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Hallicrafters S-20R Sky Champion Communications Receiver

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Published on Mar 12, 2009

A recent bargin purchase from eBay - Hallicrafters S-20R ham radio, from 1939 I believe.
The radio was purchased from a radio enthusiast, who had done some restoration work (repainted the case, replaced the speaker & grill and a few other jobs). It would appear to be an older restoration however, as it has the odd paint chip here and there. The radio was missing the lettering from the front panel and was missing a base & feet. Scrap plastic had been crudely used as a cover for the main tuning dial and band spread dial.

I contemplated a full restoration of the internals and housing. However, the radio apears to work just great. So I reconsidered and decided to to finish off and tidy-up what's there.

I made a lense for each of the dials from plexi-glass and added a marker line to each (something else that was missing). I purchased water slide lettering from RadioDaze (www.radiodaze.com) and applied this to the front panel.

A replacement base could be purchased off eBay (again from the US), but the cost of this item alone, worked out to be half the cost of what I paid for the radio! So, I made a base using hardboard and purchased some self adhesive feet from the DIY.

The radio works great. I can receive a wide range of broadcast radio (using a long wire aerial - approx 60 feet running part way down the garden). The BFO fully works, which means I can receive amateur radio broadcasts (80m is demonstrated). The only thing that does not appear to work is the Automatic Noise Limiter (ANL) - flicking the switch from the off to on position does not appear to have any effect. Ideally I think the housing would benifit from a coat of 'clear coat', following application of the lettering.

Any coments gladly received.

Current project is a Yaesu FT-101B - another recent eBay bargain - clips to follow

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