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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

The Japanese company Panasonic, a part of Matsushita Electronics, had always been concentrating on the consumer electronics segment and entered into "multiband receiver" business with it's T-100 in 1965.
With their sets, Panasonic aimed at the same costumers segments as Sony did, but their sets always offerend an outstanding price / performance ratio. Most of their sets were popularly priced, Panasonic always had some perfectly processed top range sets with a corresponding sum on the price tag...
The RF-2200 (European designations was DR-22) was an early conpact size portable shortwave receiver with a linear analog dial which even offered SSB reception. In 1978 Panasonic presented the RF-2800 / DR-28, a portable set with a similar shape which was equipped with a digital frequency counter and came for a reasonable price. The RF-2900 / DR-29 with the added preselector had a superior unwanted / mirror signal rejection.
The large RF-4800 / DR-48 and its successor RF-4900 / DR-49 with their conventional receiver design and frequency counter was a bit outdated when it appeared on the market, it stability and selectivity did not perfectly match what one could expect for the money.
In 1980 a slightly downgraded version of the RF-2800 under the designation RF-2600 sold for 290 US$ remained the best priced "real" shortwave receiver with a digital frequency display for quite a while. Two years later, the RF-3100 was the first PLL synthesized shortwave receiver from Panasonic, it offered superior frequency stability and good selectivity due to it's two IF filters. The RF-6300 with PLL synthesizer circuitry ad again the enormous impressive size of earlier sets, the high end microprocessor controlled RF-9000 even surpassed it by it's size, weight and of course the price.
The smaller microprocessor controlled RF-799 with it's 10 station memories and a similar size like the legendary Sony ICF-2001 was the first in a series of small leightweight receivers. Panasonic concentrated on this segment of travel shortwave radios for a few years and finally left even this segment in the middle of the nineties.

Desktop Shortwave Receivers

T-100 (1964):
single conversion, analog dial, LW / MW / SW / FM
R-3000 (1965):
single conversion, analog dial, LW / MW / SW / FM
DR-22 / RF-2200 (1976):
double conversion, linear analog dial, FM/MW/ SW 3.46-28 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
DR-28 / RF-2800 LBS (1978):
double conversion, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 3-30 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
DR-29 / RF-2900 LBS (1979):
double conversion, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 3-30 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO), Preselektor
DR-48 / RF-4800 (1976):
double conversion, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 3-31 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
DR-49 / RF-4900 (1979):
double conversion, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 3-31 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
DR-26 / RF-2600:
double conversion, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 3-30 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
DR-31 / RF-3100L (1983):
double conversion, PLL synthesizer, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/MW/ SW 1,6-30 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
RF-6300LBS / DR-Q63 (1982):
double conversion, PLL synthesizer, digital frequency display 1 kHz, FM / MW / SW 1,6-30 MHz;
FM / AM / SSB(BFO), 12 memories, digital clock
RF-5000: (1978?) linear analog dial,
AM LW, MW, 8 x SW, FM UKW 76 - 108 MHz, Uhr
RF-8000: (1976)
double conversion, linear analog dial, crystal calibrator
AM LW - 30 MHz, FM VHF 32 - 230 MHz, Uhr
RF-9000 (1980):
double conversion, PLL synthesizer, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM/AM 0,15-30 MHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO), 15 memories, scanning functions, digital clock
RF-799 (1982):
single conversion, PLL synthesizer, digital frequency readout 5 kHz, FM / MW / SW 2,3-26,1 MHz, FM/AM, 10 memories
RF-B300 (1983):
digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM / AM / SSB(BFO)
RF-B600 (1983):
double conversion, PLL synthesizer, digital frequency readout 1 kHz, FM / AM 150-29999 kHz; modes FM / AM / SSB(BFO), 9 memories