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Drake SSR-1

General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HH (2)
Made In: Japan 1975-1978 Voltages: 117/240 VAC 8 x D
Coverage: 500-30000 kHz Readout: Analog Linear
Modes: AM/LSB/USB/CW Selectivity: 5.5/3 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 13 x 5.5 x 11 inches 14 Lbs.
Features: " Head. Jack, S-Meter, Preselector, Clarifier, Mute, Dial Lamp, Dial Lamp Switch, Spinner Knob.
Accessories: DC-PC 12 VDC Cord.
New Price: $299-350 Used Price: $230-300
Comments: The MHz knob (top left) tunes inner MHz dial on display. The main tuning knob (large) rotates the outer dial (10 kHz graduations). If the AC line voltage fails an automatic circuit switches to the internal D cells. Later production features a trap door on the top panel for easy access to the battery compartment. This was the only Drake receiver made outside of Ohio. It mas made in Japan.
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Drake SW1

General Coverage Broadcast Receiver Rating (1-5): HHH (3)
Made In: United States 1996-1999 Voltages: 12 VDC or 120 VAC
Coverage: 100-30000 kHz Readout: Digital LED 1.
Modes: AM Selectivity: 5.5 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 10.8 x 4.4 x 7.7 inches 5 Lbs.
Features: Mini Head. Jack, RF Gain, 32 Memories, Dimmer, Two Tuning Speeds, Keypad, Up-Down Tuning, Manual Tuning.
Accessories: Carry Handle, Mobile Mounting Bracket.
New Price: $200-300 Used Price: $170-200
Comments: An affordable, basic, broadcast receiver without SSB capability. Supplied with an 120 VAC adapter. The earlier O.E.M. model PRN1000 (produced for the People's Radio Network) is similar, but with only one memory, a Local-DX switch and a Tone control in place of the RF Gain.
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