Drake 2-B Desktop Shortwave receiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
80-10 m (3.5-30 MHz in 12 600kHz segments)
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
< 400 cycles before warm up; < 100 cycles after warm up; < 100 cycles for 10% line voltage change
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW   SSB  
Sensitivity
< 0.5µV @ 10 db signal to noise.
Selectivity
5kHz (6 dB) or better
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
60dB
Audio output
1W @ 3% THD

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

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

Physical

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
Manufactured
Between 1961 and 1964 in USA
MPN

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Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
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Accessories
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Stories & reviews

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

What is it worth?

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Based on historic data, today's value of the Drake 2-B might be around:

  • USD 103.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 207.50 Used / Good 2010 eBay
USD 282.77 Used / Good 2010 eBay

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