Tuesday, December 21, 2010

AKAI APW20 World Receiver

A new member to the receiver collection, the AKAI APW20. The device grinned at me in my local entertainment shop and for just 75 Euros... too seductive.

I will spare you most of details that can be found on AKAI's website. Here are just some interesting bits and pieces.

On LW, MW and SW, small tuning steps are 1kHz. For SSB a fine tuning pot is present. When rolling over frequencies, no (stupid) mute function interrupts audio.

LW goes up to 519kHz, covering NAVTEX, which I could directly hear from my living room.

Although the receiver has got a connector for an external SW and/or VHF antenna, the unmodified receiver does not switch to an external aerial for neither LW nor MW.

The rotary encoder not only changes frequency, is also can be used for adjusting volume. There is a line-out jack (grabber) and also a line-in (?). The rig is provided with a mute button, which will mute the loudspeaker and phones but not line-out.

Added bonus: built-in thermometer.

The APW20 may not be the best world receiver in terms of ham-radio, I believe however the APW20, in its intended function, is the best world receiver in my collection. I may even reach out and get a second one tomorrow, one for the boat, one for the suitcase.

4 comments:

  1. Hi I bought myself a apw20 but I can't find how to tune de 80 mtr band SSB . The radio jumps from 3599 khz to 3700 khz . How can I tune into the 80 mtr.

    Regards,

    Gerard
    bdxc1693@gmail.com

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    1. http://ebooks6.com/AKAI-APW20-manual-EN-download-w56860.pdf

      check out the manual...

      there are 2 SW tuning modes: ALL and MT ONLY

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  2. Hi I bought myself a apw20 but I can't find how to tune de 80 mtr band SSB . The radio jumps from 3599 khz to 3700 khz . How can I tune into the 80 mtr.

    Regards,

    Gerard
    bdxc1693@gmail.com

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  3. Hi Gerard,

    Your receiver's "SW FREQ" mode is set to "MT only". As soon as you changed it to "ALL" (see manual page 19), it should tune through the 80m band w/o the jump.
    Should you miss the manual, here is how it's done:
    1) in standby mode, long press the "confirm" key
    2) use the "down" key to reach "SW FREQ"
    3) press the "confirm" key
    4) select "ALL" using the "down" key
    5) press "confirm"
    And that's it!

    Regards, Joachim

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