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General characteristics

HAM bands
?
Frequency stability
Marginal
Tuning steps
Continuous tuning

Receiver

RX-range
0.54-32 MHz in four bands
Modulations
AM   CW  
Sensitivity
Unpublished
Selectivity
Unpublished
Filters
L/C
Receiver system
5 tubes, Single conversion, oscillating IF
IF-frequencies
455 kHz
Image rejection
?
Audio output
1 W

Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
52-600Ω
Other
-

Electrical

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

Physical

Manufactured
Between 195x and 195x in USA
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

Other features

Memories
?
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
?
Accessories
?
MPN
HALLICRAFTERS-S-000038D

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Reviews & stories

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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.

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

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2010 USD 26.00 Used / Poor eBay
2010 USD 22.45 Used / Okay eBay

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