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Jay restores a Panasonic RF-2200

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Troy Riedel, who notes that Jay Allen has just published a post detailing a recent Panasonic RF-2200 restoration. Click here to read Jay’s post.

I recently picked up an RF-2200 at the 2017 Hamvention flea market. Like Jay, I love this particular radio. The thing is built like a tank, but like any vintage rig, 2200s need occasional servicing and cleaning. If you treat a ‘2200 well, it’ll outlast all of us. I’m happy Jay was able to bring this old girl back to life!

Jay’s FM radio shootout

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributors Ron and Troy who note that Jay Allen has posted a review comparing FM performance on a large number of radios. His takeaway? Modern portables do an exceptional job receiving FM broadcasts.

He’s got a great point, too. While I don’t spend a lot of time testing FM on shortwave rigs, I always run each radio through a benchmark FM test. Even some of the smallest, least expensive DSP-based portables I’ve tested, seem to receive my distant FM stations list with relative ease. Shortwave and mediumwave performance, however, varies greatly from unit to unit–no doubt, based on DSP implementation.

Yet another favorable review of the Grundig Executive Satellit

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributors, Troy, Ron and Steve, who note that Jay Allen has just posted a review of the Grundig Executive Satellit on his website.

The upshot? Jay found the performance identical to the previous (non-Executive) version of the Satellit which is to say that it has excellent AM performance and built-in audio.

In February, Clint Gouveia wrote up a review of the Satellit based on three weeks of DXing in the field. He found it to be an exceptional performer on the shortwave bands and stated:

“Ultimately, I have to strongly recommend this portable to anyone interested in DXing and in particular those that embark on DXpeditions.”

He embedded a number of videos from the field in his review (click here to view).

And, of course, our buddy Tom Stiles also reviewed the Executive Satellit on his YouTube Channel.

The original Eton Satellit

Like Clint, I own the original non-Executive version of the Satellit–since performance is identical, I’m not going to “upgrade” to the Executive version (though I do really like the executive case).

After Clint’s review in February, I stated taking the Satellit with me on travels more often and have been most pleased with its performance. While it took me a while to get used to its amber display at night, I must say it is a fantastic performer, has superb built-in audio and is overall a wonderful full-featured radio travel companion.

I often forget to mention the Satellit when readers ask for portable radio recommendations–perhaps this is because the Tecsun PL-880 simply overshadowed it in my mind.  Not anymore.

Executive on sale

As we mentioned yesterday, the Executive Satellit also happens to be on sale at Amazon right now for $156.92 shipped. Click here to view on Amazon.com.

Eton Satellit vs. Tecsun PL-880

Speaking of the Tecun PL-880SWLing Post contributor Charles Rippel recently ordered the Executive Satellit–he plans to compare it with the Tecsun PL-880 and share his findings with us. Stay tuned!

Jay updates his AM radio shootout

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ron, who notes that Jay Allen has updated his AM radio shootout for 2017. Jay publishes the following:

It’s Here! The AM Portables Mega Shootout 2017 Update has just been posted. I believe this is one of the most comprehensive ratings lists of portable AM radios anywhere and for 2017 over 100 models are included. I have carefully tested every one of these myself, plus more radios are in house. Their reviews are on the way and will be added in the coming weeks. New entries include new models in current production and some vintage radios I have acquired over the past year.

—————AM Portables Mega Shootout – 2017 Update—————

Jay reviews the Sangean WR-50/WR-50P

sangeanwr-50pMany thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ron, who shares a link to Jay Allen’s review of the Sangean WR-50/WR-50P:

The Sangean WR-50/WR-50P is a high performance table radio with excellent AM/FM reception and sound quality. […]It features standard AM/FM reception plus FM RBDS capability and has Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream audio from any Bluetooth enabled device. It has all the digital features we have come to expect of modern radios. Continue reading…

Click here to view the Sangean WR-50 and WR-50P on Amazon.