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Old 10-04-21, 03:58
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Found this today . Lugged it in the back of my truck all the way from our provincial metropolis . Started reading on it . David Dunlop had alluded to this receiver model a few weeks ago . I have the speaker that goes with it in my truck . Any info on itís use in the military in Canada during the war ?
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The AR88 was chosen to be the main receiver for the military. There were a few different models. It was used in point to point stations like the NWT & Y radio system, Y stations and other sigint sites. The photo is of banks of AR88 sets near Vancouver used on a link to Australia. When maintained it is a nice receiver.
Performance was great and you could set the dial to a frequency and turn the set on and it would be spot on. The only kicker was the weight at just over 100 lbs. Here is a good link on the AR88 history: https://www.radioblvd.com/ar88.htm
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I sometimes think _all_ WW2 era communications receivers were built to a weight specification as well as an electrical/performance one!

All the ones I've used have been in the 1 cwt./50 kg. class - AR88, S27C, R107 were all around that weight (and I have back pains to prove it).

The Admiralty were even worse, and appear to have required all kit to have been machined from the solid (usually steel or bronze) - and there was a requirement in the early days that the equipment could withstand the operator climbing up the rack (wearing steel-capped boots).

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(Who once nearly lost an R107 (on a folding trolley) down the gap between the train and the platform edge at Waterloo station. Admittedly it was a big gap due to the curved platform, but it gave me a nasty moment.)
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Thanks for the replies , very interesting !
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The AR88 was chosen to be the main receiver for the military. There were a few different models. It was used in point to point stations like the NWT & Y radio system, Y stations and other sigint sites. The photo is of banks of AR88 sets near Vancouver used on a link to Australia. When maintained it is a nice receiver.
Performance was great and you could set the dial to a frequency and turn the set on and it would be spot on. The only kicker was the weight at just over 100 lbs. Here is a good link on the AR88 history: https://www.radioblvd.com/ar88.htm
Look for something called North 40 Reserve to see what once was at RCAF Station Westham Island.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/No...4d-123.0220646

Also, http://seaislandhome.org/rcaf-station-sea-island.html
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Thank you Terry , very informative . Had i known ! I worked in Esquimalt and Patricia Bay . Next time i am out there i will go for a visit .
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Here's an article by a friend on a restoration of an AR88LF.
https://sparcradio.ca/wp-content/upl...-for-SPARC.pdf

Pay attention to the part about leaking capacitors, they contain PCBs.
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https://www.radioblvd.com/ar88.htm


https://www.radioblvd.com/AR88part2.htm

I have come across a few of these but not owned one.
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Thank you Bruce and Mike , very informative . Amazing piece of radio kit .
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