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The Drake 1-A receiver was the first commercially built amateur receiver designed for single sideband reception. Radical for its time; in 1957, it represented a departure from the trend of "big and heavy" design and focused on performance and functionality. The receiver is set up to receive only SSB and CW. There is no AM detector. The twelve tube receiver has a crystal-mixed front end on the 80-10m ham bands. There is a rear-firing Jensen speaker factory installed on the rear panel. Selectivity is 2.5 KHz at 6 db down and 8.1 KHz at 60 db down by use of an L/C filter. A smooth two speed dial is employed and the famous Drake passband tuning is a joy to use.

Frequency range

RX-range
80-10 m
TX-range
-
HAM bands
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Stability
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Tuning steps
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Filters
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Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW   SSB  
Sensitivity
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Selectivity
2.5 kHz (6dB) / 8.1 kHz (60dB)
Receiver system
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IF-frequencies
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Image rejection
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Audio output
Jensen speaker

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
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Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains
Current drain RX
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TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
171 × 279 × 381 mm (6.73 × 10.98 × 15.00 in)
Weight
8.20 kg (18.1 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1957 and 1959
MPN
DRAKE-000001-A

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
One optional band
Accessories
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  • USD 120.00
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2006 USD 600.00 Used / Good pgentry

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