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Author Topic: What was your first shortwave radio?  (Read 476173 times)
VE3WGO
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« Reply #300 on: July 13, 2019, 08:09:36 AM »

My parents had a tall floor console Westinghouse 981 Shortwave radio.  You might know the general type...  nicely crafted wood cabinet, big 15 inch speaker, push-pull 6F6s, lots of audio, nice big slide-rule dial, 5 bands.  Heaven for shortwave listening.  And it could pick up hams too but since it had no BFO I couldn't understand them.

A little later on my high school buddy had an old war surplus Wireless 19 set that as I recall, did have a BFO so it could receive amateur CW and SSB signals.  I remember hearing 80 and 40 meters on it.  Now THAT really triggered my lifelong interest in ham radio.  His rig was equipped with the dynamotor too but I think it was disconnected.

I like big slide-rule dials!

73, Ed
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ALPARD
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« Reply #301 on: August 02, 2019, 06:33:32 AM »

I think my first SW radio was a portable Sanyo Radio 3 bands (MW, SW1, SW2).  I cannot recall the model name, but was listening to Radio Korea, when I was staying in Indonesia in 1975.

It did pretty good in receiving faint SW signals on 11 Mhz some where, yes it was all analog tuning stuff, with telescopic antenna.
My friend borrowed the radio, and never returned it to me.

Then in 1990s when I came to Europe to study, I bought a Sony 2001D. It costed me a fortune, breaking my student account in the bank, but it was a marvel new technology with digital readout frequency, signal strength indicating lights and good performance.  I think I traded it in for getting a tranceiver, when I got a ham license.
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KA4PNV
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« Reply #302 on: August 05, 2019, 09:32:55 AM »

This was one of the First SWL receivers I bought

  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2172685216355523&set=pcb.2031718473620368&type=3&theater&ifg=1
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KA4PNV
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« Reply #303 on: August 05, 2019, 09:34:49 AM »

This was one of my First if not the first
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2172685216355523&set=pcb.2031718473620368&type=3&theater&ifg=1
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W9WQA
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« Reply #304 on: August 11, 2019, 03:59:15 PM »

Mine was a Philco desktop with a couple of SW bands (this was in the mid-50s). My two favorites were Radio Moscow and HCJB (the first Christian SW station) out of Quito, Ecuador.

FYI, the engineers at HCJB invented the cubical quad antenna. It was created because the high voltage at the ends of the elements on their beam antennas literally melted the ends of the elements.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut


one of my first listened to was hcjb, are they gone?, where?
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