Drake R4C Desktop Shortwave receiver

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The R.L. Drake Company produced the R-4C as the final refinement of their previous popular R4, R4A and R4B models. The R4C covers: 3.5-4, 7-7.5, 14-14.5, 21-21.5 and 28.5-29 MHz plus fifteen additional 500 kHz crystal positions (with optional crystals). Modes of reception include: SSB, CW, AM and RTTY. The dial accuracy is and impressive ±1 kHz. Features include: PBT, Line out, Crystal Calibrator (25 kHz), RF Gain, Mute Jack, Speaker Jack, Anti-Vox Jack, Dial Lamp and Spinner Knob. This radio requires an external speaker.

Frequency range

RX-range
160-10 m
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
AM / SSB: < 0,25 µV
Selectivity
(-6/-60 dB)
SSB: 2,4/4,2 kHz
AM: 8/28 kHz
optional CW: 0,25/0,6 0,5/1 1,5/3,0 kHz
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
5,645 / 5,695 MHz, 50 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
Proprietary
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
273 × 140 × 297 mm (10.75 × 5.51 × 11.69 in)
Weight
7.50 kg (16.5 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1973 and 197x in USA

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
RF-Gain AGC 3x PBT in SSB mode Notch Noise Blanker (optional)
Accessories
-

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Reviews

Still Competition Grade in 2014

Drake R4C, Desktop Shortwave receiver

With all the filters, noise blanker and Sherwood mods, this receiver is in league with all of the best receivers that are much younger than the 1973 version that is the main rig this station.

Written by k6ctw on Dec 26, 2014

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 1993
EUR

Prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. The graph below shows historical prices paid by hams over the years. May it guide you to good fortune...

Price Condition Year User
EUR 350.00 Good / Used 1996 IV3RCH
USD 195.00 Okay / Used 2010 eBay
USD 304.66 Good / Used 2010 eBay
USD 335.00 Good / Used 2010 eBay
USD 866.69 Mint / Used 2010 eBay
USD 250.00 Good / Used 2010 eBay
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