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Since my early childhood I have been a very active

SWL    

(Short-Wave-Listener)

It was a really nice hobby but through the digitalization has lost much substance !

Earlier (in the 70s-80-90s) there were plenty of coastal radio stations, press radio, research-expeditions and military-stations on the hf-bands, nowadays there are only radio- stations,amateur-radio and some aircraft-radio stations, everything else is digital and almost all encrypted, a real pity ...


I'm listening frequently inbetween 10kHz-30MHz.

But I also have equipment for up to 3.6 GHz.

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 This is the equipment I am currently working with.

My shack © Copyright by Ch. Breier My shack © Copyright by Ch. Breier
My shack © Copyright by Ch. Breier My shack © Copyright by Ch. Breier


Reuter RDR52

Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

A very good receiver with the best spectrum

( for a standalone RX )

and now with the new firmware even the waterfall funktion is very good !

It is one of the quietest receivers I have had in recent years !

Nevertheless, the monitor is too small for my taste the RDR52 deserves at least a 7" monitor !


Reuter RDR52 flash recorder © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 flash recorder © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The falsh recoder funktion (8GB) is very nice but an upload to a computer takes forever, but Mr. Reuter is working on a solution...


15.01.2023 News from Reuter


   New firmware for the RDR52

Some new functions have been added to the user interface of the RDR52. Especially a remote control possibility to use the RAP1 as an automatically running preselector, the often requested adjustment of the waterfall diagram to "common" colors, as well as a preparation for the installation of decoders for "digital" modes. The decoders are gradually built into the software and are available as an additional option via activation code. Which operating modes will be supported is not yet decided. Of course different ASK and FSK modes, possibly CW. Since our devices do not contain a (PC-compatible) CPU and no text processing software, decoders for purely PC-tailored modes (e.g. FT4/8) are not possible.

Reuter RDR52 new Software © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 new Software © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Well, good news but still no control of the RDR52 from a computer and no Time (MEZ/UTC) shown, you still have to go in the GPS menu ...

Reuter RDR52 old waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 old waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier

One of my biggest complaints was the bad quality of the waterfall display !

Reuter RDR52 new waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 new waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier

But after the new firmware update the waterfall ist very good now !

Reuter RDR52 new waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 new waterfall © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Same as good as on a pc based SDR !

Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

What I find less good is the power supply via a hollow plug. It would have been much better with a power pole or as in the RDR51 a Lemo socket installed !

Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR52 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

 My volume control on the RDR52 was bent after just a few days. Something like this should not happen in this price range and these hardware shortcomings are a reason for me to upgrade the RDR52 with a new housing!


I was really close to sell my Reuter RDR 52, because I was a bit frustrated.

But now, after the installation of the new firmware, I will keep him. There are still some points in the firmware that are not yet ideal, but I think that Mr. Reuter will also change that for the better ( I hope ) !

Sooner or later I will get a truly professional RX from R&S in the shack e.g. the EB-500.

This would finally end the search for the ultimate receiver ... ;)

The market for consumer receivers is very limited anyway, the companies unfortunately do not think outside the box like the professionals like R&S ...


After extensive testing, I can really say that the RDR52 is top class in terms of pure reception. It is quieter and more understandable than all other receivers I owned and I owned a lot... ;)

It is worth to give him a bigger housing and a new 7"  monitor. The now installed 4.3" monitor is way too small! 

I will install my RDR52 in a decent 19" case and modify him as much as possible!

Well we will see...

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AOR AR-5001D

AOR AR 5001D © Copyright by Ch. Breier AOR AR 5001D © Copyright by Ch. Breier

One of the best Professional Grade Communications Receiver
40kHz - 3.15 GH
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ICOM IC-PCR2500

ICOM IC-PCR2500 © Copyright by Ch. Breier ICOM IC-PCR2500 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The IC-PCR2500 covers 0.01–3299.999 MHz in AM, FM, WFM, SSB, CW, DV and P25 modes on the main receiver, while the sub-receiver can simultaneously cover 50–1300 MHz in AM, FM and WFM modes.

