Galaxy Mesa 9000
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
When the Galaxy Mesa Series has been redesigned in 1972, Nordmende did not only present
a slightly improved Galaxy Mesa 7000 but the saw significant improvements and got the
new model number of 9000.
Take a Grundig Satellit 2000/2100, add some useful features - and imagine You had to work in a development laboratory in the seventies: You might end in constructing a set like the Galaxy Mesa 9000.
The Galaxy Mesa 9000 is one of the biggest (49x27x12 cm) and heaviest (7 kg) portable radios and has similar dimensions as Grundg's Satellit 2000 / 2100 or some Sony sets from the CRF-series.
At the top face of receiver, You find the band selector pushbuttons, two telescopic antennas for AM and FM and a rugged carrying handle; at the back the compartments for six batteries and the mains cable.
A bit more then a third of the front panel is taken by the large speaker grill.
Four slide controls below the frequency dial are used as volume, bass and treble and stereo balance controls, a row of four switches aktivate the AFC and stereo mode on FM, set the set to PU / amplifier mode and activate the BFO for single sideband reception. Six FM presets store the frequency of Your favourite FM stations, they work in a similar way as the presets found in old television sets - without digital technology.
Operating the Galaxy Mesa 9000 is uncomplicated: When the set is switched
on, press the button BANDS and select the desired shortwave band with the middle
tuning knob. The red triangular mark should indicate 49 meters and You will see
a coarse dial for the 49 m shortwave band in the bandspread dial window. You
should find the german news of Deutsche Welle Cologne somewhere between the
6.05 and 6.1 marks, the S meter will indicate sufficient signal strength, as
long as You live in central Europe.
In conclusion the Galaxy Mesa 9000 is more a collectors item and might find use as a secondary receiver, but it's not the ultimate "DX machine". When it was sold, the Galaxy Mesa 9000st offered everything considered as necessary to be a dream home shortwave receiver. In commercial receivers, single sideband reception with filters for bith sidebands, hich grade I.F. filters, double conversion technology and a accurate dial giving You a frequency accuracy of better the 5 kHz - all this could be found in the sixties. But not too many private listeners could afford a Collins R-390A or a 51S-1...
© Martin Bösch 22.6.2010