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The Grundig Satellit 1400 was the "youngest brother" in the latest series of heavy and bulky portable shortwave receivers from Grundig, it was produced from 1979 - 1982. With it's digital frequency readout, it looks like a "economy" variant of the Satellit 3400, but the technical difference to the earlier sets was quite impressive. Grundig turned away from the receiver design based on a turret tuning arrangement connected to a frequency counter, abandoning the complicated bandswitching scheme with the many gold plated contacts in the turret tuner improved the set's stability and made it more reliable.
The 1979 - 1982 built solid state Grundig Satellit 1400 can be operated from the internal mains power supply, batteries or with a rechargeable Dryfit accumulator.
The portable set with it's dimensions 41 x 27 x 12 cm was still one of the bulky worldband radios made by Grundig. Without batteries, it has a weight of 5,5 kg .On the right upper part of the front panel, You find the horizontal coarse dials for long-, mediumwaves, the six shortwave band segments and FM.
Underneath, You find the switches for Radio / Phono, Muting and AFC in the FM band, the LCD frequency display with a resolution of 1 kHz and the signal strength meter.
In the middle row of controls, You find the volume, bass and treble rotary knobs of the left, the concentric knobs for main and fine tuning in the middle and the rotary band switches at the right side.
In the bottom row, You find from the left the main power, the secondary speaker / tweeter, the meter light and the counter switch. Next is the RF gain control (MVC) and the BFO switch for beat note control. Like in the Satellit 2400 and 3400, the set has an odd arrangement: in the USB setting for SW1, You will be switched to LSB in the other ranges and in the LSB setting for SW1, You will receive the upper side band when You tune into the SW2-6 ranges.
The Satellit 1400 operates as single conversion set in the LW, MW and SW1 ranges
and as double conversion set in the shortwave ranges 2 - 6. This will give You optimal
reception quality with superior rejection of unwanted signals only on frequencies above
3,5 MHz. So for reception of the 60 m tropical band, the set operates in double conversion
and while listening to 120 m band Australian stations, You will encounter much more unwanted
spurious signals and intermodulation products from strong stations in the shortwave
© Martin Bösch 28.5.2008