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Drake R8B

General Coverage Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHHHH (5)
Made In: United States 1997-2004 Voltages: 100/120/200/240 VAC
Coverage: 100-30000 kHz¹ Readout: Digital LCD 0.1
Modes: AM/SSB/CW/RTTY/FM Selectivity: 6/4/2.3/1.8/0.5 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 13.2 x 5.25 x 13" 13 Lbs.
Features: ¼" Head. Jack, S-Meter, PBT, Preamp, IF Notch, AGC, BFO, 1000 Alpha Mems., Sync. Detect., Tone, Dual Clock Timers, RF Gain, Recorder Activation, RS232 Port, Scan, Sweep, Keypad, Squelch, Dual VFOs, Speaker Switch, Line Output, Attenuator.
Accessories: MS-8 Speaker, VHF Converter.
New Price: $1199-1349 Used Price: $900-950
Comments: Ergonomic and performance improvements over the R8A include: faster scanning, sideband selectable synchronous AM detection and 1000 alphanumeric memories. ¹Later production units tune from 10 to 30000 kHz.
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Shortwave Broadcast Band Communications Receiver Rating (1-5): HHH (3)
Made In: United States 1969-1978 Voltages: 120/240 VAC 12 VDC
Coverage: See Comments. Readout: Analog Linear
Modes: AM/LSB/USB/CW Selectivity: 4.8/2.4/.4 kHz
Circuit: Double Conversion Physical: 10.75 x 5.5 x 12.25" 14 Lbs.
Features: ¼" Head. Jack, S-Meter, IF Notch, Preselector, RF Gain, Mute, Dial Lamp, Dial Lamp Switch, Spinner Knob, Audio In-Out Jack, Anti-Vox Jack.
Accessories: AL-4 LW/MW Loop, MS-4 Spkr, 5NB NB, SCC-4 Cal, FS-4 Synthz.
New Price: $379-699 Used Price: $300-380
Comments: Ranges: .15-.5, .5-1, 1-1.5, 6-6.5, 7-7.5, 9.5-10, 11.5-12, 15-15.5, 17.5-18 and 21.5-22 MHz plus 14 additional 500 kHz crystal positions. Dial accuracy is ±1 kHz. Drake's first completely solid-state receiver.
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