At the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME!
I am supposed to be building a PL card for our ARC of EL Cajon's repeater, so I went to the JUNK STORE to get some parts (ICs, res, caps, etc) to start building it. I found all the parts I wanted and the bill came to only $7! GREAT!!!! I can afford that! I was most delighted until I walked out of the store and found someone looking at my Town Car, (with all those ANTENNAS on it). My car gets ALOTTA looks!
"I have something in the my car, I want to see if it is a Ham radio" this nice guy said.
I agreed to look at it and it turned out to be an Icom IC-47A 450MHZ FM from the 80s or so. The conversation continued as I looked it over. It was in absolutely MINT condition, with the correct mic and mobile bracket. No indication if it had a PL in it.
He queried if I wanted to buy it. I figured he was going to ask $100 for it, but he said $15.
"HOW ABOUT TEN?"
He was as delighted to sell it for TEN BUCKS as I was to BUY IT for TEN BUCKS!!!
I rushed it back here to work and tried it out. In perfect working condition, but PL tone unknown. Hafta get the manual and see what is up with that. But for $10, WHO CARES?!!!!!!
Not that I desperately NEEDED a 450MHZ FM rig, but I got one now! ALWAYS need more radios!!! MORE RADIOS!!! I NEED MORE RADIOS!!!!!!!!!!!
I heard that he forgot about the FTDX-5000 in his trunk until later in the day.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to receive."
-Otto Watt Sept. 5 1925
I can't believe you had the guts to argue with $15. Are you sure you're Catholic?
"If it aint broke don't fix it. "If you can't fix it get a bigger hammer."
I was tuning around and picked up a Special Event station that I was needing but had no idea where I might fine them. So it's both our lucky day!
I'll call you and raise you two.
At yard sales recently I snagged like new:
Canon SLR like digicam, Amazon price of $350, in a nice case, for twenty five cents.
Shack high end scanner again worth about $350 for two bux.
Hard to beat.
TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
I hate to be the party pooper here but, are you sure it's not a stolen radio?
"Pull my finger."
SKCC #618 QRPARCI #12423 SPAR #478 NAQCC #1552
I doubt if the seller would risk jail time for $10. $15-- maybe.
TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
He said he got it from his customer who's dad had passed away and it was just alotta junk. Don't know what he did with the rest of it. Maybe already fenced-errr, sold!. I sized him up pretty carefully and not a Methhead or the makings of a thief. Just some guy who got some stuff he didn't know what it was. Offering $10 was part of the strategy. He wasn't trying to make money on the stuff. Just get rid of it. Highly doubt it is stolen, and there are no numbers or engravings to check back other than the Serial number. Hey, its a 1982 radio!
On Ebay, the same radio is worth hundreds of dollars!
73 de Charles - KC8VWM
North American QRP CW Club #3159, SKCC# 5752
I need to monitor our Radio clubs 450 machine for faulty operation, so this radio will be put to good use!