Racal RA-17L Desktop Shortwave receiver

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The Racal RA.17L is a shortwave communications receiver. The 1st version started in 1957. Often it is called the British pendant to the Collins R-390. There are supposed being build more than 10.000 receivers of the various version of RA.17. The RA. 17 (Mk1) was the first professional receiver using the Wadley-loop design.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.5-30 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
Less than 50hz/hr drift after warm up under constant supply and temperature conditions.
Tuning steps
-
Filters
13 / 6.5 / 3 / 1.2 / 0.3 / 0.1 kHz

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   CW  
Sensitivity
-
Selectivity
13 khz @-6db
6.5 khz @-6db
3 khz @-6db
1.2 khz @-6db
300 hz @-6db
100 hz @-6db
Receiver system
Double/triple conversion, 23 tubes
IF-frequencies
40 kHz
2.5 kHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
Burndept
Impedance
75Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
480 × 265 × 510 mm (18.90 × 10.43 × 20.08 in)
Weight
30.50 kg (67.3 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 1957 and 19xx in Great Britain

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Military communication
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Reviews

The best receiver I had.

Racal RA-17L, Desktop Shortwave receiver

In 1983 I bought the Racal 17L (0,5 - 30 MHz)at Hoka Nieuwe Pekela. The receiver was used by the Dutch navy. In one word an excellent receiver. Very sensitive, selective and no "overload" at all. It has no problems with spurious signals or images. The receiver is very quiet, even by modern standards and seems immune to overload. After one hour the Racal is extreme stable. But very heavy, about 35 kg's. It's build like a (centurion) tank! Also a very good preselector and you can calibrate the BFO. It has the following filters: 13 / 6.5 / 3 / 1.2 / 0.3 / 0.1 kHz A minor point is that you need a good external speaker to get nice audio And of course the smell of the tubes, very nostalgic. But later when my wife and the first child came there was not enough space for my Racal and now it's spending his days in a little room. And now I use rather "modern" receivers like the Icom R70, R75 and Kenwood R100. But I will keep it forever and one day the Racal 17l wille be "renovated". It's a wonderful piece of equipment and when you buy one and have the room for it, buy it!!! It outperformes many modern receivers.

Written by Kees on Mar 17, 2009

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Aquired
Good condition in 1983
EUR 350.00

Nice radio

Racal RA-17L, Desktop Shortwave receiver

Have two L types , although not as good as the later RA17 C16 types or the RA 117's .

Written by [deactivated user] on Feb 15, 2015

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Okay condition in 2014
EUR

top radio

Racal RA-17L, Desktop Shortwave receiver

Better audio plus a real S-meter compared to a marl 1-2 or L type .

Written by Henk on Feb 15, 2015

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Good condition in 2015
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Price Condition Year User
EUR 350.00 Good / Used 1983 Kees
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