|[AMRadio] Wanted: Receiver - New England|
eberbari at indy.rr.com
Mon Feb 18 20:23:08 EST 2008
When I just want to listen to good quality AM I use my Hammarlund HQ-140. I
pretty much have a complete line of the HQ series and to my rather poor ear,
the 140 sounds the best. Its probably because it is in the best shape of
Just my 2 cents.
----- Original Message -----
From: "JT Croteau" <jt.n1ese at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Wanted: Receiver - New England
>I want to thank everyone who has responded so far, both on and off
> list, to this thread. Brett, N2DTS, said, a couple posts posts back,
> that I need to take a better inventory of my priorities so let me try
> and clarify what they are to me.
>>From what I've read, there are two categories of receivers;
> "Battle-Fields" and Hi-Fidelity and it is very difficult to have your
> cake and eat it to. Unfortunately, I am trying to have a mixture of
> both but leaning more towards Hi-Fi because it is the pure love of the
> sound of AM that is driving me to setup this AM station.
> I am learning that there is no perfect receiver and it is very hard
> for a newbie like me to pick one. I wish I had the luxury to afford
> to buy several different ones like some people but I can only afford
> one receiver at the moment A big problem for newbies is the fact
> that EVERYONE has differing opinions for each model and it's often
> hard to get two people to totally agree on the same model. For
> example, I'll ask for opinions on an ABC-123 and one person will
> reply, "oh yeah, it's awesome on AM" while another will say "stay
> away, it's only good for slopbucket signals". If I could afford
> multiple purchases, it'd be much easier to take a gamble and
> experiment but I can't so it's very difficult to choose from just
> looking at specs and "opinions".
> With this said:
> AM 75M and 40M coverage is my primary interest at this time, I will
> NEVER be using the radio to tune in slopbucket nor CWer. SWL and 160M
> coverage would be nice as well but it will be a couple years before I
> have space for a 160M antenna.
> Hi-Fidelity is near the top of my must haves but not if it's
> results in a huge hit on receiver performance. However, I definitely
> don't want bottom of the barrel communications grade audio. I've been
> in some shacks where the audio fills the room and you can feel the
> audio down to your bones. I want to achieve this or as close as I can
> get within my budget.
> Looks, style, size, and weight don't really matter as it's what's
> inside the box that counts to me. Ideally the smaller the better and
> if it fits in a standard 19" rack, all the better as I have plenty of
> rack space.
> Budget - Yeah, this will always be an issue for me. But I can
> realistically afford to spend a max. of $400 on a receiver so I may
> not be able to get super Hi-Fi with this budget but I would think that
> I should be able to still find something with very good fidelity. If
> I had the money to go all out, I'm the type of person who definitely
> would so I am not trying to cheap out on this. But I do want to get
> something now rather than save an wait.. patience and me have never
> gotten along.
> Since my first post a couple days ago, I've been reading a bit about
> Hallicrafters SX-17's and SX-42's with their push-pull 6V6's and how
> they can really make some very nice audio - a couple people seem to
> really like these. However, for some reason, these two rigs don't
> seem to be mentioned much.. are they genuine "sleepers" in this case?
> The SX-17 appears to have good sensitivity and good selectivity with
> an IF bandwidth switch actually works. I think I read that the narrow
> position is somewhere around 4-5 kc and the wide is somewhere around
> 10-12 kc.
> Has anything I've said made sense and may point me to more specific
> models of receivers I should be looking at?
> Thanks again.
> JT Croteau, N1ESE - Manchester, NH (FN42gx)
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