Amateur bands receiver with a few broadcast bands added in.The version I had also had built in convertors for 6 and two metres. In Standard form the rig came with only one 2.5 Khz filter which was fine for SSB but made AM sound unpleasant.
Not often seen secondhand, there is also a digital readout version of this receiver.
There is a matching 101 transmitter for this set also. Not a set for the broaedcast band SWL as it is not general coverage.
Old 'clunker' , Popular in the 70's. A valve receiver, mine was deaf above 15MHZ, drifted too much to be a serious SSB receiver, MW reception was pretty good though, receiver didn't overload too easily. Analogue frequency readout meant lots of guesswork' when tuning! Not a suitable Rx for the serious listener today, though its probably ok as an introduction to Shortwave listening if you can get one cheaply. Personally I didn't like this receiver.
S/H Price £30-50
A nice compact receiver with digital readout. Nice audio, good stability and 2 AM bandwidths. Easy to use. Overloads easily if connected to a reasonable wire antenna but nowhere near as badly as the DX394- an ATU or preselector useful with this rx. Good SSB reception although tuning is a little coarse.Good starter rig if you can get hold of one.
A well constructed, solid receiver (Unlike the modern Lowe SRX100 also reviewed) with analogue S meter and LED digital display.
This receiver has a minimum of controls. Tuning is via the main rotary knob, the smaller rotary control changes the 1Mhz bands from 1-30.
A tone control is incorporated along with an attenuator button and noise blanker. Sockets for headphones and a tape recorder are also at the front.
The radio has two switchable bandwidths for AM, only the narrower of the two is available for SSB.
The radio's front mounted speaker produces nice audio.
The downside of this receiver is really its tendency to overload when connected to an reasonable external antenna, in this respect it is inferior to the Lowe SRX100 although and ATU and/or preselector would help.
Despite this I do like this receiver, its ideal for broadcast listening and works well on the amateur bands also. Placed side by side with the modern SRX100 its quality of construction is superior.
S/H Price £100-150
I bought mine on Ebay for Around £70 some years ago and I still have it. This set is simple to use, no frills, built like a tank and works very well indeed. Two AM Bandwiths and a noise blanker but no memories or scanning (Who needs a scanning facility on shortwave?) I installed a DRM convertor in mine a few years back and it works well in that mode too, or as well as DRM can anyway! Audio quality is fine, works well on SSB too.Not as sensitive on the MW Band as the R5000 (or at least mine isnt)
This set is far superior to the likes of say, the Realistic DX394.
Highly recommend this receiver if you see one for under £100.
Classy looking set with nice audio from the front mounted speaker and a tone control.Also has the FM mode so OK for listening to CB or 10FM transmissions. Although it has more “facilities” (memories)than the earlier R1000 it is not as robustly made, neither is it quite as good on receive in my opinion.
Not a bad set none the less, probably slightly better than the Yaesu FRG7700 as it has better laid out controls.
A little too large to be truly portable. Good stable rx with SSB, Sync detection, two bandwidths, FM/VHF and airband. Some reliability problems, memory loss due to the batteries working loose in the set . Regarded as a 'classic'. A reasonable radio for the serious listener. I doubt there are many around in use today however, overall these sets seemed fragile.
S/H around £?
An Excellent portable, reliable (Mine was in use for over 10 years). Nice Audio, S meter, 10 memories, Keypad entry of frequencies plus tuning knob,external antenna jack. No SSB facility.The later and almost identical RFB 65 had SSB facility.
A compact and well constructed receiver with a clear LCD display (Which is not backlit). The radio has a sleep timer and alarm facility and covers 150Khz-519khz (Longwave) 522Khz-1611khz (Medium Wave) 1615Khz-29.999Mhz (Shortwave) as well as the FM band 87.5Mhz-108Mhz.
The radio can be tuned by either using the numerical keypad, using the up/down stepping buttons or the tuning knobs.
Tuning steps on shortwave can be set to either 5khz or 1khz steps. Although this receiver has only 1 AM bandwidth it seems to have fairly good selectivity and produces nice audio quality.
Sensitivity with the built in antenna is adequate but performance is greatly improved by adding a short external wire.
