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Offline ThaDood

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Radio Jay Allen checks-out a Sony ICF-2001 1980 portable!
« on: February 10, 2024, 1919 UTC »
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Ya know, after reading Radio Jay's review, it sounds like Sangean later copied Sony with their ATS-803A / Realistic DX-440, with looks, feel, and features. Well, I guess Sangean wanted to use what worked. Just my take...
I was asked, yet another weird question, of how I would like to be buried, when I finally bite the big one. The answer was actually pretty easy. Face-down, like a certain historical figure in the late 1980's, (I will not mention who, but some of you will get it, and that's enough.) Why??? It would be a buial that will satify everyone: (1) My enemies will say that it will show me where to go. (2) On the same point, I can have my enemies kiss my butt. (3) It will temporarily give someone a place to park a bicycle. See??? A WIN / WIN for everyone.

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Re: Radio Jay Allen checks-out a Sony ICF-2001 1980 portable!
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2024, 0153 UTC »
I had a 2010 for a few years, didn't love it after using an FRG-7 for several years but it was hard to travel internationally with that one.  I traded it in the mid 1990s for an SPR-4 which I have never liked and have promised to send to someone who'll like it more. 
Big into SWDX late 70s through early 90s, then forgot about it and when I returned via SDRs it wasn't at all what I remembered, but I'll deal with it. Grumble, grumble. All SDRs acknowledged, nothing is from my own radio.

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Re: Radio Jay Allen checks-out a Sony ICF-2001 1980 portable!
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2024, 0359 UTC »
As Jay mentions, the really unique feature of the 2001 was the antenna peaker thumbwheel control.  To my memory, this is/was the only portable ever to incorporate this and it is an amazing tool.   All of the criticisms of the 2001 aside, this is a real piece of radio receiver history.  I found mine LNIB and had it gone over by Dom Laven, the expert in 2010 and other SONY radio upgrades.  He installed a LED in the 2001 which really makes a difference, and corrected the issue with lack of contact in the battery compartment.  Having both a 2001 in great condition and 2010 is a real joy.
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