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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Commercial/Military/Marine adaptable to ham use | Collins R-105A ARR-15 HF receiver Help

Reviews Summary for Collins R-105A ARR-15 HF receiver
Collins R-105A  ARR-15 HF receiver Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $unknown, guess $2000
Description: A post WW2 ten channel autotune HF rcvr used mostly in Navy planes in conjunction with the ART 13 transmitter. Has PTO, analogue tuning. Stable and accurate but very broad.
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K3HVG Rating: 4/5 Dec 11, 2016 13:01 Send this review to a friend
Entirely usable, but...  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The R-105 and 105A are nice receivers and can do a lot for a vintage MIL setup, like the ARC-25. This system used two R-105s and one ART-13/ATC transmitter. As mentioned, the R-105 is very broad and requires a Q-5er. The R-105 IF frequency of 500 kHz lends itself well to either the BC-453 or the Navy R-23 LF receivers. With one of these auxiliary receivers, the R-105s attributes can be appreciated. The "good" rating is applicable only when a Q-5er is in use! Otherwise, its an OK general coverage receiver.
SWL377 Rating: 3/5 May 7, 2008 16:13 Send this review to a friend
fun, but not a practical band scanner  Time owned: more than 12 months
Dave Ross is the ARR 15 guru and you should go to his website for the real scoop. Just Google "real radios have motors" and you will get to his website. I was fortunate to obtain a mint ARR 15 fresh out of a Canadian overhaul, complete with the shock mount base which is FAR rarer than the recioevers themselves. My ARR 15 came from a Canadian Lockheed P2V7 Neptune ASW patrol plane. It is a 1.5-18.5 MHz PTO tuned with provisions for motorized ten channel autotune, just like the ART 13 xmtr. It was designed for channelized tuning and isnt a great band cruiser by any means.
The ARR 15 is B R O A D!!! Not sure how that could be remedied since it has a tunable IF. I am going to pair mine stock with an ART 13 xmtr and check in on the HF AM nets some day. All I need is to finish my HVPS for the xmtr. My ARR 15 works fine and the repeatability of the autotune system is amazing. Dave Ross has quantified the results and they are a living testimony to the mechanical engineers at Collins. ARR 15s are fun, but the Collins ARR 41 is a much more usable HF rcvr from the same genre.

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