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Title: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 01, 2011, 02:45:33 PM
Remember a few weeks ago when I beat you about the ears and shoulders regarding rectifier legend & lore in relation to the IGGY?

Here's a quiz for you: Go here --- www.chipamp.com/docs/lm3886-manual.pdf and take a close look at Page 4, the power supply schizmatic.

Tell me if there's anything wrong with the way it's drawn.

( tick, tock )

If you think the instructions look good, clean your glasses and go here: http://diyaudioprojects.com/Chip/LM3886_CA/LM3886_CA.htm

Whoa! Just so you know, sometimes it pays to read kit instruction manuals and schizmatics with a careful eye.  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 01, 2011, 03:24:45 PM
He tapped one of the Bridges incorrectly.

Other than that, the transformer appears to be a 1:1 instead of step down. But that just means he gets  higher DC out.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 01, 2011, 03:37:38 PM
Bingo!

Remember the rule that the arrow always points to positive... In the case of a differential power supply the two sides are mirrored relative to ground. One bridge grounds to negative, the other to positive, the filter caps are in series with the center point grounded.

Another way to build that power supply would be to use a center tapped transformer (or tie the two secondaries together in phase) and ground the center tap. Use one bridge across the outside of the secondary winding with the + connection to B+ and the - connection to B-.

Saves the cost of a second bridge and is the traditional design for a half wave rectifier.

BTW: The LM3886 chip and variants from National Semi are interesting items.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 01, 2011, 03:47:43 PM
Hey, BTW. That D-104 that I restored that I scored with a Courier 23 CB? I am going to do a bad thing to it. I am going to paint the base a non-standard color.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 01, 2011, 05:48:15 PM
Good Buddy Brown?

Some people say that's too 70's, but I say earth tones never go out of style!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 01, 2011, 06:40:54 PM
I was thinking of a Lime green metalic like a 1960's color

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rlz=1B3GGLL_enUS421US421&q=metallic+light+green+spray&gs_upl=10053l11801l1l12099l6l6l0l0l0l0l235l990l0.5.1l6l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=525&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7399108343948907555&sa=X&ei=Z5-wToC2D8nY0QHnmIydAQ&ved=0CFkQ8wIwBg (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rlz=1B3GGLL_enUS421US421&q=metallic+light+green+spray&gs_upl=10053l11801l1l12099l6l6l0l0l0l0l235l990l0.5.1l6l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=525&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7399108343948907555&sa=X&ei=Z5-wToC2D8nY0QHnmIydAQ&ved=0CFkQ8wIwBg)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 01, 2011, 07:25:35 PM
BTW, I did not miswire the bridge. I connected the ground to the negative of the bridge instead of chassis ground.

Now, if you want to talk about metal tubes, well, that is a whole other argument!   ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: W8JI on November 03, 2011, 05:45:24 AM
He tapped one of the Bridges incorrectly.

Other than that, the transformer appears to be a 1:1 instead of step down. But that just means he gets  higher DC out.

He has a label issue with output terminals and a filter capacitor drawn backwards in the lower supply section, and transformers, while they should be drawn with reduced turns on low impedance or voltage side, can be drawn as a 1:1 if specified in writing as to ratio or value.

That's probably because he didn't have someone proof read his work.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: K9YLI on November 03, 2011, 07:55:09 AM
  UP..  i  disagree with the statement the  arrow  points to positive.

  diodes..      K   with a   |   plate accross the  legs..   plate like a  tube diode being the  plus side..     ----K|-------

  electron flow   against the arrow..   electron flow   minus to  plus..

  just so some  rookie reading  you disertation doesnt  take it as gospel and makes a mistake   6 months from now..



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 03, 2011, 08:34:30 AM
Download this: http://www.hammondmfg.com/pdf/5c007.pdf

In the case of full wave, half wave, or bridge rectifier circuits the diode(s) always points to the positive side of the DC output. If you find a power supply schematic on the web where this isn't true, please post the URL so I can take a look. Remember that my comments to N4NYY both here and in a previous thread refer only to AC power supply rectifiers.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: K9YLI on November 04, 2011, 06:56:47 AM
  UP     ok  using that  thinking, ou are correct..  I drew up a  full wave bridge to check.    Seems an  odd way  to look at something.

 I always go by the action of individual components.
To add  the  arrow points to the ' plus side of the output'
which is the   minus side of the diode  inrelation to the voltage at the transformer winding.

semantics..



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 04, 2011, 08:38:11 AM
No Prob........... There are times when I'll come up with a mental shortcut that makes sense to no one but myself.

In the case of diode rectifiers the "arrow" of the schematic symbol points to the cathode band on the physical part, which should be nearest the positive side of the rectified output. In the past things like a discrete four diode bridge on a terminal strip or lined up neatly on a PC board could get me turned around (and sometimes still do), but as long as the cathodes are nearest the positive terminal they're probably installed correctly.

Even more counterintuitive (to me) is that when testing diodes the negative test lead connects to the cathode. A DMM in diode check should read the voltage drop across the junction this way. Reverse the leads and a healthy diode should have no continuity. Take a look at this illustration I found on the web:

http://www.kmitl.ac.th/~kswichit/npn/diode.gif

Absolutely ass backwards. If you have a spare diode within reach, try it and you'll see...............  :P

(BTW: Just for the hell of it, take the URL for the GIF image above and edit it back to http://www.kmitl.ac.th/ then press enter. This will take you to the source web page. Whoa! Whooda' Thot?)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD6KWZ on November 11, 2011, 02:33:32 AM
Quote
Absolutely a$$ backwards. If you have a spare diode within reach, try it and you'll see............... 

Uh oh, someone who doesn't know better will be making lots of diode returns at the parts store.  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 11, 2011, 04:21:22 AM
Yo.............. Vinnie! Here's another quiz for ya'!

I'm tearing down junque in the garage and strip out a power transformer from a 13" video monitor. Primary and one secondary winding with no center tap that measures 108 vac (no load) on the bench. Can't think of what I'd use it for, but I'd hate to toss it because it's a nice piece that's fully shielded and beefy enough to be a 60 - 70 watt item. Wouldn't be afraid to run a 100 watt load as intermittent duty.

Then I'm thinking......................... If I bolt the transformer to the bottom of a two gang electrical box it can stand on its head with no problem (shielded, no risk of electrical shock) and inside the electrical box I could install a power cord, duplex outlet, wall switch and a neon pilot light. Then I'd have a quick & dirty isolation transformer with an independent power switch!

How cool would that be?

On one hand, it's almost free as I have the junquebox parts to build it. On the other, what good is a 100 volt isolation transformer?

So here's the question: Assume the typical AA5 rated at 30 watts of AC draw. Will the radio play at 100 volts? Can faults in an AA5 be accurately diagnosed at 100 volts? If you align the radio at 100 volts will the alignment be totally bogus at 120 volts?

Whatcha' Think?

BTW: Even if I don't use this transformer to isolate AA5's (and at the moment I have none in the house) I could use it to iso the soldering iron, even though there's no screamin' need for that. See? I can find a purpose for the transformer.  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 11, 2011, 04:59:59 AM
I thought those radios were designed for 100V? Some had a 100-117 volt switch.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 11, 2011, 06:48:05 AM
Before anyone gets their skivvies in a knot over this concept, let me say it's proper TECHnique to do repair and alignment work using accurate test equipment with normal line voltage, temperature, lighting and proper grounding. When in doubt, consult the schematic for any mention of manufacturer's test conditions and recommendations. With tube equipment there should also be a 10-15 minute (minimum) warm up period.

Nominal line voltage in the 50's was closer to 110 than the 120 it is today and varied more widely. Voltage regulation is better today and that's part of the answer to the quiz... An AA5 at 100 volts will have a slight loss in audio amplifier power (lower B+ and cooler filaments) plus the local oscillator may run off slightly frequency. That's it. Otherwise it will play well at 105 volts and back in the day many did. The antenna circuit will tune the same regardless of line voltage as will the IF transformers. At worst the radio might need a slight touch-up on the oscillator trimmer at 120 volts and that's an easy adjustment. Tweak until the top end of the tuning dial lines up.

BTW: Normal AC in Japan is 100 volts @ 60 cycles and that explains the transformer. Video monitors need the isolation of a power transformer to reduce the chance of hum bars in the picture. This was an NEC monitor and I suspect the domestic version was shipped with a 100 to 100 volt transformer while the export US versions were 120 to 100. Either way it's the same 100 volt chassis.......


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 20, 2011, 01:08:49 PM
If someone did a superior cabinet restoration on this one it could be a real standout......... http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8946558

Beautiful wood selection plus a six tube chassis, AM and SW. http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Resources/864/M0014864.htm

Hot chassis, but aside from that it's a looker.  ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 20, 2011, 04:21:22 PM
Where the hell are the knobs? I hate that!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 20, 2011, 06:01:54 PM
Don't be a knob snob. They're easy to replace...................

But did you look at the wood? We're talking the life work of a tree that sacrificed everything to make that cabinet look as good as it does. Somewhere there's a mighty oak that sprouted in the late 30's from an acorn that came from the same tree. Never knowing its parent, its family history, the warmth and nurturing that can only come from birds of a feather or trees of a leaf, that still carries the pain of separation from losing a parent to a veneer mill.........

And what are you worried about? Three plastic knobs. How insensitive!

Sometimes I feel like I've never known you at all. <sniff!>


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 02, 2011, 08:54:32 AM
If you want to know what a collectible radio looks like, this would be one... http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9008351

Odd brand name, unusual design, looks reminiscent of Art Deco or that someone was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Bakelite. AM / FM and in very good used condition.

And here's a CB cooler than your TRC-455: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8994932
Sure, it's only a 23 channel rig, but who cares? You can't talk on more than one channel at a time....   ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 12, 2011, 05:56:00 PM
http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9046581

Six tubes, all 12 volt metal except for the rectifier and AF output, RF amplifier stage, #51 Mazda pilot light, sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !

A radio like that could play all night and still get up early for the farm report.................................


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 12, 2011, 06:45:34 PM
That is a nice one. I have about 5 projects all needing 1-2 small parts on backorder. They are backlogging me.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 12, 2011, 07:40:44 PM
Appearing next on my work bench will be one of these: http://www.ppinyot.com/E/record_junior_196.htm

Excellent cosmetic condition, plays well on FM, but AM has low sensitivity and a feedback / distortion thing that indicates a problem in the IF. Also a slight hum in the audio plus the piano switches are in need of cleaning. The dial plate isn't as contrasty as the example shown above as the backing plate is a medium beige, but I think a nice re-paint in a primordial forest or even hammertone green would really bring out the best in it.

I've had the radio for years but kept hoping I'd either figure it out or stumble across a free schematic. No deal either way, but a couple of weeks ago I found an Emud T7 schematic that looks remarkably similar. The T7 has short and long wave bands plus a tuning eye. Mine does not, and I need to measure the IF frequency before I do any alignment. The T7 has IF's on 468 KC's and 10.7 MC's which is kinda' different............


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 13, 2011, 06:02:02 AM
I have seen the pipe cutting of the filters caps and installing new ones. My questions is, how to you reattach the cut section? Most are aluminum, and cannot be soldered. And gluing it is cheesy.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 14, 2011, 03:01:55 PM
5UP,

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ele/2696893431.html (http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ele/2696893431.html)

Driving distance. Is it worth it? Little info on Google. Seems to be a knockoff. No schematic in the first few searches.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 14, 2011, 03:58:08 PM
That looks exactly like a Japanese clone of the Hallicrafters S-120 and if it appeals to you I wouldn't hesitate to put the grab on it. No schematic? No problem. Use an S-120 schematic and rebuild it to match. No kidding... The S-120 is an AA5 in disguise (four tubes plus a selenium rectifier) and I have a strong hunch the Starlite will be very similar. The S-120 tube lineup was a common design in the 60's and for $20 someone has already done the hard work of packaging the front end coils, bandswitch, IF cans, tuning condenser and all-important glass dial with un-molested markings into an attractive desktop case.

One thing you should be aware of is that any AA5 like this will be a bow-wow doggie above 12 MHz or so. No RF amp and no weak signal ability on the highest band. But, 31 Meters and below should be more than useable with a random wire.

In other offerings, here's one that's more your style: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9073145
40 channels of SSB plus a D-104. Sure, the mic has what you would consider to be an ugly chrome base, but if you don't buy it, it won't get painted.
Maybe that would be a good thing.

Then there's this: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9066998     :o    (allegedly there is an all-band unlock mod)

Be sure to click these as well: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9075298

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9076718

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9083778

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9075065

And......... Saving the best for last: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9063175
They call it the boomerang 'cuz no matter how long you listen, you'll keep coming back for more...  ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 17, 2011, 11:18:28 AM
No shack complete without one: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9101578
And here's a companion web page for you to ignore: http://www.jamminpower.com/main/GR%20Bridge.html

BTW: Still shuffling through my junque and found an oddball transformer. Nice beefy dude, terminal board on both sides for the two primary and two secondary windings. All four windings are center tapped and 'mirrors' of the other on each side.

Turns out it's a Stancor A-3894 'Polypedance' modulation transformer that can match almost any tube modulator to any RF amplifier. This one is good for 125 watts and when I finally get around to homebrewing something for AM that will be the dude. Could sound good, and with 3 dB of headroom at the 60 watt level be more than I need to sound like a professional radio pronouncer on 75 Meter AM 'fone.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 18, 2011, 07:04:04 AM
Nelson,

Any of these stand out? What about top-right maroon color portable?

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/clt/2744071304.html


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 18, 2011, 08:09:00 AM
At forty bucks none of them jump out as a deal.

The Emud is the nicest of the bunch, the RCA in the lower left is a substantial piece that displays well, but aside from that........ Meh.

If you've been watching this one: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9076718
The bidding jumped up and I think I know why... Six tube chassis with an RF amp ahead of the 1st mixer plus six volt octal tubes on a transformer power supply. An attractive radio that wasn't a cheapie, should play well, nothing exotic inside.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 25, 2011, 11:07:44 AM
So there I am... Still trying to figure out why the AM section of my Emud Rekord Jr 196 radio sounds like it wants to break into self oscillation. Been poking at the radio off & on for years and never got very far 'cuz the chassis layout is very, very foreign.

Then I decide I'm going to at least clean the dial glass before I put it back together. May never be a better time. Pull the glass & backing plate. Can't help but notice there are a few extra contacts on the piano switches buried behind the dial assembly. Cleaned the glass and painted the backing plate a lovely oxidized bronze color. Shot some CRC 2-26 on the piano switches. Cleaned up the overspray and re-assembled the front of the radio.

Then I discover.............. The AM side of the radio now plays like a Sinatra record at an Italian wedding.     Couldn't ask for better.

All this time and all it had was a dirty switch between the AM and FM local oscillators.                 D'oh!

Still needs a new filter condenser in the PS as it does have a slight hum. But aside from that, with the clean glass and bandswitch to match it looks and plays almost like new.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 25, 2011, 02:30:07 PM
Super sweet! FYI, when I get the occasional CB to service that a friend brings over, something these channel selector or SSB switched seem annoyingly dirty. The problem is that they are usually sealed. The Deoxit does not travel well thru sealed containers.

What size filter caps do you need?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 25, 2011, 02:55:05 PM
Being installed in a car is rough duty. I never saw a crystal go bad before I started tinkering with CB's and the symptoms are so vague that it's not easily diagnosed. Typically the problem on AM is distorted RX audio or with SSB an inability to find any spot on the clarifier that sounds right. Voice pitch and tone might be good but otherwise something is obviously wrong, like the local oscillator is trying to FM. I'll 'scope the three crystals in a PLL rig and typically the 10.240 rock will have low or distorted output. Haven't tinkered with a CB in a while so I'm going on memory for that...........

As for an electrolytic for the Emud, it's dual section Valvo twist-lok type in a long thin can that I know can't be matched with a current part. 50 / 50 @ 350 vdc and I have plenty of pieces in the junque pile that should be close enough. Funny thing about the Emud, it's a nice little radio that I like but a real PITA to work on. Chassis layout is tight and it was built in layers. Someday I should give it a full rebuild as the tube sockets are about as crappy as any I've seen.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 25, 2011, 03:01:02 PM
I got 47uf/350 if you need them. And yes, I have seen long dormant CBs here that the 10.240 was way off. I have a stash of scrap chassis for no other reason than the 10.240 crystal.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 28, 2011, 05:40:25 PM
Who needs a Heathshkit when you could have one of these !!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9151795

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9151484

Looks like an original Vintrola to me............  :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 28, 2011, 06:25:57 PM
Nelson,

A friend of mine was asking for a 12BY7 driver. I have 12BY7A. Google shows that the A has a filament saver. But I would rather as you. Are they interchangeable? I have a few and will just give it to him.

BTW, those radios were fugly !


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 29, 2011, 02:34:56 PM
Google shows that the A has a filament saver.

The Google is telling you stories... Never heard of a filament saver version of a tube but maybe that means I need to get out more. (?)

Some tubes have precision heaters that are supposed to come up in 10-15 seconds, but according to http://www.nj7p.org/Tube4.php?tube=12BY7A the 'BY7 and 'BY7A versions are identical in terms of 6.3 volts @ .6 maps or 12.6 volts @ .3 amps. Both show a center tapped filament and both use the same pins for the filament.

I see no reason why a 12BY7A can't sub for a non-A. Plus, if it's going into anything Heathshkit a new tube is way too good for the radio anyway.......... ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 29, 2011, 02:45:32 PM
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I see no reason why a 12BY7A can't sub for a non-A. Plus, if it's going into anything Heathshkit a new tube is way too good for the radio anyway.......... Grin

I think it is a driver tube for a Tram D201A. My friend got a hold of one. I told him they were a piece of junk and to sell it. I have never seen a consumer grade piece of electronics, that after normal usage, looks like it was thrown into a fireplace (no joke). But the tube is not doing anything here, so I might as well let him have it.

BTW, I am working on a Philco B-570. This was on one leg of the volume pot, with the other leg going to chassis ground. The schematic only shows a .1uf cap. However, this does not jive with color codes. It does not measure resistance. The cap meter only measure a hint of capacitance.

Bands are left to right: black, brown, black, brown, white. Any ideas?

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2195.jpg (http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2195.jpg)

BTW, I had a productive week off. I finished my IM-13 VTVM, my E-200D RF generator (Iggy is on ebay as we speak), and I am working on the Philco B-570 and F-817 Edsel. I am actually making progress now. I also am going to install an antenna grounding panel outside my house, since I never did this.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 29, 2011, 07:19:19 PM
http://www.tpub.com/neets/book2/32NE0179.GIF

The way I read it you're looking at an axial lead ceramic marked as "10" with a multiplier of 1. Like...... 10 mmf........ And if it was installed from the volume control hot side to ground the intent was to take the edge off high pitched noise by reducing the treble response. Tolerance of black = 20%, white temperature coefficient = +120 to -750. It's a cheap ceramic that's more than adequate for the intended purpose.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 29, 2011, 07:27:54 PM
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The way I read it you're looking at an axial lead ceramic marked as "10" with a multiplier of 1. Like...... 10 mmf........ And if it was installed from the volume control hot side to ground the intent was to take the edge off high pitched noise by reducing the treble response. Tolerance of black = 20%, white temperature coefficient = +120 to -750. It's a cheap ceramic that's more than adequate for the intended purpose.

Dammit. I replaced it. Still, it did not measure .1uf on the Extech. It barely measure about the capacitance of the leads.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 29, 2011, 07:40:12 PM
If it's what I think it is............ A .1 mf condenser as a substitute will make the audio very, very muffled. Like, nothing above 1kc or less.

If you don't have a 10 mmf part on hand, any small value ceramic or silver mica will be close enough, like a 68 or 100 mike-mike.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 29, 2011, 08:04:59 PM
I put a .1uf polypropylene. Seems to sound great with it. Anyway, I need to find a small orbital buffer/polisher, to use the Novus 2 and 3 and get these scratches out. Something that has like a 2" pad.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 30, 2011, 05:57:55 AM
We could be talking about two different condensers that both connect to the hot side of the volume control, or effectively so with one on the potentiometer itself while the other is on the AF output of the detector... Same circuit, but the larger of the two is a DC block from the detector to the 1st audio grid and typically .01 mf or .022 mf. A larger value like a .1 will improve the bass response but IMHO that's overkill. Not that much deep bass on an AM radio to begin with and a 4" to 5" speaker won't reproduce it well.

The second condenser, as mentioned previously, would be in parallel with the detector AF output and is a small value intended to reduce noise. On high end and Hi-Fi AM tuners like a Fisher or Scott from the day you might see a 10 kc whistle filter in the 1st audio section. A stagger-tuned wide IF sounds better than a narrow one, but at night when there's a signal on every allocation a 10 kc heterodyne whistle might be heard on some stations. The fix for that was a 10 kc tuned LC notch filter (at best) or a small value condenser across the AF line.

