Panasonic / National Panasonic,
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.
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 grill of the 7,5 cm diameter speaker takes the left half of the front panel.
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.
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.
© Martin Bösch 20.7.2010