Palstar RC30 Mobile VHF Scanner / receiver

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The Palstar R30A HF shortwave receiver is a compact, high performance radio capable of receiving AM, CW and SSB signals in the 100 kHz to 30 MHz spectrum. Unlike most general coverage SW receivers, the R30 is not desensitized on the LF and MW bands, making it ideal for Standard Broadcast Band DXing.

All of this is squeezed into a footprint that fits inside a sheet of paper. The R30A receiver is also equipped with a 10 AA cell internal battery pack that automatically connects to the radio when the external adapter plug is disconnected, allowing portable operation.

Frequency range

RX-range
100 kHz - 29.9999 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
20 / 100 / 0.5 kHz
Filters
6 kHz AM and 2.4 kHz SSB

Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
100 kHz to 2 MHz
AM 2 µV
SSB .5 µV

2 MHz to 30 MHz
AM 1 µV
SSB .5 µV max

10db(S+N/N)
Selectivity
45 MHz 8 kHz BW
455 Khz (AM) 6 kHz
SSB 2.4 kHz
Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 45 MHz
2nd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
2 watts into 8 ohm

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
SO-239 + Clamps / screws
Impedance
50/500Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
12V DC / 10 AA cells
Current drain RX
350-600 mA
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
210 × 65 × 195 mm (8.27 × 2.56 × 7.68 in)
Weight
1,000 gr (2.2 lbs)
Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 200x and 20xx
MPN

Other features

Memories
100 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
6-digit LCD display
Analog S-Meter
455kHz IF output
Accessories
-

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Good, but.

Palstar RC30, Mobile VHF Scanner / receiver

Reasonable sensitivity, decent sound, a cool slimline appearance, but mine drifted. Even a so-called warm up period didn't alleviate. The instability was much more noticeable on sideband than in AM mode. Perhaps I got a lemon model, with all that drift, but I'd certainly be cautious about buying another one for $400.

Written by Radio10 on May 1, 2013

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2009
USD 405.00

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  • USD 161.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 405.00 Used / Good 2009 Radio10

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