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Open to your suggestions (reader ones marked in "bold" below)
and "radio donations", what do you wish Dave to review ? :
- Icom IC-R8600 SDR (to help slightly for a purchase of a test sample).
- AOR AR-DV1 (again to help offset sample cost a bit, as the reader suggestion said "the good the bad and the ugly")
- Sangean ATS-909X (with firmware P-01...actual status still murky)
- Tecsun S-8800 (however already appears to be a huge disappointment for the $$'s involved !!)
- Grundig Satellit 800 (Tecsun manufactured - a.k.a. "R.L. Drake" Design , improved later SW8[A])
- Sony ICF-6700W (more reliable than a ICF-6800W ??)
- Sony ICF-SW1S (retest)
- Sony ICF-SW40
- Sony ICF-2001 (retest)
- Sony CRF-1 (reader suggested that I retest for a "full" report, that is if can locate a "non-overpriced" working one)
- Panasonic RF-B600
- Panasonic RE-1800 (VHF / UHF scanner)
- Sangean ATS-803A (retest)
- Sangean (first digital portable for Sangean) ATS-801 or ATS-802
- Sangean ATS-404 or ATS-405
- eton / Grundig "Satellit" (does not have to be the new "Executive" version)
- Pioneer SX-6 (stereo receiver)
(or any other “digital tuner” stereo receiver early~mid 1980’s vintage)
- Any older “Solid State” HF Transceivers
- JIL SX-400 VHF / UHF Receiver (with or without the RF-1030 SW converter)
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- Yaesu VX-3R - "Last LAST Call" : The Japanese made Yaesu VX-3R "Micro" dual band Handie Talkie
has been discontinued and was totally sold out at all USA dealers by
early March. However there was ONE LAST shipment in late March to some
US dealers (but not all). It was in the market place since 2007 (so 10
years). The VX-3R has not seen a great track record for reliability
with frustrating bugs and issues in it's lifetime (see my updated review here that covers some of these....but keep in mind this was with very early 2007 samples).
But if you desire a brand new sample NOW is the time to purchase one
before the very limited stock is gone ! We are not aware of a Yaesu
"Micro" replacement HT at the time this text was typed (but I'm not
saying that one could not happen....it's unknown ?). (Updated : Mar 24)
LAST CALL : If you always wanted a NEW Yaesu VX-3R Micro HT, NOW is the time to purchase one (while they last) !!
- New Uniden model “BearTracker 885”. Yes a 40 channel
CB PLUS a Digital Trunking Scanner (with built in GPS and
Beartracker) in one box !! It has NOT yet been FCC approved (that I can find). What we REALLY need is a 2 Meter (at least) HANDHELD transceiver with a Digital P25 Trunking scanner built in !! Now THAT I would buy in a second !! (Mar 24)
“BearTracker 885”. Yes a 40 channel
CB PLUS a Digital Scanner (with built in GPS and
Beartracker) in one box.
- "Icom IC-7610 and IC-R8600" : The new Icom IC-R8600 Wide Band Receiver is slated for release (for Japan market) in very late March 2017.
Sorry, will probably never see DMR or the other missing digital modes
due to obvious conflicts (and that is indeed a major drawback for many
including me). At 228,000 Yen MSRP price, my USD street price "guess"
will be in the $ 2200~2300. area at release ? The "cats meow" for a
standalone "non-computer" connected WideBand SDR set up might be IC-R8600 AND a AOR AR-DV1 setting next to it (even with the AR-DV1's downfalls) ??
The new “Icom IC-7610 SDR Transceiver” release is now slated in the Japan market
for MAY 2017
at a MSRP of 368,000. Yen. That converts to a bit under $ 3300. USD. So
given the usual duty and other fees involved added on, my "guess" is
should be around $ 3600~3800. USA street price at release ?? So
that is a bit less what the IC-7600 street price was when it was
first released ($ 4000.) ? If the MAY release in Japan happens, my
crystal ball guess again (without any FCC OET clearance or other issues)
should hit the USA market around late JULY or AUGUST ??
