The JRC NRD345G is perhaps the least-known JRC among the amateur radios. While everybody was waiting for the NRD 545, the NRD 345 appeared first on the market. Well, what sort of receiver is this radio? Where it says NRD, it doesn't necessarily mean JRC. After I had been trying out the radio for a couple of hours, I had the feeling that I had a AOR-radio in front of me. The operation and the receiving characteristics were somehow not typical of JRC. It rather seemed to me that I was operating an AR3030. Other SWLs also had the same experience as I found out on the internet. How is the operation of the NRD 345G? In short: Simple and that's all that must be said. How is reception? As is the case with other (AOR) receivers, there are some problems when using big antennas. The NRD345G can handle a 20m longwire only during daylight. Above 6200KHz there are large signal interferences. In the evening, a half way decent reception with a 20m longwire is not possible. A preselector is absolutely necessary. Even a modified, vertical CB antenna is too much for the NRD 345. Just like the Kenwood R-1000, the NRD 345 works best with the short AOR SA-7000 antenna. With this antenna, the NRD 345 can show what it is capable of. Here you can really say that good reception does not require long antennas. Stations which I can just receive with my favorite receiver, the NRD 525, on a longwire antenna, can be also received with the NRD 345G using a short, 1.80m long SA-7000 antenna, albeit rather weak because of the short antenna. I would like to emphasize one feature: Seldom have I had a receiver with so little inherent noise. Really superb! Even the weakest stations are audible provided no local interferences disturb reception. Even if very little points to the fact that this is really a JRC, it can be said that this is a very good receiver. Hats off to JRC (AOR)!!
Highly recommendable with short receiving antennas.