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Author Topic: What is a Boat Anchor?  (Read 20233 times)
W9WQA
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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2014, 07:57:06 AM »

B. A. an affectionate term.
when you come home from a hamfest with a real diamond,your wife looks out as you struggle up the sidewalk, and says, "another B. A." going to sink the house.

oh if i could have sold that heath freq counter fo $85 i could have stolen that ART 13.!!

crown point about 15 years ago!! i never forget.

but i got the viking 2 for free
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« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2014, 09:57:17 PM »


For all of the Kenwood, Yaesu wannabes.... THIS IS A BOATANCHOR...

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K9MHZ
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« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2014, 01:28:57 PM »

That's a battleship anchor!
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KA4KOE
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« Reply #33 on: June 20, 2014, 05:33:29 AM »

T368 also qualifies.
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« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2014, 06:58:29 AM »

A Marconi NT201 Naval marine tx. The psu  is 2 feet high by 2 feet 1 wide by 2 feet 3 deep and weighs 450 pounds. The transmitter 4 feet 3 high, 2  feet wide and 2 feet 3 deep and weighs 400 lbs...all for 700 watts of CW and about 1kW PEP.

I think that's heavier than a BC610!
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K1ZJH
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« Reply #35 on: June 20, 2014, 05:58:47 PM »

Marconi never made anything small!  I owned one of their tube based spectrum analyzers back in the 70s. It was the size of a washingmachine on a stand!
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G3RZP
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« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2014, 01:57:24 AM »

Strangely, the original design of that spectrum analyser was done shortly after WW2 by the GPO, who in those days were the radio administration in the UK. They got Marconi Instruments (now IFR) and a company called Furzehill to make them for use at the GPO HF radio stations - Rugby, Leafield, Truro, Dorchester etc, and I believe, took a royalty on sales elsewhere. Marconi Instruments did an update in the late 1960s, when it got even bigger and heavier, but looked more modern!

Marconi did an all solid state one in the early 1970s: it was in two units and smaller so it could be manhandled down the hatch of a submarine, that being a Naval requirement.
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« Reply #37 on: June 21, 2014, 03:10:18 AM »

T368 also qualifies.

   Yes , it does . However by pulling out the drawers I was able to load my T-368 onto a pickup truck alone .

The BC-610E in the pic should be arriving in Spain tomorrow . The air shipping alone was near $5600.00  (FedEx) .
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« Reply #38 on: June 21, 2014, 05:19:34 AM »

Another qualifier: any transmitter/radio that is too heavy for your house. I had an opportunity to acquire a T368, but my shack is in an upstairs room. An architect friend told me that the maximum load for a structure of this type is 40 lbs/SF. The T3 tipped the scales at over 90 lbs/SF. So, there was a distinct risk of the unit crashing through the upstairs floor. I did not acquire the T3....
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« Reply #39 on: June 21, 2014, 09:15:41 AM »

You can cheat that number a little by placing the TX closely into a corner where two bearing walls meet to form the corner .  Grin

 The BC-610E only loads to about 76 LB/SqFt . But if you use the RTTY generator on top (The RTTY generator is often used as a very stable 150 pound VFO ).. The loading gets up around 100 Lb/SqFt .

   Fortunately , my shack is in an outbuilding with an insulated built up floor that is supported by a 6 inch concrete slab . No problem with real boatanchors  Wink The BC-610E had a BC-610H for a neighbor up until last week . There had even been a pair of T-368s residing there at one time . Listening to the howling blowers on a T-368 makes one appreciate the quiet grace of the BC-610 .

   
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« Reply #40 on: June 21, 2014, 09:51:50 AM »

No dice. Architect said don't do that either. I needed bracing underneath......
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« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2014, 11:27:35 AM »

I didn't say the trick was "Architect Approved"  Wink I also said "cheat the number " a little"  I have seen it done . We hauled a T-368 off of the second floor of a rickety old house . 2X6 floor joists and plywood sub floor . It sat perched in a corner , over load bearing walls for over 50 years .  He also had a rather heavy baby grand piano in the same room .

  Given your luck with Valiants however , I certainly would not suggest trying a similar trick  Grin
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« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2014, 06:47:17 AM »

We had a hoarder living in CT, until a few weeks back.  She was living in the cellar, and finally the upstairs floors collapsed onto of her, crushing her. Rescue (recovery crews) had to tunnel in using trenchers to find her remains. I wonder how many BC-610s she was hoarding in the parlor Tongue
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« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2014, 05:08:57 PM »

I guess that beloved and classic rig called the "Seven Drifty Three" could be considered a Boat Anchor .   Read the outstanding reviews of this all time favorite. http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/2223


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« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2014, 03:00:54 AM »

We had a hoarder living in CT, until a few weeks back.  She was living in the cellar, and finally the upstairs floors collapsed onto of her, crushing her. Rescue (recovery crews) had to tunnel in using trenchers to find her remains. I wonder how many BC-610s she was hoarding in the parlor Tongue

  Probably none . Better chance she had the entire floor loaded with tons fo trash , including the critical mid-span sections . Straw men on the other hand are remarkably light . Wink.   


    Saw three of the Eico 753s dropped into a trash barrel at the Findlay Hamfest two years ago .  One fellow had them on his table marked "free" . Early in the day a fellow picked them up . Later in the day , just before he went home , the fellow walked them over to the trash barrel and threw them in real hard . As he walked away he quipped "I had one of those years ago, that was sweet revenge" . 
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