R. L. Drake Company, Miamisburg, OH

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überarbeitet am 19.10.2010

Drake did introduce their amateur radio receiver line R 2 in the early sixties: The triple conversion set R 2-A sovers the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m amateur bands and can be equipped with 7 crystals to cover additional band segments, it still has a linear dial. In 1961, this set has been replaced by the R 2-B and this one in 1966 by the R 2-C now with the typical Drake circular dial.

Double conversion,

linear analog dial 1 kHz

5 amateur bands and one additional crystal controlled 500 kHz segment


Sensitivity 5 MHz
AM / SSB < 0,5 uV

Selectivity -6 dB
0,4 kHz, 2,4 kHz, 4,8 kHz

RF-Gain, AGC 2x, PBT, Notch, (NB optional)

The square tabletop model comes with the typical Drake full metal cabinet, it has a weight of 6,1 kg and dimensions of 29 x 16 x 24 cm.
In a gold coloured segment of the dark grey front panel, You find at the left the round dial with a moveable red line pointer, at the right the signal strength meter calibrated in S units and just below the main tuning knob.

The FUNCTION knob in the left upper corner will switch on the set, use this knob to activate the optional Noise Blanker and the crystal calibrator. Just below, You find the control for the preselector with a small red metal pointer, the optimum points for the amateur radio bands are already marked. Change the bands with the band switch in the left lower corner of the receiver.
In the bottom row of controls, You find the high frequency (RF) gain control and the audio frequency gain i.e. the volume control. The MODE switch lets You select AM or single side band reception with selectable sidebands, a small metal knob lets You chose the LC IF bandwidthfilters of 4,8 or 2,4 kHz and the 0,4 kHz filter for CW reception. You can set to two AVC speeds or turn the AVC off to control RF gain manually.

There have been several optional accessories for the R 2-C: the standard external speaker 2-CS or a cmbined external speaker and Q multiplier 2-CQ, the crystal calibrator 2-AC and the 2-NB Noise Blanker had to be accuired separately, they had to be plugged in to spare "tube sockets" in the chassis. There has been a frequency converter 2-LW and of course the matching amateur band transmitter 2-NT.

Further Literature:
d/e: Drake 2-C at www.radiomuseum.org

© Martin Boesch 15.12.2008