Grundig Mini-World 100 PE

Grundig Mini-World 100 PE

Post by Eva » Wed, 22 Jan 2003 23:56:32

I was at REI over the weekend and I spied a Grundig Mini-World 100 PE,
I wasn’t really shopping for another receiver and the reviews of
this unit have been mixed but they were selling it for the same price
as Universal Radio and I figured I could return it if it didn’t
meet by needs.  I must confess that I’m one of those outdoorsy,
hiking, backpacking, exercising nuts and I’ve been looking for a
way I could listen to the major shortwave broadcasters while
exercising in the evenings after work.  First this radio is really
tiny not even an inch thick most people compare to a pack of
cigarettes that seems about right but as a nonsmoker I would describe
it to be almost exactly the size of a deck of playing cards.  The
radio comes with a belt clip but I have taken to attaching it to a
Velcro strap around my upper arm.

The Good:
Construction my unit seems pretty solid there seems to be a very
slight wobble in the whip but it’s barely noticeable.
Performance is surprisingly good.  I know there have been complaints
about this radios sensitivity and selectivity but my unit shows no
problems in these areas.  The major shortwave broadcasters come in
very clear and some (RCI) are surprisingly strong.  I think we all
know how crowded the 49m, 41m & 31m bands can be but my unit has no
trouble tuning one station even when there’s another strong
broadcaster nearby.  MW reception also seems very good but I’m
really not much of a MW dxer but it certainly picks up the usual
east-coast powerhouses.  FM once again very nice performance I
certainly wouldn’t call it and FM dxing machine, I can barely
pick up 88.1 from Columbus (about 100 miles away) which my DX-398
handles quite well. Sound from the internal speaker isn’t bad
considering the speaker’s size is probably between a quarter and
a half dollar, provided ear buds are very good and produce a nice
sound.  Finally size and weight easily the radios best features at 6
oz I could easily carry this radio many miles resisting the urge to
throw it off a cliff.

The Bad:
The radios analogue tuning display bears only the faintest resemblance
to reality so I usually find myself tuning a well known frequency and
then working from there.  No 22m band, arghh.

Conclusion:
If you want a tiny radio with decent performance I think the
Mini-World 100 PE will fit the bill.  On a side note I discovered an
interesting use for the radio, mapping RFI in my neighborhood.  As I
walked home from work yesterday I noticed that there were several RFI
hotspots on the route.  Walking around my apartment I found that
there’s considerable RFI on the side where my balcony antenna is
mounted.  So now I’m trying to figure out how to relocate my
antenna to eliminate this problem.

Evan
Atlanta, GA

 
 
 

Grundig Mini-World 100 PE

Post by KF6DG » Thu, 23 Jan 2003 03:56:09


I bought my Mini at Sharper Image and love it.  Its so small, but pulls in
most of the SW stations as my YB400!    MW/AM is good to.  I recommend it
for anyone who wants a very mobile SW/MW radio.

David
KF6DGN

Quote:> I was at REI over the weekend and I spied a Grundig Mini-World 100 PE,
> I wasnt really shopping for another receiver and the reviews of
> this unit have been mixed but they were selling it for the same price
> as Universal Radio and I figured I could return it if it didnt
> meet by needs.

 
 
 

Grundig Mini-World 100 PE

Post by Mark Larr » Thu, 23 Jan 2003 05:17:04

Hi Evan... I'm glad your experiences with this radio have been as good
as mine.  I agree with everything you said... mine has very good
selectivity and sensitivity on all bands, and does a great job
separating adjacent powerhouses on MW, as well as SW.  I have really
been *** mine, and it has survived a dozen drops from the mountain
bike.

After 6 months of heavy use, the only thing that has gone wrong is
that part of the telescopic antenna has broken off, but I had that
coming.   BTW, try adding a 15' - 30' piece of longwire to the
antenna, and you'll pick up alot more stations!

I have also used it as a good RFI detector, and discovered a few
problem areas at my home as well.  All in all, it's the best $20 I
ever spent on eBay!

73's and good DX,

Matt