überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
In 1983, three years after Sony had introduced it's famous ICF-2001 first microprocessor controlled PLL shortwave receiver, Grundig came with it's Satellit 300. The disappointing fact, that Grundig's set was single conversion and suffered from mediocre shortwave performance made this set the most criticised of all Grundig Satellit sets - they should rather have given it a "Yacht Boy" designation.
As the first Grundig Satellit with a completely new receiver design, the microprocessor controlled Satellit 300 has been presented in 1983. It's inferior performance on the shortwave bands due to the single conversion design, suboptimal coverage and lacking CW / SSB capabilities lead - after severe criticism - to a complete redesign of the set, the Satellit 400 performed in a way, as the Satellit 300 should have done.
Thanks to the change to digital technology, the satellite 300 became a real travel set, it left enough space in the suicase to fit other than radio demands. The set with it's 30,5 x 18 x 7 cm has a weight of 2,15 kg and has an internal mains power supply running from 110-127 or 220-240 V. It can also operated from 6 UM-2 / Baby cells for radio operation and needs another three UM-3 cells to keep the microprocessor, clock and memories alive.
The bandswitches are of pushbutton type and are located at the upper edge of the receiver, it's a little bit odd, that You have to switch manually between shortwave bands 1 (3.9 - 10.5 MHz) and 2 (10.5 - 22 MHz).
The left half of the front panel is taken by the speaker grille, at least
the nice audio makes this set a venerable relative within the Grundig Satellite
family. In the left lower corner, You find the mains switch also operating the
Like with most other microprocessor controlled receivers, it may take You a while to get accostumed to the operation scheme of the Satellit 300. There are a few sets with even more challenging procedures, but there are definitely some sets that can be used more intuitively (not all of them, but some come from Sony...). As the Satellit 300 comes without technical gimmicks like an adjustable preselector, a PBT or notch filter, there are not so many possibilities to get it completely wrong.
In summary, the Satellit 300 as the first microprocessor controlled shortwave
receiver from Grundig is not a honourable member of the Satellit family. It comes
with restricted shortwave coverage, no CW / SSB reception possibilities, no manual
RF gain control and substandard shortwave performance due to it's single conversion
© Martin Bösch 10.6.2008