Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by AC Smi » Sun, 14 Mar 2004 06:46:29

Well, I have been into shortwave and radio now since 1992.  I know
that isn't very long compared to some of you and I know I haven't had
as good as equipment as some of you but I HAVE had the chance to own
some of the mainstays of current radios out there and let me tell you,
the 1102 is a WINNER.

I added it to my stable of a Satellit 800, a Grundig S-350, and my
dinky FR-200.

I bought from the famous Liypn on eBay paying with Pay Pal and had it
in 9 days from Hong Kong to Seattle.

The radio is a magnificent piece of work.  Even knowing the
measurements I was shocked to see and feel how small it is.  It is the
reverse shock that I had when I bought my S800, it was way BIGGER than
I imagined, again, knowing the dimensions ahead of time.

The 1102 is a pleasure to use, picks up easily the big stations and
the SSB works really surprisingly well considering the price, the size
and its lack of a "big name" on the front of it.  So far, I can find
no faults with its "as advertised" features.  It has big sound for a
radio as tiny as it is and let me tell you this is definitely THE
portable to have if you need small size and big sound.  The included
ear plugs work great considering they were probably "throw ins".  I
haven't even needed or tried to use the external antenna that comes
with it but it is also well done, even with a little cap on the end
instead of just a length of wire cut.

I have had some disappointing radios.  I read the reviews of this
radio thinking "too good to be true" but it isn't.

Take your Pay Pal, go to Liypn's store and pick one of these suckers
up for $49.90 + $19 shipping and then find out just how good a
mini-portable can be.

I'm back to go do some more tuning, try for some daytime targets.

Best DX,

Adam

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by MarkWGP » Sun, 14 Mar 2004 07:57:47


How does it compare to the S350?
>Subject: Got my Degen 1102, Love It


 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by Jim Hacket » Sun, 14 Mar 2004 09:30:24

We'll see.  I've got one coming any day too.  I have about as much hopes as
I do that the Eton X1 900 whatever it is, actually materializes...  LOL


Quote:> Well, I have been into shortwave and radio now since 1992.  I know
> that isn't very long compared to some of you and I know I haven't had
> as good as equipment as some of you but I HAVE had the chance to own
> some of the mainstays of current radios out there and let me tell you,
> the 1102 is a WINNER.

> I added it to my stable of a Satellit 800, a Grundig S-350, and my
> dinky FR-200.

> I bought from the famous Liypn on eBay paying with Pay Pal and had it
> in 9 days from Hong Kong to Seattle.

> The radio is a magnificent piece of work.  Even knowing the
> measurements I was shocked to see and feel how small it is.  It is the
> reverse shock that I had when I bought my S800, it was way BIGGER than
> I imagined, again, knowing the dimensions ahead of time.

> The 1102 is a pleasure to use, picks up easily the big stations and
> the SSB works really surprisingly well considering the price, the size
> and its lack of a "big name" on the front of it.  So far, I can find
> no faults with its "as advertised" features.  It has big sound for a
> radio as tiny as it is and let me tell you this is definitely THE
> portable to have if you need small size and big sound.  The included
> ear plugs work great considering they were probably "throw ins".  I
> haven't even needed or tried to use the external antenna that comes
> with it but it is also well done, even with a little cap on the end
> instead of just a length of wire cut.

> I have had some disappointing radios.  I read the reviews of this
> radio thinking "too good to be true" but it isn't.

> Take your Pay Pal, go to Liypn's store and pick one of these suckers
> up for $49.90 + $19 shipping and then find out just how good a
> mini-portable can be.

> I'm back to go do some more tuning, try for some daytime targets.

> Best DX,

> Adam

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by starma » Sun, 14 Mar 2004 14:12:13


> Well, I have been into shortwave and radio now since 1992.  I know
> that isn't very long compared to some of you and I know I haven't had
> as good as equipment as some of you but I HAVE had the chance to own
> some of the mainstays of current radios out there and let me tell you,
> the 1102 is a WINNER.

> I added it to my stable of a Satellit 800, a Grundig S-350, and my
> dinky FR-200.

> I bought from the famous Liypn on eBay paying with Pay Pal and had it
> in 9 days from Hong Kong to Seattle.

