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The Drake R8B shortwave communications receiver has been discontinued by RL Drake International! Wow! I never thought I would see this and there is no word on a follow-up receiver or a Drake R8C or Drake R9. Ah, dare to dream people, dare to dream!

The Drake R8The Drake R8, R8A or R8B is one receiver that, if you can afford it, should be front and center in your radio shack.

In a series of small articles, I will discuss the brief period of time that I borrowed one and why I am using my "new" R8. (Yes, I have not forgotten that I need to write these articles!)

In a quick summary, there is no other radio, except maybe the AOR 7030-Plus (ok and one or two others) that were obviously designed with "us" in mind.

The Drake is a pleasure to use, hour after hour. Its audio is appealing. It is sensitive as heck. It has lots and lots of buttons to play with (we guys like that) and it never fails to impress.

As owners of the Drake R8 and R8A have found out, their radios have held their value! A Drake R8, on EBay, can set you back about 4 to 5 hundred dollars. So if you are thinking of buying one and need approval from your C.F.O, tell her (or him) that these radios not only hold their value, but make life around the house that much more pleasant!

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Colin is a Victoria resident and radio enthusiast. His receivers include the Kenwood R2000 (with VHF Option), the venerable Radio Shack DX150B, a sony 7600G, a Yacht-Boy 400PE, a Radio Shack DX440 as well as the Drake R8. He works as a tech and consultant at a local University.