More Photos Of The
Here are two photos of the new Kaito KA1121 that is due to be released
soon. We have also learned that the MP3 player/recorder does detach
from the radio. [see
photo #1] [see
photo #2] Nov 25
Maha Announces The
MH-C9000 WizardOne Battery Charger & Analyzer
Fans of NiMH batteries, which many of us use, may be interested in
this new high caliber multi featured charger by Maha. You
can read more about it at Imaging Resource. Nov 14
Kaito KA1121 To
Include US Weather Band
Kaito has informed us that the KA1121
will include VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz that
is used in the US for Weather broadcasts. Anticipated availability
is sometime very early December. Incase you did not notice, we reported
a few months ago that this model was to be the KA1106. That since
has changed to stick with the Degen model number of DE1121 and will
be known as the KA1121. Nov 9
DE1121 To Be Slightly Different Than (US) Kaito KA1121
Word from Thieking&Koch
is they have worked with Degen Engineers to develop their version
of the DE1121 for the special needs of the European market. Anticipated
release of the Thieking&Koch DE1121 is November 20th in Germany.
Reported differences of the Thieking&Koch
-Longwave starts at 50 kHz.
-SSB reception over entire LW, MW and SW bands.
-Menus will include German language as well as English and Chinese.
-Complies with EU-RoHS regulations with CE-mark.
-Low noise AC power supply with a variety of AC wall adapters.
-Rechargeable batteries (NiMH) are included. (Editor's note - Best
guess is that the Kaito version will also include NiMH batteries as
Thieking&Koch points out that
their version of the DE1121 makes an ideal radio for European sailors
which are keen to copy the German Naval weather broadcast in RTTY
on 147.3 kHz and A0 beacons on LW/MW can be heard using SSB (CW) .
Degen DE1104 and
Thanks to Pan Shuang sends news of two new radios by Degen. The DE1104
combines digital tuning with analog tuning.
The 1104 is a digital PLL on FM, but has analog tuning on MW/SW with
digital frequency readout. The 1104 provides 36 memories only on FM.
Other specifications are similar to 1107. You can see more of the
1121 at these links:
The 1121 is a new concept radio with
a digital PLL dual conversion radio (FM/MWSW/LW) with a MP3 player.
The 1121 provides 100 memories by name and 400 memories by frequency.
The names and frequencies of the broadcast stations can be edited
on a PC, and can be download to the MP3 of 1121 that connected to
the USB of the computer with no adapter. More
photos of the DE1121 can be viewed here at Degen.com
Note: The radio appears to be the same
radio as the future Kaito KA1106
? (see below) that was announced here in August. Also the German company,
will be offering this radio in Europe as the THIEKING&KOCH
DE1121. Oct 13
Crisis At Time Station CHU Canada
"On April 1, 2007, CHU needs to stop operating, change frequencies,
or re-licence". More
details can be found on CHU's webpage. Oct 29
Adventures In SW Nostalgia via DXer.ca
This was sent in from a familiar name to many longtime shortwave listeners
Ian McFarland formerly of Radio Canada International.
"If you were an SWL and/or Dxer
back in the seventies, and tuned in each week to Radio Canada Internationals
(or as it was known back then, the International Service of the CBC)
program for SWLs, then you may recall hearing a very popular feature
called The Idents & Interval Signals Series. For those
who dont recall this or werent SWLs at the time, featured
in this series were the Identification and Interval Signals of more
than 100 international broadcasting stations and services that were
on the air on SW in the 1970s. Also back in the 1970s this series
was made available on cassette tapes as a fundraiser for The Handicapped
Aid Program in Canada, the USA and elsewhere. Well, audio technology
has come a long way since the lowly cassette tape and now, after some
three decades, this very popular series is available once again on
a set of two CDs . All of the tracks are fully indexable and the CDs
come with a numbered hard copy list of all the tracks."
"Full details on prices and a
downloadable order form are available on the Dxer.ca
Website. This will be a bit of pure nostalgia for long time
SWLs, since some of the stations covered in the series are no longer
on the air." Oct 29
2007 QSL Calendar
is offering for sale a calendar for 2007 that features QSLs from the
1930s to today. More details on how to get one can be found by going
to their site. [go
to the calendar sale page] Oct 28
Redsun R1220 &
The Redsun R1220 appears to be analog with digital read out. A
photo can be seen on Redsun's website. Leowood's
BBS has photos of the Kchibo KK-S500. links via OWL Oct 13
Eton E1 Owner's
Eton has posted the E1 owner's manual on-line. You can download the
E1 manual as well as other Eton models at Eton's website. [go
to Eton's Owner's Manual Page] Info via Thomas Moyer Oct 13
New Icom IC-R9500
Icom will be coming out with a new full coverage professional receiver
covering 5 kHz to 3335 MHz. Details can be found at Universal-Radio's
N9EWO has lots more posted about the new IC-R9500 receiver on his
page. Aug 22
New Kaito KA1106(?)
and KA11 (UPDATE Nov 06:
The KA1106 wil be the KA1121)
Kaito will offer at the end of the year a new model which we are told
will be the KA1106. This dual conversion, AM, FM and SW (SSB ready
will feature 400 memories and an MP3 off air recorder and audio input
for external MP3 player or other audio device. Note that this is not
the much anticipated Degen DE1108. Click
here to see a photo of the KA1106. Expected availability is
November 2006. Kaito will be offering soon a the pocket sized KA11
(Degen DE11) AM-FM-SW portable with 1000 memories. Click
here to see a drawing of the KA11. As we get more details
on these two radios we will post them. Aug 1
Mini CCRadio Will
Not Be... At Least For Now
C Crane Company has made an announcement that the much anticipated
Mini CCRadio has been tabled until further notice. More
can be read by going to C Crane Company's web page. Aug 1
Ten-Tec has decided to discontinue the RX-350D unfortunately shorting
the list of table top receivers available today on the market. Universal
Radio mentions on their page that they have a few units left
for sale. Thanks to Joe Analssandrini for the tip. Aug 1
Article On The Kchibo KK-9510HF
Thanks to Joe Analssandrini
for passing along this article on the KK-9510HF which is being translated
to English through a translation program. [PDF
download the KK-9510HF article translated to English] May
New Kchibo KK-9510HF
With Sync Detector
Kchibo has introduced
a new double conversion portable featuring a Sync Detector. The published
specs on this radio are:
MW 525-1610 KHz
SW1 5.95-6.20 MHz
SW2 7.10-7.30 MHz
SW3 9.50-9.90 MHz
SW4 11.65-12.05 MHz
SW5 13.60-13.85 MHz
SW6 15.10-15.60 MHz
SW7 17.50-17.95 MHz
SW8 21.45-21.85 MHz
(MW) <62 dbu(s/n=26db)
(SW) <30 dbu(s/n=26db)
FM: 98MHZ >50db
forum has photos posted of the KK-9510HF which can be seen by clicking
here. Thanks to OWL for passing this info along. May 24.
Redsun RP2100 Update
OWL sends word that Redsun has delivered their first batch of about
50 RP2100 and that mass production of this model is expected to begin
by the end of the month. Initial performance reports indicate that
FM and especially AM (MW) are very good. Shortwave is almost as sensitive
but slightly noisier than the DE1103. The audio is also reported to
be very impressive thanks to its 5" speaker. Click
here to see more photos of the RP2100, including internal photos,
posted at hongsedianbo.com thanks to Red Radiowave May 17
USA DRM Group Annual
Meeting with Stand Alone DRM Radio Photos
Finally there will be a reasonably priced DRM ready shortwave, FM
and AM radio! Sangean has done it with the UK marketed Roberts MP40.
Read the details of the recent USA DRM Group Meeting and read some
closing thoughts on the meeting and DRM. [read
the USA DRM Group Meeting article] May 13
The Radio Netherlands
Receiver Shopping List Lives On
A few months ago the most useful Receiver Shopping List hosted by
Radio Netherlands was unfortunately taken down. Thanks to the Media
Network weblog we learn that it has been archived for future use courtesy
of the folks at the Medium Wave Circle. [go
to the Receiver Shopping List] May 4
New Icom IC PCR2500
& R2500 Receivers
Icom is set to introduce another set PC based receivers. The comes
only a few months after the debut of their PCR1500 and R1500. The
new PCR2500 and R2500 will feature simultaneous dual receive and diversity
reception (using two antennas at the same time to improve reception).
details can be found on Universal Radio's Website. Also you
can read about it on Icom Japan's website. Here
is a link via a translator or if
you can read Japanese you can try here. Thanks to Andrea
Borgnino IW0HK for the tip. Apr 19
More Details On
The New Redsun RP2000
Thanks to OWL we
learn some more details about the Redsun RP2000
*** Size: 290mm x 180mm x 70mm (or in inches 11.4" x 7.1"
x 2.76") Which is similar to S350/S350DL
*** Power: 220V AC/ 6-9v DC/ 4 x R20 (D size battery) / 4 x R6 (AA
size battery), with built in re-charging circuit.
*** Other features: dual timer, stereo/momo headphone switch, fast/slow/lock
tuning knob, backlit LCD (on or 8 seconds) backlit keys (like DE1103)
with beep prompt function. Redsun
has posted more details on the specs of the radio which can be seen
by clicking here. Apr 14
New Models From
A New Radio Company - Redsun Electronics
Our friend OWL
sends word that there is a new company, Redsun
Electronics, that was recently announced on Leowood's Chinese
language radio board. Mentioned is that they will be introducing some
new PLL AM/FM/SW models very soon. The first model to be introduced
is the RP2000 (export) and RP2100 (for Chinese domestic sales) . This
model will feature: dual
conversion , 1st IF: 55.845MHz, MCU control, 8 IC, FM/MW/SW1/2/3,
FM/SW external antenna terminal, MW external antenna terminal (500
ohm), AM IF output for CW/SSB/DRM/SSTV, Narrow/Wide/RF Gain, Stereo
earphone output, Line out and a 5-inch speaker. Photos
of the RP2000 have been posted on Leowood's BBS which can be viewed
by clicking here. Another model though un-named is expected
to be released later in the year. Could
this be the other model in this photo with the many buttons?
