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überarbeitet am 19.10.2010

The Grundig Satellit 1400 was the "youngest brother" in the latest series of heavy and bulky portable shortwave receivers from Grundig, it was produced from 1979 - 1982. With it's digital frequency readout, it looks like a "economy" variant of the Satellit 3400, but the technical difference to the earlier sets was quite impressive. Grundig turned away from the receiver design based on a turret tuning arrangement connected to a frequency counter, abandoning the complicated bandswitching scheme with the many gold plated contacts in the turret tuner improved the set's stability and made it more reliable.

Grundig Satellit 1400

Double Conversion, 1st IF 2 MHz

Analog coarse dial and digital frequency display,
UKW, LW, MW, SW 1-6 (1,6 - 28 MHz).

AM, CW/SSB with BFO, VHF FM

Sensitivity AM ca. 2 uV

S-Meter, AFC on FM

The 1979 - 1982 built solid state Grundig Satellit 1400 can be operated from the internal mains power supply, batteries or with a rechargeable Dryfit accumulator.

The portable set with it's dimensions 41 x 27 x 12 cm was still one of the bulky worldband radios made by Grundig. Without batteries, it has a weight of 5,5 kg .

On the right upper part of the front panel, You find the horizontal coarse dials for long-, mediumwaves, the six shortwave band segments and FM.
Underneath, You find the switches for Radio / Phono, Muting and AFC in the FM band, the LCD frequency display with a resolution of 1 kHz and the signal strength meter.
In the middle row of controls, You find the volume, bass and treble rotary knobs of the left, the concentric knobs for main and fine tuning in the middle and the rotary band switches at the right side.
In the bottom row, You find from the left the main power, the secondary speaker / tweeter, the meter light and the counter switch. Next is the RF gain control (MVC) and the BFO switch for beat note control. Like in the Satellit 2400 and 3400, the set has an odd arrangement: in the USB setting for SW1, You will be switched to LSB in the other ranges and in the LSB setting for SW1, You will receive the upper side band when You tune into the SW2-6 ranges.

The Satellit 1400 operates as single conversion set in the LW, MW and SW1 ranges and as double conversion set in the shortwave ranges 2 - 6. This will give You optimal reception quality with superior rejection of unwanted signals only on frequencies above 3,5 MHz. So for reception of the 60 m tropical band, the set operates in double conversion and while listening to 120 m band Australian stations, You will encounter much more unwanted spurious signals and intermodulation products from strong stations in the shortwave broadcast bands.
The receiver is quite stable for the reception of broadcasting stations, it's a poor performer when switched to CW and SSB reception in the amateur bands. The receiver has a slight drift and the frequency display resolution is not sufficient to successfully tune in radioteletype stations.
The Satellit 1400 is a nice secondary shortwave receiver for pleasant listening to strong broadcasting stations and some tropical band or ham band signals, it's outperformed by modern sets in single sideband reception. The receiver is far too bulky to be carried on trips abroad, but it's a decent set for kitchen or workshop use. FM performance is superior.
The set can be found on the used market in acceptable condition, sometimes one or more of the switches in the bottom row are broken. The rotary controls usually won't suffer from bad contacts, so this set is more reliable then the pushbuttons and turret tuner used for bandswitching in the Satellit 3400.

further reading:
d: Die Grundig Satellit - Story, H.-E.Roeder, Siebel-Verlag 1997, ISBN 3-89632-020-3

© Martin Bösch 28.5.2008