Jay Allen reviews the Eton/Grundig Field 550

EtonFieldMany thanks to SWLing Post reader, Ron, who shares this review of the Eton Field that Jay Allen recently published on his website.

This is a great review and Jay actually documents several mods which improve the Field’s performance significantly. Click here to read.

Jay reviews the Eton Satellit

Eton-Satellit

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Ron, who notes that Jay Allen has just posted his review of the Eton Satellit. Click here to read.

There are now several user reviews on Amazon.com as well; its current rating is 2.5 stars. The main user complaint is muting while tuning–Jay believes this may be due to synthesizer noise. In SSB mode, Jay notes that muting is not an issue.

The Satellit is available at Universal Radio for $199.95 and Amazon.com for $193.82 (note that Amazon’s prices fluctuate almost daily).

Eton Satellit in stock and shipping from Amazon

Eton-Satellit

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mike, who notes that Amazon.com is now shipping the Eton Satellit with a potential arrival date of before Christmas (at least, as of today). Current price is $179.72.

Click here to view the Eton Satellit on Amazon.com.

Video: Tom reviews the Eton Traveller III

The Eton Traveler III

The Eton Traveler III

I just discovered that SWLing Post reader, Tom Stiles, has made a video review of the new Eton Traveller III:

Tom is a great fellow (usually posts as “Another Tom” in our comments!) and has an extensive collection of radio related videos on his YouTube channel. Thanks, Tom!

Tom’s overview of the Eton Field Radio 550

SWLing Post reader, Tom Stiles, has posted a video overview of the new Eton Field
radio:

Many thanks for sharing, Tom! Let us know how the new Eton Field Radio 550 compares with its predecessors: the 450 and 350!

You can follow Tom’s videos on his YouTube Channel.

Etón introduces two travel portables: the Etón Traveler III and Mini 400

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In addition to the shortwave portables we mentioned earlier this morning, SWLing Post reader, Tom, points out two more radios Etón will introduce at CES:

[Etón is] showing off 2 other models all under the label of the World Travel Radios at CES.

They posted the others on the following page
http://blog.etoncorp.com/index.php/2014/01/ces-2014-travel-radios/

Your leaving out the Traveler 3 at
http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/traveler-iii

And the Mini at
http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/mini

Eton describes these radios on their press release:

The Eton Mini 400

The Etón Mini 40

Etón Mini – This compact radio gives you access to news and music from across the globe, right in your pocket, whether on an AM, FM or Shortwave frequency. The Mini’s built-in digital tuner and internal and telescoping antennas easily identify stations, which can be viewed on the high-contrast digital display. The radio also features an alarm clock, sleep timer and earphone jack. Perfect to listen to the radio broadcast at your favorite sporting events.

Features:

  • Frequency coverage:
    • AM:  520 – 1710 kHz
    • FM: 87.5 – 108 MHz
    • SW1: 3.2 – 10 MHz
    • SW2: 11.65 – 18 MHz
  • Digital tuner and display
  • Digital display frequency timer and alarm activation
  • Key lock function
  • Band selector on left side
  • Tuning/Volume knob
  • Metal speaker grill
  • Sleep timer
  • FM telescopic antenna
  • Rich orange LCD display
  • Earphone jack (3.5 mm)
  • Powered by USB cable (provided) or 2 AAA batteries (sold separately)
  • Click here to download spec sheet
The Eton Traveler III

The EtónTraveler III

Etón Traveler III – The Etón Traveler III receives a multitude of radio wavelengths – AM(MW), FM with RDS, Longwave and Shortwave. Providing four options to tune the radio including auto, manual and Auto Tuning Storage (ATS), the Etón Traveler III also boasts internal and telescoping antennas to ensure your reception is clear and crisp. The Etón Traveler III can store up to 500 stations in the memory and the rich, orange LCD display allows you to see temperature and time. The perfect travel companion, the Traveler III also features an alarm clock and sleep timer.

Features:

  • Frequency coverage:
    • AM: 520 – 1710 kHz
    • FM: 87.5 – 108 MHz
    • LW: 150 – 285 kHz
    • SW: 3150 – 21950 kHz
  • FM with RDS (Radio Data System)
  • Automatic or manual digital tuning
  • Auto tuning storage (ATS) function
  • 500 memory stations
  • Local/world time setting
  • Sleep timer
  • Single alarm clock (by radio or buzzer)
  • Snooze
  • Rich orange LCD display
  • Earphone jack (3.5mm)
  • FM telescopic antenna
  • Reset/lock function
  • Power supply: Use USB cable (included), 4 AA batteries or 6V adapter (both sold separately)
  • Click here to download spec sheet

Traveler III will most likely become a part of my portable collection. I loved the Traveler II as it had great overall performance on all bands and was very compact for travel. As a (major!) bonus, the Traveler III has RDS.

