There are some stations that broadcast in English at certain times; there used to be a lot more stations broadcasting in English to North America. There are even domestic stations in the US, although much of the content they broadcast is not for everyone. Furthermore, if you speak Spanish that opens up a lot more signals you can listen to. Many of the quality SW radios are also very good AM/FM radios. That said, there are still *a lot* of radios being sold that are AM/FM only with good sensitivity or where SW is not the main priority. If you want a radio with maximum sensitivity you should be looking at relatively large radios since they tend to have bigger telescopic antennas (important for FM reception) and bigger ferrite loopsticks (important for good AM sensitivity). You can always get a cheap, small radio for travel use. Todderbert on YouTube has reviewed a lot of radios as does Radio Jay Allen, who also does rankings based on AM and FM sensitivity (5 stars = the best rating): AM Portables Mega Shootout – 2022 Update FM Portables Mega-Shootout 2022Thanks for all of your posts and they are great but sorry, I wish I could understand all of what you’re saying. .
I’ve never understood S.V. radios as why would one want to tune into multiple stations all over the world that speak languages that one doesn’t understand? I’ve never understood the attraction and please excuse my ignorance.
I started replying to Bill’s starting this thread years ago as I wanted a way to find out about the latest and greatest AM and FM sensitive radios as I live rural and wanted sensitivity. It progressed into radios that have S.V. that I don’t understand and don’t care for their complexity.
It was fun for awhile when radios were including high sensitivity and other features like BT and micro cards.
Again, thanks for your contributions to this thread but some of the early great contributors are now gone and to me this thread has run it’s course like everything in life.
PLEASE contribute if you may!
It sounds like you may be interested in a radio like the Sangean D4W or D5.