Globetrotter 808 / 8.104A
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
The Nordmende Globetrotter 808 is a portable multiband radio with SSB capability, bandswitching is accomplished by a turret tuner design, the bandspread dials are completely analog.
The set is with it's 4,4 kg and 40 x 24 x 11 cm (a little bit smaller then the
Grundig Satellit 2100, to compare it with a set, that was a direct competitor
on the market.
The big frequency dial has two parts: one facing to the top of the set
and the other part facing at at the front, the long- and
mediumwave dials and SW1, the tropical band covering 160 - 75 m and the FM broadcast
band dial (Youn find also the VHF channel numbers as found on many German home radios)
are extended over the whole width of the dial, the window for the
spread shortwaev bands is much smaller and frequency marks within the single
shortwave bands are quite coarse, the interval between two marks is 25 kHz so the
dial accuracy might be around 5 - 10 kHz.
At the top face, next to the two pushbuttons for dial illumination and battery
check, You find the pushbuttons for the wavebands and the internal / external antenna
switch. The telescopic antenna is constructed similarly to the one found in Grundig
Satellit sets, pull out the outer thick part for FM reception and additionally
the inner thinnner elements for shortwave reception.
At the left face of the cabinet, You find the sockets for headphones, external speaker and a tape recorder, all in German DIN standard. On the rear, a switch allows to power the set from 110 or 220 V, You can also operate the receiver from 6 UM1 / D cells or 12 V DC. A small trimmer allows to set the squelch treshold.
The operation scheme of the Globetrotter 808 is not complicated: connect the set to mains or insert the batteries, switch the set on using the volume control and pull out the telescopic antenna. All small switches at the left and right of the metering instrument should be set to the down position, "Radio" mode, AGC on, AM wide. The pushbutton BANDS selects the shortwave band selector at the right side of the cabinet, turn to select the 49 meter band. and try to locate Your favourite stattion's signal. As frequency dial accuracy is poor, You will have to wait for the hourly station identification / news to be sure about the station's identity.
I have not measured the sensitivity, it appears as good enough for the reception
of the signals of the major internationl shortwave broadcasters, selectivity with
the "AM narrow" filter is good enough to separate two 5 kHz channels. For single
sideband reception, pull out the BFO switch and tune for zero beat or optimum
readibility, in most occasions, You will have to set the gain control to MGC and
carefully turn down the RF gain a bit from maximum to find a good readibility
and avoid overloading. Enjoy to listen to some communications between hams in the
80, 40 or 20 m amateur bands.
My set showed a good production quality, the set was quite reliable after many years of use, at least I found less problemss with the frequency band pushbuttons and the AM filter switch then with older Grundig sets.
Zusammenfassend kann gesagt werden, dass der Nordmende Globetrotter 808 für Stationen
innerhalb der Rundfunkbänder dank des guten Tons ein schöner Zuhörempfänger ist
und auch den Einstieg ins KurzwellenDX erlaubt.
In summary, the Nordmende Globetrotter 808 is a fine shortwave radio for home use, if You can do without a digital frequency display. It has good reproduction on mediumwaves and FM and is fun to be used for every day casual listening to Your local station with nice audio quality. If You can get one cheap at a ham fest or radio flea market - get it, it's much better to invest 50 bucks in this radio then in a cheap Chinese synthesized set giving You too much electrical noise and spurs...
e: model page at www.radiomuseum.org
d: Nordmende Globetrotter, Rainer Lichte, Kurzwellenempfänger, Qual der Wahl
© Martin Bösch 26.6.2010