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Author Topic: SW Radio Tell All !  (Read 12158 times)
N5RWJ
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« on: December 04, 2011, 02:46:07 PM »

Do you have an SW, MW, LW radio ,that you would like to tell us about?
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 04:28:02 PM »

I'm hoping to pull a Lowe 150, off eBay soon ?
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N8YX
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 02:50:14 PM »

ITT Mackay Marine 3030AR and 3031A. 10KHz-30MHz synthesized, rack-mount units. AM/USB/CW; RTTY and LSB w/ optional filters. ISB with optional IF module.

The 3030 uses a BCD thumbwheel arrangement to set the operating frequency, whereas the 3031 is tuned by means of a knob/optical encoder. From the 1st IF back they're the same radio.

I managed to snag a whole bunch of 5.000 and 4.998MHz crystals and plan to build LSB filters for both of mine.

Would love to lay my hands on a 3040A and 3041A, which were delivered with both filters.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 04:23:18 PM »

TECSUN PL-660  , AM synchronous detector choice of USB or LSB,  normal SSB ( USB, LSB ) , wide and narrow AM filters. about $100   I took pictures inside  here   http://ae6zw.no-ip.info/files/TECSUN-PL-660-shortwave-radio-receiver.rar
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 01:11:15 PM »

TECSUN PL-660  , AM synchronous detector choice of USB or LSB,  normal SSB ( USB, LSB ) , wide and narrow AM filters. about $100   I took pictures inside  here   http://ae6zw.no-ip.info/files/TECSUN-PL-660-shortwave-radio-receiver.rar
It has good reviews on Amazon.
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N5RWJ
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2011, 11:42:28 AM »

I'm hoping to pull a Lowe 150, off eBay soon ?
Had problems with it, sent it back. Now looking for a Drake R-8.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 03:39:03 PM »

Anyone have an opinion on the , Palstar 30A, its the only new SW radio  ,made in The USA ?
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2011, 01:49:54 PM »

Alinco, New SWR, DX-R8T/E at $550.00? Any comments ?
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N9LCD
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2011, 09:28:18 AM »

R-390A -- Mine was built by Motorola.  Beat my WJ 8888A.

A tuned front-end beats a tracking pre selector and post mixer filters!  With QRM, there's nothing like SSB through a 1 KHz crystal filter.  Or CW with a 0.1 KHz crystal filter!

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N5RWJ
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012, 10:33:21 AM »

TECSUN PL-660  , AM synchronous detector choice of USB or LSB,  normal SSB ( USB, LSB ) , wide and narrow AM filters. about $100   I took pictures inside  here   http://ae6zw.no-ip.info/files/TECSUN-PL-660-shortwave-radio-receiver.rar
Most SWL agree with you, it also has a good air band, as well as DSP.
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EI4GMB
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2012, 12:19:19 PM »

Had problems with it, sent it back. Now looking for a Drake R-8.
For shortwave listening I use a Drake R8 receiver coupled to an RF Systems DX-1 Pro II antenna.
I have worked some rare DX over the years with this combination.
I also find the Drake R8 series to be superb both in sensitivity and selectivity.
If you can find one in reasonably good condition my advice would be to snap it up.
Sometimes they appear on ebay very reasonably priced. Wink

73,

Fred EI4GMB
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