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December 24, 2012

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dorpmuller

Probably has varactor tuning like the SR-3 instead of a real tuning cap.

Just look at the poor build quality with new radios now; you know they won't age well!

dorpmuller

Oh, yeah, and... varactor tuning is slapdash, real tuning capacitors are for Real Men!!

Gary

dorpmuller - Apparently you're right about the CCRadio-EP using varactor tuning rather than a conventional tuning capacitor.

According to this site:

http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg50358.html

"One interesting thing about the EP is there is no traditional mechanical variable tuning capacitor--everything is done with varactor diodes. The Tune knob is a pot which controls the tuning voltage going to the varactors."

Stan

I noticed that my CC Radio-SW seems to be off by almost a 1khz. The sound is okay though. But my real work horse is my trusty Icom R75. It doesn't do FM B'cast but it does AM & SW. without a hitch. It's has a relative small footprint, but it's not portable.

You get what you pay for. Quality costs money, and people just aren't willing to pay the $$ it costs to design and produce a top notch radio. The Panasonic's and Sony's of yesteryear were more expensive per hourly wage than the Chinese radios of today to make.

Angelo

Stan: And I maintain that it's not only the labor costs----but the materials from yesteryear were clearly better too. Even a Made In Japan 1960s Arvin radio would have metal chassis, chrome tuning knobs and a leather case----I've bought some of these used on E-Bay and after cleaning and moisturizing the leather, cleaning up the chrome---the radios look terrific. There was pride in the design of the radios, the materials---even for lower priced ones back then are clearly better than most of what's available today.

Gary

Stan - I also have an Icom R75. Its filters are very symmetrical, and it tunes in steps as small as 1 Hz. It's easy to adjust it so that it's within a few Hz when it's warmed up. Of course, it costs several times as much as a CCRadio-SW, and it's not a portable. It also needs mods to fix the AM-mode slow AGC and sync detector, but it's a good deal for a tabletop set. It's stability and 1 Hz tuning is very nice for listening in SSB mode.

Stan

One more thought. Labor costs are one of the driving factors though. Zenith couldn't compete with Japan and Hong Kong, even though they made great radios.

I guess what I was trying to say, is that in today's market and it's not just radios, people are looking for cheap, not durable or quality. I think the older radios of the 60's to 80's made by Panasonic and Sony and others, were more expensive to purchase than a comparable feature set radio in today's market.

Angelo

Stan: You are right. And even early VCRs, which cost a small fortune---were worthy of fixing if something went wrong. I have an old Emerson VCR that still works fine. At one point, I brought it in for a repair----it was fixed and has worked well ever since. Newer ones became cheaper and disposable. That seems to be where we're headed with most things----cheaper and disposable.

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