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Hallicrafters SX-25 Super Defiant

SX-25
General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHH (4)
Made In: United States 1940-1946 Voltages: 100-125 VAC 50-60 Hz
Coverage: 540 - 42000 kHz Readout: Analog
Modes: AM/CW Selectivity: 6 positions
Circuit: Single Conversion Superheterodyne. 12 Tubes. Physical: 19.5x9.5x11.125" 46 Lbs. 495x241x283mm 21 kg
Circuit Complement: 6SK7 1st RF Amp, 6SK7 2nd RF Amp, 6K8 1st Detector-Mixer, 6SK7 1st IF ANL, 6SK7 2nd IF Amp, 6SQ7 2nd Detector/AVC/1st Audio Amp, 6SQ7 Phase Inverter, (2) 6F6 Audio Amp, 6H6 ANL, 6J5GT BFO and 80 Rectifier.
Features: " Head. Jack S-Meter Tone (2 Pos.) Bandspread RF Gain Mute Line Standby Speaker Terminals ANL AVC Dial Lamp Hinged Top Cover BFO Flywheel Tuning
Accessories: PM-23 Speaker
New Price: $95-99 Used Price: $100-210
Comments: Ranges: .54-1.7, 1.7-5.1, 5-15.7 and 15.2-42 MHz. The true bandspread covers: 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters.

Hallicrafters SX-28A Super Skyrider

SX-28A
General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHH (4)
Made In: United States 1944-1945 Voltages: 105-125 VAC 50/60 Hz
Coverage: 550 - 43000 kHz Readout: Analog
Modes: AM/CW Selectivity: 6 positions
Circuit: Single Conversion Superheterodyne. 15 Tubes. Physical: 20.5x10x14.75" 75 Lbs. 521x254x375mm 34 kg
Circuit Complement: 6AB7 1st RF Amp, 6SK7 2nd RF Amp, 6SA7 Mixer, 6SA7 HF Osc, 6L7 1st IF ANL, 6SK7 2nd IF Amp, 6B8 AVC Amp, 6B8 2nd Detector/S Meter, 6AB7 Noise Amp, 6H6 Noise Rectifier, 6J5 BFO, 6SC7 1st Audio Amp, (2) 6V6GT Audio Amps and 5Z3 Rectifier.
Features: " Head. Jack S-Meter Tone Phono Input Jack Sensitivity Bandspread Dial Lock Speaker Terminals Flywheel Tuning AVC ON/OFF Dial Lamps Hinged Top Cover Mute Line Bass Switch Standby Antenna Trimmer NL
Accessories: PM-23 Speaker
New Price: $225-275 Used Price: $180-290
Comments: Ranges: .55-1.6, 1.6-3, 3-5.8, 5.8-11, 11-21 and 21-43 MHz. Bandspread: 3.5-4, 7-7.3, 14-14.4 and 28-30 MHz.
Variants: The SX-28A is an enhanced government model. The regular model SX-28 $180 was made in 1941. A large number of SX-28s were sent to Russia as a part of the World War II Lend-Lease Act. When they reached Russia they were modified to accommodate Russian tubes. They occasionally appear on the Russian used market.

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