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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Hallicrafters S-107 General Coverage Receiver Help

Reviews Summary for Hallicrafters S-107 General Coverage Receiver
Hallicrafters S-107 General Coverage Receiver Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $$94.00
Description: 5 band general coverage receiver
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VE3MVW Rating: 4/5 Oct 30, 2016 10:05 Send this review to a friend
A Decent Entry Level Receiver In It's Day   Time owned: more than 12 months
I love old radios and I picked this one up several years ago in excellent working condition. It works as good as any receiver for AM reception. It does have a BFO but not variable (pot controlled) so for CW or SSB reception you must have some finesse adjusting the bandspread and sensitivity settings. Also covers 6 meters from 48 to 54 MHZ which was a little unusual for a receiver in its price range.Built at a time when North America was a dominant leader in electronics.
KA8DLL Rating: 4/5 Jan 5, 2010 12:33 Send this review to a friend
Best U.S.made under $100.00, non kit radio in 1960  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hallicrafters used several advertising claims for their beginner radios. Such as, "The radio that amazes the experts" or "The finest small communication receiver made". In general this describes the S-107 receiver.
The S-107 receiver is really a continuation of the S-53 design. Indeed, the chassis is the old S-53 with filler plates around the IF stages and some tube sockets. It still has the original S-53 tubes stamped on it next to the new stamps for the S-107.
Looking like a cross between a S-38E receiver and a S-108 receiver it has many high quality parts in it. Some of the parts would be a 8 modern tube design,(it even covers 6 meters), power transformer for safety, and very attractive and expensive looking knobs and switches from the more costly SX series. The tuning capacitor is shock mounted and has several gears for smoother tuning. It used high quality "tiny chief" paper capacitors which all tested good after 50 years. Top notch, rigid construction is seen throughout the entire radio. A bonus is a large built in speaker which also sounds good.
The actual performance of the S-107 is close to it's big brother the S-108 at less than 1/2 the weight, the cost, and the size. The size and weight of the S-107 is about the same as a Icom R-71 receiver.
The radio does SSB pretty well with the sensitivity control adjusted for the signal strength.
Tuning a SSB signal is easy because it has plenty of band spread. Stability is quite good after a 30 minute warm up. This radio could be used in the ham bands today. It is also a hot performer on the AM broadcast band.
The S-107 became the S-118 in 1962. Hallicrafters reduced the number of tubes from 8 to 5, got rid of the 6 meter band, and still had a very competitive radio for under $100.00. That is engineering on a budget. Well done, Hallicrafters.

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