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Hallicrafters S-119

S-119
General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HH (2)
Made In: United States 1959-1964 Voltages: 115 VAC 60 Hz
Coverage: See Comments Readout: Analog
Modes: AM/CW Selectivity:
Circuit: Single Conversion Superheterodyne. 3 Tubes plus Semiconductors. Physical: 10.5x5x7.5" 8 Lbs. 267x127x191mm 3.6 kg
Circuit Complement: 6BE6 Converter, 6BA6 IF Amp/BFO, 6CM6 1st Audio/Audio Out plus a diode detector (1N295).
Features: • Head. Tip Jack • Speaker • Dial Lamp • Voice/Code Switch • Ferrite MW Ant. • Speaker/Headphone Switch
Accessories:
New Price: $50 Used Price: $45-110
Comments: Ranges: .535-1640, 2.0-5.5 and 6-16.4 MHz. Has planetary drive tuning. Sold both as a kit and assembled. The S-119 was closed-out in 1964 at $30. The original Sky Buddy was the model 5-T which sold in 1935. The better known S-19 and S-19R were introduced in 1938 and 1939. The Sky Buddy series is very collectable and increasingly difficult to assemble.
Variants: The S-119K unassembled kit version sold new for $40

Hallicrafters S-120

S-120
General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HH (2)
Made In: United States 1960-1963 Voltages: 105-125 VAC 50/60 Hz
Coverage: 550 - 30000 kHz Readout: Analog
Modes: AM/CW Selectivity:
Circuit: Single Conversion Superheterodyne. 4 Tubes plus Semiconductors. Physical: 13.5x5.875x8.75" 10.2 Lbs. 343x149x222mm 4.6 kg
Circuit Complement: 12BE6 Converter, 12BA6 IF Amp/BFO, 12AV6 Audio Amp/AVC, 50C5 Audio Power Amp plus 1 selenium rectifier.
Features: •Ό" Head. Jack • BFO • Standby • Bandspread 0-100 • Speaker 5" • Dial Lamp • Tels. Whip 45" • MW Ferrite Antenna
Accessories:
New Price: $60-70 Used Price: $40-60
Comments: Ranges: .55-1.6, 1.6-4.4, 4.5-11 and 11-30 MHz. Gray steel cabinet with silver trim. Billed as "The world's most popular shortwave receiver". This entry-level model was produced in large numbers. Examples of the S-120 made in both Japan and America can be found.
Variants: Model SW-500 is virtually the same radio, but with a dark blue metallic cabinet. $70 1961.
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