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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by va236 » Wednesday, 19 August 2009, 14:57 PM

My latest additions were my Galaxy DX959, Wilson 1000 Mag Mount, and Texas Star DX299. These got installed in my truck, a 90 Dodge Ram 250. Got the SWR down to 1.2-1 across the band. This was a Sparky setup. I'm really pleased with this setup. :biggrin:

Other radio stuff laying around is a Realistic TRC-465 AM/SSB, a Cobra 19DXIII, a Galaxy DX66V, a Bearcat BC700A scanner, and a RS SWR/Power meter. My next purchase will be a 2950DX. I'm thinking about letting the DX66V go because I really never use it anymore since I hang out mostly on sideband. The Cobra 19DXIII is going in my nephew's 1971 Firebird in the next couple of weeks. Then I'll start concentrating on putting together my base.


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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Ashton » Wednesday, 19 August 2009, 15:56 PM

Foxhunter wrote:Just writing and wondering what new radio "finds" any of you have found lately to add to your growing collection or as a replacement for something you recently parted with or put away ?

Did you just order something up brand new from one of out CBRT Forum sponsors ? Or something from one of the major catalog-order warehouses ? Where ?

Did you recently find a newly acquired treasure from Ebay or Craigslist ?

Have you come across a steal at a local yard sale or flea market ?

What was it ? New or used ? Antique or Vintage ? What condition is it in ? Why did you buy it? Was it something you've been wanting or needing for a while now-----or it was just to good of a deal to pass up ? Something rare or unusual ? Homemade ? Something you or a friend built ? Something odd or unusual perhaps normally unrelated----that you plan to modify, adapt or experiment with for radio use ? What is it ?

Was it a---- Radio ? Amplifier ? Meter ? Mic ? Antenna ? Tower ? Rotor ? Coax ? Power Cables ? Power Supply ? Motor *Censored* ? What ?

What do you plan on doing with it ? Are you definitely keeping it or do you plan on re-selling it ?

Just wanted a place for people to share with the rest of us what you've been up to lately with new additions to you gear collection! It seems like so much of it is lost or disconnected in a multitude of other miscellaneous threads that we might not normally read or stumble on ordinarily----and we could all see what you've got recently in one place.

I know I am very interested in what other guys are getting and how they are building their collections and with what type of gear. It's a good way to get new ideas to add to our own collections too!

Anybody get any radio-related "goodies" lately ? Please share !





I just ordered a Genearl Stonewall Jackson Base from GI Joes will let everyone know what I think of it and the tune job. So far have heard alot of good things about GI Joes

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Turbo-T » Friday, 21 August 2009, 20:18 PM

Tonight I picked up two working older 40 channel radios for only $15.

A few weeks ago I got a new SS158EDX radio from Sparkys. So far mixed results...some say it's loud n proud, others say it sounds muffled at times. Using a Skythumper ST65DX mic with the mic gain on the radio at 1-3 o clock and running a 102 whip dead center of vehicle.

A few weeks before that I got a new Tram 3 puck mag mount for my 102 whip.
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Post by shakuna » Sunday, 06 September 2009, 5:01 AM

i,ve recently bought a dx 2547 base and d104. and also a washington base with extra channels in. plus the imax 2000 antenna, which realy works so well. i,ve goten alot of good compliments from many. and a dx 959 mobile. just need a good mobile antenna now lol. :chef:
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Post by Ashton » Sunday, 06 September 2009, 7:04 AM

found a great deal for 150.00 got a used rci 2950 and a shooting star plus 250 amp and a brand new astatic d104-m6b mike

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Post by OneEyedJack » Sunday, 06 September 2009, 13:15 PM

just got a cherry 142 GTL with a D-104 base mic.

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Foxhunter » Saturday, 12 September 2009, 0:56 AM

I just re-arranged nearly ALL of my online Photobucket photo account pictures, having to sort thru all the pictures and individually re-size 3/4 of them and ended up being very time-consuming. I went and organized them into separate themed albums and while doing all this, I went thru many of the photos of some of my newer acquisitions and have them posted here below. Some are shot by me, some from Ebay images of my purchased items and more. Until I get an expensive high quality camera it's what I have to show. All pictures are part of my own station collection, none of them being generic example pics from the web. Some of it is in an area that is not only unfinished but is being taken apart so forgive some of the background flotsam/jetsam etc.

Many of us describe various things we have or own by simple text in the different threads. Not only here, but it would be good to see more pictures from our CBRT Forum members, as they sometimes are worth "a thousand words". In many cases it's like "finally putting a face to a name". I've posted here some (hopefully interesting) items that may give some viewers some information, ideas, leads or things to further research elsewhere.



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We bought 8x of these and I found a use for my half of them at least already. These were purchased late last spring from a large clothing retailer chain called Steve and Barry's that went under, another victim of the really bad economic situation---still going strong.

These cubicals are VERY heavy-duty and were originally $550 each to have made. They are about 48"W x 42"H x 24"D and are perfect for housing the majority of my mobile radios, smaller DC power supplies, test meters, radio meters, books/manuals/magazines----pretty much everything small and medium sized. Rear access allows the use of DC and coaxial cabling hookup with ease. Each individual cube is large enough to allow enough airspace for adequate cooling.



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Now here is a somewhat similar flea market find. It a bit smaller but is a very HEAVY cubical from an office system, the way it was labeled it was from a mental hospital psych department. The individual rectangular cubes themselves are not as tall as on the other units but are instead wider, which is what I need and will use for some of the larger export mobile radios and any larger side mic radios. Cool.

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Below are a few older vintage base radios. The white "station" desktop units that the base radios are sitting in (and on) were taken from a large electronics retailer that went under. I have six of these white tri-level cashier's computer station desktop cubicals.

Every side/flat/and top has a cable & cord wear-resistant 3" black plastic ring-lined cable access hole, which I will most definitely safely utilize for all my coax cables and power cords. When the electronics giant Circuit City went out of business, I went and raided several of their brand-new stores in the surrounding counties and bought out many store infrastructure electronics and other hardware goodies as I could afford. All for my station shack, when I am ready to assemble it all to complete the room. These perfectly sized station units are ideal for a radio, an amp, a power supply and a meter in one nice neat organized space.


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Now another thing purchased were 9x large clothing display tables with caster wheels, from that Steve and Barry's clothing chain I mentioned. They were all 4'x8' 3-tier tables, which I disassembled and then doubled together to combine them and make into 6-ft tall 6-tier heavy-duty rack shelving. All corner supports are grey hammerfinish powdercoated 2-1/2 inch flanged pipe. A few of the tables I've decided to leave in the original configuration (in the 3-level form) and will line them all lengthwise along a wall------as a large continuous 3-level station desk. Capping the ends will be the larger twice-as-tall spare equipment shelves.

Along the top of the 3-tier/level desks will be a white cashier's station at intervals, 2 per desk. In between each white radio "station" will likely go larger base units like a Galaxy DX2517 a Galaxy Saturn Turbo a Yaesu FT-101ZD a Kenwood TS-940SAT a Kenwood TS-820 a Kenwood TS-520SE a Realistic TRC-457 a Realistic TRC-458 and other various larger transceivers or amplifiers going curently unused. Everything for tables, shelves and cubicals is manmade commercial quality oak woodgrained finished and will make a fine station radio shack area.