> The radio is a magnificent piece of work.  Even knowing the
> measurements I was shocked to see and feel how small it is.  It is the
> reverse shock that I had when I bought my S800, it was way BIGGER than
> I imagined, again, knowing the dimensions ahead of time.

> The 1102 is a pleasure to use, picks up easily the big stations and
> the SSB works really surprisingly well considering the price, the size
> and its lack of a "big name" on the front of it.  So far, I can find
> no faults with its "as advertised" features.  It has big sound for a
> radio as tiny as it is and let me tell you this is definitely THE
> portable to have if you need small size and big sound.  The included
> ear plugs work great considering they were probably "throw ins".  I
> haven't even needed or tried to use the external antenna that comes
> with it but it is also well done, even with a little cap on the end
> instead of just a length of wire cut.

> I have had some disappointing radios.  I read the reviews of this
> radio thinking "too good to be true" but it isn't.

> Take your Pay Pal, go to Liypn's store and pick one of these suckers
> up for $49.90 + $19 shipping and then find out just how good a
> mini-portable can be.

> I'm back to go do some more tuning, try for some daytime targets.

> Best DX,

> Adam

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Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by AC Smi » Mon, 15 Mar 2004 03:20:52


> What shipping method (carrier) did they use?

Postal Service!  Scanned and signed for at delivery.

Adam

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by AC Smi » Mon, 15 Mar 2004 03:23:45


> How does it compare to the S350?

Mark,

I'll do some SW side by sides with the S-350 today for ya.

Adam

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by AC Smi » Mon, 15 Mar 2004 07:47:01


> How does it compare to the S350?

> >Subject: Got my Degen 1102, Love It


Mark,

Howdy!  You're just a few miles south if I read your email correctly!

Here is my report, 1102 vs. Grundig S-350.

This test was done of battery power for both radios and between 2000 -
2100 UTC.

First I compared FM.  The 350 comes out a little ahead of the 1102
thanks to its larger whip.  You can hear the larger antenna but as
with the rest of this test, there isn't anything I couldn't hear on
the 1102 that the 350 pulled in, just some stronger signal levels on
the 350.

MW was next, and although I'm not MW DXer, there is no doubt that the
radio of choice if for pure MW DXing is the 350.  Again though, the
1102 held its own considering it is literally a quarter the size of
the 350!  I've seen pictures of the 350's ferrite and it is a
magnificent thing.  The 350 also offers you more tools but even with
those, the 1102 rejects adjacent signals as it is with a great
"narrow" filter.  I'm not very technical but the dual conversion
nature of the 1102 could help here also.  While the 1102 is excellent
for general MW and maybe even some light DXing, I think the 350 would
be my choice.

On shortwave is where I was blown away.  The 1102 was able to hear
everything that the 350 could and if for anything this is surprising
just comparing the whip sizes.  On the weakest of signals the 350 gets
the nod but BARELY.  And then I remembered the included wire antenna
with the 1102.  I plugged it in and let me say that this thing is the
"great equalizer" +1!  With the wire plugged in, the 1102 blows away
350 (and yes, I know there is an input on the 350 but it didn't come
with a wire... and I've put my 100' random to it and it really
overloads it, period).

With the included wire stations that were deaf to the 350 were hitting
the 1102 S5 to S7!  It put a BIG smile on my face to hear this little
radio doing its duty on the SW bands which is what I bought it for...
for traveling, etc.

Now, the things that can't be changed.  The 350 is a much better
"listen" when the stations are clear.  The speaker and Bass/Treble
controls help form a great experience.... but man, don't count out the
1102!  Even for its TINY speaker, it can fill a room with sound and
with headphones on, I can't tell the difference between my Satellit
800!

Another thing that can't be changed is the 190 memories, the direct
key input and the "seek" function on the 1102, all missing from the
350.

The bottom line from me is this:  If you know a beginner or you
yourself are looking for your "away" radio and don't want to suffer
what a typical small radio might or might not get you, do yourself a
favor and tell the wife you're buying something else if you have to.
Even if you chose to buy the Kaito version, go for it.  I myself
ordered from Liypn's email store and would do it again in a heartbeat.
 The package was sent through the post with insurance and when it
arrived it was scanned and I had to sign for delivery, might as well
have been UPS.  The package arrived in perfect condition and I've been
smiling about the radio ever since.

