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Sony's ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio will fit easily into your shirt or jacket pocket for convenience and easy portability.
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|vzzt!||5:27am on Monday, September 27th, 2010|
|A shirt pocket from the Sony Company. Measuring just 12cm. long, 7 cm. wide and 3.5cm. thick and weighing just 180 grms.|
|icharles||5:28am on Sunday, September 26th, 2010|
|In reception. I purchased the Sony icf-s10mrk2 from a Woolworths store for 9.99 and have simply not looked back. It a tough. The Sony ICF-S10 radio is yours for under a tenner and is quite simply an excellent buy!! Argos sell it for 9.99 as far as I know.|
|mehaniks||12:04pm on Sunday, August 15th, 2010|
|Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a "transistor radio" in the 21st century? It is so easy to use. No problems at all. Long Battery Life, Durable, Great Reception, Lightweight, Good Sound Quality|
|Der Hanseat||3:23am on Friday, July 2nd, 2010|
|Within my budget was a Sony 2 band portable radio, at just 9.49! This Sony ICF S10 radio immediately appealed to the eye, being of chic appearance.|
|Monogram||3:06am on Thursday, June 17th, 2010|
|"Great sounding pocket portable that has good tone for a pocket radio and is very sensitive and selective.You will not be dissapointed at the 9.|
|vveitas||9:54am on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010|
|Use this pocket Radio on a daily basis, Like it because it fits in a shirt pocket. Great buy for the money. Long Battery Life, Great Reception.|
|radixweb||5:03am on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010|
|Nice little portable at a very cheap priceGood, cheap radio funPros:Very inexpensive, decent reception, long battery lifeCons:pocket radio type sound|
|Shad||11:20am on Friday, April 30th, 2010|
|Yet another Sony! Yet another Sony radio to my collection over the years and this one is a superb little one that is perfect for what it does... Indifferent reception In contrast to other reviewers I found the radio reception (for R4) very poor in rural Mid-Wales - we are a long way from a tra... Quality Sony radio I was a little concerned about purchasing a radio, because we live in a valley in North Devon.|
|Fredks||4:05am on Monday, April 12th, 2010|
|Small enough to put in a bag to take along with out noticing the weight. Durable","Good Sound Quality","Lightweight","Long Battery Life Heavy|
|mwildam||2:50am on Thursday, April 8th, 2010|
|I really enjoy how compact and mult-faceted this unit is. Also for a brand name you can not go wrong on the price and functionality. On many counts the s10mk2 is the best pocket analog radio is the best you can buy for the money. Make great stocking stuffers for the hollidays.|
|flaviocu||11:21pm on Monday, April 5th, 2010|
|This is a radio for my handicap son who is limited in his mobility and hand and finger capability. Great buy especially for the price. Great recepion in our area (others we purchased did not get stations we wanted) So happy with this product.|
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VERSION 1.2 2003
No representation is made that the following information is entirely free of mistakes. 1. Introduction: The Sony ICF-S10MK2 is an FM/AM 2-Band Pocket Radio made in China. Cost including shipping and taxes is $10.55 when ordered directly from Sonys website. Can this inexpensive radio be used to pursue the hobby of AM distance reception (AM DX)? 2. Features: The front includes a tuning scale, LED-tuning indicator, and built-in speaker. The right panel contains a tuning dial and AM/FM band switch. The left panel includes a power-switch volume-control wheel, earphone jack, carrying strap, and telescoping FM antenna. There is a rear battery compartment. Note: The red tuning LED grows faint when the batteries need replacing. Note: An internal ferrite bar is used for AM reception, not the telescoping antenna. 3. Specifications: Reception: 530 kHz to 1650 kHz AM and 87.5 MHz to 108.0 MHz FM. Output: 100 mW at 10% THD via a 2.25 (5.7 cm) speaker. Power: 3 Volts via 2 AA (R6) batteries, not included. Battery Life: FM ~40 hours and AM ~45 hours. Dimensions: 2.875 x 4.750 x 1.188 (71 mm x 119 mm x 30 mm) WHD. Weight: 7 ounces (202 grams) with batteries. Warranty: 1 year limited.
Note: Although Sonys literature states an AM tuning range of 530 kHz to 1710 kHz, testing revealed a range of 530 kHz to 1650 kHz.
