[AMRadio] Wanted: Receiver - New England

Brett Gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizon.net
Sun Feb 17 15:05:49 EST 2008

The Drake R4A or B is a good pick, although a bit narrow for
hifi AM.
The NC300/303 are good, and the SX101.

All the Collins stuff is overpriced for what you get, but the 51j series
are not bad, the pre SSB era stuff is better, after ssb came out
the AM position was an afterthought.

The R390/R390a were very good, lots of nice AM features like the buffered IF
output for the scope, line audio output, muting, etc, but they can be a
bear to work on and keep going, and you dont want to jump
between 160 and 10 meters much.
They are now expensive.

Before I built my own receivers, I used the R390a mostly.

Nothing modern is worth a crap in MY book, the FT102 was poor,
the icom 756 pro and pro3 are not great, the TS440 was not
very good, the icom 735 was not real bad, at least the
passband tuning worked on AM.

You need to set priorities in want you want in a receiver:
Bandwidth choices,
Ease of repair,
Frequency resolution/ accuricy,


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "JT Croteau" <jt.n1ese at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:16 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Wanted: Receiver - New England

> I'm going to be looking for a receiver at the beginning of the month
> (hate getting paid once/month) and wondering if anyone has anything
> they'd be selling or have any leads on.
> I don't have a big list of requirements and can't afford a "museum
> quality" R-390A or Super Pro but want to get on the air now that I
> have a decent plate modulated TX and not sure if my simple regen I am
> building will be up to snuff.  I should probably save/wait for
> NEAR-fest but I'd really like to get on the air.
> I'll have $350 to $400 to spend:
> * Primary use - HAM band AM reception primarily on 75 and 40 initially
> - 160 down the road
> * Needs to work, something that needs a little TLC is fine but would
> like it to work as soon as I bring it home.
> * Something located north of New York City so I can come pick it up.
> I don't like driving south of NYC.
> * Nice audio, doesn't have to be the greatest quality but just
> enjoyable listening and something I can feed into a nice speaker
> system.
> * Something that would fit inside a 19" rack cabinet would be a big
> plus but not a requirement.  Desk space is getting sparse but I have
> about 3' of unused space inside my rack where a RX could fit nicely.
> Any ideas?  Thanks guys.
> -- 
> JT Croteau, N1ESE - Manchester, NH (FN42gx)
> Contest Manager, TARA Skirmish
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