Satellit 400 international / professional
überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
After the disappointing Satellit 300, Grundig's development laboratories
worked hard for a successor model with all features omitted in the '300, they
presented the Satellit 400 in 1986, it was produced until 1989.
The Grundig Satellit 400 came as a completely reengineered successor of the Satellit 300 in the year 1986. In common with it's older brother, You find only the cabinet's dimensions, the weight and the position of the major controls on the front panel - but the circuitry has been completely redesigned, so make sure not to get mixed up with the earlier Satellit 300 when looking for a second hand set.
The set's dimensions of 30,4 x 18 x 7 cm and it's weight of 2,1 kg are identical to the Satellit 300. The set can be powered from mains 110-127 or 220-240 V. It can also operated from 6 UM-2 / Baby cells for radio operation and needs another three UM-3 cells to keep the microprocessor, clock and memories alive.
At the top edge of the set, You find only a world time chart underneath the carrying handle and the telescopic antenna.
The left half of the front panel is taken by the big speaker grille, this will
give You pleasant audio from the set's 6 Watt output power audio amplifier.
In the left lower corner, You find the mains switch also operating the
The Satellit 400 has a capability of storing 24 individual frequencies, all these memories can be used independently from the selectad waveband. To avoid overwriting a memory channel, You check it's contenct pressing the number of the memory channel and the STATION button, the display will indicate the frequency stored or FREE for an empty memory channel. For storing a frequency in the memory, key in the number of the memory channel and STORE, the receiver will verify the operation with STAT. and display of the memory channel. To recall a frequency in the memory use the command "Channel No." and STATION, to erase a memory, You can use "Channel No." and FREE. The "< SCAN >" keys will allow You to jump directly from one memory channel to the next one.
For SSB/CW reception press the small button underneath the BFO control at
the right edge of the receiver, use to BFO for fine tuning of the BFO pitch for
CW reception or until the Mickey Mouse voice will become intelligible.
In summary, the microprocessor controlled Satellit 400 is what You had expected from the Satellit 300, a slightly bulky portable shortwave receiver offering reliable performance, good rejection of unwanted intermodulation products and spurious signals due to it's double conversion design, and the great audio You expect from a shortwave receiver from Grundig's Satellit series. The set is not so common on the used market, it might be easier but more expensive to find a Satellit 700 offering You automated synchroneous detection and a RDS station identification active on FM.
© Martin Bösch 10.6.2008