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Improvements in the "A" model include:
* Improved Ergonomics: Single key presses will select your mode and bandwidth.
* More Memories: 440 memory positions.
* Faster Scanning: Scan 40 channels per second.
* Alphanumeric Display: Program names may be displayed on the front panel.
* Display & Entry Frequencies: User programmable in kHz or MHz.
* Cabinet Feet: Front panel tilt via a metal bail.
* Event Timers/Clocks: Two Timers. The time may be programmed to remain on at all times.
* Improved AGC: The AGC has a smoother attack for improved SSB listening.
* Tone Control: Expanded control of high frequency range.
* FM Receive Mode: New highpass filter to reduce sub-audible tone squelch signals.
* Line Cord: New detachable power cord.
* Expanded RS-232 Control: Allows customized reports of frequency, mode, memory, channel, name, and signal strength.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB)  10m  2000m 
Frequency stability
?
Tuning steps
?
Memories
440 channels in 1 bank(s) @ 40 channels/second

Receiver

RX-range
0.1-30 MHz
(RX 35-55 / 108-174 MHz with optional converter)
Modulations
AM   AM-sync   FM   CW   USB   LSB   RTTY  
Sensitivity
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Selectivity
?
Filters
?
Receiver system
?
IF-frequencies
?
Image rejection
?
Audio output
?

Connections

Antenna
SO-239 + Clamps / screws
Impedance
50/500Ω
Other
-

Electrical

Power requirements
11-16V DC or mains
Current drain RX
Max 2 A
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
334 × 134 × 330 mm (13.15 × 5.28 × 12.99 in)
Weight
5.90 kg (13.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 199x and 2005

Other features

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
RS232C interface
Accessories
-
RigReference ID
4562
MPN
DRAKE-R000008A

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New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Drake R8A is around:

  • USD 664.00 ~ USD 429.00

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Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2021 USD 430.00 Used / Good eBay
2021 USD 665.00 Used / Mint eBay
2010 USD 685.00 Used / Mint eBay
1990 USD 850.00 New / Mint bob5958

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