Will be interesting to see the
IC-7610 brochure and specifications when those are released. For one
what will the RECEIVE current be ?? As many know the IC-7600 is a HUGE
“power pig” at around 3 AMPS just in receive. Of course this means that
the set runs on the hot side and the fan cycles in just receive mode
(with never ANY transmit used at all) !! The excellent IC-7300’s fan
NEVER comes on in just receive use being it’s current consumption is
only around 840 ma’s (fancy display and all). As I have already made
comment to, ANY fan operation on a radio while SWLing is a nasty
unacceptable drawback to ME. You Tube Video's (from March "ICOM Festival" Tokyo, Akihabara) : Video ONE, Video TWO (showing the "DIGI-SEL" adjustment) .
Sorry, no news on the new IC-R30 handheld Wideband Receiver as I type this. (Updated : Mar 20)
NEW ICOM SDR's : "IC-R8600" WIDE-BAND RECEIVER (left), "IC-7610" HF TRANSCEIVER (right).
"Standard Wireless Operations" (Radio Shack) filing Bankruptcy on March 8th and total liquidation is expected.
If your Japanese or Asian radio
cabinet screw heads have a little "dot" on them, this indicates a JIS
("Japanese Industrial Standard") type of screw is being used. NOT all JIS screwdrivers are created equal
however (Vessel brand are the ONLY sure thing ?). A standard Phillips
type screwdriver can bugger up a JIS screw head. Click on photo above
and see our provided links on this subject (as now added on that page) .
- 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. UPDATES :
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)
The 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...??).
- CountyComm GP-5/SSB vs. Tecsun PL-365 : Dan Robinson has provided a comparison video up on "You Tube" between a CountyCommn GP-5 / SSB (Gen 2 model) to a near Tecsun PL-365 and the audio quality appears to be slightly improved with the Tecsun ??
Seems to our ears that the lone AM mode bandwidth selection used is set
(easily done with the Si4735 DSP chip) a bit narrower in the
CountyComm GP-5 / SSB version ?? Too bad that there was not a user
bandwidth adjustment provided with these set as with the PL-380 (and
other Tecsun Si4734/4735 models). Additionally the Tecsun PL-365 appears to have "Si473x" DSP [the
problem with the Si473x] "choppy audio" issue on weak signals. It all
depends how it was interfaced....A.K.A. Degen DE1126 etc. This was NOT
detected much with the GP5 / SSB (Gen 2) in this video. Still a good SW pocket
receiver with SSB for what it is. However our main issue with the GP-5 / SSB is it's excessive audio distortion on
SSB and sadly that remains unchanged with the new "Gen 3" version in our testing. My review is still are available here (mid
page), Again don't forget that the AM
Antenna jack on the top (without the plug in loop) also works as a external antenna jack and
not only for MW but also for SW (not for FM). We thank Dan for providing this very informative video. (Updated : Mar 01)
- Icom IC-7300 Notes : "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.
Icom IC-7300 ver 1.14 Firmware Update : Icom released "version 1.14" firmware for the IC-7300 SDR HF Transceiver back on October 4th, 2016. Adam's VA7OJ's "Yahoo Group" forum users reported that there are issues with MW (AM
Broadcast) reception where that band becomes very noisy and useless
(severe OVF overloading that cannot be controlled properly ?). We did the 1.14 update here at HQ and works OK...however, it is more sensitive to OVF overload (MW band and elsewhere). I do indeed have the "MW band ATT" OFF. I
have no OVF indication with no preamps, some OVF with
Preamp 1 with a super strong signal (and or lots of band noise) and lots with Preamp 2 with the conditions. I use a passive
RF Systems 55 foot MLB long wire for MW and SW. Of course if anyone is using receive antenna's with internal preamps
(say the Wellbrook Loop) this will make this OVF overload issue much WORSE !!
