[AMRadio] 51J3 or 75A3?

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Mon Mar 6 13:12:49 EST 2006

I noticed an nc300 or 303 on ebay some time ago, selling for $200?

If you can get past the looks, they seemed to work well when I had them.

I would say whatever you can get at a reasonable price is what you wind up
trying to get a particular model can cost....

I sold an SX17 in like new shape for $200? a year ago, nice r390a
went for $400.00 I think...

The Scott SLRM like new fetched $250.00...


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> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of W1EOF
> Sent: Monday, March 06, 2006 10:59 AM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio
> Subject: RE: [AMRadio] 51J3 or 75A3?
> Great point!
> WIth minimal invasivness you can add an external amp that 
> will make many
> receivers sound much better. Maybe a more important 
> consideration is what
> you want to do with the receiver. A case in point: An R-390 
> is a *great*
> receiver. But due to it's tuning/bandswitching design it's 
> not a great "band
> cruiser". Too much cranking that knob around. Some radios 
> such as the early
> HRO series I mentioned before sound wonderful but require a 
> plug-in coil
> rack to switch to a different band. I'd say that's not a good 
> choice if you
> intend on flipping around between 160, 80, and 20.
> As people have said, there is not ideal receiver. Each one 
> was designed for
> a target user and use. If I were you, and wanted to buy a 
> single receiver
> for not so much money I'd look at the earlier Hammarlunds. 
> Maybe a 129 as
> Grant suggested. They are not that expensive at all even in 
> very nice shape.
> By all means if you have the opportunity go to some shacks 
> and take some for
> a test drive. Don't just listen, but tune around yourself. Adjust the
> filters. Play with the controls. Get a "feel" for how it works.
> As a frequent "over-thinker" who plans and researches too 
> much I can tell
> you to just jump-in and swim around.
> Best wishes on your hunt!
> 73,
> Mark W1EOF
> <SNIP>
> > > I don't think there's an "ideal" or even "best" vintage 
> AM receiver.
> <SNIP>
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