts relating to news and life in the various island groups, and we find that listening to the latter are a wonderful way to learn about the places we visit. Many island nations have local AMand FM broadcasts,but they are often not in English
,and if you have ever tried to understand news spewed out in Bislama or Solomon Is. pigin, you will understand the importance of this!!
The shortwave set also gives you a backup for weather
broadcasts should your main SSB crap out.
For an antenna, it may have an inbuilt whip,or you can use a random length of any old wire that you have lying about, even below decks if your hull
Finally, it probably draws less power than your SSB when you are listening to the 5 day cricket matches...
So,I say keep it on board and enjoy...
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Gladstone, Qld Oz