Blaupunkt GmbH, Hildesheim, Deutschland
Supernova 7 658 880
überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
The German domestic radio manufacturer Blaupunkt had only very few
"real" shortwve radios in their catalogues. There has been some maritime
equipment in the fifties and sixties - until Blaupunkt presented the Supernova.
This set has also been sold as Siemens Turnier Electronic RK 16.
The Blaupunkt Supernova is a portable multiband radio, with it's dimensions of 33,5 x 21,4 x 10,4 cm and it's weight of 4,5 kg without batteries, it's clearly more bulky then the contemporary bocket-book sized travel radios. It has an internal mains power supply running from 110 or 220V and a battery compartment to house 6 UM-1 / mono cells. Next to the carrying handle on the top of the set, You find two pull out telescopic antennas.
In the lower rigth corner of the front panel, You find the mains (I0) switch;
in a row above this the band push buttons, in my set they are still fully functional
despite of the age of the set. The button "MB" (maritime band) activates the 1,6-4,6
maritime or "trawler" band, here You will find the tropical band shortwave stations
of the 90 - 60 m bands and some amateur radio traffic, too.
Operating the Blaupunkt Supernova is straightforward: Switch on with the IO in the right lower corner and press the waveband button. The button "K" will activate the turret tuner, turn the coil turret to waveband "1" and tune the set. Somewhere in the left half of the 49m-band - segment, You might recognize the German spoken news from "Deutsche Welle" from Cologne - now it's up to You... When You have identified the station, You can improve the reception by using the "K-Lupe", the "Shortwave magnifying glass" is the fine tuning aid.
The plus, that the Supernova is tuneable to all shortwave frequencies, is it's
major drawback at the same time: there is no sufficient bandspread dial covering
only one single shortwave broadcast band, so finding a station on a known frequency
will be quite "challenging". I prefer the arrangement found on the Grundig Satellit
models, You can switch between general coverage and broadcast band bandspread in
the shortwave segments.
In summary, the Blaupunkt Supernova is more a collector's item then a reasonable DXing machine, but it's fun using it for listening to the major internal broadcasters or some mediumwave channels due to it's pleasant audio. If You're interested in chasing faint shortwave signals from around the world, You would rather look around for a set with digital frequency display, a decent choice of IF filters und SSB capabilities.
© Martin Bösch 15.11.2007