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Speaking above there somewhere about Circuit City, it is a shame about their demise. The last day or two (when about to close for good) they had set aside for contractors and other similar types wanting to dismantle and buy hardware and actual store fixtures. That's when and where I took all the cashier's computer stands and other goodies. I spent over a day (and into the next) and got a good deal (of what I could dismantle by myself) from back behind their car audio department display center. 100A DC power supplies and tons of 4AWG red & black battery cables, relays etc. The biggest effort from there was to strip the entire store of all their less-than-a-year-old AC power distribution units (PDU's). It involved taking apart every single isle's gondola display rows and store shelving units and it was a huge pain. It also involved two real jarring electrical shocks while reaching under and disconnecting live power cables that were supposed to be shut off. Anyway, I netted over a 100x of these beautiful extruded-aluminum 20A heavy-duty commercial electric PDU's. Each one has 7x 20A receptacles and TWO connector cables which are meant to be daisy-chained together in a link system. Circuit breaker protected, water resistant heavy-jacketed 12/3 cables with dual NEMA L5-20 plugs. Very very handy for the station room I'll be putting together and out in the shop as well.


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Here's one of my all-time favorite 23 channel SSB mobile rigs. Sears SSB 23 AM/SSB CB radio with built-in AC/DC power supply for base and mobile both. Got this really nice condition one (minor marks) recently to make two I own total. Really a nice radio, popular with collectors and I can see why. Often they are found missing their odd and unique plugged (separate) DC and AC power cords. You will find most are missing at least one cord if not both. As a result you will see attempts to hardwire a cord directly into the radio inside. If you have them don't lose them!

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Nice little Sears Roebuck CB radio catalog. Not only features the above Sears SSB 23 which I am so fond of but also other Sears CB radios and accessories. A bonus is that nearly half of the listings and information is all EF Johnson Messenger CB radios that Sears sold at the time.

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Sears Roadtalker 40 AM/SSB CB radio. Also a Sears Roadtalker 40 AM CB radio so I now both separate versions. Both in excellent condition and the AM version with original box and paperwork. Again here's another Sears radio with (or without!) that oddball Sears power cords. Another thing you will find with these Roadtalkers and the other Sears SSB 23 radios-----it's hard to find them with the radio case's "contact paper" woodgrain finish intact. It is basically adhesive backed contact paper with a woodgrain and not very durable. Most of them have digs tears gouges rips etc or are just plain peeling. If you have one with a nice coating be sure to take care of it.

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Again as I've said in many threads, I love original paperwork and documentation. Nothing like having the original manufacturers instructions specifications and schematics. This instruction booklet is for a Tram Diamond 60 D60 AM SSB 23 channel mobile radio. I also have a Tram D60 still in it's original box with all paperwork etc but also bought a second D60 with a cracked meter lens not too long ago, other than the lens it's in very nice shape. So here I have another original owners manual to now keep with the second radio. This also came with extra documents, an RF gain supplement sheet and service bulletin.

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Now here's one of two Hy-Gain VIII (8) AM/SSB 23 channel console base station. Except for it being 23 channel and not having a frequency counter, I'd equate it's performance in preliminary testing right up there with the Cobra 2000GTL (not that a 2000 is "the ultimate" radio). By a freak chance I found (and bought) two Hy-Gain VIII radios in one week.

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EF Johnson. A decent all-American made radio company. I found a NOS EF Johnson Messenger AC/DC power supply still factory sealed in the box. Could use it, but now would hate to open it. I have another recently purchased (but not pictured) still-in-the-box Johnson Messenger 350 & 323 radio AC/DC power supply. I have a pair of Johnson Messenger 323 AM mobile 23 channel radios. I've read (and need to re-read) that you need to use the special Johnson power supplies when using their old mobile radios at home, a "regular" 12VDC power supply harms these radios somehow.

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Now here's another favorite 23 channel base radio. They say a EF Johnson Messenger 250 50th Anniversary Edition AM CB radio is an "audio monster"-----and that reputation is based in fact as it sounds very good. This and the SBE Console II (2) AM SSB are both excellent audio rigs, some of the best retro radios in their class. The Johnson 250 is getting hard to find in decent condition, I've seen many-----and many have seen better days. I have four of them. The first one below is pretty much mint, in beautiful condition with the old-school stock indoor brass base antenna accessory.

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This EF Johnson Messenger 250 50th Anniversary Edition AM CB radio is my other best condition 250 unit and very nice. Although I have several original EF Johnson hand microphones, this radio sported a seldom seen near-mint Turner Messenger desk base microphone with the matching trademark gold and brown matching paint scheme.

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Here is an unused NOS Turner EF Johnson Messenger desk base microphone, still in plastic (but sadly original box was MIA).
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This is one of two EF Johnson Messenger 323 (model 242-0153-002) AM 23 channel mobile rigs. One is dark gray and black and the other is a light gray and charcoal, completely different ID tags but still listed as the same radio. One might be older than the other I'd guess.

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I like some odd radios sometimes and this is one of those types. An old-style "CB Phone" type base radio. EF Johnson Messenger 132 AM base radio 23 channel. I have two of them but one pictured. Original box/instructions/warranty card/everything.


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Here's an older blacked-out Dynascan Cobra 134 AM SSB CB mobile 23 channel radio, I have a pair of them and they are near-mint. This one here has a tiny switch for a few extra channels I believe, and the other is bone-stock. These are fine radios only if you can find one in decent shape, many aren't. Original box and all paperwork etc. These old radios take the 1/4-inch phone plugs for mic connectors/mic jacks.

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In a similar vein here's an old Dynascan Cobra 29 AM CB radio 23 channel. It is in good/excellent condition (with small signs of wear). But the minute I hooked it up to a Bird Termaline and TX'd the meter stuck. On actual live transmit it sounds "garbled" while listening on a monitor. Not sure what it needs, too nice to junk. All original unopened paperwork included.

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Now here's a sharp looking older rig, a Courier Classic III (3) AM CB mobile radio 23 channels. A heavy radio and an all chrome case. Has several "slider" adjustment function switches. Handy built-in AC/DC power supply for base or mobile. I have two of them and this one I just got. It's brand new NOS, though opened it appears unused. Found the first one at a flea market last year in good condition and really liked it. When I saw this one I wanted it because of it's new condition.

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Linear Systems Side Band Engineers SBE Sierra Base 23 channel owners manual. I bought this because I can't find one for any of my SBE Console II radios and they are very similar "sister" units.

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About a month ago I snapped up this Cobra 2000GTL AM SSB base radio with the matching CA-2000 extension accessory speaker. The radio is modified with extras but the price was right. As almost always, I had to buy it untested and take a chance. Later that afternoon I didn't even fully test the radio but upon hooking it up quickly discovered a stuck meter. I'll have to send it out for a repair and have it re-aligned as is standard for me as much as possible.

