I am newly licensed, and am primarily listening for now, but have run across some problems with my uncles old R388. This was in storage for a number of years, but seems to work pretty well on the shortwave/ ham bands. I have not attempted a complete cleaning, just blown it out and wiped down the easily accessable areas. There are some oddities however, that may or may not be problems. I am unaware what the operating norms are for this radio. In order to pick up anything, it requires rf gain set at 8 or higher. The audio gain is mostly useless, as far as being able to increase intelligibility. The broadcast bands seem to be vary weak compared to the shortwave stations, particuarly 1590 KDAV one of the stronger local stations. I do not have enough experience to really make since of these symptoms and associate them with any particular stage or circuit. Anyone have suggestions on where to start?