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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Vintage amateur | Hallicrafters SX-99 Help

Reviews Summary for Hallicrafters SX-99
Hallicrafters SX-99 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $85-125
Description: General coverage radio of the mid 50s. .530 Mc to 32 Mc. Two "half moon" dials, big central "S" meter, crystal phasing, 3 position selectivity. 7 metal tubes + 5Y3 rectifier.
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NZ5L Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2012 17:48 Send this review to a friend
Vintage boat anchor  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The SX-99 was an upscaled S-85 (or a "downscaled" SX-100 - the features are about the same escept for the cosmetic touches). A large centrally mounted "S" meter was added between the dials and a crystal "phasing" control added, plus an antenna trimmer. Otherwise the same as the S-85.
The selectivity is fine for SWLing or AM listening. After a little practice, SSB can be tuned in (no product detector, but fairly strong BFO injection) and cw sounds pleasant. This is a great receiver for listening to foreign music stations, especially thru a large, vintage speaker. Nits? It is large and heavy, and takes up considerable desk space. Exactly where you are on the dial is mostly by guess. Dial stringing can be a headache. But the rich tube audio is unobtainable any other way, if that is what you are after, you have to make the accomodation. The 99 is one of the best for the price.

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