Good DX to all,

Adam
(do not email me at this address if you have questions, it is
spaminated.  Rather, please visit my homepage
http://homepage.mac.com/chevyorange and email me from the button on
one of its pages).

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by RH » Mon, 15 Mar 2004 13:36:37

ACS,

Very Good Side-by-Side Review of the Degen 1102 and the Grundig S350 Radios.

Guess I will start saving my pennies and get one :o)

tyvm ~ RHF
.
.



> > How does it compare to the S350?

> > >Subject: Got my Degen 1102, Love It

> Mark,

> Howdy!  You're just a few miles south if I read your email correctly!

> Here is my report, 1102 vs. Grundig S-350.

> This test was done of battery power for both radios and between 2000 -
> 2100 UTC.

> First I compared FM.  The 350 comes out a little ahead of the 1102
> thanks to its larger whip.  You can hear the larger antenna but as
> with the rest of this test, there isn't anything I couldn't hear on
> the 1102 that the 350 pulled in, just some stronger signal levels on
> the 350.

> MW was next, and although I'm not MW DXer, there is no doubt that the
> radio of choice if for pure MW DXing is the 350.  Again though, the
> 1102 held its own considering it is literally a quarter the size of
> the 350!  I've seen pictures of the 350's ferrite and it is a
> magnificent thing.  The 350 also offers you more tools but even with
> those, the 1102 rejects adjacent signals as it is with a great
> "narrow" filter.  I'm not very technical but the dual conversion
> nature of the 1102 could help here also.  While the 1102 is excellent
> for general MW and maybe even some light DXing, I think the 350 would
> be my choice.

> On shortwave is where I was blown away.  The 1102 was able to hear
> everything that the 350 could and if for anything this is surprising
> just comparing the whip sizes.  On the weakest of signals the 350 gets
> the nod but BARELY.  And then I remembered the included wire antenna
> with the 1102.  I plugged it in and let me say that this thing is the
> "great equalizer" +1!  With the wire plugged in, the 1102 blows away
> 350 (and yes, I know there is an input on the 350 but it didn't come
> with a wire... and I've put my 100' random to it and it really
> overloads it, period).

> With the included wire stations that were deaf to the 350 were hitting
> the 1102 S5 to S7!  It put a BIG smile on my face to hear this little
> radio doing its duty on the SW bands which is what I bought it for...
> for traveling, etc.

> Now, the things that can't be changed.  The 350 is a much better
> "listen" when the stations are clear.  The speaker and Bass/Treble
> controls help form a great experience.... but man, don't count out the
> 1102!  Even for its TINY speaker, it can fill a room with sound and
> with headphones on, I can't tell the difference between my Satellit
> 800!

> Another thing that can't be changed is the 190 memories, the direct
> key input and the "seek" function on the 1102, all missing from the
> 350.

> The bottom line from me is this:  If you know a beginner or you
> yourself are looking for your "away" radio and don't want to suffer
> what a typical small radio might or might not get you, do yourself a
> favor and tell the wife you're buying something else if you have to.
> Even if you chose to buy the Kaito version, go for it.  I myself
> ordered from Liypn's email store and would do it again in a heartbeat.
>  The package was sent through the post with insurance and when it
> arrived it was scanned and I had to sign for delivery, might as well
> have been UPS.  The package arrived in perfect condition and I've been
> smiling about the radio ever since.

> Good DX to all,

> Adam
> (do not email me at this address if you have questions, it is
> spaminated.  Rather, please visit my homepage
> http://homepage.mac.com/chevyorange and email me from the button on
> one of its pages).

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by Stinge » Mon, 15 Mar 2004 22:27:32

RHF,

Save a couple more and get the US version by Kaito from RadioLabs.

Mine came in Thursday, and though it's definitely not an ATS-909, it is a
truly amazing radio at half the size.  Even the manual's fun to read,
because it's in Engrish ( http://www.engrish.com ).

