This sale is for a Kenwood RZ-1 wideband receiver. Cosmetically, the receiver is used, has some marks and some typical signs of ownership. Please look at our pictures at the top of the listing for specific cosmetic detail. Operationally the receiver has been tested and we found no issues or shortcomings.
The receiver had excellent sensitivity on the various bands. The RZ-1 is supplied with a copy of the manual, a receiver review, copies of catalog pages from Gilfer Shortwave and Electronic Equipment Bank, copy of a Kenwood advertisement, copy of the sales brochure, and a CD containing these documents including the service manual. The CD is not for sale and is given to the new owner of the RZ-1. It is unusual because most Kenwood products are oriented toward the amateur radio or shortwave radio hobby markets.In fact, this receiver is even unblocked continuous coverage so if you have a desire to hear those out-of-reach bands, this receiver has the ability to let you listen to them. The other thing that makes this receiver a bit more unique is that it was designed for mobile use and operates off of 12 volts DC and has a Motorola antenna input for a standardized auto antenna plug.
The radio is small and is designed to fit within the dashboard or if used with a bracket (not included), can be mounted under the dash. This unit is unlike today's car radios that are manufactured out of mostly plastic. The RZ-1's outer shell is metal and the unit has a bit of heft announcing it's wonderful manufacture contrasting to today's car radios. Kenwood has designed this unit to be versatile both directions... And includes antenna inputs on the back for the mobile Motorola input (vehicle) or the stationary SO-259 input (home).
If you use this unit at home, you will need two things.... Typically a discone antenna is a good choice since it offers wide band receiving capabilities.When the unit is first powered on, all of the lights come on and you can see the Kenwood name and many of the features in the display and we have provided a picture to show this detail at the top in the picture set. As you can see, there are several operating modes, scanning capabilities, memory channels, tuning steps, and more. Frankly, we tested this unit for a couple of hours listening on the various bands, but did not scratch the surface of all the capabilities such as saving frequencies to memory, scanning, TV monitoring, etc. Here is a list of some of the features of this unusual receiver. Coverage from 500 KHz to 905 MHz. Memory scan (manual, timer, or carrier operated).
Selectivity of 250 KHz (wide FM) / 10 / 7. External speaker jack (can also connect to an automobile's sound system). Line out (stereo) RCA jacks (to connect to a home stereo or amplified speaker). Double conversion in FM-W mode. Tuning steps of 5 / 12.5 / 20 / 25 KHz.
In his fabulous book, Shortwave Receivers Past and Present, the author, Fred Osterman comments that this radio is scarce. He also mentions that as with all wideband receivers, reception on shortwave is not exceptional, but sufficient to receive the major broadcasters while on the road. This meets our testing as well and is to be expected.
You really don't travel down the highway and expect to DX, you just want to hear news from the other side of the world that you may not hear otherwise. We have a mobile receiver in our vehicle and regularly tune to Radio Romania, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio China International, various programs on WWCR, Voice of Turkey, and All India Radio to name a few.
In addition to the international broadcasters, you will also be treated to some unusual domestic broadcasts. Often referred to as called Patriot or alternative broadcasters, such shows include broadcasts from The Power Hour, Common Sense Coalition, and Infowars. This information deals with subjects as politics and the Washington excesses, mainstream media propaganda, health issues, GMO food, economic issues, etc. We regularly hear news that is not on the regular mainstream networks due to the risk of loss of advertising revenue (like issues with Dow chemical, Monsanto, genetically modified foods, etc). The nice thing about this radio is that it also allows the user to hear other transmissions such as fire, police, CB radio, air traffic, NOAA weather, etc, etc.
You could even listen to analog TV audio (while you would not see your show, if within the vicinity, you could hear the audio if your station transmits analog signals). All of this additional reception allows for more listening opportunities or even the ability to tune in and hear emergency broadcasts. Imagine driving down the highway and you come to a standstill of traffic, you could tune to the CB channels to listen in on the truckers discussing what the situation is ahead or perhaps tune into any public service broadcast to hear chatter from the fire or police. Of course you would need to know these frequencies, but the CB channels are well known and the other frequencies are often found easily on the internet.Let us now briefly discuss this particular RZ-1 receiver. We have tested the reception of the unit and many of the features, but did not test the memory capabilities or scanning facilities that it offers. There is no reason for us to believe that the performance is any less than what we experienced with the general receiving performance and that was fantastic.
We live in a rural area and were able to get some reception on the public service bands, but did not listen long and just verified reception on a couple of the bands and that the sensitivity was genuine. Reception was clear and strong with what we tuned and received. In fact, the internal speaker allows for easy dual operation.The RZ-1 will be well packed for good protection of the unit during transit to your address. Those living in the USA may use the calculator for their cost. The item "Kenwood RZ-1 Wideband Auto Home Receiver Scanner 500 KHz 905 MHz UNBLOCKED" is in sale since Saturday, September 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\Radio Communication\Ham, Amateur Radio\Ham Radio Receivers". The seller is "bigapple59" and is located in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.