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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Realistic Patrolman 10 Help

Reviews Summary for Realistic Patrolman 10
Realistic Patrolman 10 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $199.95
Description: Multiband Portable. 10 Bands:AM, MB,
SW1, 2, 3: .54-1.6, 1.6-4.0, 4.0-10.0,
10.0-18.0, 18.0-24.0mHz. VHF-Lo, Hi,
FM, Air, UHF: 30-50, 144-174, 88-108,
118-136, 450-470mHz. Fine Tuning, BFO,
S-Meter, 2 Built-in Ferrite, 2 Built-in
Telescopic and Ext. Antenna Jack.
117VAC or 6 "D" Cells.12" X 14" X 6.5".
Product is not in production.
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KG7M Rating: 4/5 May 22, 2018 23:33 Send this review to a friend
Radio Shack 1974 Portable Good for SWBC and VHF Monitoring.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Despite Radio Shack producing the Patrolman 10 for just one year, 1974, the radio is still widely available used, 44 years later. This is a LARGE Portable, and the forerunner of the Patrolman-9. Advantages are wide frequency coverage, plenty of sensitivity, and low power consumption. Disadvantages are the huge size, lack of low end frequency response, only adequate AMBCB reception, Dial Lights only operate with momentary contact switch on both AC and batteries, and the built-in BFO very weak lacking proper injection to demodulate SSB and CW signals. That said, this set is excellent for listening to International Shortwave Broadcasts, Local and Regional AM Broadcasters, FM Music and News, VHF Aircraft, and Public Service broadcasts in VHF-Lo, Hi, and UHF Bands. Unfortunately, the BFO does not have enough "uumph" to demodulate signals. What a shame because otherwise this radio would rate a "5". I am going to either "beef up" the existing BFO, or build a new BFO and wire it to the existing switch.
Performance on the Standard AM Broadcast Band should be better. Despite sporting TWO built-in ferrite antennas, for AM, MB, and SW1, Tandy scrimpted on the length of the ferrite rods. Although there are ACRES of room, the ferrite antennas are quite short.
With the spacious cabinet, you would expect booming bass from the 5-inch speaker. Nope. The audio is very "communications receiver" sounding. There is plenty of volume - the set uses discreet transistors in the audio output stage.
In 1975 Radio Shack intoduced the Patrolman-9, which addressed some of the Patrolman 10's shortcomings.

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