Seems like I recall .001 mf was popular as the whistle / noise filter condenser.................. (?)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 30, 2011, 08:24:42 AM
http://www.nostalgiaair.org/PagesByModel/933/M0013933.pdf (http://www.nostalgiaair.org/PagesByModel/933/M0013933.pdf)

I think the problem is that I may have a slightly newer rev radio. My radio is slightly different in PCB layout and version. I think my version is a 124, while this version is a 121. I cannot see any other component that is connected to both chassis and the leg of the pot.



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 30, 2011, 10:40:38 AM
Just for grins I pulled up the 1954 edition of Beitman's Most Often Needed and found the exact same schematic on page 80. Beitman mentions the known variants on the radio and how they are essentially similar, but the published schematic covers only the root version of that model. Apparently mutant models did not merit a schematic addendum until Philco declared a new model and then re-started the process on the new set.

From what you're describing the schematic does not match your radio. The closest thing on the paper to a 10-mike-mike tubular ceramic is the 7.5 mmf drift compensation condenser across the oscillator coil and not even you could confuse a coil with a volume control....... Even though I know you'd try. If the ceramic condenser you photographed was in fact a 10% 10 meg resistor it was way too large and it's unlikely the blue or green band would fade to brown, so I don't see that as an answer.

If the radio plays the radio plays and that's the goal of this exercise, but it makes no sense to me how you could swap a 10 mmf part with .1 mf condenser and hear NO difference at all. Even if the condenser was simply (RF) grounding an IF coil winding something like that should detune the crap out of something....


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 30, 2011, 02:04:01 PM
Well, there is only one thing to do. Try the 10 mmf and see if there is a difference. I have to see if I have anything close to that in 400V. The parts list says it is a B- to chassis. I saw the drift compensation cap, and it is definitely a cap, and looks like a Mica.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 01, 2012, 07:09:11 AM
Another Vintrola: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9157474

Looks like someone was actively building these for sale as novelty radios. Not much response on the Goodwill web site, but it wouldn't surprise me if they would sell through eBay. Maybe with better packaging of the PC board in clear plexiglass and an AC power supply, or a special version, like a Signal Corpse model:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9157416        (on second thought, maybe not!)

Also found a real Victrola in Portland: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9151714

Gotta' love the gold plated escutcheons on the control board and the manly layout of the voltage and tuning knobs.
It appears to be a five tube rig, http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/12-28-2011/sa19950501228-er.jpg so I know you're interested......  ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 01, 2012, 08:56:33 AM
OMG. The skeletons were too funny!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 08, 2012, 09:26:49 AM
This one will sell high: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9200874

Good original unmolested condition and one of the better looking designs to come out of Philco....
It would be years until they hit bottom with the legendary "Edsel Fugly Five" model.  ::)

BTW: For those of you with low self esteem: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9199234


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 08, 2012, 10:57:39 AM
Why is that one so high?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 09, 2012, 06:42:15 PM
If I recall correctly that model is known as 'The Butterfly' and is considered to be one of the better Art Deco designs of the era. If you haven't checked the high bid recently, you should... Definitely a collector's item.

And, here's another auction for you to keep an eye on: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9209071


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 09, 2012, 08:13:58 PM
5UP,

I think I am going to put in a bid for this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-GE-4885-4885B-CLOCK-RADIO-PERFECT-/140674580276?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c0dbbf34 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-GE-4885-4885B-CLOCK-RADIO-PERFECT-/140674580276?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c0dbbf34)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 10, 2012, 06:00:30 PM
Regarding "The Butterfly"........... http://www.philcoradio.com/gallery/1935a.htm#u

Scroll up & down and you'll find more than one flavor of the radio. When properly restored it's a looker.........  ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 12, 2012, 06:14:49 PM
OK 5UP. I put it up on ebay. I am not sure it will sell at $50, but for the time, effort, and materials, I can't let it go for less.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190627306851?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/190627306851?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 13, 2012, 10:19:14 AM
Absolutely excellent exterior appearance... Like new if not better. Your lighting on the innards doesn't do it justice as you needed some light coming in from behind the camera, but that's not a big deal as the majority of eBay folks have only three things they care about:

Does it look good?        Does it play?        What's the price?

You covered that ground well and I wouldn't be surprised if you get your price, although eBay can be quirky.

In other news, did you check the final bid on the Philco Butterfly?     $301.50     I figured between half that and $200.......    Woof!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 13, 2012, 03:36:59 PM
Quote
In other news, did you check the final bid on the Philco Butterfly?     $301.50     I figured between half that and $200.......    Woof!

Wow! I did not see the final price. It was in the $100 area with plenty of time left. But that is what you get for a gorgeous radio.

I did not bother aligning this Philco, as reception was superb, and the dial was on the money. I ended up using silicone on the dial glue. There was a pressure ring, but the dial was worn and would not grab the axle of the tuning cap. So I figured silicone was a good choice, as it could be removed and re-applied in the future.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 13, 2012, 05:01:05 PM
So I figured silicone was a good choice, as it could be removed and re-applied in the future.

Exactly right, except you should be aware that both silicone and super-glue type adhesives can release an acetic acid gas as part of their curing process. The gas won't hurt anything unless the chassis gets poor ventilation while the glue sets up. Then it can discolor metal parts and cause switches to go intermittent.

I like silicone because it's both strong and non-permanent but some brands can turn brittle within a year. Check the label for words like non-hardening or permanently pliable...............


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 15, 2012, 11:15:28 AM
Nelson,

This is my local goodwill store that I donate clothes, toys, and also shop for old radios:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Deer-Crashes-NJ-Goodwill-Store-136942248.html (http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Deer-Crashes-NJ-Goodwill-Store-136942248.html)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 27, 2012, 03:15:34 PM
5UP,

Hit an antique store in in very rural Quinton, NJ. Told the lady what I do. She said she had FADA (Not your FADA, but my FADA) on Craigslist. Here it is: http://southjersey.craigslist.org/ele/2819566477.html (http://southjersey.craigslist.org/ele/2819566477.html)

I am expecting a huge console in great shape, and it is this piece of crap little Catalin radio. Completed auctions on this radio were comparable. I said, "I don't think so!" It is not even that pretty. The Edsel is nicer.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 27, 2012, 06:15:06 PM
The advert on Craigslist is a hoot... Not familiar with old radios, doesn't work, have no idea what I'm doing, but $550 FIRM!

Here's the real story, and the seller did their homework: http://antiqueradio.org/fada1000.htm
Catalin radios have a following among collectors: http://catalinradio.com/c-94585-museum-fada.html

That's a reasonably healthy example of the FADA Bullet Radio and, believe it or don't, if that were restored to show piece quality could fetch almost a kilobuck. The dial looks near mint in the pictures. The Catalin plastic case isn't as durable as Bakelite but can be buffed out to near perfection as the color goes all the way through. Anything short of a deep scratch can be feathered and the material was exceptionally attractive when new but does darken with age. You'll note the carry handle is lifted in one of the Craigslist photos and that shows you how little the cabinet has darkened from UV exposure. A carefully restored example can not only look exceptionally good but the 'Industrial Deco' styling of the FADA Bullet stands apart from other radios of the day.

You didn't realize whatcha' were looking at and as far as 'prettier than the Edsel' goes, that's because you're blind in one eye and can't hear too well with the other one. You have much to learn, Grasshopper...............  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 27, 2012, 06:15:47 PM
I wholeheartedly disagree! The Edsel is nicer.

Anyway, these antique dealers know their stuff now with ebay completed auction. That is how he knows. Lets face it. He stepped in it and probably paid $20.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 27, 2012, 06:35:48 PM
One other thing that makes the radio slightly more desirable... http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Resources/view.asp?FN=\M0005622.pdf

It's an All-American Six and somewhat unusual for sets with an RF amp as the circuit isn't tuned through a variable L/C network. It's a broadband design of (probably) moderate gain that includes a simple 456 KC trap across the plate to ground. That's to prevent a feedback loop through the IF amp.

Should have the same selectivity as an AA5 but with noticeably better sensitivity than the Edsel.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 10, 2012, 01:05:13 PM
This past Wednesday I stopped by Harbor Freight to pick up the 24 piece assorted watch battery blister card and what do I see.......... A nine LED mini flashlight on sale for a paltry $1.49. Made no sense not to buy one, so I get it home to find that it really is aluminum and does come with batteries. Remarkably bright, too. The only thing it needed was a dab of grease on the threads of the battery cap as it felt like it wanted to bind.

Last night I'm at the Dollar Tree buying soap and stuff like that. They have a three LED flashlight with no batteries for a dollar. Incredibly bright but not as nice as the Harbor Freight item as it's in a plastic case and the on/off switch on mine sticks a bit.

Also noticed a portable door alarm thing that you hang on a motel room doorknob. If the motion sensor twitches it lets you know that you're not alone.

So why am I telling you this?

Imagine the 9 LED flashlight from Harbor freight canabalized for the LED's. Or, if you don't have a nearby Harbor Freight, the three LED jobbie from Dollar Tree. With tax that's like 35 cents per bright white LED. And, as for the door alarm, it comes with three LR44 (A76) 1.5 volt Alkaline button cells which are common in calculators. Throw the alarm away and you're looking at 35 cents per battery. Helluva' Deal.........  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 17, 2012, 06:37:58 PM
Now this is what I call a manly signal generator.... All 54 pounds of it.... http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9605794

Even the instruction manual virtually drips with cosmoline and testosterone: http://bama.edebris.com/manuals/gr/1001a%282%29/

Not one dude who ever worked with a GR 1001A had Iggy Envy again. Not one. They're made in Massachusetts, ya' know, not some waxed paper condenser infested swamp like Benton Harbor......  ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on March 17, 2012, 06:54:15 PM
Hey, can't we talk on 40 or 80? I put up a trap dipole.

Anyway, I hit an auction last week and purchased a Crosley D-25 dashboard radio for $77. That will be project for later. In the same auction, some flipper got into a bidding war with me for a Zenith Royal 1000-1. I bailed at $45, knowing that a working complete radio was going for $75-100 on fleebay. Well, that flipper put that radio up on fleebay for $495! It was missing an wavemagnet and did not fully work. The price was already dropped $379! LOL. He will not even get what he paid for it!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on July 22, 2012, 01:36:54 PM
HA !!  You thought this thread had gone toes up! But like a virtual zombie, it walks the earth again..............  [ bwahahahahahahaha! ]

Check It Out:               http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11043080

40 channel synthesized but otherwise hollow state... 6BQ5 final, too!       http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/robyn/t_240d/index.htm

Yeah, I know you're holding out for a clean pair of Browning Twins, but until then, remember that yellow is like a banana.

It has appeal.     :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on July 23, 2012, 05:25:53 AM
HA !!  You thought this thread had gone toes up! But like a virtual zombie, it walks the earth again..............  [ bwahahahahahahaha! ]

Check It Out:               http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11043080

40 channel synthesized but otherwise hollow state... 6BQ5 final, too!       http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/robyn/t_240d/index.htm

Yeah, I know you're holding out for a clean pair of Browning Twins, but until then, remember that yellow is like a banana.

It has appeal.     :P

I actually had one as one of my early restoration projects. The radio was in great shape, but no RX or TX. I was abole to fix the TX because of an open resistor in the chain. Nice receive! But the TX proved to be a pain. It got it back, but it would drop out after you started speaking into the mic. Then it was coming back on every 4th or 5th key up. I finally requested assistance from a club member that was great with tube radios. We traced it done to what appeared to be a intermittent IF can, or one of the cans. we were unable to correct the problem, and after the time we both had put into it, we scrapped it for parts, and actually did pretty good as it was in demand.

Those radios suffered from dead RX, and I hear the PLL PCB was a notorious failure, and when it went, it was game over.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on July 24, 2012, 02:10:12 PM
So................. You had a sweet, sweet hybrid meticulously designed for the always popular 27 MC band and managed to love it to death on your workbench?

D'oh!

In the future, when you come across something you can't quite fix, let's try putting it away until some future time when you either achieve a Zen-Like understanding of the world beyond the AA5 - or - you finally score the brain transplant you've always wanted. Who knows? Maybe in another 30-40 years you'll figure out the mysterious art of logical troubleshooting and/or how to use a voltmeter.

The radio didn't want to die, didn't need to die, all it wanted was to light up one more Bubba at the truckstop. Was that too much to ask?

;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on July 26, 2012, 05:25:27 PM
So................. You had a sweet, sweet hybrid meticulously designed for the always popular 27 MC band and managed to love it to death on your workbench?

D'oh!

In the future, when you come across something you can't quite fix, let's try putting it away until some future time when you either achieve a Zen-Like understanding of the world beyond the AA5 - or - you finally score the brain transplant you've always wanted. Who knows? Maybe in another 30-40 years you'll figure out the mysterious art of logical troubleshooting and/or how to use a voltmeter.

The radio didn't want to die, didn't need to die, all it wanted was to light up one more Bubba at the truckstop. Was that too much to ask?

The part was not available. I actually tried to get a parts unit but was outbid. The bottom line was that the repair costs for the parts unit, and time that was put in by myself and a fellow ham, was not going to bring half of what was put in.  Sometime, you just have to cut your losses.

;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: NB3O on August 04, 2012, 09:27:46 AM
Hi Vince, are you or 5UP interested in an old United Sci Labs Contact 23 (price-reduced)?

The XYL is forcing me to throw the last vestige of a normal childhood overboard.

I can email a few pics if interested..

I was going to take it to the Berryville (VA) hamfest tomorrow but wanted to avoid any additional embarrassment from the rest of the carload (some more modern Royce 23 Gyro-Locks, a Bearcat 23C, etc which may end up in the dumpster anyway).

I will leave the grunge in place as to not lessen the historical value....although I believe it to be restorable and can probably be crystal'd and re-capped to aggravate a few up on 29.200.

Seriously, yours just for the price of shipping, since I know you could give it a good home and be beyond ground-wave on 10 meters.....

http://www.cbgazette.com/usl_contact23.html

http://cbtricks.com/radios/usl/contact_23/graphics/usl_contact_23_sch.pdf

I'm good on the 'zed.
73,
Steve NB3O


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 04, 2012, 06:44:27 PM
Steve,

Love the rig. But if it were 40, I would take it. I only talk on 32, and really would get away with a one channel CB. I have been restoring AA5s and some SW. If it is from your childhood, I would bribe the wife to keep it. I still have my first CB because my father finally gave it to me for Christmas 1983. It is not worth $20. But it's priceless


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 04, 2012, 07:00:38 PM
I appreciate the offer but I think I'll pass on this one and let Vinnie mull it over... I have a buttload of projects that have been hanging loose for better than a decade and if I lived to be 100 wouldn't finish them all. I also appreciate the links to the pic and schematic as it's interesting to see how that particular box mixed its way to 23 channel T/R using only 11 crystals.

Note to N4NYY:  10 tubes (which is twice your usual), transformer power supply, DC inverter, plate modulated... Nothing exotic under the hood except for the 6BJ7 triple diode (rare tube) and one of these jobbies: http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_ck1121.html

An optoisolator is used in the audio compressor TX ALC. Interesting concept. If it's bad a grain of wheat lamp and a photoresistor could be rigged as a sub but since this is a CB it could be jumpered for 150% modulation just like the truck stop dudes operate. As for the 6BJ7, a pair of 6AL5's could sub with a diode to spare. Another interesting feature is the dual conversion RX with a second IF at 262 KC's. Believe it or don't, that IF frequency was used in gazillions of car radios back in the day so it's not as oddball as you think. Hell, I was cleaning out the garage last winter and...........

Thanks again to NB3O but if I had it there's a good chance it would sit unloved until hell started to frost up. With Vinnie there's a chance it could survive the Workbench of Death, unlike a Robyn 240-T.

BTW: How cool is it this thread is approaching 13,000 hits? Geez, must be some truly bored dudes out there.......................    ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 04, 2012, 07:41:17 PM
5UP,

I have a pair of these in mint condition. They works last I tried them over 10 years ago. I may have to fire them up again.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1964-Sears-Roebuck-Walkie-Talkie-9-Transistor-/180669544857?pt=2_Way_Radios_FRS&hash=item2a10be7999 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1964-Sears-Roebuck-Walkie-Talkie-9-Transistor-/180669544857?pt=2_Way_Radios_FRS&hash=item2a10be7999)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 05, 2012, 10:01:24 AM
Let me guess...

In your yout you hosted the walkie talkie net every Wednesday night @ 8:00pm on Channel 14.
It was always a five minute net 'cuz that's exactly how long the batteries lasted for net control............................    ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 05, 2012, 03:18:56 PM
Let me guess...

In your yout you hosted the walkie talkie net every Wednesday night @ 8:00pm on Channel 14.
It was always a five minute net 'cuz that's exactly how long the batteries lasted for net control............................    ::)

These are 1965 vintage that I picked up. These were good radios. The ones I had were El Cheapos from like 1976.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: NB3O on August 05, 2012, 05:08:26 PM
"It is not worth $20. But it's priceless"

Excellent point.  It stays out of the wood chipper for now.....
Especially after 5UP highlighted some of the unusual technology (by today's standards). 

If I dust it off, it should serve as a good talking point at the next club meeting to dispel the stereotype about crappy CB radio design (OK, maybe stretching it a bit).  Maybe even check to see if the CK1121 operates the ALC..after a couple cap upgrades.

I'm beginning to understand, from this particular thread, the vast amount of projects versus space-time continuum, and have now adopted the 20-year rule based on average life expectancy.....

That said, I did have some success moving a lot of other (s)crap the Berryville hamfest today which at least demonstrated "intent" to thin the heard. 

Enough was sold to pay for the Ruritan's barbeque chicken, fuel, and admission plus a couple left over.

This included unloading a pair of 1970 vintage Motorola BellBoy paging transmitters which each had a pair of 4CX250-looking finals that were conduction cooled and yielded over 300 watts continuous at 152 MHz. 

Unfortunately, I heard something pop as I lowered the power supply section in some old timer's minivan.  The day ended rather painfully.

"Geez, must be some truly bored dudes out there......."

Yep...with a six pack and a couple ibuprofen.  Think of this thread as "therapeutic"...


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 05, 2012, 07:33:14 PM
Steve,

You CB may need a full recap. Luckily the parts are under $30. Those Japanese CB chassis from the 1960s were notorious for caps blowing like firecrackers. Especially those oil-filled .1 uf 600V babies. I restored about 2 or 3 of similar styles, and they sounded great after. I sold them to collectors. I do not collect them. I get more fun out of restoring them.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 10, 2012, 09:34:37 AM
Note to N4NYY:   If you ever see one of these at a good price, don't think twice, grab it!   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11201647

Among the toob audio crowd the Dynaco FM-3 is considered to be one of the best 'attainable' FM stereo tuners ever made.  Fisher, Scott, Macintosh, etc. built fancier and more sophisticated tooners, but back in the day they were so incredibly expensive they're unobtanium today.  Anything Dynaco fetches premium coin.

Keep and eye on this auction.  You could be amazed....................     :o


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 11, 2012, 05:22:56 AM
Note to N4NYY:   If you ever see one of these at a good price, don't think twice, grab it!   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11201647

Among the toob audio crowd the Dynaco FM-3 is considered to be one of the best 'attainable' FM stereo tuners ever made.  Fisher, Scott, Macintosh, etc. built fancier and more sophisticated tooners, but back in the day they were so incredibly expensive they're unobtanium today.  Anything Dynaco fetches premium coin.

Keep and eye on this auction.  You could be amazed....................     :o

Nice! I once picked up a 1970's Pioneer receiver for $2 in severe morning dew. The idiot threw it on the grass. And by the looks of it, it had been on the grass for a few yards sales. I brought it home, and tried it out. The thing sounded incredible, except for an intermittent output. The cosmetics, including the wood side panels, were shit. The front face was fine after cleaning. I decided since the cosmetics would kill the resale value, I sold the parts, and got over $200 for the parts. Thought about possibly buying a good looking parts unit and restoring it, but there were no parts units. amazing, most on ebay were in great working and cosmetic condition.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 11, 2012, 08:50:27 AM
You stand a better chance of finding older Dynaco pieces as they were made in Philadelphia and a local favorite before they gained national recognition. Be aware they were offered in kit form and factory wired so the build quality may vary. Nice thing about the FM-3 is that it can be aligned without a signal generator (although an instrument alignment is preferred) and will sound exceptionally good when the detector transformer is perfectly nulled.

As for the Pioneer........... If it was an SX series you should dope-slap yourself for chopping it. Silver face, silver knobs, at least two meters above the tuning dial, vertical flip toggle switches for tape monitor, etc. They are still hot items among collectors. Surf eBay if you're curious about what some doofi will pay for one. I have two I scored at a local thrift shop and some of you reading this are about to drop a brick in your BVD's when you read the next paragraph:

SX-980 in super clean, near mint condition for $30 and a clean SX-1280 that plays but needs a little TLC in the switches and potentiometers for $35. Both may need a few condensers and such, but remarkably all the dial lights are still good. The Pioneer SX series was one of the better examples of a late 70's JA Super Receiver (Onkyo, Rotel and others competed) as they were large, heavy, and incredibly impressive items. The SX-980 will do an honest 80 Watts per channel and the SX-1280 is good for 180 watts per channel. If you lift either one of them you'd believe it....... The SX-1280 in particular has wrap-around heat sinks on the back so that's a clue it's an acoustic WMD (weapon of music deployment). The SX-1280 is the second largest receiver Pioneer ever made with the SX-1980 being their ultimate eargasm.

