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The Hallicrafters S-72 is a general coverage portable receiver. It can be powers from either AC, DC or batteries. There was also a long wave version, the Hallicrafters S-72L.

The S-72 contains eight tubes (seven 1-volt, one 3-volt) tubes and was designed for AC/DC (120 VAC or 90 VDC & 7.5 VDC batteries). The receiver featured a BFO for CW detection and passive AVC circuitry. Audio quality is excellent and abundant from either a 5-inch 4-ohm PM speaker or 2000 ohm headphone jack. Telescopic antenna or external antenna used on BC and SW bands. Selectivity is good, sensitivity is excellent on BC and SW bands, fair-to-good on LF band after recent alignment and parts replacement (paper capacitors, bypass capacitors, electrolytic capacitors and fresh tubes).

The original Hallicrafters schematics are known to contain errors for this receiver. The Howard Sams Photofact version of the schematic appears to be the most correct.

New price 1949 in the US: USD 79.95

General characteristics

HAM bands
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Frequency stability
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Tuning steps
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Memories
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Receiver

RX-range
0.54-31 MHz in four bands
Modulations
AM   CW  
Sensitivity
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Selectivity
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Filters
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Receiver system
Single conversion, 8 tubes
IF-frequencies
455 kHz
Image rejection
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Audio output
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Connections

Antenna
Built-in telescopic
Impedance
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Other
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Electrical

Power requirements
Mains (120 VAC) or batteries (90 & 7.5V DC)
Current drain RX
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TX
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Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
356 × 355 × 305 mm (14.02 × 13.98 × 12.01 in) with the removable cover installed
Weight
6.35 kg (14.0 lbs)
Form factor
Handheld
Manufactured
Between 1949 and 1951 in USA

Other features

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
BFO
Passive AVC
Accessories
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RigReference ID
2787
MPN
HALLICRAFTERS-S-000072

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  • USD 35.00

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2010 USD 89.25 Used / Okay eBay

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