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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

Panasonic presented the RF-799 LBS as a competitor to Sony's legendary ICF-2001 around 1983/4: it's a portable PLL synthesized receiver with a digital frequency display and 10 frequency memories - as Sony's receiver came with double conversion design for a even slightly lower price, Panasonic's set wasn't a great business success.

Single conversion,

Digital display, 5 kHz resolution, coverage 2,3 - 26,1 MHz




direct frequency keypad entry, 10 memories, clock / timer

The RF-799 is a portable shortwave receiver, it's dimensions of 27,5 x 16 x 5,8 cm and a weight of 1,8 kg with the integrated power supply are simolar to those of the Sony ICF-2001.
The receiver can be powered from 110-127 or 220-240 V mains or four UM-2 / A batteries, another three UM-3 / AA batteries are needed to keep the memory content and time. The carrying handle can be used as a stand, standing on it's relatively small bottom face makes the set quite instable and likely to fall down, a similar finding like with the ICF-2001.

The grill of the 7,5 cm diameter speaker takes the left half of the front panel.
In the right half of the frontpanel, You find the backlit liquid crystal frequency display. Just below, the numbered keys of the frequency entry keypad are located, at the right the TUNING UP/DOWN and the four waveband pushbuttons for FM, LW, MW and SW, the shortwave range will cover 2,3 - 26,1 MHz. The main switch has the positions OFF/AUTO for timer operation and ON, below You find a dial lock and the ALARM BUZZER/RADIO switch. Four small keys in the buttom row of controls are used for the display and sleep / timer functions.
At the left small face of the set, You find the mains cable socket and the voltage selector, at the right small face two rotary controls for volume and tone, a 9/10 kHz switch for MW tuning steps and the headphones and cassette recorder jacks.

The operation scheme is quite straightforward: Use the switch OFF/ON to activate the receiver, select the frequency band switch SW for shortwave reception, the use the keys DIRECT - 6 - . - 1 - 5 - 5 to tune the radio to the frequency of the External service coming from Vienna on 6155 kHz.
You can use the UP/DOWN keys to tune within the shortwave broadcast band - but take care: the receiver will not tune over the edges of the international shortwave bands, so out-of-band frequencies cannot be tuned with Your RF-799!RF-799 frequency coverage
Only a red LED is used as tuning indicator, as the set only tunes in 5 kHz steps on shortwaves and has no MGC or single sideband capabilities, the lacking signal strength meter is not a major drawback.
As single conversion receiver, the RF-799 is quite sensitive to mirror signals, the receiver has no BFO to listen to CW and SSB transmissions, no switchable I.F. filters - but the integrated FM broadcast band is helpful when travelling abroad (or for use in the kitchen or Your workshop).

The RF-799 comes with ten frequency memory channels and the standard digital clock / timer / sleep timer functions.

Summary: the RF-799LBS is a portable PLL synthesized single conversion receiver, it has been surpassed by Sony's ICF-2001 with double conversion technology and a better price even when it was introduced as new - so not too many sets might have been sold to the public, the set is not found too often to find a place in Your collection.
It can be used for listening to the powerful signal of the External Services of many international broadcasters on shortwaves, as simple radio for Your kitchen or workshop, but there are too many features lacking to make a serious DXer's radio out of the RF-799 - later, Panasonic did a much better job.

© Martin Bösch 20.7.2010