Drake SW8 | Adam213

Drake SW-8
An owner review of the Drake SW8
by Adam Smith (Adam213)


I use the Drake mostly for SW broadcasts and chasing some pirates. I have a dipole and a Wellbrook ALA 1350LPN loop.

Super Synchronous Detection. Feel solid and industrial.

I wish it had a scan feature but its receive is so nice that I’m not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”

About the radio…
The Drake SW8 base station is great in general terms, and exceptional value for money, Adam has told us. Adam believes the radio is aimed mostly at the enthusiast, with an great range of settings and features. He thinks this radio is exceptional in terms of quality. Adam purchased the radio pre-owned for $250 USD online in 2002. He believes the radio was manufactured in 1998. Adam says that this radio operates in the following modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB. It also operates on the LW,MW,HF / Shortwave,VHF,broadcast frequency bands, and that the Drake SW8 base station isn’t a Software Defined Radio / SDR. He uses a pro-grade SWL antenna for this radio.

Radio: Drake SW8 base station

General Opinion: great
Value for Money: exceptional
Price Paid: $250 USD pre-owned
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Operating Modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB
Operating Bands: LW,MW,HF / Shortwave,VHF,broadcast
Software Defined Radio: This radio isn’t an SDR.
Features and Settings: great
Overall Quality: exceptional
Power Output (Watts): n/a
Power Source: Batteries and transformer

Antenna Used…
Type: a pro-grade SWL antenna
Detail: Wellbrook ALA1350LNP

Ratings (%): Usability 90. Features 90. Looks 100. Performance 90. Price 100.

About the reviewer…
Adam was born in 1973 and lives in the United States of America. He first became interested in radio in 1992 through shortwave / broadcast radio, and is a member of the following radio clubs / societies: 7PM Saturday Puget Sound 11M SSB Net (27.405LSB). He isn’t a licensed HAM / Amateur radio operator. (Adam213) Adam’s favourite radio ever is this radio!. More information is available at Adam’s website: www.adamchristiansmith.com

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Drake SW8

9.4

Usability

9.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Looks

10.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Price

10.0/10
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