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of the Hammarlund HQ-215.
May 18, 2019 16:19
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A great performing classic.
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
As a collector of many decades, I have recently added the HQ-215 to the shack. I have the HQ-180A and several Hammarlund's others to compare it with.
This was a new approach from Hammarlund and one that could have been very successful if they introduced that thinking earlier. It is patterned after the Collins 75S-3C in many respects, except this is totally solid state.
The radio is built like a Hammarlund, solid and seemingly unbreakable. Controls are well thought out and the frequency readout is on a large horizontal drum, giving accuracy normally reserved for digital rigs. It is a smaller footprint, much like that of the Collins S-Line.
I did a direct comparison with my Collins 75S-3C. Using A/B switching and headphones for listening, the two rigs are very comparable. Sensitivity, selectivity and quality of received audio is almost the same. The controls are the same as on the Collins. The year of manufacture of the Collins was 1961 and the HQ-215 was 1969 on my rigs.
It would have been grand had Hammarlund started earlier to transition to solid state and smaller footprint. The "driving experience" of the HQ-215 was something you looked forward to.....
A definite 5 for this esteemed radio and company.
Thanks for reading....
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