An SX-1280 looks like this:   http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg (http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg)
The SX-980 appears thusly:  http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg (http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg)

If you hacked anything like that you deserve to live in New Jersey...........................................................     :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 11, 2012, 11:13:00 AM
You stand a better chance of finding older Dynaco pieces as they were made in Philadelphia and a local favorite before they gained national recognition. Be aware they were offered in kit form and factory wired so the build quality may vary. Nice thing about the FM-3 is that it can be aligned without a signal generator (although an instrument alignment is preferred) and will sound exceptionally good when the detector transformer is perfectly nulled.

As for the Pioneer........... If it was an SX series you should dope-slap yourself for chopping it. Silver face, silver knobs, at least two meters above the tuning dial, vertical flip toggle switches for tape monitor, etc. They are still hot items among collectors. Surf eBay if you're curious about what some doofi will pay for one. I have two I scored at a local thrift shop and some of you reading this are about to drop a brick in your BVD's when you read the next paragraph:

SX-980 in super clean, near mint condition for $30 and a clean SX-1280 that plays but needs a little TLC in the switches and potentiometers for $35. Both may need a few condensers and such, but remarkably all the dial lights are still good. The Pioneer SX series was one of the better examples of a late 70's JA Super Receiver (Onkyo, Rotel and others competed) as they were large, heavy, and incredibly impressive items. The SX-980 will do an honest 80 Watts per channel and the SX-1280 is good for 180 watts per channel. If you lift either one of them you'd believe it....... The SX-1280 in particular has wrap-around heat sinks on the back so that's a clue it's an acoustic WMD (weapon of music deployment). The SX-1280 is the second largest receiver Pioneer ever made with the SX-1980 being their ultimate eargasm.

An SX-1280 looks like this:   http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg (http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg)
The SX-980 appears thusly:  http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg (http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg)

If you hacked anything like that you deserve to live in New Jersey...........................................................     :P

I think it was the 980. Good working condition units were $200-400. However, is did not look like the one in the pic. It was in pretty bad shape, likely from sitting in wet grass. Wood panels were coming apart. Top was not in good shape. Face was pretty good.

The part were sold got much more than if I would have sold it in one piece. The good thing is, the parts went to collector's or repair people who keep these great receivers alive. Many of them were very grateful for the parts, because most are in one piece and at not parted out.

I had to learn the hard way as I first tried to buy a parts unit to restore mine, but there just weren't any to be had. Had the 980 not had wood panels, I think I could have saved it. But, it would not have been better than "good" condition.

Nonetheless, I made some collectors very happy. Especially for those amplifier transistors. 


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Post by: AC5UP on August 11, 2012, 04:50:31 PM
What you may not realize is that Pioneer marketed at least two dozen models in the SX series of receivers during the 70's,,,, Click this   http://www.classicaudio.com/value/pio/index.html (http://www.classicaudio.com/value/pio/index.html)  then scroll down near the bottom to see what I mean. There was an SX in every price range. The two I mentioned are the two I have and I did quite well, as it takes a combination of intelligence, skill and good looks to score a classic pair of high-end pieces like that.

Fortunately, I am blessed with all three virtues in great abundance.

I hate to say it, but something about your alleged ugly duckling story isn't exactly swinging the needle on my Extech Truth-O-Meter. Like, maybe there's more to the story than just a wooden cover with water damage. If the chassis was still good for the sake of a $2.00 bargain I'd have cleaned it up well enough to become a utility amplifier or shack radio. Back in the day the fake walnut cabinets were optional and plenty of Hi-Fi gear was displayed buck nekkid. Besides, it's not that difficult to build a new cover if you have a local woodworking place that can cut walnut stock to size. Use the original cover like a template to replicate the dimensions.

I have a hunch that poor, poor Pioneer SX was a senseless victim of death by soldering iron on THE WORKBENCH OF TERROR..................

Or maybe it fell off the back of a truck.      :o


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Post by: N4NYY on August 11, 2012, 05:45:41 PM
Quote
I have a hunch that poor, poor Pioneer SX was a senseless victim of death by soldering iron on THE WORKBENCH OF TERROR..................

Or maybe it fell off the back of a truck.      :o

Nope. It funded other restore projects. And I am sure the parts helped other with their SX-980.


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Post by: AC5UP on August 11, 2012, 06:33:57 PM


http://www.bartcop.com/plumber-shirt1.jpg (http://www.bartcop.com/plumber-shirt1.jpg)

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Post by: N4NYY on August 11, 2012, 06:59:36 PM


http://www.bartcop.com/plumber-shirt1.jpg (http://www.bartcop.com/plumber-shirt1.jpg)

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I have seen this on Facebook. LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 16, 2012, 10:34:19 AM
Yo, Vinnie....... If you had one of these on your radio you'd sound more like Elvis:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11037398 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11037398)
Here's another:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11135906

Thank You, Thank You verry mush.
BTW: Check the price it sold for.......... That's one hunka' hunka' burning mic!

And this one makes no sense at all to me:    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11186396 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11186396)
Best I can figure is some guitar slinger with more money than brains wants to make toobular sound in the worst way possible. 
OTOH, if a person with a really good pompadour refurbed an old PA amp and hung a Shure 55 on the input do you suppose....  Probably been done before.  D'oh!

Note To The Peanut Gallery: Do a search on   http://shopgoodwill.com (http://shopgoodwill.com)   for "microphone" and you'll find they show up regularly. Name brand goods, too, like the Shure Unidyne series, which could look kinda' nice next to a radio........ Not as nice as an original Shure 55, but for the kind of money the old 55's bring they should look better.  8)


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Post by: N4NYY on August 16, 2012, 10:53:42 AM
Damn  man!  Those are over $200 on that site. Which means they are worth more than that!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 16, 2012, 12:40:55 PM
This is what you'd look like if you had an original Shure 55:     http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/arts/gallery/2008/may/14/1/PD5157289@Frank-Sinatra-sings-a-87.jpg (http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/arts/gallery/2008/may/14/1/PD5157289@Frank-Sinatra-sings-a-87.jpg)

But you'd be thinking you look like like this:    http://www.coutant.org/photos/sep2656.jpg (http://www.coutant.org/photos/sep2656.jpg)

BTW: While we're on the subject, this is an RCA 44-BX:  http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOwKoL8MxmM/TvDnXkxLveI/AAAAAAAAAw4/0pVuA49HlSI/s1600/Elvis+RCA+mic.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOwKoL8MxmM/TvDnXkxLveI/AAAAAAAAAw4/0pVuA49HlSI/s1600/Elvis+RCA+mic.jpg)  and an RCA 77-DX:   http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410CP3li3wL._SL500_AA300_.jpg (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410CP3li3wL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)  Both are ribbon microphones with a thin layer of gold foil that carries an electrostatic charge. Modern electret mics operate on the same principle, but variations on the old ribbon design continue to be used in recording studios because they're exceptionally good at reproducing the nuances of sound.

Frank had nuance. Elvis not so much, but Frank had nuance.


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Post by: AC5UP on August 24, 2012, 02:03:33 PM
Here's the start of a junk box in case anyone is obsolete-parts challenged:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11253614
Here, too:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11253664

Plant it, water it, make those filaments glow and someday this could fill a two car garage.

BTW:  When was the last time you saw a 300 Ohm TV antenna clothespin style quick disconnect ?
One look and I was reminded of my wasted yout. If only the first lot included a picture tube brightener, I'd go for it............   ::)


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Post by: AC5UP on August 31, 2012, 07:55:22 PM
Even though we're approaching the end of baseball season, IMHO this is one of the better portable radios ever made...

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11342866

Beitman 1966, page 168. RF amplifier ahead of the converter plus two transistors and three transformers in the IF. Should give excellent sensitivity with good selectivity, plus the radio is physically large enough to carry a full size ferrite rod antenna.

Yeah, it's transistorized, but none of us are perfect............................   :P


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Post by: N4NYY on September 01, 2012, 10:01:34 AM
Even though we're approaching the end of baseball season, IMHO this is one of the better portable radios ever made...

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11342866

Beitman 1966, page 168. RF amplifier ahead of the converter plus two transistors and three transformers in the IF. Should give excellent sensitivity with good selectivity, plus the radio is physically large enough to carry a full size ferrite rod antenna.

Yeah, it's transistorized, but none of us are perfect............................   :P

You know what, I will take your word for it, and I will take a shot.

Oh, BTW. I picked up (just now), a GE P975B http://picclick.com/Radio-Model-15-Transistor-110919977722.html (http://picclick.com/Radio-Model-15-Transistor-110919977722.html) From a local yard sale down the road at a Firehouse. I paid $5. I was not going to pay that much for untested, but the seller said all the money went to the firehouse. Not bad condition.

What is the most I should pay on the Zenith?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 11:11:21 AM
The GE you linked to was a very popular radio back in the day. Could be found at all the discount chains like Kresge's and Sears for a decent price, looked good, and it had FM before FM was cool. GE made decent radios back in the day but I have a strong hunch that one was made in Japan. Probably one of the more successful of the early imports under a US brand name.

As for the Zenith, that's a tough call for me as I am genetically cheap and some Goodwill stores can be a little high on their shipping & handling charges. I haven't done any eBay in close to ten years because I ran into too many sellers who tried to make their dime on the freight instead of the goods. From their perspective the bid is maybe a good deal for them, but the freight is always whatever they can squeeze from the seller.

Anyway... The Zenith looks to be complete and in near-mint condition. It was not a low end model and there's a good chance it was made in Illinois. If I saw it at a swap meet I wouldn't go over $15 assuming the condition is as good as I think it is. But from Goodwill I might go $25 total (bid plus freight) as I'll get a better deal there than through eBay and I'll probably never see one at a local swap or thrift shop. I'm a casual observer and I don't think that radio will see much bid pressure, but from a collector's standpoint the Zenith Royal series were regarded as above average in performance and it's rare to see a 1966 vintage leather case with no scuffs or open seams. The battery holder looks like six C or D cells for long play times and is in mint condition. Collectors tend to go orgasmic when they see Conelrad marks on a dial, I went orgasmic when I saw what looks like a real tuning condenser with a metal frame instead of a common miniature plastic jobbie.

Put $10 or $15 on it and see what happens. Since it's in Johnstown, PA your shipping shouldn't be too horrendous on nine pounds to NJ and you might get lucky....  (?)


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Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 12:19:44 PM
Ooooooops................

...but the freight is always whatever they can squeeze from the seller.

Should read: " squeeze from the buyer ".   Moi Mal.


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Post by: N4NYY on September 01, 2012, 02:00:28 PM
GE radio is DOA. I Dremeled the rust off the battery tabs, Deoxit the pot, and no dice. I asked on Antiques Radio forum about these old Transistor radios, and they said that they almost always need recapping because the caps always dry out. Dead give away is the audio coupling electrolytic, which leads to a fully DOA radio.

Still looking for the damn schematic. 


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 02:42:06 PM
Best bet for a schematic would be to surf through the last of the Beitman books and look for a similar model. The Rider manuals from Nostalgia Air won't help because the radio is too new. Beitman goes through the 60's but their model coverage did get a bit spotty towards the end and the last few books offer almost nothing beyond a squidmatic.

Look at enough schizmatics and you'll notice patterns where Japanese transistor radios tended to look a lot like US transistor radios because of all the outsourcing. There wasn't much variation from one brand to another and most US brands were built by Toshiba / Hitachi / Sanyo, etc. SONY and Matsushita (Panasonic) were big enough to develop their own US distribution but the rest contracted work for RCA, Philco, Magnavox, etc. There was a time when you did not try to market anything with a name like Mitsubishi as one of their more famous products was a military aircraft named the A6M Zero-Sen forever associated with a Sunday morning in December at Pearl Harbor.........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A6M_Zero                 <cough!>

The AM Zenith's were unique in that they had an extra stage of amplification in the IF, but aside from that once you understand the Zen of Japanese radios you won't need an exact squidmatic. AM / FM, 15 transistors, was I right that the innards look imported?


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Post by: N4NYY on September 01, 2012, 02:42:33 PM
Best bet for a schematic would be to surf through the last of the Beitman books and look for a similar model. The Rider manuals from Nostalgia Air won't help because the radio is too new. Beitman goes through the 60's but their model coverage did get a bit spotty towards the end and the last few books offer almost nothing beyond a squidmatic.

Look at enough schizmatics and you'll notice patterns where Japanese transistor radios tended to look a lot like US transistor radios because of all the outsourcing. There wasn't much variation from one brand to another and most US brands were built by Toshiba / Hitachi / Sanyo, etc. SONY and Matsushita (Panasonic) were big enough to develop their own US distribution but the rest contracted work for RCA, Philco, Magnavox, etc. There was a time when you did not try to market anything with a name like Mitsubishi as one of their more famous products was a military aircraft named the A6M Zero-Sen forever associated with a Sunday morning in December at Pearl Harbor.........

<cough!>


I took a quick look before and will look again. I found a site for the squidmatic, but the cost would be more than the value of the radio. So I will do that, worst case scenario. I would rather look for a free one.

Apparently, there are numerous similar models. Problem is that I do not know anything about it, so I am waiting some responses to see which they are.
The AM Zenith's were unique in that they had an extra stage of amplification in the IF, but aside from that once you understand the Zen of Japanese radios you won't need an exact squidmatic. AM / FM, 15 transistors, was I right that the innards look imported?



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 03:03:45 PM
A coupla' years ago I picked up a buck nekkid AM / FM tube chassis at the annual antique radio club meet & swap that had absolutely no model or manufacturer's ident on the chassis. None, zero, nada, not so much as a date code or serial number. Which is one reason why the seller let it go reeeel cheap............ Which attracted me like a magnet.

Had I grown up in New Jersey I'd have given up the squidmatic concept on the spot, but instead, I took a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to study the chassis for landmarks. Like the tube numbers to determine the approximate age and a curious detail in the audio PA: Instead of the push-pull 6V6's being next to each other, the chassis has a 5Y3 between them. And, the FM dial scale is marked by FCC channel number, not frequency. Those two clues were all I needed.

I have both the complete Rider's Perpetual and Beitman library downloaded on my local drive and it took less than an hour to find a chassis with a 5Y3 between the PA tubes and FM alignment procedure that translated channel numbers to signal generator frequency. Taa-Daa... Rare bird, itza 1948 Farnsworth / Capehart chassis from a radio / phono console.

Study the transistor numbers and draw a little road map to the chassis. Look for oddities like a big-ass condenser near the audio output or the lack of a driver transformer. The classic Japanese transistor radio had an interstage transformer between the 1st audio transistor(s) and the push-pull output, but others used a two transistor phase inverter like you see in tube circuits.

Learn that about the radio and you should find something similar. GE sold a buttload of those.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 01, 2012, 04:51:03 PM
Got the squidmatic. A bunch of people replied, and they all said the same thing. Replaced all the caps (only 7), because that is the most common problem in transistor radios. They dry out and then are done.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 05:03:02 PM
Dude:

Just for the helluvit I did some surfing and could not find a free squidmatic. Nor anything close in Biteme's Most Popular. As suspected the radio is definitely Japanese, but the circuit flow is pretty obvious by looking at the PC board:

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/general_el_p975p_97.html
http://www.radiomuseum.org/images/radio/general_electric_co/p975_672749.jpg

RF section upper right, local oscillators left of there above the push-push bandswitch, IF runs down the left side of the board. AF starts centered above the speaker magnet and kinda' wanders toward the lower right. Note the two transformers, interstage (P-P phasing) and output. Dead giveaway for audio.

Any doofus with an Extech should be able to get that one playing again.

BTW: Picked up an interesting trick while surfing the Biteme books from '63 through '67.......... Always start a service session on a battery operated portable radio with a quick check of the idle current draw. How do you do that? Turn the radio off, check the battery voltage to be sure they're up to rated voltage, minimize the volume control if the power switch is separate, then hang your DC milliammeter across the power switch.

Should read 20 to 25 mils, typical. If much higher the most likely cause is an audio output transistor gone bad.

Cool Tip, ehhhhhhh?  Try it on the Geeeeee I'm Dead radio just so you can say you did.   ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 01, 2012, 05:08:53 PM
Damn odd values. 200uf, 250uf, 3 uf. I can replace with 220, 270, 3.3, or 4.7. But I do not think I have those values in my stash. May have to place an order.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 01, 2012, 07:07:32 PM
That reminds me........... I was cleaning the garage last week and..................   ;D

BTW:  If you ever want to build up a pile of lo-volt electrolytics on the cheap, visit your local thrift shop(s) and keep an eye open for a late 80's VCR. You know, the large, heavy kind with no Hi-Fi and probably not stereo. Remember the old-school VCR's with an adjustment wheel for each channel? That's the kind you want. The store will be glad to see it go even though you'll spend $5.00 or less and you'll score a possibly useful power transformer plus a buttload of small electrolytics and transistors. The 2SC945 is Tokyo's idea of a 2N2222 and the old VCR's used them in droves. Takes only an hour or so to tear one down and the pile of parts you pull will work out to a only few cents apiece.

You do not want a newer, nicer, lighter VCR for this exercise as they have almost no parts inside.

I think you have a condenser checker and if it's like mine you can run through a pile of them in no time at all. I've been recycling parts for many moon and last week swapped out a beer can sized power-lytic that was beyond the meter's upper range. Charged it to 20 VDC as a test and 24 hours later it still measured 12 volts, so I'm calling it good enough to use.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 02, 2012, 06:07:56 AM
Nelson,

Here is a quick note on the  Zenith 755:

http://radiojayallen.com/zenith-royal-700-series-the-lunchbox-radios/ (http://radiojayallen.com/zenith-royal-700-series-the-lunchbox-radios/)

"The first model, the LF had a large plastic handle which contained the ferrite rod and swiveled for best reception. That’s a great feature, however it was soon realized that when the handle was grasped, the hand capacitance effect detuned the circuit and diminished reception, so the LF was soon replaced with the LG which moved the ferrite rod back inside the cabinet."

LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 02, 2012, 06:48:13 AM
Whoa.......... Most excellent link on the 755 lunchbox radios. I knew the Zenith Royal's were above average in design sophistication by the schematics in Biteme's Most Often Needed, but I had no idea how expensive they were in terms of constant dollars. No wonder they're kinda' rare, and HELL YES I'm keeping an eye on the Goodwill auction.

Funny to remember that today a radio is a minor expense at Wally World, but back in the day they were not cheap at all. Look at the vintage advertising and you'll find a floor console from the late 30's was a thousand (constant) dollar item (or better) when new. They offered excellent reception and sound quality at a price that was considered the accepted cost of admission to high end performance. Even today people still marvel at how good they sound when properly restored.

OTOH, there were plenty of radio shows worth listening to back then, so in a way you got what you paid for.

Both then and now.     :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 02, 2012, 08:12:34 AM
Dammit. I cut the tuning string with my soldering iron when I was removing a cap. Damn, these transistor version are packed in like sardines. Any, I still have the string you sent me. It is thicker, but I am wondering if I could use it.


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Post by: AC5UP on September 02, 2012, 08:54:30 AM
http://www.intikemo.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HomerSimpson36.gif

...........and some people still wonder why I make doofus jokes with you.

Next time you're out and about keep an eye open for a good fabric store. Drop in to check out their carpet & upholstery thread offerings. Nylon is strongest, but Polyester is far less likely to stretch:  http://www.ehow.com/about_5385084_nylon-vs-polyester-thread.html

PS:  You're a doof, but you're our doof.  If that's the worst thing that happens to you today you got off easy.   ::)



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Post by: N4NYY on September 02, 2012, 09:09:33 AM
http://www.intikemo.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HomerSimpson36.gif

...........and some people still wonder why I make doofus jokes with you.

Next time you're out and about keep an eye open for a good fabric store. Drop in to check out their carpet & upholstery thread offerings. Nylon is strongest, but Polyester is far less likely to stretch:  http://www.ehow.com/about_5385084_nylon-vs-polyester-thread.html

PS:  You're a doof, but you're our doof.  If that's the worst thing that happens to you today you got off easy.   ::)



LOL. FWIW, I went to the eye doctor last Dec and she said my near sight is failing. Well, after not working on a radio for several months, she is right. Everything close is blurry.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 02, 2012, 02:55:20 PM
I think I was around 45 or so when I developed the need for reading glasses and it was a fairly quick transition... Only a matter of months. I can still read a newspaper without the glasses but it's better with them. Next time you're at the Goodwill store see if they have a display of $1.99 reading glasses like they do here.

Don't let it bother you, because every day that passes puts you 24 hours closer to the grave.

What does it matter compared to that?

 ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 02, 2012, 03:19:54 PM
I think I was around 45 or so when I developed the need for reading glasses and it was a fairly quick transition... Only a matter of months. I can still read a newspaper without the glasses but it's better with them. Next time you're at the Goodwill store see if they have a display of $1.99 reading glasses like they do here.

Don't let it bother you, because every day that passes puts you 24 hours closer to the grave.

