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Grundig Satellit 650

Portable Radio Receiver (1986)

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Grundig Satellit 650


Type: Mono Radio

Tuning Bands: FM, MW, LW, SW

Tuning Scale: Digital

FM Tuning Range: 87.5 to 108 MHz

MW Tuning Range: 510 to 1620 kHz

LW Tuning Range: 148 to 420 kHz

SW Tuning Range: 1.6 to 30 MHz

Antenna: ferrite and telescopic

Year: 1986


service manual   English Deutsch - caop

service manual (imp scan)  English Deutsch - georgastr

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Reviewed Mar 10th, 2016 by ilkkasuni

The Satellit 600//650, with no doubt is one of the world-band receiver royals, of all time. In the 80's, I owned both models, the 600 and 650, the latter just being rather a facelift.

The receiver is big, bulky and heavy, for a carry-around radio. To the batteries, there was consumption. But who cares, the sound quality was just massive. The amplifier, the huge loudspeaker, the tone controls were enough to put up a beach party, to FM hit music. Today, many very modest stereo cassette recorders of the 80's, are referred to as ghettoblasters. The Satellit 650 was a true blaster, even though just monaural.

The Satellit FM tuner is highly sensitive, yet being able to handle strong signal field.

On short-wave, the GS 650 is very sensitive. To my experience, only communications receivers such as the Icom IC-R71E, JRC NRD-515 and so on, pulled in stations better. Yet the Satellit made it, even with just the built-in telescope! Not to mention how the Satellit coped with long-wire antennas. For a world-band receiver, the Satellit 650 also was rather selective. Then again, the receiver was blaimed for the quite dark AM audio, hard to read, and it was.

Yes, in the 80's there were hard-core DX hobbyists who laughed at the Satellit 600//650. They forgot, the GS 600//650 was not a communications receiver, she was a world band receiver: a world-band-receiver making me abandon even the Drake R-4C I owned.

The GS 650 medium-wave, then. It only took a very simple modification, and even under hard-core DX conditions, the Satellit beat the belief out of communications receivers, being references. Yes, yes. I already had owned receivers such as Drake R-4C, Kenwood R-300, R-1000, Trio 9R-59, Yaesu FRG-7000... There are numerous Canadian and U.S. AM stations having been received in Finland never before, my just slightly modified Satellit 600 hoovered in, in mid-80's. Such as 640 CFOB, 1540 CHIN, 1490 WDXL, 1590 WGCB.

With no doubt, one of the best overall receivers, as well as boom-boxes ever built. The very last of the great, true German Grundig Satellit series. One should not mix these later on brand-copies, with the genuine Grundig high quality receivers of the 60's to 80's. Still, to the GS 600 versus GS 650, there was something I cannot explain, even having owned them both models for years. The original GS 600 just somehow was more dynamic a receiver than the GS 650.

My statement: the GS 600 was the final footprint. The GS 650, no more was. Germany, Portugal, China...

-ilkka suni
[3-time Finnish DX championship medalist,
apologize just added this for a refenrece]



re: Satellit 650

Anyone have any ideas on a non-working Preselector function?


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