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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

The British Company Lowe Electronics entered business selling Amateur Radio equipment; in the early eighties, Lowe sold some Japanese shortwave receivers under their brand label. The SRX-30 was a triple conversion superhet with Wadley Loop circuitry ressembling the Drake SSR-1, shortly after this set was followed by the SRX-30D with an integrated digital frequency display (still much information missing about these sets).
In 1987 Lowe decided to develop a shortwave receiver usind standard components and assembled in Europe, that should be offered for a very competitive price. The first receiver aimed at the European market, the HF-125 was very successful, it was a "no thrills" receiver with far above average shortwave reception quality and only a minimum of front panel controls. This concept was improved in the Lowe HF-225, the European version of this model - the HF-225E was equipped with improved IF filters and circuitry improvements to cope with the difficul conditions in European high signal strength areas. The optional synchroneous detector and the external frequency keypad (still available from http://www.charly-hardt.de) were included in the Europe package. A semiprofessional rack version with the possibility of computer control, integrated frequency keypad and improved performance under high signal strength conditions was quite rare.
The HF-250 from 1995 still could be operated with only ten frontpanel controls, it featured a infrared remote control, 255 memories and a RS-232 interface had a generous selection of IF filters - an improved Europe version exists of this model, too.
In 1992, the Lowe receivers got a little brother, the HF-150 with an extremely spartanic front panel with a digital display, a main tuning and a volume knob and three buttons that could operate many different functions. An external S-Meter and power amplifier/speaker, a preselector and an external frequency keypad in a small rack made this receiver a marvellous toy, specially in the white coloured HF-150M "marine" version.
Back to the roots: Lowe sells the same receiver as the AKD Target / NASA HF-3 under the designation SRX-100.

Desktop Receivers

SRX-30: triple conversion, 500 kHz - 30 MHz, Wadley loop principle, 30 lineare 1 MHz shortwave bands, 5.5 / 3 kHz - IF filters, AM / USB/LSB  
SRX-30D: triple conversion, 500 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 5.5 / 3 kHz - IF filters  
HF-125: double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 10 / 7 / 4 / 2.5 kHz - IF filters, 30 memories
HF-150 (1992): double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 7 / 2.5 kHz - IF filters, 60 memories
HF-225 (1989): double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 10 / 7 / 4 / 2.5 kHz - IF filters, 30 memories
HF-235: double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 10 / 7 / 4 / 2.5 kHz - IF filters, 30 memories  
HF-250 (1995): double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB / FM, digital frequency display 0,1 kHz, 10 / 7 / 4 / 2.2 kHz - IF filters, 255 memories
   
SRX-100: double conversion, 30 kHz - 30 MHz, AM / USB/LSB digital frequency display 1 kHz, 6 / 3.8 kHz - IF filters