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EVERYTHING FOR ELECTRONICS
The April ‘ 10 issue with the
"Shortwave Listening" article got a good
start by Louis Frenzel remembering his
S38B which was a very basic shortwave
set. The article then proceeded to the
purchase of modern-day sets available
from present-day manufacturers. It
needs mention that there are still lots
of tube sets by Hallicrafters, National,
and Hammarlund that are still useable.
Look for general coverage with
bandspreading tuning, BFO (beat
frequency oscillator), and decent
physical condition inside and out at a
minimum. Additional features such as a
crystal filter, Q-Multiplier, notch filter,
bandpass tuning, and noise limiter are
all good extras to the basic set. Be
aware that some sets need an external
speaker. If you get a set that has not
been used for a long time, seek a radio
shop or person who can help you
check the set out first before and not
after the "magic" smoke comes out as
that can happen and be very
discouraging. Then, you will have a
genuine retro SWL "setup" as they used
to say that glows in the dark while you
pull in those exotic and distant stations!
Dennis R. Murphy K0GRM
Thanks for your comments on my
SWL article. You are right about there
being tube radios out there. I was afraid
to mention them given the problems
that a person might have if they are not
a good troubleshooter or electronics
repair person. Finding tubes is one
problem. Another is a bad filter and
other capacitors that can kill a set.
Replacing them is a pain. Otherwise, the
tube sets still do a great job on SW and
it is a cheap option for a good tinkerer.
We always appreciate the feedback.
73, Lou Frenzel W5LEF
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‘05 — I had that issue, but the article
was not one that I cut out for my
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for the project folder.
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