REALISTIC DX-150 SHORTWAVE RECEIVER
This a very early single conversion shortwave receiver, made by GRE and sold through Radio Shack.

It was also my first shortwave receiver back in the early 1970's. I didn't have the optional speaker.

Most of my radio monitoring is now in the VHF and UHF bands (and I do radio work in L- and S-band for a living), but it'd be nice to play with the DX-150 again.

GRE has a page here that describes the DX-150 and DX-160 models.

RECEIVERS FOUND
  • At the 2000 Dayton hamfest I met a very nice man from Wisconsin who was selling a DX-150 and a DX-160. After the obligatory negotiation over price, I bought the DX-150. Thanks, Mike!

  • At the 2001 Dayton hamfest I bought another DX-150, this time with an external speaker. More importantly, it came with an Owner's Manual and a Service Manual. The service manual is for a DX-150B -- if anyone has a service manual for the DX-150 (the original model), I'd love to get a copy!

  • In 2004 I won a DX-150 in somewhat rough shape at a hamfest in Maryland.

  • In 2004 I bought a DX-160 at a hamfest in Illinois.

  • In 2005 I bought a DX-160 at a hamfest in Pennsylvania.

  • In 2005 I bought a DX-150 at the Dayton Hamvention from a friendly older gentleman who had emigrated from Poland.

PUBLICATIONS

DX-150A
You can view scans of a DX-150A Operator's Manual by clicking here.

DX-150B
You can download a copy of the Service Manual for the DX-150B in PDF by clicking here.

DX-160
You can download a copy of the Owners Manual for the DX-160 in PDF by clicking here.
You can download a copy of the Service Manual for the DX-160 in PDF by clicking here.

COMPARISON
Receiver Manufacture
Dates
Comments
DX-150 1967 - 1969 30 semiconductors; internal speaker
DX-150A 1969 - 1971 FET front-end; internal speaker
DX-150B 1972 - 1974 Five FETs, mechanical filter
DX-160 1975 - 1980 One integrated circuit

OTHER RESOURCES
W4JBM has a good page with a bit more information about the DX-160 that you can see here.


Comments to Dan Veeneman

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Updated May 21, 2005