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Details about  Japan Radio NRD-515 Receiver Shortwave Communications Radio **WORKS GREAT**

Japan Radio NRD-515 Receiver Shortwave Communications Radio **WORKS GREAT**
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Receiver is used and has some scratches on the sides of the top and bottom covers. The paint is

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US $1,099.95
Approximately C $1,204.61(including shipping)
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Lamar, Pennsylvania, United States
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: Receiver is used and has some scratches on the sides of the top and bottom covers. The paint is easily scratched and this is common, except that the cosmetics on this receiver are above average. The front panel looks nearly perfect with the exception of a mark next to the delta tune. Electronically, the NRD-515 is fine having no operational issues and having wonderful sensitivity.

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This Japan Radio NRD-515 for sale works beautifully with great sensitivity up and down the bands.  This particular receiver comes equipped as it was sold from the JRC factory with the 6 and 2.4 KHz filters.  Should you require a narrow filter arrangement, you could slightly off tune using the narrow 2.4 KHz bandwidth in AM or you can tune the receiver in SSB using ECSS for reduced interference during listening.  

Cosmetics of the receiver show minor signs of previous ownership.  The front panel looks great overall with a tiny mark next to the delta tune and the top cover, which is usually scratched, is nearly perfect.  There is some scratching on either side of the receiver as it appears to have been slid into some sort of rack.  Please use my pictures at the top and bottom of this listing as part of my description and feel free to ask any questions. 

The NRD-515 comes in it's original box (shows a bit of wear) and with an original user manual, a copy of the service manual, a nice review from the folks at Proceedings, the famous Passport Whitepaper review, a copy of an advertisement flyer, and copies of two different product brochures.  The unit also comes with it's AC power cord and a CD containing a wealth of information such as the user manual, technical manual, block diagram, and manuals for all the accessories.  This CD is not sold and is free to the new owner of this receiver and has over 300 GB of files. 


Japan Radio Company is a long standing company established in 1915 and is considered one of the oldest and largest electronics manufacturing companies in the world.  Employing over 3,000 workers, JRC is a respected leader in such areas as marine radio equipment, mobile and satellite communications, fiber optics, radar, navigation equipment, and avionics systems. Therefore, it should be no surprise that JRC's line of communications receivers is highly regarded and sought for it's dependibility, ergonomics, and ease of use.

Over the years, JRC has manufactured a fine line of consumer grade shortwave receivers.  Beginning with the NRD*505 and ending with the NRD*545, Japan Radio has incorporated state-of-the-art features into a unit designed with excellent sensitivity and to be operated with user comfort.  This NRD-515 is not exception and is typically sought by collectors that are fond of it's design and capabilities.  According to Fred Osterman in his book "Shortwave Receivers Past and Present" the NRD-515:

"is robustly built and straight-forward to operate. This receiver remains popular with utility DXers, tropical band enthusiasts, and general shortwave listeners. The '515' has nearly a cult-like following. Clean lines, easy operation, a solid feel and outstanding performance come together in this radio."

Interestingly, the 515 sold in the late 70's thru the mid 80's for about $1,000 to $1500....a tidy sum of money in those days.  Extra features such as the memory unit and additional IF filters would push the price even higher.  When new models come out, typically older shortwave receivers, like most consumer products, lose much of their original value.  However, the 515 in good condition is a true exception with selling prices remarkably stable even 25 to 30 years later.  There are reasons for this phenomenon.

First of all, the receiver is truly built like a tank.  The receiver front panel and cover are made from heavy gauge steel and designed to last.  The only plastic is found on the various knobs and feet with the balance of the receiver constructed of metal.

Secondly, the 515 was made during an era of mostly analog dial readouts that could tune to within 5 KHz or maybe even 1 KHz.  However, the red LED readout of the 515 could literally tune to a resolution of 100 achievement unparalleled by other consumer equipment from that era.  Only mil spec equipment could brag such tuning resolution.  Japan electronic manufacturers were beginning to release some models with digital readouts, but again, the resolution was only as good as 1 KHz.

Tuning on the 515 is accomplished using a variety of knobs.  The user would determine which one of 29 MHz bands they would like to tune and move the large MHz dial into that position. (This is a photo rotary encoder that is extremely durable)  Then actual tuning to the specific frequency would occur with the large right main tuning knob, or if faster tuning was desired, using the toggle tuning switch that is located at about 2 o'clock to the main tuning knob.  For most tuning, this method is sufficient.  However, if tuning on SSB or for RTTY, Japan Radio also included a fine tune control that they refer to as the delta control.  This control deviates by about + or - 3 KHz and allows for extreme precision in tuning.

The 515 is a highly stable receiver.  Drift after about 30 minutes of warm-up is reported to be less than 50 Hz/hr, but avid users report that they rarely have to retune.  This stability is uncustomary for this time in the consumer market.

A nice feature found on the 515 is the passband tuning.  This control coupled with the receiver's excellent dynamic range allows the operator to frequently eliminate considerable side channel interference.  When used in conjunction with the installed filters, the 515 becomes a fantastic unit for digging out those weak signals.  The choice of filters is not mode dependent and this gives the user an extra degree of flexibility.

At this point, I would like to list some of the features followed by additional information found on the internet:

  • Coverage from 100 KHz to 30000 KHz
  • Installed filters of 6 / 2.4 KHz
  • Noise blanker
  • Delta Tune (RIT) of + or - 3 KHz
  • BFO + or - 2 KHz
  • RF gain
  • AGC fast / slow / off
  • UP / Down tuning
  • Passband tuning of + or - 2 KHz
  • S-meter
  • 1/4" Headphone jack
  • Ext. speaker jack
  • Line out jack
  • Attenuator -10 or -10 dB
  • BC preselector / tune
  • Mute and monitor functions for amateur radio use
  • If you like reading reviews, this site from Eham is based on 11 users all reviewing and giving the 515 a perfect mark:

    Here is a site giving the original sales brochure for the 515:

    At this point, I feel that I have conveyed some information to assist you with your research into this fine receiver.  If I can help answer any further questions, please feel free to email and inquire.

    This NRD-515 receiver may be picked up at my home in Lamar, PA.  I am located within 4 hours of many large metropolitan areas here in the northeast like NYC, Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Philly, Harrisburg, DC, and Baltimore in addition to scores of smaller towns.  By picking up the receiver, you can test it using my antennas and allow me to answer any questions you may have.

    If pickup is not an option, I am happy to carefully pack and ship this to your location.  If living in the USA, you may use the shipping calculator.  Shipment price will be for parcel post or UPS and I'll ship using the best method and depending on your selection keeping in mind that this is a heavy receiver so it will be packed accordingly.  Shipping cost also covers full insurance.

    If you live outside the USA, I am happy to ship this NRD-515 to you as well.  I have shipped to over 50 countries during the past year and have had excellent results.  The Drake will be well packed to protect it during transport.  You may also use the shipping calculator to determine your cost.  Please remember that the shipping cost does not included a provision to pay any additional costs such as VAT, import, duty or customs fees.  I ask that you check with your country's customs office and local post office to determine if you will have additional costs prior to purchasing.  Thank you!

    The buyer to pay via cash upon pickup within 10 days or with Paypal within 3 days if the receiver is to be shipped.  Ebay will automatically open an non-payment case on the 4th day.  Ebay does not permit us to list other accepted forms of payment so I will refrain from doing so as I do not want them to remove my listing as is Ebay policy to do.  Please email if you have any questions.

    Penna residents are reminded that they are responsible for paying the 6% state sales tax.

    Thank you for taking the time out of a busy day to look at my Ebay items!

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