überarbeitet am 22.7.2010
After World War II, Grundig re-started production of domestic radios quite early
in Fuerth. Grundig sonn got a very good reputation for it's domestic radio
sets, when they presented their first "real" shortwave receiver, the
Satellit 205 in 1964. It was followed soon by the double
conversion set Satellit 208 (1967-68) and the improved model Satellit 210 (1969-71),
thos set came with a turret tuner with eight shortwave bands with bandspread
and SSB-capabilities using an optional external SSB adaptor.
The Satellit 1000 (1972-73) and the successor, the Satellit 2000 (1973-75) (with the typical horizontal turret tuner and bandspread dials had a similar electric layout, they were remarkable because of their internal mains power supply and the generous layout of their audio stages. In the Satellit 2100 (1976-79) Grundig used modern silicium transistors and separate rotary bass and treble tone controls. The Satellit 3000 (1977-78) offered a switchable digital frequency counter, a integrated SSB module and six FM presets as fundamental new features. Some minor mostly cosmetic changes lead to the very popular Satellit 3400 (1978-82).
The Satellit 1400 (1979-82) and the FM stereo set 2400 (1979-82) came without the turret tuner and had a digital frequency counter.
The only single conversion in Grundig's Satellit series was the Satellit 300 (1983-85), this first PLL synthesized set with mediocre reception qualities was considered as an "ugly duckling" and has never been given a hearty welcome. Soon, Grundig brought out the similar double conversion Satellit 400 (1986-89), and the Satellit 600 (1983-85) with it's motor driven preselector as a high end shortwave receiver. Only minor cosmetic changes make the difference to the Satellit 650 prof.. (1986-91).
This series has been replaced by the fully digitally synthesized receivers Satellit 500 (1989-91) and Satellit 700 (1992-96). Both sets had a synchroneous detection system, the memories capabilities of the Satellit 700 can be expanded using plug-in ROM chips. The Satellit 900 has been advertised in Shortwave magazines, but never went into production because Grundig ceased production of shortwave radios. Only several years later, Grundig USA in cooperation with R.L.Drake re-launched the Satellit 900.
The Grundig Satellit shortwave receivers were always aimed at the amateur shortwave listener. Some later Grundig Satellit models got got an approval for maritime use. Grundig never tried to keep up with the semiprofessional amateur radio or even the commercial communications receiver market.
Portable / Desktop Shortwave Receivers
In parallel to it's Satellit - series, Grundig had a series of smaller less sophisticated shortwave radios in their catalogue, the Grundig Yacht Boy Travel Radios sets offerend acceptable shortwave reception and usually a remarkable audio quality.