Stations come in clear!
Remote control not working!!
I just got this receiver on Fri. and I can clearly pick up stations 60 miles away. Now I’m a amateur radio operator and Sangean is most noted for making SW radio receivers, good ones at a decent price. Radio rule number one is: No matter how good your ... Read full review
I just got this receiver on Fri. and I can clearly pick up stations 60 miles away. Now I’m a amateur radio operator and Sangean is most noted for making SW radio receivers, good ones at a decent price. Radio rule number one is: No matter how good your radio is, specs and so on, it is only as good as the antenna setup used. So in order for one to get the maximum from this receiver you should mount the antenna outside and as high off the ground as possible AND don’t forget to properly ground it. Many of you now think wow that is not worth all that trouble. Well if you want to receive stations 60 miles away you’ll have to go through the trouble of installing a good outdoor antenna. I live in the lightning capitol of the US so it is imperative that I properly ground the antenna. Even then lightning is still a hazard to me that is why having it grounded so when lightning strikes the antenna it will follow the path of least resistance to the ground, hence the ground on the antenna. It may prevent a fire in my house or it may by a very slight margin save my radio if the antenna is struck by lightning.
The only major con I have with the HDT-1 receiver is that the IR remote sensor is not responsive to any remote that sends the signals learned from the original factory remote control, and this includes the original factory remote control. See at first I thought the battery in the factory remote control is low because the receiver responded once to every six or seven times I depressed a key on the factory remote. I thought well seeing as how I don’t have a nickel sized lithium battery to replace the old one I taught my Mx 600 universal remote the commands from the factory remote. I had no problem with the MX 600 learning the commands from the factory remote control. And then my MX 600 would also take repeated depressions of the remote control to make a function on the receiver work. So I checked out the glass in front of the sensor to see if it was dirty. Even after cleaning the glass over the sensor it still hesitates to recognize commands from any remotes that are sending the factory IR codes to the receiver. This is how I narrowed it down to a BAD SENSOR or the command codes programmed into the factory remote control are the WRONG CODES for operating my receiver.
You may get lucky and get a receiver that has a working remote control. However, that is a gamble at $170.
I am getting ready to find out how good their warranty service is at Sangean. Odds are if you buy one you’ll be joining me walking to the unit when you want to change the station. I’m old enough to remember having to change TV stations with UHF and VHF dials on the front of the set. I will update on their warranty service!
I forgot to add that upon removing the unit from the box I removed the protective plastic coveing on the plexiglass front of the receiver.