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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 107675 times)
KA1VF
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« Reply #90 on: May 08, 2012, 08:21:35 AM »

The first SW radio that I used was my parent's Zenith with the round dial face and the wooden cabinet.

The first SW radio that I bought was a National SW-54 from a Ham who worked with my older brother.
 
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KC7NRY
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« Reply #91 on: May 08, 2012, 08:01:31 PM »

 MIne was a non-desript Montgomery Wards AAll Band, with Weather and Aircraft....listening to SFO airport as a 10 year old....SW was completely deaf. Dreamed and schemed but never really had another one until I was fortunate enough to find a new in box Philips DC-777. Living in Yuma AZ, there was precious little to listen to other than three radio stations. This was the heady time before y2k, with Brother Stair and other survivalist stations talking about famine and gov't confiscating our freedoms...but also Folk Tales form Radio new Zealand, Pyongyand Radio telling me how bad I was and listening to Radio Deutsche Welle, hoping to learn German...then I sold my SUburban (The DC-777 was a single DIN car stereo) and was then able to find a DX-394 from a Ham, KK4TL. I still owe him $$ for this radio. I had it at work and my boss pulled it off the shelf and it sort of still works...wish I knew how to fix it....Trying to quiet the QRM on a PCR-100 and just bought a dual slinky antenna...wish me luck!
 KC7NRY DE Walt
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K0SBV
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« Reply #92 on: May 11, 2012, 08:16:07 AM »

Mine was a Hallicrafters S-20R that I bought with newspaper delviery money back in 1958.
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KA3NXN
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« Reply #93 on: May 11, 2012, 03:22:18 PM »

I don't even remember the model, but it was an old Telefunken portable that I got from good will back in the early 70's. It had retracting tape antennas and ran off batteries, but it was a tube rig. What memories!!!
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HAMMYGUY
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« Reply #94 on: May 17, 2012, 12:53:47 PM »

My very first was a Lafayette "Expor-air".  A pile of crap regenerative that was a joke of radio.  But I didn't know any better and even used it for some ham contacts.  Lucky I didn't get killed the first time I hooked a ground wire to it.  I found out real quickly about hot chassis's and what a bad idea they are.  I soon graduated to a Hallicrafters S-85 to use with my Ameco AC-1T.  THAT was a very cool setup. 
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GABRESEVEN
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« Reply #95 on: June 04, 2012, 03:48:55 PM »

My first general coverage HF receiver was a Realistic DX-160, with 50 feet or wire for an antenna. I still have the DX-160 and it still works as good as the day it came out of the box...

I use it to monitor WWVH here in Hawaii where I live now...
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K9MOV
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« Reply #96 on: June 06, 2012, 07:30:53 PM »

BC-454 and BC-455. They were $2.95 each in the 50's
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K5TED
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« Reply #97 on: June 09, 2012, 11:32:44 AM »

1968 - an S-38 that was presented to me by the TV/Radio repair guy across the street from my house when I was in 4th grade, mainly to keep me out of his hair.
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KE7EZ
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« Reply #98 on: June 10, 2012, 01:07:55 PM »

My first sw radio was a home brewed super regen for 80 meters, using a #  30 tube, hand wound coils, headphones and thrown out batteries from the  local telephone office.  This was circa 1947, helpeed with my history in HS, as he was a ham with a 2 letter call sign from back in  the '30's
Dutch K7DUT
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KC2HCY
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« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2012, 06:56:27 AM »

A Knight Kit span Master, two tube regen receiver, way back in the early 1960's. Remember Radio Moscow, Voice of the Andes, Radio Budapest, VOA, BBC. It was very interesting hearing different stations put a different slant on what was then headlines. May Day was a very big event on Radio Moscow, never mentioned on VOA. BBC had to my memory, the straightest news cast.
Those were wonderful listening days.

 
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KB4WEC
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« Reply #100 on: June 12, 2012, 05:17:03 AM »

Mine was an Allied Super regen.  I think it was the Span Master.  Worked well.  Now I play with
a Heathkit GR81 which was the absolute BEST ever regenerative receiver.  It has an isolation transformer
so you can't get zapped by the chassis and is super sensitive and stable. 

So I am nostalgic, I have several modern Ham transceivers and an ICOM R71A but I like the GR81.

Greg
Greg, great to read your post, I have the exact same first rig, and still have it. Got 2 new tubes at Orlando,a nd all caps to rebuild it. Also just bought a GR81 about two monts ago, works great, need to recap it..
neat to hear someone who had the same two regen sets!
73 KB4WEC
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KC6RCM
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« Reply #101 on: March 11, 2014, 11:08:52 AM »

An AFCO... sparked the interest.
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N6BIZ
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« Reply #102 on: March 12, 2014, 01:28:50 PM »

KNIGHT KIT SPAN MASTER
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ZL2MC
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« Reply #103 on: March 13, 2014, 01:17:11 PM »

When I was bout 9 or 10 yo a Ham friend of my Dad's modified an "Ivalek" crystal set to get the 49m and 31m bands which were really hopping in Europe in the mid 50's. I think the reason for the modification was to get me out of Fred's shack! Then for my 11th birthday Dad bought me a govt. surplus Marconi R1475. Magic!
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KE7TMA
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« Reply #104 on: March 18, 2014, 04:27:37 PM »

When I was a kid I played around with my buddy's dad's Transoceanic.  I had never been exposed to shortwave before, and it was captivating.

Later on, when I started to get into the scanner hobby, I bought an Icom IC-R3 which has AM reception on HF.  It was not very sensitive or selective, but with a decent antenna I could pull lots of stuff in.

Now I usually listen with my KX3, which has just about everything I want in a radio.
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