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This just came about 2 weeks ago. It is a Radio Shack Realistic Navaho TRC-457 AM SSB base radio. Haven't tested it but am confident it works well as I bought it from a reputable source. I have a pair of it's sister radios the Radio Shack Realistic Navaho TRC-458 AM SSB radios, one modified with extra channels (plus who knows what else) etc which is shown below. The other TRC-458 is bone-stock mint condition but needs a trip to the repair shop---no TX.

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Here is a seemingly much sought after Cherokee AH-27F AM CB HT (with frequency counter!) hand held "walkie talkie", still brand-new-in-the-box. Somewhat similar to the newer Midland and other-brand "clones" of this radio like the Midland 75-822------which I also have mint barely used original box papers etc. Although the Cherokee can be found in a "good deal" sometimes, it's not too often-----and people who know what they are looking at seem to really go after them. Not my certification just an observation, very popular. There are a bunch of mods that can be done to this radio too! A shame they are no longer made. Especially it's bigger brother.

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The Uniden PC122XL AM SSB mobile radio here is brand new and I pretty much stole it. I usually end up paying fair market value (or in some cases thru the nose) but this one I did well on. They are reputed to be a good radio in public opinion and review. I peeked inside the box (to make sure I wasn't buying a small brick inside---remember those scams?) and that's pretty much all I've done with it. Glad I answered that non-descript little Craigslist ad lol.

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This was a nice flea market find. A Pathcom Pace Model 8046 AM CB mobile radio. I never liked the name "Pace" so when I saw it there on a table, I kept looking it over but finally passed it up because he wanted to much for it in untested condition and all. Then I kept thinking later that night how clean it looked, really in nice cosmetic shape. So I went back the next day and talked him down and bought it. I was pleasantly surprised by the radio and have used it a number of times as a driver. This is another radio that has an oddball DC power cord so if you have one take care not to lose it.

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Well this was another Craigslist find that almost went unnoticed. Virtually brand new-in-the-box barely used, the owner tried it and decided he didn't like HT radios. It's a Yaesu VX-6R HT radio. I had the Yaesu VX-7R already but was missing the battery charger and DC power cord. The missing accessories that I would've ordered from Ham Radio Outlet would've been 2/3 the price of what I paid for this whole radio. So basically I got all the accessories and a complete spare handheld HT to-boot. These radios are FULLY SUBMERSIBLE for 30 minutes which is cool plus shock-proof etc---nice and they get very good reviews. I've been invited to get on the repeaters but have only done some listening so far non-active SWL.

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Here is another recent find from someone out there in "the backwoods of NJ" Jersey Pinelands. A Heathkit HW-100 in overall very nice shape. One knob seems a little unnaturally tight and I'll need to take it apart to check it out. I also have to at least do a visual inventory of the tubes and see if it has the optional CW filter-----access the interior in-general. It didn't come with the matching power supply nor the octal plug power cord. The cabinet, face panel and knobs look to be in really nice shape. Not sure if I'll keep it.

Atop it is one of those Ebay-type "10 Meter linears" type things, a Palomar Engineers Skipper 300 base amplifier that I also picked up when I was there. GE8950 tubes and completely untested. Ok/moderate cosmetic condition though it's fairly well used. Two switches have the tips broke off from someones carelessness. The amplifier is indeed heavy, like a concrete block.


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Here is a big rackmount 50A linear DC power supply, mint condition. A Newmar Power 115-12-50RM which is an excellent commercial marine grade-brand manufacturer. I have 10 of their Newmar Power alternator noise filters which are the best (and VERY expensive).

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I've been saving this one and is one serious *Censored* box----one of my baddest----it's a CTE New Mosquito about the size of a candy bar and good for about 35W. Was hooked up to a Cobra 25LTD Classic when I got it from a CB-SK's father. I guess it would give that stock 4W signal a boost. Definitely foreign made and I see CTE is actually part of Alan Midland----hmmm that's odd, overseas looks like Midland's been dabbling with RF power.

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This tube amp is not exactly "recently acquired" but only about a year now and wanted to include it since you don't see too many online. It's a 6-tube Elkin Amplifier. I read somewhere that the maker was a guy who once made the Elkin Tube Amps was out of the Carolinas and people collect them. I don't see too many (if ever) come up at auction etc but perhaps I've simply missed them. From what I remember reading they weren't mass-produced like many of his contemporary competitors were. Very very good condition cosmetically with the most minor signs of use on the edges of the cover. Untested as of yet but the tubes don't even have silvering and looks like one solid amp. I believe they made a 6 an 8 and a 12 tube Elkin models. But I have no clue as to it's actual operating condition. I paid a few bucks for it (probably too much) as it wasn't too cheap.

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On the earlier subject of paperwork and manuals here is something I found recently. NOS mint vintage Astatic Corporation Microphone Catalog Brochures. They list, explain and detail many of the older base and hand mic's available from Astatic Corp at the time. Unfortunately it doesn't have information for one particular mic that I really could use the element number on right now. Still, more facts than what I've found online anywhere to-date.

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Speaking of mic's these are now new but sight unseen. One is an old Astatic DN desk mic and the other is an older Astatic Noise Cancelling mic with a Noistop Business Radio attachment of some kind. The third one is a nice heavy little Linear Systems Side Band Engineers SBE Belcom 200X desk mic for my SBE Console's I & II. This SBE Belcom is unused in box but unfortunately the box is not in great shape. I have a pair of these now, one amplified the other unamplified. These are pre-wired but I read (for any of you SBE buyers out there) that the 4-pin wiring has a voltage on these, which differs from the typical 4-pin Cobra etc.

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Like I said in another thread recently . . .

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by drdx » Saturday, 12 September 2009, 7:21 AM

It is definitely time for an INTERVENTION :P

This reminds me of a guy I ran across once at a yard sale. He had a bunch of AMC pacer parts. His wife said, "believe it or not, he's in the AMC club". I quickly replied, "mam, that's no club, that's called a SUPPORT GROUP". She agreed. So here we have it, our support group. You're addicted, to a hokey hobby, but it is our hokey hobby and I for one whole heartedly support it, healthy or not. We've all chosen to carry on a tradition that is a part of the American experience's canvas and we can't erase ourselves from it.

Like the peach stain on my new pink sweater, the one that I tie over my shoulder an mow the yard in, it can't be removed.

How's that for some Saturday morning BS?

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Foxhunter » Sunday, 13 September 2009, 10:13 AM

Haha lol dx man I see. Maybe I'll star on an A&E reality show and be given a steel tube Eimac as compensation payment :P . In actuality, personal radio communications and the radio sub-culture ARE indeed a permanent part of the American fabric, past and present and that was a good point made. And I'd guess that the United States was (and evidently still is) to blame for spreading "the CB radio pandemic" to all over the globe elsewhere heh.



