Hallicrafters S-38D HF Receiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
0.54-32 MHz in four bands
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
Marginal
Tuning steps
Continuous tuning
Filters
L/C

Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW  
Sensitivity
Unpublished
Selectivity
Unpublished
Receiver system
5 tubes, Single conversion, oscillating IF
IF-frequencies
455 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
1 W

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
52-600Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains (AC or DC)
Current drain RX
30 W @ 110 V AC
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
330 × 190 × 225 mm (12.99 × 7.48 × 8.86 in)
Weight
5.00 kg (11.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 195x and 195x in USA
MPN

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Hallicrafters S-38D, HF Receiver

This was my first receiver, and was a lesson in patience as many first receivers are. Common to 455 KHz single conversion receivers, the performance above about 12 MHz is really poor, and the S-38D is no exception. This receiver is really an "All American Five" at it's core, but with a front end modified for the extended frequency coverage.

The "BFO" consists of a gimmick capacitor causing the IF stage to oscillate.

The front end coils are wound on 2 forms, 1 for the RF, one for the LO. Therefore the bottom end of each band is unadjustable.

This receiver is okay to a degree for casual listening, and can be fun to spin the dials on, but it isn't a great performer, especially if compared to more modern receivers. A quick glance at eBay reveals many of these go for between $20.00 to $60.00.

It goes without saying that if you come into possession of one, it is highly suggested that due to it's age you have it checked out by a competent radio technician.

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Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Poor condition in 1982
USD 0.00

What is it worth?

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Based on historic data, today's value of the Hallicrafters S-38D might be around:

  • USD 12.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 26.00 Used / Poor 2010 eBay
USD 22.45 Used / Okay 2010 eBay

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