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überarbeitet am 23.10.2010

As a competitor to the classic analog shortwave portables like Sony's ICF-7600A or the RF-B50 from Panasonic, Philips presented their analog portable D-1835 in the year 1986 and tried to get into the shortwave travel radio market.

Single conversion,

Analog dial, ca. 20 kHz

LW, MW, 9 x SW 11 - 49 m


Selectivity -6 dB/ -60 dB


Tone control

The Philips D-1835 is a portable shortwave travel radio, the single conversion set comes in a cabinet with the dimensions of a pocket book, 19 x 12 x 3,5 cm / 530 g.
The radio is powered by four UM-3 / AA batteries or 6 V DC from an external Philips EM1000 power supply. It comes with a carrying strap and has a small plastic flap at the rear to keep the set in a slightly tilted position on Your desk for easier operation.

The anthracite - black coloured plastic cabinet with the red decorative stripes and dial markings give it a quite elegant appearence.
The speaker is located behind the speaker grill at the left side of the receiver's front panel.
At the right, You find the vertical bandspread dials with coarse markings for the 49 - 11 m shortwave broadcast bands and just below the sliding bandswitch for FM, MW, LW and shortwaves, the active band segment is indicated by a tiny red indicator in a window below the corresponding dial. The power switch is located in the lower part of the right small face of the set. The set comes with sliding controls for tone and volume.

At the right small face of the receiver, You find the tuning knob, in contrast to cheap shortwave radios from the discounter, tuning is accurate and without backlash, just below is the main switch.

Philips' D-1835 Compass is easy to operate, like the Sony analog shortwave radios. Set the main switch to ON, and use the BAND SELECTOR to select the desired shortwave range, position 1 will select the 49 m shortwave broadcast band. Look out for the news coming from Cologne somewhere between the 6.05 and 6.10 frequency marks, and You are tuned to 6075 kHz.

The sensivitity of the D-1835 is adequate, selectivity is sufficient to select between shortwave stations on adjacent channels under most conditions. Shortwave coverage is limited to the selection of the popular shortwave broadcast bands from 49 - 11 meters, out of band channels and the tropical bands are not covered.
The audio quality is good, the set has no synthesizer hiss as found frequently on cheap PLL synthesized multiband radios - but the lack of a digital frequency display and memories will make this radio a collector's item, today. You can use ot to receive the local stations when You are on a trip abroad, but to stay connected with Your home, I would look for a set with digital frequency display.


© Martin Bösch, 20.9.2010