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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 99742 times)
WA8ZTZ
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« Reply #135 on: August 08, 2014, 01:40:46 PM »

Built the Heathkit GR 54 all tube model in '69---

Also built a Heath GR-54...about 1968 IIRC.  Used it with an Ameco 2M converter...converted 144-148 mcs to 7 -11 mcs.  Had an Ameco TX62 for a transmitter feeding a halo through a Dow Key relay.  The set up worked great on 2 AM back in the day  Smiley.  Gave the GR-54 to my cousin  about 1983.
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VE9DAN
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« Reply #136 on: August 09, 2014, 05:22:00 AM »

My first receiver was a 1968 TRIO 9R-59 complete with big knobs, and a wide dial.
I don't recall it being too good for SSB.
Radio Havana Cuba DX Club was a great program, as were others from Sophia, London, and Berne.
Great memories!
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KK5DR
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« Reply #137 on: August 10, 2014, 02:58:08 PM »

I was in the 7th grade. My dad was a junk collector, went to the landfill weekly to look for "good stuff" as he called (yes, they would let the public come in and take stuff out back then). He found an old Panasonic receiver (don't recall the model), it didn't work. Me, being a tinkerer with intense interest in all things electrical, I opened it up and found a broken wire from the battery holder. This wire also fed power from the AC mains power supply to the receiver. Fixing the wire got the unit going again.
The radio had several bands some of which were 80,41,40,21,20,11,10,6mtrs & FM broadcast bands. It was AM/FM only.
Next I attached a long wire to the telescopic antenna and strung it out my bedroom window and up a big tree there. I spent many hours listening to hams, truckers, CAP, and broadcasts on HF.
I thought about how cool it would be to do what these folks were doing.
I was a novice back when I was in the 5th grade, and CW seemed to come easy to me back then, so I would listen in on the CW sections also, deciphering the code as if it was covert messages in WW2. My novice ticket had lapsed a few years earlier and my family didn't have money to buy me any radio gear to transmit on. Besides, I had other priorities at that age.
I recall that doing SWL light the spark in me to one day get a ham ticket and keep at it till I could do what those cool guy were doing.
Now, I do just that.
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KX4OM
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« Reply #138 on: August 17, 2014, 06:45:20 PM »

Hammarlund SP-400 Super Pro. It was also my Novice receiver in 1960. My 7175 kilocycles crystal in the Heathkit DX-20 shared the frequency with Radio Moscow at night. Twinlead 40m folded dipole at 15' suspended from the eaves of the house to a bamboo pole. That super Pro was a real beast. The separate power supply weighed about 70 pounds. The SP-600 that I was gifted by my XYL's uncle Bob, WB4MHG (SK) was a portable receiver in comparison.

Ted, KX4OM
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KB0RDL
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« Reply #139 on: August 18, 2014, 05:18:45 AM »

Mine was a National NC-60.  It looked sophisticated for the time (1960) but it was a very basic shortwave receiver with a VFO for listening to sideband.  It cost about $100.  I knew nothing about radio when I bought it but learned the basics in short order.  I had it for about 10 years.  I have an ICOM R75 Now.

Laird Wilcox, kb0rdl
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W2MR
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« Reply #140 on: August 25, 2014, 11:26:29 AM »

My dad borrowed a Hallicrafters S-40B receiver from my uncle. Later he bought me my very own Hallicrafters Sx-25.   
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