In those situations these folks may have to keep the "MW band ATT" ON (located in the menus) and or to reduce the RF gain as required. UPDATES :
One thing we did notice with firmware 1.14 after some additional
testing was while receiving a broadcast station in the AM
mode and at a WIDE 10 kHz bandwidth, was the audio does not sound as
clean (I'm detecting a bit more audio distortion mixed in using the
same identical settings, and of course with no OVF indicator). So alas
we have gone
back to Ver 1.13 for now ourselves. (Updated : Feb 03)
Icom IC-7300 ver 1.14
Firmware update. Works OK, except we detected slightly increased audio
distortion (using AM mode with a WIDE 10 kHz bandwidth). Voice
Synthesizer can indeed audio stamp recordings (after selecting that ON in the
menu's, default is OFF).
- "SWL-Remotes" Discontinued : The IR standalone device that we recommended for use with the ICOM IC-7600 and IC-7300 has been discontinued and is no longer available.
We know of no replacement device that equals this neat gadget that
allowed one to provide limited remote control function of various
radios (and while NOT being connected to any computer). With the Icom IC-7300
it greatly helped dealing with the some touch screen operations (but
not entirely) even giving a "speaker audio mute" that is not even
available on the transceiver itself. One will have to hunt on the used
market now and will not be easy as it was not a widely sold product (ebay ??). We
continue to enjoy our "R-75" remote model as connected to a IC-7300. (Updated : Mar 20)
"Universal Radio" in Ohio USA informs us that they do have a very limited number of other "SWL-Remotes" models left in stock as I type this (while they last !!).
Qty. 2 IR-IC "Icom Generic"
. This model will still control the IC-7200 / IC-7300 and MANY other CI-V Icom
Commands are more limited
over the now unavailable “R75” model but is still very much useful. You can read the full manual and it's command list here !! Works via the CI-V port. Those commands are :
- Direct Frequency
- Memory Channels (including scan control)
- VFO (plus tune up and down)
- VFO Tuning Step Selection
- Mode Selection
- Bandwidth Filter
- Quick Toggle of Radio Features (VFO-Memory / Attenuator / Modes / Bandwidth / Speech)
(missing commands vs. the "R-75" model include : NB / Notch / Preamp / AGC / Volume
Control adjustments and Audio Muting).
Qty. 1 IR-R5000CS (for the Kenwood R-5000 Receiver)
Qty. 1 IR-UNIDEN (for certain OLDER Uniden Scanners)
"SWL-Remotes" a excellent standalone IR remote control device for Receivers / Transceivers has been discontinued.
Excelent IC-7300 SDR Spectrum Scope Performance Easily Overtakes the
now outdated IC-7600 or IC-R9500 sets. Higher resolution LCD too (even
with it's smaller size).
- New Yaesu "FT-25R", "FT-65R" and "FT-70R" Analog HT's : 3 new "standard size" analog Yaesu handheld transceivers, 2 are lower cost Chinese manufactured (near clone) entries. (Updated : Mar 23)
- FT-65R Dual Band Handheld Transceiver includes a 1950mah lithium ion battery as stock
unlike the FT-60R that uses low capacity nickel-metal hydride
(ni-mh). A larger optional capacity lithium ion type battery
is available (2500mah). Made in China. Uses "Kenwood" microphone / speaker configuration. eham reviews are showing the FT-65R is already off to a very shaky start ! Guessing that the new FT-25R "2 Meter" variant could have similar defects ??
is a 2 Meter only version of the FT-65R (also made in China).
- FT-70R "Fusion" Dual Band digital model is made in Japan, not China. No GPS, but 2 neat LED's on top. Only one band at a time on this one. Same size as the FT-1XDR.
Chinese FT-65R Dual Band
Handie Talkie (left) (reviews already showing serious issues). The FT-25R "2-Meter only" version with the same case style / batteries as with the FT-65R. New "Dual Band" FT-70DR Fusion HT (right), more simple over the same size FT-1XDR with no GPS and one band at a time.