I missed the days of the original "CB Craze" and the earlier skip cycles that they all talk about, was too young. But there are some very nice radios still floating around from tha time period. In the 70's I was a very young boy and owned a couple of walkie talkies and that's where it started. Athough I eventually drove the heaviest semi's all over the East and Central US, I never really got into the trucking culture as was depicted in popular culture. There are many "truckstop cowboys" out there still over-using the old fad lingo and dress up in what equates to "a trucker costume" etc. But using a radio all-day every-day did re-kindle the interest in CB radio that I had from the days of my youth.


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Foxhunter wrote: I was something like him at that age, my Father driving a "big rig" semi truck at the time too. He worked alot and I would think of him with every truck I saw. I played with all the Tonka trucks and Hot Wheels and eventually grew into working heavy commercial and highway construction, operating heavy equipment machinery, driving tri-axle dump trucks, class A heavy wrecker roll-backs and then eventually the full-size over-the-road OTR rigs.

I remember clearly getting my first radio and it was a Realistic Channel 14 CB walkie-talkie. I often stayed up late at night past bedtime (and hiding under the blanket), listening to people talking and I could only hear the biggest stations talking Spanish usually. I used to "talk back" to them, thinking they could hear me, but of course now I realize it was only my imagination as my little radio was so small. I would talk to my Dad on it sometimes as he drove off to work in the early mornings in his '65 Ford Falcon Sedan Delivery. Thought it was great, my radio with a range of 1/2 mile or so!

There are mainly two types of truck driver radio operators out there. The majority who mainly run stock equipment (or dabble in the radio "peak & tune" arena)------and that remainder percentage who run real power. Perfect for it with giant alternators and multiple battery banks just begging to be used.



I want to have some fun with a collection for a while anyway, and most of what I have is already restored or repaired. The overwhelming majority is in good order but there are a number that need attention, but only a smaller percentage. Unfortunately I don't make the big bucks to afford all-new vintage stuff. Pony Express comes to mind with all his new-in-the-box radios. Maybe I'd be better off with one or two radios only and exchange a small fortune in radios for one big Eimac, who knows. I view myself as an interested collector more than "a playa", although I do have some RF Power to back it up. I'm at that point or ceiling of "diminishing returns"----or $$$$.

Anyway when I get a decent camera I'll be sure to photo document every model and place them permanently online for others to either enjoy viewing or for those trying to research particular models. For that very reason in MANY of my threads & posts I ask other members to post and share what they have.

I will say I share the house here with a disbelieving family member who does still try to be understanding. However it's (slightly) a running joke and she doesn't want to even hear it when I say . . ."I just need this last piece to complete my collection".

Until she pointed it out I didn't realize I was saying this all the time. The problem with collecting is say for example, you get a Johnson radio. You then want the optional Johnson desk mic, the optional Johnson external meter, the optional Johnson power supply, the matching Johnson amplifier-----etc $ etc $ etc $. And if you collect all sorts of makes and models-----this snowballs really fast $$$$.


Anyway I do hope that people will continue to add to this thread what they've picked up somewhere. Whether online, a flea market or garage sale find, a freebie----anything you've grabbed up for radio goodies. Tell us where and how you got it to, how you came to acquire it!

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by va236 » Saturday, 26 September 2009, 18:28 PM

UPDATE... I just acquired a Yaesu 757GX in mint condition, so this is my latest "toy". I was looking at a Kenwwod TS-140S for $415, but I was a little concerned about the slider controls on the right of the Kenwood because of complaints I had read about them going bad. The Yaesu has basically the same capabilities and I got it for $115 cheaper... shipped to my door! Left me with enough to buy a Pyramid PS46KX power supply from Sparky to power it! It came complete... radio, power cable, microphone, manual and original boxes, Christmas came early! :cheers:

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Post by va236 » Saturday, 26 September 2009, 18:59 PM

Foxhunter,
After making my last post I went back and was reading through the rest of the posts... then I got to yours! Spent 30 minutes or so just drooling over all of that beautiful stuff! Man... did you have to buy another house to set all that stuff up in? :icon_e_smile: That is a wonderful collection of gear... made my day looking at it... even remember seeing a lot of it when I was younger, especially remember the Messenger 132. I had a friend who bought one of those new when they first came out. Thanks for the post, and have a great day!

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Post by Foxhunter » Monday, 28 September 2009, 12:10 PM

djrebel236 wrote:Heathkit Laboratory Oscilloscope
Hey well what is it? I have the Heathkit Ham-Scan HO-13 and the Heathkit Monitor Scope HO-10. Is it either of those ? I didn't know they made any lab grade stuff but anything is possible. What model Heath is it DJ ?


va236 wrote:Foxhunter,
After making my last post I went back and was reading through the rest of the posts... then I got to yours! Spent 30 minutes or so just drooling over all of that beautiful stuff! Man... did you have to buy another house to set all that stuff up in? :icon_e_smile: That is a wonderful collection of gear... made my day looking at it... even remember seeing a lot of it when I was younger, especially remember the Messenger 132. I had a friend who bought one of those new when they first came out. Thanks for the post, and have a great day!

Respectfully,
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Thank you and glad you enjoyed it. I'll post much more at some point and get them online, I only have a fraction shown here or elsewhere. Really, I'd like to see more of our own members post collection photos. I enjoy looking at other peoples rigs, setups and shack photos as much as you did enjoy mine! And I really do. Posting the extra information of what it is (make & model and more) also really helps too. Reviewing an item and describing it can help someone else who is possibly considering buying one. I can only ask some of you guys to:

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Post by Alien Abductor » Monday, 28 September 2009, 14:44 PM

Putting together a new base, heres the gear i got so far

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Post by Bombero » Monday, 28 September 2009, 20:44 PM

Was thinking of getting my ham ticket last month.

I traded a few older 23 channel working CB's for a Ten-Tec Argonaut QRP rig.

It worked but needed a bit of TLC to get it up to par, so I traded an older gentleman for a Kenwood TS430s HF transceiver. The Kenwood needed a bit of work, so I got it going to my liking and set it up to do 11 meters for a bit.

Took the Tech test last weekend (9/19/09) and passed. Missed the General ticket by 1 correct answer. DAYUM !

Now I am searching for an antenna to run 10 - 80 meters and I'm good to go.

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Post by 385 » Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 20:15 PM

Some how I think those pics that foxhunter post doesn't even scratch the surface of his collection :lol: But I can say that if I ever find myself up in his neck of the woods...I would pay good money to come and spend the day just looking at his collection of radio gear. I can't began to count the times I looked through some of his post if pic's saying "Oh man".

Fox, That Is truly a very impressive collection.

By the way, I got my MFJ 259B antenna analyzer and picked up a Radio Shack MTA-20 Digital swr/watt meter from flea bay and should be here by the end of the week.
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Post by RatsoW9 » Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 7:41 AM

At a local hamfest I picked up two Courier Galaxy V's, 40ch AM/SSB rigs with some nice features. Both are like new and work perfectly. The fest was dry as far as ham radio gear goes, but I"m happy with my CB find. :cheers:

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Post by Shatterhand » Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 9:13 AM

That was an awesome post. I will read it again. So much history there.

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djrebel236 wrote:Heathkit Laboratory Oscilloscope
Hey well what is it? I have the Heathkit Ham-Scan HO-13 and the Heathkit Monitor Scope HO-10. Is it either of those ? I didn't know they made any lab grade stuff but anything is possible. What model Heath is it DJ ?

