[AMRadio] Receivers

Frank J. Mercurio w9fm at sbcglobal.net
Wed Sep 19 09:56:52 EDT 2007


your comment about the Zenith reminded me of the first receiver I used 
as a newly licensed ham in 1957.  It was an RCA model 8K console that I 
pulled the chassis out of and set on the desk. I fabricated a Masonite 
front panel and added a bfo and a Heath QF-1 q multiplier!  Next, in 
1958 or so I "graduated" to a Heath AR-2! After that, I used a home 
brewed rx!

Presently, we have the following:  R390A, 75A4, 51J4, Racal RA6790/GM, 
Sylvania R1414/URR, BC348, and an HRO-500!

That old RCA was fun to work with ... finding a choke to sub for the 
speaker voice coil,  replacing that wet electrolytic can that sprayed 
its guts out one time in the middle of a qso ... ah! the memories!

73, Frank W9FM (on AM)

w9gt at comcast.net wrote:
>  It might be interesting, however, to note that my first "ham" receiver was an old Zenith 7S363 console that I pulled the chassis out of and set on the operating table.  I utilized a another little ACDC radio along side the Zenith for BFO to copy CW by heterodyning the local oscillator in the Zenith IF.  Crude, yes...but it worked and I had a lot of 
> fun with it as a novice.  "Modern" receivers include a couple of ICOM transceivers, but they just don't have the classic sound and ambience of the boatanchor stuff.
> 73,  Jack, W9GT
> -------------- Original message -------------- 
> From: sbjohnston at aol.com 
>>> what sort of receivers are in use in the AM community? 

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