S - Receivers


The first Hallicrafters radio, the S-1 Skyrider, was hand-crafted and built in 1932. The name "Hallicrafters" was a composite of Bill Halligan's last name, and the word "Hand Crafted." The S-Prefix continued for over three decades, and was used mostly in products that are geared for the budget-conscious consumer. The most famous "S" prefixed radio, the S-38, appeared in 1946 and continued for another for 15 years.


S-1
S-1 Skyrider Receiver. 4 bands, 1,25 - 25 MHz, 5 tubes. Production Year 1934.
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S-4
S-4 Super Skyrider Receiver. 4 bands, 1,3 - 21 MHz, 7 tubes. Production Year 1934.
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S-7
S-7 Super Skyrider Receiver. 5 bands 0,54 - 48MHz. IF: 465kHz. 9 tubes. Internal speaker. Production Year 1935.
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S-9
S-9 Super Skyrider Receiver. 5 bands 0,54 - 42MHz. IF: 465kHz. 9 tubes. Internal speaker. Production Year 1936.
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S-10
S-10 Ultra Skyrider Receiver. 4 bands 5.6 - 79.5MHz. IF: 1600kHz, BFO, 10 tubes. Intended speaker: PM12. EXTREMELY RARE. LESS THAN 200 BUILT. AS RECORDED IN THE 1979 AUGUST CQ BY BILL ORE. THE DESIGN WAS THE FORERUNNER OF THE WW2 S-36.HIGH FREQUENCY I-F STRIP, CRYSTAL FILTER, LAMBIC NOICE SILENCER. Production Year 1936.
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S-14
S-14 Skychief Receiver. 3 bands 0,54 - 48MHz. IF: 465kHz, BFO, magic eye, signal strength indicator. 7 tubes. Internal speaker. Production Year 1936.
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S-16
S-16 Super Skyrider. 6 bands .54-62MHz. IF 465kHz. BFO. 11 tubes. Production year 1937-38. qa


S-19
S-19 Sky Buddy Receiver. 3 bands, 0,545-18,5MHz, IF 465kHz, 5 tubes, internal speaker. Over 10.000 built. Production Year 1939-42.
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S-19R
S-19R Sky Buddy Receiver. 4 bands, 0,545-44MHz, IF 455kHz, 6 tubes, internal speaker. Transformer operated receiver. A later variation of this model uses a toggle switch for the standby-receive function instead of a slide switch. The "meter" in the center is really the bandspread scale. The set receives AM, CW and (with difficulty) SSB. Over 12.000 built. Production Year 1939-42.
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S-20
S20 Sky Champion. The S20 is a prewar general coverage 4 band receiver 0,545-44MHz, IF 455kHz. It was also sold after the war. The letter font for the "Sky Champion" logo on this one is different from that of another known to have been purchased prewar. It is possible that this set may have been made after the war. Production Year 1938-39.

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S-20R
S-20R Sky Champion General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion "Sky Champion". 4 bands, 0,545-44MHz, internal speaker, two tuning knobs. Production Year 1939-45.

