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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Radio Shack DX-400 Help


Reviews Summary for Radio Shack DX-400
Radio Shack DX-400 Reviews: 12 Average rating: 3.8/5 MSRP: $249.95
Description: AM/FM/SW/LW portable communications receiver (1985-1996)
Product is in production.
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KG6FWT Rating: 3/5 Jun 24, 2005 15:30 Send this review to a friend
Reliable old plowhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought mine new in '85 when I was a starving student. Not a Ten-Tec rig, but it has been problem-free and easy to use all along. I listen in conjunction w/a freq/program list, rather than scanning (no tuning knob).

Direct entry keypad is easy to use and it is great if you want to go directly to a specific freqency or program. This is its best feature (no up/dn slewing buttons).

The external antenna lugs are preferable to the usual 'phone plug, but the whip is usually just fine. No way to disable the whip, however, so it fights w/an external antenna when you have it hooked up.

BFO is cranky (AKA: not "slow" enough) and hard to use for SSB unless you happen to be dead-on the frequency. Especially bad w/Ham traffic because of the limited resolution to which the tuner will go (1kHz).

Audio is great on FM stereo w/phones. Great starter set to give someone starting in the hobby w/o costing an arm and a leg.
 
KC5UZD Rating: 3/5 Jan 7, 2005 16:03 Send this review to a friend
not bad  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought mine at an estate sale for five bucks. You can't go wrong at a price like that.
The unit provides excellent frequency coverage. The receiver isn't as sensitive as I would like it to be, though. I like to tune in to "pirate" broadcasts, and experience difficulties pulling in the weaker stations. I have it connected to a random long wire antenna, at least eighty feet long and twelve feet off the ground.
There isn't any modification information out there.
 
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