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Drake SW8

General Coverage Portable Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHHH (5)
Made In: United States 1994-2000 Voltages: 12 VDC or 120 VAC
Coverage: 500-30000 kHz +FM +Air Readout: Digital LCD 0.1
Modes: AM/SSB/CW Selectivity: 6/4/2.3 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 11.5 x 5.25 x 13" 10 lbs.
Features: Mini Head. Jack, S-Indicator, RF Gain, 70 Memories, Dimmer, BFO, Memory Scan, Dual Clock Timer, Telescopic Whip, Removable Carry Handle, Whip Preamp, Two Tuning Speeds, Synchronous Detection, Keypad, Tone, Squelch (VHF AIR), Backlit Display, AGC. Units produced after 03/31/95 (S/N >= 5C) have improved whip sensitivity. Units produced after 01/01/96 (S/N >= 6A) include coverage down to 100 kHz (long wave) and have selectable sideband syncro.
Accessories: MS-8 Speaker, Canvas Carry Case.
New Price: $589-799 Used Price: $470-569
Comments: Note the coverage of the FM broadcast band 88-108 MHz and 118-137 MHz VHF aeronautical band. Units produced after March 1995 have improved whip sensitivity. Units produced after January 1996 add longwave coverage tuning from 100-30000 kHz.
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