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We are looking for a DECENT condition "Sony ICF-2010" with NO
MODIFICATIONS and from a non-smoke environment. No blown Q303 FET samples
please nor any with a generic Q303 repair. Prefer serial
number around / above 350000 but is not a deal breaker. Photo's (and or video) required, including in operation.
Current "For Sale" Items (non-smoke-pet environment). USA Lower 48 Only. Contact me direct for
additional information / photo's. Use email on top of this page,
you must manually type it out, please include your zip code for
shipping cost quote. Thank You ! (Jun 22) :
- JVC RX-8V Stereo Receiver "Dynamic Super A" Stereo Receiver . 100 watts per channel amplifier with actual remote
control and manual, click on link for photo of the sample. High quality
Johanson trimmer capacitors installed in tuner section with
professional realignment. SUPER hot FM tuner with EXCELLENT sensitivity and selectivity. New back light lamps. 7 band EQ with
spectrum analyzer. Works perfect / some cabinet scratches but nothing
serious / no dents. PLEASE NOTE : Big and heavy - could cost in the $ 50.~60. area to
ship / double boxed. A late 80's JVC Classic that sounds fantastic ! $ 85.
- NEWSTAR DR111 "MW / SW / FM / DRM" Receiver (email me for pictures of actual sample), MP3 player Like
new in original box / manual / AC Adapter. EXTREMELY RARE STANDALONE DRM RECEIVER ! Still has protective plastic on LCD.
Latest firmware , works 100% properly ! Decodes DRM excellent ! $ 110.
Degen DE1128H - MW / SW / FM / MP3 player-off air recorder
(H is the
greatly improved model with large 1.6 Watt audio amplifier + subwoofer and properly working MP3 player over the non H model or Grundig G2
Reporter. Has RDS and MP3 player includes shuffle function. New
condition in Box / Packing / Battery / English manual. VERY RARE - No longer
available for sale new from Dealers and not many were manufactured. $ 70.
"Welcome to the Other Side" :
"thank you" for making the move over to the new (old) Anglefire
host. As you can see the old host location is now gone. Mind you it's not perfect here with the AD's and Pop Up's (and
whatever other gremlins that might creep up). With no sponsor for the web
host / domain we had no choice with no real budget for this venture.
(Updated : Jun 16)
So we carry on as usual here but a few changes that needed to
take place. These were to help reduce bandwidth and total space used as both are more limited here. :
1. - No more PDF or audio files (some of which are not allowed on this host).
We added the text from those PDF's we had used on the bottom of affected page instead
(example : Kenwood R-1000 page)
2. - Removed old / outdated / dormant reviews. If you are looking for a removed review, please see the DRRP (Charter) "Internet Archive" pages located here.
3. - No more web traffic counters and script to clog up the pages and create issues.
4. - To make it easier for me to edit, the news page will normally no longer have pictures (unless extremely important)
5. - Pictures will continue to be "modest quality". Because of bandwidth restrictions again.
UPDATE : Carl S. reports to us directly that his AR-DV10 sample
has these shortcomings : Flickering display, extremely low audio, low
sensitivity and yes the dreaded drift issue. Has not enjoyed 1 good
monitoring session with it. "Caveat Emptor" at least for now. (Updated : Jun 21)
- Icom "IC-R30" Wideband Handheld Receiver : First US sales started in the week of May 21st. Digital
decode modes are : D - STAR / APCO P25 Phase 1 / NXDN /
dPMR / Japan Domestic DCR. No DMR just as with the IC-R8600
and of course no trunking. The IC-R30 is NOT a traditional "scanner", but you
already knew THAT right ? Features it has going for it is
simultaneous "Dual Receive AND Dual Record" , built in GPS and Bluetooth. Also features a Speech
function (first handheld receiver I believe to have such a feature ?). English brochure can be viewed here. About $ 600. US Street price. Firmware version 1.04 available here (for USA Version - May 21).
It's size is actually similar to the old GRE PSR-800 (just slightly
taller), but is thinner and not quite as wide. User reports have been very positive so far. As we add this text, accessories are not yet available in the USA. (Updated : Jun 20)
- Sony CRF-1 “Repair of a Slipping VFO” : Sony CRF-1 issue that is repairable. See the near bottom of the Sony Page for the new information added. (Jun 05)
- New "Icom IC-7610" HF Transceiver Issues ! : User reports with the Icom IC-7610's
two internal ADC Heat Sinks
that are or get loose or completely fall off with some samples. Even
a bigger nasty is that some samples are experiencing LCD
burn in issues (which is not a problem with the IC-7300 or IC-R8600).
See the link and "You Tube" videos below for more information.
