Re: New to shortwave
- --- In RADIOSHACKDX394@yahoogroups.com, "surge031" <surge031@y...>
> I just heard about the DX-394 and how great it is, so I have beenis,
> looking around on ebay to buy one. I saw some pretty expensive(to
> me ) ones with alot of mods for over $215. What I'll like to know
> are those mods really important and helpful? Is a regular DX-394A well modified DX-394 is noticeably superior to an unmodified one.
> right out of the box just as good as the modded ones? Im on yahoo
> messenger (surge031) so feel free to pm me or leave me an offline
The two most significant ones are the Crosstalk mod and one of the IF
filter mods (Kiwa or Poor Man's Kiwa) for improved selectivity on AM.
Other significant improvements can be made outside the box and there
are many inside mods that are unique to SSB/CW or appeal to a
narrower set of users.
The spread between the average selling price on eBay for extensively
modified and mostly unmodified DX-394's over the last couple of
months is about US$95. The materials cost for most of the offered
mods is pretty small, from 0 for the chuffing and beep-beep mods (the
latter is not really a mod, it's a user option), through a few cents
or dimes for mods involving resistors, capacitors and diodes, to $16-
$20 or so for a Kiwa filter and for documentation kits (service
manual, schematic, CD-ROM of mods and software), if included. So most
of the spread reflects labour.
If you can do the mods yourself, then you can save much of that
spread and learn a lot more about the radio. Otherwise, you'll have
to decide if it's worth paying the higher price. The most prolific DX-
394 upgrader on eBay is lowbander - he sells almost 1 a week and has
an excellent feedback rating. Some of his are re-sold later by a
73, Tom VE3MEO