Sony SRF-S84-- Tiniest of the CXA1129N Analog Family
If you like the SRF-59 and SRF-39FP analog Ultralights because of their size/performance ratio, you will certainly love the smaller (and less common) SRF-S84.
At 3" x 1.4" and weighing all of 1.7 ounces, the smallest current member of the CXA1129N-based Sony models packs a lot of performance in an extremely small package. With a 1.19" x .25" midget loopstick and extensive FM stereo features, one might easily get the impression that this model is useless for AM-DXing. But like almost all of its SRF-59 siblings, it is typically not aligned to full sensitivity at the factory, and gains significant DX performance when its loopstick coil and high-band trimmer are peaked by a caring technician.
After alignment of my Summertime Shootout model, it can provide some surprising daytime DX receptions, although its tiny analog tuning dial is not going to impress very many hobbyists.
This silver-colored overachiever can be purchased on eBay for around $31.45 plus $5 shipping from various Hong Kong exporters (hkequipment and ecbuy_shop), which is certainly smarter than going through Amazon.com ($99.00 plus shipping via Wall Street Photo). Like all CXA1129N analog units, free AM alignment will be provided here if you can ship it prepaid to P.O. Box 1313, Puyallup, WA 98371, with $5 return postage.
73, Gary DeBock
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