1967 Heathkit Model GR-54 "Deluxe SWL Receiver"
This is a Heathkit Model GR-54 radio. This is the first of many
Heathkits that I have built. The radio has 6 tubes and 5 bands covering:
Band A: 180 to 420 kc
Band B: 550 to 1550 kc
Band C: 2 to 5 Mc
Band D: 5 to 12.5 Mc
Band E: 12.5 to 30 Mc
The radio has a bandspread and a BFO to receive CW and SSB. An RF gain control and
Automatic Noise Limiter is also included. It also has a relative signal strength
meter, but I added an external Lafayette Model 99-2512 "S"-meter unit that can be seen on the top
of the radio. The IF for this radio is an unusual 1682 kc with the IF bandwidth set
by a crystal lattice filter that provides excellent selectivity. The radio has a antenna
tuning control to improve antenna matching. There is also a standby switch.
I was an avid shortwave listener back then and I have several QSL cards
from several foreign stations.
See the QSL card page to see these cards.
||BFO & Prod Det
||Rider's Manual Page #
||2 x 6BA6
Below are details on this receiver as advertised in the 1966 Heathkit Catalog.
Page 90 of 1966 Heathkit Catalog Showing the GR-54 Shortwave Receiver
Below is the cover of the 1966 Heathkit catalog. Note that the GR-54 shortwave receiver is
featured on the upper right corner of the cover.
1966 Heathkit Catalog Cover