Details right now are a bit sketchy but as they come in they will
be posted. Thanks to OWL for passing this info along and Leowood's
forum. Apr 8
KK-9510HF Translated On Line Brochure link via Daniel Rosenzweig
Tecsun DF50 FM with
While nothing more than eye candy for those in North America, the
Tecsun DF50 perhaps is destined for shelves in the UK and Chinese
markets with it's FM DAB stereo feature. Some of the features include:
* 5 memory per band(FM/DAB)
* Bass/Treble Control - Coaxial Speaker
* Orange Dot Matrix LCD. When in DAB mode will display station name,
program information and other info
* Manual and Auto tuning
* Infrared remote control
* Able to display time and date, timer and sleep function
* Power: 4 D cell or AC adapter
* Dimensions: 148(H) X 248 (W) X63 (D) mm .
Here To See A Photo]
Thanks to Jonathan Lee for the info. Maybe Tecsun is working on a
DRM radio? Mar 24
New DRM To Computer
Radio - DRB 30 DiRaBox Digital Radio Box
IW0HK sends news of this new DRM capable computer receiver
(30KHz - 30MHz continues) by NTi of Germany. This full featured software
defined radio will be available for 299 Euros. More
details can be found at NTi webpage. Mar 10
Of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Towers At Playa de Pals, Spain
Sadly the 13 shortwave towers that radiated whispers of hope and freedom
behind the once iron curtain for over 40 years have been brought down.
On March 22, 2006 the RFE/RL towers at Playa de Pals were blown up
and now are probably in the process of chopped up and hauled off to
be sold for a few pennies on the pound as scrap metal. You
can see a video of the towers coming down courtesy of Carlos Mourato
CT4RK by clicking here. Thanks to Carlos Gonçalves
via DX Listening Digest for use of the link. An
excellent background article about Playa de Pals via Radio World can
be found by clicking here. Mar 24
Price Drop On Eton
Eton has lowered the price on the S350DL from $150 to $100. Missing
from the previous $150 offering is the added headphones. S350s are
also still listed as being available for $100. Thanks to Will Martin
for the tip.
Software Defined Radio Used As A Shortwave/MW DX Table Top Receiver
Experienced shortwave and MW DXer Guy Atkins has started a weblog
documenting his experiences with the Flex-Radio SDR-1000 software
defined radio. With fewer options for new high end receivers available
today for the listener who demands performance, Guy is putting his
SDR-1000 through the paces as a shortwave (tropical band) and MW DX
the the Five Below: DXing with the SDR-1000 on Mediumwave and Tropical
Bands Weblog] Feb 14
Desktop - Kneisner + Doering KWZ-30/2
Details On The Future
The following was passed on from the Degen users board. Special thanks
to Jonathan Lee for forwarding and translating these details of the
future Degen DE1108.
is a high performance FM/MW/short wave/long wave/air band/Internal
digital record/mp3 player portable PLL receiver.
measures 350mm"(w) x 200mm (h) x ?mm(d) and its digital PLL AM
high first Intermediate Frequency and dual conversion radio (FM/MW/SW/LW/Air
Band), with Side Band selectable Synchronous AM Detector. The radio's
program can be record by Internal digital record and also able play
stereo system was form with two whole frequency speakers. 6 D cells
battery. It has two CPU and three LCD. The central LCD is dot matrix
black and white display. It has an out lay 220v AC adapter. There
are 38~42 keys with the keyboard. A part of radio's software can be
upgraded. There will be two versions: standard and high level. DE1108
will go to market in China at same time as in the USA. The USA version
will be different from China edition.
of DE1108's FM was form of independent element. AM IF Passband Tuning
function. Howling - resisting system with AM high first Intermediate
Frequency is 55.845MHZ. Adjacent frequency interference can be minimized
or eliminated with a choice of four bandwidths [2.3/4.0/6.0/12 kHz].
Manual Gain Control with tuning knob. Side Band select Synchronous
AM Detector form with multi-CMOS chips. Scan able 3 functions: 1.stop
with hold. 2. hold with 5 second and continue. 3.hold with 2 second
and continue. DE1108 will have over 2000 non-volatile memories. BA
power amplifier CMOS chip with excellent sound. Separate Bass and
Treble Controls. DE1108 has 3 LCD screen, one is BACKLIGHT Multi-Function
Dot-Matrix LCD Screen. Signal Strength display for AM FM and air band
with a simulation of the old-fashioned a needle meter LCD. The other
one is time/day/month/year/timers/Battery Strength Display LCD. DE1108
has two Ant Input Jack. One is for LW/AM/SW. The other is use for
air band. The programs will be recorded by mp3 style. The carrying
handles cover with soft rubber. The FM frequency range: 76MHZ~108MHZ.
The AM frequency range: 150KHZ~29999KHZ. The scan step is 100KHZ.
The quick tuning step is 100KHZ (digital turn button). The slow tuning
step is 25KHZ(digital turn button). It has MW magnetic rod ant control
system. The MW tuning step is manual 9KHZ/ AUTO 9KHZ (CHINA version).
The manual tuning step (by digital turn button): quick tuning step
1KHZ/ slow tuning step 10HZ. SW tuning step manual 5KHZ/ SCAN 5KHZ.
SW manual tuning step (by digital turn button): quick 1KHZ/ slow 10HZ.
DE1108's second intermediate frequency is 450KHZ. DE1108's SSB form
of USB and LSB select switch SO able with out fine turn button any
more. The Synchronous AM Detector also have USB and LSB select. It
will also have ATS function. DE1108's memory form with 3 grades system.
The station can be memory with English name (for example: display
with BBC/ DW/ KBS/ RFI/ VOA). DE1108's memory system was replaceable
band memory. Non-volatile memory will not lose memory when lost power.
Digital turn button was on the front panel. There is a little global
trough on the off center part of digital turn button control by first
finger. Speaker made in TAIWAN. DE1108 has an infrared telecontroller.
Front panel all with ENGLISH language. DE1108's volume has 32 level.
Digital turn button is ALPS made in JAPAN. There are 8 groups of timers
in one day. Timer function was turning on radio or mp3 or recording
radio's program with MP3. The air band of frequency range is 117~137MHZ.
DE1108's ant input jack is KOK antenna jack model. DE1108 also has
Stereo Line-Level Audio Inputs/Outputs. DE1108 has 128M internal Non-volatile
memories. Memory able was enlarging with SD card and USB MEMORY. MP3
made of MCS CMOS chip. There is a digital turn button on the right
top of the panel. Stereo system was form with two speakers. The speaker
is 4 inches diameter. Jan 19
Kaito Goes To MAP
(Manufactured Approved Pricing)
Kaito Electronics has taken a page from Eton's marketing playbook.
Kaito has moved to manufactured approved pricing. In other words,
pricing for resellers of their products will be retailing Kaito's
radios for the same price. To offer a better value, Radios4You
is giving away free shipping on Kaito KA1101 & KA1102 radios.
Eton E1 Recall
Universal Radio has posted details of a recall for the E1 by Eton
with serial numbers in the 3067 to 5462 range. The nice part of this
bad news is that Eton is going to throw in a complementry FR200 for
your troubles. [go
to Universal Radio] info via RTC. Jan 13
CES 2006 Photos
Thanks to our friends at Radios4You.com
we have some photos of Eton's booth at CES2006. There are a few new
shortwave offerings, including the anticipated E5, at CES 2006 by
Eton as well as new satellite receivers (Sirius & XM). [go
to the CES2006 photo page] Jan 10
& IC-R1500: Tune Into Icoms Latest Radio Receiver Range
At London Boat Show
A small press release article on this new RX. [read
the BYMNews article] Jan 12
The Kiwa Kaito KA1103
Kiwa Electronics, who offers all kinds of enhancements for many popular
radios, has an audio upgrade kit for fans of the Kaito KA1103. This
upgrade promises that the "audio will sound clearer with improved
detail". More details can be found on Kiwa's
page. Craig at Kiwa says he might have another upgrade for
this popular model so be sure to check back to Kiwa's 1103 upgrade
page if or when this second upgrade is announced. [go
to Kiwa Electronics 1103 page]. Thanks to Joshua Everett for
Hong Kong Electornics
Our man in Hong Kong, Paul aka HongKongRadioer, was kind enough to
send along some photos he took while at the Hong Kong Electronics
Fair in October. He was even kind enough to send in a photo of himself
with L. Zhou, the engineer and designer of many of the better radios
that Degen and Tecsun manufactures. Also featured at Tecsun's booth
were three new radios. There are photos of the new DR-920 & R-9012
(AM-MW/FM/SW) and the CR-100 (AM-MW/FM/TV) that interestingly uses
2 D Cells. [go
to the HK Electronics Fair Photos] Nov 17
KK-S500 Portable With Synch Detector In The Works
Thanks to OWL, we learn that Kchibo will release at the end of the
year the KK-S500 at the end of the year. This double conversion receiver
will feature a synchronous detector (no SSB), and 1000 memories (page
system). A photoshop markup images are available thanks to Leowood's
Forum by clicking here. Oct 27
The Hook" 1991 Archived Broadcast - Shortwave Listening, Numbers
Stations and The Woodpecker
year old program about shortwave radio and listening to its odd sounds
was recently posted on the Off The Hook archives. Emmanuel Goldstein
interviews shortwave listener and journalist Bob Horvitz. They discuss,
with some great accompanying recordings, number stations, the Soviet
era over the horizon radar "Woodpecker" and shortwave listening
in general. Listening to this MP3 is worth it just to hear the annoying
sound of that pesky "Woodpecker" again. We've taken the
liberty to edit out the non-radio stuff and not leech off of 2600.com's
bandwidth for download here. [Click
here to download]. If you want to hear the whole program click
here and download the program for February 27, 1991. Nov 26
E5 To Sell For $150
The Eton E5 is featured in a company advertisement for the November
2005 issue of Popular Communications (page 9) for $150. Thanks to
Joe Analssandrini for the info. Release date unknown. Oct 22
Eton E5 AM/FM/SW Portable
As mentioned here back in June, the design and manufacturing of the
DE1106 was sold to another company. Well it should come as
no surprise that this radio has become the new Eton E5. With PLL tuning
in a double conversion receiver, the E5 is packed with features including
SSB reception, 700 memories and alphanumeric frequency tagging, ATS
and built in NiMH charger. If this radio is anything like the DE1102
and DE1103, it should be a real winner. The radio has not yet been
announced yet on Eton's webpage for US but if you go to Eton
Europe, you can navigate to the E5 to take a peek at this
radio. Special thanks to our friend OWL for passing along this info
which he picked up via Leowood's
forum and was first noted by DAIWEI. Oct 20
2005 DRM & DAB Digital Radio Photos
Here are a few photos of DRM and DAB radios that were on display last
month at the International Consumer Electronics Fair held in Berlin,
Germany. Thanks to Simone Stoeppler for sharing these photos. [go
to the IFA 2005 photos] Sep 27
Kchibo KK-DRM01 DRM AM/FM/SW Radio
UPDATED: Thanks to Andrea Borgnino, IW0HK for passing these links
along to a new DRM radio. The Kchibo KK-DRM01 offers a 12 kHz output
jack that can be used with your computer to decode DRM. In other words,
not a true stand alone DRM radio but perhaps an inexpensive start
for someone who doesn't have a receiver with a 12 kHz output jack.
