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Swan Electronics Frequency Counter
November 1976 QST Article

November 1976 QST

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Swan Electronics was another of the many electronics equipment companies that was started in the founder's garage - literally - and built a loyal customer following in their areas of specialty. Probably the most famous example is Bill Hewett and Dave Packard's garage (known affectionately among enthusiasts as "The HP Garage"). As evidenced by this RF frequency counter advertisement in QST magazine (six pages worth), Swan manufactured a line of products for the radio amateur including transceivers, antennas, and a few pieces of test equipment. Swan Electronics merged with Cubic Corporation in 1967. Information on this frequency counter and some of the other accessories sold by Swan Electronics can be found on this Swan Virtual Museum website. The $169.95 price tag in 1976 is the equivalent of $761.60 in year 2020.

Swan Electronics Frequency Counter Ad

Swan Electronics Frequency Counter - RF CafeSometimes a lot of guesswork goes into your idea of what frequency you're transmitting on.

You know you're in the ball park but you really don't know what the score is.

Now you can put our new FC-76 in your line-up and have the capability of reading out your frequency right down to ±100 Hz if you need it. (Or ±1 KHz at the flip of a switch.)

On a big, bright 5-digit LED display anywhere between 5 KHz and 40 MHz.

The FC-76 also features an "Antenna" connector with two-position sensitivity switch for low signal levels down to 50 millivolts.

So you can use the counter as a sensitive test frequency meter, too. One that's good enough to calibrate receivers, realign transmitters, compare dial readings or wherever you need accurate frequency measurement.

And with built-in 117 VAC power supply plus 13.8 VDC (positive or negative ground) binding posts the FC-76 is all ready for mobile or fixed station duty.

Now here's a score you can't beat: $169.95. So why wait? Use your Swan credit card. Applications at your dealer or write:

Swan Electronics

A subsidiary of Cubic Corporation

305 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92054

(714) 757•7525

(Price FOB Oceanside, CA)

Our New FC-76 Frequency Counter Doesn't Just Get You in the Ball Park.

It Gives You the Score.



Posted September 11, 2020

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