Perfect RX for mobile use !

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JRC NRD 545DSP & JRC NRD-515

JRC NRD 515 & 545DG © Copyright by Ch. Breier JRC NRD 515 & 545DG © Copyright by Ch. Breier


JRC NRD 545DSP & JRC NRD-515
100 kHz - 30 MHz
Great receivers !
They are still very good receivers but in times of SDRs they have lost their top place...

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Dedicated DSC receiver

The JRC NRD 220. 

This DSC  watch-keeping  receiver  continuously  scans  the  six  distress  channels in  rotation 24/7

JRC NRD 220 © Copyright by Ch. Breier
Simply the best DSC you can get!
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 Wavecom
W4100 DSP Data Analyser / Decoder
© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier
 Still one of the best for the "normal" user !
Nowadays almost everything is encrypted, so it's not worth buying one of the new super modern decoder for huge amounts of money!


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 SAILOR R1119 SHIP-Receiver

© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Still not running yet , I have no suitable power supply, the original one is hard to find ! 

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 RSPduo

SDRplay Duo © Copyright by SDRplay Ltd

I like the company and there products very much !

The RSPduo is a high performance dual-tuner 14-bit SDR receiver. Housed in a high quality steel enclosure, each tuner can operate individually anywhere between 1kHz and 2GHz with up to 10MHz of bandwidth or both tuners can operate simultaneously anywhere between 1kHz and 2GHz with up to 2MHz of bandwidth per tuner.

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Dedicated ADS-B receiver SBS-1 from Kinetic Avionic

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Kinetic Avionics SBS-1 Base Station Virtual Radar System

The SBS-1 is a portable Mode-S/ADS-B receiver that decodes transponder signals from aircraft.

Using the powerful Basestation software the SBS-1 displays ADS-B aircraft on a VIRTUAL RADAR SCREEN and identifies Mode S traffic with squawk and altitude.

1090 Mhz SSR Mode-S/ADS-B receiver

(SSR = SecondarySurveillance Radar)

© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

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For the NOAA Weather Sats

I work with the R2FU wich is a damn good RX

But my  XAXERO SkyEye is the best you can get !




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For HF fax I work with the Furuno FAX 207

© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Avery good Fax Receiver !


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Precision GPS Reference Clock

© Copyright by Leo Bodnar (Electronics) LTD © Copyright by Leo Bodnar (Electronics) LTD

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As headphones I use a Sennheiser HD 598, I am very satisfied with it !

© Copyright by Sennheiser © Copyright by Sennheiser

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Active Antenna Signal Splitter

Active Antenna Splitter - 1 antenna 5 receivers.

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 My Antennas

 For 10KHz-30MHz  I use a Mini Whip, HDWA ,Wellbrook 1530+ and a 45m longwire.

Wellbrook & Dressler © Copyright by Ch. Breier Wellbrook & Dressler © Copyright by Ch. Breier

For above 30 MHz I use a Dressler ara 900, Hamtronic DX-HT701 and some other very special Antennas... ;)

And so much more equipment ...


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Over the years I had a lot of RX/TRX in my Shack.

Here are some pictures !

I wish I still had all my receivers and accessories... ;)

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Reuter RDR54 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RDR54 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Reuter RDR is a very good Receiver! Since I wanted to use my Reuter mobile, I ask reuter what it would cost to swap my built-in 220V module against one with 12 V. The answer was 600, - Euro. And that in exchange for my perfect 220V module, which is more than outrageous ! I was very frustrated because otherwise it was a very good receiver ...

The RDR 54 was done for me, I sold mine immediately!


© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The AOR spectrum display is unfortunately no longer usable nowadays .

The AOR AR5000a & 5001DX are still  very good receivers !

