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1969-1978 R. L. Drake SPR-4 communications receiver

Drake SPR-4

Produced from 1969 to 1978, an amazing solid-state nine-band crystal-controlled SWBC receiver with a dial accuracy of +/- 1 kHz. The tuning bands installed on this particular unit are 150-500 kHz, 500-1500 kHz, 3-3.5 MHz, 4.5-5 MHz, 6-6.5 MHz, 7-7.5 MHz, 9.5-10 MHz, 11.5-12 MHz, 15-15.5 MHz, 17.5-18 MHz and 21.5-22 MHz.

The eBay seller I bought this from
(bigapple59) has loads of experience with Drake sets, so I'll just quote him here:
"The Drake SPR-4 was first introduced into the market in 1969 and was produced by Drake until 1978. During those years, this receiver was one of the finest produced and is still considered a product that represents RL Drake manufacturing at its best. The SPR-4 was Drake's first completely solid state receiver and was capable of determining frequency down to 1 KHz which was fabulous in that day. The receiver came with 9 crystals that allow the user to receive on most of the AM and commercial shortwave bands."

As a teenager, I often visited my neighbor Bob Lundstrom, WB8KNZ, who had a full Drake station -- it always looked like heaven to me. He owned his own business and had the money to outfit his shack with the best. He didn't have a SPR-4 there, of course -- he had a R4A ham receiver along with the other Drake gear -- and sitting in front of that layout truly was a treat for me. I've always been more of a SWL than a ham, and now that I'm retired it seems only proper that I get some of the gear I couldn't afford as a kid! (And when I wrote something to this effect to
bigapple59 who had sold me this set, he replied, "I fully understand being able to afford something that was beyond your reach in earlier years. You would not believe how often I hear these words.")



Drake SPR-4

Drake SPR-4

Drake SPR-4

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