Hammarlund HQ-160 Communications Receiver (1958)
Hammarlund S-200 Speaker (1958)
When a fellow collector offered me this Hammarlund radio with
a matching speaker and its original manual, I just couldn't pass
it up, even though it's quite similar to my Hammarlund
There's not much to say about its condition, except that it's
wonderful. This radio performs beautifully, and, except for
cleaning inside and out, I haven't done a thing to it.
Like the HQ-180AC, this is a general-coverage receiver, using
six bands to cover all frequencies between .54 Mhz and 31 Mhz.
Although the circuitry inside is quite different, both radios
have similar functions. Both allow CW (code) and SSB (single
sideband) listening, as well as AM. Both feature a slot filter
for rejecting intefering signals, crystal-controlled calibration,
AVC (automatic volume control), ANL (automatic noise-limiting
circuit), and an antenna trimmer to match your antenna's
The next photo shows the HQ-160 in operation (click the photo for a larger view).
Here are two views of the interior.
Here's the tube lineup for this thirteen-bottle rig.
Detector, Noise Limiter, Delayed AVC Rectifier
First AF amplifier
Getting the matching speaker for this radio was a real bonus
from the standpoint of authenticity.
As you can see in the
first photo, the speaker is a large oval type, mounted diagonally
inside a grey metal cabinet. The famous Hammarlund logo appears
on a cast metal medallion at the lower right. The fabric pattern
on the speaker grille, with sparkly swirls, is almost impossible
to duplicate, so it's a real treat to find one in original, undamaged condition.
I initially had some doubts about the sound quality of a metal
cabinet, but this speaker sounds quite good. Hammarlunds of this
type use a 3.2-ohm speaker. Although you can get by with an
8-ohm speaker, the 3.2-ohm speaker
is a better match, producing higher volume at the same audio
I normally place the speaker on the floor, not atop the radio
as shown in the photo. A thirteen-tube radio generates plenty of
heat, so you should avoid putting anything on top of its
I've also been told that the vibration from a
speaker on the cabinet can degrade performance by setting up
rogue oscillations in the tubes. That's why you should never
succumb to the temption to mount a speaker inside the cabinet of
a boatanchor—not to mention that you might go to Hell for
drilling holes in a fine old radio!
After owning this receiver for several years, I sold it to a fellow
collector in 2005. The price was $300 plus the cost of shipping.