[AMRadio] Receivers

Bill Marx bmarx at bellsouth.net
Sat Jul 29 10:16:08 EDT 2006

Buy all three the 51J-4, R-390A and the SP-600. I have all three here and 
then some. More than I care to admit. Buy the three and sell off what you do 
not like. You will not lose any money. If you pay a decent price for a 
decent radio you will get your money back most every time.

There are several not mentioned I could go into but which one do I listen to 
all the time?

I use the SP-600 all the time. I use the R-390A when its time to get serious 
about hearing or finding a weak one. I use the 51J-4 for sitting on a 
frequency(what a waste but its a pain to tune-albeit stable). I can and do 
use the 75A-4 for serious Hammin'. Given a choice for SWLing and casual 
listening its the SP-600 every time.

If you want to spend less than the going rate for these then we could go on 
for days naming decent ones. But that's the fun of buying and using. You get 
to become know it alls like the rest of us. But get started and buy what you 
can afford and sell it and buy another.

Bill Marx W2CQ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick Brashear" <rickbras at airmail.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Receivers

> Thanks to everyone for their comments on the receivers.  It seems the 
> R-390 is a top candidate, but hard to service and slow to tune.  I have 
> always wanted one of these receivers, but have never made the decision to 
> let go of enough cash to have one.  I'm not much on paying for a name and 
> it seems that is a big part of the high price of  Collins stuff.  Are 
> there any other great receivers out there that could be considered in the 
> same category as the ones we've been discussing?  I'm not really 
> interested in SSB, just AM and CW, of course.
> Rick/K5IZ
> John Coleman ARS WA5BXO wrote:
>>The 74A4 excels in stability, dial accuracy, and easy of tuning, but it is
>>poor on fidelity.  Not just in the audio stages...
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