An excellent receiver , the only real drawback being lack of SSB facility for listening to utility stations or radio amateurs.
S/H Price £30?
A substantial, well constructed receiver. Useful stand for raising the receiver to a comfortable level.
Full range of controls on front panel with a 'real' analogue 'S' meter and large backlight LCD display.
SO239 sockets at rear for antenna plus terminals for wire antenna, two outputs for tape recorder and decoders etc. External speaker socket plus ability to switch external speaker off, internal speaker off or run both together. Computer control facility making this an extremely flexible RX.
The tuning knob is not as smooth as perhaps you would expect , but the ability to tune in minute steps makes up for this. Rx comes with filters of 6khz, 4khz, 2.3, 1.8 and 0.5 which can be switched between AM and SSB/CW. There is also an FM mode filter. The IF shift control is very useful in dodging QRM and the notch filter can be useful against heterodynes though it is fussy to adjust. Personally I found that the AM Sync mode in this rig made little difference (It is not sideband selectable) and to dodge QRM its easier to switch to SSB.
The receiver produces very good audio and an external speaker improves this further.
The receiver doesn't seem at all prone to overload but I have noted some medium Wave stations braking through in the 1800-2000 khz band.
Connecting this rx to a computer allows the memories and scanning facilities to be greatly improved and allows the use of a database of SW stations to be used to automatically tune the receiver.
Overall this is the best receiver I've owned, I wonder if the R8B is much of an improvement?
S/H Price Over £300
This receiver was also sold as the Target HF3
This is a compact, lightweight receiver- 3 rotary controls- volume, clarifier and tuning. The buttons on the front panel control the single memory and switch mode from AM, USB and LSB . The LCD display is large and clear but there is no backlight. The display incorporates an 'S' meter made up of Segments.There is an attentuator switch on the rear of the receiver, along with a socket for headphones or external speaker and an antenna connector (A phono connector of the type more commonly found on Hi-Fi equipment. )
The tuning knob on this receiver came as a surprise as it has a good, smooth action and can be 'spun'. The tuning rate however is difficult to control, the faster you turn the knob, the greater the rate but it is very easy to miss your mark and 'overshoot' the frequency you want until you get the hang of it. The receiver tunes in 1khz steps, this is ok for AM on the broadcast bands but when you want to listen to SSB you will need to use both the main tuning knob and the 'clarify' control. The frequency readout is around 3khz out on SSB
The receiver has a single bandwidth and is capable of producing reasonably good audio, its a lttle wide for SSB use but just about acceptable.
The receiver appears fairly resistant to overload yet is quite sensitive.
S/H Price £75+
I bought one of these secondhand a couple of years ago. In its day a top flight receiver. Visually the R5000 is very similar to the TS440 transceiver. Its currently the main RX in my Shack. Its capable of decent audio, stable and has the option of installing extra filters. It has two antenna inputs, an optional VHF convertor and scanning and memory facilities.The notch and IF shift facilities are useful too. Its not in my opinion the equal of the Drake R8A but it is a good receiver.Its relatively easy to use but cannot be computer controlled without the addition of a (no longer available) interface and I believe some components which have to be installed internally in the receiver.
The tuning knob has no finger indent or handle so isnt the best for band scanning. I have seen these sets recently advertised with an asaking price of in excess of £250. I didn't pay anything like that and I think its way too much for a set of this age. The R5000 is known to have some problems that manifest themselves with age, the PLL going out of lock for one. I have been lucky so far with my well used example.
Possibly the best portable receiver I have owned. Pretty sensitive, I found the audio to be fine and an easier set to use than the Grundig YB400 for SSB transmissions. Feels better made too. The only real downside of this set is the lack of a tuning knob.
AARGH!! Possibly the worst radio I have owned! Ok I only paid £10 at Tesco for it but its very poor. Medium and Longwave reception are awful. Add to this the poor frequency calibration of the dial and the spongy feeling tuning and you get the idea. Best used as a kitchen radio to listen to Radio 1 or as a doorstop but no much use as a shortwave portable.
The Cheapest Radio I ever purvhased!! Bought around 3 years ago, brand new for £2.99. Its not that bad either.Reasonable audio, runs off 2AA batteries and digital readout!! It works, its not very senstive an