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The first Grundig Satellit, the 205 model from 1964, has been followed by the 208 (Transistor 6000) in 1976 and the Satellit 210 in 1969. The Satellit 208 was the first double conversion multiband set, the 210 was an improved variant of this set with the highly reputable admission for maritime use (in fact, it's not a maritime communications receiver at all, but the set got the admission as "Schiffsfunkempfänger mit begrenztem Anwendungsbereich").

Grundig Satellit 210

Double Conversion, 1st IF 1.85 MHz
(Sat. 210 Amateur: 2.50 MHz)

Analog dial, UKW, LW, MW, SW1,
additional spread 49/ 41/ 31/ 25/ 19/ 16/ 13/ 11 m shortwave bands
resp. 160/ 80/ 40/ 20/ 15/ two 10 m- ham bands (210 Amateur)

AM, SSB with optional external SSB kit, VHF FM

Sensitivity AM ca. 2 uV

S-Meter, AFC on FM

The Grundig Satellit 210 or "Transistor 6001" has been in production from 1969 - 1971. It's a was fully solid state device, it can be operated from batteries or the mains power supply TN12a or with a Dryfit accumulator, that can be charged from from TN14 charging power supply.

The portable set has the dimensions 44 x 26 x 13 cm has a weight of 7 kg.
On the right side of the front panel, You find the vertical dials for the VHF / FM band, mediumwave, tropical shortwave and the longwave band. At the left of the dials, You find the vertical bandspread dial window displaying the chosen shortwave broadcast band on the turret tuner. This model features two switchable dials for a wider range (giving You continuous coverage using overlapping band segments) and a narrow range covering the desired broadcast band (with better bandspread) only.
At the right of the dials, You find the on/off switch, next to the S-meter a switch activating the AFC on the FM band and leeting You to choose between the narrow and wide IF filters, the shortwave fine tuning nd the bigger main tuning knob.
The rotary volume control, the separate bass and treble controls, antenna tuner control and the switch activating the tweeter speaker and bandspread switch, can be found on the top side of the set. A row of pushbuttons hiding behind let You choose the desired band segment.

Innenleben des Satellit 205

There has been a rarer "Satellit 210 Amateur" variant covering the 160 - 10 m amateur bands instead of the shortwave broadcast bands.

There has been the option to attach an external "SSB unit" to the receiver, this will enable the set to receive CW / morse code transmissions an the amateur bands.

The double conversion design of this set allows acceptable reception quality of the signals of the major international broadcasters on the shortwave bands. The double conversion design will keep unwanted spurious signals and crossmodulation effects away. The calibration of the bandspread dials is still quite coarse and You will find the task of successfully locating a station on a known frequency quite challenging. When the bandspread is switched off, the dial e.g. in the amateur bands without bandspread is far too coarse to allow direct access to a desired frequency. Keep in mind, that this "historic" set has no digital frequency display.
In it's period of time, the Satellit 210 has been found a set with above average shortwave performance, but nowadays, I consider the set as a collectors item that gives You the possibility to listen to Your local AM and FM stations as well as tuning in to some international signals, but not as a receiver well suited for DXing.

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

© Martin Bösch 22.5.2008