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S-21
S-21 General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion "Skyrider 5-10". 2 bands 27-68MHz, IF 1600kHz, 8 tubes, internal speaker. Production Year 1938-39.
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S-22
S-22 General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion "Skyrider Marine". 4 bands 0.14-18.5MHz, IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. AC/DC. Production Year 1938.
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S-22R
S-22R General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion "Skyrider Marine". 4 bands 0.11-18.5MHz, IF 1600kHz, 8 tubes. AC/DC. Production Year 1940-46.
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S-27
S-27 "UHF Receiver," Single Conversion, AM/FM/CW. 3 bands 27-145MHz. 15 tubes. Production Year 1940-43.
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S-27B
S-27B Same as S-27 except for frequency coverage 36-165MHz.
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S-29
S-29 "Sky Traveler" General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .55-30MHz, IF 455kHz. 9 tubes. Portable AC/DC/batteries, 10.000 built mostly during WW2. Production year 1940-43.
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S-30
S-30 Radio Compass. 6 tubes. 230KHz to 550KHz, 550KHz to 1340KHz, 1220KHz to 3000Khz. Position locator to locate position from shore radiotelephone stations. Production Year 1940-43.
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S-31
S-31 Broadcast Receiver S-31 and Power Amp S-31a. 6 tubes, 25W output, 30-20.000Hz frequency range. Production year 1940
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S-33
S33 Sky Trainer Transceiver. 1 band 112-118MHz. 3 tubes. Battery operated. Production year 1943.
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S-35
S35 Panoramic Receiver, input 455kHz. IF 455kHz, 100kHz bandwidth. 14 tubes. Production year 1942-46.
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S-36
S-36 The S-36 covers the "Ultra High Frequencies" according to the front panel logo (27.8 to 143 Mhz) in 3 bands AM or FM. IF 5250kHz. It was used during the World War II era and later to monitor the frequency spectrum now called VHF. The British also used this series of receivers to monitor some of the German radars. The front end uses three acorn tubes, the 954, 955, and 956. The schematics are listed in Riders. As can be seen, this model has the schematic factory mounted inside the top cover. Priced at $415 in December 1945 Allied Radio ad in Radio News. Similar to S-27 and ARR-5. Production Year 1942.
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S-36A
S-36A AM/FM/CW UHF Receiver. 3 band 27.8-143MHz, IF 5250kHz. 15 tubes. Similar to S-27 and BC-787. Originally designated an "Ultra High Frequency Communications Receiver". Military designation was "RBK" and some S-36A has a small bakelite plate under the meter that says "RBK RCVR". Production Year 1945-46.
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S-36AO
S-36AO UHF Receiver. Production Year 1944.
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S-37
S-37 Single Conversion AM/FM VHF receiver. 1 band 130-210MHz, IF 18MHz. 14 tubes. Production year 1945-48.
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S-38
S-38 The S-38 series are postwar AC-DC general coverage receivers. The original S-38 receiver was an entry level 6 tube radio, covering .540 kc to 32.0 mc in four bands. Band 1 - .540 kc to 1.650 mc, band 2 - 1.650mc to 5.0 mc, band 3 - 5.0 mc to 14.5 mc, band 4 - 13.5 mc to 32.0 mc. Band spread tuning was supplied for Ham bands. TUBE LINE-UP: 12SQ7GT - BFO/ANL, 12SA7 - MIXER/OSC., 12SK7 - I.F. AMP, 12SQ7GT - DET, AVC, AUDIO AMP., 35L6GT - AUDIO POWER AMP, 35Z5GT - RECTIFIER. FRONT CONTROLS: Band selector, Main tuning dial, Band spread dial, Pitch control (Original S-38 only), Noise limiter switch, B.F.O./A.V.C. on/off switch, Speaker/phone switch, Volume control, Standby/receive switch. Production year 1946.
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S-38A
S-38A General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion AC/DC. 4 bands .54-30MHz, IF 455kHz. 5 tubes. Production year 1946-47.
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S-38B
S-38B General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion AC/DC. 4 bands .54-32MHz, IF 455kHz. 5 tubes. Production year 1947-52.

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S-38C
S-38C Single Conversion AC/DC. 4 band 0.54-32MHz AM/CW 6-tube shortwave receiver. 455kHz IF. It has a 100-unit bandspread dial and indicator. Zero the bandspread dial so that the indicator is at 12:00 position; turn TUNING to an even value below your target frequency, then turn BAND SPREAD clockwise to your offset. Production year 1952-54.
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S-38D
S-38D General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-32MHz, IF 455kHz. 5 tubes. Changed to slide rule dial. Production year 1954-57.
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S-38DB
S-38DB General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. Probably variation of S-38D. Production year 1955-57


S-38DM
S-38DM General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. Probably variation of S-38D. Production year 1955-57


S-38E
S-38E General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion AC/DC. 4 bands .54-32MHz. IF 455kHz. Changed to miniature tubes. Production year 1957-61.
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S-38EB
S-38EB (sometimes S-38B) - S-38E in blond cabinet.
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S-38EM
S-38EM (sometimes S-38M) - S-38E in mahogany cabinet.
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S-38F
S-38F General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. Production year 1946-47.


