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ICOM's SDR "IC-R8600" WIDE-BAND RECEIVER. Available in the USA for around $ 2500. USD "street price" ($ 3400. in Canada). Full N9EWO Review Here.
- "Universal Radio" has Moved to a New Location as of Monday October 16th.
Radio has moved its operations to a more efficient location here in the
Columbus, Ohio area where we can continue to serve our loyal customers.
This will be the fourth location change since Universal was founded in
1942. We look forward to many more years of serving the amateur and
short wave communities which Universal Radio has done for 75 years. The
new location is a 30-minute drive from the old Americana
Universal Radio Inc.
651 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
Worthington, OH 43085
N9EWO TIVDIO V-115 Review / Guest Reviews : N9EWO's review on the V-115 is now available (bottom of the this page). This is the first version, so as usual updates to this text are possible for awhile. Craig Menning checks out the TIVDIO V-111, V-115 and Kaito KA29
, near pocket MW/SW and FM receivers. The V-115 and KA29 also include built in
"Off Air" Recording functions. The V-111 has no internal
recording, but operates on AA batteries and is dirt cheap. We
thank Craig for his reviews on these. The V-115 does
indeed have STEREO output with headphones and also records the MP3 file
in Stereo. From reading internet reviews some samples of the V-115 FM work in Stereo with headphones and others do not (it's dead in one channel (mono ??) ?? Craig found this out in his testing of the V-115 :"Proper
headphone / earbud operation depends on the diameter of the reduced portion
of the tip on the phone plug. Works fine with some phones, but not with
others.". So the reason why some only get one channel, and it has to do with the
"low quality" jack being used ? (Updated : Oct 18)
- Grundig Satellit 800 (Tecsun HAM-2000) Review : N9EWO's Satellit 800 / HAM-2000 Review is available here.
Again we normally do not review discontinued products anymore. But have
been making exceptions depending the availability of test samples and
if I wish to cover that model. The Satellit 800 was well worth the
review effort. It's a excellent LARGE SW receiver and in our opinion
the Chinese have yet to top it (not even close). (Jul 04)
- Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT / GA-37B AA Battery Holder : From reader requests we have reposted the (discontinued) Baofeng UV-3R Micro HT Reviews (located on the bottom of
the Yaesu VX-3R page). The "UV-3R MK II" model is still available new on ebay for around $ 30. as I type this. We have totally updated the Mark II review and the
latest received UV-3R test sample was received DEFECTIVE
(yes...another bad LCD screen). But we tested this anyway along with
the original sample from 2011 via the local owner for the updated
report. In a number of ways it beats out the Yaesu VX-3R (DSP receiver
and more RF power for two).
- WJ-8711A HF Receiver Review Page "Updated" : Updated text / review on the WJ-8711A receiver. The DS1643-100+ "Real Time Clock" RAM's are no longer available (Maxium DS1643). It is
REQUIRED for operation of the receiver and the internal battery does
die in about 10 to 15 years after it's activated. Of course early (non A?) versions used a coin
type lithium cell in a holder and this is not valid here.
As of me typing this text, I do see availability up on ebay and Amazon
from strange unknown dealers (but who knows how long these supplies
will last ?). WARNING
: As it goes these days, watch out for "counterfeit" manufactured ones
(or ones that have been already activated....that is are USED) !! We are unaware of any workaround for this serious issue (anyone ??). (Updated : Mar 01)
Watkins Johnson WJ-8711A : The REQUIRED DS1643-100+ RTC RAM's that are used in these
receivers has been discontinued and no longer available (no known substitution or work around...??).
- Icom IC-7300 : "Line Audio Output" : Added comments with our IC-7300 review in regards to the now tested "Line Output" at pin 12 of the 13 pin rear connector,
plus updated "Voice Synthesizer" information at this output (as well as
the built in SD card recorder).....yes it can indeed "voice stamp"
recordings...excellent. My apologies that I missed this important
feature in the original report (it's not set ON at default). See my
review for more information on this topic. (Updated : Jul 11)
Icom IC-7300 Voice
Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the
menu's, default is OFF).
- Updated SONY Page : Revamped and added a ICF-6500W receiver review (located near the bottom) to the newly named "SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE".