here to go to Kchibo's announcement of the KK-DRM01] [click
here to see a better photo of the KK-DRM01 via BCL.myetoys.com]
Intimate Audio Gadget
From the wonderful WFMU blog there is a great little article
about portable transistor radios and especially the famous Regency
TR-1. Well worth taking a look. [read
the WFMU blog article] Oct 28
On Buying A Shortwave Radio via eBay
Cobalt Pet weblog has posted some useful tips on purchasing
shortwave radios via eBay. [go
to the Cobalt Pet article] Oct 13
The Prototype Grundig Satellit 900 To The Completed Eton E1
Grundig Radio Boy takes a look back at the proposed Grundig Satellit
900 that morphed into the current Eton E1. What's there, what's not
there and what changed. [go
to the GrundigRadioBoy's webpage] Aug 24
Eton E1XM vs Grundig Satellit 800 Review
Here it is the first report of the new and very much awaited Eton
E1XM. Dr Phil, author of the Icom
R75 Cookbook, shares his impressions of the E1XM. We hope
to have another review soon of the E1XM. After all for a radio that
has been anticipated for over 10 years deserves at least two reviews!
here to download the pdf file of the E1XM vs Satellit 800 Review]
Chinese To English Review of the Degen DE1105 vs the DE1102 and DE1103
Since we haven't been able to review the DE1105, here is a crude computer
translation review of this relatively new radio via CNRadior.com.
Thanks to Ben/NYC for passing this along. [read
the DE1105 review] Aug 1
2005 Photos Of New DRM Radios (German)
Degen DE1106 To Be Produced
on their SW forum that they have sold the design and copyright of
the DE1106 to an anonymous foreign company. This means that the DE1106
will not be sold by Degen in China. Degen fans in China are upset
by this announcement. Special thanks to Jonathan Lee for passing
this along. Jun 28
Info On The Degen DE1104
Jonathan Lee passes
along this info on the DE1104.
will offer the following features:
1. BAND SETTING: FM (3 bands), MW, SW (11 bands) = 15 bands total
2. FM: PLL, manual tuning (50K/step), auto tuning (SCAN and ATS all
100K/step), 3 group memories (12 memories per group) = 36 memories.
3. AM (MW and SW): traditional manual analog, 4 gang filter turning.
Frequency numeric digital display.
4. SW dual conversion receiver
5. SW (11 bands), select band with a key-press
6. FM frequency range: 76-108 MHZ
7. SW frequency: 3.200-21.85 MHZ
8. MW frequency: 520-1710 KHz
9. Tone Control - News/Music switch
10. Super Bass switch
11. Stereo/Mono switch
12. Back Light switch
13. Sleep Timer setting
14. Dual Clock Display (local and UTC)
15. Week Display
16. Double alarm clock and can be made day specific during the week.
17. Signal Strength display
18. DX/Local switch
19. Keypad locking
20. Volume control numeric display
21. Internal Battery Charger
22. Size: same as DE1103:165X105X29(mm)
23. Battery: 4 AA batteries
24. Speaker: 77 mm diameter
25. Battery Strength Display
26. At Turn Off: Display dual clocks, battery strength, week display
27. Ant Input Jack
28. Meter Band Display
29. 6V AC adapter
Special Notes about the DE1104:
1. DE1104 is unique with a lot of functions - analog and digital (PLL).
2. Performance claimed to be the same as DE1103 but with a lower price
than the, DE1102, DE1103, DE1105, and only more expensive than DE1107.
Hence it has a high cost/performance ratio.
3. DE1104 will go to market the same time as it does in the U.S. The
U.S. version will have additional Air Band and Weather band function
and will not sell on the China market. From now on new Degen radios
will go to U.S. market at same time as in China.
4. Development of the DE1104 is complete and will go into production
at this time.
Freeplay DEVO Wind-Up DAB Radio Announced
the Digital Lifestyles article] via Radio World Aug 18
Radio Observations in My Truck
Interesting article about HD (IBOC) radio and a Kenwood KTC-HR100MC.
the Radio World article] Aug 8
Degen Pics! DE1104 and DE1106
A few days ago
we started getting emails that the excellent Russian radio site, RadioScanner.ru,
had posted a drawing of the DE1106. Admittedly
the drawing on their site is much better than the one that
was faxed to us clandestinely in late October 2004 with the
promise to keep it quite. But since the cat is out of the bag as they
the drawing we have of DE1106. As details develop, we will
pass them along. Also, today we received a photo of the DE1104. What
makes the DE1104 so special besides the Chinese lettering? It is reported
that the dual conversion DE1104 features PLL (digital) FM tuning and
analog AM (MW) and SW tuning. Click
here to see the DE1104. Jun 15
Info On The New Grundig S350DL
As many people
have noticed, the new S350DL retails for $149.95 while the older S350
is $99.95. Mike Maghakian picked up the phone and called Eton to get
the full skinny. Mike reports that these are the differences in the
new S350DL vs S350:
There is now an AFC circuit for MW/SW which significantly eliminates
2) The speaker is now 4 3/4 inches.
3) Headphone jack is now stereo and includes a nice pair of headphones.
4) Clock can be set in modes that it could not be set before.
5) Radio can use 4D and 4AA batteries with a switch and both can be
in the radio at the same time.
DRM Computer Radio - CIAOradio H101
Here's another DRM radio made in Italy. The CIAOradio H101 covers
0.130 MHz and does non-digital modes as well (AM-USB-LSB). Andrea
Borgnino, IW0HK, who shared this info with us comments that the previous
version of Ciao Radio ( Hardware & Software ) was 249 Euro plus
to CIAOradio H101 page) May 18
Colors For the Grundig S350 (S350DL)
It looks like Eton is going to finally introduce a modified red and
black versions of the Grundig S350. The new S350DL will feature the
Tecsun BCL2000 black and red with one minor change... silver knobs!
It appears that Eton finally realized that many people preferred the
import Chinese Red or Black Tecsun version over the Eton silver. Though
no mention yet on Eton's page about the new S350DL. Thanks to Tom
Welch for passing this info along. May 18
Info On The Degen DE31 Active Antenna
Conner Walsh sends
in a Chinese to English translation of the numbers on the DE31
drawing from info on Degen's page. While most of it is common
sense for many, those who are less knowledgeable might find it interesting.
The number correspond with the DE31
1. Suction pad * 2. Clip * 3. Flexible wire loop * 4. Receiver * 5.
Fully extended telescopic antenna * 6. Amplifier unit * 7. Control
Unit * 8. Power indicator * 9. Feed line * 10. Power switch * 11.
Connection adapter * 12. Tuning button (looks like a knob in the drawing:
this may be a misunderstanding in my translation) * 13. Battery *
14. Battery case cover * 15. Black receiver earth clip * 16. White
Receiver antenna clip May 18
DE31 Active Antenna
Thanks to Chungkha Ha, we learn that Degen has a new active antenna
in the works. Covering 3.9 - 22.0 MHz, this active antenna uses 2
AAA batteries with a power consumption of 6 ma. No word yet if or
when this antenna will be available; however you
can see a drawing of it by clicking here. Mr Ha also sends
word that Degen is now accepting advance orders for the upcoming DE1107
analog in China. Other sources tell us though that Degen has been
busy manufacturing MP3 players and that radio production has been
stalled. May 14
Crane Radio Announces The Mini CC Radio
Available for the fall of 2005, C. Crane Radio has announced that
they will be introducing a US designed and engineered follow-up to
their well known CCRadio... the Mini CCRadio. No photos or details
are available yet but a good place to keep any eye peeled for more
info is the radio's own webpage: MiniCCRadio.com.