4. The AM DX Hobby The hobby of AM distance reception goes by two names: MW (mediumwave) DX and BCB (broadcast band) DX. The object is to identify (ID) and log stations using: time, call sign (usually given each half-hour), frequency, content, language, or local color (ex. weather or commercials). Reception is best during the winter, decent in the fall, and poor in the summer. Daytime reception is poorer than nighttime reception. Nighttime offers less noise and some stations reduce or discontinue power. At local sunset stations to the west can be heard as stations in the east power down for the night, this is called gray path reception. Different catches will be made at sunrise, daytime, sunset, and nighttime. Station tests are often performed late on Sunday night. Conditions change minute by minute as stations fade in and out. Clear channel stations with up to 50 kW power are located at: 540, 640-780, 800900, 940, 990-1140, 1160-1220, and 1500-1580 kHz. Local channels (called the graveyard) with 1 kW or less power are located at: 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490 kHz. The graveyard contains many interfering signals. All other channels below 1610 kHz are considered regional, having 10 kW or less power. The expanded AM band runs from 1610 to 1710 kHz. Some collect QSL (reception) cards. Simply mail the station a reception report consisting of the: date, time and time zone, frequency, program details (station ID, program name, host, commercials, etc.), and how well the signal was received (excellent, good, fair, poor). Make sure to include your name, address, and return postage! Making a recording of the broadcast will definitely help. For station identification see WRTH (World Radio and TV Handbook), a yearly publication. Or visit the following websites: http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html http://www.radio-locator.com/ For more AM DX information including when stations perform DX and equipment tests join either the National Radio Club (NRC) or the International Radio Club of America (IRCA). http://www.nrcdxas.org/ http://www.ircaonline.org/
The Sony ICF-S10MK2 with a Radio Shack Loop was compared against a modified ICOM R75 with a Quantum QX Loop. This testing was, in essence, a shootout between a $31 portable setup and a $780 tabletop setup! The R75 provides ~1.77 V AM sensitivity [PREAMP 1 ON] and the Quantum adds another +40 dB of RF gain. Theoretically the Sony is capable of tuning to a maximum of 113 stations. Any station sounding good enough to allow identification was counted as being heard. The chart below summarizes the data from eight separate comparison trials.
TRIAL TOTAL NEITHER HEARD SONY and R75 HEARD R75 only HEARD 6 1
The results? On average the Sony/RS combo heard 94% of what the twenty-five times more costly ICOM/Quantum combo did. Impressive! Tuning through the AM band yielded an average catch of about 87 stations for the Sony. Trial eight was done on a particularly hot night and resulted in 112 stations heard on the Sony. What the chart does not show is that two distinct stations were resolved on 19 frequencies that night. This means that the Sony heard a total of 131 distinct stations including: news, business, talk, sports, religious, music, nostalgic, and ethnic. Incredible! The $11 Sony, when coupled with a loop antenna, is more than adequate for casual AM DX. Note: The Sony was not penalized for the six stations it could not tune from 1160 kHz to 1710 kHz. In North America frequency spacing is 10 kHz, elsewhere 9 kHz. The ICOM maintained a higher signal-to-noise ratio than the Sony.
6. Operation: Using the Sony definitely takes some practice. Tune very slowly until the previous station just fades, then retune the loop antenna, and finally rotate the Sony/loop combo as a couple through 180, as loops are highly directional in nature. The Sony may need additional fine-tuning. The picture above shows the proper alignment of the radio and antenna for reception along the green axis. Maximum attenuation (nulling) of strong interfering stations occurs along blue axis. A red piece of paper was taped to the radio and marked every 100 kHz for usage as a tuning aid. Note: Usage of headphones is recommended; always start with the volume low. 7. Pros and Cons: The $11 Sony has several attributes going for it including: an analog local oscillator, a tuned loop input, and battery power (no AC hum problems). It is possible that the Sony ICF-S10MK2 uses a similar receiver chip and ferrite rod as their $90 digital portables. Ironically the more expensive and flashy digital Walkmans often experience processor and synthesizer related noise. The Sony does suffer from noise, bleed-over, images, overload, and frequency drift. It is also difficult to know what frequency youre on using its analog tuning scale. Care must be taken not to miss stations, especially at the upper end of the tuning range. Data analysis revealed that stations adjacent to the strongest stations and stations located at the images of the strongest stations accounted for 55% of all failures to be heard. Much of the remainder was due to very weak signals.
8. Conclusion: Like to AM DX while on vacation? No money in the current radio budget for a big gun receiver? Need a truly portable performer? Want a radio suitable for usage where it may become lost, damaged, or stolen? Trying to introduce a child to AM DX? Then you may want to consider an $11 Sony ICF-S10MK2 and an inexpensive loop: Radio Shack, Torus, Terk, Select-A-Tenna, Edek, or homebrew. 9. History: In 1948 scientists at Bell Labs invented the transistor. Akio Morita purchased a license to build transistors for $25,000 in 1952. He quickly became the laughing stock of the business community. Bell Labs engineers informed him that transistors were only good for making hearing aids. Akio Moritas vision was to manufacture transistor radios. Advisors warned him that: radios are far too expensive to devote to one person. In 1957 a company, co-founded by Morita, named Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Limited, exported their six-transistor Sony TR-63. This $40 pocket-sized radio was so successful that the company changed their name to Sony and their motto to: One Person, One Radio. This marked the start of Sony dominating the consumer electronics industry. It appears that after 50 years Sony remains true to their roots, producing high-quality pocket radios. Happy listening!
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|Product Type||Personal radio|
|Speaker(s)||1 x speaker - built-in|
|Driver Details||Speaker : 1 - 2.25"|
|Type||Personal radio - analog - AM/FM|
|Tuner Frequency Range||FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz, AM: 530 - 1710 kHz|
|Tuning Display||Tuning scale|
|Antenna Form Factor||Built-in AM / telescopic FM|
|Connector Type||1 x headphones 1 x DC power input|
|Included Accessories||Carrying strap|
|Battery||2 x battery - AA type|
|Universal Product Identifiers|
|GTIN||00027242598447, 00961613042729, 04901780772643|
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