- Icom IC-7200 "Back in Production" : The Icom IC-7200 HF DSP Transceiver is back in production once again
(at least for now). Unknown if any part / design changes had to be made to make this possible ? Let's hope they are using
better quality Chinese fans ?? We TRIED 2 brand new samples near the
end of the last run and it's internal "Dual Mini Chinese Fans" BOTH squealed
like a pig. This was very VERY annoying for ME even if only operating in transmit (OK,
so not everyone is sensitive to this sort of noise ??). Our first
sample we had a few years before never had this fan squealing
issue (it was/is a decent HF transceiver and SWL receiver). We ended up
with the IC-7300 a few months later which was a excellent upgrade for
our desires and still being affordable (plus including an internal antenna tuner) . Our IC-7300 review can be seen here. (Updated : Jan 06)
Icom's IC-7200 HF DSP Transceiver has returned once again to dealer shelves. (Universal Radio Photo)
- Sangean ATS-909X NEW Firmware has Issues / Poor Customer Service - QC from "RadioLabs" :
John Case checks in with news that Sangean have changed the ATS-909X's
firmware to NEW "P-01" (from 1.29). The MAJOR downside with HIS sample of this
latest "P-01" firmware is on LSB or USB modes the usable volume either
drops severely or drops out near all together. John tells us that Jay Allen has also verified this bug.
Our review on the Sangean ATS-909X can be found here using 1.29 firmware (both stock and modified).
But even with the "RadioLab" mods with firmware 1.29 the MW/SW "AM Mode" the audio still disappoints
greatly in our view with the 909X. I can not stand listening to a
ATS-909X for more than 30 minutes on SW before my brain gets tired and
MUST shut it off ! But before this firmware change it DID have very good SSB (and generally stable).
John also reports that he has had very poor "customer service /
quality control" with "RadioLabs". He also has told us that Sangean customer service reported
that P-01 is the new firmware, and is not a mistake (both white and black versions
have been noted with the new P-01 firmware now). Again with John's test sample SSB was almost inaudible, even at maximum gain. His even greater problem with "RadioLabs" is they
told him they had Ver 1.29 black radios in stock and would send him one, but
instead sent a P-01 version. They left a ribbon cable disconnected after modification, so I he had
to open the radio and reconnect it to test it. Appears that they do
not check anything after replacing the filters and removing the
detent. Worse, after telling RadioLabs he wanted
to send it back for a refund (at John's expense), they gave him an RMA number, and even acknowledged
receipt, but sat on the refund for almost 2 weeks until Paypal intervened. NOTE : Is it possible that John's sample may have been defective ??
UPDATES : Appears there is more to the new "P-01" firmware. Avo Ohaniam reports over on "SWLing.com",
his new "P-01" sample suffers from greater general drift (as noticed
his old sample with 1.29), undesirable backlight changes, background
audio hiss even on super strong signals and a higher FM Stereo
threshold (that is it now takes a stronger signal for "Stereo" to kick
in). However he also states that his MW reception is improved,
bandwidths are wider and now has better audio quality (this is not
a bad thing aside from the increased hiss). John Case is
thinking that Sangean has now done away with the 2 bandwidth filters
altogether and now ONLY using the DSP chip for IF bandwidth filtering.
This has not been verified by us but if true of course probably makes the "RadioLabs" IF Bandwidth filter modifications no longer required. NOW....another user has reported that his ATS-909X with the 1.29 firmware has unusable SSB as well. So this saga gets even more interesting !! (Updated
: Jan 16)
We have received reports that
current production samples of the Sangean ATS-909X are suffering from
issues with the new "P-01" firmware. John Case's "P-01" firmware sample
suffered from "Low or No Audio" when in LSB or USB modes. Others have
reported different undesirable changes. But it appears to have improved
audio quality (aside from the added hiss).
GP-5/SSB pocket portable with SSB (Gen 2 shown above). Gen 3 now tested and the ONLY differences we can detect vs. the Gen 2
are a new green and red buttons on front panel and stainless steel
antenna. Our reviews are available here.