S-39
S-39 Sky Ranger. Single Conversion portable receiver AC/DC/Battery. 4 bands .55-30MHz, IF 455kHz. 9 tubes. "Moral Booster" for WW2 troops. Similar to S-29. Production year 1942.

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S-40
S-40 General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-43MHz. IF 455kHz. 9 tubes. Updated S-20R. Production Year 1946-47.

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S-40A
S-40A General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-43MHz. IF 455kHz. 9 tubes. Production Year 1947-49.
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S-40B
S-40B General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-43MHz. IF 455kHz. 8 tubes. Production Year 1950-54.

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S-40BU
S-40BU Same as S-40B except 105/250VAC, 25/60Hz power supply.
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S-41
S-41 Skyrider Jr. General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 3 bands .55-30MHz, IF 455kHz. 6 tubes. AC/DC. Successor to EC-1. There are two knobs that turn the dials: (1)MAIN TUNING and (2)FINE TUNING. At the bottom are 4 red, small buttons which move from left to right reading: (1)BROADCAST/CODE (2) ANTI NOISE/NORMAL (3)SPEAKER/PHONES AND (4)RECEIVE/STANDBY. In the center below the red and grey window are two more black knobs which read "OFF/VOLUME" and "BAND SELECTOR/1 2 3". It measures 11 1/2" X 8" X 7 1/2" and is dark grey with a brown stripe around the bottom. Production year 1946-47.
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S-41G
S-41G Skyrider Jr. S-41 in grey cabinet.
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S-41W
S-41W Skyrider Jr. S-41 in white cabinet.
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S-47
S-47 Covers Standard Broadcast, FM and three Short-Wave Bands. Two "bandspread" Short-Wave bands spread out stations across the dial for easier tuning of popular foreign broadcasts. Temperature compensated oscillator. One RF, three IF stages. 10-watt push-pull output; audio reponse 30-15,000 cycles for rich, resonant tone.
CONTROLS: Five push buttons for AM and five for FM; Band selector switch FM 88-108 Mc, ,AM 540-1720 kc, 5.9-18.2 Mc, 9-12 Mc, and 15-18 Mc. Three-position Bass Tone, fourposition Treble Tone, Volume, FM tuning, AM tuning.
PHYSICAL DATA: Gray steel, satin chrome trim. Piano hinge top. Size 20 x 1OV4 x 16 in. deep. Ship. wt. 66 Ibs.
EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Doublet or single wire antenna. 500-ohm output (speaker not included-use R-42 on Page 3). Phonograph jack; 115 V. outlet for phono motor. Cord for 105-125 V. 50/60 cycle AC.
14 TUBES PLUS RECTIFIER: 6BA6 RF Amp., 6BE6 Mixer, 6J6 HFO and Auto. Freq. Control, two 6SG7 IF Amps., 6SG7 FM 3rd IF Amp. and AM Det., 6SH7 FM 4th IF, 6AL5 FM Det., two 6J5 and two 6SQ7 AF Amps., two 6V6GT Output. 5U4G Rect.
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S-51
S-51 Sea Farer. General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .132-13MHz, has also 3 fixed frequencies. IF 455kHz. 10 tubes. AC/DC. Production year 1947-49.
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S-52
S-52 General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-43MHz, IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. AC/DC version of S-40A. Production year 1948-49. qa


