CC Skywave SSB 2 With AM FM SW WX and Aviation Bands / Includes SW Wire Antenna Adapter


C. Crane

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CC SKYWAVE™ SSB 2 With AM, FM, Shortwave, NOAA Weather + Alert, Scannable VHF Aviation Band and Single Side Band

The Swiss Army Knife Of Portable Radios

The Skywave SSB 2 has wide and accurate band coverage in a small size which makes it an excellent travel and emergency radio. Single Side Band is a reliable way to get long range information after an earthquake or hurricane, when normal communications are down. The SSB tuning is accurate to 10 Hertz resolution. It also covers civilian aviation VHF with 10 aviation memories that can continuously scan for activity. It also covers AM/FM and Weather with Alert.

The Skywave SSB 2 has several improvements: The new Shortwave antenna jack can significantly improve SW reception when used with an external antenna. The new micro-USB connector now works well from any USB port along with improved in-circuit battery charging for optional “AA” NiMH rechargeable batteries. Other upgrades include a higher quality speaker along with slightly more audio amplification. Longer feet on the bottom of the radio for better stability.

Features: Rotary volume dial, stereo headphone jack, clock, alarm, sleep timer, 400 memory presets, adjustable squelch for VHF, lighted LCD display, 9/10 kHz tuning and Micro-USB power input jack. Runs on (2) “AA” batteries for approximately 65 hours. Optional 5V AC charging adapter with a micro-USB tip is available.

Included: CC Wire Terminal Antenna Adapter for shortwave (2-wire to mono plug) and a portable 23’ CC Shortwave Reel Antenna.

A Quick Way to Start Listening to Single Sideband

Single Sideband (SSB) Frequency Lists

General Features:
  • AM, FM, NOAA Weather band plus Alert, Shortwave (1711-29.999MHz) with SSB, VHF Aviation Band
  • Direct entry of a frequency plus auto scan and store
  • Lighted LCD display
  • Selectable fast or fine tuning on all bands except weather
  • 400 memory presets
  • 10 Aviation Memories can be scanned for activity
  • 1, 9, and 10kHz tuning
  • (Optional) CC Skywave SSB 2 AC charging adapter w/ micro USB plug required for charging NiMH batteries.
  • Runs on (2) AA Alkaline batteries (not included)
  • Run Time (on batteries):
    ± 70 hours (earbuds)
    ± 65 Hours (built-in speaker)
    (times are approximate)
  • Stereo headphone jack and fold-out back stand
  • Clock with 12/24 hour format, Alarm
  • Rotary volume knob
  • High quality CC Buds Earphones, radio carry case and CC SW Reel Antenna included
  • One Year Limited Warranty
Weight: 6.0 oz. (without batteries). size: 4.75" W x 3" H x 1.1" D
U.S. Patent #D 863,251 S

Review of the C. Crane CC Skywave SSB 2 Radio by Jock Elliott of SWLING.COM

Review of the C. Crane CC Skywave SSB 2 Radio by Thomas Witherspoon of SWLING.COM

When using the 2-wire adapter and a wire attached, why am I not noticing any improvement on shortwave?

To see any difference using the 2-wire adapter you will need to have a wire that is more than 30 feet long (we recommend 60-100’) with a good ground wire. Insulated wire will last longer and should be stranded so it is more flexible. If you do not have a good ground, you are actually inputting noise. If you look at the 2-wire adapter (included) you will see an antenna icon and a ground (G) marking. You need to connect them properly when using an external antenna. When a plug is inserted into the antenna jack of the radio the internal rod antenna is disconnected. (See page 30 of the Instruction manual.)

How do I do a complete factory reset?

With the power off, press and hold memory buttons #4 and #6 until the radio beeps four times, the display flashes and three final beeps are heard.

Can the firmware version of my CC Skywave SSB 2 be updated?


How do I find what firmware version of the CC Skywave SSB 2 that I have?

Press and hold the Preset #1 button down for 3 seconds with radio turned OFF.

Why is my CC Skywave SSB 2 not charging my rechargeable batteries when it is plugged into AC power?

To activate the charging circuit the radio must be powered off. Then press and release the Charge/Bandwidth button to place it into charging mode.

I am trying to tune my CC Skywave SSB 2 using the Tuning Knob or the Up/Down buttons on the AM band, but it is not showing my radio station's frequency. What am I doing wrong?

The radio maybe set to 9 kHz tuning steps instead of 10 kHz tuning steps. To change this, turn the radio off, then press and hold the button preset #0 (9/10kHz) down for 3 seconds or until the display shows the number 10. Turn the radio on and select the AM band. Try tuning the radio using the tuning knob or the Up/Down buttons.

Can the CC Skywave SSB 2 operate on AC power?

Yes if you purchase the optional AC Adapter (sold separately). Using a micro USB to USB wall charger can create noise on AM.

