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General characteristics

HAM bands
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Frequency stability
< 400 cycles before warm up; < 100 cycles after warm up; < 100 cycles for 10% line voltage change
Tuning steps
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Receiver

RX-range
80-10 m (3.5-30 MHz in 12 600kHz segments)
Modulations
AM   CW   SSB  
Sensitivity
< 0.5µV @ 10 db signal to noise.
Selectivity
5kHz (6 dB) or better
Filters
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Receiver system
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IF-frequencies
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Image rejection
60dB
Audio output
1W @ 3% THD

Connections

Antenna
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Impedance
50 Ω
Other
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Electrical

Power requirements
Mains (120 VAC)
Current drain RX
40W
TX
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Physical

Manufactured
Between 1961 and 1964 in USA
Dimensions (w×h×d)
305 × 180 × 230 mm (12.01 × 7.09 × 9.06 in)
Weight
6.55 kg (14.5 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
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Accessories
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MPN
DRAKE-000002-B

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Reviews & stories

As stable as a Collins

Drake 2-B, Desktop Shortwave receiver

In my experiance this is one of the finest receivers designed for it size and cost a real sleeper and a keeper.It has triple conversion and true band pass tunning and an am and product detector.and is as stable as a Collins.

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Aquired
Good condition in 2013

Drake 2-B/2-BQ

Drake 2-B, Desktop Shortwave receiver

This receiver is not only nostalgic, as it was my original ram receiver when I got licensed in 67, but I have restored one completely and it is a superb performer. The filters are adequate for even today's crowded bands and it as sensitive and stable as you could want. I use it for traffic handling and chasing DX when I can.

If you have an opportunity to pick up one of these, go for it, as you will not be disappointed.

Only thing it's missing is a good noise blanker but one of those can be added in the audio output.

Written by k6ctw on Sep 14, 2013

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Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 1967
USD 70.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Drake 2-B is around:

  • USD 112.00 ~ USD 82.00

These estimates are based on the following prices: (see all 2 prices)

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2010 USD 207.50 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 282.77 Used / Good eBay

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