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I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 28 January 2011, 18:12 PM

I've been toying with the idea of a tube radio for a few years now but really don't know anything about them. I do know that I want a 40 channel radio that I can still buy tubes for if I need to replace them. I look on eBay regularly but I think those "vintage" radios sell for more than they're worth...and may not even work.

Can anyone recommend some good radios and what I can expect to pay for one?


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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 231 » Friday, 28 January 2011, 23:49 PM

Well, first of all a bump for your post. I'm certainly no expert on the old tuber rigs, that's for sure. I've always dreamed of owning an old Browning Golden Eagle MKIV some day, but blew the only chance I've had to pick one up at a reasonable price. I think taking the first step out there like you did with a post may be a move in the right direction. Provided a couple of the more experienced tube radio members jump in anyway. Some of them have some excellent collections and a very good eye for what one might expect to pay...not to mention what to stay clear of.

Hope to see some posts here for ya' and a bump.
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Craig » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 8:18 AM

You can still purchase tubes for most radios but please keep in mind that they can be a bit pricey another concern with older radios is dried out electrolytic capacitors, cracked solder joints, bad power supplies, crystals .. the list is endless. Working on tube type equipment is a bit trickier than transistorized radios since your dealing with potentially lethal voltages something not for the the novice. An experienced tech is worth their weight in gold in my opinion, that said decent tube-type equipment that I would consider.

Browning Golden Eagle Mark IV - $300 - $450
Tram D201A - $250 - $350

I would also suggest a considering a amateur rig like like the Yaesu 101E which are fairly inexpensive and will give you that tube experience and performance without breaking the bank plus replacement parts are plentiful.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Night Crawler » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 9:44 AM

543FtWorth wrote:I've been toying with the idea of a tube radio for a few years now but really don't know anything about them. I do know that I want a 40 channel radio that I can still buy tubes for if I need to replace them.
If you want an all tube radio 40 channel radio I don't think your not going to find one anything that has 40 channels is going to be hybrid using tubes, transistors and possibly intergrated circuits but nearly all of the early 23 channel ones will be all tube.
Tubes are not too much of a problem to find but one thing to consider if the power transformer was ever to go bad it would be somewhat difficult to find a replacement with the correct voltages on the secondary needed for that particular radio.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 543FtWorth » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 10:54 AM

Thanks for the replies. I don't mind if the radio has some solid state circuitry just as long as has some glass. There's just something about tubes. I remember an old tube tv that my grandfather had. I used to peak through the vents on the back and when I turned it on to watch them glow. :lol: I can't see myself paying over a couple hundred bucks for one because of the age but will keep an eye out.


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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Night Crawler » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 11:08 AM

543FtWorth wrote: I don't mind if the radio has some solid state circuitry just as long as has some glass.
If you want the sound that only tubes can produce when transmitting make sure whatever radio you get is using a tube speech amplifier and modulator.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 293 » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 18:21 PM

My choice would be Tram D201 hand wired.........Browning Mark 4A.........Browning Mark 3 w/siltronics 90-3 vfo.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by linx » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 18:32 PM

I own a Browning Golden Eagle Mark 3. They are a little less desirable than the Mark 4 and generally more affordable.

Just take your time, and make the right choice. I wasn't looking for mine heavily but had wanted one for a while and when she showed up on Craigslist I grabbed it. You never know what kinda deal you may get. Mine had a D104, the Transmitter, the Reciever, and a external VFO box for under 100 bones. I wouldn't sell it for under $400, lol.
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by TheCBDoctor » Saturday, 29 January 2011, 19:40 PM

Hi 543FtWorth

I would recommend a Tram D201A. It has 40 channels and there are still parts available for it. They were made in New Hampshire. It has SSB and a VOX control for us lazy keyers.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Wing Ding » Sunday, 30 January 2011, 11:03 AM

the dak X comes to mind. tubes are still out there, but expensive. they sound great on the air, too. nothing beats that glass tube audio.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 543FtWorth » Sunday, 30 January 2011, 12:03 PM

I've done a little research on the Tram D201A and found an article about the channel selector knobs being prone to failure and next to impossible find a replacement. Is there any truth to this?

