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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Swan Cygnet 270-B Help

Reviews Summary for Swan Cygnet 270-B
Swan Cygnet 270-B Reviews: 15 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $499.95
Description: 10 thru 80 meter HF tranceiver
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KF6VMC Rating: 4/5 Mar 8, 2001 02:57 Send this review to a friend
4/5 A sturdy little Rig  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought Mine belive it or not from a second hand store for a whopping $100 that included the mike.
The manager there told me it was donated from a estate. Said it lit up but did not work. Hey I love old radios so I figured ( what the heck ). It might be fun to see what I could make of it. I took it home and after an intial cleanup and a few solder joints re-done. I fired it up! I was amazed how well for such an OLD rig she worked.
Even the final was 100% The front panel is like new and all original knobs remain. I have worked
several countrys with her with great reports.
What also amazed me was how quiet it is. The caps were all in good shape. So? I guess I will keep her as a Standby for my Kenwwod TS-940S ..she's
certainly well built for her day and hey it was made the year I graduated High School 1969 what
can be better than that. Some things are classics like me HI HI. 73's
KD5AIA Rating: 4/5 Dec 6, 2000 11:37 Send this review to a friend
Great for Price  Time owned: more than 12 months
My 270B has worked fine and reports say it has a good sound with the stock D104 mike.
Let it warm up for 15 minutes and I suggest putting a small muffin fan next to the final
to keep things a lot cooler. 80watts minimum on all bands is more than adequate.
Tuning is touchy on 10meter since the but useable.
I prefer this rig over my SWAN300 which uses an expensive 8950 final which is weak
on 10m now. Its much easier to get the 270 final tube and tune it back up as needed.
The unit works fine for PSK-31 also.
KG5IF Rating: 4/5 Oct 10, 2000 02:45 Send this review to a friend
good solid radio for beginners or spare rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am the second owner of the 270b. Ive had it about 12 years now. Very reliable, need to turn it on for about 30 mins prior to operation to stabalize. Good audio and around 100w output when loaded correctly. Its also kinda nostaligic to see the tubes glow. Its not up to par with the $1000.00 + radios but for the price and what it does its great. If your new to radio. Get a dummy load and practice a couple times loading it up by following the manual. Over all great rig..
N3AWS Rating: 3/5 Jul 19, 2000 09:00 Send this review to a friend
Limited utility today  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned a Swan 270B from 1974-1995 when it was sold as part of my father's estate sale. I made thousnads of contacts with the rig over the years--mostly on CW.

The 270B was marketed as a portable (what today I would call "luggable") rig and as a backup rig. It was primarily designed as an SSB rig. On CW, performace was fair in it's day, but poor by today's standards. There was no sidetone or RIT. There was no break-in but TR switching was easy from the front panel. I don't think there was an option for a CW filter to be installed, so selectivity was poor. Sensitivity was alright even on 10 meters where many of the rigs of that era were "deaf". Mine did not seem to drift after about 30 minutes of warm up which was also good for that period.

SSB performance was good. Audio was average but never objectionable if the rig were properly tuned and not over-driven. Again, I missed the RIT.

I used my rig portable several times and the built-in power supply was nice. This was one of the best portable rigs available before the Atlas 210/215's came along. It was a good Field Day rig. It also ran a bit more power than was typical in those days and power output didn't fall too dramatically at 10 meters.

Today, remember that this is a pre-WARC band 80-10 meter rig. Band coverage can't be expanded. Few would be willing to accept it's CW performance in this day and age. Tube replacement would be difficult (maybe impossible). It's audio would get the job done, but not win you any praise.

If you are thinking of buying one, try it out for some QSOs first. You just might like it! As I said above, I made 1000's of QSOs with mine and had a ball! 73
N3IBX Rating: 2/5 Jul 18, 2000 22:14 Send this review to a friend
Good basic HF rig for the right price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Swan "Cygnet" 270-B is a good beginners HF rig or could serve as an economical backup radio. The power supply/transmitter/receiver are all in one small package that weighs about 24 lbs. It uses a single 6LB6 in the final for 260 watts input. Power output is around 100 watts on 80 meters and about 75-80 or so on 10 meters.
The VFO is somewhat drifty, receiver sensitivity adequate. This is a BOTTOM line HF radio and you would do better with a Heathkit HW-101 or one of the newer solid state radios like a Kenwood TS-430 or a Yaesu FT-757.
A little less than adequate signal to noise ratio coupled to a drifty VFO make this one of Amaterudoms poorer choices. If the price is right however - GO FOR IT! They work and will do the job albeit a poorer one than with one of the more sophisticated rigs of their era.
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