Panasonic / National Panasonic,
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
The DR-Q63 / RF-6300 from Panasonic made it's appearence on the market, when huge and impressive "travel sets" with a big carrying handle were "en vogue".
The DR-Q63 / RF-6300 is an impressive huge portable shortwave receiver, with it's dimensions
of 43 x 29 x 13,2 cm and it's weight of 6 kg, it is portable only in the sense of the word,
but like the Grundig Satellit 3400 or Nordmende's Galaxy Mesa, that set has been
intended for use as desktop receiver.
The upper part of the front panel is taken by different indicators: from the left
the backlit LCD quartz clock (with the controls just below), the fluorescent frequency
display, the analog signal strength meter and a table of the set's shortwave ranges
and the corresponding broadcast and amateur radio bands.
The operation scheme is not complicated: Use the tiny RADIO ON/OFF switch to power on the receiver, turn the rotary frequency band switch to the correct shortwave band (the table reveals, for the 49 m broadcast band, it is range SW2), the use the big tuning knob to tune the set to 6 - 0 - 7 - 5 et voilą: Radio Deutsche Welle from Cologne.
In Summary: the DR-Q63 / RF-6300L is a huge portable double conversion superhet,
it comes with twelve frequency memory channels, the sound is pleasant thanks to the
good speaker and A.F. stage. The set has two I.F. bandwidths with - according to
the time of construction - not very steep filter skirts and does receive CW and
single sideband transmissionsby means of the BFO.
© Martin Bösch 20.7.2010