So, in summing it all up, take your ICOM R75's, Drake R8B's and throw them in the trash. Buy a Degen DE1105 AM / FM / SW. This is all the radio you'll ever need!
Just kidding here..
Still, for $ 64 USD, it's a nice little shirt pocket sized double reduction Shortwave radio. You can take it for a walk, out into the park, or off into the woods & wilds, or cycle around listening to AM , FM or Shortwave. Can't do that with a R75, Sat 800 or R8B.
Open the box & there it is, this nifty looking little radio. It's quite pretty, with its Stainless steel finish and Aluminum colored buttons.
It has a "Double Air Mail Stamp sized display, with about 20 different indicators on it, Including a signal strength meter. It is back light by two small orange - yellow LED's. This also lights up the keys when you press the " Del " button for 2 seconds.
I purchased my DE1105 from V-COM-COLLECTIONS on ebay, which also includes a 24 page PDF file manual translated from Chinese to English.
This means that I do not have to put a new roof on the house starting immediately, or shop for furniture or whatever. It's a very good looking little radio.
I like the back lighting, which stays on for about ten seconds. This gives you a chance to enter a new frequency and add it to memory or whatever.
I like the fact that it is sensitive, selective and small enough so you can roam about your house, listening to Shortwave from your shirt pocket. The speaker is adequate but the ear buds are excellent. Similar ones would cost $14 not including shipping and handling.
It has a temperature display in centigrade. This feature is quite handy for outdoor use.
It also has 1,000 Memories (more on this later.)
A small cloth carrying bag
A great set of earbuds
A set of batteries (not opened)
A clip on antenna
A 220 volt " recharger. A step up transformer would be needed to use this.
Since I Like this radio, I am not messing with this 220 volt wall wart / step up charger, and am instead, just using cheap AA batteries which I buy in bulk.
The clip on antenna is fairly good, and fits in your other shirt pocket.
You can manually add frequencies to memory, automatically scan for frequencies, move frequencies from page zero to other pages, and delete frequencies and entire pages.
There is also a tuning wheel if you insist on rugged individualism. This tuning wheel is also used with the Electronic Volume Control.
There is a separate volume control wheel, an earphone jack, and a collapsible whip antenna. Volume can be manually adjusted, and audio set in mono, stereo or bass boosted.
There should be some raised symbols on the keys, so you wouldn't have to stop and look at the radio to shift frequencies / stations. Just press " + " or "- "
In sum, the radio is better to look at and not operate, than it is to operate and not look at.
Since there's Itunes for Ipods, why not a Degen website for downloadable Shortwave info?
A plug on the side of the set, and software to handle this change would do it.
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Speakers !
the electronics of pocket sized radios have been improved in the last
forty years, the basic design remains the same.
Before attempting this set up procedure, I would advise read the instructions carefully, do a few practice runs prior to setting the radio for 9 / 10 MHZ, and 12 / 24 Hr time
A longer time for the set up routine would be appreciated.
As it stands, you can enter a Shortwave frequency manually, then flip around the bands, and when you return, the manually entered frequency's gone!
An example of better design in this area is the Sangean DT110, which remembers that you manually entered an AM or FM frequency, and leaves it there when you return from other bands. Why not have this feature in the Degen DE1105?
Given this fact, there should be a display on the screen saying something like:
You are going to move 100 automatically entered frequencies from page Zero to Page "N" Are You Sure Y / N".
A simple, two second " Beep " would help in this situation.
Could this statement possibly mean that the Software in the Degen DE1105 has unfixed system errors which require "rebooting" the radio when the software malfunctions?
Direct entry tuning.
Manual tuning, with a wheel on the side.
Automatic tuning, where, in theory, you select the band ( AM / FM / SW ) and - which can load up a memory page with 100 strong stations.
This is a good feature if, say, you've set up your campsite on the summit of a mountain out in the middle of beautiful nowhere, and, while preparing dinner on your camping stove, you set the DE1105 on a rock, pull up the antenna and let it hunt out and store the most powerful Shortwave stations around . Later on, you can step through these and listen a bit before turning in.
In an urban environment, Automatic Tuning results may be different, and you may find many of these 100 memories are filled with static.
now left with an empty page, and just the memory that you wanted to
You can always manually enter a new frequency into the one memory that you are trying to delete. This method works quite well.
Until you get the hang of it, I suggest writing down what frequency is where and carrying the instructions with you. This radio is NOT intuitive. You have to stop, sit down, read the instructions, and then carefully look at the display when changing frequencies or moving about the page system.
The radio will shut itself off after 90 minutes. This preserves batteries. Not a bad feature in case you forget it's on and have to do other things.
Sensitivity is listed as
Later, I did some comparison shortwave tests to the Sangean 606A, and found no measurable difference. Both were able to pick up 15385 China, Broadcast from Beijing, China.
In the late afternoon, using the external antenna, I was able to pick up quit a few distant shortwave stations. However, because I am ten miles from several AM flamethrowers, and within sight of the Macarthur tower in Alpine New Jersey, there were overload images from 1010 and 1130 AM up in the 21 Meter band. I'd rather have sensitivity and a bit of overload, so this is an "Don't Care", based on location.
Ben / NYC
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