Be sure to check in on the earlier posts on the Yahoo group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KAITO-DEGEN1102/ because there's a post
explaining how (with the right keystrokes), the radio even gets Longwave.
Who knows what else this thing does!

By the way, e-mail me at my Yahoo address if you get a chance.

-- Stinger


> ACS,

> Very Good Side-by-Side Review of the Degen 1102 and the Grundig S350
Radios.

> Guess I will start saving my pennies and get one :o)

> tyvm ~ RHF
> .
> .





> > > How does it compare to the S350?

> > > >Subject: Got my Degen 1102, Love It

> > Mark,

> > Howdy!  You're just a few miles south if I read your email correctly!

> > Here is my report, 1102 vs. Grundig S-350.

> > This test was done of battery power for both radios and between 2000 -
> > 2100 UTC.

> > First I compared FM.  The 350 comes out a little ahead of the 1102
> > thanks to its larger whip.  You can hear the larger antenna but as
> > with the rest of this test, there isn't anything I couldn't hear on
> > the 1102 that the 350 pulled in, just some stronger signal levels on
> > the 350.

> > MW was next, and although I'm not MW DXer, there is no doubt that the
> > radio of choice if for pure MW DXing is the 350.  Again though, the
> > 1102 held its own considering it is literally a quarter the size of
> > the 350!  I've seen pictures of the 350's ferrite and it is a
> > magnificent thing.  The 350 also offers you more tools but even with
> > those, the 1102 rejects adjacent signals as it is with a great
> > "narrow" filter.  I'm not very technical but the dual conversion
> > nature of the 1102 could help here also.  While the 1102 is excellent
> > for general MW and maybe even some light DXing, I think the 350 would
> > be my choice.

> > On shortwave is where I was blown away.  The 1102 was able to hear
> > everything that the 350 could and if for anything this is surprising
> > just comparing the whip sizes.  On the weakest of signals the 350 gets
> > the nod but BARELY.  And then I remembered the included wire antenna
> > with the 1102.  I plugged it in and let me say that this thing is the
> > "great equalizer" +1!  With the wire plugged in, the 1102 blows away
> > 350 (and yes, I know there is an input on the 350 but it didn't come
> > with a wire... and I've put my 100' random to it and it really
> > overloads it, period).

> > With the included wire stations that were deaf to the 350 were hitting
> > the 1102 S5 to S7!  It put a BIG smile on my face to hear this little
> > radio doing its duty on the SW bands which is what I bought it for...
> > for traveling, etc.

> > Now, the things that can't be changed.  The 350 is a much better
> > "listen" when the stations are clear.  The speaker and Bass/Treble
> > controls help form a great experience.... but man, don't count out the
> > 1102!  Even for its TINY speaker, it can fill a room with sound and
> > with headphones on, I can't tell the difference between my Satellit
> > 800!

> > Another thing that can't be changed is the 190 memories, the direct
> > key input and the "seek" function on the 1102, all missing from the
> > 350.

> > The bottom line from me is this:  If you know a beginner or you
> > yourself are looking for your "away" radio and don't want to suffer
> > what a typical small radio might or might not get you, do yourself a
> > favor and tell the wife you're buying something else if you have to.
> > Even if you chose to buy the Kaito version, go for it.  I myself
> > ordered from Liypn's email store and would do it again in a heartbeat.
> >  The package was sent through the post with insurance and when it
> > arrived it was scanned and I had to sign for delivery, might as well
> > have been UPS.  The package arrived in perfect condition and I've been
> > smiling about the radio ever since.

> > Good DX to all,

> > Adam
> > (do not email me at this address if you have questions, it is
> > spaminated.  Rather, please visit my homepage
> > http://homepage.mac.com/chevyorange and email me from the button on
> > one of its pages).

 
 
 

Got my Degen 1102, Love It

Post by AC Smi » Tue, 16 Mar 2004 04:58:30


> ACS,

> Very Good Side-by-Side Review of the Degen 1102 and the Grundig S350 Radios.

> Guess I will start saving my pennies and get one :o)

> tyvm ~ RHF

RHF,

Good to see you out here in the "war zone".  I think you'd enjoy the
Degen, knowing your penchant for "volksradios"!  I think you will be
astounded by price/performance.

acs