Panasonic / National Panasonic,
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
Around 1987, Panasonic presented it's RF-B60, a PLL synthesized double conversion comapct travel shortwave receiver. It is quite similar to the RF-B65, but comes without SSB capabilities and fine tuning.
The Panasonic RF-B60 DL is portable shortwave travel radio, the PLL synthesized
double conversion set comes in a compact cabinet with the dimensions of a pocket book,
198 x 118 x 34 mm / 600 g.
The speaker is located at the left side of the receiver's front panel. Two
buttons just below the speaker act as electronic ON and OFF switches, another button
activates the 60 minutes sleep timer.
As most of the buttons are self explanatory, operating the RF-B60 is not too complicated:
Turn on the radio with the ON button. Press the key for SW, then for direct frequency
entry FREQ - 6 0 7 5 - ENTER, and You should arrive at receiving the signal
of Radio Deutsche Welle from Cologne, at least as long as You life in
central Europe. To access the 49 m band, You can use the METER button followed
by the corresponding numbered button 5. Within the band, You can tune manually
with the rotary tuning control or the UP/DOWN buttons. When depressed for a
longer time, the receiver starts a scanning mode, press the button again to
Shortwave performance is reportedly very good, the receiver can still be used as a superior quality compact travel shortwave radio - You might consider looking around for a used RF-B65, a very similar set with added BFO for CW / single sideband reception and fine tuning.
© Martin Bösch 25.3.2005