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The easy availability of AR-88s made them a popular amateur receiver in the 1950s and 1960s.
Shown to the right is the typical British ham, G5FA, with his AR-88D station receiver. AR-88s survived in Canada because the receivers were built in Montreal and during WWII remained in Canada for various needs there.
After WWII, commercial users, such as the airports and coastal stations, did continue using their AR-88LFs for sometime.
Eventually, most of the receivers have made it to the Canadian government surplus sales and many were available though other Canadian surplus outlets.
The AR-88LF versions, which were only built in Montreal, found their way to airports, civilian and military, ship-to-shore coastal stations around Canada and for general communications.
Design stages probably date from as early as 1939 and the demands of WWII in Europe pushed RCA into having the AR-88 ready by early 1941.
Many of the Allies required coverage of the LF and MF parts of the spectrum and the AR-88LF was created for that service, providing coverage from 70kc to 550kc continuous and 1.5mc to 30mc continuous.
Building of the AR-88LF receivers was handled by the RCA plant in Montreal.
Note that the WREN (Womens Royal Navy Service) to the left is using an AR-88 as the communications receiver.
photo from: Many of the British AR-88s were destroyed after WWII ended.