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Post by alhefner » Saturday, 03 October 2009, 7:57 AM

Since I wanted to play around with a hand held CB and Cobra has a great CB reputation, I decided to get the 38WXST 40 channel hand held. Bottom line is that the one I got is some real crap. The audio is terrible no matter what you do and it is so RF sensitive that you have to turn the squelch up over 3/4 of the way just to blank out the worst of the noise.

I knew in advance that the "rubber duck" would be crap. All Hand held radios come with terrible rubber ducks so the first thing I did was make a good (yes I checked it) jumper to adapt my regular antenna to BNC and ran it through the SWR/ power meter. That improved TX /RX but did nothing at all to improve the RF noise problem and bad audio.

Since I was able to communicate within about a mile, I would rate this radio at about a 3. It works, kind of, but just not very well even for a hand held.



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Post by Foxhunter » Sunday, 04 October 2009, 16:44 PM

Thank You !

I wanted to say that, thanks guys. But I didn't want to keep repeatedly posting on the thread here myself either, hogging it. Mainly as I keep hoping and am pleased that others are showing their new items too for information and eye candy! Very glad to see the posts you guys make. I know with the economy and all that some spending is being curtailed a little, but it makes me glad to see that others still have a bad case of the very contagious bug---"CB-itus" :cyclopsani: . Thanks for the compliments guys and again at some point I'll gladly include what I can for photos AND documentation, things to look for (or look out for!) among all the various models and much much more. Maybe it'll help guide a little, for looking for new goodies of your own.



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I walked around all day yesterday from sunrise to sunset, at the national car show & swap meet at the Carlisle Fall Event . My family friends and I are all into sports cars and hot rods and that whole too expensive hobby. But, I know I said I was "done buying radios for a while" but while I was there, towards the end in the back rows----I picked up (another hehe) Sears Roadtalker 40 613811 (CM-6100S) Citizens Band Two Way Radio 40 channel AM mobile radio!

It has a "Sears Factory Reconditioned" label affixed to the rear of the radio. Haven't tested it yet as I'm way too worn out, but did notice the channel selector knob is a little loose. (I need to take the case cover off and just tighten the selector mounting nut I hope). Still it needs a good cleaning, but looks to be in really nice cosmetic shape overall. The best thing is when I picked up the radio I saw that it had that (somwhat rare and usually "MIA") DC power cord/plug still attached! (Replacements are very hard to find). The lady who was there, said her husband owned it and was selling it, but said he wasn't there and asked me to come back. I said "no way" I was too tired, so I started to walk away. But she caught me and asked, "what do you want to pay for it?". So I said "I don't know, maybe $5 bucks max"-----and she said "ok, sold"! Good deal, the DC plug alone would cost way more than that!
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It is this style Sears Roadtalker with the "angled" face, not the square one
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----you will usually be disappointed by most of the handhelds (HT) radios. They are a compromise at best, but still have their purpose and can be useful for monitoring, walking around on foot at an event or CB break and many other things. And some are better than others too. I've a number of antique walkie talkies just for collecting reasons, but two useful models that I'm probably keeping for the said reasons above. The two models I own and can personally recommend is the Cherokee AH-27F first (actually have a pair of these), and secondly the not-so-bad copy of the Cherokee, the Midland 75-822. The Cherokees I have have a 5-digit frequency counter and can be modified for extra channels etc the whole nine yards. Either radio comes with an adaptor that allows hookup to standard PL-259 UHF coax connector which is very nice, so that you can hook the either radio directly into your mobile antenna on your car or even your base! I've used both HT's hooked up to an Imax 2000 this way, pretty cool.

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Post by alhefner » Sunday, 04 October 2009, 21:20 PM

Foxhunter wrote:
alhefner[/b]----you will usually be disappointed by most of the handhelds (HT) radios. They are a compromise at best, but still have their purpose and can be useful for monitoring, walking around on foot at an event or CB break and many other things. And some are better than others too. I've a number of antique walkie talkies just for collecting reasons, but two useful models that I'm probably keeping for the said reasons above. The two models I own and can personally recommend is the Cherokee AH-27F first (actually have a pair of these), and secondly the not-so-bad copy of the Cherokee, the Midland 75-822. The Cherokees I have have a 5-digit frequency counter and can be modified for extra channels etc the whole nine yards. Either radio comes with an adaptor that allows hookup to standard PL-259 UHF coax connector which is very nice, so that you can hook the either radio directly into your mobile antenna on your car or even your base! I've used both HT's hooked up to an Imax 2000 this way, pretty cool.
Oh yeah, I know that all the HT's are a compromise and I have had the opportunity to use a few BUT, this particular one was a real bummer. It may just be that it is one that got past QC since I had read loads of good reviews about it. As for using other antennas, that is pretty easy. Just had to build a jumper with PL259 on one end and BNC on the other.

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Post by drdx » Monday, 05 October 2009, 12:41 PM

I finally bit the bullet and bought a Palstar ZM30 antenna analyzer. As much as I tinker with antennas it will come in handy. I also like the fact that I'll be able to really cut to length coax for phasing setups and be right on the money. I'm also thinking about going with 2 palstar mobile meters, one to monitor drive power, and one to monitor final output, to replace the one mfj in there now.

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djrebel236 wrote:
Foxhunter wrote:
djrebel236 wrote:Heathkit Laboratory Oscilloscope
Hey well what is it? I have the Heathkit Ham-Scan HO-13 and the Heathkit Monitor Scope HO-10. Is it either of those ? I didn't know they made any lab grade stuff but anything is possible. What model Heath is it DJ ?

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Post by Foxhunter » Monday, 26 October 2009, 1:31 AM

Dj I see that now and wasn't sure before if they made anything of that grade. That's cool you got it. If I always understood correctly, "Heath" built electronics products and "Heathkit" division produced items in "kit" form for others to assemble. I own about a dozen Heathkit items and the thing I've found when buying (or owning) them is-----they are only as good as the person who assembled them! So it's a little shaky when buying something with the "Heathkit" badge affixed, look it over real well, and even that's no guarantee. I hope that one works well for you. I know I need to learn how to properly use a scope myself, and that's a whole other subject.

But funny, I was looking over the rear cabinet of one of my own scopes a week or so ago and noticed it read:

Bell & Howell Schools Model 10D-4540 Heathkit Oscillioscope (has The Heath Company label on rear)


I see above some (actually many) guys are still bettering their mobile and base station radios and accessories. I was recently writing in another thread about a Sears Roadtalker 40 I was licking my chops over getting and looking to post here as a new find---but I counted my ducks before they were hatched I guess. Didn't get it. I cancelled my last minute bid-------because instead I found these!




TWO brand-new-in-the-box NOS Cobra 132 AM/SSB CB radios!

These radios haven't seen the light of day in 36 years, packed away in a nice dry storage room!


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Anyone see the price on that Cobra ad from 1974 ? They were introduced in 1973 at $299.95-----then in 1974 jumped to $340 ! Jeez, guys today almost cry if they have to spend that kind of money on a mobile CB radio!

