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Drake 1-A

1-A
Amateur Band Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHH (4)
Made In: United States 1957-1959 Voltages: 115 VAC 60 Hz 50W
Coverage: Ham. See Comments. Readout: Analog Lin.
Modes: (AM)/LSB/USB(CW) Selectivity: 2.5 kHz -6dB.
Circuit: Triple Conversion Superheterodyne. 12 or 13 Tubes. Physical: 6.75 x 11 x 15" 18 Lbs. 171x279x381mm 8.2 kg
Circuit Complement: 6BZ6 RF Amp, 6BE6 1st Mixer, 6BE6 2nd Mixer, 6BY6 3rd Converter, 6BZ6 IF, 12AU7 Product Detector, 6BF6 Amp/Rectifier, 6AB4 Crystal Osc, 6BQ7A VF Osc, 12AU7 LF Osc/1st AF, 12AQ5 AF Out and 12X4 Rectifier.
Features: • Ό" Head. Jack • S-Meter • RF Gain • AVC SLOW/FAST • Mute Jack • Atten. 30 dB • Speaker Jack • Antenna Trimmer • Standby • Speaker (late) • Calibrator 100 kHz. (late)
Accessories: S-100 Speaker
New Price: $169-189 Used Price: $400-800
Comments: Tuning ranges: 3.5-4.1, 7-7.6, 14-14.6, 21-21.6, 28-28.6, 28.5-29.1 and 29.1-29.6 MHz plus an optional shortwave band. The speaker is on the rear panel. Very early production did not include the Crystal Calibrator function switched from the Antenna Trimmer control or the built-in speaker. This pace setting radio broke the long standing trend of building larger, ever heavier receivers. This receiver was superior in performance to its contemporaries at a fraction of the size, weight and price. There is strong collector demand for this historically significant model. The first run was produced for Universal Service (now Universal Radio).
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Drake 2-A

2-A
Amateur Band Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHH (4)
Made In: United States 1960-1961 Voltages: 120/240 VAC 50/60 40W
Coverage: Ham. See Comments. Readout: Analog Lin.
Modes: AM/LSB/USB(CW) Selectivity: 4.8/2.4 kHz -6dB.
Circuit: Triple Conversion Superheterodyne. 10 Tubes plus Semiconductors. Physical: 12x7x9" 14.5 Lbs. 304x177x228mm 6.6 kg
Circuit Complement: 6BZ6 RF Amp, 6U8 1st Mixer, 6BE6 VFO 2nd Converter, 6BE6 3rd Converter, 6BA6 50 kHz IF Amp, 6BE6 Product Detector/BFO, 6AV6 1st Audio Amp, 6AQ5 Audio Out, 6BF6 AVC, 6X4 Rectifier and 1N34 Bias Rectifier.
Features: •Ό" Head. Jack • S Meter • RF Gain • AVC SLOW/FAST • Preselector • Mute Jack • Sidetone Jack • Speaker Jack • Dial Lamp • BFO • Standby • Diode/Prod. Detect.
Accessories: 2-AS Speaker, 2-AC Calibrator 100 kHz, 2-AQ Q-Multiplier/Speaker, Q-Xer Q-Multiplier
New Price: $270 Used Price: $190-300
Comments: Tuning ranges:  3.5-4.1, 6.9-7.5, 13.9-14.5, 20.9-21.5 and 28.5-29.1 MHz plus seven additional empty ranges. The 2-A has a predrilled hole for an SO-239 jack. Requires a speaker.
Variants: The model 2-B was similar selling from 1961 to 1965.
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