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Drake SW8

The Drake SW8 is a portable communications receiver covering 100 to 30000 kHz in AM, USB and LSB modes. Quality reception of the AM broadcast band and all of shortwave is assured. Drake elected to include the FM broadcast band in the SW8 (87 -108 MHz). The extra heavy, forward facing speaker, along with a tone control, combine to offer pleasing fidelity. As a bonus, the VHF aeronautical band is also featured (118 - 137 MHz). Enjoy listening to commercial aircraft over-head, or even control tower transmissions if you live near an airport.

The impressive backlit LCD panel provides all the operational data you need to navigate this impressive receiver. Frequency display resolution is to 100 Hz on AM, shortwave and aircraft bands. The SW8 is a full fledged communications receiver, but it is also a true portable. The full size front handle makes it easy to carry. Please note that this handle can be conveniently removed by the user for stationary operation. The SW8 holds six D cells, and a pivot point 41 inch telescopic whip extends from the front for fully independent field operation. A 1/8th inch headphone jack is provided. Tuning is easy via keypad entry, manual tuning or memories.

For the shortwave and medium wave broadcast bands, a selectable sideband synchronous detector (SYNC) improves reception by reducing distortion due to fading signals. Other aids include:  slow or fast AGC, RF attenuator and tone controls. Three IF bandwidths are supplied (6,4 and 2.3 kHz). Two independent clocks provide dual time zone selection and a two event timer that turns the radio on at a prescribed time. Seventy non-volatile memories store:  frequency, mode, bandwidth, AGC setting, RF attenuator and synchronous detector on/off. Memory channels may be accessed manually or through "time scan" with each channel monitored for 5 seconds. Keypad entry provides instant access to any frequency.

The rear panel of the radio includes a PL259-type antenna jack or wire inputs for shortwave. Spring terminals are also provided for an external FM/AIR antenna. Record output, and external speaker (4 - 8 ohm) jacks are also featured. The SW8 comes with a plug-in Drake 3690457 120VAC power pack or may be run from six D cells (not provided). The carry handle may be easily removed. Made in Ohio, U.S.A. (Please note that the LCD is not really orange as shown above).

Units produced after March 1995 have improved whip sensitivity.
*Only units produced after January 1996 receive longwave.

Dimensions ............ 11.5W x 5.25H x 13D inches
Weight ................ 10 lbs.  (13 lbs. ship)
Frequency Range ....... 100* - 30000 kHz
                        87 - 108 MHz
                        118 - 137 MHz
AC Power .............. 120 VAC 60 Hz adapter
                        or 6 internal D cells
Antenna 1 ............. 50 ohms unbalanced
Antenna 2 ............. 50 or 500 ohms unbalanced
Antenna FM/AIR ........ 300 ohms
Selectivity ........... @ -6dB    Mode
                        6.0 kHz   AM
                        4.0 kHz   AM
                        2.3 kHz   LSB/USB
Ultimate Selectivity .. > 95 dB
Image Rejection ....... > 60 dB    .5-30 MHz
                        > 50 dB   87-108 MHz
                        > 60 dB  118-137 MHz
I.F. Rejection ........ > 80 dB   55.845 MHz
                        > 80 dB      455 kHz
IP3 Intercept Point ... > -20dBm 5 kHz spacing
                        > +10dBm 20 kHz  "
Dynamic Range ......... > 95 dB .5-30 MHz SSB
Sensitivity ........... 10 dB S+ N/N
  SSB                    < 0.5µV     .5-30 MHz
  AM                     < 2.0µV     .5-30 MHz
  FM (20 dB S/N)            < 4.0µV    87-108 MHz
  FM (20 dB S/N)            < 4.0µV   118-137 MHz
Freq. Stability ....... ± 10 ppm. 0° to 50° C.
Freq. Accuracy ........ ± 100 Hz. @ 50° C.
Ext. Speaker Output ... 2 Watts, 4 Ohms. < 5% distortion
Line Output ........... 300 mV, 4.7k Ohms.
Operating Temp. ....... 0° to 50° C.

Order # Photo Item Description Price Order
  CASE SW8 Case This protective blue canvas carrying case is just right for transporting your SW8 safely.
With Drake company logo. INFO
  3690457 3690457 AC power adapter (9 VDC 1A [+]).
As supplied. INFO
  MS-8 MS8 Add this external matching speaker for improved fidelity and clarity.
(4 inch, 4 ohm, 2.5W, 6 foot cord).
  SW8 keypad SW8 ANT Replacement telescopic whip antenna, with screw.
(When the last section is pulled out the hinge appears). VIEW
  SW8 keypad SW8 KEYPAD Replacement rubber membrane keypad. VIEW Discontinued
#0975   Kiwa PFM-SW8 Kiwa 3.5 kHz filter. (With directions. Requires soldering). List $69.99. $34.98 Order
#0411 SW8 Whitepaper IBS WP-SW8 International Broadcast Services  I.B.S. Whitepaper  by Larry Magne
An exhaustive technical analysis, review and rating of this receiver. VIEW
$4.98 Order

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