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.
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