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Offline VK3BVW

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RETRO RECEIVER REVIEW #10 - The DRAKE SPR-4
« on: June 09, 2017, 0947 UTC »

Itís been nearly three months since we published our last Retro Review by special MEDXR contributor Craig Seager VK2HBT. But this time, he has come up with a classic receiver for us to explore.

http://medxr.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/retro-receiver-review-10-drake-spr-4.html
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Re: RETRO RECEIVER REVIEW #10 - The DRAKE SPR-4
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2017, 0023 UTC »
I know a lot of guys back then used those for MW DXing, and SWLing also. Saw enough of them in DXing shack pictures in the mags like PopComm and the like.
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Re: RETRO RECEIVER REVIEW #10 - The DRAKE SPR-4
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2017, 0050 UTC »
I've got a Drake T/R 4 series combo. For pure dx'ing that receiver is the King of The Shack and that includes it's younger brother the R-8. It's overkill for hunting pirates.

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Re: RETRO RECEIVER REVIEW #10 - The DRAKE SPR-4
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2017, 0840 UTC »
An oldie but a goodie, Drake had a great reputation for quality equipment. 

I seen a Drake SPR-4 once at Wyong Field Day for $155, it was still sitting on the table at the Flea Market when I left four hours later.

Had a Drake SSR-1 in the late 1970's, good little set for the time.   ;D
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