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McKay-Dymek DR33C SW receiver | by fyngyrz
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McKay-Dymek DR33C SW receiver

Among other things, I collect shortwave receivers. This one is unique from the standpoint that it was designed in such a way as to live among your high fidelity gear and not look out of place. They were made around 1979. It's a pretty good performer, but prone to overload under the worst conditions. Given a good antenna, though, it is a great deal of fun to use.


There are some modifications that have been developed that improve the radio's performance, but I decided not to implement them; I have modern gear that is extremely high performance in a SW monitoring role, and making this old beauty "non-stock" sort of tweaks my collecting sensibilities; right now, it is as they shipped it, and if you use it, that's the experience you have. If I mod it... it's different. Hard to explain, but there it is.


Canon EOS 50D [modified IR response in Hα range], Canon EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS zoom [ø58mm] @ 47mm, ISO 100, ƒ/11, 2 sec. exposure, tripod, available light.

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Taken on December 18, 2009