- Jul 23, 2021
I bought a "like new" Realistic DX-200 on an auction in the middle of July. The description is partially accurate- the cosmetics are very nice, just very dusty. The tuning and signal meters look great. I cleaned up a noisy volume and RF gain pot. Tuning 4.5 - 13 MHZ works amazingly well. Tuned in about 10 stations around 6 MHZ last night. Broadcast band is also very impressive. Longwave and 1.6 to 4.5 MHZ are very noisy with lots of interference. My biggest concern is the 13 to 30 MHZ band. I've never heard a signal on it not even CB band. The signal meter stays near zero and you can hear static in the background from one end to the other. When I tune down towards 13 MHZ the speaker gets completely silent. I've tried different outdoor and indoor antennas and none of them make a difference. I mostly listen to 80 - 40 meters but I use my other rigs a lot for 13, 15, and 17 MHZ SWL broadcasts so I miss having it on the DX-200. I was hoping someone would read this that had a similar problem with a Realistic rig and was able to resolve the problem. Thanks!