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The Drake SW4 blends tube and solid-state technology to provide an easy-to-use high performance shortwave broadcast receiver. Supplied coverage includes: 5.95-6.55, 9.45-10.05, 11.45-12.05, 14.95-15.55, 17.45-18.05, 21.45-22.05 and 25.45-26.05 MHz. Unfortunately none of the ranges coincides with nowadays amateur bands. AM mode only (no SSB/CW). Dial accuracy is ±5 kHz. This radio has a range switch plus three 500 kHz auxiliary crystal sockets

Three optional 500 kHz ranges between 1,5-30 MHz with the exception of 5.0-6.0 MHz.

General characteristics

HAM bands
None 
Frequency stability
?
Tuning steps
Continuous
Memories
None

Receiver

RX-range
5.95-6.55 / 9.45-10.05 / 11.45-12.05 / 14.95-15.55 / 17.45-18.05 / 21.45-22.05 / 25.45-26.05 MHz
Modulations
AM  
Sensitivity
?
Selectivity
?
Filters
?
Receiver system
Transistor/tube hybrid.
IF-frequencies
?
Image rejection
?
Audio output
External speaker required

Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
52Ω
Other
-

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains
Current drain RX
?
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
274 × 140 × 295 mm (10.79 × 5.51 × 11.61 in)
Weight
?
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1966 and 196x in USA

Other features

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
S-meter
1/4 inch headphone jack
Accessories
MS-4 external speaker
RigReference ID
2594
MPN
DRAKE-SW000004

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  • USD 659.00 ~ USD 264.00

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2020 USD 265.00 Used / Good eBay
2020 USD 660.00 Used / Mint eBay

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