8213Re: [RADIOSHACKDX394] why this receiver?
- Jun 8, 2014What???? A Kaito 1103 outperforming a modded dx394? That 394 must have been defective !! I heard a lit about the Kaito and bought one. Next to my modded 384 it was a did!!However thus is just my experience your Mage my differErnie
Sent from my iPhoneMark’s is a sensible reply to your question, Hans, and touches on a basic choice: tabletop vs portable. Moreover, you did not express what your needs, priorities and budget are so any answer can only speculate on what they may be.Relative to the PL880 and others, you also have a choice between 20 year old vs contemporary technology, warranty or not, VHF-FM or not…And budget? I would rather pay $400 for a new Alinco DXR8 than $250 for a modified DX394 but yours may not stretch that far.The last new radio I bought was a $100 Kato/Degen 1103. It outperforms the 394 in some respects (selectivity and zero-beating) and lags in others (ergonomics, images, overload).So, you can see there is no simple response to your simple question.Tom ve3meo
The DX-394 is a good radio, but it is not the best radio you can buy. It was never really intended to compete with radios like the Drake R7, R8. The selectivity could be better and the noise floor level could be lower. BUT, with a good antenna they are usually a good solid 8 out out of 10 and very usable stock. With the proper mods it is a much better radio. If I was going to buy a DX-394 tomorrow, I would get one that Lowbander has gone through and modded. Check out Lowbander.com to see his mods.
I don't see a problem buying a Tecsun PL-880 or PL-660! Or even a Sony ICF-SW7600GR. Many of the current crop of portables are very good. I have several Tecsun and Grundig radios and I think the reception you get for the price is very good with Tecsun. I am waiting for the next firmware release before I buy a PL-880. I would rather use a table radio than a portable.
Mark B. N8PGV
would be nice if I hear remarks that make sense..
can make a good decision, I can also buy a Tecsun PL880 or
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