[AMRadio] Wanted: Receiver - New England


JT Croteau jt.n1ese at gmail.com
Sat Feb 16 10:40:49 EST 2008


Thanks for the input Eddy, I've always liked the form factor and
styling on the R4 series of rigs.  Definitely something to consider
for me and I have completely forgotten about the Drakes.

- JT

On Feb 16, 2008 10:26 AM, EP Swynar <gswynar at durham.net> wrote:
> Hi JT,
>
> This may not exactly fit the specifics of your needs or requirements, but
> for my money, one of THE best tube-type receivers (and it was designed &
> built near the zenith of the vacuum tube era) is the R-4 series from
> Drake...
>
> They are still readily available, AND at good prices --- especially the
> series preceding the "C" version (which apparently needs a lot of
> "after-market" hot-rodding anyway to make it really come alive, anyway)....
>
> Now, if you want something without 160-meters --- but at HALF the price of
> an R-4 --- get yourself a decent Heathkit SB-301.
>
> Two caveats: if you want 160 with the R-4, you'll need a 12.6-MHz
> crystal...and if you want AM with the SB-301, you'll need an AM IF filter
> (the SB-310 wider unit preferred in this application).
>
> My $0.02 worth, anyway...
>
> Either way, you'll get a classic, hollow-state receiver, that is readily
> repairable by yourself, that's stable, sensitive, and flexible...AND it
> won't cost you an arm & a leg, either!


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