I have not done it, but it’s my understanding that any HF radio
can be used with a computer and a microphone, however I’d guess that a direct sound connection would be better than a microphone.
I wasn’t aware of an IPad
I took a Radio Shack HF Radio
with me to Desert Storm 1, and as long as you gave it a good ground and a good antenna
, it received astonishingly well.
It didn’t do badly with the little antenna
it came with, but boy did a long wire antenna make a difference.
From just a reception
perspective, I would not be surprised if a good quality portable wouldn’t receive as well as my Icom
Of course there is I’m sure a difference, but it may not be as much as you might think.
as much as a bump than anything, thinking others will chime in soon