I had two. My first favorite was a Hammarlund HQ-140X. I wish I still had it. My second was a Kenwood R-1000.
Signal Corps Radio Receiver BC-1004-C (made by Hammarlund cs 1943). Been using this since 1969. Recently recapped. Highly selective, sensitive, and great audio.
Of the many different models in the Zenith Transoceanic series of receivers mine is the 2nd solid-state version, and still works today almost as good as it did in the early 1970s when it was new.
Now that the great age of shortwave is past (Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, BBC, Radio Canada and heaps of others) I mostly ignore shortwave.
When I do check it there is an overabundance of christian commercials and maybe Alex Jones selling his male booster pills.
Let me grab this thread and turn it into a pitch...
At the earliest opportunity we ask the FCC to set aside a batch of shortwave frequencies for unlicensed hobby use with up to 30-Watts. There is no reason not to.
I also have a Yaesu FRG-100 receiver which is a good radio but is not as sensitive nor selective as the BC-1004-C. I bought this radio so I could listen to the BBC and other non US news stations. Alas, most of them are gone now so the radio mainly gathers dust. This radio is not very good for AM BCB DX because Yaesu included an attenuator for the AM BCB which cannot be switched off. Presumably, this was to reduce adjacent channel interference. Maybe a more selective receiver would have been a better approach but possibly since this radio is already over priced the added cost would have killed it in the market.
The BC-1004-C is excellent for snooping around the AM broadcast band and the dial calibration is spot on for indicating the exact station frequency. No need for a digital display to do this.
That's a mighty fine looking receiver. Have you/ did you use it on the amateur bands? I wonder how it stacked up against my HQ-140X which like I said, I wish I still had.
Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.
I assume you are referring to the FRG-100. No, I never used it for ham stuff. I used it to receive BBC and other world news services since it was really interesting to hear reports with different perspectives from those of US media. It is also handy for WWV and CHU time checks. Alas, these uses are now obsolete.
There is a mod published which instructs on how to remove the BCB attenuator but I haven't torn into the radio to do this. There is a noticable difference between the FRG-100 sensitivity and that of the BC-1004 on the BCB with the latter able to receive weak and distant stations which are not listenable on the former.
I think it is really stupid for Yaesu to solve a BCB overload problem (according to some web reports) in this manner.
Sorry, I was not celar. I meant how does the BC-1004-C compare to the HQ-140X and have you ever used it for ham radio operation.
Have to comment just a little on Carl's opinion of making a few frequencies in the Shortwave band available to Hobby Unlicensed Broadcasting...This is what Alan Weiner wanted to propose to the FCC. He does seem to have a little knowledge as to what the FCC would probably allow. He was talking about 6.9Mhz-7Mhz or somewhere around there for this purpose. And at 30 Watts you may be able to skywave when conditions are favorable as many Ham's have done quite well down there with that amount of power.
I'd also recommend AM as the allowedd form of modulation so you could get listeners to buy Radio's to hear you.
OK enough said about this I want to know has anyone tried the County Comm GP-5SSB or anything from them. What about the Digitech SSB Radio's. I want a portable I can use to monitor shortwave and one that has a DB meter on it to check signal strength on AM and FM too should I experiment with AM, need to adjust my FM, or want to listen to Ham's and Pirate Shortwave stations for fun.
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The primary use for the BC-1004 was to listen to shortwave news and propaganda broadcasts. At the time there were some US programs on SW which I could not receive otherwise.
The only ham related use was to tune in W1AW for code practice sessions. Once licensed I used my Drake TR-3 transceiver for ham activities.
I have not used the HQ-140X but it appears very close to the BC-1004 in features and functions. If you are interested in the inner workings of the HQ-140X you might enjoy this video:
Transmitting in SSB would be much better than AM.
That's a great video!!