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Author Topic: HQ-120X meets Viking Ranger  (Read 836 times)
N6AF
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« on: November 14, 2018, 07:37:11 PM »

I usually post questions about boat anchor problems so this entry is different.  I noticed an ad for an estate sale last weekend and the photo looked like a collection of radio gear, though it wasn't described in any detail.  I high tailed it over there and was third in line waiting for the opening.  Once in the house I headed for the garage.  There I saw a Hammarlund HQ-120"X", the "X" version being equipped with the filter bank.  It was marked $75 and looked very clean.  The guy watching the stuff said "well it's Sunday, the last day, so everything is half off"!  So armed with my $37.50 HQ-120 I headed home.  It worked!  I set it up with the Viking Ranger and worked AM on 3870 and several CW stations on 80 and 40.  Felt like I was reliving the good old days of the hobby.  What a blast!  For the time being the K3 and other modern rigs sit by and watch the tubes glow....
73 N6AF Chuck
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KE0ZU
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 08:22:03 PM »

Aren't you worried about the cops comin tuh git cha?? Wink Wink

Good for Ya, what a nice deal.   I've got a couple old Hammarlunds, good radios.   
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2018, 12:06:59 PM »

I own a 120X and its WW2 USCG version RBG-2 which is a 120/129 cross breed. I also own many other HQ's but the 120's appearance always caught my eye since I was a kid and bought a used 129X.

Carl
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N2EY
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 11:29:03 AM »

I usually post questions about boat anchor problems so this entry is different.  I noticed an ad for an estate sale last weekend and the photo looked like a collection of radio gear, though it wasn't described in any detail.  I high tailed it over there and was third in line waiting for the opening.  Once in the house I headed for the garage.  There I saw a Hammarlund HQ-120"X", the "X" version being equipped with the filter bank.  It was marked $75 and looked very clean.  The guy watching the stuff said "well it's Sunday, the last day, so everything is half off"!  So armed with my $37.50 HQ-120 I headed home.  It worked!  I set it up with the Viking Ranger and worked AM on 3870 and several CW stations on 80 and 40.  Felt like I was reliving the good old days of the hobby.  What a blast!  For the time being the K3 and other modern rigs sit by and watch the tubes glow....


Congrats on the classic and thanks for saving it from the dumpster (too many old radios wind up as trash because the sellers have no idea what to do with them).

btw - there's no "filter bank" in the HQ-120X. It has a single-crystal filter, which was pretty standard for the times. Good explanation on page 4 of the manual.

73 de Jim, N2EY

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KB4QAA
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 11:08:57 PM »

I've got a Navy RBG-2.  Built like a brick outhouse!
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2018, 08:14:07 AM »

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I've got a Navy RBG-2.  Built like a brick outhouse!

Its built like a mini BC series Super Pro.

Ive been tempted to replace the BS dial with one from a 129/140 but have resisted the temptation.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2018, 09:51:42 AM »

The HQ-120x was the first piece of amateur radio equipment I ever touched. I finally got one of my own about 9 years ago. I have had most of the HQ series receivers over the years, but the 120x is here to stay. Great find at $37.50, Chuck!

Marc-k7wxk
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