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This section of DXing.com is designed to provide the radio hobbyist or collector with concise information on the value, features, specifications and performance of popular tube-type shortwave and amateur band communications receivers. This information will help the listener make an informed choice when purchasing a used tube-type radio. The following questions are addressed:

  • What does it look like?
  • When was the radio sold?
  • What did it sell for when new?
  • What is the current used market value?
  • Where was the radio made?
  • What frequencies does it cover?
  • What modes does it receive?
  • Is the frequency display analog or digital?
  • If a digital display, what is its resolution?
  • What voltages (or batteries) are required?
  • What accessories were made for it?
  • How was the receiver rated?

The used price shown is for a typical working unit in good condition with manual. (Prices realized on ebay are typically higher). These informational listings do not represent an offer to buy or an offer to sell. Pleae note that www.DXing.com does not sell radios. Ocassionally some of these models may appear on the Used List of Universal Radio or other radio dealers. Other sources include local amateur radio HamFests and online auction sites such as eBay. If you have comments, corrections or suggestions regarding this section please email them to: editor@dxing.com

Values, ratings and specifications are subject to change. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this material, the originator assumes no responsibility for omissions or errors. No liability is assumed with respect to the use of the information herein.

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Receivers Past & Present

    Shortwave Receivers Past & Present

    Communications Receivers 1942-1997

    By Fred Osterman.
    Your comprehensive guide to over 770 shortwave, amateur and commercial communications receivers manufactured in the last 55 years. With photos and information including: coverage, circuit type, display, features, performance, new and used value, reviews, etc. Third Edition. A huge 473 pages on glossy paper. 1998. Order #0003
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    U.S. News & World Report
    " If names like Hallicrafters, Collins and Eddystone make you pine for the glow of vacuum tubes and staticky voices from afar, this stylish compendium will keep you turning pages and sighing nostalgically."

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