Elad FDM77 DRM Ready Receiver
Thanks to Andrea Borgnino, IW0HK we learn of the new made in Italy
Elad FDM77 software defined receiver that covers 50 KHz to 60MHz and
is DRM capable. The FDM 77 rings in at 560 Euros or $724US. [go
to the Elad FDM77 page] May 5
Phil's Tabletop (Radio) Guide 2005
This time Phil
takes a look at available Toptop receivers on the market (or recently
the pdf file] Apr 5
Icom R75 Power Supply Mod
Dave didn't like how the supplied Icom R75 power supply's excess voltage
caused the radio generate excess heat so he did something about it.
to Dave's Radio Receiver Page] Apr 3
Phil's Portable (Radio) Guide 2005
Phil of the R75
Info Center takes a look at available shortwave portables
on the market today and gives you his take on them. You
can download the pdf format file by clicking here. Mar 21
McKay, Jr. W6WXG, Founder Of McKay Dymek Dies
Reposted with permission from Ted Shireman, friend and colleague of
"I am reporting the death of George
E. McKay, Jr. on March 10, 2005, in Claremont CA. George formed the
McKay Dymek Company in 1975. One of its products was the AM -5 Hi-Fi
tuner, which in rack mount with 500-ohm output, was used in hundreds
of broadcast stations."
"Another product was the DR-22/33
series digital, triple-conversion, all-wave receiver which covered
continuously from 50kHz to 29.7 mHz. Some, again in rack-mount, were
sold under contract to the Navy of Thailand. Also he produced associated
"His original idea was to make
electronic gear in attractive cabinets which could be "wife-accepted"
to go along with other furniture in living rooms, not banished to
"George was a boyhood friend from
7th grade. I put out several issues of the Dymek News for him, a sales
promotion vehicle, with something like a 1500 press run, describing
the products, mixed in with news of FCC actions, amateur radio items,
etc." - Ted Shireman
DOWNLOAD [8 MB]
If you have not seen any McKay-Dymek
radios, and frankly they are works of art, you
can download a copy of their 1980 catalog in PDF fortmat (8 MB) by
clicking here. The catalog has color photos of the DR22C and
DR33C receivers as well as the DA100 active antenna. Included also
are specs, price guide, lease agreement, customer comments and a review
of the DR33C.
Icom R75 Has Been Discontinued
The hits just keep coming. Universal
Radio has announced that the table top general coverage receiver
R75 has been discontinued. The good news, if you can call it that,
is that Universal says they have a limited
available stock of this radio. Mar 15
RL Drake R8B Has Been Discontinued
Though not surprising, the benchmark and famed R8B communications
receiver (10 or 100 - 30000 kHz) manufactured in the USA has been
discontinued. Beginning in 1991, the R8 series was Drake's attempt
to re-enter and capitalize on their excellent brand name with the
SWL and amateur radio markets. The original R8 evolved into the R8A
and eventually the R8B of today. Mar 15
Oxyride - New Batteries: Twice the Life
PC World takes a look at Panasonic's new non-alkaline and disposable
Oxyride batteries and compares them with the Duracell Ultra alkalines
and 1800-mAh Rayovac NiMH batteries. [read
the PC World article] Apr 9
MotoBras Digital Readout AM-FM-SW-TV Radio
The Brazilian radio company MotoBras
has introduced for 2005 a new digital readout 5 shortwave band portable.
covers 4690 to 5150, 5880 to 6300, 9400 to 9950, 11580 to 12100 and
14960 to 16000 kHz. The radio appears to be analog with digital readout.
Also worth noting is that the radio uses 4 D cell batteries so probably
lots of radio play time. MotoBras also has just added an English section
to their website that is worth checking out. No details at this time
as to where you may purchase one of these radios at this time outside
of Brazil but we are working on it. [go
to MotoBras' homepage] Mar 5
Reviews Of The County Comm GP-4L
Dave's Radio Receiver Page has posted a detailed review of the revised
and new GP-4L. [read
Dave Z' impressions of the GP-4L by clicking here] If you
are looking for a different radio radio review, The LED Museum has
a review of the GP-4L from a LED flashlight perspective. There are
lots of other interesting information at the LED Museum webpage if
you are interested in LED Flashlights. [go
to the LED Museum's review] Feb 25
Short Receiver Reviews
Stephan Großklaß who maintains the very useful and excellent
7600 Series page has added some short reviews of portables
from his collection which include the Sony ICF-SW12, Grundig Signal
700, Philips D1835, Sony ICF-M60SRDS, Degen DE105 (Viola WR1) and
Philips AE3405. Some of these radios have been discontinued but little
has been written about them so it is nice to see information about
to Stephan's Short Reviews] Feb 22
IC-7000? Icom's Follow-up To The IC-706MIIG?
News of the Icom 7000 was first posted a few days ago on the Union
de Radioaficionados de Ourense EA1URO's webpage. Today a photo of
the 7000 is posted on their page. The new radio is reported to have
a spectrum anylaizer and IF DSP. Not much else is known at this time,
including the official model number "IC-7000". [Go
to EA1URO's page to see the new 7000] Feb 19
Details on the Icom IC-7000 via VA7OJ/AB4OJ
Radio To Sell The AOR AR7030 plus Again
Thanks to Dave Zantow's "Dave's Radio Receiver Page" we
learn that Universal Radio is selling once again the AOR AR7030. Dave
mentions that the warranty and repair service will not be supported
by AOR US. More
details can be found on Dave's page by click here. Feb 10
Engineer Looks For Development Ideas On The Upcoming DE1108
A very interesting thread has developed on rec.radio.shortwave. Leowood,
perhaps Leowood Wang who runs the Chinese language SWL.126.com
radio webpage (?), posted the following: "The designer (also
the main engineer of DE1103 & Grundig SAT800) now ask advise of
the receiver function from BCLer, the DE1108 will be the high end
receiver of DE 110X series, it comes with a large dot matrix LCD display(128*64)
two way speaker system, MP3 recorder, AM sync detector, SSB, dual
conversion, the reference basis is SAT700, it should has better performance
than sony 2001D, 7600G, SW77 even SAT700, the outline dimensions will
be large than SAT700,pls post your thougts here, I will take the message
to the design, thank you!" You can read the full thread and other
people's suggestions by clicking
here to go to rec.radio.shortwave. via Conan Ford. Feb 3
Photos and News From CES 2005
Thanks to a friend of RadioIntel.com, we have some photos taken at
CES2005 while visiting Eton's booth and bit of news. Good news! Our
visitor was told that the very much anticipated E1/E1XM should start
shipping very soon. As always there seems to be a mystery with this
radio. In Eton's catalog that was passed out at CES2005, featured
is the E1XM as the "world's first and only AM/FM Shortwave Tuner
with XM Satellite Radio" and with the radio's specs. Oddly though
on the next page there is another photograph of the E1XM, as it has
the XM logo displayed on it, but the header says "E1 AM/FM Shortwave
Radio" detailing the radio's specs without any mention of XM.
Does this mean there will be two versions available? Though there
has been no publicity of two versions other than perhaps a Euro (DAB)
and US (XM) model, one is lead to believe that perhaps there will
be a version of this radio without XM Satellite and/or DAB? From a
marketing perspective this would only make sense as the additional
modes are not globally available. Another interesting note is that
the E1XM featured at CES had a light rubbery coating on the radio's
case which our visitor commented felt good in her hands. Surprisingly
this rubber coating was also noticed on the new E10 and E100. This
is unlike the current E10 and E100 that are available. So perhaps
as soon as current stock of the E10 and E100 are cleared out that
these new "rubbery" coated radios will be on the shelves?
The mystery of the Grundig Satellit 800 discontinuous remains to a
degree. Our visitor at CES was told that "officially" the
Satellit 800 is not discontinued however there are none in stock and
no current orders from the factory in China to produce any and that
future versions may have improvements. Missing for the second year
in a row from Eton's catalog is the Satellit 800 so who knows? Also
noticed missing from this year's catalog is the Porsche Design G4000A
(the repackaged YB400PE). Now for the photos: [see
the E1XM pic #1, E1XM
pic #2, E1XM
pic #3, the
new P7131 pic #1,
P7131 with top back of P7132 pic #2, P7131
pic #3, Grundig
Series display Jan 20
Photos Of The DE1105 Package via CNRadior.com
SongBook Portable Really Sings
the MSNBC article] Jan 18
To Launch More Radios In '05
the Radio World article] Jan 13
Bans The Use Of The Word "Degen" On Auctions
Thanks to Ebay seller Liypn we learn that Ebay as prohibited the use
of the word "Degen" on their auction site. This is result
of a complaint filed by Degen GmbH Communication with Ebay as unauthorized
use of intellectual property rights, copyright, trademark, etc.
DE1105 To Go To Market Soon
It appears that soon we will be seeing the DE1105 as Degen has posted
info on this up coming model on their website. [click
here to see] Connor Walsh, who sent the link to Degen, also
sent along a real human, non-babblefish Chinese to English
translation on the DE1105. Additional translation by Chaoliangmanping.
- - AM/FM/SW
Multiband Receiver - -
* FM: 70.0-108.0MHz (Includes Campus radio in China), tuning steps
* MW: 522 - 1620KHz, tuning steps 1KHz/9KHz
* SW: 5.800 - 26.100MHz steps of 1KHz/5KHz.
* Double conversion receiver with high sensitivity and high selectivity.
* Five tuning methods: Rocker buttons, Manual, Auto, Memory recall,
direct frequency input, and ATS
* Memory: 1000 stations (non volatile)
* Two volume control methods: Digital buttons and analog.
* 32 level volume control, shown on screen.
* Digital buttons with 3 modes: Fast and slow tuning steps, and volume
* Intelligent battery auto-charge, with display of charging process.
* Intelligent manual battery charge, with time remaining to full charge
* Display and Keypad backlight. Two backlight mode settings.
* Ten point signal metre.
* FM Mono/Stereo with Bass selection.
* Three alarm timers with 3 frequencies and 3 volume settings.
* Sleep timer adjustable from 1 -99 minutes.
* Time and temperature display, accurate to .5 of a degree. (That's
what it says! And as it's in China, that would be Celsius degree).