A near Tecsun PL-360 with SSB added, however uses the slightly
different si4735 DSP receiver IC. Current US street price is $ 89.95
- 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). Being there will be no
more Sony SW receivers to be made, we can at least cover the classic sets they
did produce (good and not so good) when a good sample crosses our
paths. Speaking of the set the ICF-SW7600GR has been discontinued .."so this is the end of an era". Amazon still has new samples available as
I type this. But these supplies
are nearly exhausted so if you always wanted a NEW one, better do it NOW
!! UPDATES : Updated and added text to the ICF-6500W review. With properly cleaned band switches, the MW and FM performance improved greatly. (Updated : Jan 02)
- "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 USELESS for listening
to MUSIC ?? A bit of my history here as well with stereo
receivers. We just restored a sample and is a "excellent" sounding
(digital tuner) stereo receiver. (Updated : Jan 01)
- "SDRplay RSP1" Review : Our long awaited "SDRplay RSP1" review is now available here.
My apologies for the delay. It took more time then I had planned and
other issues got in the way. 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 : Oct 14, 2016)
- Updated "Miscellaneous" Page : The "miscellaneous" page has been updated and renamed to Dave's Miscellaneous "Tidbit" Radio Stuff .
New entries and neater look. Area for just about "anything" to do with
radio receiver's / amateur transceiver's but not in any huge detail.
to add / remove any entry at any time, so check back once in awhile. I
may or may not indicate any new entries on this "Misc" page on the news
page. NOTE : Some of the more important older "non" news items could
get moved over to here after awhile now (as a number of them have already). (Updated : Dec 02, 2016)
- 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)
The 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)
"I've been having some memory issues with my Yaesu 857-D.
I reloaded the memories again using the CHIRP software. The more I
re-uploaded the memories the worst the problem got. The memories seemed
to upload but as I rotated the select knob all the memories showed as
7.000 LSB. There were even some new memory channels that I've never
seen before they were not numbers but a combination of Alpha-numeric
characters. After an email from Yaesu Tech support I was told
that Yaesu does not recommend the use of CHIRP "because we have
experienced corrupted CPUs in some of our radios that have used that
software." This is an exact quote from Yaesu Tech support.
Unfortunately I now have an expensive repair to look forward to !
Others need to be aware of this."
(Updated : Jan 26)
- "Shortwave Receivers Past & Present - Communications Receivers - 1942-2013", 2nd Printing : The 4th edition of
this excellent publication is now back in stock with the the 2nd printing . Weight of this 800 page "Hard
Cover" book (that's 400 sheets of paper) is 6.2
pounds (2.8 kg), so is quite heavy. (Updated : Jan 18, 2016)
"Shortwave Receivers Past & Present"
4th edition by Fred Osterman (in hard cover). Back in stock with the 2nd printing. If you always wanted a copy "now" is the time.
New version of the Degen DE1103 has been released . Now with DSP.
Click on photo above for more information over on "SWLing.com" (Sorry, it appears to be another Degen Dud ?)
- AOR "AR-Mini" receiver returns for USA consumers : At least for the time being the AOR AR-Mini
(consumer B "cell blocked" version) micro handheld wideband receiver is
back for sale in the USA. As readers to this web page already know, I reviewed this back a few years ago and can still be seen here
. It is unknown how long this reprieve will last for the B version, so
if you ever wanted one of these models, I would say don't wait. US
dealer Universal Radio has a killer price on it as well (as I type this text anyway). (Sep 23, 2015)
But sadly as I type this many customers are now becoming "very
frustrated' with the new models and the ever growing list of
serious issues. eham reviews (are not good
: BCD436HP here , BCD536HP here.
(Here is a "very important" note from the
manual) : " WARNING !
If you connect an external speaker to the scanner’s
Ext. SP Jack or Headphone Jack, never connect the audio
output line to a power supply and ground. This might also
damage the scanner. BCD536HP
Only - All audio output is Class-D amplified (PWM). Never
connect Ext. the SP Jack or Headphone Jack to an external
Class-D AMP. "So be extremely careful if you
take the output from the receiver speaker jacks to say the input of some another
amplifier or other device (perhaps use a proper isolation
audio transformer ??) !!
