Grundig Satellit 2400
Manufactured by Grundig, Fürth.
The eighties were years of big radios, besides the ghetto blaster cassette recorders, the Satellit 2400 also is quite impressive. Thanks to its stereo capability with two speakers, it is even bigger than the somewhat older Satellit 3400. Technically, the Satellit 2400 is very similar to the Satellit 1400, but has a VHF stereo decoder.
- Frequency range: FM, LW, MW, 6 x SW (1.6 - 28 MHz)
- Frequency memory: none
- Features: Stereo (FM)
- Sensitivity: AM (A3)] 1.4 - 3 μV, SSB 0.8 - 1.5 μV / [[Selectivity: 3.4 / 11.5 kHz (-6 dB)
- 530 x 290 x 120 mm, weight 7.4 kg
The Grundig Satellit 2400 with its dimensions of 53 x 29 x 12 cm, is slightly wider than the 3000/3400, and with 7.4 kg it is quite heavy. The carrying handle and protective brackets give the receiver a touch of portability, so you would certainly be well advised not to lug the Satellit 2400 far to the beach.
The left and right quarter of the front panel are taken up by the two large loudspeakers, and the Satellit even has switchable tweeters for high quality VHF audio, now even in stereo.
The controls in the centre section of the front panel are very similar to the familiar control layout from the Satellit 1400. Below the large coarse dial with the boradcast bands marked in green. Below the frequency dial are the switches for pick up amplifier mode, mono/stereo, the squelch function and AFC, the LCD frequency display with an accuracy of 1 kHz and the S-meter calibrated from 1 to 10.
Below the displays on the left are the controls for volume, separate controls for bass and treble, and the stereo balance control. The outer ring of the tuning knob is for coarse tuning, the inner ring for fine tuning. To the right are the range switches, the top one for LW, MW and SW1, the bottom one selects the shortwave ranges SW2-6. Over the years, these rotary switches have proven to be very reliable.
In the bottom row of controls are the main switch on the left, the switch for the tweeter, the dial illumination and the frequency counter, both of which can be switched off when the unit is in battery operation to save power. Below the tuning knob are the controls for stereo and surround sound, the BFO switch, the control for the RF gain (referred to as AGC/MGC) and, on the far right, the BFO pitch control.
In contrast to the Satellit 1400, there are push-buttons on the top of the unit to switch between AM (long- to shortwave) and FM, and six buttons allow to preset six FM frequencies, they are preselected via spiral potentiometers on the back of the radio.
The operation of the Grundig Satellit 2400 is as uncomplicated as that of the Satellit 1400: switch the set on, set the volume control to a slight hiss. Then set the range switch to SW2-6 and the band switch below to SW2, tune to 6155 kHz in the 49m band marked in green.
The VHF receiver has a high sensitivity, the capability of stereo reception is hardly found on any other world band radio in the early 80s. So the set is not an excellent choice for VHF DXing but also to enjoy a music programme. What is still missing is a RDS decoder. Sometimes, external RDS decoders can be found at radio flea markets.
In summary, the Grundig Satellit 2400 is a comfortable secondary receiver for the living room or office, the reception performance is sufficient to receive international shortwave services. Shortwave DXers who prefer to listen to faint tropical band signals and try to decode radioteletype signals should better look for another set.
Double conversion superhet, frequency counter.
The set is equipped with semiconductors.