There was no listing for this model, so I decided to photograph mine and add this one.
I gave this receiver a "5" only for how it executes what it is and was intended to be. As a comms product design engineer I am very sensitive to design details;
mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic. This radio gets an "A+" from me based on its intended market and original 1980's MSRP. The radio was manufactured from
1975 through 1987 in various revision iterations. Today's (2011) value for one in decent operational and cosmetic shape is about $600 to $900 USD. I have seen
these go for more than a kilobuck in pristine condition.
Before I ever put a radio on the test bench to check for all the service manual specifications, I put it in the shack and play it with known antennas, propagation
conditions, and familiar broadcasters. Subjective analysis really means a lot, not only for performance, but ergonomics and just plain friendliness.
I first try to get a feel of a receiver's four basic qualities; sensitivity, selectivity, dynamic range, and noise floor. The DR33C-6 excels in all those areas. It does not
have some of the usual tweeker knobs, like movable notch, bandpass tuning, and AGC timing, but to this point I really haven't missed them - those fixed quantities
seemingly executed within quite well for any given mode.
The recovered audio at 6 KHz on AM is superb. Be sure to use a good quality external speaker otherwise you'll never appreciate the potential fidelity this thing
has ... even with the 4KHz filter.
SSB is absolutely fine as is CW.
If you are familiar with decade tuning, like some offerings from its namesake Mackay-ITT (no connection), then you won't mind the new (but fast) learning curve.
I especially like the fact that the designers were thoughtful enough to provide an IF output. This allows the potential of unlimited experimentation with various
One additional thing is that this radio is a child of its period in appearance. Its overall design is befitting any "family" locational decor without looking like
something that Dad brought up from the old Ham shack - it's uncluttered and just plain pretty.
McKay had made a serious mark with other models on the commercial, marine, government, and I suppose, embassy, and military markets. Their repackaging of
excellent, proven professional designs into a more civilian presentation deserves commendation.