We normally do NOT review discontinued products anymore. But we received this
Sony and being it is such an interesting set even in 2016, we have made
another exception. Repairs had to be made before testing could begin on
this sample (as covered in the review). To our ears, it actually has
better audio, SW and MW sensitivity, dynamic range and image rejection than the ICF-SW7600GR (see review top of page). Speaking of the ICF-SW7600GR , it has been discontinued (sorry....no longer available new....."so this is the end of an era for Sony and Short Wave receivers"}. UPDATES : Updated and added text to the ICF-6500W review. With properly cleaned band switches, the MW and FM performance improved greatly. (Updated : May 12)
- "JVC R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver" Review : For something a bit different, we review JVC's (Japan Victor Co.) Classic 1980 "R-S77 Synthesizer Stereo Receiver".
Tired of the current lot of Stereo Receivers on the market (and this
has been the case for over 25 years now) that are WORTHLESS for listening
to MUSIC ?? A bit of my history here as well with stereo
receivers. We restored a sample and is a "excellent" sounding
(digital tuner with preset memories) stereo receiver. (Updated : Jan 01)
- "SDRplay RSP1" Review : Our "SDRplay RSP1" review is available here. We also tested it with the popular DSD+
software and worked well after some troubleshooting. UPDATED : Added additional text and fixed typos. We wish to thank Sungchul Cho again for the donation of the test sample. (Updated : Sep 02, 2017)
- TDXone TD-Q8A Handheld Transceiver : Our review on the TDXone TD-Q8A Dual Band HT is available here.
Overall a good small "low cost" full powered "amateur radio" VHF/UHF FM
transceiver. However we had issues with it's lithium Ion batteries and the included plastic antenna. UPDATE : Added additional photo that shows the recessed antenna connector. (Updated : Apr 12, 2016)
- Yaesu FT-450D Review : Our Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver review is available here. Nice
set for Amateur use (receiver performance is good), but not so hot as a
SWL set at least in our
view. It's fair to poor ergonomics, hissy receive audio and a cooling
fan that runs full time (yes even in just 100% receive only
operation) makes for a sour experience. (Updated : Mar 10, 2016)
Yaesu FT-450D DSP HF Transceiver. FAN-tasic (that is if you like fan noise !!) Great Ham rig with good receiver performance, but is a poor SWL set in our view. My review is posted here. (N9EWO Photo)
DE1128H" : N9EWO's review (located on the bottom of
the "Grundig G2 Reporter" review page). Updated : "G2 Reporter / Degen DE1128H" Page and "Degen DE1123-DE1125-DE1126-DE1127" Page : (fixed typos and added text) "Increased
“Off” Battery Life with Grundig G2 Reporter / Degen
DE1126 - DE1127 - DE1128 - DE1128H - "Important Tip" :
As out of the box, when “OFF” the Grundig G2
Reporter / Degen DE1126 / DE1127 / DE1128 / DE1128H
portables have increased standby current consumption for
the clock display (when the tuning knob is rotated). So
even when not being used the internal lithium battery
charge will be completely depleted in a few weeks without
even any use (this is normal). To greatly improve battery
life when “OFF” , access the “System Set”
menu (System Setting) then select the “Power Off
Mode”. Toggle the default “Standby”
setting over to “Sleep” mode (called “Hibernate”
with some Degen sets). This will greatly increase battery
life when “OFF”. Note: The clock will no longer
be accessible with the “Sleep-Hibernate”
selection." . (Updated :
Jan 02, 2017)
DE1128H (right photo) is much improved over the old Grundig G2 Reporter
/ Degen 1128 model (left photo) .
Regulated Power Supply "Modifications". My
modifications for this 117 VAC transformer linear 9 volt
DC regulated power supply for use with Grundig Satellit
800, Eton e1, Drake SW-8 . No more hum with headphones
anymore. Runs way too hot out of the box even at 600 ma
current. Mods fix that bug as well as with the not so
stable voltage selector switch. UPDATE
: Sadly this power supply has become unavailable from MCM (and
elsewhere) in early 2017. Hunt around for MW122A's sold under other
names. (Updated : May 06, 2017)
MW122A power supply runs very hot out of the box with
the Satellit 800, e1 or SW-8.
My mods will help to make it run a bit cooler. Click on
photo above for more information. (N9EWO
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