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The R.L. Drake Company produced the R-4C as the final refinement of their previous popular R-4, R-4A and R-4B models. The R-4C 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.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m  80m  40m  20m  15m  10m 
Frequency stability
?
Tuning steps
?
Memories
None

Receiver

RX-range
160-10 m
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
Filters
?
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
5,645 / 5,695 MHz, 50 kHz
Image rejection
?
Audio output
?

Connections

Antenna
Proprietary
Impedance
50Ω
Other
-

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

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
RF-Gain
AGC 3x
PBT in SSB mode
Notch
Noise Blanker (optional)
Accessories
-
RigReference ID
2580
MPN
DRAKE-R-000004C

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Still Competition Grade in 2014 6 years ago by k6ctw

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Drake R-4C is around:

  • EUR 10.00
  • USD 274.00 ~ USD 61.00

Price History Chart

These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2010 USD 195.00 Used / Okay eBay
2010 USD 304.66 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 335.00 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 866.69 Used / Mint eBay
2010 USD 250.00 Used / Good eBay

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