[AMRadio] "What's Wrong With Our Vintage Rceivers?" (Formerly: "AM

EP Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Wed Sep 19 16:11:47 EDT 2007

"...Hey, now THERE'S a good spin on this thread: personal opinions re.
what's wrong with "classic" rigs, per  first-hand experience. If anyone
wants me to start with my stable, I'd be more than happy to do so! Hi Hi"


Oh what the heck, I'll start this thing off...it might even help to dispel a
myth, or two, about some of these old boat anchors that we collectively may
have been harbouring for far too long!

Here goes:

-RCA AR-88: FAR too heavy to lug around any place (100 pounds!),
"guesstimate" frequency read-out, no bandspread as such, leaky filter chokes
/ bathtub capacitors, seemingly takes FOREVER to get from one end of a band
to the other.

-HALLICRAFTERS S-77A: AC / DC design can easily zap you, "guesstimate"
frequency read-out, terrible images / poor stability / poor sensitivity
above 14-MHz, barn door wide selectivity.

-HEATHKIT SB-301: Does NOT include 160-meters, NEVER fool with that pinch
roller dial (you'll either bust it, or otherwise never get it right again),
seems to require re-alignment / touch-ups far more often than other

I won't include the "one off" homebrew stuff that I have here, 'cause nobody
would be interested anyway...

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

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