Skip to comments.Realistic DX-160 - my favorite radio-
Posted on 01/11/2013 3:10:42 PM PST by virgil283
"In 1967, Radio Shack introduced the DX-150 general coverage ...Over the next few years, this line underwent several improvements.. . In 1975 the DX-160 was introduced with the most noticeable change being the addition of a LW band (150-400 kHz). This family of radios was made for Radio Shack by General Research of Electronics, Inc. of Japan....My impressions? This is as solid a radio as I could ask for given its age and simplicity of design. It has reasonably good selectivity and you have to be careful to tune it slowly or you'll miss the station you're looking for. The external speaker gives good quality audio. And--well, what else can I say--it just looks like a radio is supposed to look.
It's big --and add another 3" for the external speaker), solid (weighing in at about 15 pounds), seven knobs, four switches, and a pleasant glowing face. I can't imagine the shack without one of these types of radio in it. Until I got the DX-160 I had my Heathkit SW-717 on the bench. There is no comparison in their performance
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Love radio. I threw out all TV sets and have not watched TV in over 3 years. Rediscovered the joy of radio when I purchased a Grundig S350DL. Haven’t been this happy since I was a kid, when I received my first transistor radio.
I have 2 of these in my hoard.
When I was a kid, I built one of these:
I loved my DX-160....I miss shortwave...sure you can get everything now on the Internet, but it just isn’t the same.
I didn’t start working for Radio Shack until 1969. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell this radio anymore - or at least I don’t recall it. All the other guys I worked with however, were ARRL boys. I learned a lot from these guys.
Later, CB became all the rage, and all the Ham Operators dismissed this fad as Circus Band radio. Still, we sold a pant-load of CB radios. But the Ham Radio guys will always have my admiration as people who really know their stuff...
If any HAM that’s watching has a cheap or old HF transceiver they’re looking to get rid of, I’m buying.
I’m going to get my Technician and CW test done tomorrow.
How many of these interval signals can you recognize?
Couple years nack at a Goodwill I saw some wood in the stereo section - so I bought it!
Realistic STA-80 receiver. AM/FM only, built in amp which I don’t use...
but it is probably the single most sensitive receiver I’ve ever owned. Great FM stereo, has no trouble with distant or weak AM stations.
They made some good stuff back then! Not this throw away BS you see today!
I’ll never forget the day when Radio Nederland read one of my letters. Always anxiously waiting for the QSL cards to arrive in the mail. Ahh, good times.....good times.
Oh,I still have all of my TV’s :-)
People do not realize how important Amateur Radio is today. In addition to emergency preparedness, Skywarn, should the internet fail it would be a primary method of communications.
Had my DX-440 now for about 25 years....still works like a charm.
Yeah, but wait until it becomes self-aware.
Thanks a bunch for posting this.
Have been hamming/swling since, umm, 1958. On the desk right now is an HQ-180, an FRG-7 and a SONY SW7600GR. My first QSO’s were with a WWII ARC-5 and Heathkit AT-1.
While this hobby is viewed by some as eccentric old guy behaviour, I suspect we will be important in the months/years to come. The HF broadcast frequencies are filled with loads of counter-cultural information (some of it is even accurate - imagine that).
Where I am headed with this is the inevitable need for COMINT when the internet and grid go down, or are shut down. All Freepers and preppers would be wise to take up your pasttime; learn their way around the SWL bands, not to mention the VHF/UHF ‘official’ channels. I believe that the foreign HF outlets will be going long after the coming tyranny co-opts the internet.
While it would be great for preppers to become amateur operators - that takes time and money. Having several shortwaves (tube & solid-state) will possibly provide intelligence when it really matters.
I have been quite favorably impressed with the Grunding G3 and G5. I keep one in the survival kit in the trunk of the car. Anyway, thanks for the post and 73’s.
I had a 61 Olds which had a big AM radio. It didn’t work when I bought the car used around 1970. I bought it from one of the football players at Troy. I was a student at the time and took it to the local electronics repair place and he fixed it for just a few dollars.
I have no idea why but it was the best sounding radio I have ever owned. I still remember driving in the North Carolina mountains with a strikingly pretty girl and the clear beautiful voice of a lady, I think named Collins, singing “Amazing Grace”.
