Bearcat, Electra Company, Cumberland, IN
überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
The brand Bearcat has got a good reputation for it's wideband and scanning
receivers. In 1983, Bearcat presented their first "big" shortwave receiver rivalling
sets like the Sony Worldband radios, the Panasonic DR-31, the Philips D2999
or some Yaesu receivers - and it should remain Bearcat's single "real" shortwave
receivers for the future. The set has been developed by Uniden, this company
from Japan has been well known for their efforts with the CR-2021, an improved
"copy" of Sony's ICF-2001.
The desktop receiver can be tilted op on the Dxers desk using the carrying handle, the ergonomics are fine in the tilted position. The set is designed for being portable, it can be operated from 8 UM-1 batteries or from 12V DC (center positive plug). For kkeping it's frequency memory and the clock running, the set will need another three UM-3 cells, the battry compartment is found behind the metal lid on the back fixed with screws.
The left third of the front panel is taken by the speaker grille, You find the
headphones socket underneath.
When You switch the set on for the first time, You have to key in the correct time using the numbered keypad in 24 hour format, pushing the E(nter) button will start the clock. Switch to the second timezone, e.g. for UTC time, here You will only have to key in the hour digit and to save with the E key.
For operation the set, You will first habe to chose the way of frequency
control. The pushbutton marked MANUAL will toggle between the main tuning knob
(tuning mode DIAL) and the keypad for direct frequency entry (tuning mode called
KEY). Type in the frequency in kHz and press the E(nter) button to jumb to the
desired frequency, alternatively, when You enter a digits and the dot, the frequency
will be assumed as beeing MHz.
As a portable receiver, the set will work well on it's internal telescopic
antenna, long wire aerials might tend to overload thereceiver's front end in the
European high signal strength areas, in USA and Asia, long wire antennas might turn out
more feasible - the set is not designed for the crowded band conditions and high
signal strengths in central Europe.
Using the buttons MEMO, a number key and E(nter), You can store the actual frequency in one of the set's 10 memory channels, MEMO, number key and RECALL will set the receiver to a previously stored frequency. You will find more informations about the clock and timer functions in the operator's manual found at Rigpix.
When reception qualities here in Europe will be compared with sets of similar size, price and technical specifications, the conclusion will show disappointing results: In high signal strength areas, the set tends to overload and is likely to produce distorted audio in crowded shortwave broadcast bands. I consider this set as a collectors item, when interested in a set well suited for the reception of international shortwave stations, look aroung for a FRG-7, Kenwood R-100o or a Sony ICF-2001D / ICF-2010 of the same age or a contemporary set. But the DX-1000 has an impressive look on the shelves of the proud owner of a radio collection.
d: Testbericht DX1000, weltweit hören 5/1984
© Martin Bösch 15.3.2008