S-53
S-53 General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 5 bands, .54-38, 48-54.5MHz, IF 2075kHz, 8 tubes. It measures 13" wide, 7.5" tall, and 8.5" deep. Production year 1948-49.
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S-53A
S-53A General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion. 5 bands .54-54.5MHz, IF 455kHz. 8 tubes. Production Year 1950-59.
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S-72
S-72 General Coverage AC/DC/battery Portable Receiver, Single Conversion. 4 bands .54-31MHz. IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. The radios top is on hinged pins and thus can be removed. The antenna telescopes to 5 feet. Production year 1949-51.
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S-72L
S-72L General Coverage AC/DC/battery Portable Receiver, Single Conversion, 4 bands .174-.4 & .54-13MHz. IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. Long wave version of S-72. Production year 1950-52.
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S-72R
S-72R General Coverage Portable Receiver, BANDS:4,.54-31mHz IF:455 kHz FILTER: TUBES: 8+ rect, 1T4 rf,1U4 mix, 1R5 hfo, 2 1U4 if, 1U5 det/af1. 1U5 bfo, 3V4 af out,sel rect REMARKS: AC/DC/BATTERY portable, internal speaker. Production Year 1950-55.
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S-76
S-76 General Coverage Portable Receiver, Double Conversion, tunable HFO, IF 1650, 50kHz. 4 bands .538-32MHz, band spread on 10, 20, 40, & 80 meters. AM/cw, avc, noise limiter, sensitivity, selectivity, tone, pitch, and standby/receive. 11 tubes. Weigh 35 pounds. Production year 1951-54.
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S-77
S-77 General Coverage Portable Receiver, 4 bands .54-43MHz, IF 455kHz. Single Conversion. 8 tubes. AC/DC version of S-40B. Production year 1950-51.
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S-77A
S-77A General Coverage Portable Receiver, Single Conversion. S-77 with minor electrical changes. Production year 1950-51.
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S-80
S-80 "Defender". 2 band radio, 4 tubes, covering 540-1620kHz and 6-18MHz. Battery only power. Production Year 1951-52.
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S-81
S-81 Receiver "Civic Patrol". FM, IF 10.7MHz, 6 tubes, covering 152-173MHz. Production Year 1951-53.
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S-82
S-82 Receiver "Civic Patrol". FM, IF 10.7MHz, 6 tubes, covering 30-50MHz. Production Year 1951-53.
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S-85
S-85 General Coverage 4 bands from 538 kilocycles to 34 megacycles Portable Receiver (.538 1.60MHz, 1.55 4.6MHz, 4.6 13 MHz and 12-34MHz), Single Conversion. 8 tubes. Built in Alinco V permanent magnet speaker and full range tone control. Include calibrated electrical bandspread for fine tuning of the amateur and shortwave bands, noise limiter, front panel jack for headphones, a sensitivity control, an automatic volume control circuit, receive-standby switch. Successor to S-40B. Production Year 1954-59.
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S-86
S-86 4 bands, .54-34MHz, IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. AC/DC version of S-85. Production year 1954-57.
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S-93
S-93 General Coverage Portable Receiver, Single Conversion AC/DC/battery portable, 4 bands .54-18MHz, IF 455kHz, 6 tubes. Production year 1955-59.
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S-94
S-94 "Civic Patrol" 8 tube VHF FM Single Conversion Receiver, 30-50MHz, IF 10.7MHz. Upgrade of S-81. Production Year 1955-62.
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S-95
S-95 "Civic Patrol" 8 tube VHF FM Single Conversion Receiver, 152-173 MHz, IF 10.7MHz. Upgrade of S-82. Production Year 1955-62.
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S-102
S-102 VHF AM Receiver, Single Conversion 7 tubes, 143-149MHz, IF 10.7MHz. Production year 1956-57.
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S-103
S-103 "Continental" 4 tube 2 band receiver, frequency range .535-1.62MHz and 5.8-18.3MHz, IF 455kHz. AC/DC/battery. Same as 5R40, 41 and 42 except for color. Production Year 1956-57.