$340 in 1974's dollars, equals $1,202.85 in todays dollars using the minimum standard index, some estimates place the number higher. Something to think about.


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A old Pace DX2300B 23 channel base station, but now i need to find a mic for it...Dj
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i just piced up a brand new in box silver k eagle. got it for 70.00 bucks.

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Post by Foxhunter » Wednesday, 04 November 2009, 15:10 PM

Mic's, new radios, antenna analyzers and more. Great to see the wealth of radio's and accessories everyone is getting, nothing like getting something you'll use and take care of. And like drdx is always saying, and he has a great point, this is still one of the cheapest hobbies in the long run. If you take care of what you have, it'll definitely maintain (if not increase) it's value for resale, if the time ever comes. And with so much disposable income money just plain blown at bars, smoking cigarettes, strippers lol etc, at least with radio equipment you have something to show for it. Not to say the the former can't be fun entertainment but you know what I mean. Good to see you all getting a quality collection of gear together. It keeps interest going in the hobby, and no one can ever blame a man for trying to better himself and his situation, whatever he is doing or is involved in.

Here's a couple photos of my new microphone that just came today. I have one like it already, but this one is even in better condition than the first one I bought at a SK estate sale. It's a Hy-Gain hand/station microphone, and since I have several Hy-Gain radios it'll have a good home here with them and me.


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i just got a kraco 23 channel still in the rapper never opened for 5 bucks

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Post by Drenalin » Friday, 06 November 2009, 7:56 AM

I purchased a 575-M6 N.O.S. and a an SP-1a speech processor. I installed the sp-1a into my Ranger AR-3500 100W radio and wired the 575-M6 onto the radio. this combination has yielded to me the best audio reports from local and DX stations by far. :cheers:

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Post by Foxhunter » Friday, 06 November 2009, 19:42 PM

Although I have the nearly identical Kenwood TS-940SAT, I still went and got another manual for the standard version. This manual is for the plain "S" version but nearly the same, it just doesn't cover the "AT" Automatic Tuner.

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I picked up a pride dx-300 and another rci2980 for $375.00 for both!
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Here's a few finds that just came.



Just this week got a pair of Dynascan Corporation Cobra Model CA-72 Dynamike Plus Compression-Type Amplified Desk Microphones. One works nicely, and one unfortunately needs internal base repairs. Both are in pretty decent shape overall.

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Also either an old Astatic Corp DN-200/500 or an early DN-HZ, and an Astatic Corp D104-C Ceramic element microphone head. I haven't tested the Astatic DN yet although the element itself appears fine. When the D104-C came, I tested it and it was DOA. I took it apart and found it only had a broken solid wire within the head. A nice little soldering job later and the mic sounds GREAT. Nice shape/condition, only the ID label is just a little scuffed around the edges.

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Plus two whole orders/lots of older original CB and Ham/Amateur books catalogs and instruction manuals. I'm going to keep a number of them and sell the rest.



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CB Books Paperwork Manuals:

Amatuer Electronic Supply 1971 Citizens band Catalog
Henshaws Mad world of CB 1970 Catalog
CB Eprom Data Book
Realistic TRC-441 Manual
Cobra 142-GTL Manual
Cobra 2000-GTL Manual
Cb Tune -up and Mod report
Astatic D-104 TUG-8 Spec sheet manual
Astatic D-104 Silver Eagle Spec sheet manual
Para Dynamics PDC-600 600P 600LP Owners Manual
Avanti PDL-II Beam antenna Owners setup manual
Secret CB vol 29,
CB Tricks of the trade
CB Tricks II
Realistic TRC-479 Manual
Dosy TC-4001 Test Center Manual
Uniden PRO-520 Manual
RCI-2950 Service Manual
Uniden HR-2510 Service manual





Amateur Books Paperwork Manuals

73 Magazine 3 issues april 89 nov 89 feb 90
Tucker T-1000 ANTENNA Tuner Manual
Yaesu FT-DX401 Manual
Yaesu FT-101B Manual
Yaesu SP-101P Landliner Manual
Astatic D-104 TUG-8 Spec sheet manual
Kenwood MC-42S Spec sheet manual
Kenwood TH-22A TH-42A Manual
Beam Antenna Handbook
Ramsey CT-70 Freq Counter manual
ARRL Amateur Radio Logbook
Yaesu Amateur radio log book,
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Post by puddlejumper » Saturday, 14 November 2009, 4:39 AM

Foxhunter 351 NJ your collection is awsume it leaves me with out words and full of wonder.

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Post by barber » Sunday, 15 November 2009, 22:22 PM

well, i got a ss 158 edx and i love the thing, a few issues however, im a freak and like to tweek and play a bit, heres what i come up with. Now first of all the radio has real hot recieve, The loudness to the speaker recieve. now, i put a small resister in line with the external speaker and that fixed it right up.
Now as for soundong muddy, heres what you do, this will fix your problem, get a .07 disc capacitor and put it in line with your audio lead in the mic.
Bam no more mud, it will make the tone of your voice more crisp. it rolls off the lows. .047 small disc capacitor..... Radio shack has um.
Now back to the best radio ive owned. The ss 158 edx is a great radio. But one problem. no dimmer, you cant shut off the display or freq counter..
Now heres what i did, This radio happens to have Talk back, I hate talk back so, i used the Talk back button on the radio wired it into the display and now i can shut off the freq counter and the channel display, it saves the leds, there beautiful bright blue, i love um. ive taled all over the country with this radio.
the recieve is awesome i here **Censored** i couldnt hear before on my other radios. it did 13 watts am right outta the box. and swings to almost 40 on am.
all i did was turn up the modulation, its so loud its killer. no need to turn the power up anymore, if you crank the am power all the way you will lose your headroom swing, always turn it up all the way and back it down for Max forward swing with max watts before you lose the swing.,.... in other words,
set the power to the highest point then back it down untill you see your Max swing on audio..... thats how to make this radio a screamer.
Now also. if you want to buy a ss158edx hurry, theve been discontinued when there gone there gone, once you tune the radio and do the channel mod youll love this **Censored**. but it definately needs to be tweeked a bit .But i recomend it 100%, i have had an s9 and a connex, i also had a galaxy 99v, and 2galaxy dx 959s.
this radio blows all of them away..... the modulation on this radio is better and louder than my s9 with the Top Gun on. its like the top gun is built in to the ss 158 edx. buy one Hurry before there all gone, **NON-SPONSOR** has some left 229.99. do the mod freq mod yourself, get the instructions on youtube step by step. real easy. also go to ranger.com and download the service manual its free. has all the stuff you need to tweek this Monster... i mean Its a friggin Monster audio radio...... and with a tiny bit of echo it sounds like your running 1 kw.....
I hope ive been of some help.
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Post by Foxhunter » Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 16:31 PM

puddlejumper wrote:Foxhunter 351 NJ your collection is awsume it leaves me with out words and full of wonder.
Yo man thanks. I'm trying to not only take some time to post and label photos but also (in many other threads) I'm trying to include some hopefully useful information on a host of items, trying to describe makes models and some things to look/watch out for when buying them. Hoping it comes across not only as sharing station and equipment photos/information, but also giving some tips and ideas on things for guys to keep an eye out for while looking around for a good deal or steal on something. Maybe someone will pick up something useful from any of it and get themselves something nice.