* On/Off electronic lock.
* Metre band display and selection.
* Error display for incorrect keypad operation.
* Battery charge display, auto shut-off when battery runs out.
* BTL power amplifier CMOS chip with excellent sound.
* Signal can be increased with an external antenna.
* Takes two AA batteries.
* Comes with: high quality earphone, external antenna wire, 220v AC
adapter, two AA size rechargeable NiMH batteries and soft flannelette
* Dimensions:118x75x23.5mm (4.64" x 2.95" x .925"
comments that the most exciting thing about the DE1105 is it's size
as it would make an excellent pocket radio. Agreed! He also
mentions that he saw on a SW Chinese BBS that will be listed for mail
order in China for around 330 RMB (Yuan) (US$40 +/-)
Conner and Chaoliangmanping for sharing this news with everyone! Dec
Degen DE1107 - 3 Photos!
Thanks an anonymous SWL in China who has sent along links to three
new photos of the Degen DE1107 that were posted to a popular Chinese
radio site. There are no details on this new radio other than the
photos but after looking at them, the DE1107 appears to be an analog
receiver. Perhaps the digital display is for time only or maybe frequency
readout as well?? The radio does feature an internal NiMH battery
charger. There is also a Sleep function (clock only snooze? or sleep
timer?) Other notables are a band slector switch on the side and a
real volume control on the front. Not to mention it is very attractive
as well! [click
to see photo #1] [click
to see photo #2] [click
to see photo #3] Dec 24
Audio Introduces Two New Models - SongBook & Model Satellite
Tivoli, known for the fidelity of their radios, has two new models.
The AM-FM digital readout SongBook
looks like a PlaySkool tough radio with it's rubberized coating. The
also features a built in NiMH charger and alarm clock. Availabile
in an assortment of colors, the radio carries a big price tag at $159.99.
Just how good of a receiver it is we would love to know. The downside
appears to be that it requires 6 AA batteries and only 5 memory presets.
The other model is Model
Satellite featuring Sirius. The Model
Satellite seems to have many of the same features of the original
Model One table top radio. Thanks to David Reeder for passing this
news along. Dec 23
To Announce Porsche Designed AM-FM-SW-XM Radios At CES 2005 - Models
P`7131 & P`7132
Though the E1 has yet to hit the shelves, thanks to Gizmodo we learn
that Eton will announce at CES 2005 two new models (a tabletop - P`7131
and a portable - P`7132) that both will feature XM and Shortwave.
peek photos can be found at Gizmodo and more
details on Eton's website. Dec 13
BCL2000 Now Chinese Lettering Only
The Tecsun BCL2000 is now being manufactured with Chinese label lettering
only. One can only assume that this is due to pressure from Eton for
perhaps lost sales of the Grundig S350 and to encourage the BCL2000
to stay in the domestic Chinese market. The production switch to Chinese
lettering appears to have started sometime in August 2004 as models
offered by ebay seller Liypn make note of this. Of course these radios,
BCL2000/S350, are fairly simple radios to operate regardless of the
lettering. No doubt some non-Chinese speaking radio ops will consider
the Chinese lettering a "wow" factor and get one of these
too. Maybe if the S350 was offered in other colors such as the fire
engine red and jet black, which are the colors for the BCL2000, that
this would boost sales of the S350? Thanks to Jay Allen sending this
news along. Oct 11
Tecsun PL-350 link via bclman2002
Photos Of The Degen DE1105
Intelligent Life on Earth Ground
Special thanks to Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, for featuring RadioIntel.com
in his weekly ARRL Surfin column. [go
to the Surfin' article] Nov 15
TR-1: Transistor Radios Play On
Another TR-1 Happy B-day article. [read
the MSNBC article] link via StrongSignals.net
- Brazilian Shortwave/AM/FM Portable And Car Radios
Thanks to David Fogarty, we learn of MotoBras,
a Brazilian company which offers their own line of shortwave analog
portables and car radios for their domestic market.
Here is an overview of the seven shortwave
portable models they offer. (Note: links to the radios are to MotoBras'
page. To go to the Portugues
version, click on home and proceed).
FM, MW, SW 5 bands and TV.
FM, MW, SW 4 bands, TV and one band that is fixed frequency for Brazil's
Radio Aparecida in the 49 and 31 shortwave meter bands. Quite unusual!
MW and SW 5 bands.
Smaller portable - FM, MW, SW 1 band (4.50 to 12.40 MHz) and TV
Mini Boom box with cassette tape player - FM, MW and SW 3 bands.
Perhaps the most interesting model on of all. Apparently designed
for listening to radio amateurs and airplanes (aeronautical). This
model features a BFO (for SSB and CW listening). The radio's coverage
are mostly the amateur radio bands of 80, 40, 20, 15, and 11(CB)/10
meters. The aeronautical band (118 to 136 MHz) are also included as
well as MW and FM.
Frequency Version (no name) - For organizations, religious
groups, political organizations, etc to have their own fixed frequency
radio for their listeners. They will put the groups name on the radio
MotoBras also offers two analog car
radios with shortwave.
VI: Features a cassette player, FM, MW and SW - 49 and 60
VI: Is basically the same radio as the Tucano VI minus the
MotoBras' radios are economically priced
and can be viewed by going to Brazil's RadioShopping.
If anyone has any of these radios and
would like to share their experiences, please drop us an email
and let us know your impressions. Oct 1
Tec RX-400 via Dave's
Radio Receiver Page (scroll
down on Dave's page to read his take on this new 2-3000 MHz RX where
it says "Dave's Radio News")
DE1103 Review (In
Russian via radioscaner.ru)
Review Translated to rough English (click
MP3: Interview With Alan Heil, The Former Deputy Director Of The Voice
Of America And Author Of Voice of America: A History
There is an interesting interview with Alan Heil at the website Talking
History. Mr. Heil talks about the history of the VOA and the
his thoughts on it's future. Talking History has loads of interesting
Real Audio and MP3s interviews on history, politics and culture that
are worth checking out. [click
here to download the MP3 audio interview with Mr. Heil via Talking
History] Oct 18
960 Watt XCVR That Never Was - Yaesu FT-101TT
The Yaesu FT-101 line from the 1970s is legendary and frankly looks
like a real amateur radio transceiver. If any single radio could be
credited for taking a large chunk of the amateur radio market share
from the Heathkit
company and adding to it's demise it was the FT-101. What is amazing
is that Yaesu had planed a dual VFO and 960 Watt version of this radio.
The Fox Tango International
Group has posted information and a photo of the prototype
Yaesu FT-101TT that was to go to market in 1980. A must see for any
fan of the Yaesu FT-101. [go
to the Yaesu FT-101TT page] Sep 27
A Shortwave Radio Pirate? Halloween Is The Time To Try!
Halloween is a great time to try to hear pirates on shortwave in North
America. Good places to try through the Halloween weekend are frequencies
between 6920 to 6960 kHz. Especially look around 6925 and 6955 kHz.
Don't forget to not only tune around in AM mode but many pirates use
SSB mode (USB & LSB) as well. These are not the only frequencies
they use but these are you best shots. For more info on Pirate Radio,
go to the Free Radio
Network. Oct 26
Introduces The FR300 Windup Radio
Radio has posted on their site the new Eton FR300. While not
a replacement for the FR200, as the FR300 lacks SW, what is noticable
is that the FR300 sports the Eton name and not the Grundig name. The
FR300 Windup has AM, FM, TV VHF and NOAA Weather bands as well as
the ability to recharge certain cellphone batteries. No listing yet
on Eton's webpage
about this new model. [go
to Universal-Radio's Webpage] Sep 13
DRM Stand Alone Radio - Starwaves Prelude
Thanks to Andrea Borgnino, we learn that another DRM ready radio will
be on display at the International
Broadcasting Convention. Fifty editions of the "First
Love" prototype , which offers stereo LW, SW and FM analog, DRM
and DAB reception will be made available for a whopping €2003
(US$2,421). For specs on the the Starwaves Prelude, click
here to download the pdf file. [go
to the Starwaves Prelude page] Sep 10
DRM Ready Computer Based Receiver By Coding Technologies - "The
Digital World Traveller"
Technologies Press Release for the International
Broadcasting Convention this September in Amsterdam makes
note that the Digital World Traveller, a PC based DRM radio, will
be on display and available for sale after the show for €199
plus VAT (US$240 +/- plus VAT). [read
the Coding Technologies release] Thanks to Andrea Borgnino
for sharing this info. Sep 7
Follow the hurricane season with these pages which are
loaded with frequencies and tracking tips. If a hurricane hit's your
area, don't forget to monitor your local stations as well! [go
to Hurricane Watch Net] [go
to Bill Snyder's Hurricane Frequencies] [go
to TRSC's Hurricane Page] [go
to Hugh Stegman's 2004 Hurricane Frequencies] [VoIP
Skywarn/Hurricane Net Support] Sep 2
Elite Series E10 and E100 Due Out In November Plus More Grundig Eton
posted on their webpage a release time frame and new photos of the
awaited and attractive E10 and E100 Elite Series radios. The
color of the E10 and E100 is slightly different than what appeared
in the catalog released at CES 2004. Eton's webpage mentions that
the E10 (a rebadged and perhaps reworked Tecsun PL550) will have the
internal AA charger while there is no mention of this feature in the
E100. The Tecsun PL200, the OEM version of the E100, does sport an
internal charger. Universal Radio's webpage mentions a sale price
95 for the E10 and $99.95
for the E100. No mention on Eton's webpage about the anticipated
release of the E1. The E10 and E100 should be out no later than November
as Eton's page says "this November make an informed decision
with Eton Radios".
Will the Grundig Satellit 800 be discontinued?
The September issue of Monitoring Times reports that the Satellit
800 has been discontinued and the new Eton E1 will be it's replacement.