I bought a Zenith Transoceanic 600 (I think) at an antique shop some yrs. ago. Paid $35 for it.
Best I can tell it dates back to late 40s.
I didn’t know Transoceanic’s were produced back that far and farther..
Plugged it in one time and it worked. But I’m afraid to try iti now as tubes, esp. one of them are next to impossible to find.
So it sits above my desk on a self.
Sold my Collins KWM-2A last month. Mint condition with manuals and in the original factory boxes. Buyer is having it powered up and tested by an expert and it should be ready by tomorrow. I hope I hear from him.
Bought mine in 78 with my highschool graduation money. Still have it too.
I was listening to the BBC the night Saddam invaded Kuwait in 91 using it,
Thanks for posting.
My older Brother who was an electrical engineer, had a Zenith Transoceanic. I don’t remember the model but it only had a few tubes and also had an antenna which could be placed on a bus window with I guess suction cups.
I remember him playing it for me and being amazed that a radio with only something like 5 or 6 tubes could pick up so well.
It’s been years since I did any DX’ing. I still have my Kenwood receiver but the aerial isn’t hooked up. Since the ‘net, I haven’t paid much attention. Are the pirates and other entertainments still out there? I remember ‘number’ stations being run by foreign powers for espionage and even Radio Moscow. Anybody still airing Kurt Saxon radio shows? That guy was truly out there back then - pretty tame by today’s standards. Maybe I should go hook up a dipole . . .
and even rarer, the R-520A/URR
I have a Panasonic which looks almost just like that one except it has digital dials. It came with a long, maybe 40 feet long plug-in antenna. I have misplaced the antenna but still have it somewhere.
That Grundig looks very cool! I bought a Sangean CC Radio plus, which has served me very well for the past 10 years or so.
For those interested the URL for the Amateur Radio Relay League is ARRL.org. Something in it for everyone. Especially need more folks for Amateur Radio Emergency Service AND Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. We do the last mile to the front door. Age and attrition are taking a toll in em com operators. Plenty of free training. Look around for any Incident Command courses given in your area. Can do ICS-100 and ICS-200 in line at FEMA.gov. Check with your local county Emergency peratins Center for the local “Ham radio” support group. ARES and/or RACES are supported by county emergency management. Our page is AA3E.org
I have a Kenwood TS 820 setup. Radio, ant tuner, ext VFO and speaker. Mail me if you are interrested.
I was just about to tune up WBCQ 7490 on the Grundig Satellit 800.
The first short wave radio that I listened to was a buddy’s Hallicraters S-38 when I was in junior high. That started my interest in ham radio, but it was several years later when I got my ticket in 1963 and I am still active today both mobile and fixed operation on all bands. Have operated many different modes including ATV, packet and satellite.
73 de W5HJ
Can find it in reasonable cosmetic / good working condition at most local Hamfests for under $40.
Now that R7100 is a heck of a receiver!
Absolutely fantastic radio, one I cut my SWL teeth on. In service here since 1971, right next to my beloved Zenith Trans-Oceanic (1950), which had to be restored twice.
“Had my DX-440 now for about 25 years....still works like a charm. “
Did you do the “Anti chuff” mod to it?
I am the guy who originally came up with that and posted it on the old GEnie network back in the bad old days before we were all on the internet. It became a common and well known mod for that radio.
“My favorite-the Panasonic RF-2200”
Mine too. If I could find a carry strap for it mine would be complete.
Best AM band performance of any radio I have ever used. Period.
“Have been hamming/swling since, umm, 1958.”
That is when I was first licensed as K4ZKZ.
I later became W4EX, obtaining the call of my good friend and
top DXer in the world. He became an SK in the 90s, but his widow requested that the FCC let me have his call. I always hated my original call, haha.
Chasing DX was my passion, making it to the DXCC Top of the Honor Roll group, but I am now inactive since becoming an Expat starting in 2000.
I have followed your posts for some time. Touching story that you picked up a silent key. That is really neat.
My understanding is that you are in the Phillipines. I can sympathize with the need to jump clear of an impending tyranny and disintegrating republic on the threshold of Balkanization. Our family is resolved to stay in the CONUS and press the good constitutional fight, but am curious if there is really anywhere else to go?
I am going to re-activate my K4SYA. If you get back on the air, Freepmail me and we can meet on 20 m CW. The time may be shorter than we think.