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Author Topic: Hammarlund HQ-215  (Read 2456 times)
W4LA
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« on: May 11, 2013, 09:29:27 AM »

I recently acquired an HQ-215 in good working condition. 80-10 meters. On a scale of 1-10 for the cabinet I would give it a 7-8.  There is a little corrosion on the rear left top and some pitting on the bezel (the bezel is black with little spots).  Any idea what this radio is worth?  No extra filters just the original Collins 2.1. I have seen prices from $550.00 not working to $800.00 with all filters.
73's,
Todd  / W4LA
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W9GB
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 09:53:33 AM »

The Hammerlund HQ-215, the first and only solid-state receiver produced by Hammarlund, was designed in the mid-1960’s by Lester Earnshaw, but did not go into production until 1967. This amateur-band receiver was compatible with the Collins “S” line units which employed the same frequency generating scheme, thus making it capable of functioning in the transceive mode with the Collins transmitter. This receiver was produced in limited quantities.

Hammerlund HQ-215 photographs
http://www.isquare.com/personal_pages/hq215.htm
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2013, 01:36:10 PM »

The Hammerlund HQ-215, the first and only solid-state receiver produced by Hammarlund, was designed in the mid-1960’s by Lester Earnshaw, but did not go into production until 1967. This amateur-band receiver was compatible with the Collins “S” line units which employed the same frequency generating scheme, thus making it capable of functioning in the transceive mode with the Collins transmitter. This receiver was produced in limited quantities.

Hammerlund HQ-215 photographs
http://www.isquare.com/personal_pages/hq215.htm

Actually, it probably would be more accurate to say amateur band solid-state receiver. Hammarlund did market the all solid-state short wave receivers, RDF-10 and the HR-10 portable.

Pete, wa2cwa
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N3DT
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2013, 08:49:28 PM »

Boy, that's a new one on me.  Thanks for the info.
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W9GB
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2013, 09:30:00 PM »

Todd -

The pricing would be less than Collins receiver, but the fact that it was one of the last amateur radio receivers from Hammerlund and compatible with Collins S-line transmitters -- may command higher price, due to rarity, by some collectors.

It is a very nice layout, the analog dial reminds me of the later Atlas Radio 210 model in 1970s
designed by Herb Johnson.
http://www.qsl.net/on6ab/Pictures.html
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 05:58:39 AM »

The last three that sold on eBay were in the range of $442 to $595.  Unless yours is in mint condition, I'd expect it to bring a price in that range.  While it was certainly an interesting receiver, it was not a good performer - ultimate filter attenuation was not good and IMD was a problem on a band full of strong signals (Field Day and SS for example).  Stu Meyer, W2GHK (SK), wrote an article sometime in the early 1970s describing a modification to the HQ-215 that added 160 meters to the receiver.  I recall paying $225 for a mint unit around 1971 and selling it for $250 a year or so later (with the 160 mod installed).

73, Floyd - K8AC
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W4LA
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 06:42:26 AM »

Thanks to all that responded.  I will play with the receiver for a while, then sell it.  I hope to get $500.00. 
73's,

Todd / W4LA
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