What does it matter compared to that?

 ::)

That is exactly the age I am, too. Already got the reading glasses.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 04, 2012, 04:43:32 AM
Yeah, well slap on your reading glasses and check out the current bid on the Royal 755:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11342866

Looks like someone else figured out it's a quality piece in primo original condition.   :o


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 04, 2012, 05:14:31 AM
That is too high. I can buy them way cheaper on ebay.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 07, 2012, 06:46:03 AM
Woof!

Final bid came in at $40.99 plus S&H. Looks like those radios have something of a following among collectors..........  :o

I don't suspect a civilian would to go that high for an AM-only radio when FM is so much more useful. Here in the BubbaBelt the dominant AM format is now salsa (5), followed by right-wing propaganda (2), sports (1), urban (1) and C&W (1). FM is way more diverse.

Go Figure.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 07, 2012, 04:16:57 PM
Way too much money on that radio. They go cheaper on ebay, and you can get a description. You don't get any functional description ob Goodwill. 


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 26, 2012, 06:29:07 AM
Someone would need to be a real schmendrick to buy this.... I wouldn't pick it up if it fell off the back of a truck.
Makes me think Astoria NY must be LoserVille. A place so lame that all the hams have FT-950's and G5RV's.

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11485488

Here's the matching twin, there are two of them:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11485497

Boggles The Mind.  And least they had the good sense to donate it rather than listen to it.



BTW:  Here's Satan's little radio from the 50's... The GE model 666 --- http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11475248
Battery ONLY, no AC plug, see BeitMe Most Often 1956 pg 44 for more. Boogedy, boogedy, shoo...................................


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 26, 2012, 07:00:31 AM
Wow! Astoria, NY has a web site..........

" Astoria is a true example of a melting pot. Its population is mainly made up of Greeks, but also has the influence of other cultures such as Asians, South Americans and Italians. Because of the Second World War, Astoria was initially made up of Italians. After 1965, Greek residents quickly started to inhabit Astoria. Traditional neighborhoods in the area include Dominican, Indian, Ecuadorian, Korean, Romanian, Chinese, Filipino, and Columbian immigrants. Many of them came to Astoria because this community offered a low cost of living. "

--- more ---

http://www.astoria.org/

Another web site tells me the reason why Astoria ended up with so many Greeks and New Jersey so many Italians is because Astoria got lucky.......   ;D



Quit laughing and click this:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11473805 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11473805)
Mid-60's version of the "S-120" line of Hallicrafter's 4 tube SW rcvr's. Possibly rare.

Lookit all those sweep tubes!  (maybe)   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11502201 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11502201)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 26, 2012, 05:55:59 PM
Never heard of an S-2000


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 26, 2012, 05:59:38 PM
It's a typo. Front of the radio says S-200.

I go thought all that and this is the best you can come back with? 

Tsk.


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Post by: N4NYY on September 26, 2012, 06:30:44 PM
It's a typo. Front of the radio says S-200.

I go thought all that and this is the best you can come back with? 

Tsk.


LOL!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 28, 2012, 07:51:47 PM
Dude:  Have you checked the auctions I listed for your amusement?

I'm the one laughing now, because NEITHER OF THE NYY GREATEST HITS CD's GOT A BID.
Nada. Zip. Bupkus.  Not so much as one skinny little dime.  Zilch, my friend, ZILCH!

Meanwhile........... Satan's little red radio is sitting at $30.59 with 15+ hours left in the auction.  Groove to that.

A big round zero for the Yankees, but the bids keep rollin' in for the MODEL 666 radio.

<bwahahahahaha!>


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Post by: N4NYY on September 29, 2012, 04:35:29 AM
Quote
I'm the one laughing now, because NEITHER OF THE NYY GREATEST HITS CD's GOT A BID.
Nada. Zip. Bupkus.  Not so much as one skinny little dime.  Zilch, my friend, ZILCH!

I already own both. LOL


BTW, the Panasonic tube radio I picked up was the model 740. Nice looking radio. I picked up that and the Johnson matchstic for $10. Help me find info on the Matchstick.


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Post by: AC5UP on September 29, 2012, 06:29:09 AM
Did a fast search and came up empty on any free info for a matchstick, other than it appears to be part of an antenna system rather than a universal impedance conversion device like a Johnson Matchbox. What you need to know is how much wire or aluminum went with the box you have and that's going to cost you either $20 or $27..... Found only two places with anything on it and they were both pay-to-play.

If it were mine I'd open it up, take pictures, then reverse-engineer the schematic onto paper. Surf the web regarding common antenna matching types and see if that tells me how it may have been used.

Then, when you realize you have no clue, post another message on eHam and I'll tell you it's good for mixing paint..........


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Post by: N4NYY on September 29, 2012, 03:28:51 PM
Doesn't look like there is much to it.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 29, 2012, 03:36:38 PM
What did you expect for ten bucks?
Two broken Heathshkits and eight dollars in change.....?


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Post by: AC5UP on October 05, 2012, 08:11:26 AM
VINNIE !!

You don't know it yet, but you want this:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11557817
If only because it's way cool to look at.

You want this, too:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11566623
Five tubes, AC-DC, I know you can relate.

And..... It's quiz time!
Just by looking at the pictures, tell me why this Browni 12 transistor Hi-Fidelity radio has the potential of being an above average station grabber:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11570088

Hint:  It has nothing to do with the number of transistors.    :P


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Post by: G3RZP on October 05, 2012, 09:23:40 AM
But it maybe has something to do with the number of gangs on the tuning cap.....


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 05, 2012, 02:17:34 PM
There are actually - two - parts pictured inside the radio that caught my eye as evidence of an above-average design effort.

Surely my friend Vinnie can spot at least one of them, ya' think?


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Post by: N4NYY on October 05, 2012, 03:32:08 PM
The antenna looks like one of the ferrite bar antennas. If that is what I can actually see. The resolution sucks.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 05, 2012, 03:53:23 PM
Ding! Ding! Ding!

The ferrite bar is unusually long for a no-name Japanese transistor radio of the 60's and as a general rule the longer (larger) the ferrite in the loopstick the better. I just noticed one more feature on the pc board so there are three potential reasons why this could be a serious radio.......

What are the other two in this picture? (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/81/10-4-2012/sa921701104-al.jpg)


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Post by: N4NYY on October 05, 2012, 04:59:10 PM
I cannot tell. How the hell can you see it?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 05, 2012, 06:26:42 PM
The three things of interest are:

1) The large-ish ferrite rod antenna. With antennas, size does matter.

2) The three gang tuning condenser. As a general rule this implies a tuned RF amplifier ahead of the mixer (kudos to G3RZP). This means one gang (usually the one with the largest plates) resonates the loopstick at the intended frequency, the next peaks the RF amplifier to match, the third tunes the local oscillator. If this had been an AM / FM radio there would be a minimum of four gangs but since it's AM only the third gang tells you there's an extra tuned stage up front.

3) Count the number of "IF cans". The green slug jobbie in the lower left probably couples the RF amp to the mixer stage while the red can slightly to its right is the local oscillator coil. So what's up with the remaining three cans? Two stages of IF amplification plus a detector coil (the two IF cans are on either side of the speaker magnet). With two tuned stages in the front end plus three tuned stages in the IF / detector, the radio should be noticeably more sensitive and selective than the typical AA5 or six transistor pocket portable where the antenna circuit connects directly to the mixer and there is only one IF coil plus one detector coil.

If we had a schizmatic we could confirm this, but if what I suspect is true there are no ideas in the Browni that haven't been used in high end receivers since the early 30's by RCA, Zenith and others. You just don't see it very often in a 60's vintage pocket portable, aside from a few high end Zenith and Motorola designs.

Which is why Zenith Royale transistor radios tend to fetch premium coin. You can read the PC board on a yard sale radio by noticing things like this to pick the winners from the runner-ups in terms of design sophistication......   ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 05, 2012, 08:01:29 PM
It is a Browni Browni TR-121GCS. I cannot find much in the form of a schematic.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 10, 2012, 06:31:36 PM
This one also has a three gang tuning condenser (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11596374)

You can find the squidmatic on Page 58 of the Beitme Most Needed book from 1960. When that radio was brand new the president was nicknamed " Ike " and the Veep was not a crook. Yet. Gotta' love those Conelrad marks...    ::)


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Post by: WN2C on October 11, 2012, 01:00:29 AM
Yo Vinnie... What about this one   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-RCA-Victor-Electric-Radio-11583824.html

It looks nicer and I bet it would bring in those Yankee games or even the Mets!

wn2c  Rick


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Post by: AC5UP on October 11, 2012, 07:03:04 AM
Vinnie would likely have several issues with that radio...

1)  It's not a Philco. Vinnie loves him them Philco's, especially the phugly ones.
2)  As this picture plainly shows, someone has unsoldered one side of the internal loop antenna. (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/10-8-2012/sa6503976108-er.jpg) It would take Vinnie weeks to figure that out.
3)  Referring to the same picture, notice the metal tube. Vinnie does not approve of metal tubes. They deny him the uniquely tubular experience of filament glow which is like a religious thing with him. He thinks of a 6SN7 as the " Gemini " tube.

OTOH.............  Despite not being a Philco, this radio is phugly enough to catch Vinnie's eye. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11574602) I think it's the Phabulous Phifties color and Conelrad accent marks that would attract him. Since the radio is advertised as working, I say there's a 50 / 50 chance Vinnie could fix it.

BTW:   What Vinnie really needs is this! (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11545793)

Just Sayin'      ::)


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Post by: N4NYY on October 11, 2012, 08:58:07 AM
Vinnie would likely have several issues with that radio...

1)  It's not a Philco. Vinnie loves him them Philco's, especially the phugly ones.
2)  As this picture plainly shows, someone has unsoldered one side of the internal loop antenna. (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/10-8-2012/sa6503976108-er.jpg) It would take Vinnie weeks to figure that out.
3)  Referring to the same picture, notice the metal tube. Vinnie does not approve of metal tubes. They deny him the uniquely tubular experience of filament glow which is like a religious thing with him. He thinks of a 6SN7 as the " Gemini " tube.

OTOH.............  Despite not being a Philco, this radio is phugly enough to catch Vinnie's eye. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11574602) I think it's the Phabulous Phifties color and Conelrad accent marks that would attract him. Since the radio is advertised as working, I say there's a 50 / 50 chance Vinnie could fix it.

BTW:   What Vinnie really needs is this! (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11545793)

Just Sayin'      ::)


I am still looking for one of those 755.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 12, 2012, 06:40:14 PM

DON'T CLICK THIS !!! (http://images.wikia.com/logopedia/images/6/6b/DetroitTigers13.png)




;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 14, 2012, 08:13:28 PM

DON'T CLICK THIS !!! (http://images.wikia.com/logopedia/images/6/6b/DetroitTigers13.png)




;D

Rat bastard!   ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 15, 2012, 05:00:07 PM
Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie........... Don't you think that comparing me to a rat is cruel & abusive to the rat?

BTW:  In my part of the world it's all Cards & Giants on the TV.

Yankees?   We don't need no stinking Yankees......    :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 16, 2012, 09:03:13 AM
Yo....... Vinnie........ You need this. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11635245)

Could increase the range of your Philco so much that you'll hear ball games where the team you like is actually winning.........   ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 16, 2012, 02:37:51 PM
Did you get a 40M antenna yet? I have been waiting to talk to you for 2 years.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 17, 2012, 01:19:32 PM
I need one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Zenith-Portable-AM-Radio-Royal-755-Deluxe-/110964479029?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item19d5ff9435 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Zenith-Portable-AM-Radio-Royal-755-Deluxe-/110964479029?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item19d5ff9435)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 17, 2012, 02:04:54 PM
Certainly a fine example of the portable radio art, but this is what I call a fashion statement! (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11629814)

OTOH, this might be what you really want:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11608963 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11608963)   A six tube Philco.   :o

BTW:  This thread is approaching 20,000 reads..... Whooda' Thot?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 18, 2012, 04:24:29 PM


FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS BASEBALL, DON'T CLICK THIS! (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/njcom_tomb.jpg)


From your favorite rat bastard...   :P




Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on October 19, 2012, 12:45:56 AM
OUCH....That hurts !!!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 19, 2012, 02:54:17 PM



Yo........... Vinnie...........   What do you call a vertical antenna with an 8:1 SWR ?











An   A - Rod.











< I'm so ashamed of myself for thinking of that... >











 >:(











BTW:   20,000 hits on this thread.  Woot!







Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 19, 2012, 04:46:10 PM
Not a good day. Major RIF at work. I am there almost 18 years, and do not know how much time I got. Been looking around for 1 year, and they want to pay money that I made in the late 1990s.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 19, 2012, 06:58:16 PM
Been there, done that, here's the drill............

Assume you'll be getting by on less. Start thinking in terms of stretching your money as best you can by avoiding any unnecessary expenses. If you can manage a good dinner at home for $10 instead of $25 at a restaurant you'll be eating at home. Unless you can score a really good offer elsewhere, you will do your best to hang on to the job you have even if it's at reduced pay. Why? Far easier to get a job while you have a job. There are plenty of HR idiots who've developed an attitude that anyone out of work for 3-6 months (or longer) is damaged goods. No sense in interviewing them. If no one else has hired them, why would we?

If you lose the job you have you also lose the seniority and 'slack' you've earned over the years. Start a new job and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about... New guy gets away with none of the stuff 18 year guy got away with. You'll also find the words 'at will' in your new employee agreement meaning they can fire your ass at any time for any or for no reason. New guy is 100% disposable. New guy can get fired for an innocent comment that would have caused no problems for 18 year guy. If you have a decent employer, and that's a big if, by hanging with them through the lean times there's a chance that when they see an improvement you will too. When you're the new guy you're the last in line to see that gravy.

One thing you have to remember is that most businesses are corporations and the sole purpose of a corporation is to make money. Especially if it's a public corporation. Investors do not buy stock that won't increase in value or pay a dividend. The CEO's job is to find and exploit every possible way to increase the return on investment for the stockholders. Period, end of discussion, nothing personal, that's just business. If you can get the same work out of someone at a reduced salary that's a good thing, and like you enjoy scoring a cheap radio they enjoy scoring a cheap employee. If they could find an 18 year old with 20 years of experience willing to work as an intern they'd sign them up on the spot... But that isn't you... Which explains why you've been looking for a year.

And illustrates another problem with taking a new job. You will start at the bottom of the salary scale and stay there for as long as the employer can hold you there. In the case of a total prick employer you'll notice a cycle of new faces circulating through the workplace as old faces disappear. What you're seeing is folks overdue for a raise being let go "at will" and replaced by new folks like you. Think that won't happen to you because you're special? Think again.........

Pardon my cynicism, but I've seen far too much duplicity where an employer tells new hires in a dozen different ways how valuable they are in the new hire packet then cultivates a workplace where the only rule that matters is to be glad you have your crap job. As a general rule smaller companies that are the company (not a branch location) are a better bet for fair treatment, but they're also more prone to going broke or being bought out. There is no job security, even with a union, so don't expect it.

Your worst case scenario is being laid off then going through a string of dead-end jobs that, for a variety of reasons, don't work out.

Like plenty of others you may end up looking for work from now on because the chances of finding an 18 year job today are only a fraction of what they were 18 years ago. No Joke, it's a whole new world out there today in terms of stability and I hope you can avoid the new job merry-go-round........


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Post by: G3RZP on October 20, 2012, 06:56:55 AM
GL Vinnie.

I was lucky - laid off at age 64 after 32 years, with a year's pay. Then picked up a contract to do 60 % of the same work  for 60% more pay, plus expenses including business class air travel - which at 48 flights a year, is worth having.

Stick with what you have as UP says, but look around, and it may be that you find that you have a skill that could be marketable as a consultant.

A lot depends on your age and responsibilities, though. Having no mortage, no kids and a younger XYL with a very good job helps a lot....


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 20, 2012, 03:11:26 PM
I'm not sure Vinnie would see much demand as a consultant after 18 years as the safety manager of a nuclear power plant, (http://xponent4.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Simpson_-_Homer.jpg)
but he has been considering a second career as a porn star....... (http://www.whattofix.com/images/HomerNude.jpg)   ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 20, 2012, 05:19:44 PM
I appreciate the advice. Today (Saturdays only), I work my part time job at HRO. I actually like that job. But pay is not close to my full time job.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 23, 2012, 01:06:19 PM

And it comes with a mag mount antenna...........  :o (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11670270)


BTW: I wasn't supposed to say anything, but Vinnie has a second part-time job setting up adverts at Shop Goodwill.
Here's an example of his work:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11690287 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11690287)

Impressive, no?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 23, 2012, 01:08:28 PM
Got to get me one of those!


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Post by: KD0REQ on October 23, 2012, 01:13:14 PM
hang in, Vince.  tin-star dictator manager who hoses everything she touches just gave my wife a 10-day unpaid for following directions 3-1/2 years ago.  needless to say, the clusterish conditions surrounding same are run up the flagpoles at Institutional Compliance and General Counsel there, as well as the union channels and the Federal and state labor departments.

I'm working under the old contract day-to-day along with 13,000 union buddies while the clueless who bought our outfit read the list of takebacks bottom to top on odd days, top to bottom on even days, hoping one of them will sound wonderful to our negotiators.

the instructions we got for mobilization are apt for you while you're wondering how it's going to work out.  fix the cars, yourself if you can.  stock up on canned goods, cleaning supplies, and freezer food.  put the heating oil in the tank now.  pay as many small bills as you can, put as much as you can in savings.  economize.  get the haircut now and shine up the good shoes.

it's a jungle out there, and the big stinky apes rule.  take care of yourselves first, shine up the resume, and brush up on older skills that might be the next buzzword.

and if you find a good deal on a spare set of finals, jump.  you might need 'em in your spare time.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 23, 2012, 02:37:25 PM
Well, that was quick. I just got the ax after 18 years.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 23, 2012, 03:33:02 PM
Been there, done that, I survived and so can you.......

Give yourself a few days this week for a personal pity party and a chance to consider your options, then get on the stick and apply for unemployment. It's not welfare, it's insurance that you've been paying into for the past 18 years for exactly this situation. If you were laid off through no fault of your own there should be zero hassles aside from the usual maze of paperwork. Don't put this off as it's easy to get bummed out and procrastinate. A week turns into a month that turns into next year and then you're looking at the bills and wishing you had started sooner.

Anyway........ While you're feeling like crap and have the time, get handy with your local job web sites and this one: http://www.indeed.com (http://www.indeed.com)  Set up a search with 25 miles of the town you'd like to work in and 50 hits per page then get in the habit of checking for new listings at least once a day. DO NOT search for a specific type of work unless you're a phlebotomist (there are always jobs for phlebotomists) as you may have to broaden your horizons by applying for what you can get, not necessarily what you want. Better to look at everything available as that will give you more options and a shorter path to employment. Remember that the longer you're out of work the less likely you'll be hired and the smaller your unemployment benefits, so avoid being too picky.

DO learn as much as you can from the unemployment office about job searching, how to build an effective resume, and how to interview. There's an art to all three and it won't hurt to get some fresh advice from people who know what works.

And......... Whatever you do............ DON'T TELL ANYONE YOU'RE A YANKEES FAN!  THAT DEMONSTRATES POOR JUDGEMENT.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on October 23, 2012, 03:37:50 PM
go home, get the confuser fired up, and register for unemployment at once.  start personal networking with your buds to see if anybody's hiring.

most jobs now are NOT listed with job service.  they are temp to hire, or friend referrals when they hear something's opening up. but work everything out there, and work it hard.

unemployment is paid for about 50% by the outfit that fired you, so get in early and get all you can.  they've got it coming to them.

I'm on my 3rd career, 5 or 6 total variants, and that's typical nowadays.

best of luck.  you do have an opportunity to work that 3 am DX now.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 24, 2012, 03:37:06 PM
Yo.... Vinnie... Is there anything good on TV tonight?

 ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 25, 2012, 10:48:13 AM
Rooting for the Giants


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KA5N on October 25, 2012, 12:28:59 PM
It sucks to get laid off, it sucks worse to get fired, it sucks bad enough to have the
company bail out from under you.  However you have already gotten some good advice.
I think you used up your luck getting Sable Island so quickly, After calling myself
hoarse I finally made it today.  It seems to be tough from Texas maybe Colorado is
in the way??? 
Any way  don't give up and keep yourself looking presentable and talk nice to the
interviewer even if he/she is an A hole (cause they usually are).
Good Luck
Allen KA5N


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 25, 2012, 12:39:01 PM
Rooting for the Giants

Considering how handily Detroit spanked the Yanks in the playoffs I'd have thought the Giants wouldn't have romped like they did Wednesday night..... Say what you want, but Sandoval's trifecta in a park that's notorious for denying bleacher balls was damned impressive.

So, it's still early, but if yesterday was a preview of what's to come had NY prevailed over Detroit the Giants would have left them whimpering in a fetal position after a first game loss of 38 - 3.