I noticed my display light is blinking on and off. Why is this happening?

If the NOAA Weather Alert function was accidentally or intentionally activated, this will cause the display light to intermittently flash. If you would like to disable this function, press and hold down the Alert button for 5 seconds.

Does the CC Skywave SSB 2 Radio include a beat frequency oscillator (BFO) that can be adjusted?

Our CC Skywave SSB Radio 2 (SSB2) offers Single Side Band. This new feature allows users to listen to Morse code over the shortwave frequencies. BFO is not needed with the CC Skywave SSB 2. One of our users that owns our CC Skywave SSB 2 Radio stated the following:

"One advantage the Skywave SSB 2 has is that a narrow bandwidth down to 500Hz can be used to improve readability in poor conditions. Very few other radios in this class can do this. The SSB 2 can also copy CW (Morse code) and digital modes such as RTTY, PSK31, FT8, and even slow scan TV!"

Why do I hear more static with the optional AC charging adapter than I have heard from older AC adapters that I have used in the past on older radio models?

Many years ago, a worldwide ban went into effect mandating the phase out of linear AC adapters in favor of switching AC adapters.
Switching adapters are smaller, lighter, and far more energy efficient than linear adapters. However, the downside is that they produce about 10 times more line noise than their linear adapter counterparts when listening to the radio. The AC Charging Adapter we offer is recommended for charging only.

What are the steps for setting and activating the Weather Alert?

  1. Turn the radio on by pressing and releasing the red power button (on the front of the radio).
  2. Press and release the “WX SW AIR” button (on front top left of the radio) until WX shows on the display.
  3. Change the channel with the Tuning dial or the Up or Down tuning buttons until you hear your local NOAA Weather Broadcast.
  4. Press and hold the “AM FM Alert” button until the desired hours of monitoring (4hr, 8hr or 16hr) are selected.

Note: While the weather alert is activated, the display light will flash once every few seconds to remind you that the NOAA Weather Alert is "ON".

  1. When NOAA issues a weather alert, the radio will continuously beep for two minutes.
  2. Press and release the red Power Button to listen to the weather broadcast.
  3. To de-activate the Weather Alert, press and hold the “AM FM Alert” button for 3 seconds or until “OFF” is displayed.

Can I use Lithium type batteries in my radio?

Technically NO. We do not recommend using Lithium type batteries due to the higher voltage they produce. Even though the specifications for some lithium batteries state 1.5 volts, they can register up to 1.8 volts when they are fresh. Our products are designed to operate on a very light load. Using lithium batteries that register higher (using a voltmeter) than 1.6 volts can cause damage to our products.

What's in the Box
  • CC SkyWave SSB 2
  • CC Buds Earphones
  • CC SW Reel Antenna
  • CC SkyWave SSB 2 Carry Case
  • SW Wire Antenna Adapter
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty
General Specifications
Input Power: AC Adapter: 5V DC 1 Amp, 5W with micro USB Tip (not included)
Batteries: (2) AA (not included)
Power Consumption: 30-100 mA DC (depending on headphone, speaker usage, and volume)
Run Time (on batteries): ±70 hours (earbuds)
±60 Hours (built-in speaker)
Audio Output: 0.5 Watts
1/8" Stereo Earphone Jack
Speaker Specifications: 1.5", 8Ω, 0.5W
Frequency Coverage: AM: 520 - 1710 kHz (10 kHz Steps)
AM: 522 - 1620 kHz (9 kHz Steps - International)
FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz (Regular Mode)
FM: 76 - 108 MHz (When 9kHz is Selected)
Shortwave: 1711 - 29999 kHz
(Includes SSB Fine Tuning in increments of 10Hz)
Aviation: 118 - 137 MHz
Weather Band: Ch. 1: 162.400 MHz
Ch. 2: 162.425 MHz
Ch. 3: 162.450 MHz
Ch. 4: 162.475 MHz
Ch. 5: 162.500 MHz
Ch. 6: 162.525 MHz
Ch. 7: 162.550 MHz
AM Antenna: Internal Ferrite Bar - 5.5mm High x 7.65mm Wide x 70mm (2.75") Long
FM, Weather, Shortwave and Aviation Antenna: 21.5" Whip Antenna
Presets: 400 Total
Lock Switch: Yes
Sleep Timer: 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 Minutes
Alarm: Yes
Clock: 12/24 Hour Format
Display: Lighted LCD
Dimensions: 4.8" W x 3" H x 1" D
Weight: 6 Ozs. Without Batteries
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
Included Accessories: CC Earbuds
SkyWave SSB 2 Carry Case
CC SW Reel Antenna
SW Wire Antenna Adapter
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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The CC Skywave SSB 2 opens up a marvelous new world of radio when you're traveling.