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Author Topic: Inheriting some radios. What should I expect?  (Read 1709 times)
KD5ZKI
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« on: November 27, 2011, 12:09:35 PM »

My grandfather passed away a few days ago. He has a few radios that I will be getting. Are these any good? He didn't do much talking, but mostly listened and enjoyed electronics.

IC-730 HF Transceiver with 25 amp power supply
IC-208H mobile dual band
2 Azden PSC6000 2 meter mobiles
Another Icom 2 meter mobile, but can't remember the model.
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AC5UP
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011, 12:14:53 PM »

Look 'em up: http://rigpix.com/
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011, 01:20:08 PM »

The IC-208 is a relatively recent model.  It only displays one channel at a time (rather than having dual
receive for both bands at once) but had a remote head and works well.

The IC-730 is a fairly solid HF rig - somewhat older, perhaps, but (if it is in working condition) quite
functional.

For all of them, you'll just have to try them out and see what condition they are in.
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G0GQK
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011, 01:44:49 PM »

Ah ! You can bet your granpaw had loads of fun and spoken to lots of people all round the US and the world and he may be up there now yakkin' away and giving them all 59

Mel G0GQK
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KD5ZKI
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 02:51:45 PM »

I actually found an OLD code practice oscillator and key that he drilled me morse code on when I was probably 12. It has sat on the shelf for 12 years and the battery still worked!!! Lots of memories! Remember when I got my tech license, he ordered me my first HT the next day, when IC-V8s were fairly new.
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WD5GWY
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011, 04:03:17 PM »

I believe that I would put that code practice oscillator in a special
place just to remember your grandfather.
  The radios, while out of date, can be fun, if working. If you know
which one might have been his favorite, keep it and enjoy it.
None of them have any great monetary value, but, as a way to remember
your grandfather and all he taught you, some could be priceless.
Sorry for your loss, hope you have plenty of good memories of your
grandfather. (I know I have many of mine)
james
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K8AXW
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 07:36:41 AM »

ZKI:

I'm sorry to hear of your loss.  I hope you was able to learn something from him.  My kids didn't learn anything from me nor my grandkids.  But, I think that's their loss.  I tried and I still try.

As for his gear, try it out.  I think that a person can have fun even with "outdated" gear.  As a matter of fact there is a whole world of people operating and loving the use of "outdated" gear.  It was free so cherish the memories of what your grandfather did with this equipment.

Good luck, and again I'm sorry for your loss.
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WB2EOD
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 08:39:21 PM »

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. 
If you must sell, find out what the equipment goes for. 
Check the on line classified here and on other ham radio websites. 
Look at what sellers are asking and what buyers are bidding on ebay.
If you don't have to sell, keep it and use it.  I suspect grandpa would have wanted that. 
My late father was not a ham but the desk from his study is now my main operating position.

73
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KD5ZKI
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 07:43:43 AM »

I don't plan on selling any of it. Just checking to see what "bugs" or common problems these radios had. Thanks!
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K2DC
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2011, 12:36:39 AM »

I can tell you this much:  When I first bought my IC-706 new at a hamfest, the Icom factory rep said that it was their first rig to outsell the IC-730.  The 730 was a real workhorse in its day, and I suspect that if it's survived in working order this long it's got a lot of miles left in it.  The IC-208 was also quite popular.  Can't comment on the Azden's, but I don't remember them being big sellers.

What can you expect?  Well, you can expect that the whole lot is probably worth a few hundred bucks on the open market.  But you could also expect a lot of fun figuring out what you have, bringing it back on line, and remembering your grandfather.  I've also tried but my grandkids just aren't that interested in ham radio (internet, iPads, Xbox, blah, blah, blah).  You and your grandfather are both very lucky to have had that connection.

IC-730 Manual (link at the bottom):

http://www.rigpix.com/icom/ic730.htm

IC-208 Manual:

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/downloads/default.aspx?Category=9

GL & 73,

Don, K2DC
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