Satellit 205 / Transistor 5000
überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
Grundig presented it's first "real" world band radio in the later very famous
"Satellite" series in 1964. The Satellit 205 was a single conversion superhet
providing six spread shortwave broadcast bands using a turret tuner arrangement.
The export variant sold abroad carried the designation "Transistor 5000", some of
the sets came with an english language dial without the European station names.
The Grundig Satellit 205 or "Transistor 5000" has been presented in 1964 as the first one in a long series of multiband shortwave receivers. It was fully solid state, could be operated on batteries and was sold in the same years as the U.S. made solid state Zenith Trans Oceanic Royal 1000 or 3000.
The portable set with the dimensions 41 x 25 x 12 cm has a weight of 7 kg,
it can be powered using batteries or an optional power supply that can be installed
in the cabinet.
This early Satellit model provides continuous tuning over the entire shortwave range
with the possibility of fine tuning in the shortwave bands S1 - S4 (called K1 - K4 on
sets in German language countries), and a turret tuning arrangement for six shortwave
broadcast bands. You find a small horizontal dial window of the bandspread tuning at the
left above the speaker grille, the set covers the 49, 41, 31, 25, 19 and 16 m shortwave
broadcast bands. In the following models Satellit 208 - 1000, the bandspread dials
are situated vertically.
An interior view of the Satellit 205, You will reconize the optional internal power supply TN12.
There has been the option to separately install a BFO unit within the cabinet, this will enable the set to receive CW / morse code transmissions an the amateur bands.
This single conversion set still can be used to listen to the strong signals
of the major international broadcasters on the shortwave bands. The calibration
of the bandspread dials is too coarse to locate a station on a known frequency successfully.
Within the continous coverage shortwave ranges, the calibration ist rudimentary,
so tuning in a tropical bands station is plain guesswork.
There exist several variants: Shortwave bands on sets to be exported to non-German speaking countries carry "S5-S10" designations and the Stations names on the mediumwave bands are omitted, on German sets sold locally You find "K5-K10" designations.
© Martin Bösch 22.5.2008