Barber I'm not all that familiar with the Super Star line. I've only got one Super Star radio in my entire collection and just got it recently too, a couple months ago during the Summer. Sounds like you like yours and have had decent results from it, by your description. It's good to hear a favorable report from someone and it's hit-or-miss seeing that brand in posts. I've normally shyied away from them a little, never really coming across many in my travels anyway. You know I have here a 6-page Export CB Radio Guide of all the various RCI "incarnations" as well as a few of the newer makes from other companies. Going down the list in order of quality and features-- RCI, Ranger, Galaxy, Connex, General, Super Star . . . I saved that Guide a couple of years ago and have kept it, feeling it's generally accurate as well as displaying all the cross-comparison data etc. Super Star wasn't really rated as high as several others, in many areas, but I guess not by a drastic amount. So I never really sought after a Super Star with that in the back of my mind truthfully. Well I bought a bunch of gear from an old guy living nearby in the outskirts of a NJ State Forrest (hard to believe right?). Among other things, from him I bought an older Super Star 360FM and was pleasantly surprised by the radio. Has excellent audio, good power and sounds nice on SSB while staying on-target too. Although my 360FM looks fairly well-used and not so much in perfect shape, I still think will clean up really nice (never cleaned it yet--tsk) and has no major flaws or missing faceplate graphics etc. Only going by appearance, it reminds me an awful lot of the old original Cobra 148GTL. As a result, I'm very happy with my first Super Star AM/FM/SSB/CW CB radio. Glad to hear you like your model too.


Here's a few more things I'd like to add that's come around lately for newly acquired CB and Ham radio gear.


A very rare very early Astatic pre-D104 rochelle salt crystal microphone, and an Astatic 10-D "The Voice" microphone. Both of these mic's have element issues I'm looking into. The second one depicted obviously has the original gaskets dried and gone. The crystal element makes the usual "baby rattle" sound and virtually none of this type survive this long without falling into this same condition. From doing ALOT of reading, it's a result of the very nature of the materials used unfortunately. Still, it's one of the first series made pre-dating the D104 and is of the "ring and spring" type. The thing belongs in a museum or other serious collection, as is. I believe that the other Astatic 10-D shown in the first photo is a fixable microphone needing a small element repair, it needs the proper adhesive applied to the clear diaphragm cover, to get better and clearer modulation. It's very touchy, and am afraid to monkey with it (like the other unfortunate Astatic DN I wrote about) and will bring it in to a shop to get it professionally looked at and hopefully some good advice. I've already posted a thread on the Astatic element types subject before, but with only one person able or willing to help and write. So I guess the CBRT isn't the place, unless the right person just didn't see me asking for help. I provided more element information to others there in that post than you can easily and ordinarily find online doing a general search. Hope it helps someone somewhere.

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Here's a couple other photos of the microphones I'd bought together and of which I'd placed a few photos of two of them in my last post. Aside from the Astatic DN-200 and the Astatic D104-C, there's also an old Philips of Holland EL3750/00 (Dynamic ?) microphone, a solid heavy vintage Electro-Voice Model 915 crystal microphone, and an antique Grundig GDM10 crystal microphone.


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Now here's one below I've been looking for, for a while. Brand new in-the-box, unused. It's a Tandy RadioShack Realistic Desk Stand Dynamic Microphone Cat. No. 33-921 and I look forward to trying it out at some point in the not-too-distant future. You know as a related deal, I just posted last night again in the thread about the Dynascan Cobra CA Series desk microphones, and provided information on the many similarities the CA-61 and CA-72 microphones had with other name label mic's---looking nearly identical---but branded with different names. Some good sharp-eye buying tips there. Now I'm not going to give out many clues on this one, but I do wonder how many others familiar with Amateur mic's, recognize the close resemblance between the Realistic shown here and mic's from two other Amateur Radio and audio manufacturers ?

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Anyway that's what I've got in recently for newly acquired radio gear. One thing I will say that isn't shown, is that I'm working on a remote alarm/security/mulit. camera system for the whole place and property now----in-between everything else I've been up to.


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Post by Corn_Bread » Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 18:25 PM

traded the antron 99 for a cobra 29ltd nw. the guy i traded had some trees cut in his yard and one of them hit his moonracker. so he needed a base antenna and i need another radio!

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Post by Foxhunter » Thursday, 19 November 2009, 16:27 PM

It's always a good deal when someone betters their station collection. Even trading something they don't use for something they can, talk about a win-win exchange. And hobbieville has some nice pictures in his post, really nice items in his setup (Tram Golden Eagles etc). What I'm wondering is what kind of microphone is hidden behind that giant windshield, shown on your one mic attached to the boom ? Nice station pieces. I don't know if anyone's seen the photos in the 3x links below the one image that's posted, but they're quite nice. I posted one but the other two are too large in dimension to show directly.




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Post by hobbieville » Thursday, 19 November 2009, 17:33 PM

Foxhunter wrote:It's always a good deal when someone betters their station collection. Even trading something they don't use for something they can, talk about a win-win exchange. And hobbieville has some nice pictures in his post, really nice items in his setup (Tram Golden Eagles etc). What I'm wondering is what kind of microphone is hidden behind that giant windshield, shown on your one mic attached to the boom ? Nice station pieces. I don't know if anyone's seen the photos in the 3x links below the one image that's posted, but they're quite nice. I posted one but the other two are too large in dimension to show directly.
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Thanks for the flowers, Foxhunter. Also, thank you for bringing the image problem to my attention and I've corrected it. I do a lot of horsetrading and always have things I don't need or use to pass along to someone who can make use of them. I much prefer trades to cash deals, especially eyeball to eyeball and handshake deals. I ever have time to post enough without taking a chance on opening my mouth just to change feet, I'll offer some things up for trade.

The MK IV has moved on to a happy new owner; the TS-850SAT's stored until I can get HF antennas up again after losing the last system to a tornado; but the HW D201 and DX 2517 are staples in the shack, great performers, and in daily use. The DX-302 receiver keeps my hand in the HF game, and it's one of the least mentioned, but great performing general coverage receivers that can be had for low bucks. Rigs come and go frequently in my shack, but these pieces of equipment are the ones that always rule.

The microphone is a Heil HM-10 with the Heil HC-5 "ragchew" cartridge. It's done so well over the years on all my HF rigs that I never installed an HC-4 "DX" cartridge which it is capable of simultaneously housing. It's the best mic I've found for use with HAM rigs unless one wants to go the "Voodoo Audio" route.

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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Foxhunter » Thursday, 26 November 2009, 20:47 PM

hobbieville wrote:
Thanks for the flowers, Foxhunter. Also, thank you for bringing the image problem to my attention and I've corrected it. I do a lot of horsetrading and always have things I don't need or use to pass along to someone who can make use of them. I much prefer trades to cash deals, especially eyeball to eyeball and handshake deals. I ever have time to post enough without taking a chance on opening my mouth just to change feet, I'll offer some things up for trade.

