SW-500 General Communications Receiver
A strange nomenclature for a cosmetic variant of the all-popular S-120! The S-38 series ran it's course by 1961 and the S-120 replaced it. The SW-500 is identical to the S-120 apart from the case colour scheme (go figure!)
Last updated 17th March 2002
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|This is a variant of the
S-120 and cannot be considered a worthy successor to the
venerable S-38 family. Bill Halligan's attention must
have been elsewhere the day he approved this design. The
build quality of the S-120 is nowhere near as good as the
S-38E. The cabinet is lightweight, the knobs are press-on,
the chassis is thin. I understand these sets were
competetively priced as entry-level units but the sad
fact is, it shows.
However, the set features a built in speaker (although very small) as well as headphone sockets, variable BFO, internal ferrite rod and external whip antennae. Also featured are the ubiquitous (for this era) 'CD' tuning marks at 640KHz and 1240KHz to show where the listener should tune for 'official civil defense news, instructions and information' as the manual puts it. Although, by this time, American invincibility and self-confidence should have put paid to such doom-laden sentiment.