BTW:  For some reason I enjoy watching Lincecum pitch. Something about the dude is other-wordly, even though he was having control issues a few days ago.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 26, 2012, 05:16:57 PM
Do my eyes deceive me, or is this the chassis from an original unrestored VinnieTone Five AC/DC Superhet?
A quality radio so inexpensive that you'd think it fell off the back of the truck.

In fact, this one looks like it did:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11703898 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11703898)

They sure don't build 'em like that anymore..............    :P



BTW:   Trivia time! Looked up a squidmatic tonight for a late 40's Filco and phound it has a phairly phancy seven tube chassis. The 1st RF and local oscillator tubes were labeled as " XXL " and I thought maybe the service info had been written before the squidmatic was finalized, so " XXL " was a placeholder for a tube type yet to be determined.

Nope.................. It'za toob:  http://www.nj7p.org/Common/Tube/SQL/Tube_query.php?Type=XXL (http://www.nj7p.org/Common/Tube/SQL/Tube_query.php?Type=XXL)

Go Figure.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 27, 2012, 05:44:50 PM
Oof. That is ugly.

Anyway, if you have not looked at any maps lately, I am directly in Sandy's path. Not having a good week.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on October 28, 2012, 02:14:47 AM
 '5UP,

The XXL is listed in the ARRL Handbook Tube data section under 7 volt Loktal base tubes. Triode oscillator.

The XXD is 12.6 volt heater loktal twin triode, similar (not exactly the same) to a 12SN7, but lower heater current.

BTW, that's the 1946 ARRL handbook......


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 28, 2012, 09:54:08 AM
I am directly in Sandy's path.

As God intended.

All I know is that tonight it will be the Saints & Colts on NBC and Giants & Tigers on FUX. What's a Bubba to do? I'm no sports analyst, but it seems to me that if SFO sweeps the Tigers then the real contender in all this was the Cards... Yeah, I know they lost four out of seven to SFO, but they're also the only team to beat SFO in post season play.

Three times.

Gotta' be some cred in that. At least they were the only team smart enough to sell more playoff tickets than the rest.

In a few hours your governor will hold a press conference so you'll know what to do. In the meantime you might want to brush up on how to grab your ass with both hands and kiss it goodbye. Not that it will come to that, but it wouldn't hurt to be prepared... Damn good thing there is no global climate change or you'd really be screwed.    :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on October 29, 2012, 10:16:12 AM
backstroke.  wear a nice wool sweater to prevent cramps.

myself, I would gas up the car and drive west with the insurance policies and photo albums in the trunk, and the credit cards in the pocket.  after the second refuelling, find a room and watch the weather channel.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KE4JOY on October 29, 2012, 12:54:30 PM
Well, that was quick. I just got the ax after 18 years.

Wow its going around. I just lost my job of some 19 years.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on October 29, 2012, 02:35:16 PM
sucks.  best of luck in your search.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on October 30, 2012, 02:00:38 AM
"We the willing, led by the unknowing, have been doing the impossible for the ungrateful, for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with less than nothing" !! .....quote from Harry Wadsworth Willis
Yo Vinnie, hang in there it can only get better (I hope)

73 de wn2c  Rick


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 30, 2012, 06:15:26 AM
Looking at the projected path of the storm this morning it looks like Vinnie was very close to center slot of the groove... Dude has been lucky like that all week. Wind speeds show in the 20's or less, which to me is a calm day, rainfall was less than half an inch. Looks like the worst of the storm was along the coast and Sandy dissipated rapidly over land.

Good chance Vinnie is powerless today and wondering how long it will be before he can play with his Wi again. All I know is that New Jersey went from Garden State to Gurgle State yesterday but Vinnie didn't have to sleep with the fishies.

At least not yet.....................................   :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 30, 2012, 04:48:09 PM
Vinnie and family came out unscathed, no damage, and have power, despite the storm path passing directly overhead, right thru my house. I do not know how I got so lucky.

Saying that, I know have a ton of friends without power, heat, water, etc. Generators with no gas. A couple of friends were on the water and their houses are likely destroyed. One of those friends I cannot get a hold of. My former hometown of Carteret is entirely without power. My old neighbors have been devastated. All those scenes from Katrina and other storms in the deep south, are now here live. Except the temps are supposed to be in the 40's tonight.

I am not in a joking mood.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on October 31, 2012, 02:06:15 AM
Glad you're OK, Vinnie.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 31, 2012, 07:42:45 AM

Yo........ Vinnie.......... Saw this advert and immediately thought of you as the right guy for the job! (http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?Job_DID=JB77VY7125R70LX8DX6&siteid=cbindeed&ipath=EXIND)

           ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on October 31, 2012, 10:16:33 AM
"must be able to distinguish colors."

insert red-wire or red-state joke here, your preference.

text REDCROSS to 90999 if you want to donate $10 to relief efforts out east.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 31, 2012, 10:35:34 AM
Vinnie has been known to blow up old radios without trying, so I figured if he can do that with an All-American Five, imagine what he could accomplish with real ordnance! Red wire? Yellow wire? Who cares? It's almost break time.

As I've said before:  There is no issue so complex or difficult to master that it cannot be resolved by the proper use of high explosives...........  :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: W8JI on November 01, 2012, 05:11:44 PM
Does anyone have Vinnie's phone number?



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 01, 2012, 05:36:31 PM
Ain't no thing to find it here.................... (http://www.whitepages.com/person)

Then you can talk to one of these gents:  (Check the hats, Vinnie isn't the pretty one...!) (http://gloucestercountyarc.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/5/5/11554662/6486857_orig.jpg)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 01, 2012, 07:37:41 PM
Getting bad in my old neighborhood. Lack of gas is starting to turn violent at gas stations. Police presence is needed. I just lent my generator to a friend and sent her on her way with 9 gal of gas.

Staten Island is really bad, as bad as the Jersey Shore. But Mayor Bloomberg does not seem to think Staten Island exists.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 02, 2012, 10:10:37 AM
of course he does, that's where the marathon starts, I am informed by the public prints.

they should make incredible time the first couple of miles at least, with all the villagers after them... .


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 02, 2012, 02:44:34 PM
at this hour, it is now announced by Hizzoner that the NY Marathon will - NOT - be run in 2012.  too divisive.

got to admire public officials who only take one week to figure out you can't have an international showcase at ground zero of a catastrophe hundreds of miles wide.  most never even get it figured out by the time they are signing copies of their memoirs.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 02, 2012, 04:43:24 PM
at this hour, it is now announced by Hizzoner that the NY Marathon will - NOT - be run in 2012.  too divisive.

got to admire public officials who only take one week to figure out you can't have an international showcase at ground zero of a catastrophe hundreds of miles wide.  most never even get it figured out by the time they are signing copies of their memoirs.

They are idiots. Out of town runners with hotel reservations started to displace evacuees or people that became homeless. Some hotels would not evict victims in favor of runners.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on November 03, 2012, 04:51:37 AM
It should have been cancelled while the storm was still on when it became obvious that the damage is so great.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: W8JI on November 03, 2012, 08:44:23 AM
We have a national problem in that our pollutions are generally very wealthy and out of touch, and are funded by corporations and wealthy people. Most of the hot button claims they make that determine who we vote for are less than half true.

That's why we continue for 30-40 years with things that don't work for the middle class, reduce poverty, improve public health, or improve education.

When I voted, an issue that takes public funds and sends them to private schools, or even home schools, was worded "This amendment improves eduction in Georgia by allowing choice". What it really means is my tax money will be taken away from public schools to fund Joe Rich as he sends his kids to a $15,000 a year private school, or some religious school choice where science says the world is 3000 years old, or to some home schooler parent.

73 Tom


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on November 03, 2012, 09:31:59 AM
Yo Vinnie... By your post about the gas situation, I would have thought that Gov. Christie would have made his executive order statewide.  Aren't things that bad in the southern part of the state too?  It seems that it only affects counties above the Raratin river and no counties south of it.  If I remember my county locations correctly.

wn2c  Rick
(ex N.J. resident and glad I'm in Az)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 03, 2012, 10:10:01 AM
out here in snowville, the larger filling stations have their big-axe generators out back fueled and ready to rumble all the time.  every couple years it comes in handy.  while I'm sure a few operators like Ashland/Superamerica and Holiday thought of it in the 30-inch Halloween blizzards, Y2K made it a point of advertising, thus, good stuff.

doubt a 6-pumper in midtown would have space for one, but the block-long palaces would.  but it will probably take two years to get each one permitted because of the tough fire regulations.

meanwhile, this weekend, there are 5 points with a line of 5000 gallon military tankers in Noo Yawk City (git in line) where anybody can get 10 gallons of spill, no questions, no cash, keep it moving, thanks to Presidential orders to the Department of Defense.

I'm 1400 miles away, and I approve cutting the red tape and getting something done.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 03, 2012, 04:01:20 PM
I am unaffected by rations or storm. If you divide up the state into 4 quadrants, we are in the lower left. That part sustained little of no damage, largely because the eye passed right over us.

Good news today. My old hometown of Carteret is getting power today, and many friends have power today. Still quite a few out. The gas problems have improved 100% in 24 hours.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 03, 2012, 06:22:16 PM
...then maybe it's OK if I mention I bought gas on my way home tonight. Regular unleaded, 100% gas (no 'ahol'), $3.079.

Cushing, OK near Tulsa is a major pipeline terminus (http://transitionvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Pipeline_monument_Cushing_OK-550x362.jpg) that claims the largest tank farm / storage facility in the world. Visualize a railroad switch yard with pipe instead of track, (http://www.qedengineering.com/images/cush15.jpg) and it's not unusual for gasoline to come in faster than the market wants it. Last week it was $2.989 all over town. Diesel is still $3.799 a gallon which seems high by comparison, but Oklahoma has traditionally been a favorite state for long-haul truckers to top off their tanks. Probably costs a little more in surrounding states.

There's a pantload of truck traffic on I-35 and I-40 with no shortage of buyers, so the next time you hear the song "Convoy" by CW McCall pay attention to the lyrics.... It's essentially LA to Chicago by the modern equivalent of US 66. The mother road for your mother load.  :D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 03, 2012, 08:01:21 PM
FYI. I It survived. My Imax survived, even though I left it up. For an el cheapo antenna, the Imax is pretty resilient.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 04, 2012, 10:23:31 AM
Take a close look at the stuff in this pile......   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11781953 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11781953)

Not only will you find a vintage Yazoo, but some Heathshkit and CW items too. I think the plastic bottle with the orange label sitting in front of the radio is the original DX Wax Antenna Treatment.  Not only can it renew and preserve copper and aluminum, but it's worth +2 dB in a pileup!

If that doesn't toot your tweeter, try this: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11779241 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11779241)

You could record your own world series play-by-play!  Except this time the Yankees win........  Three.    >:(


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 19, 2012, 07:51:57 AM
Dammit! I could not resist. I bought it. I need an intervention:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-ZENITH-ROYAL-755M-R755LM-Transistor-RADIO-WORKS-GUC-MANUAL-Need-TLC-PPP-/160922369684?item=160922369684&ViewItem=&nma=true&si=f%2B%2BH36kO%2BVEpw%2B8HieZHN3qxL8E%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-ZENITH-ROYAL-755M-R755LM-Transistor-RADIO-WORKS-GUC-MANUAL-Need-TLC-PPP-/160922369684?item=160922369684&ViewItem=&nma=true&si=f%2B%2BH36kO%2BVEpw%2B8HieZHN3qxL8E%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 19, 2012, 08:22:47 AM
Vinnie... Vinnie... Vinnie...

You got a nice radio with what could be an easy fix at a fair price, but does this mean you won't be considering  THIS (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11847409)  or  THIS (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11856265)  or (OMG!)  THIS?? (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11888356)

Hate to mention it, as I know they're tempting...  But...  I'm like that.

Sure, the car radio is overpriced, but does the Zenith qualify as Genuine MOPAR ??  Think about it... Would you rather chase AM BCB DX with or without a Genuine MOPAR receiver?  I think the choice is clear.  As clear as the reception of Wolfman Jack back in the day when a '67 Dodge was the ticket for a night run from LA to Vegas and a hot date with a showgirl........

In any case, it's a done deal. The battery holder can be subbed even though it looks like someone gave up on that idea. Look at the thumbnail pics in the eBay advert and the one with the back open shows two blue electrolytics in the upper right and a black transformer in the lower right.  I have a strong hunch someone added an AC power supply which will confuse you since it's not on the squidmatic.

Remember that the diode(s) always point to + .

BTW:  Nothing kicks ass like an old Sonar marine band radiophone on 160 AM...  (As long as you're on a boat)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 19, 2012, 10:22:56 AM
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BTW:  Nothing kicks ass like an old Sonar marine band radiophone on 160 AM...  (As long as you're on a boat)

Had one. Someone dropped it off at my QTH an gave it to me. However, this was way back in my ham infancy and several years before restorations. I had no use for it, nor did I know what I was going to do with it.

Looking back, had I gotten it a little later, I would have given it to W8JI or someone on this board that does Homebrewing for contests on 160. I think I gave it to a antique collector for marine gear.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 20, 2012, 09:43:42 AM
BTW, I accepted an offer from a company on Friday. They are now doing my background check.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 20, 2012, 10:21:13 AM
Excellent!

Considering the situation in the area I'm surprised you were able to score an offer so quickly. Be on your best behavior for the first few months as they will be keeping an eye on you and do not fall into the groove of assuming you do things the way you always did at the old place. Because the new place isn't the old place.

And for all you know you got the job someone else wanted. Give 'em some time to get used to you.

Different outfit, different policies and maybe a different Vinnie for a while........  ( ? )


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 20, 2012, 11:42:37 AM
BTW:  Here's the job you really wanted......  OMG!  It's perfect! (https://us1.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_flightsafety01.asp?s=OClNkQVsFdUGlIiUda&jobid=46368,7202887887&key=29308224&c=352571455221&pagestamp=sevggfcchietpqqcsi)

Yeah, I know they require the applicant to understand Ohms Law, but I suspect you could figure that out within a month or two. Hell, with your unique talent and skill, they might achieve their first ever crash & burn while flying a simulator..........  ;D

Don't click this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2A194yTWoQ)



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 20, 2012, 11:47:40 AM
pending congrats on the new pending job!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 20, 2012, 02:22:13 PM
pending congrats on the new pending job!

Background check should come clean, but lead them to this board! I'm in trouble!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 20, 2012, 02:31:04 PM

.....what if you had used me as a reference?


I can imagine it now.................  " You want fries with that ?? "


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 23, 2012, 10:42:01 AM
Yo......... Vinnie............. Check it out:   http://www.harborfreight.com/digital-inspection-camera-67979.html (http://www.harborfreight.com/digital-inspection-camera-67979.html)

The Harbor Freight DIY home colonoscopy kit!  Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a quick look up the chimney... So to speak...


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 23, 2012, 01:59:13 PM
actually a pretty nice camera.  only beef I have with mine is that whenever I use it, I end up holding it so dern close to my face it's hard to read due to the 36 inch fiber tube.

it's not heavy technology, just repurposing a bunch of cell phone parts with two runs of fiber in a gooseneck.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 23, 2012, 04:17:35 PM
That could work with my damn eyesight. I worked at HRO today (Black Friday). What a friggin zoo!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 23, 2012, 07:23:09 PM
...nothing says Seasons Greetings like 100' of RG-8X.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 27, 2012, 09:10:59 AM
Got the Zenith 755M. Leather, metal, and plastic all completely cleaned and restored. Waiting on Mouser for caps and resistors. This was working so it may not need repair. Leather was sun-faded. Not much I could do about that.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 27, 2012, 02:31:30 PM
You won't do this but I'll tell you the story anyway..........

About 10 years ago I scored a well-used pair of Wolverine work boots on the cheap at at thrift shop. Good fit, wanted them for yard work where I didn't care if they got abused, but previous owner must have done tile or carpet work because the toes were scuffed like you wouldn't believe.

For some reason that bugged me after a few days, so I whipped out a can of Minwax penetrating oil wood stain and wiped them down. I think I used Maple, which is a warm brown, but long story short the color came back really well. The leather was still roughed up from wear, but aside from that I was very pleased. Topped it off with a shot of ArmorAll to give them a little water resistance. Might want to consider it if you have a similar can of oil stain around the house.

BTW:  I got the itch to build something simple......... Haven't rolled one of these in many moon:  http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/schemas/crystal_radio_examples.gif

So non-critical even you couldn't screw it up............   :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 27, 2012, 02:43:17 PM
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BTW:  I got the itch to build something simple......... Haven't rolled one of these in many moon:  http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/schemas/crystal_radio_examples.gif

So non-critical even you couldn't screw it up............   Tongue

WTH. Go for it. BTW, put up your damn dipole so I can get on 40M with you.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 28, 2012, 03:13:12 PM
Nelson,

Finished the 755M. Took 2 days. Looks great. I replaced the resistors and caps. Unlike tube radios, the resistors were all close to value. So I am going to check if this is common with transistors. I only replaced them because there weren't many and I had order them anyhow.

Radio sounds great, picks up distant stations well. Bassy/full sounding, not tinny.

One problem. The radio pops and crackels when I turn the turning cap. It is definitely the tuner as I deoxited the volume control. Any ideas?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 28, 2012, 03:34:32 PM
This is an easy fix.........

The radio has an old-school two gang tuning condenser that has developed some oxidation - or - is losing contact to the PC board. Most likely all it needs is a small droplet of DeOxit on the wiper contacts. Look at the rotor shaft where it contacts the frame and you'll see a pair of brass fingers that rub against the shaft. Should be four total, one on each end and one on each side of center. If they're oxidized you will have intermittent grounding. DeOx all four and exercise the condenser.

Might want to put a drop of oil on both of the end bearings while you're in there. That will give you velvet-smooth precision tuning as you seek out new political propaganda.

The other possibility is a bad solder joint to the condenser. If the tuning knob feels loose the mounting screws may need to be tightened and the connections re-soldered in case they cracked.

Glad to hear you had good luck with it and it performs as well as the schizmatic suggests....... That wasn't a cheapie.   ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 28, 2012, 05:51:10 PM
Bingo! Major improvement! You are a genius !

I am contemplating alignment being necessary. Damn thing seems to be picking up everything.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 28, 2012, 06:13:41 PM
Wait until you've swapped out all the parts you plan to replace then give it a quick alignment check...

What I mean by 'check' is to go through the alignment steps but make only slight adjustments. If you hear no improvement that tells you it was close to begin with and by avoiding any big moves with the diddle stick you'll keep yourself out of the tall weeds.

Out of curiosity, that radio has a two stage IF with three tuned circuits. Is the selectivity noticeably better than average? Everybody wants more gain to pull out the weak ones, but without good selectivity you'll never hear them through the bleed from adjacent signals......


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 28, 2012, 07:08:25 PM
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Wait until you've swapped out all the parts you plan to replace then give it a quick alignment check...

Already swapped out all parts. I will leave the resistors in on my next Transistor. They are not stressed like tube rigs. Too late now. I swapped them already.

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What I mean by 'check' is to go through the alignment steps but make only slight adjustments. If you hear no improvement that tells you it was close to begin with and by avoiding any big moves with the diddle stick you'll keep yourself out of the tall weeds.

I will do that tomorrow.

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Out of curiosity, that radio has a two stage IF with three tuned circuits. Is the selectivity noticeably better than average? Everybody wants more gain to pull out the weak ones, but without good selectivity you'll never hear them through the bleed from adjacent signals......

So far, the NYC station 120 miles away blew right thru. Let me see other tomorrow.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 28, 2012, 07:41:41 PM
Nelson,

While I was scouring ebay, look at this fine looking lady:

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JCPenney-Model-1995-AM-FM-Shortwave-Portable-Radio-Excellent-/320994372675?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item4abcc16c43&nma=true&si=f%2B%2BH36kO%2BVEpw%2B8HieZHN3qxL8E%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

This has to be long distance because of the big ferrite. Not 3 gang tuner, though (none that I can see).


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 28, 2012, 08:05:27 PM
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So far, the NYC station 120 miles away blew right thru. Let me see other tomorrow.

Hearing a 50 gallon station out of NYC during the day is good. I'm assuming that WFAN @ 660 is the one you want for sports, and last I heard WABC @ 770 and WCBS @ 880 were still big signal operations. But, out here in the flatlands, it's no big whoop to copy Dallas during the day over 200 miles away. Used to be a truly amazing signal from Decatur, TX on 105.7 FM that I could routinely copy in the summer. Not talking Sporadic-E, just a typical hot & humid morning. Good 230 air miles or better.

Anyway, at night your best DX will probably be WWL in New Orleans @ 870. Heuuuuuuuge signal that you should hear most nights. WBZ @ 1030 in Boston used to be a  favorite of mine, WWKB @ 1520 in Buffalo used to be WKBW and a landmark on the dial, then there was the big three out of Chicago @ 680, 720 and 890. If you're a total BCB Stud you'll copy KFAB in Omaha @ 1110 or KMOX in St. Louis on 1120. If you're really lucky you might... Might... Get a grip on WOAI in San Antonio on 1200. That would be tough copy for you thanks to WPHT just 10 kc's up, but it's a big signal in the Midwest.