Etón introduces two new shortwave portables: the Field and Satellit

EtonField

 

Many thanks to The Herculodge and SWLing Post reader, Gary, for pointing out these two new portables from Etón Corp: the Etón Field and Etón Satellit.

The Etón Field, pictured above, looks like an updated version of the Grundig S450DLX. Etón mentions the following features on their website:

  • Frequency coverage:
    • AM: 520 – 1710 kHz (selectable 9/10 kHz spacing)
    • FM: 87.5 – 108 MHz
    • SW: 1.711 – 30 MHz
  • FM with RDS (Radio Data System)
  • Dial-in-Dial coarse/fine digital tuning
  • Treble/Bass control
  • RF gain control
  • Wide/Narrow bandwidth selection
  • 50 memory stations
  • External AM/FM/SW antenna connections
  • Local/DX switch
  • Rich orange LCD display
  • Line-in/Line-out and headphone jacks
  • FM telescopic antenna
  • Carrying strap
  • Reset/Lock button
  • Power supply: 6V DC Adapter or 4 D Batteries (sold separately)
  • Click here for the product spec sheet

EtonSatellit

  • Frequency coverage:
    • AM:  520 – 1710 kHz (selectable 9/10 kHz steps)
    • FM:  87.5 – 108 MHz
    • LW: 150 – 285 kHz
    • SW: 1.711 – 30 MHz
    • AIR: 118 – 136 MHz
  • FM with RDS (Radio Data System
  • Single sideband (SSB) with +/1 kHz tuning
  • VHF Aircraft band
  • Automatic or Manual Digital Tuning
  • FM stereo/mono selection
  • Electronic/volume/treble/bass control
  • Sync detector with selectable sideband
  • Direct key-in meter band for SW
  • 700 memory stations
  • PLL synthesized dual conversion receiver
  • Local/DX switch
  • Local/world time zones
  • Clock/Alarm/Sleep Timer with time backup
  • Rich orange LCD display
  • Reset/Lock button
  • FM telescopic antenna
  • Power supply: 6V DC Adapter or 4 AA batteries (sold separately)
  • Click here for the product spec sheet

If you’re interested in the Satellit and would like to participate in open and active discussions, join this newly created Etón Satellit Yahoo Group.

It’s interesting to note that FM RDS has become a feature on both the Field and Satellit and that they sport a unique orange LCD display.

Update: Also note that Etón has introduced the Traveler III and the Mini 400 travel-sized shortwave portables.

A note about Etón

For those of you not familiar, Etón Corporation (based in Palo Alto, California) is also known as the Grundig brand throughout North America. Throughout the company’s history of designing and manufacturing shortwave radios, Etón has either branded their radios as “Grundig” or “Etón” (indeed, some models were branded with both, for example the Grundig G5 and Etón E5).  I find the news of the Etón Field and Satellit very exciting as I feared the exit of the venerable Grundig G3 from the market might have also marked the departure of the company from the shortwave radio market altogether. Apparently not!

This is quite important for the SWLing hobby (in North America, at least) as Etón and Grundig products are unquestionably some of the most accessible shortwave radios on the market. Nearly every corporate or franchise retail store of RadioShack (Tandy) carries Grundig radios, as well as Universal Radio and a number of independent electronics/hobby stores throughout the continent.

By and large, I have always liked Etón/Grundig radios–I have purchased nearly everyone they’ve produced in the past six years. I also like the corporation, and it’s founder/CEO Esmail Hozour.

Indeed, Mr. Hozour and Etón Corp generously support global humanitarian efforts–they’ve donated and distributed thousands upon thousands of their self-powered radio/lighting products in the wake of disasters in Japan, the Philippines, Haiti, and even more.  Regular SWLing Post readers will also know that Etón Corp generously supports my radio-based charity, Ears To Our World (a disclaimer that will be prominently mentioned on any future Etón/Grundig radio review here.)

It’s also quite simple to get in touch with Etón product support–a live human being is only an email or phone call away. Numerous times, I’ve directed readers to Etón support and their problems have been solved.

Bookmark this tag for more information on the Etón Field and Satellit.  I have a hunch that they won’t be available until after the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).