Grundig Portable Receivers
Shortly after the Second World War, Grundig in Fürth started the production of home radios. After an enormous expansion in the 1950s, Grundig introduced the Grundig Satellit 205, the first world receiver in Grundig's typical portable radio format, in 1964. The double conversion set Satellit 208 (1967-68) and the somewhat improved 210 followed (1969-71), each had 8 eight spread broadcast bands in the respective general coverage range, SSB reception was possible only with an external BFO. The Satellit 1000 (1972-73) and its successor Satellit 2000 (1973-75) with the horizontal arrangement of the turret tuner and bandspreading scales were only slightly modified electrically and were characterised by the built-in power supply unit and a generously dimensioned AF section. With the Satellit 2100 (1976-79), modern silicon transistors were used and the unit was equipped with rotary sound controls. Fundamental changes were made in the Satellit 3000 (1977-78) which featured a permanently installed SSB section and a digital frequency counter as well as 6 VHF fixed station pushbuttons, the changes to the Satellit 3400 (1978-82) were almost purely cosmetic.
The only single conversion set in the satellite series was the satellit_300 (1983-85), which used PLL synthesis and was much more compact & lighter than its predecessors, but offered disappointing performance on the shortwave bands. It was soon followed by the Satellit 400 in very similar appearance but with double conversion technology (1986-89), followed by the then flagship set, the Satellit 600 (1983-85)/ 650 prof. (1986-91) with PLL synthesis, microprocessor control and, as an innovation, an automatic motorised or manually tunable preselector; after a frequency is keyed in, the preselector pointer rushes to the correct scale point as if moved by magic. The series was extended with the Satellit 500 (1989-91) and 700 (1992-96), both of which had a synchronous detector, the latter of which could be equipped with ROM chips for memory expansion. The Satellit 900 was announced in the trade press, but was only built as a prototype due to production problems.
The Grundig satellite series was always aimed at the domestic market, and only the later „Satellit“ models even got a marine radio licence. Grundig never attempted to enter in the commercial communications receivers market.
Portable receivers from Grundig
|Satellite 205 (Transistor 5000)||1965||Single Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, 4 x SW + 6 spread broadcast bands||AM, analogue display|
|Satellite 205 Amateur||1965||Single Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, 4 x SW + 6 spread amateur radio bands||AM, analogue display|
|Satellit 208 (Transistor 6000)||1967||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, Marine band and 8 x sW + 8 spread radio bands||external BFO optional, analogue display|
|Satellit 210 (Transistor 6001)||1969||Double Conversion||VHF, MW, Marine band, 8 x SW + 8 spread broadcast bands||external BFO optional, analogue display|
|Satellit 1000 (Transistor 6002)||1972||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, 9 x SW + 8 spread broadcast bands||external BFO optional, analogue display, built-in power supply|
|Satellit 2000||1973||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, SW1, SW2, 8 x SW + 8 spread broadcast bands||external BFO optional, analogue display, built-in power supply|
|Satellit 2100||1976||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, SW1, SW2, 8 x SW + 8 spread broadcast bands||external BFO optional, analogue display, built-in power supply|
|Satellit 1400||1980||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, 6 x SW||digital frequency display|
|Satellit 2400||1979||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, 6 x SW||digital frequency display, VHF stereo reception|
|Satellit 3000||1977||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, SW1, SW2, 8 x SW + 8 spread broadcast bands||VHF with 6 memories, AM/SSB, digital display, 1 kHz steps, clock|
|Satellit 3400||1978||Double Conversion||VHF, LW, MW, SW1, SW2, 8 x SW + 8 spread radio bands||VHF with 6 memories, AM/SSB, digital display, 1 kHz steps, clock|
|Satellit 300||1983||Single Conversion||LW, MW, 2 x SW up to 22 MHz, VHF||35 memories (Satellite 4000 as stereo - version)|
|Satellit 400||1986||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 26,1/30 MHz, VHF||32 memories on SW, SSB, clock|
|Satellit 600||1983||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 26.1 MHz, VHF||32 memories on SW, SSB, motor driven preselector, clock|
|Satellit 650||1986||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 26,1/30 MHz, VHF||32 memories on SW, SSB, motor driven preselector, clock|
|Satellit 500||1989||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 30 MHz, VHF||40 + 156 fixed memories on SW, SSB, clock|
|Satellit 700||1992||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 30 MHz, VHF||512 - max. 2048 memories on SW, SSB, clock, RDS on VHF|
|Satellit 900||1995||Double Conversion||LW, MW, SW up to 30 MHz, VHF||memories, SSB, clock, RDS on VHF|
World receivers by Grundig USA / Lextronix / Eton
After the end of Grundig's own production, Grundig USA used its trademark rights and launched several sets in the USA under the well-known brand name „Grundig Satellit“. For trademark reasons, they had to be marketed as Eton or Lextronix in the rest of the world.
These units are well designed PLL shortwave receivers developed with the support and expertise of R.L.Drake, but apart from the design they have nothing to do with the original Grundig technology.