the Hallicrafters Co., Chicago
S - 53 A
überarbeitet am 19.10.2010
The S-53 is a simple single conversion shortwave receiver in the low price range, it covers medium waves, three shortwave bands and the 6 m VHF band very new in those years. Shortly after, the FCC decided to assign the 3 m band from 88 - 108 MHz to FM broadcasts. Today, the 6 m band around 50 MHz has gained popularity as a newly assigned amateur radio band.
The S - 53A is a compact shortwave receiver with the size of a small home set. In contrast to the typical post - war radios, it does not come with a wooden but with a rugged metal cabinet. Like with other Hallicrafters sets, it has a hinged lid giving You access to the chassis. The receiver measures 327 x 178 x 197 mm and has a weight of 8,2 kg.
The mains switch is combined with the AF gain or volume control. In the
bottom row of controls, You find from the left the STANDBY / RECEIVE switch,
in standby operation, the tube heaters are switched on for immediate operation.
Just at the right, You find the bandswitch, the band ranges are 540 kHz -
1,6 MHz mediumwaves, 2,5 - 6,3 MHz, 6,3 - 16 MHz and 14 - 30 MHz shortwaves
and 48 - 54,4 MHz according to the 6 m VHF band. The next switch acitvates the
BFO for CW reception, then the RF gain control called SENSITIVITY.
Next to the Noise blanker switch, You find the volume control and the two
positions tone control.
Use an external antenna not too long, to avoid overloading, and You will
habe no problems to tune in to several international shortwave services.
You can easily listen to the BBC London, Deutsche Welle or Radio Vienna,
but the receiver's selectivity is not good enough te separate two adjacent
5 kHz channels.
© Martin Boesch