Hallicrafters FPM-200

The Hallicrafter FPM-200 transceiver and PS-200 Power Supply

Since 1994 Jim Garland W8ZR has maintained an owners list of know existing Hallicrafter FPM-200 transceivers. The list contains 31 rigs! It has often been reported that the production quantities of this rig was not much more than thirty units. I guess we will never know the exact production numbers. It appears that the last three digits of the serial numbers does follow a sequencial order and based on W8ZR's list the lowest know to exist was 521 and the highest at 582 which provides us with 62 radios This assumes no holes. The FPM-200 described in these pages has the lower three digits of 533. Even with a somewhat higher total production in the early 1960's this still places the FPM-200 in the league of "rare" amateur equipment. Even below the production numbers for other pieces like the Hallicrafters SX-88, Collins 32S3A or the very expensive Collins KW1.

The FPM-200 introduced in 1959 was still advertised in electronic retailer catalogs as late as 1963/64. The lack of sales success for the FPM-200 was not in its qualitity, but in its cost. It sold for $2650 in my 1963 Allied catalog or about half the average yearly workers wage at the time! As you read through these pages and view the pictures I'm sure you will agree that Hallicrafters placed a great deal of time and money into the design and manufacturing of this transceiver. It was light years ahead of the competition in design innovation and the use of new technologies. While Collins already had the KWM-1 transceiver in production and later released the KWM-2 during the time the FPM-200 was being produced, both of those very fine rigs used no or very limited use of solid-state devices. In contrast the FPM-200 was totally solid-state with the exception of the RF Driver, power amplifier and associated regulator tubes needed to provide voltage to the prior. This same design philosophy was used by many ham equipment manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, into the late 1970's. Quality component selection was used throughout. This is exemplified by the fact that after forty plus years, to the best of my knowledge, no components have been or have required replacement in this radio! You'll see more about this as you read through the rest of this site.

As an introduction to the FPM-200 below are the published specifications from Hallicrafters. To highlight some of the outstanding features:

Dual PTO (Permeability Tuned Oscillator), which versus the typical variable capacitor variable frequency oscillator (VFO), provides not only the flexibility and convenience of variable frequency, but also accurate calibration and high stability. As a side note, of the ham equipment manufacturers Collins (developer), R.L. Drake and Central Electronics (100V and 200V) were three major companies to us the PTO for control of the operating frequency. PTO's were more expensive and difficult to build, but until the introduction of frequency synthesis nothing could come close to accuracy and stability! Out of all the aforementioned manufacturers Hallicrafters was the only transceiver to utalize two separate PTO's.

Operates from 12VDC. This made the FPM-200 a perfect choice for mobile operation. Inside the rig is a DC-DC converter that supplies all the high voltage required for the power amplifier tubes. No big external rear mounting power supplies required. What you see is what you get.....

Respectable power output of 100 watts.

Relatively Light weight for the time. Only 24.5 lbs.

Hallicrafters FPM-200 Specifications
Modes of Operations
AM, SSB and CW
Power Source
Associated Equipment
P-200 AC Power Supply (12VDC Out)
MR-200 Mounting Mobile Rack
Frequency Coverage
WWV 9.7 to 10.2 Mc
80M 3.5 to 4.0 Mc
40M 6.8 to 7.3 Mc
20M 14.0 to 14.5 Mc
15M 21.0 to 21.5 Mc
10M 28.2 to 29.7 Mc in four bands
500kc Per Band
Filter and Second IF
2.325 Mc
PTO Range
8.25 to 8.75 Mc
3 plus 2 regulators
49 including 14 power recifiers
Frequency Stability
0.009% maximum
Dial Calibration
Linear 1kc interval marking
Calibration Accuracy
+/-1000 cps after cal to 100Kc standard
Receive Sensativity AM
Better than 3 uV for 10dB S+N/N
Receive Sensativity SSB
Better than 1 uV for 10dB S+N/N
2.5Kc at 6dB, 6Kc at 60dB (Crystal Filter)
Audio Power Output
3 watts
Audio Output Impedance
3.2 and 500 ohms
Transmit Output Power
SSB PEP 70 to 100 watts
CW 60 to 90 watts
AM Carrier 15 to 20 watts
Carrier Suppression
Unwanted Sideband Sup.
Hum and Noise
Distortion Products
Audio Input (Mic)
0.004 volts RMS min.
Power Consumption
Standby 30.0 watts
AM 100% Mod 216 watts
SSB, No Signal 132 watts
SSB, Max Output 216 watts
CW, Max Output 288 watts
16W X 5H X 11D
24.5 lbs
P-200 Dimensions
7W X 5H X 11D
P-200 Weight
27.5 lbs