I really like the Yaesu FT101's because of their power and frequency coverage. I don't have a ham ticket but like to listen to the ham bands when 11 meters is dead. I'm going to keep waiting for a good deal to come along at the right time.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by drdx » Sunday, 30 January 2011, 14:04 PM

When you say 40 channel and tube it does narrow the field if it is a CB but ham rigs are out there as mentioned. I ran a D201A back in about 83 and even then, when they were way newer, they were a little high maintenance but still fun. Given tube scarcity, I'm sure it is even more of a challenge as radio shack doesn't have tubes and a tube tester any more. I'm not sure why everyone has to say "hand wired". Other than a "hand wired" Tram, were all other radios wired 100% by robots or something? Maybe some were, but I'm not sure if something done by a precisely programmed machine is inferior to something error prone humans are capable of. Trams stopped being made in like 1978???? somewhere along in there, so they're all old by now. ALL Heath stuff is hand wired and built but you never hear it called that. :lol:

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Craig » Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 8:55 AM

linx wrote:I own a Browning Golden Eagle Mark 3. They are a little less desirable than the Mark 4 and generally more affordable.
I have to disagree I will take a Browning Mark III over a Mark IV any day of the week. The Mark IV was problematic talking to former Browning engineers they readily admit the Mark IV was rushed into production necessitating changes leading to the model IV-A. Even with the changes former engineers describe as a "band-aid" at best since Browning was pressured meeting new FCC regulations at the time of manufacture.

The model III had a steel chassis while the model IV used circuit boards if I'm correct causing problems with overheating, cracked solder joints and tube sockets, the PLL used in the model IV was also very problematic. Seem to recall one of the former Browning engineers has as site somewhere with better explanations and suggestions on correcting a few of the flaws with the model IV. There's also extensive discussion from former Browning engineers at another forum, do some searching you'll find it.

I was a proud owner of a Mark III for many years, never had a single issue with the radio and after more than a decade sold the radio for more than I originally paid. I don't think I'll by another even if they're wonderful radios due to age related issues and the proliferation of much better radios today.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 721HACKSAW » Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 10:58 AM

My Yaesu 101E will be on the market soon, I have the original mic, manual, and box that will be included also. It will be expensive to ship, this radio is heavy. I will post in the "For Sale" area.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by sandy7 » Thursday, 24 February 2011, 19:58 PM

543FtWorth wrote: Can anyone recommend some good radios and what I can expect to pay for one?
Are you comfortable doing your own electronics repair work?
Point to point soldering, etc.
Typically you can find a 40 channel tube rig like the Colt Midnight Special or Gemtronics GTX-5000
but they usually need some restoration work, typically all the capacitors need to be replaced and the chassis
scrubbed clean.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by peterwo2e » Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 4:47 AM

browning mk3, brough me back to cb radio, it heats up the room really good. but when i hit that driver x-80 into a (top of the line amp)
and that pinger almost get the external palstar watt meter (2000 w) to the wall, you know is a browning. nothing else feels like a browning.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Nuke Waste » Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 11:33 AM

I would like a Tram D201 as would most of us that can to tube work. I am restoring a Robyn T240R. I have been looking for one for about 30 years. I want to find some spray that I can clean the chassis with. It has decades of nicotine and tar in it. I restore Turner +3s and D104 lolly pops if anybody needs that kind of help. I won't wire mics for free for just anybody, but if you are a handicapped veteran I will offer obnoxious help.
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Grinder74 » Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 15:45 PM

The 23ch Trams can get extra channels using the VFO if it has been modded. I just traded for one but the guy forgot the mic so I haven't played with it yet.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by bluemeanie » Monday, 07 October 2013, 20:24 PM

