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Monitoring Times/ Grove Enterprises Closing Shop

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 09:07:13
FRG7SWL
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Read on Glen Hauser's DX Listening Digest that Bob & Judy Grove are retiring after 35 years. Which means Monitoring Times will be shutting down after December's issue. Along with Grove Enterprises. Guess only Ham Radio Outlet & Universal Radio will remain as sources for communications-related gear. ... It's back! Eton/Grundig apparently resurrected their G4000A portable receiver due to popular demand. Still has the same stellar qualities of its' Yacht Boy 400PE pedigree (& Yacht Boy 400 before that). Can be used as an FM tuner source in a pinch, too. Paul Emory used a G4000A as FM feed into his P.A. system during KVMR's recent 35th Birthday bash in Nevada City's Pioneer Park. Brian Lee's Colour Radio oldies show & Laura Miller's Diamonds & Rust never sounded better! 73s para Sactown!!!

 

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Wow..., posted on August 11, 2013 at 17:24:03
realistico
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I haven't seen a Monitoring Times in quite a while. Used to subscribe, to that and POP COM back in the day. Still have the issues around here somewhere. Picked up a YB400 a year or 2 back at a church rummage sale. It's a pretty good radio. Though for FM I still prefer my Panasonic RF-B60, though it does not do stereo. (nor SSB, for that matter.) Keep your eyes out for a Radio Shack DX-402, it's a similar size and shape as the Yacht Boy, and is also a pretty good radio. I found one in a thrift store for the princely sum of 5 bucks. My money says it was most likely manufactured by Sangean.
If it's new gear you're after, methinks you can sill get gear from MFJ Enterprises, and CCrane as well. I still like to pick up radios when I can, to add to the hoard--er, collection, though I don't do much SW listening these days...

good luck,
--Matt
"When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot."
--Dalai Lama

 

RE: DX-402 , posted on August 13, 2013 at 08:01:11
FRG7SWL
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You'd be money ahead, Realistico. Ratio Shaq's DX-402 was a re-badged Sangean ATS-505 which retailed for $129.95, according to Passport To World Band Radio's '01 edition. 'Twas a newbie then, too. Passport's verdict : "The best bet in a low-cost portable which demodulates single-sideband signals". ... One of late, lamented Radio Place's staffers used to call MFJ Enterprises "Maybe February or June, because you never know when their shipments will arrive". C Crane's still goin' strong up in Fortuna. 73s para Sactown !!!

 

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