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Hallicrafters SX-88

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Desktop HF/VHF Receiver

This is, according to some, the best Hallicrafters ever made. This makes it highly sought after by collectors. The receiver is driven by 20 tubes and is aimed at the high-end customers, with a price tag to match. Due to the limited production run and high price very few SX-88's survive today. A number of less than 100 is estimated.

Similar to the Hallicrafters SX-42 and other Hallicrafters sets, the SX-88 has a painted front panel with slightly raised lettering. The heavy metal bezel surrounding the dials is not so typical and gives the radio a dramatic appearance. The cabinet top is hinged, giving easy access for replacing dial lamps or tubes.

The SX-88 is a continuous-coverage (all wave) receiver, covering all frequencies from 535 kHz to 33 MHz in six bands. Both tuning knobs are gear-driven and weighted with heavy flywheels. Small chrome-plated locks are located next to each tuning knob. The centrally-located bandswitch uses a stout drive belt and takes more muscle to move than on many radios. In addition to the switch elements themselves, the bandswitch controls the moving pilot lamps behind each dial.

Original price in 1954: USD 595.00

Specifications
Type
Desktop Amateur HF/VHF Receiver 
Frequency range RX
0.535-33 MHz in 6 bands 
TX
Frequency stability
Tuning steps
Filters
Receiver
Modulations
AM / CW / SSB 
Sensitivity
Selectivity
Receiver system
IF-frequencies
1st: 2075/1550 kHz
2nd: 50 kHz (!) 
Image rejection
Audio output
10 W 
Transmitter
Modulations
RF-output
Connections
Antenna
Impedance
Electrical
Power requirements
Mains 
Current drain RX
TX
Physical
Dimensions (w×h×d)
508 × 235 × 444 mm (20.00 × 9.25 × 17.48 in)  
Weight
34 kg (75 lbs)  
Form factor
Desktop 
Manufactured
Between 1954 and 1955 in USA 
Other features
Memories
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators 
Manufacturer
Hallicrafters 
Model
SX-88
Features
 
Manuals, Diagrams and Brochures
 
None available  
 
 
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