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December 18, 2014

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Gary

Those old Panasonic and Sony radios are awesome. They sure don't make them like they used to.

Keith from Toronto

She's a beauty. Congratulations!

All the best to all the members for the season.

Enjoy!

Keith in Toronto

Keith Beesley

Yes, that was a great period for Panasonic. I had an RF-759 (similar vintage) that I loved, but it stopped working on one band, and I gave it away. Oh, well. Should have kept it anyway and tried to fix it.

Scooby214

My Panasonic RF-930 is my go-to portable. It also shares that pleasing AM and FM sound quality. It seems to last forever on a set of AA batteries.

Angelo

Did you ever get it to work properly on batteries? What happened again when you tried, it cut in and out? I never tried batteries in it---should have done so before sending it to you. Could it be the AC/DC switch just needs a shot of spray or a little exercise? Or something else that is simple? If not, I guess it's best for using it inside only, with electric.

herculodge

I wonder if I should DeOxit spray it. So far the contact is touch and go with the batteries.

Angelo

Maybe that would help. If you have a friend who knows radio repair, they might be able to tell you if DeOxit is a good option. I doubt it would hurt anything, but it's best to ask I guess. It's weird that it's off and on----usually, if it switches between electric and batteries correctly, it should just stay on in the position the switch is in. Makes me wonder if there's a loose wire or something. If the batteries were brand new, that shouldn't be the issue. Very weird. As I recall, it was pretty quiet on electric---no serious interference, so at least it has that going for it. Sometimes, the older radios get noisy on electric but my recollection is that this Panny was very good.

Angelo

I haven't seen many of these. In fact, this might be the first. I wonder how good it is? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-Worldband-Radio-CR-2021-AM-FM-LW-SW-works-great-/331420242011?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

Brandon

Angelo - that Uniden looks interesting. It is triple conversion but only scored a 3/5 on the dxing.com radio survey. Has some interesting features including the Antenna adjust which I suspect would be a trimmer adjustment. Wide and narrow bandwidths are 2.5 and 3.0 khz so it probably doesn't have the best sound quality. With those features along with its SSB capabilities it might be a solid performer on shortwave.

Gary

The Uniden is the same as the Realistic DX-400, which I used to own. 3 kHz for the wide filter doesn't sound right to me. As I recall, it has pretty good sound on AM.

Gary

I sold the DX-400 when I bought my Sony ICF-2010 in about 1985. The latter radio still works today.

Brandon

What limited information I'm able to find online suggests that the Uniden model is triple conversion but that the DX-400 is only double conversion. If that is the case then it would appear that they're different radios.

Gary

You may be right, Brandon, but I was always led to believe they were the same radio with a slightly different front panel layout, kind of like the Radio Shack PRO-106 and GRE PSR-500 scanners.

Bill

On the RF-900 there is an "MPX Out" beside the earphone jack. You can connect an SCA or stereo converter to this port. Ramsey Electronics sells an SCA Kit: http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/Ramsey-SCA-Decoder-Kit/dp/B0002NRL7A

Brandon

My RF-940 has an MPX out jack. I always wondered what that jack was for, I never tried plugging anything into it.

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