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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Vintage amateur | RME-4350 Help

Reviews Summary for RME-4350
RME-4350 Reviews: 6 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Vintage mid-nineteen fifties ham-band only (160 - 10 meters) receiver.
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W2CDO Rating: 4/5 Feb 25, 2016 05:19 Send this review to a friend
Blast from the past  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had one of these as a teenager in the early '60s, purchased second-hand. The RME preselector really helped. Only complaint we had with it was that the dial mechanism kept slipping. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory.
N8FVJ Rating: 4/5 Feb 24, 2016 12:48 Send this review to a friend
Fairly Good   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The RME 4350 is a reasonable receiver. It is a dual conversion design eliminating images on the higher bands. Tuning is silky smooth and the radio has good sensitivity on 10 meters. It is not a National NC-303 though. The RME 4350 20kHz blocking dynamic range is just average, but you will not likely notice it.
K7NSW Rating: 5/5 Mar 1, 2013 11:44 Send this review to a friend
THOUGHT I HAD DIED AND WOKE UP IN HEAVEN  Time owned: more than 12 months
1961 started ham radio as Novice. Built Heathkit AR-3 rcvr and DX-20 xmtr - dipole on roof. DX-20 was a good basic CW rig. I used crystals. I was less than impressed with the AR-3. It was a simple superhet swl rcvr. Only the band spread made it usable for ham radio. Then my Dad bought me a new RME-4350A rcvr. OH MY GOSH! Talk about going to Heaven! The tuning was like silk. The selectivity was amazing. Sweet was the CW I was hearing. Stable as a rock. Separate knobs for RF and AF gain - it was a REAL HAM RADIO. My next trip to Heaven was a TenTec Century 21. Now an Omni 7. But those are another story. I have a soft spot in my ham radio heart for the folks who developed the RME-4350A. I think the retail price was $250. Not an inexpensive radio in 1961. Used it for many years. Never had any trouble with the tuning mechanism.
W4OP Rating: 5/5 Sep 22, 2011 11:03 Send this review to a friend
A Beautiful Receiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have always wanted a 4350 since I was a kid and a friend had one.
I now own one after getting the opportunity to do some restoration work on a friend's 4300.
Initially, both had sticky vernier drives.
Disassembly and cleaning fixed both. One has to be aware that in addition to the dual ball bearing race vernier, there is also a chassis mounted panel bearing and a flexible shaft coupling that compensates for angular or radial shaft misalignment. These drives are bullet proof if you want to take the time to restore them properly.
As another reviewer noted, the sound on CW and AM is awesome. None of my other BA receivers can compare.
MDS is better than -130dBm- even on 10M!

Finally, I was amazed at the VFO's electrical and mechanical stability- on par with, or a bit better than the Drake VFO's and Collins PTO's (although not with the same resolution)

If you have an opportunity to pick one up- you will not be disappointed.
K8AC Rating: 3/5 Sep 25, 2010 08:44 Send this review to a friend
Interesting, but beware the tuning dial  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My comments apply only to the 4350 (and A model) as they are found today. The wonderfully smooth and slow tuning ball bearing reduction drive used on these receivers had a very short life time. It wasn't long before they began to slip due to wear in the ball mechanism. If you're looking at one, always check to see if the dial slips - the pointer will fail to move along with movement of the tuning knob. Anyone who tells you that an easy adjustment will restore it to original operation is blowing smoke. Most of those you find on the used market have had the original knob and mechanism replaced by an inferior reduction mechanism of various types. Other than the great original dial mechanism, and the wonderful pure sound of CW signals on this receiver, it wasn't any better or worse than the competition in its price range.
K1REX Rating: 5/5 Nov 14, 2004 15:01 Send this review to a friend
Excellent AM receiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
This 160 - 10 meters ham band only receiver is very sensitive on all bands, and has remarkably good selectivity via a variable crystal filter that actually works! The analog dial and pointer combination, and the amber glowing backlit "S" meter are really pretty - the kind of features that drive nostalgia buffs mad. The mechanical-linkage bandspread (via the fully weighted main tuning dial) is a truly unique approach to fine-tuning. This receiver is perfect for AM operation. Acceptable CW and SSB reception is achieved also via playing back and forth between the rf gain and af gain controls along with the bfo "injection" control. Incidentally, the rf gain control is, functionally, as fine a control of this sort as any I have ever experienced on any rig (and I own a Pro II). It has that ability to take you from "way downtown" to "way uptown" in a full-throttled way. It will spoil you. This receiver is fun! I use it in conjunction with a Ranger II and Globe Champion. If you're looking for a terrific "ol' buzzard" receiver, look no further!
Best regards,
Stephen, K1REX

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