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S-106
S-106 VHF AM Receiver, 7 tubes covering 50-54MHz. IF 10.7MHz. Production Year 1956-57.
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S-107
S-107 Receiver. 5 bands .54-34MHz. IF 455kHz, 8 tubes. Production Year 1959-61.
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S-108
S-108 Receiver. 4 bands .54-34MHz. IF 455kHz. 8 tubes. Stripped version of SX-110. Production Year 1959-62.
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S-118
S-118 Receiver. 5 bands, tuning divided between .19 - .41 MC, .5 - 1.6 MC, 1.7 - 4.6 MC, 5.0 - 14 MC, and 15 - 30 MC in five bands. IF 455kHz. Five Tubes. The I.F. Frequency is 455KHz. Features include band spread, BFO, ANL, Built-in Speaker, and Built-in Ferrite Loop antenna for Bands 1 & 2 (190KHz to 1600KHz). Tubes used in the Mark II: 6BL8 Mixer and Oscillator, 12BA6 1st I.F., 12BA6 2nd I.F. & BFO, 12AV6 1st audio, Detector, AVC & ANL, 6AQ5 Audio output, and 2 silicon diode power rectifiers. The Power Source is 120 Volts ACMeasure 14.5"Wx10"Dx6.25"H, and weighs a solid 20 lbs in its steel case. Production Year 1962.
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S-119
S-119 Skybuddy ll. 3 tubes, 6BE6 Converter, 6BA6 IF Amp/BFO, 6CM6 1st Audio/Audio Out plus diode detector (1N295). Ranges: .535-1640, 2.0-5.5 and 6-16.4 MHz. Sold both as a kit and assembled. Kit version S-119K. Production Year 1961-62.
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S-120
S-120 The most popular short wave receiver of its time. Successor to S-38 series. Provides dependable performance in standard broadcast and three shortwave bands. Three-way antenna system for maximum flexibility. FEATURES: Coverage of 540-1650 kc. plus short wave from 1650 kc. through 31 Mc. Electrical bandspread; slide-rule dial with imprinted guide to frequencies of foreign, gov't, aviation, etc. FRONT PANEL CONTROLS: main tuning, bandspread tuning, band switch, audio volume, AC, off, BFO/Sensitivity. TUBES AND FUNCTIONS: 12BE6 converter, 12BA6 I.F. amplifier/BFO, 12AV6 1st audio, AVC and detector, 50C5 power amplifier, selenium rectifier, thermistor heater regulator, two dial lamps, 105-125V AC/DC at 30 watts. Dimensions 13 1/2" W, 5 7/8" H,8 3/4 " D, Weight 11 3/4 lbs. Production Year 1961-65.
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S-120A
S-120A Four band 9 transistors receiver covering .550 kc to 30.2 mc, 550 kc to 1.600 mc, 1.6 mc to 4.4 mc, 4.4 mc to 11.5 mc, 11.5 mc to 30 mc. Front Controls: Bandspread dial, Volume / on off control, Phones input, B.F.O., Receive/stdby switch, Band Selector, Main tuning dial. IF 455 kc. Dimensions 13 1/2" W, 5 7/8" H,8 3/4 " D, Weight 11 3/4 lbs. Successor to S-38 series. Made in Japan. Production Year 1967-69.
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S-125
S-125 "Star Quest" General Coverage Receiver, Single Conversion, similar to S-120A. Production year 1970-72.
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S-129
S-129 4 bands, 0.535-1.610 and 1.725-31.5 MHz. 7 tubes. The bandspread has dial markings for the five ham bands, 80-10 and CB. It has an antenna trimmer for peak tuning the antenna. The product detector has an adjustable pitch control with CW, Usb and Lsb. Matching optional speaker R-50/R-51. Production Year 1965-67.
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S-200
S-200 Legionaire, 5-band single conversion superheterodyne, 4 tubes. Features 1/4" head jack, built in 4" speaker, dial lamp, tone control, ferrite MW antenna, covers .54-1.6, 5.9-6.25, 9.45-9.8, 11.65-12.05 and 15.05-15.55 mhz has 455khz if, it is 13.5" x 8.375" x 3.75" has walnut grained vinyl-covered metal cabinet. Production year 1965-66.
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S-210C
S-210C Receiver. S-200 with FM added. 6 bands, 6 tubes. Production Year 1969.

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S-214
S-214 Solid state receiver covering AM and FM BC bands plus 49, 31, 25 and 19 meter SW bands. IF 455kHz and 10.7MHz. Made in Japan. Production Year 1967.
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