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VEB Kombinat Nachrichtenelektronik, Köpenick

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überarbeitet am 22.10.2010

The VEB Kombinat Nachrichtenelektronik in Koepenick (Volkseigener Betrieb means "owned by the people") was the manufacturer in East Berlin, (German Democratic Republic) providing high grade shortwave communications equipment to the armed forces and services not only to the former GDR but also to several other Eastern European countries in the Warsaw Pact zone.
After reunification of the two German states, many of these sets did appear on the used gear / surplus market.
The East German receivers offer far above average shortwave reception qualities and became a challenge to so well known German brands like Rhode & Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz was in fact the company that did take over RFT after reunification, not much later they did close the RFT plant.

One of the earliest professional multi-band sets from the sixtiers built in Koepenick featured a turret tuner arrangement with a analog non-linear dial, You might find further informations in radiomuseum.org, search for Funkwerk Dabendorf and Funkwerk Köpenick (sorry, but You need to copy the word with the Umlaut ö).

The receivers of the EKV-series featured mechanical IF filters and a mechnical digital frequency readout, some combinations had provisions for antenna diversity and RTTY / FSK-decoding (the ones with the little CRT tube).
The next generation was the EKD-100 series appearing in 1975, You had to chose the reception frequency by means of decadic thumbwheels. The EKD 300 has been introduced in 1980/1 and had a conventional tuning knob as well as a keypad for typing in a desired frequency directly. The 1986 model EKD 500 featured an integrated FSK-decoder and could be remote controlled by a separate controller or a second EKD-500. The EKD-700 was only produced in a preliminary series of ten sets and a few prototypes, after the End of the GDR, Rohde did take over the company and RFT closed down, before production of this last set started.
A peculiar set was the amateur radio receiver AFE 12 covering the 80/160 m bands, this set has been sold for a very competitive price in the West.

Desktop Shortwave Receivers

EKV 10 / 15: triple conversion, AM 1,6 - 30 MHz, mechanial digital frequency readout 100 Hz, AM, SSB, ISB, optional diversity and FSK modules
EKD 300: double conversion, AM 14 kHz - 30 MHz, digital frequency display 10 Hz, AM,SSB,ISB, optional preselector / diversity / FSK set EKD 300
EKD 500: double conversion, AM 14 kHz - 30 MHz, digital frequency readout 10 Hz, AM, SSB, ISB, built in FSk demodulator, 99 memories, interface for computer control / master-slave - operation