Lowe HF-150 Mobile Shortwave receiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
0.03-30 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
AM   AM-sync   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
Into 50 ohms aerial input, for 10 dB S/N:
AM: <2 µV (50-500 kHz), <1 µV (0.5-30 MHz)
SSB: 1 µV (50-500 kHz), <0.5 µV (0.5-30 MHz)
Selectivity
2.6 kHz (-6 dB), 4.1 kHz (-60 db) with narrow filter
6.5 kHz (-6 dB), 10.2 kHz (-60 dB) with wide filter
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
Better than 65 dB
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
Clamps / screws + Hi-Z
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
12V DC external or 8LR6/AA internal
Current drain RX
130-300 mA
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
185 × 80 × 175 mm (7.28 × 3.15 × 6.89 in)
Weight
1.30 kg (2.9 lbs) without batteries
Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 1992 and 1999 in Great Britain
MPN

Other features

Memories
60 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Stories & reviews

It might look cute but its no toy.

Lowe HF-150, Mobile Shortwave receiver

This small metal box with a tuning dial has its loyal fans, but also a few detractors as well. Probably the latter is because it commands a high price on the market, yet offers none of the perks normally associated with serious Dx receivers. Well, for whatever the HF-150 is not it certainly is a really good radio receiver. I'm suprised and impressed by its sensitivity across the spectrum. It hears well, no hint of deafness anywhere. For a quick comparison the HF-150 is leagues more sensitive than the similarly priced Drake SW-8.

Most people rate this radio as a broadcast receiver, but I'm primarily a sideband utilities and longwave & MW Dx'er. The HF-150 won my confidence in these regards very quickly. And yes its true what you probably read elsewhere: the audio is good.

Once you get over what this little receiver doesn't offer - passband tuning, noise blanker or notch - once you get past that point then you'll definitely appreciate what it does do splendidly. Hear.

Written by Radio10 on Oct 28, 2012

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Value for money
Aquired
Okay condition in 2012
USD 400.00

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Based on historic data, today's value of the Lowe HF-150 might be around:

  • USD 287.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 400.00 Used / Okay 2012 Radio10

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