My shack in 2023 © Copyright by Ch. Breier My shack in 2023 © Copyright by Ch. Breier
© Copyright by Ch. Breier
© Copyright by Ch. Breier
W&S HF-1000a © Copyright by Ch. Breier W&S HF-1000a © Copyright by Ch. Breier
RACAL 6790 G/M © Copyright by Ch. Breier RACAL 6790 G/M © Copyright by Ch. Breier

I really regret that I sold the W&S HF-1000 that was a big mistake! Also the Racal 6790/GM I should have kept...


© Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

I still have some JRC NRD in use, but there high time is over....


© Copyright by Ch. Breier
© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The RFT EKD 500 was a good unit, but it's hard to find someone who can still repair it these days, so I sold it again !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The ELAD DUO was not bad but the company is a service desert, he quickly went away  !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The ICOM IC-R 9000  is still a really good receiver and I regret selling it ....


ICOM 705 © Copyright by Ch. Breier ICOM 705 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

I sold my ICOM 705 to buy the Reuter RDR52...


Wraase © Copyright by Ch. Breier © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Wraase WRX-137 is a very good sat receiver for the NOAA satellites, but I have two other devices for these sats so the wraase had to go !


AOR AR-5001DX © Copyright by Ch. Breier AOR AR-5001DX © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Sold my first AOR 5001DX, well I got a new one... ;)

AOR AR 5000 © Copyright by Ch. Breier AOR AR 5000 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The AOR AR is avery good receievr but the AOR AR5000a is the better one !

BELKA DX © Copyright by Ch. Breier

Very nice little Receiver but I had no use for it because no rx under 1,5 MHz...


The Afedri SDR was not as good than I thougt !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Malahit SDR is not bad , but not a real Rx for DX...


JRC NRD-535DG © Copyright by Ch. Breier JRC NRD-535DG © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The time of the JRC NRD 535 DG is over, ther are way better RX on the market now !

Reuter RFA1 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Reuter RFA1 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

I sold the antenna RFA1 after a week again, its a good antenne but with ergonomic misshaps...


Racal 1792 © Copyright by Ch. Breier Racal 1792 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Racal 1792 is still a very good RX but it is very hard to find anyone to repair him!


RACAL RA1778© Copyright by Ch. Breier RACAL RA1778© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Same for the RA1778, a very good RX as long as nothing happens ...


ICOM 8500 © Copyright by Ch. Breier ICOM 8500 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The ICOM 8500 ist still a very good RX, good on SW and very good over 30 MHz !


COMM RADIO CR-1a © Copyright by Ch. Breier COMM RADIO CR-1a © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Comm Radio CR-1a is a very good RX, it was stupid to sell him


Winradio © Copyright by Ch. Breier Winradio © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Winradio SDR ist a very good RX and the Coompany Service is the best you can get !


Perseus © Copyright by Ch. Breier Perseus© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Perseus is still a very good SDR, but the company service is not good at all!


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Kenwood TS 480 is still a very good TRX !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Bonito's Radio Jet was a joke.

The RX was just re-labeled anyway, because the builder was NTi !
I ones bought a used RadiomCom software, but Bonito refused to unlock it because I did not buy it from them! What, bull Bonito!

But does not matter because the software is bulls... anyway as the company  !


ICOM 7200 © Copyright by Ch. Breier ICOM 7200 © Copyright by Ch. Breier

The ICOM 7200 is still a very good RX and I really regret to sell it!


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The PK-900 was a good decoder !


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The Telereader and POCOMTOR where good decoder in there time...


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Well good in the old days, but now...


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Pretty good RX !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The Yaesu 920 is still a good TRX !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The AOR AR3030 is a damn good Receiver !


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

The ICOM IC R75 is even today a good RX and I regret that I sold him, the service from ICOM ist very good,


© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Man that SAMYUNG SNX-300 was the best NAVTERX Receiver I ever had, and I sold it, damn that was more than stupid!

If you can get one buy it cant get better than that!

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

Well the good old R-1000 when I startet as an SWL that thing was top notch ......

© Copyright by Ch. Breier

If you have an old Rx without good filters, get an Timwave !


And so on...

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