REVIEWS "Task Chairs" (Mid Back) (updated) : "BodyBilt" J752 ESD / Global
#T9F695506 / Eurotech 4x4LE-LM59802A / Lemberi-Bossin AB-EOC01 / OFM
119-VAM-AA / Cramer Triton R+. Yes
this is a bit OT (off topic) for this web page. But we all need a nice
radio room chair right ? Sadly is a real struggle to find anything
DECENT for a reasonable price (MOST are Chinese junk). Updated pricing
/ availability and text. We did endless HOURS of research on this last
fall and came up with nearly nada that was to our desires and requirements.
The untested OFM 119-VAM-AA
(with arms) still APPEARS to look like a winner ? Now only availbile in
Black and Charcoal in the desired vinyl covering
(no other colors are
offered anymore). We have not tested this model but may in the future ?
Also the 24 Hour Global #T9F695506
decent however our test sample arrived defective and did not get a
replacemnent (but we should retest as it was overall good for
the price). No high back type chairs were tested. Be sure and see the
dead bottom of the chair review page for a very interesting higher priced model made by Cramer in
the USA we discovered recently. (UPDATED Aug 01)
- REVIEW : Kenwood R-1000 (updated) Restored and updated (version 2) the PDF version of our Kenwood R-1000 “39.545 MHz” Display Repair
doucment. New main photo added as well. In our view is Kenwood's best
sounding comminication receiver they ever made. For the most part
samples have held up well in it's old age. But as it can be with
a vintage set, service / TLC are usually required sooner or later. (UPDATED Jul 22)
Kenwood R-1000 Communications Receiver .
Manufactured in Japan from 1979 to early~mid 1986.
Also was sold as the Trio R-1000 in some parts of the world. (N9EWO Photo)
- REVIEW : TECSUN PL-660 (updated)
We have added new text and photo to the PL-660 review from information
via Paul G and his new 2020 sample purchased from ANON in Jul 2021.
Lets hope that current production has improved the generally lousy
TECSUN quality control with the PL-660 ? Also added a few new You Tube links. (Jul 14)
The TECSUN PL-660.
Is the ONLY TECSUN designed receiver that gives proper Synchronous Detection operation !
Sadly it has seen horrific quality control issues over it's life on the market.
New text and photo added to our PL-660 review. (via Paul G.) (N9EWO Photo)
- ICOM released 1.35 firmware for the IC-R8600 receiver
on January 29, 2021. Only was marked for reducing audio distortion with
the Speech function (which it did do). However as most already know Icom does not
necessarily list all bug fixes done with any given firmware
update. One undocumented SLIGHT improvement WE discovered (to our ears anyway) is the audio quality with SYNC D mode. Covered in our extensive "Ver 14.5" IC-R8600 review CLICK HERE (see light blue block down the page).
UPDATED SERVICE MANUAL :
Also added to the review are my comments with the March 2021 service
manual addendum (changes and 2nd production run for the USA 02 cell
blocked version ?). Look for the green text near the top of the
IC-R8600 review page. Another review addition was front end band pass
filter information. (UPDATED Jul 07)
excellent ICOM IC-R8600 "Wide Band" SDR communications receiver.
Sampling SDR below 30 MHz. Hybrid Superhet / SDR above 30 MHz. It is
NOT just a IC-7300 "receiver" section with VHF / UHF Coverage added on
(however overall HF receiver performance is similar). In our view the
best receiver Icom has produced to date (Wide Band or not). The
IC-R8600 has much fuller audio range when compared to the IC-7300
transceiver cousin (which has ZERO bass response in comparison). One bug
that existed until firmware 1.34 was what we called excessive "AGC Swamping", but this nasty has been much improved (see review text). (N9EWO Photo)
- REVIEW : JRC NRD-545 DSP HF Communications Receiver (updated) We have restored the BURP and TICK
MP3 audio files to the review. These are two gremlins that will appear
with any stronger received signals which overloads the DSP. These are common traits for the NRD-545 and is most annoying. (Jun 28)
The long discontinued JRC NRD-545 DSP receiver.
- REVIEW : Malahit Malachite DSP1 Original Russian Standalone SDR (updates).
IMPORTANT UPDATE : 1.10c "Rev2" firmware comments. "Good News ", with the new 1.10c "Rev2"
(my marking) firmware the "Sync Detector" now works properly, in fact
it's excellent ! Please see the news section below for additional
details and change log.
We have now clarified LCD backlight noise issues with our DSP1 test
sample in the review text. We do not have the optional add on PC Board
installed, so proper testing with any whip antenna's on MW and SW was
not available. However we could indeed detect excessive RF noise
comming from the LCD backlight without the option board anyway with a
short attached whip (verified by switching the backlight off). Our test
report was done using external antenna's far away from the receivers cabinet and using shielded coax cable (no excessive LCD back light noises were ever detected). (UPDATED Jul 29)
Owners need to keep in mind that you should NEVER touch the LCD hard !
Only a very light LONGER touch is required. Excessively HARD presses on
the LCD will lead to premature failure for sure in time !
- REVIEWS : SONY SW RECEIVER PAGE : ICF-SW7600GR , ICF-2010 (ICF-2001D), CRF-1, ICF-6500W
Additional text and photo in the CRF-1 section.
Just more reasons to stay well away from these over 40 YEAR old receivers.
Any used samples sell for crazy money these days and extremely prone to unrepairable failures! (N9EWO Photo)
- Fixed typos and added a "firmware change log" PDF file (many thanks to Jimmy at Sangean America).
- 1 kHz tuning bug with SSB 10 hz tuning step while cleared up for the most part with 073 firmware, still twitches back very INTERMITTENTLY (see review text) !
- Added new information in regards to general design (IF and the ceramic filters being used ..yes I did say ceramic
filters !). This was gathered after viewing the X2's service manual.
It's general architecture and dismal SW audio quality is not much different over the old X model.
- Added variable quality control Information / warning.
- Updated Comparison Chart (located on bottom of it's review page).
Sangean's ATS-909X2 LW / MW / SW / FM / AIR portable. (N9EWO Photo)
N9EWO "ATS-909X2" review available here.