Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KP4SX, Jul 12, 2019.
Is it because they are so good and flawless the owners prefer to keep them?
I think not. In fact, probably the opposite.
They're swimming around this time of year, accompanied by some Drakes.
They all went to Canada for the summer?
LOL ! You really are asking that ?
Negative. They were denied entry at the border, so they're now in Swanville: https://www.swanvillemn.com/
500 different models
700 with Russian tubes would do 500 plus watts
Ran them mostly on CW and got several OO reports. Still have the violation cards.
They were fun, at the time
I usually see at least one on a fleamarket table at any hamfest I go to, so I wouldn't say your thesis is correct. Maybe not as many as some other boatanchors but they are not an unusual find.
Otherwise? Those like me who used 'em in the 70s and 80s are apt to feel nostalgic about them and hang on to them. Certainly they are not collector's items like a Hammarlund or a Collins, not even close, and that doesn't encourage a big market like that for the caviar boat anchors.
Despite that, the humble Swans worked pretty well for their time and were what I could afford. Have you used one? Especially the later 500s and 700s?
Never owned the transmitter but did own the receiver for a time. Very nice receiver.
If I recall it had a special SSB filter which may have been an option. Would need to research it some more.
I actually like Swans. K4DPK, Phil, makes an addon that corrects drifting automatically although I turned mine on 30 minutes in advance and had very little drift. Side note are the people who can't tune SSB by ear. They need the digital dial and your frequency. I just find them and tune them. No need for a digital dial to have fun with any old rig. (SIWSSTD)