The MK IV has moved on to a happy new owner; the TS-850SAT's stored until I can get HF antennas up again after losing the last system to a tornado; but the HW D201 and DX 2517 are staples in the shack, great performers, and in daily use. The DX-302 receiver keeps my hand in the HF game, and it's one of the least mentioned, but great performing general coverage receivers that can be had for low bucks. Rigs come and go frequently in my shack, but these pieces of equipment are the ones that always rule.

The microphone is a Heil HM-10 with the Heil HC-5 "ragchew" cartridge. It's done so well over the years on all my HF rigs that I never installed an HC-4 "DX" cartridge which it is capable of simultaneously housing. It's the best mic I've found for use with HAM rigs unless one wants to go the "Voodoo Audio" route.

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First, you're NOT hijacking the thread by any means and I found the code inserted at the end to be quite funny actually. No problem on the images, just wanted everyone to be able to see them freely and unimpeded. Really nice setup and it's obvious the station is well put together with discriminating taste. That's got to be killing you to be without the important antennas, as I and everyone else can see the level of operator that your are, pretty Advanced looking. I've never had any Tram base radios only mobiles, it seems everyone drives the prices so high it's beyond reach (at the moment) for me and I'm reduced to making smaller purchases with hopeful discernment. I like the looks of the Realistic DX receivers like yours and have bid on a good number of them in the past year, here and there, unfortunately nice tries but "no cigar". I'd like to get one to match the TRC-457 & 458's here at the station, I think they match well (in looks almost perfectly match) and would perform a useful function as well. When things straighten out I'd like to get a DX-302 or similar unit that has a digital counter and large main tuning dial.


I've never seen (in-person) a Kenwood 850 or 950 but do have the 520 the 820 and the 940, but I understand they aren't quite in the same class as the 850 and 950 series. Everyone does seem to give the Galaxy DX2517 a really good review and it is the first "modern" base station I bought myself. I've only done some early preliminary on-air testing of the radio and didn't like the sound of the audio I heard in the radio's own talkback, so I boxed it up for nearly two years. I just took it back out about a month ago, but haven't yet gone back and fully tested it using a second monitor radio. It's a mint looking and neat rig, and hearing a seasoned op with a positive review of it only encourages me to hook it up again.


I wondered about the mic and if it was a Heil. I sort of collect microphones and have never had one yet in the shack (I'm working on building and setting up a new room). I DO have one coming to me in the mail and it should be here any day, although it's an older Heil desk model. Now I've been told that many Heil's might not sound so great on AM, that they are mainly an SSB mic, and that I might be disappointed with one. I don't know, that's what I've been told by a fairly knowledgeable audio guy in personal correspondence. That's not to say that some models might sound better or worse than others, and I wouldn't know. What's your take and experience on the Heil(s) you own or have used ? I've done probably well over 100 hours of exhaustive (or "exhausting"!) reading---in the last month alone---on microphones, types of mic's and elements, bandwidth, rack audio systems, mixers---et cetera---lately, really trying to learn something about the entire subject much more in-depth. Really, it's an entire field of it's own, and probably rightfully so. Heil does have a nice site and have seen the dual impedance mic you own being discussed in the reviews on Eham, as well as I tried to bid on one from a man that I had already bought other items from, but it went too high. It's hard to say, some of them sound good on 14megs, I've intentionally listened, trying to follow what's being done in this area. We have a few on AM doing the same thing. I hope this old "new" (to me) Heil sounds good and works out, as I said I've never had one and look forward to getting it. Thanks for adding to the thread and posting, please add what you can when you can. Hopefully you'll be posting here about new HF antennas raised at the QTH!


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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by drdx » Friday, 27 November 2009, 6:40 AM

I recently got a yaesu ft-101E for $100 on craig's list. With my assistance, my 3 year old dismantled the whole thing. Now it is just a carcus and I'll sell off all of the parts. It needed some technical attention when I got it, but with good tubes, good boards and parts, and a couple of filters, it is worth more dead than alive, so it will live on in rigs that it saves. I have enough parts, including the face that had the plastic on it, to have 10 good ebay auctions. Now my 3 year old is asking what else we're going to take apart and "melt", his term for the soldering iron. I'm doing this as part of an effort to fund a new mobile project for the spring that will hopefully make me a little stronger out there, so hopefully I'll have news on that front in the near future.

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Post by Bakerman1 » Friday, 27 November 2009, 18:17 PM

I just got a kicker tube type....with 4 6DQ6B-6GW6 tubes.....getting 750 watts pep also a Super Star 3900 euo model black face.
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Re: What have you recently acquired for new radio gear ?

Post by Foxhunter » Sunday, 29 November 2009, 2:23 AM

I hear what drdx is saying, like many things in all sorts of areas, they are worth more pieced-out than sold as a whole. I hate to sound sentimental but "another one bites the dust" and is no more. But as said, the parts will perhaps bring new life to other units still in-service. Now drdx lol, since you seem to be in agreement with that philosophy, have you signed an "organ donor card" yourself so they can break you down and strip you for parts ? Couldn't resist :profileleft:


Well here's what I've added lately:


Galaxy Ranger RCI Galaxy Saturn Turbo Rack Mount Rack Handle (courtesy of and special thanks to Hobbieville)
I would have cleaned them up if I'd realized how spotty they look but oh well they're already uploaded and tagged

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Superex Electronics Corp. Yonkers, NY Superex Model 612 VX VOX-BOX with Remote PTT, Part of CB-10-25VX and Part of CB-10-2 VX

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Cobra 2000GTL AM/SSB CB Radio Frequency Counter Clock LED Display and Channel Indicator LED Display

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Astatic Corporation T-3 desktop microphone on an Astatic Corp G-Stand Unamplified Microphone Base

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Astatic Corporation DN-HZ Desktop Microphone on an Asatic Corp G-Stand Unamplified Microphone Base

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Sears and Roebuck Silvertone Model 1965 Antique Wooden Tube Radio
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SBE Linear Systems Inc SBE Belcom Unamplified AM SSB Desktop Microphone

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Heil Sound LTD HM-5 Desktop Radio Microphone

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Grundig GDSM 330 Stereo Microphone
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Now also here's a few books/booklets that I needed for a few of my radios and microphones:




The Ultimate Mic Wiring Book Volume 7

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Sam's Photofact CB Radio Series CB-51 Service Manual SBE Superconsole

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Sam's Photofact CB Radio Series CB-207 Service Manual Realistic Navaho TRC-457 and TRC-458

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Sam's Photofact CB Radio Series CB-41 Service Manual Original SBE Console

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Well keep adding things if and when you can to your station, I'm about done for a while-----but they do say "never say never" :profileleft: . New goodies from CBRT Sponsors, new-to-you flea market finds, garage and yard sale treasures, horsetrades, gifts----anything you get is one step closer to (divorce) having a better more capable station. Post your finds!


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