wilkieradioham's shack (inactive account)

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the not so drifty Swan 350C

Swan (Cubic) 350C, HF Transceiver

Have had one of these wonderful transceivers from 2003 to the present day,used almost daily always get excellent signal and audio reports everything about it is beautiful especially the silky smooth 2-speed tuning,they are expensive to run as many of the valves/tubes are no longer made,the output valves in particular can cost £70-120 for the pair.They are not easy to operate ( not for the faint hearted) as the radio requires re-tuning each time you change the frequency band putting great strain on the output valves it has to be done quickly and accurately. And yes they do drift initially with all the heat generated by the valves etc but eventually they do stabilize after maybe 40 minutes.Then the fun can start.

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Good condition in 2003
GBP 58.00

Original Galaxy V Mk 1

Galaxy V Mark II, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

bought from the USA in 2003 totally refurbished with a Drake power unit, had to adapt this to UK mains supply.The radio has it's problems which I have been unable to completely resolve,but it does work and works well,puts out around 200 watts on 40,20 & 15 meters audio reports are very good with my Shure 444 desk mic,it does drift in frequency like all valve/tube radios until it warms up maybe 40 minutes or so,it is not the easiest radio to use but once you get used to it.Receive is good but can get overpowered by strong signals when the bands are crowded.The radio is not for the faint hearted it's not for first time buyer, but it is fun, it is unusual,and eventually very rewarding.It does need a separate speaker.There are some high voltages in this radio as in other high powered valve radios which can KILL, so great care must be taken when working on it or even replacing valves/tubes etc.,so make sure it is switched off and left for maybe 15 minutes for the capacitors to discharge.

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Good condition in 2014
GBP 150.00
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