The IC-7300 has one of these same ADC heat sinks. With the IC-7300 it
lays on the TOP, whereas with the IC-7610's are on the BOTTOM (upside
down). I do not believe the
IC-R8600 receiver has a heat sink on it's ADC. (Updated : Jun 04)
Icom released new 1.32 firmware on April 09 : USA 02 version linked here.
Changes in v1.32 firmware
Fixed distortion that sometimes occurred when receiving a signal in
certain situations (has our audio distortion issue been addressed ?).
- Improved parts of the speech function.
We have now tested the new IC-R8600 v1.32 firmware
and I’m very pleased to report that audio distortion / harshness issues
to MY ears with 1.30 /1.31 has truly been cleared up. Even sounds
cleaner / sharper than what 1.20 did......excellent indeed
Icom..."thank you" ! I will say
that it's has to be the cleanest and most pleasant sounding
communications receiver we have
EVER used with the 1.32 firmware installed, yes it's that good. Icom
now needs to fix what I call the "AGC Swamping" bug. See my
updated version 9.6 review for the updated information on all of these topics.
UPDATES : (Updated : Jun 21)
- After more time using it, the CS-R8600's (IC-R8600's programing software from Icom) "print function"
is near useless in our view as as it can't print entire channel information
on one page and wastes paper to total unreasonable limits ! We used
screen shots of the GUI "pre-print" screen (landscape) and just printed those .jpeg's (even if this was a
chore to make happen).
- "BUG REPORTS" have now been moved over to the BOTTOM of the review page.
Will continue to update these as required on the review page, but only
to cover samples with the new 1.32 firmware now (Last entry Jun 01).
- Version 1.01 "USB I/Q Package" for HDSDR
was released on May 31st. Now supports the Windows 10 Version 1803
(April 2018). Note : We have not tested the I/Q feature of the IC-R8600
(nor do we use Windows 10).
- Eric Cottrell reports that the Icom has now released the IC-R8600 I/Q OUTPUT REFERENCE GUIDE.
- Whistler's NEW TRX-100 and TRX-200 Scanners : Whistler has announced that they are in development of the TRX-100 (handheld) and TRX-200 (desktop/Mobile) scanners
which will feature an I/Q demodulator and A2DP Bluetooth Transceiver.
With the addition of the I/Q demodulator, the TRX-100 and TRX-200 are
to finally deal with weak signal conditions and Linear Simulcast
Modulations (LSM), an issue that has plagued scanners up to now. Like
the TRX-1 and TRX-2 will also include DMR and NXDN at no additional
cost. The TRX-100 and TRX-200 are scheduled to begin shipping in Q4
2018. (May 17)
Many replace the main 3 pot controls with
better quality ones (at around $ 10. to $ 15. for EACH control). In our
limited research near "drop in replacements" COULD be ? : PEC Brand (were Honeywell Clarostat RV4 Series), Both Linear Taper, 10 %, 2 Watt
. NOTE : We have not replaced these in our sample (at least not yet), nor have we acquired the parts to do so.
2 "Gain" Pots R9 and R20 : TWO RV4NAYSD251A (250 ohms)
1 "Phase" Pot R16 : ONE RV4NAYSD102A (1K ohms)
- "Icom IC-7300" N9EWO Information : "Line Audio Output" : Added comments with our IC-7300 review in regards to the now tested "Line Output" at pin 12 of the 13 pin rear connector,
plus updated "Voice Synthesizer" information at this output (as well as
the built in SD card recorder).....yes it can indeed "voice stamp"
recordings...excellent. My apologies that I missed this important
feature in the original report (it's not set ON at default). See my
review for more information on this topic. (Updated : Mar 26)
- AOR AR-DV1 Review :
Our "AOR AR-DV1" review is available here . Information
in our review that has NOT been covered anywhere else (up to now)
including the frequency display being off and totally unacceptable
audio quality for ANY broadcast listening. (Updated : Jun 20)
- Icom IC-7610 "Fan Operates in just Receive Only Use !" : The Icom IC-7610 "Direct Sampling" SDR HF Transceiver's receiver section draws around "3+ amps" of current just as with the
elder IC-7600 model did (via information as indicated
in the brochure). We of course had a gut feeling that the fan
would operate in just RECEIVE ONLY use ??
- "Universal Radio" has Moved to a New Location as of Monday October 16th, 2017.
Radio has moved its operations to a more efficient location here in the
Columbus, Ohio area where we can continue to serve our loyal customers.
This will be the fourth location change since Universal was founded in
1942. We look forward to many more years of serving the amateur and
short wave communities which Universal Radio has done for 75 years. The
new location is a 30-minute drive from the old Americana
Universal Radio Inc.
651 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. Suite B
Worthington, OH 43085
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