[AMRadio] RCA AR-77 or RCAF GR-10 Receiver
gswynar at DURHAM.NET
Tue Jul 18 09:29:59 EDT 2006
I've seen a couple of these Royal Canadian Air Force versions of the AR-77
at Hamfests some years ago...back around the early 70's, QST used to
advertise some surplus outfit that had a quantity of them for sale (I could
never find the ad again after I got an AR-77 of my own in the early 90's ---
sold it it in 2000).
The military versions did NOT have the chrome dressing --- likewise, they
were a monotone colour..."RCAF blue", as I recall. I never did check the
calibration of the bandspread dials of those Hamfest receivers, & I wonder
to this day if the RCAF units had expanded AMATEUR radio bands, or some
other set of frequencies...?
Good luck finding a parts unit! Both versions of the receiver are pretty
rare in these parts, & the few that do turn up (years ago!) are pretty
rough. I liked the calibrated bandspread feature of mine, & the adjustable
crystal filter, but it suffered terribly from images on the high
frequencies, & the front-end tended to "take off" up in the higher regions
of the frequency range.
The full-page ads for it --- around 1940-41 in QST --- make for interesting
reading. One VERY rare option for it was a HUGE bass-reflex loudspeaker
assembly. Most impressive.
I'll wager that more than a few of these oldtimers still languish in
forgotten basement & attic locations of OT's who may well have themselves
forgotten they still have one in their possession! That's how long they've
Good luck in your search...persistance CAN pay off!
~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Hollander" <n7rk at cox.net>
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Subject: [AMRadio] RCA AR-77 or RCAF GR-10 Receiver
> Picked up a pathetic looking receiver which I though was an AR-77 at
> last weekend's hamfest. Turns out to be an RCAF Type GR-10 which appears
> to be the same radio. The label under the hood says that it is a GR-10
> built at an RCA plant in Montreal. Despite looks, the radio works quite
> well after I brought it up on a variac and I am going to restore it.
> This receiver is not a hernia generator like the big brother AR-88.
> The issues. The cabinet has been painted. I have no idea as to what the
> correct color might be. The photos I have found show a two tone gray
> with chrome strip dividers and one with strips that go partially across
> the front. Mine has no strips of any kind an no holes indicating that
> they were once there. Anybody know the color of this radio? My radio
> looks like the top one in this photo without the trim strips.
> Here is the two tone version:
> Bigger issue. The S-Meter and the RCA logo that goes right below the
> s-meter is missing.
> I am probably dreaming but does any one have a parts unit? I need the
> logo and the s-meter. Other than those two parts, the radio is complete
> and playing. Does anyone know what kind of movement this meter is? The
> manual I downloaded just say "s-meter" in the parts list.
> Anyone have either of these receivers and have any interesting comments?
> I have several 1930's RCA communications/ham receivers and thy are all
> very well built and good performers for their time. My understanding is
> that they were not that popular as RCA with their licensing at that time
> was like Microsoft is today and many simply avoided RCA for that reason.
> Thanks in advance for any comments or assistance.
> Dave N7RK
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