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Reviews Categories | Receivers: Vintage amateur | Heathkit SB-313 Shortwave Receiver Help

Reviews Summary for Heathkit SB-313 Shortwave Receiver
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $339.95 (in 1973)
Description: 9-Band AM-SSB-CW Receiver, includes full coverage of the 3.5, 7, and 14 MHz Amateur bands, with partial coverage of the 21 MHz Amateur band
Product is not in production.
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KA2SHU Rating: 5/5 Apr 2, 2009 19:45 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Receiver  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
For a radio that was offered by Heathkit as late as 1975, it must be said that this is one terrific receiver. Even though the radio does not possess general coverage, the reception on the supplied bands is excellent. The radio is very stable and can easily be used as a ham receiver for SSB or code. The audio on AM is pleasant and is easy to listen too. On sideband the audio is superb. The analogue readout is excellent and the ease of this radio's operation makes it a joy. Finding a clean example will probably be tough but it will be worth it. The SB-313 is a perfect escape from from menus,multifunction buttons,LCD displays and all of the usual superfluous seldom used features found in today's short wave radios.
N7EKX Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2005 20:05 Send this review to a friend
Great Receiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Heathkit SB-313 was the "SWL version" of the popular SB-303, sharing all of the main circuit boards, but differing in frequency coverage (mainly concentrating on the international broadcast bands, but offering full coverage of the 80, 40 and 20 meter ham bands). The sensitivity, selectivity and stability are excellent for a receiver of its vintage, like the SB-303. Unfortunately, because of its high price tag in the early 70's (around $350), not many were sold, and the ones that show up on eBay usually provoke aggressive bidding. The SB-313 came with a standard AM filter, but with the addition of the optional SSB and CW filters (usually obtained from SB-303 parts radios), the SB-313 can be used as an effective ham receiver. One curious point is that Heath claims the SB-313's sensitivity as less than .5 microvolt, while the 303's sensitivity is claimed as less than .25 microvolt-- even when they share the same circuit boards! For serious collectors of Heathkit vintage receivers, the all-solid state SB-313 is an excellent find, providing great ham and international broadcast capability, even by today's standards.

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