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ICF-7600D and ICF-7600DS were portable digital FM, AM and SSB general coverage short-wave receivers, also known as world receivers, introduced by Sony in Tokyo (Japan) in 1983 and 1986 respectively. Although intended for the consumer market, it was also popular in the international espionage tradecraft, just like its predecessor — the ICF-2001D — had been a few years earlier.

The radio measures 180 x 120 x 35 mm and weights just 650 grams, batteries included. At the time of its introduction it was the smallest digital receiver on the market. Its performance was slightly better than that of the ICF-2001.

Frequency coverage is from 153 kHz to 30 MHz (German version to 26.1 MHz) – which includes the LW, MW and SW bands – in FM, AM and SSB. IF frequencies are at 55.845 MHz (IF1) and 450 kHz (IF2). Sensitivity was excellent for its days, but selectivity was not very good and the radio was easily overloaded by strong adjacent signals.
Sony ICF-7600DS

The ICF-7600D was in production from 1983 to 1986 and was succeeded by the ICF-7600DS that was in production until 1989. In the US, the ICF-7600D and ICF-7600DS were known as the ICF-2002 and ICF-2003 respectively. They were available for a price between US$ 210 and US$ 270.

Sony ICF-7600DS
Sony ICF-7600DS
Sony ICF-7600DS in front of its predecessor  ICF-2001D
Front panel
  • LW
  • MW
  • SW
    153 - 29995 kHz
  • VHF-L
    76 - 108 MHz (FM wideband)
  1. ICF-7600D operating instructions
    Sony Corporation, 1983.

  2. ICF-7600DS service manual
    Sony Corporation, November 1987.
  1. Stephan Großklaß, ICF-7600D and ICF-7600DS a.k.a. ICF-2003 and ICF-2003
    June 1999 - June 2017. Retrieved March 2018.

  2. Martin Bösch, ICF-7600D
    Retrieved March 2018.

  3. Martin Bösch, ICF-7600DS
    Retrieved March 2018.
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