I have to agree with the consensus of opinions. The Eagles are great have owned a MKIVA for years but its in the geriatric eagle hospital now. Age has caught up with it and needs a refit. I am sure when it returns it will be the voice on the air again. The Trams are great, have always wanted a DAK10. Have a FT101 also for years, love it too. But also have owned several Siltronics 1011's as well. They seem to be a little more temperamental but give you something to fiddle with. If you have experience or a tech close at hand might consider that. the siltronix is not much of an am radio as is most of the ham rigs. One final note I didn't use my Eagle much on SSB it's kind of a pain on the bu*#. Just my 2 cents.
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Post by str8stroke » Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 4:10 AM

721HACKSAW wrote:My Yaesu 101E will be on the market soon, I have the original mic, manual, and box that will be included also. It will be expensive to ship, this radio is heavy. I will post in the "For Sale" area.

101 is solid, just make sure you have the 6khz filter. Or your gonna have some issues!! :clown:
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Cool Mule » Friday, 27 December 2013, 9:37 AM

If your not a technician, I would stay away from tube radios. Yes, they sound better and real radios glow in the dark and will keep you warm in winter. Best to leave them to the old hams. There is far more to running them than just turning them on and mashing the button on the mike. They also have voltages that will kill you!!!!!

I run an old Swan 500 on the HF bands. Got to tinker with it all the time. Tube radios are prone to drift. The old Swan 350 was so bad they call it a "Swan 3 drifty" :) Of course there is something about a "real" radio. The smoothness of the tuner, setting the bias and dipping the plate on those precision knobs, and of course the back injuries from moving the radio and power supply!

The only pople still making tubes are the Russians and the Chinese. Used sweep tubes are now $60 a pair. The day when you have to replace,say, a final with a Russian replacement, you may have to reconfigure the circuits and even rewind the transformer for the new voltages! Tubes are voltage amplifiers while transistors amplify current. Think about how transistors are getting scarce in RF amps these days, the door has closed on tubes.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 27 December 2013, 11:27 AM

I forgot about this thread. I figured out how to get the warm sound I was after from a cobra 148.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Swan270 » Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 20:42 PM

Go with the Yeasu or a Swan/Soltronix. The old Swans are easy to retune to 11 mtrs and tho the watts will drop because of the retune, they will still put out 60 or so barefoot.
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by tulmkr » Saturday, 29 March 2014, 12:33 PM

Post is a little old, but my reply is that you should start out with something that doesnt require alot of maint. The brownings and trams are great, but can get pricey with upkeep. Keep your eyes open for a sonar 40 channel. they arent cheap, but will never break down. Pick up a demco modulator, and an un-amplified d-104, and youll be blasting away like mad. Couple that with a 3, or 4 tube amp, and you are 10-8. If you arent set in stone on the 40 channel rig, look for a sonar fs-23. You can also run a vfo if you really wanted the channels. The glenn vfo works best with the sonar. You can also pick what channels you really think you will want, and swap some crsytals.
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Post by p38 » Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 21:27 PM

Every one loves the brownings but what about the dak ? I have the chance too get my hands on one for 350
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Run from the Dak... run.

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Post by MDYoungblood » Thursday, 21 August 2014, 7:23 AM

The tube radio that I liked the most was the HyGain 623 Utopia. It was a true SSB radio, like ham radios it wasn't much on AM, (power mic helped). Only 23 channels but with the clarifier you could go 50kc (5 channels) below 1 or above 23. Installing the Glen Manufacturing 326-G Digital VCO opened up the "FreeBand" frequencies.

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Post by TennaSky » Friday, 05 February 2016, 11:21 AM

MDYoungblood wrote:The tube radio that I liked the most was the HyGain 623 Utopia. It was a true SSB radio, like ham radios it wasn't much on AM, (power mic helped). Only 23 channels but with the clarifier you could go 50kc (5 channels) below 1 or above 23. Installing the Glen Manufacturing 326-G Digital VCO opened up the "FreeBand" frequencies.

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The thought of using my Glen never crossed my mind. I only paid $107 for the one I had.

I bet it'll cost me 3 times that to replace it with a nice one nowadays.

