R. L. Drake
There is a lot Drake tube-type
equipment still in use today which is a testimonial for the quality and utility
of the Drake line of transmitters, receiver, amplifiers, and transceivers.
Beginning with the innovative Drake 1A triple conversion receiver around 1959
and followed in succession by the 2A which had a more conventional dial design,
the R. L. Drake company produced many fine products including the TR-3, TR-4,
TR-6 (6M), and various T4/R4X transmitter/receiver combos that persist in use to
I have owned various Drake equipment items over the years
including the TR-3, TR-6, TR-7, and R4/T4X. Most of those items still command
high but not unreasonable used prices, even if they need some repair. The R4C
receivers are still in demand when they have had filter upgrades making them
competitive with today's solid state equipment.
This is the Drake 2A receiver. It does not have a "CW" filter position which
was added in the 2B model. Even so, it does an excellent job on SSB and AM
phone. Heterodyne crystals may be added in the sockets provided to extend
coverage to any 600 KHz. segment in the HF range of 3-30 MHz., making it easily
upgradeable to the WARC bands (30M, 17M, 12M).
The Drake 2B looks identical to the 2A, but has an additional filter
position for CW. There are other minor changes, but it esentially functions
like the 2A. This one has the built-in crystal calibrator but I haven't been
able to purchase the matching "Speaker/Q-multiplier" accessory for a reasonable
price as yet.
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