The two stations you'll probably never hear but are your best bet for rare DX from the west are KOA in Denver @ 850 and KSL in SLC @ 1160. I've heard KFI in LA twice, so Denver might be possible for you. At least you and Denver are on the same side of the continental divide.

BTW:  Every once in a great while I can hear WPHT. Did it once on a car radio just before sunset on a really short day in December.....   :o

Delco be Da'Bomb.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 06:43:40 AM
Ugh. E-200D RF generator not working. Cannot set mod level. May have to break out the Iggy.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 29, 2012, 07:54:45 AM
It's possible to do an alignment with just a CW carrier, but the problem is in knowing when you hit a peak or null. Oscilloscope on the coil side of the detector diode(s) can show you, but then you're aligning to an abby-normal condition. Chances are the 'scope load won't matter but in strictest terms the 'scope input becomes part of the IF and when you remove the probe.......

There's also a chance the radio was stagger-tuned and that's why it sounds good. Unless you know how to do that (look it up!) you're better off to leave it alone.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 12:08:11 PM
It's possible to do an alignment with just a CW carrier, but the problem is in knowing when you hit a peak or null. Oscilloscope on the coil side of the detector diode(s) can show you, but then you're aligning to an abby-normal condition. Chances are the 'scope load won't matter but in strictest terms the 'scope input becomes part of the IF and when you remove the probe.......

There's also a chance the radio was stagger-tuned and that's why it sounds good. Unless you know how to do that (look it up!) you're better off to leave it alone.


I did track down the problem in the audio oscillator. I seem to have the RF and Carrier, but the modulation is not there. I may just buy a bunch of transistors and start shotgunning it, as I do not have the time to play with it. There seems to be nothing much to it. Schematic has voltage markers.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 12:17:29 PM
While I have you, I want to pick your brain again. I also replaced the caps on that GE P975B that I picked up for $5, and wala! It came to life! And sounded great!

However, the 4 AA batteries were and extra tight fit. They almost seemed too long. The case asks for Penlight. The fit is so tight, that the terminal is not making a full contact. Were Penlghts different and smaller in the 1960s?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 29, 2012, 02:54:45 PM
Were Penlghts different and smaller in the 1960s?

Not that I recall, although I don't think the alkaline battery had become a common item. Just for grins I looked it up, LIKE YOU COULD HAVE DONE, and according to the inner-web 'Penlight' is the generic name for an 'A' series battery. AA, AAA and AAAA are all considered penlight batteries.

Given the age of the radio, the battery holder you have might not be original or the exact right size. I never liked those holders as the ends would crack loose and then you had volts spilling out of the radio........


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 02:56:27 PM
I found the biatch in the E-200D. In the cal procedure, they call for the audio oscillator to be at 1.3 Vrms at a certain test point. I found that 1.3 is too close to the fence. A little drift downward, and the oscillator drops out completely, and then no modulation. That is what  get for following the book. I bumped it up. If that craps out again, I will bump it up more.



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 03:00:49 PM
Were Penlghts different and smaller in the 1960s?

Not that I recall, although I don't think the alkaline battery had become a common item. Just for grins I looked it up, LIKE YOU COULD HAVE DONE, and according to the inner-web 'Penlight' is the generic name for an 'A' series battery. AA, AAA and AAAA are all considered penlight batteries.

Given the age of the radio, the battery holder you have might not be original or the exact right size. I never liked those holders as the ends would crack loose and then you had volts spilling out of the radio........


I actually did before I asked you. Wiki said Penlight was another word for AA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battery_sizes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battery_sizes)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 29, 2012, 03:11:32 PM
BTW:  It has been said that anyone who remembers living in the 1960's wasn't really living in the 1960's........

All I remember is the first Earth Day and that I had to work on the weekend of Woodstock. At the time Woodstock wasn't a big deal because most of the bands scheduled to play hadn't become familiar names. Sha Na Na played Woodstock, fer' chrissake, so it wasn't all A-List performances:  http://www.woodstockstory.com/bandsperformerssetsplaylists1969.html

( my apologies to Bowser if you're reading this, but at least you weren't in The Incredible String Band )

IMHO any band that calls themselves incredible probably isn't.   :P


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Post by: N4NYY on November 29, 2012, 06:01:23 PM
HOLY RADIOWAVES, BATMAN!

I got the RF generator working. I then proceeded with the Zenith 755M alignment. As you said, alignment was fairly close with a hint of fine tuning done (wife almost hit me with a bat because of the constant tone).

So, I then take the radio upstairs to make a run thru the dial. I only got to 760 because I got too excited!

On first pass:

WGR 550 Buffalo
WHEN 620 Syracuse
WLW Cincinnati
WGN Chicago
WJR 760 Detroit

At that point I stopped and came downstairs to type this.


DING DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD !



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 29, 2012, 06:52:17 PM
What?  No signal from WSB in Atlanta on 750 ??   50 Gallons non-directional at night and you can't hear it ??  Tsk.

Even I can do that most nights, despite a local on 740..........  Try not to wet yourself when you hear CKLW on 800.
There's a nighttime lobe in your direction:  http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=CKLW&service=AM&status=F&hours=N

BTW:  Common trivia question... CKLW is in Windsor, Ontario just across the river from and south of Detroit. That's right, geography fans, if you travel due south from the City of Detroit you're in Canuckistan.   :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 29, 2012, 09:19:10 PM
So last night I wound a coil for the crystal set project... Nothing fancy, junkbox mystery toroid and insulated 20 ga wire. Just for grins I set it up quick & dirty on the bench with the 'scope as a modulation detector. Damn thing works pretty good looking at the RF envelope. Doesn't tune the entire band, but catches a good chunk of it including the stations I'm interested in.

So I decide to add a diode. Nearest thing within reach is an LED.

Worked like a champ..............   ;D


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Post by: N4NYY on November 30, 2012, 06:05:25 PM
LED detector! LOL. What ever works.

This 755M picks up NYC stations as if I was sitting in midtown.


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Post by: AC5UP on November 30, 2012, 06:32:56 PM
Think of all the money you'll save on carfare...........

BTW:  In some cases I can get real creative on parts selection. We all know a Germanium diode has the lowest forward voltage drop so that's what we want in a low-level stage like a detector. Fair enough. But how is it that many radios used a TUBE detector with a forward drop many times higher than an LED ??

Ja..... Properly biased they had no forward drop and could sound better than a 1N34A.

An LED is just a diode, but with a brighter future than others................    ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 08, 2012, 06:18:22 PM
OK. Bored with this so, I am unloading it for a collector:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190767774550 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190767774550)


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Post by: AC5UP on December 09, 2012, 08:35:53 AM
Very nice... The pictures look good and definitely reinforce the claim of like new condition.

But.   You missed one thing:   http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2598.jpg (http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2598.jpg)

The top cover has a bow in the middle.  Straightening it would have been a 10 second job when the cover was off the chassis.

I give this exercise two gold stars and one tsk.  Coulda' been three gold stars, you were that close................   ::)

BTW:  If you feel like playing, here's an experiment for you:  With a favorite weak station tuned in, try sliding the two-turn winding on the ferrite bar to one side or the other to see if the signal improves. Chances are it will, as that's how you peak most ferrite bar antennas.  Tune a station at the low end of the band then slide the windings until you find the sweet spot.

Also, I have been tinkering with crystal sets and found that using insulated wire for the coil makes a huge difference. The insulation spaces the windings to improve the Z of the coil and I'm seeing better than 800 millivolts of RF (P-P) on a local station with 20 feet of wire as the antenna. The same coil with close-wound enameled wire barely made 200 millivolts. Next step will be to wind a coil with fishing line between the turns for even wider spacing.

RCA used to spread out the windings on their early ferrite bar antennas and use the entire length, so it's not like I discovered anything. Just confirmed that an old idea still works. Newer designs use a close-wound coil that occupies maybe a quarter to a third of the bar and can slide to the sweet spot.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 09, 2012, 05:06:17 PM
Ugh. Had to add chassis shots because someone said I was asking a premium and wanted to see chassis shots of my work. Well, see for yourself.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 24, 2012, 07:48:04 AM
Nelson,

The Star Roamer sold for $150 and free shipping. I probably broke out even on it after all the overhead, but a guy who had one as a kid is going to enjoy it more than I. On the bench will be a GE 102 (electronics completed, needs cosmetics), a Robyn 520 Cb (Electronics completed, needs alignment), and one of those Dashboard AMBC radios (needs full restore).

If I do not talk to you, have a Merry Christmas.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 25, 2012, 03:23:50 PM
Nice!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on December 31, 2012, 02:35:18 AM
Nelson, Vinny

Have you seen the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of QEX?

An article starting page 32 has a photo on page 39 which will warm the cockles of Nelson's heart......

Happy New Year!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 31, 2012, 09:02:24 AM
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QEX_Next_Issue/Jan-Feb%202013/TOC_QEX.pdf (http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QEX_Next_Issue/Jan-Feb%202013/TOC_QEX.pdf)

Is this the one? I have not seen it or read it. Is there a swimsuit issue coming? LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on December 31, 2012, 09:44:38 AM
Vinny,

Not quite a swimsuit, but that's the one. Page 32 - 39, just for Nelson!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 01, 2013, 10:24:39 AM
All I know is that I'm trying to watch the Mummer's Parade on the live stream from WPHL-TV.... So far it's about as exciting as watching grass grow, but without the blue skies and sunshine.

Best guess is they decided to webcast the parade on a zero dollar budget. I hope the broadcast version has more life to it. I need to review the moves of the Mummer's Strut as I'm getting rusty, but how can I do that when it's so damned hard to stay awake?

The parade needs more Italians.   Or fewer Italians.   I haven't decided.   I'll get back to you on this..................   ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 01, 2013, 11:19:41 AM
All I know is that I'm trying to watch the Mummer's Parade on the live stream from WPHL-TV.... So far it's about as exciting as watching grass grow, but without the blue skies and sunshine.

Best guess is they decided to webcast the parade on a zero dollar budget. I hope the broadcast version has more life to it. I need to review the moves of the Mummer's Strut as I'm getting rusty, but how can I do that when it's so damned hard to stay awake?

The parade needs more Italians.   Or fewer Italians.   I haven't decided.   I'll get back to you on this..................   ::)

Hate Mummers


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 01, 2013, 11:34:43 AM
Tsk.

Such an attitude from someone in New Jersey where the typical New Year's celebration involves three sparklers and a bottle rocket.

I have never heard a Mummer speak ill of you.

 ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 13, 2013, 06:11:31 PM


Mum This. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12236931)

.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on January 13, 2013, 07:33:47 PM
Hey Vinnie, there is a Lafayette Comstat 25 on the classifieds here.  Thought you might be interested!

Rick  wn2c


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 20, 2013, 07:32:55 PM

Who knew that Vinnie has a twin brother ? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdZo_keUoEs)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on February 03, 2013, 08:31:29 PM
Hey Vinny, here is something you might be interested in: http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?378450-Johnson-transceiver-tester

Bet you don't have one of these.  Oh and there is a CB you might like too!!

73
 Rick  wn2c


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 04, 2013, 06:35:31 PM
I do not work on CBs often. Either a friend brings it over or I restore one. I work on AMBC the most.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 22, 2013, 06:16:25 PM
http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12535789


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Post by: G3RZP on February 23, 2013, 05:47:41 AM
tp://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12535789

Makes a good VFO. Alternatively, good as a signal monitor.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 23, 2013, 08:31:47 AM
Years ago one of the Ham magazines did a write up on some of the more unusual items that Unca' Sam had on his big olive drab test bench. The BC-221 was one of them...  Not because of the design sophistication or exceptional parts quality, but because each meter had an extensive calibration procedure.

IIRC, each unit coming off the line was tuned to a long list of calibration frequencies.  The knob settings for each frequency was recorded on a typed reference card specific for that meter, possibly in duplicate.  The field operator would tune an unknown signal then compare the knob settings against the calibration card.  This was a very time consuming manufacturing process and given the large number of BC-221's on the surplus market the question became how-in-the-hell were they able to calibrate that many meters before the war ended?

It's one thing to crank out combat boots in quantity, but a boot doesn't need to be documented in detail........

I posted the URL as this particular example appears to have aged gracefully and thanks to the fungus proofing has historic provenance.  For all I know the cal card is also dated, but one glance tells you it's the real deal from 1944.  Which is why Vinnie wants it.   :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: K8AXW on February 23, 2013, 09:25:35 AM
5UP:  The BC-221 was indeed a sophisticated and well built piece of gear.  "We" had about 25 of time online at any one time and I always wondered about how these things were calibrated.  The interpolating guide book that each meter had was pretty thick and each one was different!

After using one for a few years and now 60 years later owning digital readout frequency counters with unbelievable accuracy, I have a new level of respect for how they did things back in the 'olden times.'



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 23, 2013, 12:41:38 PM
Apparently one manufacturer (GE?) produced an automated setup to calibrate BC221s. Not sure how it worked though.

Of course, all the modern 'but freaks'  (i.e. digital guys) will pooh pooh it, but for those who know how to use it, it's still an awesomely useful piece of gear - and will give answers modern kit cannot.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 23, 2013, 01:09:09 PM
Got one of these at a local hamfest for $5 !

http://www.ebay.com/itm/General-Electric-GE-Sportmate-Radio-Repair-Parts-/380427080803?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D5804619934973419532%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D380427080803%26 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/General-Electric-GE-Sportmate-Radio-Repair-Parts-/380427080803?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D5804619934973419532%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D380427080803%26)



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 23, 2013, 05:36:28 PM
Yeah, but has it been rust and fungus proofed?

If you open up the battery compartment to find mushrooms growing there, I'd say that's your answer................

In other news, I'm one of the lucky bastards who can say they own a BC-221. I also regret not having used it in many moon.  My Bad.  No doubt on long winter nights the metal tubes inside long for the warmth of a filament glow only they can see... But, just for grins & giggles, I surfed over to BAMA to download this bad boy:  http://bama.edebris.com/download/military/bc221/bc221.djvu (http://bama.edebris.com/download/military/bc221/bc221.djvu)

OMG !!!  The BC-221 really is a fine quality analogue signal generator with potential accuracy far in excess of lesser designs like the IGGY-42 you spent so much time.... Uhhhhh... How should I say... " Polishing A Turd " ...?  Live & Learn.  All I know is that someone with exquisite taste in electro-militaria collectables is going to find a home for that BC-221 and never regret it........ Or need to clean out 69 years worth of fungus inside.

 ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 24, 2013, 03:25:53 AM
I've only got 3 BC221s.....


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 24, 2013, 04:51:25 AM

...that settles it!  I'm going to take up a collection at my local Hamfest next month to get a few more for you.

Apparently they're more appreciated in the UK than New Jersey.  And to think that Bendix built them in Baltimore....   ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 24, 2013, 06:31:51 AM
I've only got 3 BC221s.....

That is just wrong! LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 24, 2013, 06:43:17 AM
Only one has the calibration book and the case: it is fungus and moisture proofed. According to the frequency counter, it's still within its original specification on accuracy, once you set the 1 MHz crystal to frequency.

The others are naked chassis.


The main failure mode I have found is the crystal refusing to oscillate if there has been any of the paint come off where the clamp holds the crystal. A bit of scotch tape as an insulator fixes that, though.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 24, 2013, 06:54:31 AM
Only one has the calibration book and the case: it is fungus and moisture proofed. According to the frequency counter, it's still within its original specification on accuracy, once you set the 1 MHz crystal to frequency.

The others are naked chassis.


The main failure mode I have found is the crystal refusing to oscillate if there has been any of the paint come off where the clamp holds the crystal. A bit of scotch tape as an insulator fixes that, though.

Have you ever tried that liquid electrical tape? Wondering if that would work.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 24, 2013, 10:28:01 AM
>Have you ever tried that liquid electrical tape? Wondering if that would work.<

I'd have to BUY that! Do you think I'm MADE of money?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 24, 2013, 04:42:28 PM
>Have you ever tried that liquid electrical tape? Wondering if that would work.<

I'd have to BUY that! Do you think I'm MADE of money?

You can do what I do and find everything for $5 !


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 25, 2013, 01:24:35 AM
$5! I said I'm not made of money!!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 25, 2013, 03:22:30 PM
You have to remember that in New Jersey it's possible to buy certain goods at a significant discount........

They're usually described as having fallen off the back of a truck.

 ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 25, 2013, 03:42:07 PM
It could be worse. If he was in Italy, $5 = 1,000,000 Lire. LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 25, 2013, 03:55:44 PM
These days, it's about  7 Euro....Maybe 2 beers - if you're lucky and it's a cheap bar.

73

Peter G3RZP


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 25, 2013, 03:56:12 PM
Which reminds me of a story about British money..........

As we all know, a Zombie's favorite meal is human brains. So this Zombie moves to a new town. On his first weekend he stops by the local Zombie food mart to see what they have to offer. In the deli section he sees that farmer brains are $12 a pound, accountant brains are $18 a pound, and lawyer brains are $42 a pound. He mentions to the clerk that he didn't realize lawyer brains had become that expensive............

Oh yeah, they've always been high. You wouldn't believe how many lawyers it takes to harvest a pound of brains.

Or, as I like to say: " A pound doesn't go as far as it used to when you're in need of brains...."


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 25, 2013, 03:58:16 PM
These days, it's about  7 Euro....Maybe 2 beers - if you're lucky and it's a cheap bar.

73

Peter G3RZP

Whatney's Red Barrel


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on February 25, 2013, 04:07:32 PM
Vinney, Vinney, you're as out of date as Benton Harbor green.

Watneys Red Barrel hasn't been available for around 20 years. In, partly because real ales were kept so badly by lazy pub landlords in about 1964/5, it wasn't a bad pint. By  the 1980's , it had disappeared and been replaced by 'Starlight', which was so bad that it made the US Budweiser (aka 'Butwiper') seem good. Watneys has now gone - reputed to be an acronym for 'Weaker And Tastes Nastier Every Year'. And a damn good job it's gone, too!

The best US beer I know is named after me. It's from North County San Diego brewery and called 'Arrogant Bastard'.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 25, 2013, 04:10:36 PM
So there's this Irish guy who moves to Cleveland.

Takes a walk one night and comes across a place advertising itself as an authentic Irish pub not more than a block away from his new apartment. Walks in, looks around, takes a seat at the bar and asks for three pints of stout. Bartender pours one pint and tells him he'll pour the second pint when he's ready for it. Guy says no, what I want you to do is pour three pints so I can line them up on the bar in front of me.

Bartender does that, then notices his new customer likes to take a sip from each pint in a rotating sequence.

Asks the guy why. Tells him he's one of three brothers and with him in Cleveland, another in Seattle, and the youngest in Dublin, having three pints lined up like that is the next best thing to them being together and sharing a drink. So the new guy becomes a regular and the bartender knows to line up three pints whenever he sees him coming through the door.

Until one evening when the customer stops him from drawing the third pint. No more, he says, from now on only two pints.

The bartender pauses for a moment, then asks if his brothers are OK.

Yeah, sure, they're fine, but it's me that has the problem. Went to the doctor this afternoon and he told me I need to stop drinking.................................


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 25, 2013, 04:14:47 PM
Vinney, Vinney, you're as out of date as Benton Harbor green.

Watneys Red Barrel hasn't been available for around 20 years. In, partly because real ales were kept so badly by lazy pub landlords in about 1964/5, it wasn't a bad pint. By  the 1980's , it had disappeared and been replaced by 'Starlight', which was so bad that it made the US Budweiser (aka 'Butwiper') seem good. Watneys has now gone - reputed to be an acronym for 'Weaker And Tastes Nastier Every Year'. And a damn good job it's gone, too!

The best US beer I know is named after me. It's from North County San Diego brewery and called 'Arrogant Bastard'.

Well that makes sense. I have not drank it since the late 1980s! LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 26, 2013, 06:05:21 PM

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12571290 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12571290)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on February 27, 2013, 11:48:07 AM
Telefunken 5051W !

Someone just dropped one off at my house. Told me it was mine to do whatever I want. Didn't even have to pony up the $5!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on February 27, 2013, 05:25:38 PM
...you're about to get an education in German radios.

Sometimes difficult to work on because the point to point wiring is free-form compared to a Filco, more tuned circuits with some double-tuned, and the piano key function switches are a marvel of potential confusion. They're also real big on double and triple section tubes. I have an old Grundig that's a mono radio with a stereo amplifier so an external turntable can do the left-right thing through the DIN jack.

Plays fine, but the audio output tube is a 9 pin jobbie that's like two 6AQ5's in the same envelope. Rare in the day and probably unobtanium today. So if that tube ever goes toes up............

BTW:  The T-Funk you have was not top of the line but certainly worth restoring. Don't expect super reception or big audio as it's an AM/FM five tube superhet, and that's a lot to ask from five tubes. But, on the flip side, five tubes are your idea of a good time... Even if it does have a transformer power supply.

You'll also learn that Rohren = Vacuum Tube, Verstarker = amplifier, UKW = VHF (oder "FM")

If you can't find a free schaltplan, poke around here for similar models: http://www.4tubes.com/SCHEMATICS/Radios/Telefunken/index_img/


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 09, 2013, 10:07:30 AM
Vinnie needs this:
http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12663254 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12663254)

Receives baseball games plus the 'classic' amateur bands. You just don't see chrome like that on a RoadTalker 40...................