Never owned a D201 but would love to.

Currently have a Browning Golden Eagle MkIII that only works up to channel 8, but that's OK, it's only on the air on "Channel Tubesday" at 7pm Tuesday evenings here in Sacramento. Maybe someday I'll dig into it and figure out what's up with the rest of the crystals.

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Post by 443 Arizona » Saturday, 24 September 2016, 20:32 PM

i had picked up an old johnson from a friend, i have not messed with it in years but it WAS working, it has a "funny switch" to get some higher channels.
i think it skipped a few too. i think it was using a lollipop too. i'm going to have to get it out and mess with it again. :cheers:

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Hamman308 » Sunday, 25 September 2016, 21:41 PM

Gott say.....I agree!! Many moons ago, DAK was supposed to "be all that"....and ones I heard on the air seemed great! HOWEVER......nowadays.....it's a dead topic!!! For example.....check out the auction listings....or anywhere they sell used equipment really....The price varies beyond beliefe. BUT......here's the tricky part! GOOD LUCK FINDING ONE FOR SALE THAT WORKS!! EVERY listing I've seen in several years....save one or two here or there...SOMETHING is wrong. NoTX, Low TX, No RX, Low RX, Muffled audio, No audio on SSB, Low output all bands, the list is ENDLESS! I always wanted the DAK X. But every one I've seen have any one or more of the aforementioned issues. So, Id'e have to say....YES! RUN!
All that being said....I believe that one of the best 40 channel AM, USB, LSB tube radios was the Tram D201A. The tubes still are pretty much readily available....not super expensive....and the rig has a lot of nice options such as VFO control AND channel selection. And the audio from a Tram tube rig is legendary! If you find one that has been reasonably well taken care of...and it's "slightly off" in one way or another.....it does'nt take much to bring them back to their original glory.
The only issue is some.....meaning a lot....of people selling them act as if they are made of 24K gold!
In my opinion....which I believe is pretty valuable considering I have been a licensed tech for over 25 years, and specialize in tube rigs, that they are most often OVERPRICED. Unless they have been "professionally restored", by an individual like myself.......the pretty common asking price for one in nice physical condition of 6 or 7 hundred dollars is off the wall!
Just because they look pretty does'nt mean they talk pretty! They'll usually always require a retubing of at least the final output tubes, and the modulation tube to bring them to the "legendary Tram" status. And most certiantly ALWAYS a thorough cleaning with some Deoxit of the entire internal works to regain responsivness and clean up the incoming audio, and get the "scratcyness" out of the controls when turning them.
Above all though.....realize these radios are "hardy". Very sturdy, and well built. As long as they have not been ran incorrectly for a very long time, or abused from constant over driving, they DO NOT HAVE TO LOOK CLEAN AND PRETTY TO TALK WELL! And even if they have been, it's nothing a replacement of some tubes and caps cannot solve!
A very uncomplicated rig to operate, and to work on, they are a gem!!
I have seen them going for 375 to 400....might not look real "clean and shiney"...but the ads usually state they are in working condition, AM and SSB with reasonable output!
So.....if you have the chance to pick up one of these "legendary radios" for the price range mentioned above, and you have the ability to re-tube/re-cap, and clean it up good.....or even have no issue having it done for you, GO FOR IT!
It will be a purchase you WILL NOT Regret!....believe me!!.... :cheers: :bounce: :biggrin: I had one for 15 years....and DO regret ever getting rid of it!!.... :pale: :cry:
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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by 973Kid » Friday, 01 December 2017, 13:51 PM

I love talking on a tube radio. The 2 I have are not anything that anyone is begging to get their hands on but the warm sound that comes out is beautiful. Sitting in a dark room watching the glow of the tubes is somehow relaxing.

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Re: I think I want a tube base radio

Post by Grinder74 » Friday, 01 December 2017, 18:42 PM

I just sold a Lafayette 25b but still have a Teaberry "T" 40ch. Didn't gave as good a receive but it a good radio.

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