Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by AI3V, Feb 25, 2010.
Inside showing new caps:
Inside top... nice and clean:
Favorite band cruiser:
Restored using wrinkle finish. Preserved original lettering, markings during the process using a toothpick and silly putty formed to mask the lettering before painting. Handles stripped down to bare brass and polished using jewelers polish and a Dremmel tool.
Remember that's "Megacycles" not "Megahertz"
I'm sure there are better receivers out there but a personal favourite was the 1938 Hammarlund HQ120. My brother gave me his when i turned 14. What an improvement over the Halliscrachers SX140 (also visibld in thw photo) I'd used from the start!
I later traded the 120 toward my first SSB rig, a Halliscratchers FPM300. That was a mistake on many levels. I decided after a couple of weeks that I didn't care for HF SSB and the rig was useless on CW, It was also just a dog in general. My HQ120 was gone and I've never had another.
My shack in the summer of 1976:
What's the newest item which can be considered a boat anchor?
I've owned a number of hybrid rigs over the years and still have an FT901DM, TS-820S and related accessories for each at my operating position.
Do those count?
Not really! The "basic" requirement to be a "boat anchor" is that the unit uses primarily tubes (both receiver and transmitter). Solid-state power supplies (i.e. uses silicon rectifiers) are generally acceptable but little else being solid-state.
Of course how big a "boat" that can be anchored depends on the individual model. For example, a Hallicrafters HT-4/BC-610 can anchor an aircraft carrier, a Hallicrafters HT-20 and a WRL Globe champion 350 can anchor a battleship, down to a Heath DX-20 which can anchor a PT Boat!
Let me see if I can dig up some pics of my HQ-180AC and GSB-100 combo. Used to set the Hammarlund's clock to turn the rig on about half an hour before I was due home from school, and through a relay arrangement it also turned on the Gonset. The rigs would be nice and warmed up - not drifting - when I got to the shack.
My favorite Boatanchor
While working for Northrop/Wilcox in the mid '70's I was introduced to the Hallicrafters SR series. I was so taken with the gear I went out and got my ham ticket. I have been obsessed with the series ever since. Now that I am retired I spend 10 to 30 hrs a week resurrecting rigs from attics and chicken houses. The series includes the SR-150, SR-160, SR-400 CYCLONE, SR-400 CYCLONE II, SR-400A CYCLONE III, SR-500 and the SR-2000. I have one of each in the shack. When ever I finish a restore I compare it to the one in the shack and keep the best pass on the other.
I miss my BC-610! It was simply too big for me to handle and restore so I had to get rid of it. I feel good that it went to a good home. The new owner did a proper and full restoration and I've heard it on the air! He's been looking for one in the area for years. I rescued it from going to the trash heap.
My fav so far has been my Hallicrafters station, SX-101 and HT-32. It's a great pair to work with. I've got the matching linear and the SX-62. Rating up there with it is the HW-16. I used one in my novice days when I first got my license, which was lent to me. A decade or so later I eventually bought one and I put it on the air now and then.
I enjoy my hammarlund SW receivers, they nice to listen to. I've got the 180, 129x and a Super Pro (got that for $9!!).
Ones I still have:
Johnson Viking Valiant
Hammarlund HQ 180A
Ones I used to have:
Hammarlund HQ 110
Knight Kit Space Spanner
Several 1940's era console radios with shortwave bands. (I discovered WWV at a pre "ten" age on an old Stromberg-Carlson)
Semi- Boatanchors I still have:
Kenwood TS 830S
Kenwood TS 940S
Plus, does anyone consider "pieces parts" as nostalgic Boat Anchor material? I still have some components removed from old gear, as well as various pieces of "junque" that elicit great memories.