This sort of makes since since the Satellit 800 was not in the CES
Last call for the Grundig YB400PE!
This model will be replaced by the G4000A. Guess what? It's appears
to be the same radio. The G4000A will have a leatherette snap on case.
All else looks to remain the same. Sep 4
IC-746 Xcvr Review As A RX Only by Bjarne Mjelde (pdf file)
DRM2010 Now Shipping
According to Mayah's
website, the new DRM (digital broadcast) ready shortwave portable
DRM2010 is now shipping. Originally slated to be out by Christmas
2003, the DRM2010 is the first stand alone DRM shortwave portable.
Who will be the first to get one? Impressions
are welcome! Thanks to Benjamin Sacks for the update. Jun 17
PL-550 English Translation
So far the PL-550 is only available with Chinese lettering
on the radio. Now thanks to HongKongRadioer for translating the new
PL-550's lettering to English you can take a look to see what this
radio has to offer. If you already have a PL-550 and can't read Chinese,
you may wish to print this out for quick reference. [click
to see the new Tecsun PL-550 translated to English] Mar 23
No news yet when the DE1103 will be available but thanks
Wu we get a chance to see some more photos of this new model.
In late February we heard the DE1103 had been delayed for another
month. Maybe we will see this model soon? In the mean time, enjoy
looking at these new photos. NOTE: files are large but detailed so
be patient while downloading [photo#1
- Front / photo#2
- Right Side / photo#3
- Left Side / photo#4
- Front Tilted Mar 19
AR7030 Ends US Distribution
Passport To World Band Radio (passband.com)
reports that the well known table top receiver, AOR AR7030 has been
cut from the North American market. Details can be read on their web
to passband.com] Mar 6
PL-550 Photo Review
HongKongRadioer sends along some more photos of the new
Tecsun PL-550. Take a look and see what is inside this new radio [see
the PL-550 Photos] It won't be long before you see the PL-550
offered on Ebay. These radios just becoming available in China. Feb
Icom IC-R20 All Mode Wideband Handheld Receiver/Scanner
has word that a new Icom handheld is coming soon! Covering 0.15 to
3304.999 MHz and featuring SSB/CW ability. The radio also sports a
ferrite for MW reception. [read
more on StrongSignals.net] Feb 4
New Sangean AM/FM/SW Portables
Universal Radio has posted three new Sangean portables
that are expected to be available March 1. Listed are the Sangean
Pro Travel PT10,
Do they look familiar? These
are the same models as the Grundig AG Yacht Boy 10, Yacht Boy 50 and
Yacht Boy 80. The stylish PT80
appears to be the most interesting, and of course the most expensive,
with SSB, an unusual tuning knob on the face of the radio, and 45
memories. Thanks to Bob Greene and Barry Rothman giving us the heads
up on these three radios. Who will be the first to get one? Jan 29
News and Changes
Eton has distributed a new catalog of their products which
include some new radios. Featured of course is the new E1 XM, which
is part of their new "Elite Series" of radios. Other radios
in the "Elite Series" include the Eton E10 and Eton E100.
The E10 resembles the new Tecsun PL-550 and the E100 appears to be
the Tecsun PL-200. The new "G Series" of radios will feature
the Grundig name and a black leatherette protective case that folds
out similar to the FA Porsche radio that has been on the market for
some time. The "G Series" models include the FA Porsche
design G2000A and the G1000A. There is one surprising addition to
the new "G Series", the G4000A which is a renamed YB-400PE.
The Grundig FR-200 will be available in a variety of colors including
"Metallic Blue", "Metallic Bronze", "Metallic
Pearl", and the original "Sand". For a little more
money, the new orange colored Grundig FR-200G "Emergency Radio"
includes a AC charger. Other radios in the catalog include the S350,
Mini World 100PE, Mini 300PE, YB-550PE and other new non-shortwave
radios and Hi-Fi systems. Strangely missing from the catalog though
is the Grundig Satellit 800. Jan 21
PL-550 Goes To Market
Word from HongKongRadioer and Danny
Wu is that the new Tecsun PL-550 has gone to market in China.
Images seen so far of the PL-550 have Chinese lettering on the radio.
No word yet if this model will be available with English lettering.
We will keep you posted! Jan 17
Degen DE1103 Photo!
Wu sends along another nice large photo of the Degen DE1103
that is expected to be available in the upcoming months. [click
here to see the Degen DE1103] Jan 17
PL-550 Photos and News
HongKongRadioer sends along some photos of the new black
PL-550 that he just received. [Photo#1:
PL-550 Box - Photo#2:
PL-550 Black - Photo#3:
PL-550 & R-9700DX - Photo#4:
PL-550 & Grundig Satellit 700 - Photo#5:
PL-550 opened up] Though it's not official, it doesn't look
like this model will be available just yet with English lettering
but not to worry. There is a new Yahoo E Users Group for this radio
to pass along tips and hopefully, with the help of HKR, a translated
English manual in the future. [go
to the Tecsun PL-550 E-Group]. The PL-550 has 550 memories
and built in battery charger. No SSB. The 3 mysterious knobs? Volume-Tune-Antenna
Tune. Thanks to HKR for the photos! Jan 19
News On The New Eton E1 XM
Gary Arnold sends along some more news on the Eton E1 XM's
1 - A 4-inch speaker
2 - Selectable sideband and double-sideband sync detector
3 - NO ferrite MW antenna. MW works off the whip antenna with provision
for an external loop, wire, or other MW antenna. This CAN be a plus
for some of us -- won't have to turn the radio when listening to local
stations. And any serious MW DXing requires more than a built-in ferrite
4 - No notch filter. Of course, who would expect one on a portable.
With 3 bandwidths (7.0, 4.0, and 2.5), selectable-sideband sync detection,
AND passband tuning, this radio's got to be a killer.
E1 XM YES! Grundig Satellit 900 NO!
Those wishing for the past 8 or so years for a radio that
has a Grundig Satellit 900 label on it may have to wait forever. Gary
Arnold sends the following message: "Looks like there has
been a major decision at Eton Corporation to drop the Satellit 900
and release only the Eton E1 XM. My source tells me the target release
date is the middle of this year, will cost around $560US, and will
have 3 bandwidths (7.0, 4.0, and 2.5) along with passband tuning."
Time will tell. Jan 13
Radios To Drool Over
MSNBC takes a look at a few models introduced at CES [read
the MSNBC article] Jan 12
Tecsun PL-550 Photos and News
Wu sends more detailed photos along of the Tecsun PL-550.
Danny says that the PL-550 should be available for sale within the
next month or two. No word yet if this radio will be available with
English lettering or it wll be rebadged by another distributor. [Photo#1
Front - Photo#2
Back - Photo#3
Left Side - Photo#4
Right Side] Jan 11
KA1102 Review From A Radio Amateur's Perspective
John Hoyt W5UGD reviews the KA1102 for remote amateur radio
listening purposes. [read
W5UGD's Review] Jan 11
Wu sends along this detailed photo of the new Tecsun PL-550.
to see the photo] Thanks Danny! Jan 4
Mini World 200 Photos
Thanks to David Reeder, we get a chance to compare the
Mini World 200 with the Mini World 100. [click
here to see the photo]. Here is a close up of the Mini World
to see] . David promises a review of the Mini World 200 soon.
As Steve Waldee points out, there is already a Mini World 300 scheduled
to come out as posted on
Universal Radio's web page. Humm... Jan 3
Degen DE1103 Coming Soon
Word from Degen is that the DE1103 will be available after
the Chinese New Year (February or March 2004). Thanks to Danny
Wu of the Chinese BCL Information Source for sending along
some advance photos of this new model. Take a look: PHOTO#1
After looking at the photos some things stand out. The DE1103 will
be an AM/FM/SW PLL dual conversion receiver with an analog display
and sporting 268 memories and SSB capability. Jan 1
Grundig Yacht Boy 80, Yacht Boy 50 and Yacht Boy 10?
RHF on the Grundig-Yacht-Boy-Radios
E-group noticed that on Grundig AG (Germany) web page that
there are three new models. No word yet if these have hit the market
yet. Anyone want to share any details they may know about these new
models? [Click to see the new YB-80, YB-50 & YB-10 on Grundig
AG web page] Jan 1
Grundig MiniWorld 200
Goodbye MiniWorld 100 PE.... Though this radio is not listed
on Grundig Eton's webpage, it looks like they will be replacing the
popular pocket sized 100PE with the MiniWorld 200. [take
a look at the new MiniWorld 200] Thanks to David Reeder for
passing this info along. Jan 1
More Tecsun PL-550
Here are three more images for the new Tecsun PL-550. [#1-Magazine
Thanks to Danny
Wu for sending these images along for everyone to see. Dec
Eton Grundig Satellit
is what it looks like! Thanks to David on RRS via RHF on the
900 E-Group for bringing the link to my attention. Dec 18
Eton E1 XM
Gary Arnold sends word that there is a photo of the new
Eton E1 XM. According to Gary's sources, "... the E1XM incorporates
MOST of the features of the new Satellit 900. So the E1XM is not exactly
the new 900 but close to it. Thanks Gary! Dec 17
To Introduce The PL-550
Wu forwards what appears to be an ad for the PL-200, PL-230
and the new PL-550. [click
here to see this ad] Dec 16
Electronics Closing Shop
Known for his fine Medium Wave (AM) and shortwave Torus
Tuner Loops, Edek Electronics is closing shop. Ed Wawzinski, K3FDY,
has been making hand made loops for radio enthusiasts around the world
for the past six years and has decided to shut down his loop making
business due to health reasons. Anyone who has one of Ed's loops knows
and appreciates the excellent performance of his loops and those who
don't have one..... well, you missed out ! Good luck Ed OM! Nov 5
Boys New Shortwave Cruiser: YB-550PE
Nice to see MSNBC taking a look at the eton Grundig YB-550PE [read
the MSNBC article] Nov 10
WRX911 and the Grundig Mini World 100 PE Go Head to Head
Careless, who's articles have appeared in Radio
World, continues his Cheap and Cheerful Radios review. This
time James compares the WRX911 with the Mini World 100PE. [read
James' review] Nov 7
DRM2010 Digital DRM Receiver Going To Market In Time For Christmas
We are very glad to announce that DRM2010 will be still ready for
delivery in 2003. This will allow DRM to get even more popular and
also to fulfil most of you a wish for Christmas.
has been successfully announced during WRC in Geneva, presented at
IFA in Berlin, IBC in September and a lot fall exhibitions and presentation
in various countries.
