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Own old gear?


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Own old gear?  

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  1. 1. Do you still own older gear (transceiver, transmitter, receiver, linear amplifier)?

    • Built in the 1980's
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    • Built in the 1970's
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    • Built in the 1960's
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    • Built before 1960
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    • Nope, only new stuff
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  2. 2. Based on the answer above:

    • I mainly operate with pre-1990 gear
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    • I sometimes operate with pre-1990 gear
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    • I never operate with pre-1990 gear
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I wonder how many of us own old gear. I'm talking transceivers, transmitters, receivers, and maybe linear amplifiers. Let's pick a random date: 1990. Who still actively uses gear from pre-1990 and what type of gear?

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15 hours ago, KP4CI said:

TS-830, TS-140 a few mobile and HT's pre 1990. Just got a National receiver.

 I loved the TS-830. A dear dear friend had one and I was so jealous. This may sound corny, but I saw the 830 as the ultimate radio back then. I did not think radios could get any better. Think about it, I thought, a radio that goes from 160 to 10m!!!!!!????? 🤩 And let's be honest, it was a good looking rig.

As for the National Receiver, not sure which one you got, but they were also good looking. Now, I know, we're not buying radios for their looks, but c'mon 😄 Here's a nice link from the Ham Radio Museum: https://www.radioing.com/museum/rx5.html. Don't hold me to this, but from memory, I think my dad had an NC-60. I kinda wish I still had it.

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As my grandfather got back into ham radio (circa 1975), he first purchased the TS820. Some years later added the TS-830S and external VFO. Always was happy with others giving him praise for how good his audio sounded. The current TS-830  we have was a handme down from an SK to my kids. Just needs some TLC but still working. And yes, "ultimate radio back then" and for many still is with out all the modern bells and whistles.

My TS-140 is suffering from the famous Kenwood "Bad Caps" and Humidity in the putty compound that they covered internal part with. This affects the TS-140, 440, 440S, and 680. Still turns on and receives, BUT...... maybe for not to much longer.

As you see below, It's a National Rack Mount NC-125 that a college student just gave me. It was his grandfathers and he does not have time to work on it or use it.

Some of the HT I use on a monthly basis are, Kenwood TR-2500, and Icom 03AT (220 Mhz). The TR-2500 I buy for about $25, replace the internal battery and check to see if they have any issues. If in good shape, good for APRS with Bionics Tiny Track, as well as the Icom 2AT or 02AT.

What I am looking forward to bring home from grandpas estate, his hand built 10M 25W AM transmiter. [sorry, not intending to degrade or offend anyone] They nicked named it "the chinese kilowatt' (circa 1930's).

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I think there is a beauty, an elegance, an honor maybe, to using older gear instead of always always always needing the latest. This is especially true in our hobby. My dear friend and co-conspirator @W4DOI will of course get a kick out of hearing me say this, but a wave is a wave!

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