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Re: Cool stuff I have (that you don't have) that enriches life

Post by bean_counter » Fri May 06, 2016 12:41 pm

durangopipe wrote:Here's the hamshack at W0AZ:

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The setup on the left is the gear I dreamed about having in 1962 when I was WV2ZWZ, a Novice, and building gear with parts or from kits bought with money from my job as a soda jerk at my uncle's drug store.
Is that a Hammarlund HQ-180? Does the clock work? :mrgreen:

Always wanted a boat anchor receiver.
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Post by durangopipe » Fri May 06, 2016 12:47 pm

It's an HQ-145AC, and yes, the clock still works!
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Post by CW Spook » Sat May 07, 2016 8:31 am

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Beautiful cabinet work--and audio/radio gear!
Very cool.
Thanks. It's how I can squeeze big speakers into the living room. 1961 Acousticraft "hifi furniture". Same vintage HH Scott tuner/pre, later Thorens turntable. Home made PP 6B4G (6.3v octal 2A3) amps hidden. Horn on top is a Tractrix "salad bowl". Speakers are JBL L300 component based, tuned the cabinets and xover. Also have a Marantz SACD player/ DAC and an old Windows 7 laptop feeding it ripped ceedees

Put together slowly and on the cheap. No way I could justify buying new gear that sounds this good.
Very nice. When I was in college, living off-campus, I picked up an old Zenith cabinet radio, one of those with the motor tuning, and magic-eye tuning indicator. We used to listen to international shortwave stations. Wish I still had it so I could have it properly restored. They're bringing big money these days. My current audio system is a mix of old and less old; my 30-year old Magneplanar MG-1s and Harman-Kardon T-60c turntable, paired with Rotel electronics that are now about 10 years old, along with a slightly newer RS cassette deck for my collection of vintage cassette tapes. Most of my vinyl is at least 25-30 years old, but 40 or 50 of the LPs date back to my Navy days in Japan in the early 70s. Mostly all classical, with a sprinkling of vintage jazz.
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Post by CW Spook » Sat May 07, 2016 8:41 am

bean_counter wrote:
durangopipe wrote:Here's the hamshack at W0AZ:

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The setup on the left is the gear I dreamed about having in 1962 when I was WV2ZWZ, a Novice, and building gear with parts or from kits bought with money from my job as a soda jerk at my uncle's drug store.
Is that a Hammarlund HQ-180? Does the clock work? :mrgreen:

Always wanted a boat anchor receiver.
Nice shack! My new Flex Maestro I ordered a year ago at Dayton will finally arrive on Monday. And Bean_counter, here's a real boat anchor for you.

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Post by durangopipe » Sat May 07, 2016 10:50 am

Beautiful receiver, CWSpook!
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Post by bean_counter » Sat May 07, 2016 3:10 pm

CW Spook wrote: And Bean_counter, here's a real boat anchor for you.

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Ah the Collins R390a; somehow they spiked in price around the time I became interested. oh well.

I have a potted power supply choke out of a Collins of some sort around here somewhere, waiting for the right project. So much iron is indifferently finished as it is usually hidden; this thing looks great. Top notch quality.
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Post by durangopipe » Sat May 07, 2016 4:03 pm

Love this comment on the 390A from Wikipedia:

The R-390A was deployed to most branches of the US military and remained in general use through the 1980s. The last major update to its documentation was in 1984. As the military procured newer receivers, many R-390As were released to surplus while others were destroyed. Some receivers were retained by the services, however, when they found that the R-390A's vacuum tube circuitry could easily survive an electromagnetic pulse. There are reports, possibly apocryphal, that R-390A receivers are still in use aboard U.S. Navy submarines since the receiver can withstand the strong radio frequency fields found aboard ship.

Many of the R-390As that exist today are in the hands of vintage amateur radio collectors and amateur radio operators who contend that few modern solid state communications receivers can equal its performance. There is a wealth of information, both printed and electronic, devoted to R-390A restoration and maintenance, as the R-390A is widely considered an example of the best of vacuum tube technology.
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Post by hogleg » Mon May 09, 2016 4:53 pm

Mom's father served in the USN in WW1. In WW2 he worked at Oak Ridge (so did Mom by the end of the war). This lapel pin was his.

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Post by vwdeano » Thu May 12, 2016 4:52 pm

My office radio... It's a modern one, but has a great sound and the classic styling.

Tesslor R-301.

Spent most of the day yesterday listening to "Mid Century Radio" WKCE 1120 AM
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Post by durangopipe » Thu May 12, 2016 4:59 pm

vwdeano wrote:My office radio... It's a modern one, but has a great sound and the classic styling.

Tesslor R-301.

Spent most of the day yesterday listening to "Mid Century Radio" WKCE 1120 AM
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Very nice "retro" look.
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Post by Jocose » Thu May 12, 2016 5:17 pm

durangopipe wrote:
vwdeano wrote:My office radio... It's a modern one, but has a great sound and the classic styling.

Tesslor R-301.

Spent most of the day yesterday listening to "Mid Century Radio" WKCE 1120 AM
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Very nice "retro" look.
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UncleBob wrote:
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Nice. Scrolling is fun. Sometimes frustrating, but fun.

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Post by UncleBob » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:40 am

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I see what you did there.
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Post by coco » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:44 am

UncleBob wrote:
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I see what you did there.
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Post by UncleBob » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:50 am

JimVH wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:59 am
UncleBob wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:37 am
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Nice. Scrolling is fun. Sometimes frustrating, but fun.
Yeah, I got a couple of books on the cheap from a library sale. I made a hideous sled Christmas ornament for Mrs. UB. Just needs some paint. It's fun but my plan is to make something like this:
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