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Drake SW2

General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHHH (5)
Made In: United States 1996-1999 Voltages: 12 VDC or 120 VAC
Coverage: 100-30000 kHz Readout: Digital LED 1.
Modes: AM/LSB/USB Selectivity: 9/2.3 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 10.79x4.4x7.7" 6 Lbs.
Features: Mini Head. Jack, RF Gain, 100 Memories, Dimmer, Two Tuning Speeds, Keypad, Up-Down Tuning, Manual Tuning, External Speaker Jack, Synchronous Detection.
Accessories: Carry Handle, MMK-1 Mobile Mounting Bracket, Infrared Remote Control (shown).
New Price: $490-500 Used Price: $290-310
Comments: Please note that the Remote Control (shown) is optional. The Drake SW-2 has nice audio and tunes in 50 Hz steps for easy SSB reception.
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Drake SW-4A

Shortwave Broadcast Band Broadcast Receiver Rating (1-5): HHH (3)
Made In: United States 1967-1974 Voltages: 120/240 VAC
Coverage: See Comments. Readout: Analog Linear
Modes: AM Selectivity: 5 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 10.75x5.5x12.25" 16 Lbs.
Features: " Head. Jack, S-Meter, Preselector, Dial Adjust, Tone, Dial Lamp.
New Price: $289-335 Used Price: $290-395
Comments: Ranges: .15-.5, .485-1.05, .95-1.55, 5.95-6.55, 6.95-7.55, 9.45-10.05, 11.45-12.05, 14.95-15.45, 17.45-18.05, 21.45-22.05 and 25.45-26.05 MHz. Tuning this receiver is quick and easy. Dial accuracy is 3 kHz. Note that this model does not receive CW/SSB. The earlier, very scarce SW-4 (1966) is also a hybrid with eight tubes plus semiconductors and has a band and a range switch plus three 500 kHz auxiliary crystal sockets.
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