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The Japan Radio Company NRD-535 affords general coverage reception from 90 to 30000 kHz in AM, USB, LSB, CW, RTTY, FAX and narrow FM modes. A triple conversion superheterodyne circuit is employed to provide superb sensitivity and image rejection. Japan Radio has designed a special high-speed 1 Hz step PLL synthesizer to provide you with 1 Hz tuning resolution never before available. Display resolution is 10 Hz via a gorgeous display. A sophisticated 200 channel non-volatile scanning memory stores frequency, mode, AGC, ATT and IF filter selection. Channels can be scanned at a user-defined rate (.5 to 5 seconds/channel). Sweep reception can be adjusted from .05 to .5 seconds/step. Japan Radio's reputation for extreme stability continues with only ± 2 PPM drift (after 1 hour) making the NRD-535 the inevitable choice for the demanding non-voice modes such as Morse code, RTTY and FAX. Four independent filter positions are available. The WIDE position features a 4 kHz (@ -6dB) filter. The INTERmediate position features a 2 kHz (@ -6dB) filter. The NARRow and AUXiliary positions are not filled. (An empty AUX position results in a +12 kHz bandwidth). The AUXiliary positions can be used to mount optional filters. Any filter may be used with any mode (except FM). This is an exceptional feature that provides listener flexibility. The keypad features both MHz and kHz input. The dual-width noise blanker can be used to reduce or eliminate pulse noise (like auto ignition or the "woodpecker"). Other front panel controls include: SQUELCH, AF and RF GAIN and TONE. An AGC button permits the selection of AGC FAST, SLOW or OFF. The DIMMER button offers four brightness display levels. A built-in 24 hour clock timer is provided. The TIMER permits unattended listening/recording. The receiver can be programmed to be turned on at a particular time (on a set frequency, mode, bandwidth, etc.) and then turn off at a programmed time. A timer-out terminal connection is provided on the back panel of the set to activate a tape recorder. The NRD-535 contains a built-in RS-232 computer interface. There are antenna inputs for wire or coax fed. The AC input voltage is user selectable.

The NRD-535 offers Pass Band Shift (PBS). This effective control varies the apparent intermediate frequency for the IF filter by ± 1 kHz without changing the receiving frequency. This is a powerful means of eliminating or reducing troublesome adjacent channel interference. Because of the overcrowded nature of today's HF spectrum, annoying heterodynes can be found with increasing regularity. The Notch Control permits the listener to go into the signal and sharply "slice-out" the offending tone with very little loss in fidelity to the desired station. Notch attenuation is -40 dB or more.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
±10 ppm 5-60 mins ±2 after 1 hour
Tuning steps
0.001 kHz
200 channels in 1 bank(s) @ 5 channels/second


0.09-30 MHz
AM   N-FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY   FAX  
0.5 µV 1.6-30 MHz SSB/CW S+N/N=10dB
AUX (12 kHz)
WIDE > 4 kHz
INTER > 2 kHz
NARR > 1 kHz in "D"
[FM] > 12 kHz
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
1st: 70.45399 MHz
2nd: 455 kHz
3rd: 97 kHz
Image rejection
> 70 dB (1.6 - 30 MHz)
Audio output
1 W @ 4 ohms


SO-239 + Clamps / screws
50 / 600Ω


Power requirements
13.8V DC or mains
Current drain RX


Dimensions (w×h×d)
330 × 130 × 280 mm (12.99 × 5.12 × 11.02 in)
9.07 kg (20.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Between 1991 and 1998

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Manuals, diagrams and brochures

JRC NDR-535D Service Manual PDF - 5.84 MB, submitted by CW_FUNKER
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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the JRC NRD-535 is around:

  • EUR 541.00 ~ EUR 58.00
  • USD 398.00

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Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 EUR 600.00 Used / Good f61112
2014 USD 1000.00 Used / Good Rahob
2009 EUR 450.00 Used / Good pd0ejn

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