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These hugely heavy and incredibly sensitive sets were, rumour has it, produced for Lend-Lease agreements with England for service in World War II. They are quite common in the UK but scarce in the US. There appear to be two 'flavours' of AR88 - the 'D' version has a frequency coverage as per above whilst the 'LF' version goes down all the way to 75kHz.

The receiver consists of two RF stages, a mixer, local oscillator, three IF stages, a detector, noise limiter, BFO, AF amplifier, output stage and power supply system. The IF amplifiers incorporate variable selectivity and a crystal filter. The sets are normally housed in steel cases but can be rack mounted.

The receivers are designed for coupling to a 200 ohm transmission line, except on low frequency general broadcast bands. For these and general use a single wire 25 to 50 ft. long can be used.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
Tuning steps


73-550 kHz / 1.48-30.5 MHz in six bands
AM   CW  
For 20dB S/N: 8µV at 1MHz, 4.5µV at 4.3MHz, 7µV at 16MHz, 7µV at 28MHz
5 Settings: -3dB bandwidths 15kHz, 9kHz, 3.4kHz, 1.6kHz, 400Hz
Receiver system
Single conversion, 14 valves
735 kHz
Image rejection
120dB at 1MHz 60dB at 16MHz 46dB at 28MHz
Audio output
2.5 W (2.5 ohm external speaker or 600 ohm headphone)




Power requirements
100-260 VAC mains or 6V DC vibrator pack
Current drain RX


Dimensions (w×h×d)
488 × 280 × 488 mm (19.21 × 11.02 × 19.21 in)
45.00 kg (99.3 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Between 1941 and 1945 in USA

Other features

Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Optional S-meter
RigReference ID

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

RCA AR-88LF Instructions PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
RCA AR-88LF Schematic diagram PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
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Great vintage receiver 10 years ago by aharink

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2013 EUR 60.00 Used / Good aharink
2010 EUR 50.00 Used / Fair elmer
2010 EUR 50.00 Used / Okay elmer

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