Internal Speaker's Blowing Out "the
same old story" :
The excessive "blow
out" speaker failures that plagued the BCD396T and
BCD396XT continue in the new BCD436HP !! By looking at internal
pictures (see link below), Uniden is still using a weird "
24 ohm 0.5 watt " internal speaker as with
the older BCD396 models in the BCD436HP (however it has a
different number printed on it). Information found in the
HP owners manual specs (page 89) that states a 0.8
watt speaker being used is dead wrong
BCD436HP's speaker is now held in place using a spring
clip . It is not hot glued in as with the old BCD396T and
XT models so now it can rattle/buzz as well . Also the
connections to the speaker are only being made with
pressure pin contacts to the controller PC board. In
other words the speakers wires are no longer soldered to
the speaker . Hint : Perhaps if one
turns up the volume it up too far into distortion (a
trait of the old 396 models) , say past 8 or 9.....could
this be a issue to these failures ?? I NEVER use my BCD396XT
past 9 at any time to put less stress on it !! Note : We do not own or have used
a BCD436HP to verify this but it looks like Uniden did
not learn from the excessive speaker failure issues from
past models !! Very sad it is !!
Internal Recording Feature : With
the BCDx36HP models, you record everything or nothing. On
the GRE PSR-800 (now the Whistler
WS1080), you can select which channels /
frequencies are to be recorded . The super cool
"multi color" backlight as in the older XT
models has now gone away. Now it's just a lone white
backlight , (well at least it is not that deep blue
backlight that was used with the BCD396T which is hard to
see at all) .
New owners should read the Uniden TWiki web pages before
operation : BCD436HP and BCD536HP .
Again the BCD436HP handheld is just too B-I-G
for me at 6.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches !! I love the size of
the BCD396XT for real pocket use with it
being 4.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches . Please Note : We still
have our BCD396XT
mini review on the bottom of my updated GRE PSR-800 /
Whistler WS1080 page .
new Uniden Scanners use separate FM normal and narrow
filters : Interesting
posting over on Radio Reference (with photo's) that
point out the "actual" IF filters used between
the GRE PSR-600, the old Uniden
BCD-996XT and the latest BCD536HP.
The GRE PSR-500 / 600 (and Radio Shack PRO-106 /197) used
2 IF filters for the normal and narrow FM filtering.
Where the older BCD396XT / BCD996XT only used used one
filter with some fancy audio shaping for FM narrow and
latest BCD436HP / BCD536HP now uses 2 separate filters (just
like GRE did). (Updated : Jan 21, 2015)
Uniden's BCD436HP Handheld (left photo) and
BCD536HP Desktop / Mobile (right photo) "Scanners"
. However both models have now seen a "never
ending" long shopping list of issues (see above).
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) .
- Degen DE1131 : Tom
from New Zealand checks in and tells us that his Degen DE1131 "pocket marvel"
sample has no MP3 skipping (so far) and the microSD card
slot works properly. Adjustments (including tuning) are
now made by a weird slider thing (over the old DE1126),
and indicated that it works OK once you get used to it. But I guess it takes a bit
of pressure to make happen and more of a chore to operate
(and other issues). The neat tuning knob has been removed
however and that is a HUGE drawback
to us. SW receiver and "off air record"
performance is unknown. Tom also fill us in that the
audio sounds a bit better even with the smaller speaker (vs.
the old DE1126). IF we receive a
donation of a new sample, we will review it (otherwise
will not) . Can be purchased on Amazon and other vendors (his review and
others can be found here as well) . My DE1126 review can be
found here (bottom).
Tom from New Zealand tells us , Degen's DE1131
"pocket marvel" (left photo) does not suffer
from the dreaded MP3 skipping trait . He also reports
that the audio has also been improved over the old DE1126
. The updated DE1128H (right photo), is
"greatly" improved over the old non H version (a.k.a. :
Grundig G2 Reporter). No more MP3 dropouts for one and
better audio (receiver section is unchanged). See my
review here on the bottom of this page.
N9EWO Review's the Sangean ATS-909X (Stock and
RadioLabs Versions) , Tecsun PL-660 and PL-880. (N9EWO Photo's)
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. (Updated : Jun 15, 2014)
The MW122A power supply runs very hot out of the box with
the Sat 800, e1 or SW-8.
My mods will help to make it run a bit cooler. Click on
photo above to visit the web page. (N9EWO
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