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Old 05-15-2013, 3:52 AM
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Default Bearcat Uniden DX-1000 what was it like?

Anyone still own or use this HF radio from Bearcat / Uniden?

What was it like operating it - was it satisfactory in real-world terms in it's price class? I had always wanted to operate it.

Until I wake up, I'm dreaming of UPman announcing the long-awaited return of a quality HF tabletop from Uniden modernized a little bit....
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As I recall, many of the reviews I saw said this was a real dog of a receiver. Very prone to overloading and poor IMD. I'd avoid it

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Bummer. After reading some of the reviews it looks like taking the cheap way out by cranking up not only the front-end rf-gain, but also driving the IF/mixers/detectors into distortion prematurely and band-aiding it with heavy user attenuation.

But I'm just guessing. Still I wonder if some of the poor reviews were due to the poor price/performance ratio, and not keeping the performance in perspective to the hardware itself.

Oh well, it sure looks pretty!
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Old 05-23-2013, 4:25 AM
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It's an awkward, poor design and there are a lot better radios out there for a lot less money. The Kenwood R1000 blows it away, as do many others. I've had two of them, one I bought years ago at a hamfest that worked 100%, the other was donated as it was dead and Uniden wouldn't/couldn't fix it. I had it running pretty quickly as the only problem was a bad filter cap had eaten the PC board up.

Both of them were OK, for a beginner's radio, but the CPU locked up a lot, making it one of the more annoying HF receivers I've ever had. The silver paint wasn't very durable either.

Pass on it. There are plenty of other receivers out there.
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Old 05-23-2013, 4:43 AM
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Default Bearcat Uniden DX-1000 what was it like?

Wow. This is one unit that I never heard of!

It certainly is sleek looking, though. I just took a gander at Rigpix.com.

It appears it was only made in 1983-84, so Uniden must not have had much faith in it, either.
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Old 05-24-2013, 3:45 AM
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As nice looking as it was when new, that silver paint wore badly and when it did, it made it look older than it really was. An early Icom R71A is almost as old as the Dx-1000, but most of them look 10X better and work better than the Dx-1000 did new. Besides the issues it had with basic RF performance, such as overloading, it had very bad ergonomics. Almost like they took a JRC radio and decided to do everything a totally different way, the WRONG way. The old RS DX-400 and Uniden CR-2021 were better radios, IMHO.
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Default dx-1000

I bought one a year ago from ebay, never new they were made, I enjoyed play with it mostly broadcast band. fun toy.. lasted about a year and one day i came home after a lighting storm passed thru and i guess it took a hit, now only whit noise
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Old 01-06-2018, 8:42 PM
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Default DX-1000

This past year I've been using a DX-1000 that I had bought a couple of years ago because I always thought they looked so cool. I recently wrote a review on eHam (and a follow up), it's not quite as bad as it's reputation.

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Forgive the poor audio quality, had to record with my iPhone...
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A quote from Larry Magne's review of the DX1000 in the 1985 WRTH: "Good features-to-cost radio, but overall radio performance only fair." Also: "dynamic range is mediocre." "Sensitivity is good." "Stability is good." Summary: "The DX1000's price - and it's relative level of refinement - make it worth considering."
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This is one of many older receivers that could benefit from some better front end rejection using a passive preselector to improve the dynamic range as well as an admittedly crude but effective RF gain control. Truly a knob twirler's delight (hi)

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Fred Osterman says:
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This receiver did not live up to the manufacturer's specification.
I guess that was the polite way of saying it.
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Never had one but surely one of the best looking receivers in my opinion. May get one someday regardless of the reviews seen on the 'Net, surely a preselector and a suitable antenna would tame the overload problems.

These days with the Internet and the ease of buying and selling it's a great age to buy a radio, try it out, and if it does not live up to your expectations then put it back up for sale.
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The thing is, there are so many better radios out there for about the same price. There are endless Icom R71a's out there, probably more of them than any other receiver made from that era, I've had at least 10 of them, from dinged up messes, to mint ones that I only sold because I needed cash. My last one had a failed power supply, and a $25 Ebay one got it going again. The 71a's seem to hold up the best of all the older solid state receivers. Yeah, they have the battery thing that costs about $90 to eliminate, and if you run it on 115V you're going to have to recap it sooner than if it's run on 12V, but there are cap kits on Ebay to solve those issues too. No support exists for the DX-1000, and some parts are only available by cannibalizing another DX-1000. Same kind of goes for the R71a, but since there are so many of them, it's much easier to find them.

Oh, it IS possible, and not all that hard, to make an R71a sound decent on AM. There is a simple mod that changes the current to the AM detector and after it's made, the distortion is much reduced and the pumping S-Meter with modulation is mostly eliminated too. Costs about a dollar and an hour or so. Not a job for the chicken hearted though. A friend of mine had the vapors when he saw his precious radio taken apart when I did the mod for him. He sure was happy with the results!
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