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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | GE 7-2990A Multi Band Radio Vintage 1984 Help

Reviews Summary for GE 7-2990A Multi Band Radio Vintage 1984
GE 7-2990A Multi Band Radio Vintage 1984 Reviews: 3 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $$100 (1984 price)
Description: General Electric name, but made by Panasonic. These vintage radios pull in the weakest stations. Excellent analog/digital system with blue neon digital display. Dial light and digital display make this baby stand out in a dark setting. BFO, RF Gain, Wide/Narrow Band Switch, External Antenna hookup, slow and speed tuner dial. Only defect is a manufacturing defect in the tuner mechanism which results in a cracked tuning gear which makes "detents" in the tuning dial. My 7-2990A has hardly been used and developed this problem without use. Research revealed that the plastic tuning gear cracks over time and causes this problem. It DOES NOT affect the radio's tuning system or it's ability to function properly. This radio is the best one I have of 4 shortwave models. It is extremely sensitive, pulling in very distant stations with just the stock antenna. GE should never have stopped making shortwave models....This one cost $100 new in 1984, and I've seen it sold used for as much as $290 on ebay. It's a marvelous radio and should be rated very highly.
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DRAKE-R8 Rating: 5/5 Feb 9, 2008 09:57 Send this review to a friend
One of the best portable radios ever.  Time owned: months
I bought one of these 3 years ago on ebay for $93 and it's the best bargain I've ever had. I owned one of this radio's siblings (RF-2600) 20 years ago when I was a kid and I've missed it ever since. This is a Panasonic with GE tags and it is every bit as sensitve as my Sony 2010 or Drake R8, selectivity is more than adequate, and the volume and sound quality from this box is excellent.
On top of the superior performance it will run for months @ 2-3 hours per day on one set of 6 D cells. Portable SWL'ing does not get better than this. Plus it looks like a shortwave radio should.
W1WFG Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2007 20:21 Send this review to a friend
Excellent receiver, especially given price.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had one from '83-93 (It fell victim to a rambunctious cat and a concrete floor) and miss it to this day. It was a spectacular performer given any sort of external antenna, except perhaps in the selectivity department. The audio was superb, and for SW broadcast work I have yet to hear its equal.
LIGHTFOOT44 Rating: 4/5 May 31, 2007 12:59 Send this review to a friend
not many today beat it's pulling power  Time owned: more than 12 months
only a 4 because of the faulty tuning gear which leaves detents in the tuning wheel as it rotates. Other than that...a fantastic radio.

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