Manufactured by Nordmende, Bremen; chassis 772.191.A.
This top-of-the-range set from the Galaxy Mesa series of 1971 has an impressive aspect and has a lot to offer to be included in the family of great world band receivers. It had to compete with the Grundig Satellit 1000, which also was launched at the early 1970s.
The Nordmende Galaxy Mesa 7000 is a large portable worldband radio covering the most important shortwave broadcast bands. The receiver has a weight of 5.5 kg and can be carried on a carrying handle, but with its 47 x 26 x 11.5 cm it is too bulky to be taken on holiday trips and prefers to reside on a tidy desk.
The Galaxy Mesa 7000's most important controls are located on the front panel, while the battery and mains cable compartments are on the back.
To the left of the front panel, you find the loudspeaker, to the right the large frequency dial; the band ranges are selected with buttons located next to the dials, similar to the arrangement of the Nordmende Globemanager. On the right, the S-meter indicates the field strength and, if necessary, the battery voltage; unfortunately, the meter is not calibrated in S-steps. Below it, you find the tuning knob for longwaves, mediumwaves and (tropical band) shortwaves. The knob below with the fold-out flap selects the different spread shortwave ranges in the BANDS position (unlike Grundig, Nordmende does not use a turret tuner here, but a complex switching unit), tuning is done with the outer ring of the tuning knob. The drum dial has coarse frequency markings that allow you to find orientation in the corresponding shortwave band. A red triangular mark printed on the drum indicates which shortwave band is selected, similar to Nordmendes solution with the Globemanager set. The lowest tuning knob tunes the FM broadcast band.
In the bottom row of controls, next to the main switch, are the sliding controls for volume, treble and bass control and the pushbuttons for PU/amplifier operation, dial illumination and the narrow/wide IF filter.
The operation of the Galaxy Mesa 7000 is uncomplicated: switch on, turn up the volume, select the shortwave range with the BANDS button, switch to the 49 m broadcast band, the red triangular marker then points to 49M. In the 49 m band, somewhere between the markings for 6.1 and 6.2, look out for the signal of Austrian Radio on 6155 kHz. Some features are missing, the most important drawback is that the Galaxy Mesa 7000 lacks a digital frequency display, the receiver cannot be tuned between the broadcast bands and thus reception of out-of-band channels is not possible, a BFO for the reception of single sideband transmissions from radio amateurs is also missing.
In summary, the Galaxy Mesa 7000 is a representative world band receiver, clearly tailored to the needs of a programme listener, tuning in international shortwave services in good quality. The Galaxy Mesa 7000 can by no means compete with modern shortwave receivers, but it may keep its place with many shortwave enthusiasts as a second receiver or collector's item.
The set is equipped with semiconductors.