Nordmende Globetrotter Amateur
Variant 8.101B, 1968/70
Manufactured by Nordmende, Bremen.
In 1968, Nordmende launched a high-end set, the Globetrotter Amateur. In contrast to the other sets from the Globetrotter series, is a double conversion superheterodyne; with its BFO, the set is capable of single sideband reception.
- Principle: single conversion superhet, IF 460 kHz / FM 10.7 MHz
- Operation modes: A1 with BFO, SSB, AM (A3), FM (F3)
- Frequency range: FM broadcast band, LW, MW, MB, 11 x SW (80 / 61 / 59 / 49 / 41 / 31 / 25 / 20 / 19 / 16 / 13 m)
- Frequency display: analogue dial, band spread dial calibrated in frequencies.
- Frequency memory: none
- Sensitivity: AM (A3) MW 6 μV, LW 12 μV, SW 1.2 - 9 μV / Selectivity: 3.2 kHz (-6/-60 dB)
- Mains operation: 110, 220 V
- 310 x 210 x 105 mm, weight 3.8 kg
The Nordmende Globetrotter Amateur is a double conversion superhet covering 11 spread shortwave bands in addition to the longwave, mediumwave, maritime communications and FM broadcast bands. The set has an analogue dial, the band spread dials on the Globetrotter Amateur have frequency markers and allow easier setting of a desired reception frequency.
The Globetrotter Amateur is a portable receiver measuring 310 x 210 x 105 mm with a weight of 4.3 kg. The dimensions are identical to those of the other sets in the Globetrotter series.
The controls and dials are located on the top of the receiver, the large loudspeaker in the front of the unit.
The amateur version of the „Globetrotter“ has rectangular band selector buttons, the BANDS button is used to select the spread shortwave bands, which are switched with the turret tuner.
On the front panel, at the left you find the telescopic antenna, the volume control combined with the power switch and the rotary controls for treble and bass; at the touch of a button, the dial illumination is activated or the instrument is set to indicate the battery level.
Seven square push-buttons above the dial activate (from the left) the BFO (for CW and single sideband reception), the AFC (automatic frequency correction in FM mode), the narrow and wide IF filters, the FM broadcast band, the maritime broadcast band (marked S) and medium and longwaves.
Of the two tuning knobs, the upper one tunes the FM broadcast band and the SML bands, the lower knob selects the spread shortwave bands (in range position BANDS) and the outside ring is used for fine tuning within the spread band.
A compartment for 5 UM-1 batteries is located at the bottom of the set, and a 7.5 V DC power supply unit can be connected on the right face of the set. In contrast to the older „Globetrotter“ models, the Globetrotter Amateur has an integrated 110/220 V mains power supply. The mains connector and terminals for an external antenna / earth and a DIN audio socket are also located at the right face.
The operation scheme is straightforward: Turn the set on with the volume control, select the spread SW ranges with the BANDS button, turn the band selector until the 49m band range is visible in the small dial window of the turret tuner, then locate the Austrian Radio signal on 6155 kHz between the 6.1 and 6.2 (MHz) dial markings.
The Nordmende Globetrotter Amateur - Nordmende's top-of-the-line travel receiver at the end of the sixties - is a collector's set. It can easily be used to tune in to the local FM broadcast station, and it is fun to hunt for the stronger signals of the international foreign services within the shortwave bands. Serious DXing is not possible due to the poor frequency dial accuracy, but thanks to the BFO, the receiver allows you to listen to amateur radio broadcasts.
The set is equipped with semiconductors.