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Author Topic: Analogue portable receivers with SSB?  (Read 1365 times)
OTTAVIO
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« on: August 27, 2014, 07:21:02 AM »

Do they still make portable SW receivers with ssb? Which vintage small(-ish) analogue receiver can I buy without breaking the bank?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 10:34:45 AM »

Analog portable with SSB... that would be a Panasonic RF-2200 (known in Europe as the DR22). Not small by modern standards! But by the standards of 30-40 years ago, yes, portable. VFO stability is very important with SSB and small, stable, analog VFO's will be few and far between. The RF-2200 is an interesting compromise with a geared down tuning knob, that is not perfect (a lot of backlash), but hey, even the digital portables have horrible knob feel (if they even have a knob). The RF-2200 has a BFO and you select which sideband by tuning BFO to either side of signal.

If you are used to the crystal filter selectivity and tuning of modern or many vintage ham SSB rigs, you will be very disappointed with the RF-2200. If you are comparing to other 60's/70's era non-portable SWL'ing gear with BFO's, you might be satisfied.
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AF6WL
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 12:05:54 PM »

There is the MFJ-8100K - Regenerative, so it can demodulate AM and SSB.
Cheap and works surprisingly well, but you do need to enjoy driving the set.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 02:37:26 PM »

Do they still make portable SW receivers with ssb? Which vintage small(-ish) analogue receiver can I buy without breaking the bank?

They don't. That's a pity as radios such as TECSUN R-9700DX could be probably good candidates for analog SSB receivers. This receiver has a low 1st IF: 10.7MHz and the usual 2nd IF: 455kHz. The problem is there is no SSB and essentially no ham bands are covered. I wish it were analog with DSP. I believe batteries would last more and maybe the receiver could be less noisy.

Btw the kits like regen radios at http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/overview/2420100/Retro-Bausaetze do have AM SSB CW.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 07:34:12 PM »

Also check out this party trick by VK3YE - using leakage from a second radio as a BFO :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5CxME9EYw&list=UUPhfct0hwCpv_q6_BVSFsRA
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OTTAVIO
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014, 03:20:30 AM »

There is the MFJ-8100K - Regenerative, so it can demodulate AM and SSB.
Cheap and works surprisingly well, but you do need to enjoy driving the set.

Thanks. I am aware of the MJF but I was asking about something different. I do have a regen already and it's not very performant. Cheap? Maybe in the US but not in Europe. Local resellers change the price from dollar to euro/pound and add 25% on top.

I am considering a regen or a DC receiver from Walford kits.
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KB0XR
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 04:08:16 AM »

Grundig G6 Buzz Aldrin model.  About $50 at Rat Shack.
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OTTAVIO
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 04:11:51 AM »

Grundig G6 Buzz Aldrin model.  About $50 at Rat Shack.
I doubt I can find this in Europe.
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KB0XR
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 05:53:08 AM »

Grundig G6 Buzz Aldrin model.  About $50 at Rat Shack.
I doubt I can find this in Europe.

Maybe buy online?  Amazon or Radio Shack
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OTTAVIO
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 06:06:24 AM »

Grundig G6 Buzz Aldrin model.  About $50 at Rat Shack.
I doubt I can find this in Europe.

Maybe buy online?  Amazon or Radio Shack
Shipping + VAT would not make it worthwhile.
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N3QE
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« Reply #10 on: Today at 06:05:25 AM »

Grundig G6 Buzz Aldrin model.  About $50 at Rat Shack.
I doubt I can find this in Europe.

Ironic isn't it? Grundig brand SW radios are in US stores but not sold in Europe. Compare to the many Buick models available in China but not in the US.
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