Digital Receiver will be delivered with following accessories:
Manual in six languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German,
can now be ordered for EUR 695,-- net price. Private buyers will have
to pay 16% VAT in addition which results in a total of EUR 806,20.
Companies from EU will have to provide their VAT ID for buying at
net price. [Ed Note: 1 Euro = $1.15 US]
and volume buyers, a discount table is available, please ask by Email
at email@example.com or by fax +49 811 5517-55.
is assumed to happen in December, first orders will be first served.
order by fax to +49 811 5517-55 using our order form or in our shop
which will be available in the next days and announced by a separate
Thanks to Jim C for forwarding this
release. Nov 5
Motorola Chip Set Digitally Tweaks Analog Radio
Could this be the next big thing in consumer radios? Thanks
to Stephen Powell for the link. [read
the EE Times article] Oct 9
Radio And The PC
Jeff Wilson writes an excellent introductory article about
SWLing and using the computer controlled Ten-Tec RX-320. [read
the Ars Technica article] Oct 16
WRX911 Gets 410 Hours Of Play Time
JC in NY reports back that he was able to get 410 hours of play time
on the WRX911 at headphone volume! Note: as with most radios, using
the radio at headphone volume drains the batteries at a lesser rate.
you missed the WRX911 review you can read it here] Oct 5
IC-756 Pro 2 Receiver
Thanks to Paulo Ferreira sends word that THIECOM may be offering a
receiver version only of the popular Icom IC-756 Pro 2 transceiver.
I seem to recall a few years ago another company offering a receiver
version of the Kenwood TS-570. [go
to the THIECOM webpage] [to
translate the page from German to English go here - be sure to put
the URL in] Oct 4
Profile Of Larry
Magne, The Man Behind
Passport To World Band Radio
As Passport To World Band Radio goes to press with their
20th edition, Radio World's James Carelss tells the story of PWBR
and Larry Magne. [read
the Radio World article] Sep 13
PL-230 Will Be The Awaited Grundig YB-550PE
According to Danny Wu's site Chinese
BCL Information Source, the Tecsun PL-230 will be the new
Grundig YB-550. Danny says that the YB-550PE will have the same performance
as the PL-200.
Thanks to Danny and Ali (photo link) for sharing this info! Sept 5
Will this replace the Grundig RF-200? (click
on the image to see another photo)
On The New Sangean Radios
Radio has posted details of the new WR-1 on their webpage.
They have a very nice larger
photo of the new WR-1. On thiecom.de we learn that Sangean
will be introducing three new DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) ready
radios for the European market. The DPR-1, , , DPR-2
Also Sangean will be offering an outdoor radio, the ATR-1
and the Rugged
Radio U-1. Also it looks like Sangean will be taking their
first steps in manufacturing atomic clock radios that pick up the
time signals from WWVB for time accuracy. The RCR1
What's missing? No new digital shortwave radios. As mentioned before,
the ATS-636 has been put on hold or may never come to market. But
no doubt Sangean will not forget their shortwave customers and offer
something surprising in the future. Thanks to Ali for forwarding the
links for these new radios. Aug 24
Wooden Radio WR-1
Chris Justice reviews the new Sangean WR-1 AM-FM small table top Hi-Fi
mono radio. Notice the blue version of the radio in the review has
longwave (LW). As you may of guessed, Chris tells me that this version
will only be available in Europe. There is even a feedback form to
send your comments to the CEO of Sangean. [read
Chris' Review] Aug 22
To Introduce New Analog Portable, TP633 Travel Pro
Thanks to Barry Rothman for passing along a new ad he noticed on Universal
Radio's web site for the Sangean TP633 Travel Pro. [go
to Universal Radio's Web Page] Aug 4
Degen DE1101 Is Coming To America As The Kaito KA1101
Lucky I picked up a Chinese version of the DE1101 on ebay a few months
ago and have been meaning to write about it. This is a very impressive
inexpensive portable however PBWR beat me to the punch and did a very
good favorable review on the radio. [read
the PWBR review] Loaded with features, this will be the inexpensive
digital portable to beat for 2003. Radios4You.com
will be offering this radio and no doubt other vendors will pick this
model up as well. Aug 1
Claims Trademarks On "Push To Talk" And "PTT"
More corporate insanity. This is really pathetic and outrageous!
the Reuters article] Aug 16
To Begin Selling Their Version of the Grundig Classic 960 In China
Thanks to Danny
Wu we learn that this retro Grundig will be introduced in
China as the Tecsun 1959. Take
a look at the Tecsun version and compare it to the Grundig
also sends word that Tecsun
has updated their English web page. Their page is always worth
a look at as many of the Tecsun models eventually make their way out
of China to be relabeled by other distributors. Thanks to Danny
Wu for forwarding the photo of the new Tecsun 1959. Aug 1
Receivers Coming Soon!
It looks like a few manufactures are coming out with some new radios.
Our friend HongKongRadioer sends along the following great news.
The DE1102 will be the successor to the DE1101. The DE1101 was a
Chinese market only digital readout radio that did not have SSB
Mode. The new DE1102 will have 190 memories, SSB, and an English
front panel. It's nearest competitor will be the Sony ICF-7600GR.
a peek at this radio thanks to HongKongRadioer.] [A
Photo From Degen's website] [left
side showing SSB] [back]
Thanks to Jarmo Patala for forwarding the info and [photo]
on this new portable from a promotional leaflet. This radio is being
called Kchibo's new flagship receiver. In checking Kchibo's website,
there is no mention yet of this new radio. Copied from the KK-S500's
* FM-stereo/MW/SW Pll Synthesized World Receiver
* With FM stereo/MW/SW receiving
* Super thinner mini pll.radio with strong function
* Use imported excellent digital tuned processor
* Use advanced Mt technology with reliable quality
* Five modes to search snafus: Single key to fly scan, Manual scan,
Auto scan, Computer preset 25 memorized station frequency, Directly
* Light-touched electronic button, short-wave and metric waves switch
* With lock switch to avoid of misoperation
* Digital double-clock function can set the time of two different
* Button control frequency to trace stations
* Stepper rotate to search stations
* Memorize station name in English letter
* With tone switch
* Manual mono/stereo conversion
* With timing ON/OFF and sleep off within 90 minutes function
* Has night-light for using at night
* Have 9K/10K medium wave stepper frequency selecting switch, suit
for every kind of world's mode
* 360°rotable antenna
* Use 2 AA batteries, can connect to outer power
* With outside short-wave antenna to improve the receiving capability
* With fancy leather cover, stereo earphone
* Power: "AA" 1.5Vx2
* Unit Size: 128x76x30mm
* Main Competitive Advantages
* High quality and low price
to everyone who took their time to send an email to share this news!
Budget-Priced Digital Direct Entry SW Radio That Works!
James Careless again takes a look at some more inexpensive SW radios,
including the new Freeplay Lifeline radio that is for distribution
only in developing countires by NGOs and the Kchibo KK-E200. Look
on the left side for "A Budget-Priced Digital Direct Entry SW
Radio That Works!"
James' article] Jul 16
High-Quality Digital Radio Mondiale Stations Now On The Air With Coding
the Mi2N article] June 23
Cow! Have You Seen The New Icom IC-7800?
No doubt Universal Radio's comment is right on the money, "a
price has not been announced (... but it will likely be grounds for
divorce)". This isn't your grandfather's transceiver. [go
to to Universal Radio's web page for a peek] May 21
DRM: It's A Go! International Broadcasters Launch Digital Shortwave
the MI2N article] June 17
Grundig USA HQ
Thanks to Rich Wells @ StrongSignals.net
for forwarding the following statement from Grundig USA:
Corporation (previously known as Lextronix, Inc.) designs, develops
and manufactures its own products. Some of these products are sold
under the Grundig brand.
is independent of Grundig Germany and is a Licensee for Grundig AG
shortwave radios in the North American markets, as well as certain
markets outside of North America (except EEC markets).
as an independent company, will continue to supply products and fulfill
all obligations to its customers as usual.
need additional information, you may contact our office:
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303-4305
Tel: (650) 903-3866
Fax: (650) 903-3867
USA Toll Free: 1-800-872-2228
CAN Toll Free: 1-800-637-1648
World: War Boosts World-Band Sales
Apparently, and not surprisingly, shortwave radios are selling quite
well these days. Who says shortwave is dead? [read
the Radio World article] Apr 16
English Language HF Broadcasts Audible in NE US
Shortwave broadcasters are notorious for publishing a broadcast
frequency that they do not use on their schedules. Albert Belle Isle
has an outstanding list of English language broadcasts that he verifies
are heard in northeastern USA. The list is short and useful for carrying
Albert's list] Apr 4
Radio Is Going Digital
MSNBC takes a look at DRM from the SWL Winterfest. [read
the MSNBC article] Mar 13
Grundig eTraveller VII & Sony ICF-SW22. Small Shortwave Radios
Art Simon takes a interesting look at two inexpensive shortwave portables
for less than $100. [read
Look For The Sangean ATS-636 Anytime Soon
Today I spoke with
National Sales Manager to inquire about the status of the ATS-636
since CES is over. Unfortunately the ATS-636
has been put on hold and probably won't be available in 2003. On another
note. As some people have found, the new DT-220V does not have RDS.
