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Author Topic: Profit in restoring Boat Anchors?  (Read 6789 times)
N8CMQ
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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2014, 06:18:15 AM »

I only restore what I want to use. Putting months of time,
and replacing parts, just doesn't pay anymore. People who
are interested in boat anchors are dwindling. Younger people
are interested in the new equipment due to reliability, ease
of use, and lets face it, smaller footprint.

If you find someone with a piece of gear not working, see if
they want to pay for a repair before even offering to look at it.
Most of the time, people I talk to say it isn't worth their money
to repair an item, they just buy a new one. I always ask if they
want to donate the broken one to a poor ham...
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AC5UP
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2014, 06:30:29 AM »

Check out John; AKA joernone on youtube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC738Lb57Y7mg2m6DV97ukbA if you have not come across him before.

...interesting video, especially the part where John adjusts only the top slugs of the IF transformers by ear using a metal screwdriver.
No signal generator, no indicator like an AC voltmeter across the speaker, just an off-air signal and a diddle.

That's not the Photofact way.    Roll Eyes
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KG8LB
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2014, 06:31:26 AM »

... I always ask if they
want to donate the broken one to a poor ham...

  I have donated gear to "poor hams" on a few occasions . Later found out they were not all that poor and in fact made money on the very gear that I and others had donated .   
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N8CMQ
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2014, 08:51:31 PM »

It isn't me that you are donating to, but the next guy who needs an unobtainium part.
Without donated carcases, I couldn't be repairing 60+ year old gear.

But there are unscrupulous people that take advantage of their position, so I know
what you are saying. I have been a victim of that on occasion...

And sometimes, your unit, and three or four others can be combined to make one
nice working radio. Which may lead you to think your radio wasn't that bad off, and
you feel cheated for seeing it back in action. Those radios are the ones I am taking
a risk in repairing, as I may not recoup the time I have invested in getting it working
again. So I don't often do that, unless I am fairly sure I can recoup my time.
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