Why are there so few SWAN radios for sale?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KP4SX, Jul 12, 2019.

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  1. KA4DPO

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    Didn't Swan offer a 16 pole crystal filter at one time? I remember seeing a Swan 500 or 700 SS-16 special.
     
  2. WB2WIK

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    They did.

    All the Swans I ever worked on were single-conversion with just one I.F. so "great filtering" helped a lot, as there was only one place to use a filter.

    They were very simple rigs, even the 600 twins were. I remember the 600R was about 50% "empty space" inside, and was large mostly to create a big front panel with big, easy-to-grab controls. With a smaller panel, it could have been half the size.:p
     
  3. W4NNF

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    They were simple rigs...but that was kind of a plus in that they were trivial--relatively speaking--to work on. My old man even built himself a clone of the 350 (Swan was happy to sell him the parts he needed specific to the rig). Performance? For the price, they stood up fairly well in those days...They were certainly not Collins or even Drake, but for most of us including me "good enough." :)
     
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  4. KA4DPO

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    For a time, it seems like there was a PEP war between Swan and Yaesu. The FTdx series was introduced around the same time as the Swan 350. The Swan 500 was quickly brought out to compete with the FTdx 400, followed by the Swan 700, at least it seemed that way.
     
  5. WB2WIK

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    I agree. Swans were the first SSB transceivers many hams ever owned in the 1960s, all driven by price; and the price: performance ratio wasn't bad.
     
  6. W9RAC

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    I had a siltronix 1011d that I had read was build by Swan, it was truly a loser. Now I'm not sure if in fact Swan was the builder but I have heard that over the years. 73 Rich
     
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  7. W7UUU

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    Yessir - Siltronix was the CB radio division of Swan. VERY famous for their "sliders" (What hams call a VFO)

    Dave
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  8. W9RAC

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    I had that in 1973. It had a vfo but it drifted everyplace. 73 Rich
     
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