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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 83437 times)
VE3GNU
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« Reply #120 on: April 15, 2014, 01:23:10 PM »

Built the Heathkit GR 54 all tube model in '69---earned a goodly number of BC QSL cards, and when achieving my Amateur Radio license---experience my first Amateur Radio contacts with it---with the help of a borrowed Heathkit DX 40 transmitter.  Now, looking back, and realizing the sophisticated equipment at hand, a pretty crude but fun experience worth all the way----
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WA7SGS
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« Reply #121 on: April 20, 2014, 09:23:19 PM »

A Philips L4XO5T.  It was their first transistor multiband radio, made in 1960.  I got mine from a great-uncle in 1967 and it lasted until 1975, when it was stolen in Seattle.  In 2012 I found one in good shape on eBay and have it back after a fashion!

My best AM DX with it was picking up a station from San Antonio in November 1973.  Two months later I was on my way down there for USAF basic training at Lackland AFB.

The batteries would last half a year under regular play.  Sound quality was good.

I would include a pix but this website is too poor to allow members to download them from their own computer.  Look it up on your own!

Rick
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« Reply #122 on: April 21, 2014, 05:29:31 AM »

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would include a pix but this website is too poor to allow members to download them from their own computer.  Look it up on your own!

You can easily link to a picture as I have here, or post your picture in a photo site and link to that. Is this the model?


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WA7SGS
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« Reply #123 on: April 21, 2014, 09:42:49 AM »

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would include a pix but this website is too poor to allow members to download them from their own computer.  Look it up on your own!

You can easily link to a picture as I have here, or post your picture in a photo site and link to that. Is this the model?




That's the exact site pix I had and it was the only pix I ever found but the radio is not in as good a shape as mine is, which is why I wanted to post the pix from my computer.  I had not bothered to save a link from 2012 when I was looking to buy one.  As for Photobuckets and such I never use them.  Never had a reason to do so.  Most sites I am on seem to allow for posting a pix straight from the computer.  The ones that don't won't be getting any from me.

Rick 
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KJ4DHI
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« Reply #124 on: May 14, 2014, 04:03:50 PM »

My first was a National SW54. I paid $10 for it in 1955. I see them from time to time on ebay. I don't know why I don't hit the buy it now button. I guess I have a hard time justifying paying $60 for one when I paid $10 for the first one.
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HFCRUSR
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« Reply #125 on: May 14, 2014, 05:01:06 PM »

My first was a National SW54. I paid $10 for it in 1955. I see them from time to time on ebay. I don't know why I don't hit the buy it now button. I guess I have a hard time justifying paying $60 for one when I paid $10 for the first one.
1. It's a cool old receiver that would bring back some nice memories for you.
2.With inflation, the $10 you paid in '55 for the 1st one would now cost you about $88, so, if you bought one now @ $60, it would be like buying the 1st one in '55 for $7. So you'd actually be getting a better deal Grin
3. It's always a neat thing to have your 1st receiver as part of your collection (if you have a collection)
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K1FPV
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« Reply #126 on: May 28, 2014, 10:34:28 AM »

My first Receiver was an old Knight Kit Span Master regenerative receiver! I bought it around 1960 or 1961 and built it myself with the good instructions supplied with it. After using it a while I got the Short-Wave Listeners call WPE1EJL then issued by "Popular Electronics". I had SWL cards printed and began sending them out. I got many cards in return from stations like Radio Moscow, BBC, HCJB and a number of amateurs. One happened to be local and he eventually got me hooked on Ham Radio. Now 50+ years later, I still SWL and ham both! Great hobbies!
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« Reply #127 on: June 03, 2014, 05:40:25 AM »

A $12.95 Radio Shack "Science Fair" kit/toy.

VERY CRUDE, but was STILL capable of VOA, BBC World Service, HCJB, Radio Moscow, Deutsche Welle, NPK, Radio Australia, and the rest of the "big SW" stations in the mid 1980's.  It was fascinating that a TOY...a literal TOY could bring me the world with only a 50' piece of wire for an antenna. 

I used this RX at an ex-girldfriend's house even after earning my Novice in 1988.

Great memories!

John KB2HSH
Springbrook, NY
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N0SYA
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« Reply #128 on: June 04, 2014, 07:03:50 PM »

Hmm, first I ever used as a mere youth was a Phillips console from ww2 - the kind with the gigantic speaker, then one of those solid state portable ones with the fold out map of the globe and time zones and whatnot my dad had. Wwv was strong and I wondered what it must be like to have a job telling the time over the radio all day. Decades later I saw a Halli sx110 for sale and snapped it up. Worked fine but when the air conditioning or furnace came on the conversations drifted. Then around '89 an mint R70 was offered in a local HAM newsletter and I snapped that up. Had all kinds since then. Today I run a mint 761 with mods pending (6KHz am xtal filter, rearrangement of the ssb filters, better am demod) and an sx28 and nc46 both in need of restos. Swl is fun.
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« Reply #129 on: June 05, 2014, 04:39:20 PM »

The year was 1973 and the receiver was a Graymark 511 3 tube regen kit.  It came with three coils for different bands and I ordered 2 more for additional bands.

I built it in a High School electronics class.  It took a couple of weeks at an hour a day to get it done.  Unfortunately, it didn't work.  I went through the assembly instruction a few time checking to see if I missed a step.  I also looked at the schematic checking each connection with the receiver to see if something was there that wasn't covered in the instructions.

The teacher could teach theory but didn't have any troubleshooting skills.  He told me that if I didn't get it working the best grade I could expect on it was a "C" and that if he ordered the teachers guide/troubleshooting guide which would result in a "B" if I then got the receiver working.  I gave up and asked to teacher to order the troubleshooting guide.

A couple of weeks later the big envelope arrived with the teachers guide/troubleshooting guide.  I opened the envelope and removed the contents.  The very first page said in very big letters "NOTICE - ERROR IN SCHEMATIC AND ASSEMBLY MANUAL".  It turned out that there was no connection between the two halves of the 12AT7.  One half was the detector and the other half was the preamp for the audio amplifier.  I soldered in the jumper, plugged the receiver in and it came to life.

I also got my "A".

I used that receiver until I bought a HEATHKIT HW-101 in 1976 and got my novice license. I never did figure out how to receive CW or SSB with it.  I understand now that if I had played with the regen control a little bit, right around the squeal point, it would have worked.  I got rid of the Graymark, but like everything else from my youth I wish I had kept it.

73,
Stuart
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WB9NFD
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« Reply #130 on: June 15, 2014, 06:55:01 AM »

Heathkit GR91.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #131 on: June 16, 2014, 07:05:31 AM »

Telefunken Portable Radio . It looked like this



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