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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. WA4ILH

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    They were on sale last week but they drifted away.
    Tom WA4ILH
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  2. K4PIH

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    I collect and use Swan. No issues. I got rid of almost all of my UJR's (Universal Japanese Radios). I don't need a magnifying glass or a special SM soldering iron to keep them working.
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  3. K4PIH

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    My Swan 500 doesn't need a amplifier to be heard.
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  4. W4NNF

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    The 350s were notorious for their <ahem> freewheeling behavior. But Swan, to their credit, improved the VFO as they went along. The 500c was better and the 700s were better than that.
  5. KA4DPO

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    I always thought Swan radios were kind of cool, even thought they have sweep tube finals. I remember there was one that had like a 12 pole crystal filter in it, you don't see those for sale very often. One think I will say for W6QKI, Herb Johnson, the original owner of Swan.

    Unlike some contemporary US radio companies, Herb was not afraid to take a risk. After he sold his company to Cubic, they started going in a direction that he didn't like, so he pulled out and founded Atlas. The Atlas 210 and 215 were all solid state, and were very successful, unfortunately as Herbs health deteriorated so did Atlas.

    Anyway, I have always thought the Swan 270 and 270B with the plug in 12volt converter was pretty cool.

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  6. W4NNF

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    Never had a Cygnet. I did have the 350, the 500c, and the 700cx. I probably liked the 500 best and remember it most fondly; it was the one I used the most. By the time I picked up a 700, I'd got my first REAL job and was soon all about Drake and Collins. I don't think I ever had as much fun with the TR4 or the KWM-2 as I did with that Swan 500, though. Good times. :)
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  7. W5INC

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    The 600s were a little backwards when compared to other separates such as the S Line and B Line. There were more Xmtrs produced then receivers with 600 of the 600Ts being made and only 450 600Rs. The SS16 was indeed an option as was the AM filter and crystal lattice filter. I have a set of 600s that were produced at the very end of their production run and probably in the last 20 pieces that were made. The 600s sure do look good and I sure won't be getting rid of my pair anytime soon.
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  8. KE9EX

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    I sent mine off to be repaired and
    He couldnt fix it either. HF 700 S.
    It's probably in the scrap heap by now.
    I've got some 6MJ6's to sell cheap;
    Just need to get around to posting an ad.
  9. KC3EPA

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    I like the special SM soldering gun.
    Even on newer units with solder points so close together I have to mask off adjacent areas.
    If you get solder where it does not belong and try removal with new lead free solder it can be tricky.
  10. KC8VWM

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    My Swan is an amplifier for that matter.



    So why is it not for sale?

    Well to answer this question it's because I rebuilt the whole thing. So why would I put all this work into my Swan, only to sell it away to someone else?

    See? ... there's always a logical explanation for everything. :)
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
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