So I asked why is this? I was told that it is because Sangean added
TV coverage to the USA version (DT-220V). After taking a look at the
Site and the
USA Sangean site, it appears that the Euro version, the DT-220,
has RDS and the LW Band and the DT-220V does not have RDS nor LW.
I downloaded the Euro DT-220 manual and discovered that yes in fact
MW (AM) can be switched from 9 kHz to 10 kHz tuning. FM apparently
stays at 50 kHz tuning. I don't know about you but if I had to pick
between the two, the Euro DT-220 looks much more attractive. Who cares
about TV reception anyway? Aren't we on the road to HDTV in a few
years anyway? One last thing and quite funny. Sales are quite good
of the DT-110CL in prisons making the radio a very popular with prisoners.
I wonder how many smokes you need to get a DT-110CL? - Ulis February
S350 Are Available Now Via Grundig Eton's Web Page
Thanks to Gary Arnold for passing this info along: "The Grundig
S350 is ALREADY available in the US through the Grundig-Eton
website. I ordered mine a couple days ago after phoning the
Eton Corporation to be sure they had them in stock, ready to ship
- and they do."
It also looks like Grundig Eton will
be offering another rado, the Grundig G1000A, according to Universal-Radio's
web site. A quick look at Tecsun's web page reveals that the
radio is sold in China as the Tecsun
DR-910. This brings the count up to four new radios that Grundig
Eton will be offering in the USA so far in 2003 - Satellit 900, S350,
G1000A and YB550E. - March 1, 2003
Radio World Profiles C. Crane Radio
the Radio World article] Feb 28
Satellit 900 Coming Soon!
Thanks to Jim Dickey for providing the following info and press release
from Grundig Eton on the new Satellit 900.
you for your interest in Grundig Eton. Enclosed with this e-mail you
will find our press release regarding the Satellit 900. We will also
be notifying you again with updated information and the final details
one month prior to the release of the S900 to market. Thanks again
for your interest.
Eton / Grundig Sales Team
********** PRESS RELEASE ************
Introduces Satellit 900 at CES 2003
Nevada, January 9, 2003 --- Grundig today unveiled the new Satellit
900 AM/FM/SW Radio, the premier microprocessor-controlled, fully frequency
synthesized, high performance world band receiver. With continuous
frequency coverage between 100 kHz and 30 MHz plus FM broadcast
band coverage the Satellit 900 sets the standard for high performance
receivers of the future.
represents the leader in shortwave technology and the Satellit 900
delivers the ultimate in world radio enjoyment," said Esmail
Hozour, Grundig - Eton Corporation's CEO. "Whether you're an
experienced shortwave listener or a newcomer to the wonderful world
of international broadcasting the Satellit 900 is an exciting radio
with performance standards of sensitivity, selectivity and dynamic
sleek yet compact, the Satellit 900 pairs highly intelligent design
with the power of its predecessor, the Satellit 800, known as "the
best radio on the planet" by Passport to Worldband Radio. With
the large dot matrix liquid crystal display with backlighting, the
Satellit 900 provides
clear display of all radio modes and settings.
ferrite rod antenna and telescoping whip antenna for longwave, medium
wave, shortwave and FM frequencies in addition to the external antenna
connector and switch selected preamp allows customers to optimize
reception of hard to pull in stations in spite of location.
abilities have also been revolutionized with the Satellit 900. In
addition to tuning by the rotary main tuning encoder or by direct
numeric keypad frequency entry, customers can also select stations
with the convenient channel increment select keys. This innovative
new feature simplifies the tuning process and enables users to scan
and store up to 500 of their favorite channels.
of the International Consumer Electric Show were among the first to
test the new Satellite 900 for themselves. Release of this simple
and intuitive to use Satellit 900 Radio is expected for the fourth
quarter of the 2003 fiscal year.
Grundig /Eton Corporation
Corporation - With headquarters in Palo Alto, California, Grundig/Eton
Corporation is a leading manufacturer of shortwave audio and portable
audio products for the consumer market. Its focus is to keep customers
informed through a variety of shortwave radios, which receive local
and international stations from around the world. Information about
Grundig Eton and its products can be found on the World Wide Web www.grundigradio.com
January 28, 2003
On The Grundig Satellit 900
I called Grundig to find out if there was an official release date
or if any publicity photos were available. I was told by a chap at
Grundig that no official date has been set. Best estimation is maybe
sometime this summer and there are no publicity photos available.
The Satellit 900 is perhaps one of the most anticipated radios in
a long time. Many past rumors of it's release were followed by disappointment.
Let's hope that this isn't the case this time and that the Satellit
900 lives up to what folks are expecting. - Ulis January 29, 2003
The S350 at CES
Thanks to HongKongRadioer
for forwarding links of photos taken at CES. The new S350 (aka Tecsun
BCL-2000) is clearly visible. Not in view is the Satellit 900? It
is unknown if the Satellit 900 was on display at CES.
here for the location of these photos. UPDATE: Thanks
to Gary Arnold for pointing out that the S350 is not called the Satellit
350 as previously reported.
February 14, 2003
BCL-2000 Factory Production Photos
From Tecsun's website: [Photo#1]
December 30, 2002
Ever Happened To Radio Swan's MW Transmitter?
Swan was perhaps one of most famous or at least most interesting
clandestine radio stations to ever hit the airwaves. Here is a
very interesting article about the MB50 that went from Radio Free
Europe to the Swan Islands. [read
the RadioWorld article] Jan 25
Robotics Soundlink System On Closeout
the US Robotics Soundlink system on closeout for a low $19.99 + $5
you can plug the SoundLink transmitter unit into a music source (PC/MP3
player, DVD, etc.) and either plug the SoundLink receiver unit into
a stereo's audio input or tune your FM receiver to 88.1 or 88.3.
it's very cheap and I ordered one - good for listening to BBC World
Service streaming audio on a pocket FM in the yard!
for Soundlink or item number 50159127 on http://www.compusa.com
to Ali Nikseresht for bringing the above item to everyone's attention.
January 31, 2003
- Tecsun BCL-2000 Engineering Prototype Photos
Though not available for sale yet, we have more details on the new
Tecsun BCL-2000 and engineering prototype photos you can look at thanks
to HongKongRadioer, Tao Jian and Ali Nikseresht. [read
the full story] November 23, 2002
How Cheap Can You Buy a SW Radio?
I don't know about you but once a year I usually buy a small shortwave
radio to give to someone as a Christmas present. My hopeful convert
is usually a family member or a good friend that I think has the best
chance to "make the cut" and catch the radio bug. I don't
think it has worked yet as none of them have rushed out to buy a Sony
2010 or $1K table top. With that in mind, Blair passes along this
interesting tidbit on some cheap Bell & Howell SW portables.
While clearing out the newspapers he
noticed an ad for a radio by PublishersChoice
for $19.95 plus $3.95 for S&H in the USA Weekend Magazine
. But if you order by phone (800-889-4926), you can buy a second radio
for the cost of S&H only. As Blair points out, this is almost
$28 for two radios. But he found an even a better deal at Carol
Wright for $9.95 plus $3.40 for S&H. S&H for a second
radio is only a total of $4.40. That's two radios for $24.30! Carol
Wright's item number is 94654.
shortwave coverage, this radio has the 49 m, 41 m, 31 m, 25 m, 21
m, 19 m, and 16 m bands. Further, it appears from the photo in the
ad that those bands overlap, so there might be nearly complete coverage
of frequencies from 5.5 MHz to 19 MHz. It also has MW (US AM) of 530-1600
kHz and an FM band that covers 54 MHz to 108 MHz." "The
radio's dimensions are 5" by 3" by 1", it weighs 8
oz. , and power is provided by two AA cells."
radio is cheap but don't expect miracles.
Government Distributing Shortwave Radios in Cuba
Find out what radio the US Government is giving away
for free in Cuba. [Read
New Grundig Portable YB-550PE Coming In January?
According to Universal Radio they will have available the new Grundig
Yacht Boy YB-550PE in January 2003. Click HERE
to go to Universal's web site to check this new portable out.
layout appears to be very similar to the YB-500. Maybe it's
me but some how I keep thinking it is a YB-300PE turned sideways and
with more memories.
Chance For Blowout Prices on the Radio Shack DX-399, DX-398 and DX-396
The Radio Shack DX-399 (Catalog #20-229) is closing out for around
$39.95. The DX-399 is the same as the Sangean ATS-606. The DX-398
(Catalog #20-228), same as the Sangean ATS-909, is down to slightly
under $100. Finally, the DX-396 (Catalog #20-226) is being blown out
for around $29.95. The DX-396 is an outstanding starter radio or travel
radio. The unique feature with the DX-396 is that it uses C cell batteries
which gives you plenty of play time! Call your local Radio Shack with
the catalog number as they usually have no idea in what you are talking
about when you mention the model number. If they don't have the radio
in stock you are looking for, ask them to check the inventories of
other stores in your area.
To End Production Of The Legendary ICF-2010
The recently published 2003 edition of Passport to World Band Radio
(PWBR) mentions that the final production run of the Sony ICF-2010
will be in "March '03". First introduced around 1985, the
Sony ICF-2010 has been the flagship of Sony's shortwave receiver line
and the benchmark of shortwave portables for many years with it's
synchronous detection, multiple memories and outstanding sensitivity.
It is hard to believe that Sony has produced anything for 18 years
in the always changing world of electronics but the ICF-2010 has stood
the test of time. The ICF-2010 is the "Iron Man" of shortwave
New Model ATS-636
Announced on thiecom.de that Sangean will introduce a new model ATS-636
in 2003. Apparently their web
site has taken down the sneak
peak preview photo. Thanks to Pete Assman on rec.radio.shortwave
for first bringing the announcement on theicom.de to everyone's attention.