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 Post subject: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
PostPosted: Sep Tue 11, 2018 1:29 pm 
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I just acquired this set, found it on a shelf hiding in my cellar. I need a good radio for when I am working in the yard, and this might be it.

Anyone know if they are good players? Found the schematic online, but no manual. As expected, the leather handle is history. Otherwise the radio looks to be in very nice shape. I am sure these are not collectible by any stretch, but it dates to the early sixties.

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
PostPosted: Sep Tue 11, 2018 2:55 pm 
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A 41-page (1960) assembly manual for XR-2L can be downloaded from elektrotanya.com

https://elektrotanya.com/heathkit_xr_2p ... nload.html
On the elektrotanya website ...
Wait for the ...processing... notice to change to Get Manual ←it takes a while!

The site is perfectly safe. Some people complain about pop-up ads, I don't see them!
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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
PostPosted: Sep Tue 11, 2018 2:57 pm 
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The link to the manual was provided by Greg in this old post: http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=238452

The ferrite antenna is impressively long! Hand wiring and socketed transistors! Don't mind to have one.

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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Five years!

I had forgotten that I uploaded the construction manual.
where the heck does the time go... :)

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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Odd... C batteries way too short, D alkalines are too fat... guess I need that manual download

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Peter, here is the (manual) link to my app.box account.
https://app.box.com/s/i57gki86xk9gbo8zc8ho

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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I have it's predecessor an XR-1L all leather case but the metal chassis is built like a tank.

antenna rod is 7 inches long

Transistors are in sockets and uses 6 D cells

Good sound from that large speaker


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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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D cells fit... I didn't try hard enough. Radio plays, but not great. Going to check the caps and alignment.

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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Six D's = 9 volts. You could add a snap connector for a nine volt battery, and substantially decrease the weight. Should play just as well, although not as long as the D cells would provide.

I'm sure you can depend on the Electrolytics needing replacement, and an RF/IF alignment peaking it up.

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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I got one of them at yard sale a few years ago for a dollar. Its a good player and very easy to recap. Now, if I could only find the proper volume control(knob). The original one was gone and I micky moused one in its place..have fun, Alan

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 Post subject: Re: New toy, Heathkit XR-2L
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I also have an XR-1L. That was Heathkit's first transistor product, I believe; it dates from 1958. A few new electrolytic caps, and it was playing again. I already had a copy of the manual, found with a bunch of other Heathkit manuals.

The early American made transistor sets are a joy to work on!

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