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on March 09, 2013, 03:12:34 PM
That is pretty cool looking.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 22, 2013, 04:35:37 PM
Here's one that's going to sell high...

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12733401 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12733401)

Mid to early 50's vintage, extremely well regarded back in the day, but like anything of this vintage might have issues.
In fact, take a look at this picture (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/3-17-2013/sa5283273223-er.jpg) and tell me if you notice anything that needs to go buh-bye........

This is a test of your Tube-Fu, grasshopper.    ;)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on March 24, 2013, 12:15:46 PM
Almost had a free HQ-180A. A guy at my club was giving it away for free. 2 guys beat me to it, and he really did not know me that well. I did call him and told him about the flippers.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on March 24, 2013, 03:15:34 PM
HQ180. A local museum had been given one. It seemed a local ham had been a 'wartime secret listener' and they got this HQ180 after he died. It was said that he had used to receive German messages in WW2, but they weren't happy when told it was produced long after WW2, that it needed a 110 volt xfmr before it could be used, with 2 wire power cord it was dangerous (I fitted three wire cord with a ground) and the bag of ex TV tubes they sent as spares was of as much use as teats on a bull!

I thought that they might give it to me - I did run it up, fix its faults and check its operation - but no such luck.

My father had a HQ170A. I never understood why they had a 3035kHz single xtal filter in the HQ180, but not in the HQ170.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on March 24, 2013, 03:17:35 PM
Hey Vinny,

Were you the guy in NJ who won $300+ million on the Powerball?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 24, 2013, 03:39:28 PM
That was Vinnie's twin brother............. Who developed a spontaneous case of amnesia and can't remember Vinnie's phone number any more.

Just as well, Vinnie would have converted that cash into the biggest pile of Heathshkits you can imagine.    ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 24, 2013, 03:54:42 PM
BTW:  In New Jersey " Hey " is pronounced " Yo ".

It takes a while to get used to it, like Gyro = Hero, but once you get it, you got it.
Which is also what they say about Herpes in New Jersey...........


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on March 24, 2013, 06:44:26 PM
Hey Vinny,

Were you the guy in NJ who won $300+ million on the Powerball?

No. But I related to the winner, whoever it is. Wife 10 tickets barely got 1 number.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on March 29, 2013, 06:27:05 AM
Picked up one of these at a yard sale for $2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MASTERWORK-GALAXY-AM-FM-SHORTWAVE-Transistor-Radio-M-2820TR-Portable-/281057772095?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item417059423f (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MASTERWORK-GALAXY-AM-FM-SHORTWAVE-Transistor-Radio-M-2820TR-Portable-/281057772095?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item417059423f)

This is the USA equivalent of Nordmende Transita Deluxe.

Problem is, the schematic (I need full manual because string is broken) costs more than the value of the radio.  And that is before parts.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on April 21, 2013, 08:53:47 PM
Click this... (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12970338)  And this. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12978611)

You're Welcome.     ;D

BTW:  These always draw serious coin. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=12986477)  Never understood the appeal myself, but they do have a following.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on April 28, 2013, 04:57:10 PM
Nelson,

I was away for a while training in Minnesota (weather sucked)! I have not been able to work on anything in the last couple months. I did pick up 2 transistor radios at a local yard sale for $2 each. One is a Nordmende 3 bander. Another was a AMC (not the car). The AMC was rather beautiful.


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Post by: AC5UP on May 04, 2013, 05:27:57 PM

Meanwhile, in Benton Harbor... (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13100091)

( I shared this auction because a few weeks ago I picked up a computer for $68.51 from Goodwill... Same as the current bid on this Heathshkit. IMHO the computer was a much better deal )


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on June 06, 2013, 06:54:36 PM
As this thread approaches 40,000 hits, let us contemplate how high the highest bid on this auction (http://shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Mens-New-York-Yankees-Wool-Blend-Jacket-Size-XL-13364384.html) might go.........


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Post by: AC5UP on June 08, 2013, 11:25:47 AM

But, speaking of things worth having, this would be one. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13365251)

Not only a sterling example of what a high end set looks like, but the squidmatic goes on forever (http://www.nostalgiaair.org/PagesByModel/556/M0021556.pdf) and it covers the pre-war 45MC FM broadcast band. Sure, that makes it an AM / SW set today, but what a beauty. A few years back when gas was cheap and my inner Gypsy still young I'd have considered going after it......

As John Belushi once said: ROAD TRIP !!

The Acoustic Labyrinth thing is particularly interesting. Folded horn speakers were efficient and tended to sound good although not exactly Hi-Fi. A modern example can be found in the BOSE Wave Radio which has a pleasing peak in the 200 cycle range and to the non-purist gives it a distinctive sound that justifies the sticker price.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on June 18, 2013, 06:58:28 PM

Yo............ Vinn-Ay !!       You need this. (http://shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Military-Surplus-34-TonTrailer-13492474.html)

And be sure to notice where the piece is located. 

Of course it's green.  Why wouldn't it be ?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on July 20, 2013, 06:28:53 AM

20 - 30 years ago you could have scored one of these for less than $100........ Even though it was one of the very best from the era.

Watch this auction. (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13749888)     Gonna' sell north of $500, easy.  :o


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on July 23, 2013, 05:01:19 PM
I have been on the road for like months! LOL


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 10, 2013, 09:37:14 AM

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13904012


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Post by: N4NYY on August 10, 2013, 01:20:23 PM
Nelson,

I scored a Zenith Transocianic Royal 3000 at a community yard sale for $30!  In excellent condition!



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Post by: AC5UP on August 10, 2013, 02:08:35 PM
Waytogo!

Not only a good looking piece, but an excellent performer that looks like the top of the line radio it is. I think there is a known issue with a toothed rubber belt that drives the tuning mechanism. Might want to web search the model for more. A friend of mine had one back in the day and I recall it was very easy on the ears... The kind of radio you could listen to for hours without fatigue.

BTW: The R-7000 comes up on ShopGoodwill routinely and usually pulls better than $100, the 3000 is less common and here's the only one in the past 90 days: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13415685 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13415685) Even though the price looks comparable, be aware that for me there would be $21.00 worth of S & H so you got yours for about half what you'd have spent on this auction. All I know is this past Tuesday it was Senior Day at the local Goodwill and I picked up a not-too-old SONY A/V receiver for home theater use for $15.00. Damned if I know why it was donated as it has more digital bells & whistles than I need........ Maybe the newest model has an extra button. First component receiver I've bought that does not have a phono pre-amp.

Not that I was going to hook up a turntable, but I still have a few............


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Post by: KE3WD on August 10, 2013, 05:19:06 PM
My 7000 has a little pill jar in a clamp inside, the jar is filled with replacement transistors. 

The transistors on the board are all in sockets. 

The radio still works, has not needed a new transistor ever. 

But what a great idea. 

Travelers used to take the Transoceanics all over the world with them, matter of fact there were magazine ads touting some big name explorers, mountain climbers, etc. who endorsed their Transoceanic radios in the ads, typically with pictures from exotic spots, often campgrounds.  I suppose having those extra replacement transistors inside, with the leads pre-trimmed to fit the sockets, was an extra modicum of security at a time when the robustness of the transistor was still debated. 


73


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 10, 2013, 06:46:50 PM
Waytogo!

Not only a good looking piece, but an excellent performer that looks like the top of the line radio it is. I think there is a known issue with a toothed rubber belt that drives the tuning mechanism. Might want to web search the model for more. A friend of mine had one back in the day and I recall it was very easy on the ears... The kind of radio you could listen to for hours without fatigue.

BTW: The R-7000 comes up on ShopGoodwill routinely and usually pulls better than $100, the 3000 is less common and here's the only one in the past 90 days: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13415685 (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13415685) Even though the price looks comparable, be aware that for me there would be $21.00 worth of S & H so you got yours for about half what you'd have spent on this auction. All I know is this past Tuesday it was Senior Day at the local Goodwill and I picked up a not-too-old SONY A/V receiver for home theater use for $15.00. Damned if I know why it was donated as it has more digital bells & whistles than I need........ Maybe the newest model has an extra button. First component receiver I've bought that does not have a phono pre-amp.

Not that I was going to hook up a turntable, but I still have a few............

This appears excellent and complete. Does not have the second Wavemagnet inside. I am wondering if this is a later version. There were a couple generations of these. Battery compartment is near perfect! Have have to do some nicotine removal. I have to do a test spot.

BTW, I think you can use a aux input or tape input for the Sony. I seem to remember you could use it, or you can buy a preamp and then use the inputs. But I cannot recall for sure, because it was over 25 years ago.


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Post by: N4NYY on August 13, 2013, 03:26:10 PM
Nelson, Nelson, Nelson!

I had major confusion! Now that I am home, I can explain. The family and I were in Cape May for an extended vacation weekend. We went to the beach, and on the way we saw an antique/community yard sale in a square. My wife asked to stop by after the beach. At about 3pm, we stopped. I saw the radio there standing out like a sore thumb.

When I first looked, I though it had the missing removable wavemagnet antenna. That is when I posted to you. I then came home and did research. As you said, this is a much less common version of the 1000, which I originally got it confused with. The FM addition required the removal of the removable wavemagnet.

So, instead of the 1000, I do have the 3000. And all for $30! LOL


I cannot believe someone did not pick it up!


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Post by: AC5UP on August 14, 2013, 06:42:56 PM
(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/73/8-14-2013/sa5790520814-re.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=13976919)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on August 14, 2013, 07:54:25 PM
I see a ton of those around. Likely not worth much. But I am assuming they sound friggin great.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on August 15, 2013, 01:01:37 AM
Click the pic and you can see more, Seymour...........  ::)


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Post by: AC5UP on August 24, 2013, 01:25:46 PM

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/105/8-20-2013/sa1945459820-t2.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=14023332)

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/60/8-23-2013/sa9547997823-12.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=14055651)



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Post by: N4NYY on August 24, 2013, 03:27:59 PM
Does it come with the Rockettes?


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Post by: AC5UP on August 24, 2013, 05:36:10 PM
Of course not. The Rockettes are solid state.

Somehow in the deep recesses of my mind I recall that Radio City was a very old NYC radio store that preserved the tradition of selling not only complete radios but also repair parts and experimenter DIY goods. Lest we forget the old names like Allied in Chicago and Lafayette / Radio Shack in NYC also operated that way. So maybe the tube tester was house brand test gear from a radio store of the same name... As for the Tobe communications receiver, yowser! Whatta' piece!

Here's another interesting item:

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/148/8-20-2013/sa2838555820-na.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=14024802)


Looks exactly like a Knight (Allied) AC voltmeter, and possibly an early auto-ranging model. Back in the day that must have been like magic..................  :o


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 05, 2013, 04:58:32 PM

O M G (http://shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Fender-Deluxe-Reverb--Amp-14157571.html)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on September 05, 2013, 05:57:56 PM
new that amp is a grand as a reissue.


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Post by: N4NYY on September 05, 2013, 06:02:04 PM
new that amp is a grand as a reissue.

Over $600 !

BTW, I am repairing a early 1960's transistor Toshiba AM/FM. I recapped it. Was dead. A guy told me to focus on the headphone jack. I put in a 1 KHz signal to the wires, traced it, and found an open wire. I shit you not. Wire was brutally thin and heavy oxidized. yet soldered on both sides. Replaced wire, and got sound and no reception. I found I missed a cap. Replaced it, and she lives!



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 07, 2013, 08:28:28 AM

new that amp is a grand as a reissue.

...just passed $700.00 this morning. I know there's a cult thing about toob audio, but I also know the first thing a contemporary Jimmy Page wanna-be will do is hang a fuzzbox 'tween the axe and amp so any pretense about tonal tradition becomes imaginary.



OTOH: If it's true the s/n places the build date in 1951, for all we know it was pawned by the original owner in 1956 then purchased by a young truck driver from Tupelo, MS intent on getting into the music bidness.









Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..................... ...


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 07, 2013, 03:18:56 PM
Would be very difficult to prove. That, or the General gets all the royalties !


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 08, 2013, 02:15:01 PM

This is totally nutz.......... looks like two dudes with a bad case of testosterone poisoning and/or bad judgement have gotten into a bid war.

With four days left to run the high bid was $ 972.00 on Sunday, 9/8/2013 @ 4:00pm CDST. Think of how many All-American Five Tube Superhets that kind of money could buy!

Hell, a person could buy a one way bus ticket from New Jersey to France for less than that and get a lifetime of pleasure from the experience.........  (I was going to say from New Jersey to Italy but that would be redundant)   ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 08, 2013, 09:02:35 PM

This is totally nutz.......... looks like two dudes with a bad case of testosterone poisoning and/or bad judgement have gotten into a bid war.

With four days left to run the high bid was $ 972.00 on Sunday, 9/8/2013 @ 4:00pm CDST. Think of how many All-American Five Tube Superhets that kind of money could buy!

Hell, a person could buy a one way bus ticket from New Jersey to France for less than that and get a lifetime of pleasure from the experience.........  (I was going to say from New Jersey to Italy but that would be redundant)   ::)

In the immortal words of General McAuliffe, nuts !

BTW, here is a $2 yard sale rescue (Toshiba chassis). DOA. Complete chassis cleaning. 12 new caps. New battery case (had to do surgery because old battery case was nada.

Not a boatanchor, but she lives !

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2860_zpsb280df65.jpg)
(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd78/yankees_1996/IMG_2862_zpsea4f7204.jpg)


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Post by: AC5UP on September 13, 2013, 06:10:18 PM
Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie...!

Lookee what followed me home tonight:
(http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/cb_radio/3125.gif)

It'za fer' reel proffeshunil cee-bee raydidio with way more than nine transistors and it only cost $3.98 at one of my Fav-0-Rite thrift shops! Damn near dropped a brick in my skivvies when I saw it.  :o Just got home so I haven't fired it up but it's clean, shows no signs of life in the fast lane, and I can't wait to pop the top and clip the ALC diode. Then I'm going to shoot some skips on the 06 channel.

PS: Yer AM/FM radio is classic Mid-60's Japanese design and judging by the size of the ferrite rod should have some potential on the Ancient Mary side of the dial.  I always liked Toshiba goods.

But it damn sure ain't no Uny-Den!                                         


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 13, 2013, 06:55:11 PM
That is a very good deal on that. And those are still better than any 2M/440 on the road, when you need help.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 14, 2013, 05:49:54 AM
Put the juice to it late last night and the Cee-Bee is going to need a little more than a cleaning. TX works OK and sounds good but no RX on AM.

The audio section plays well on the FM WX sub-receiver, but on regular Charlie Brown it's absolutely silent. Like the squelch won't open. It also has an issue with the SWR bridge. Squeeze the mic and it pegs the meter with no effect from the CAL adjustment. But, with the switch in the RF position, the meter lines up with a midpoint mark on the meter face that looks like a calibration point. Could be as easy as one blown diode in the bridge circuit. As for the audio, the bad SWR bridge makes me wonder if the CB front end is zapped. Worst case scenario is that I have a NOAA WX receiver with classic Good Buddy appeal.

Not sure when I'll get a round tuit, but it is a pretty radio that's clean and doesn't appear to have been hacked. At the moment I suspect it's repairable.

In other news, also picked up a DTV converter box with remote for $6.98. Works like a hose............  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 14, 2013, 06:01:54 PM
In stark contrast, here's an auction that got totally out of hand................
 
(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/59/9-6-2013/sa387990296-yc.jpg) (http://shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Marantz-Model-No-2500-AM-FM-Stereophonic-Receiver-14165317.html)

Long ago and far away in a place called "The 60's" Marantz built high end tube stereo gear right here in the USA which still command a cult-like following. By the early 70's SONY bought the name to build their American presence and introduced a line of solid state stereo receivers featuring Gyro-Touch tuning (essentially a weighted horizontal flywheel) which gave the front panel a unique look and added a luxury feel to the tuning mechanism. On the high end of their high end models, Marantz included a real-deal blue phosphor 'scope to display the FM detector envelope. Not only was this totally cool to watch, but the truly anal retentive could actually use the display to adjust for minimal multipath distortion. Think of this as a semi-justified extravagance for the non-Luddites among us.

As you can tell from this auction the coolness factor remains undiminished in some quarters. Perhaps among those who really, really, really wanted a Marantz receiver back in the day and have been lusting for many a decade since.

All I know is that some schmuck trotted this receiver down to their local Goodwill donation center and handed it over to Bobby Sue in exchange for a charitable tax deduction sheet.

Is this a great country or what?
(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/59/9-6-2013/sa257824096-yc.jpg) (http://shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Marantz-Model-No-2500-AM-FM-Stereophonic-Receiver-14165317.html)


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Post by: N4NYY on September 15, 2013, 10:51:59 AM
OMG. That dude has no clue. That is like those Pioneer SX chrome series.

BTW on the Uniden CB. Look for bad 10V electrolytics. Uniden chassis radio (Uniden, Cobra, Realistic) were notorious for have failed 10V cap failures. I ususally replace them with 25V, which today are physically smaller.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 18, 2013, 11:48:41 PM
Now that we know what kind of scratch a Marantz 2500 can pull at auction, let's see what this dude can do...

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/9-15-2013/sa5663217915-42.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=14230055)

Should go cheap 'cuz it's missing a toob.  ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 22, 2013, 02:29:03 PM
5UP,

You need a mint condition empty box? LOL

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMC-8-Transistor-Radio-Box-Model-8TR-16-JAPAN-De-luxe-Baltimore-Hutzlers-/261288150056?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd5fcc428 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMC-8-Transistor-Radio-Box-Model-8TR-16-JAPAN-De-luxe-Baltimore-Hutzlers-/261288150056?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd5fcc428)



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on September 22, 2013, 06:29:05 PM

You know................ To the untrained eye in New Jersey an $85.00 'buy it now' listing for an empty cardboard box might seem a bit high.

But to the thoughtful and sophisticated among us it's obvious the value isn't in the box, it's in the legacy. The memory of what that box once held. The vestige of a day gone by when a radio not only entertained but enlightened and enhanced the life of its owner. A time when the truly great DJ's, musicians, and arrangers created the soundtrack of your life etched in indelible memories that a simple box can bring back to the lucky high bidder.

Can you put a price on that?   I say not......................

Like finely crafted bullsh!t, no matter the cost, you'll always get good value in return for an empty box.   Why do you think young children often prefer the box over the toy that came in it?
 
 
 
 
 
::)                           

 
.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on September 23, 2013, 02:24:08 AM
Cats like cardboard boxes, too.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on September 23, 2013, 08:00:15 AM
and to think 5UP had to burn his garage down to get rid of all those empty boxes, it was so packed...


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on September 23, 2013, 05:13:34 PM
and to think 5UP had to burn his garage down to get rid of all those empty boxes, it was so packed...

You just got rid of a batch last week. And he could have gotten $85 per box!


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 19, 2013, 08:22:06 AM
Vinnie needs a winter project..............

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/108/10-16-2013/sa15033681016-ng.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vtg-National-NCX-5-Ham-Radio-Transceiver-Speaker-14495612.html)

Bandscope adapter sold separately.  Sure, it's missing a knob, but you're missing a few brain cells and that hasn't slowed you down..........

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/78/10-16-2013/sa97210321016-lf.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Heathkit-SB-610-Monitor-Scope--14487924.html)

And this week only... You, yes you... N4NYY... can become the only kid on your block to own a genuine Yeasu CB microphone!
(have you noticed that on eHam it's spelled Yeasu as often as Yaesu? Must be more people here from New Jersey than we suspected)

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/109/10-16-2013/sa41354001016-11.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Yaesu-YD-844-Stationary-CB-Microphone-14489884.html)

< click the pics for more >



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on October 19, 2013, 05:02:47 PM
It's up to $176 !


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 22, 2013, 11:19:46 PM
I'm amazed the Yeasu "CB" mic is currently over $50.00... Last time I looked a Shure 444 could be had for less.

Go Figure.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 07, 2013, 04:46:15 PM
Nelson,

My friend emailed me and said he found this in his mother's basement. http://www.radiolaguy.com/Showcase/Radiola/Radiola_IV.htm (http://www.radiolaguy.com/Showcase/Radiola/Radiola_IV.htm)

Trying to get a dollar value for the guy. Regens I am NOT, familiar with.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on November 08, 2013, 02:56:07 AM
Are UX199s in demand at all? I have two, which I believe are working - if needed I could test them. If they are, I'd rather they went to somewhere  they could be used than just sit in my old valve collection.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 08, 2013, 04:09:18 AM
Are UX199s in demand at all? I have two, which I believe are working - if needed I could test them. If they are, I'd rather they went to somewhere  they could be used than just sit in my old valve collection.

