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Sparks – A Semi-Serious Look at the Hobby

10/09/2005 Transmission1 3

How did you start in radio, either as a SWL, scanner user or a ham?

I suppose my own experience was typical in that I was loaned a shortwave radio – an Eddystone but don’t ask me which one – and listened to exotic places which, as a schoolboy back in the 60’s, were truly ‘the other side of the world’. Back then, of course, I knew nothing about antennas so having a mains powered shortwave radio by my bed meant I was mostly listening to VOA, AFN and the ubiquitous Radio Moscow! Yet there was more than just the comments and news – nothing can quite compare with the rising, falling modulation punctuated by fading in and out, atmospheric cracks and bangs, the rat-a-tat-tat of the ‘Woodpecker’ Over-The Horizon radar system used by the Russians. Or the non stop music of the pirates like Caroline, RNI, Mi Amigo? Those were the days indeed!

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Grundig Satellit 800 Millennium HF Radio Review

05/03/2005 Transmission1 6

Grundig Satellit 800Our first review in the new HF Radio section sees John (ddraigmor) reviewing the Grundig Satellit 800 Millennium HF receiver and finds it to his liking, but is it worth the £400+ price tag?

Over the years I have been an SWL I have owned some fairly decent bits of HF kit. These include a Yaesu FRG7700, a Realistic DX-394, an ancient valve receiver which I cannot remember the name of, a Sony ICF-Pro80 and a Sangean ATS803A – in their way all decent radios with the Sony being an all time favourite due to its ruggedness and portability.