General Coverage QRP Radios

For shortwave and broadcast listeners, general coverage transceivers can double as both a ham radio transceiver and as a broadcast listening receiver. I often suggest a good general coverage transceiver as an option for shortwave listeners as there are many more transceivers on the market than there are dedicated tabletop receivers.

A few advantages of a QRP general transceiver:

  • They tend to be lighter weight than a full power transceiver
  • They tend to also be more compact since many are designed for field use
  • In receive mode, they are more frugal with battery use
  • They’re often (not always) more affordable than an equivalent full-power transceiver

We have beta tested and reviewed a number of QRP general coverage transceivers on the SWLing Post and The following is a comprehensive list of all general coverage QRP transceivers on both the new and used market. If you see that we’re missing a model, please contact us and we’ll add it.

Click on the model name to view our product review and/or articles which feature the radios. For models we have not reviewed, we link to Universal Radio’s product catalog, or the manufacturer’s product page. Each listing contains links to eBay, and classifieds.




FlexRadio (SDR)


HF Signals


Index Labs


LnR Precision






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