I will let you know. He is not close to me. He is on Long Island and I am near Delaware. Not sure what he wants done to it. How many amp power supply would this need if he made it AC?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on November 08, 2013, 01:39:15 PM
3 tubes?  3 volts @ 600 mA filaments, 2.5 mA per plate, so any old 125 VAC/6.3VAC transformer you have lying around, and a 3-terminal regulator off the 9VDC rectified/filtered filament winding will run this.  you will have to regulate the B+ down to 90 volts.

http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~reese/RC10/RC10-83.GIF


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on November 08, 2013, 05:52:09 PM
3 tubes?  3 volts @ 600 mA filaments, 2.5 mA per plate, so any old 125 VAC/6.3VAC transformer you have lying around, and a 3-terminal regulator off the 9VDC rectified/filtered filament winding will run this.  you will have to regulate the B+ down to 90 volts.

http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~reese/RC10/RC10-83.GIF

He is keeping it. I think he is only going to clean it up.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 09, 2013, 06:45:22 PM
Yo, Vinn-Ay............ You know about these things, if I recall:   http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=powder+coat

I can't see this as something I'd use regularly, but how cool would it be on a rebuild to powder coat a few select parts before they went back in?  Yeah, it's an expensive way to spiff up a transformer or chassis, but there's something about the look of powder coating that melts my rosin.  About a month ago Harbor Freight opened a new store maybe five miles from me.  I've resisted so far, but I have a coupon for a free Cen-Tech DMM and like a moth to a flame...

(http://s92711200.onlinehome.us/ebay/images/cen-tech.GIF)

Sure, it's no Heathshkit, but that's why I like 'em.  ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 09, 2013, 07:20:18 PM
Regens I am NOT, familiar with.

I haven't played with one in so long all I recall is they can be ungodly sensitive if you run the feedback within an RCH of self-oscillation, used very few parts, and were very selective - but - there would be a rushing sound added to the audio if the regen was too tight and I can't help but wonder how badly they sucked on DX stations. It's one thing to tweak the regen to exactly the right amount for any given signal, but what if that signal is swinging 30 dB on the skywave? I can't imagine that would be a good thing. Hell, even the best of the best superhets today can only do so much with KDKA on a bad night. It's also possible to be too selective on an AM signal. For a demo of what I mean, listen to an AM BCB signal on your HF rig through the SSB filter to hear how muddy it gets.

For more about gennies (that's what they used to be called) take a look at this:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regenerative_circuit

As for quality AM on a local station it's hard to beat a high end crystal set:  http://fmamradios.com/pics/Miller565-4.jpg
Or, for those of you who need the glow of GlassFETs to keep you warm at night, here's a TRF that came out about 20 years after the TRF went the way of the Dodo:  http://www.indianaradios.com/Miller%20570-T%20Hi-Fidelity%20AM%20Tuner.htm


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on November 24, 2013, 12:49:48 PM
Soon,  Vinnie,  soon............... Your part of the word will be invaded by creatures of an alien culture.

(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/catcountry1073.com/files/2012/06/MUMMERS.jpg)

You shall know them by their brightly colored plumage and strange way of walking...............    :o


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KB1WSY on December 08, 2013, 06:56:42 PM
I haven't played with one in so long all I recall is they can be ungodly sensitive if you run the feedback within an RCH of self-oscillation, used very few parts, and were very selective - but - there would be a rushing sound added to the audio if the regen was too tight and I can't help but wonder how badly they sucked on DX stations. It's one thing to tweak the regen to exactly the right amount for any given signal, but what if that signal is swinging 30 dB on the skywave? I can't imagine that would be a good thing.

I use a 3-transistor homebrew regen on a daily basis and monitor plenty of DX. It's extremely sensitive, albeit as wide as a barn door:

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RJ7dwbW-gVk/UbW3u70P3YI/AAAAAAAABu0/H28eljni-gs/s128/DSCF5806.JPG)


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Post by: AC5UP on December 25, 2013, 06:24:08 AM
Yo.......... Six Flags Over New Jersey.............

If you happen to out & about and swing by your local big box handy guy store in the next week or so you might keep an eye open for discounted holiday light sets of the LED persuasion. For all I know they're not sold out this year and for a deuce or two a person could score a hundred or more LED's in festive colors. Or white. Or blue. The possibilities are mind boggling.

Even the Iggy would look good with a blue pilot light. Still drift like a canoe on a windy day, but aside from that......


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on December 26, 2013, 05:40:20 AM
Yo.......... Six Flags Over New Jersey.............

If you happen to out & about and swing by your local big box handy guy store in the next week or so you might keep an eye open for discounted holiday light sets of the LED persuasion. For all I know they're not sold out this year and for a deuce or two a person could score a hundred or more LED's in festive colors. Or white. Or blue. The possibilities are mind boggling.

Even the Iggy would look good with a blue pilot light. Still drift like a canoe on a windy day, but aside from that......

I have red, white, and blue LEDs already. You back on the air yet?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 01, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
Yo, Vinny..................

When a Mummer's brigade from South Philadelphia is dressed in green, white and red, does that mean they're Gay ??

Just Askin'.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 01, 2014, 08:18:36 AM
Yo, Vinny..................

When a Mummer's brigade from South Philadelphia is dressed in green, white and red, does that mean they're Gay ??

Just Askin'.


I am not a south Jersey if Philly guy. I do not get the Mummers.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 01, 2014, 09:24:52 AM


And this is why doing comedy on the Interweb is more an art than a science..........   :P



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: W5WSS on January 10, 2014, 05:37:24 AM
Yo Christy :)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 10, 2014, 06:15:05 PM

"A year ago, when I saw [Christie] paling around with Barack Obama after hurricane Sandy, I was worried he was one of those 'fake conservatives' who secretly believe that the government can do things. But now I realize he's the kind of leader I can get behind---the kind who says,  'It's my way or I shut down your highway.' Christie is a true conservative! He's committed to proving the core conservative value that government is the problem, even if he has to create those problems himself. I can already see his 2016 bumper sticker: Christie --- Bringing America Together Or I Will F--- You Over."

---Stephen Colbert               


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 11, 2014, 06:32:08 PM

It's now spelled " YEASU "...     Didn't you read the memo? (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Yaesu-FT-101E-Transceiver-Radio--More-15244499.html)

A feller' could shoot some mighty fine skips with one o'these.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 12, 2014, 08:49:37 AM

It's now spelled " YEASU "...     Didn't you read the memo? (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Yaesu-FT-101E-Transceiver-Radio--More-15244499.html)

A feller' could shoot some mighty fine skips with one o'these.

I sold the National NC-100 Receiver to a ham collector in VA. I was not going to get to it any time soon. It is going to a good home. When I secured the coil for shipment, I noticed that there was an enormous amount of room to work freely. It would have been an easy restoration. The ham pointed that it was not a ham band receiver, but likely modded as an airport receiver with 200-400 KHz. I will use the money as I always do, to recycle other projects.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 12, 2014, 10:30:58 AM
The NC-100 was definitely a high end piece back in the day and from what I see on the web should have preformed well. But, to my eye, the front panel esthetics were not on par with the technical sophistication behind that panel. Yeah, a true boatanker phanatic would say what's heard is far more important than what's seen, but if I can't connect to a piece on some emotional level it may be " a while " before it gets worked on. 10 tubes plus rectifier and magic eye. That would be a big step up for you. As for 200 KC to 400 KC reception, almost useless in the midwest unless someone is a beacon hunter. For all all know a long run of wire out back in your part of the world can snag LW broadcast signals from across the pond and that was the goal.

In other news, there's a nasty rumor floating around that last year you did a service call on the traffic lane change controller box for the George Washington bridge.

Any truth to that?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 12, 2014, 12:38:03 PM


In other news, there's a nasty rumor floating around that last year you did a service call on the traffic lane change controller box for the George Washington bridge.

Any truth to that?


Where do you think I got my radio parts?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 12, 2014, 05:30:12 PM

Good One !!

Nice to see you're still capable of catching a straight line and running with it.........

BTW: In case anyone is wondering, I've been nursing this thread along just to see how many views (visits) it can accumulate. This is called " incredibly boring nerdplay " and the first post was 11/1/11. Closing in on 81,000 as I type this and my goal is to pass 100k before the next anniversary which should be a piece o'cake. Best I can tell that's twice the number of the next most viewed threads which are at 37,000 hits or less.

Keep up the good work and remember what everyone in Ft Lee already knows: Anyone can tell the difference between New York and New Jersey.  Even with their eyes closed.

By the smell.    :-*


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 12, 2014, 05:51:03 PM

Good One !!

Nice to see you're still capable of catching a straight line and running with it.........

BTW: In case anyone is wondering, I've been nursing this thread along just to see how many views (visits) it can accumulate. This is called " incredibly boring nerdplay " and the first post was 11/1/11. Closing in on 81,000 as I type this and my goal is to pass 100k before the next anniversary which should be a piece o'cake. Best I can tell that's twice the number of the next most viewed threads which are at 37,000 hits or less.

Keep up the good work and remember what everyone in Ft Lee already knows: Anyone can tell the difference between New York and New Jersey.  Even with their eyes closed.

By the smell.    :-*


BTW, I sold it to this guy http://www.kn4r.com/Home.html (http://www.kn4r.com/Home.html)

Gave it a good home.

I am not sure why anyone beside you and I read this thread. It is totally useless.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on January 12, 2014, 07:13:52 PM

Good One !!

Nice to see you're still capable of catching a straight line and running with it.........

BTW: In case anyone is wondering, I've been nursing this thread along just to see how many views (visits) it can accumulate. This is called " incredibly boring nerdplay " and the first post was 11/1/11. Closing in on 81,000 as I type this and my goal is to pass 100k before the next anniversary which should be a piece o'cake. Best I can tell that's twice the number of the next most viewed threads which are at 37,000 hits or less.

Keep up the good work and remember what everyone in Ft Lee already knows: Anyone can tell the difference between New York and New Jersey.  Even with their eyes closed.

By the smell.    :-*


BTW, I sold it to this guy http://www.kn4r.com/Home.html (http://www.kn4r.com/Home.html)

Gave it a good home.

I am not sure why anyone beside you and I read this thread. It is totally useless.


I find it entertaining...and sometimes you or Nelson post some good links.

Rick  WN2C


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 12, 2014, 07:18:37 PM
Thanks!  LOL

Before Nelson's help, I did not even know what a AA5 was. My ultimate goal is to get him back on the air, with an HW-101 or SB-102 !


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: G3RZP on January 13, 2014, 01:43:54 AM
He'll need a SB200 or 220 or even an HA14 as well......


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on January 13, 2014, 05:58:53 PM
don't confuse him, clean up a single-bander for 40


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on January 13, 2014, 07:27:37 PM
I am not sure why anyone beside you and I read this thread. It is totally useless.





It's a thread about nothing.








BTW:  Can I trust you to keep a secret?








Swear you won't tell anyone?










Not so much as peep?










About six feet behind me, on my right side, is a near-mint.............









( but overdue for a refurb )









(http://rigreference.com/img/rigs/33/2907/heathkit-dx-100.JPG)








That's right... The pride of Benton Harbor... A genuine Dee-Ex-Ten-Squared.







And just like a custom guitar amp in the movie Spinal Tap, the bandswitch goes to 11







Take a close look at the pic. Back then Charlie Brown didn't work no 11      ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on January 13, 2014, 07:40:39 PM
nice clean panel, you can surely do the rest.

(if it was green, he'd already have thrown it out.)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 15, 2014, 07:16:28 AM
He'll just froze over


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on January 15, 2014, 08:32:18 AM
the superiority of the Benton Harbor Way is impossible to resist.  that's why Heathkit is coming back.

((ducks))

he probably got it because there was no rust.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: N4NYY on January 15, 2014, 03:32:19 PM
What was used as a receiver? Did you have to manually switch between them?


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on March 29, 2014, 07:12:58 PM

I am not sure why anyone beside you and I read this thread. It is totally useless.

I haven't darkened this thread with my presence since January but for some meaningless reason I decided to see how far down the stack it has fallen.......
Page five, but one thing jumped out at me:  THIS THREAD HAS NOW RECORDED OVER 100,000 VIEWS !!!

It's official.......... We have become the click & clack of eHam and only one of us is Italian.    ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KD0REQ on March 30, 2014, 05:32:42 PM
Nah, no pledge week whines.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on April 27, 2014, 01:00:09 PM
Yo......... Vinn-Ay:

This is a rare beast:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/1938-RCA-Victor-811K-Vintage-3-Band-Floor-Radio-16312034.html

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/5/4-25-2014/75242242573046er.jpg)

See the piece towards the upper left corner that looks like a phono motor? 
That's what it is... Except it drives the tuning condenser.    :o

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/5/4-25-2014/3130732573046er.jpg)

Sure... It needs a little work both inside and out...

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/5/4-25-2014/96517602573046er.jpg)

And it's a pickup item in Indiana, but aside from that........ This was one expensive radio back in the day.
Not only one of RCA's better chassis designs but also auto-tune. Push a button and it QSY's to the next station.

Wouldn't take much to build a wired remote.  Assuming the difficult to replace parts are still good.   ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: KC4MOP on May 12, 2014, 03:50:24 AM
Yup Quite amazing about this thread.
I have the very same  RCA 811 floor model radio. It was restored completely. My 811 has an enclosure of sorts behind the speaker. I experimented listening with the enclosure on and off. The bass sounds better with it on. The auto-tune circuit in my 811 does not work. It play loud with a pair of 6L6's in the audio.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on May 18, 2014, 07:13:39 AM
I have an 811k in the garage I started restoring about 15 years ago before I got distracted. Last time it was powered up it played. Poorly. Then I noticed a faint whiff of smoke from the rear corner of the chassis where the transformer lives and it stopped playing. I have a potential replacement transformer (assuming that's what smoked) and it's just a matter of getting a round tuit before it will play again. It's quite a piece that deserves better than indefinite storage.

But........ In consideration of other things that make no sense........

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/78/5-17-2014/11075991775610lf.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=16563034)

                (click the pic, Seymour...)

Why anyone in their right mind would bid on an HP-410B when a perfectly decent DMM can be had for the same money is beyond my comprehension. Especially since that's exactly what I wanted to do when I first saw it. Sure, it's HP. The squidmatic is freely available on BAMA (http://bama.edebris.com/manuals/hp/410b/). The tube complement is easy-squeezy to replace. Aside from the precision resistors and a ballast tube there's nothing exotic inside. It appears to have lived a good life with proper care. In the history of VTVM's this is likely one of the most desirable models, even if it does use an AC probe with an internal diode tube like most of them did. Plus, the DC probe needs an internal 1 meg resistor.

But........   It's from the Pahbulous Phifties.   Like me.   What more do we need to know?

NOTE TO VINNIE:  CLICK HERE FOR SOMETHING YOU NEED !! (http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/view?auctionId=7677879&convertTo=USD&cm_sp=Banners-_-homepage-bottom-_-1952-Baldwin-Locomotive)  Seriously... It's a whole 'nother concept in operating mobile.


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on June 18, 2014, 06:47:19 PM

A person could buy a fair number of substitute firebottles for what this one is bringing at bid...

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/6-12-2014/2202982128050ht.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Hickok-Model-752A-Tube-Tester-in-Box-wBook-16856237.html)

But ya' gotta' say it is in near mint condition.  And the conductance is mutual.........................   :P


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 18, 2014, 07:14:12 PM
Yo...   Jersey Boy...   Click the Pic for more:

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/176/10-6-2014/43184626133326gg.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=18287830)

Usually I taunt you with stuff I found on the Goodwill web site, this is one I bought on the Goodwill web site.  Should arrive next week.  Did not need another 'scope but for the price we're talking cursors and readouts and more than I'll ever need to know about a signal. Yeah, it's the 50 MC model, but if it's typical Tek should be accurate beyond the spec.  That's good enough for me.

Also bought this one... 

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/47/10-7-2014/28338257890er.jpg) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=18295004)

Check the product label against HP's web site and you'll find this is the DN model which includes network print and duplexing.  More printer than I need, but I never met a duplexer I didn't like.  With shipping I'm looking at $77.00 plus change on the doorstep and it's only three years old.  Still available brand new in the box at Office Depot for only $781.00.  That's a shade under ten cents on the dollar and it prints both sides of the paper auto-magically.  Amazin' what shows up from time to time... Like this:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Fluke-True-RMS-Multi-Meter-17806951.html

If I didn't have more meters than I need I'd have been all over that like ugly on a Philco clock radio......................



Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: WN2C on October 19, 2014, 10:51:24 AM

I am not sure why anyone beside you and I read this thread. It is totally useless.

I haven't darkened this thread with my presence since January but for some meaningless reason I decided to see how far down the stack it has fallen.......
Page five, but one thing jumped out at me:  THIS THREAD HAS NOW RECORDED OVER 100,000 VIEWS !!!

It's official.......... We have become the click & clack of eHam and only one of us is Italian.    ;D

I only look at this thread to see what links you post Nelson.  Some of them are very good.

Rick  WN2C


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 19, 2014, 05:11:32 PM
.....you were impressed by the surplus Air Force locomotive I posted a few months ago.  Although the pic has expired the link is still good.  Sold for $26,000.00 which is within the range of a nice new car,  but let's be honest...  Which makes more of an impression on a blind date?  A nice Toyota or a mid-50's vintage diesel-electric GE loco?   Sure, it depends on the attitude of the date, but really... The loco is on rails.  What could be better?

In any case, this post is a bookmark for me and a comment on Internet auctions in general.  Check out this shizzel:    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=18431687

When I bough the TDS-310 there were two up for bid. The other one went for $111.00, and I paid $136.00 because some douche tried to snipe mine. Bastid cost me $25.00 but that's OK... Sorta... I still came in below my max bid and the 'scope appears to be spotless.  Which brings me to the link above:  More than a day to go and a 20 MC B & K Precision analogue 'scope is at $102.00.  Which tells me there's a fair chance it will sell for more than the $111.00 digital Tek TDS-310 that went un-sniped.

Geez, Louise, what's up with that?

Sure the B&K might be newer and it "looks" like something from Beaverton, but that doesn't make it the standard of the industry.  You'd have to be totally clueless not to know better.  The current bid is a clear violation of the first two rules of web auctions... (1) Research the going bids by looking at previous auctions - and - (2) Never, ever, forget there will always be a bigger & better deal in the future.

So don't bid like a moron...               Or snipe me on a 'scope.                There will be a B&K that's just perfect for ya' coming up! 

(sure would be a hoot if the 'bag that sniped me ended up buying the B&K. Serve 'em right!)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 21, 2014, 04:18:38 PM
UPDATE:  The 20 MC BK 'scope sold for $125.00 plus freight.   Not the same d'bag that sniped me, but whatta' maroon..........    ::)


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on October 29, 2014, 02:30:24 PM
In case no one cares, both the Tek TDS-310 'scope and HP P3015 printer have arrived.  Both have been extensively evaluated, and..........  Sell my clothes 'cuz I think I died and went to heaven!

The 'scope is clean, gently used, has a beautifully sharp display, and is balls-on dead accurate against the internal calibrator.  While everything I'll probably ever need can be handled by the Tek 2213 'scope I already have, the TDS-310 is like the Star Trek version.  For the first time in a long time I actually RTFB and once I got the Zen of the menu flow the rest came intuitively.  All I know is the calibrator is 'sposed to be a 5 volt square wave at 1 KC.  The display looks exactly square with no distortion and through a 10:1 probe the autoset / auto measurement setup gives me 500 mV @ 997 CPS.  O. M. G.  I am not worthy, I am not worthy...

As for the printer, yes it has the network print option and duplexer.  Also clean and gently used, the only issues were two keys mashed down on the control panel (which is a UPS thing since the auction pictures show them un-mashed) and a toner cart with an aging photo conductor.  Prints well at 42 pages per minute ( ! ) but black is more like a slate grey.  I bought two spare carts for it but at the moment have no desire to swap the original.  The background is still clean.  It's good enough for now and is darkening slightly as I'm using it.  The two mashed buttons popped back into place with a little nudge from a small screwdriver. The test page tells me 115,007 total pages printed since new and I suspect this model series has a design life approaching a million. Which is more than adequate.  It does not need one, but if and when, a rubber roller refurb kit can be found for $39.95.  Then I'm good to go for another jillion pages.

As for radio stuff... Check this out:   ( click the pics for more )

  (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/5/10-22-2014/2597881224356ey.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Kenwood-FM-Dual-Bander-TM-G707A-18492445.html)

This too:

  (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/119/10-28-2014/438778028161554rb.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Fluke-99-ScopeMeter-Series-II-Automatic-Fluke-18583440.html)

And one more:

  (http://images.shopgoodwill.com/2/10-29-2014/42261242912214af.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Tektronix-THS730A-200-MHz-Oscilloscope-18596825.html)

Remember that someone walked into their local Goodwill donation center and dropped these off 'cuz they had no further use for 'em... Or their accountant suggested a good charitable donation could be more useful.  In any case, given the locations, I suspect that person was not N4NYY.     ;D


Title: RE: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................
Post by: AC5UP on December 01, 2014, 04:59:50 PM
Hard to believe, but it's true... Someone in the Portlandia Metro donated this:

(http://images.shopgoodwill.com/8/11-25-2014/73969662515445ht.JPG) (http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=18953923)

 :o :o :o   Click the pic to see what it sold for  :o :o :o