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Author Topic: value of a BC-610  (Read 56856 times)
N8TI
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« on: April 28, 2014, 06:55:03 PM »

Hello everyone.  I have a BC 610 that I picked up about ten years ago from a SK's estate.  I put it in the garage and never applied power to it.  Anyone have any idea what they are going for nowadays?

Thanks,

Joe N8TI
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W1BR
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 08:29:57 PM »

Condition?  Do you have the coil sets, and the audio section?  Value would depend a lot on what shape it is in, and what comes with it.

Pete
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 11:03:40 PM »

About 0.95 cents/pound. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 11:20:20 PM »

The high voltage transformer in my homebrew pair of 4-400s has been in use for 46 years with no problems. It is heavy. Center tapped secondary on low tap primary input provides 4000 volts.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 01:27:48 AM »

There's usually coils in the flea market at Dayton: I even seen the plug in boxes there.
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KG8LB
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014, 03:06:52 AM »

Depending upon condition and which model they usually start around $600 and run up to about $2000 (closer to $5.00 per pound  Wink) for a nice , working example . The BC-610 is a very nice , smooth operating transmitter that has a pretty good following . A very well built transmitter with quality components .
At the 70 year mark there are still plenty of them up and running regularly . Seems they may be doing a lot better than many of the "modern " appliances will be at their 20 year mark .
 Send me an email (kg8lb@comcast.net) I may be interested .
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W9GB
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2014, 09:42:46 AM »

Bob, N0DGN is a good resource (restored 2 Hallicrafters BC-610)
http://home.comcast.net/~rbethman/BC-610.html

Winding a BC610 Final Coil
The BC-610 160 meter coils are very hard to find and if you do find one,
chances are it will be deteriorated.

by William, W1CKI
http://w1cki.net/Winding_a_BC610_Final_Coil.htm
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KAPT4560
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014, 02:49:56 PM »

 I don't know if you aware that WD5JWY is really, really wanting to own a BC-610. See his article here  Smiley:
http://www.eham.net/articles/31854
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KG8LB
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 04:26:14 PM »

It seems he doesn't really want a BC-610 as badly as he claims  Huh
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KH2G
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 03:52:46 PM »

The value of anything is governed by the value to the seller and what a buyer is willing to pay.
I'd like a BC610 for sentimental reasons but I wouldn't pay more more than $100.00. I believe that it just doesn't make sense to love anything that can't love you back -hi
Dick KH2G
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KG8LB
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 05:37:36 PM »

I know how you feel ; I wouldn't pay more than $50 for a 75A4 but that is really just a simple anecdote . The hard fact is , you would be lucky to get the pair of the BC610s 2A3 audio drivers for $100 .

 I think the OP was actually interested in fair market value .
  Nothing about love , just a small amount of money in "escrow" until you decide to sell it . I don't love the money enough to worry about tying up a few dollars while I get some enjoyment .
  I do enjoy my radios a lot more than allowing the bank to hold the money . Wink
 
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G3RZP
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2014, 11:41:23 PM »

>  I do enjoy my radios a lot more than allowing the bank to hold the money .<

With today's economic situation, I suspect one gets a better return by having the fun of using the radio rather than the heartburn of the lousy interest rate!
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KC4MOP
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2014, 03:27:27 AM »

If you want to move it; then sell it for the price you paid at the estate sale. It is in the same, or worse condition from sitting, than when you bought it.
I do not think BC610's have increased in value that you can flip your unit.
Fred
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W1BR
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2014, 07:39:50 AM »

Depending upon condition and which model they usually start around $600 and run up to about $2000 (closer to $5.00 per pound  Wink) for a nice , working example . The BC-610 is a very nice , smooth operating transmitter that has a pretty good following . A very well built transmitter with quality components .
At the 70 year mark there are still plenty of them up and running regularly . Seems they may be doing a lot better than many of the "modern " appliances will be at their 20 year mark .
 Send me an email (kg8lb@comcast.net) I may be interested .

I agree. It is hard to find complete, unmolested units that are in good condition. If I had the room, I'd love to own one.

Pete
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KG8LB
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2014, 09:06:54 AM »

Fair Radio sold one late last year . It was untested , rough , no tubes speech amp , coils or tuning units . As I recall , the mod iron was also missing .
 As I recall it only brought about  $1000 .

Of course individuals usually sell similar units for less than that .

  Considering the prices for Johnson Five Hundreds and the occasional post-CB Globe Kings , the BC-610 is a very good value when you can find them . I wouldn't even consider swapping a BC-610 for either of them at this point . The BC-610 has become a favorite TX .
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