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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 153054 times)

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« Reply #165 on: November 17, 2014, 12:00:55 PM »

I was ~4 years old (1958), and my parents has a "Wards Airline" big wood box Hi-Fi record player + AM-FM and 2 shortwave bands (3-18MHz). I remember listening to the "Funny sounding words" I heard from the forign broadcasters. I heard my first CW and rember that, as without any BFO all I heard was thumps and hiss. Some CW rigs had AC hum, and so I could hear CW as thumps modulated with 120 hertz hum and hiss in-between.

My first REAL shortwave, a Hammarlund Red letter HQ-129X (1970 when I bought it for $25) , and I still have it, and it works better today than then, with select tubes and a decent alignment.

Back in '58 I remember VOA playing a lot of Sousa marches.

Such memories.


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« Reply #166 on: November 17, 2014, 06:57:13 PM »

Sony icf 2010 just bought a Tucson 880 nice radio still miss my 2010.

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« Reply #167 on: November 25, 2014, 02:57:11 PM »

The first radio that I purchased was an Allied Star Roamer in about 1966.  My first shortwave radio that I used was a Motorola R-390.

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« Reply #168 on: November 27, 2014, 05:17:25 PM »

Hallicrafters S-108, that I still have in the closet.  My parents gave it to me for Christmas when I was 14; an paid Sear $6/month for a long time.  It became the receiver for my WN5ORM station.  I added a Heathkit Q Multiplier that helped because in the mid 60's there were a lot of SWL stations. 

A lot of SWL QSL's from the S-108.  Plus, it could heat my bedroom in the winter.

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« Reply #169 on: November 29, 2014, 02:09:15 AM »

Hey All,

First rcvr was an unknown model number RCA 1930's  tube set .It was my dad's and he  used it  to "track" WW II on a big map w/ flag pins . It originally came in a cabinet w/ a phonograph but had long since been mounted to a board. My brothers  and I copied  Scotland yard two way AM  comms and a  German  b'cast on a very  short ant in my basement.I was  hooked  !  But I was around 8 years old and  fairly quickly trashed it by fooling with it.

 First "real" rcvr was a Hallicrafters S-120a transistor .In short order  I   had a 75 ft N-S antenna and 125 ft E-W antenna on a knife switch. A VERY good set up for a 9 or 10 year old kid, MUCH dx on b'cast band and SW.

I have a S-120a now, but it's not my original one  . It needs  some alignment/ refurb work.

First home brew rvcrs were crystal sets, some of which got SW by "accident".

de N1NQC

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« Reply #170 on: December 08, 2014, 01:36:35 PM »

My first shortwave radio was a Knightkit Ocean Hopper built in 1960 which was a super regenerative receiver that used plug in coils for the different bands it covered. I remember learing where the 49, 31 and 25 meter bands were by memorizing which coil to use and where on the tuning dial to look for these bands. The tuning dial was simply calibrated from 0 to 100 so I used the various WWV and CHU stations to help me locate where I was. I had a 75 foot wire stretched out to a tree in the back yard and I remember staying up into the early hours of the morning listening to that radio. I would regularly listen to HCJB, Radio Moscow, Radio Havana, Radio Peking, Radio Australia and the BBC. Later I was given a Knightkit Star Roamer for Christmas and after carefully putting it together, I was in heaven because it became much easier to find all these stations. Popular Electronics magazine had a "Shortwave Monitor Station" certificate that you could send in for where they would issue a special WPE identifier, mine was WPE9IGS and I still have my certificate. Those were fun times and it is so unfortunate that practically all those stations are no longer on the air any more.

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« Reply #171 on: December 13, 2014, 02:57:19 PM »

Hallicrafters S38E, circa 1959

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« Reply #172 on: Yesterday at 06:49:03 AM »

Mine was a Toshiba portable that my parents gave me for Christmas when I was 10 or 12, I don't recall exactly.  I would listen the  guys on 40 and 75 meter A.M.   They was starting to slowly go away in the early to mid sixties but still a good number on that mode.  I would listen to foreign broadcasters before the send money for salvation took over the bands.  Anyway, that little Toshiba got me interested in ham radio.  I didn't know any hams so again the bank of Mom and Dad got me a Knight kit code practice oscillator and a 33rpm LP with morse on it and I taught myself code and theory.  Two things no longer required.  I started out with a general class license in 1968 and have been on the air ever since.  As an aside,  my niece had a boyfriend who owned an old Hallicrafters S38 receiver that needed to be re-strung.  I fixed the tuning and worked a DXCC in about a month with it using one of my Drake T4XB's.  I worked a bunch of SSB stations with it too...just takes a little finesse with the BFO. 
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