I have several crystal sets, loose couplers, DeForest Audion detector and several parts from spark equipment. Thats all prior to 1920. There is a lot more from the 20's but my primary collecting era is the 30's.
A Johnson Viking Valliant:
I had one in 1972, donít know if I would want another one. Itís just too old, but nice to look at. When I had it the transmitter was just 13 years old. But now it would be over 50 years old. That would mean a lot of problems could occur from just age.
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Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
A Floor Model Receiver all bands AM and SW with a slide out phonograph 1930's very nice. Then about a dozen Yaesu's Ft-101 series all different models 70's.
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ARC-5 siries receivers and transmitters used when I was starting out in ham radio in 1961
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I too have an HQ-129X.
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My oldest radio is an Atwater-Kent model 32... Still plays FB! My oldest set of amateur gear is my lovely National HRO-5RA... Also plays FB.
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Oldest ham equipment was WW2 surplus, but have several TRF radios from the late 1920s -- and many of them still play.
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MEANINGFUL gear, 50's for me. Nostalgic gear from the 40s. Had a regen at one time from the 30s, and
a TRF or 2 from the mid 20s.... but hardly useful in any meaningful way.
Today, I have NO vintage gear.... at one time I ran www.boatanchors.com (don't go there - my site is LONG gone!)
and owned HUNDREDS of tube rigs from the 40s - 70's - HUNDREDS, about 60 of which were able to go on the
air with a massive switcher. But I sold them ALL off - not a single tube rig left.
All I have in the shack today are the FT-950, an Icom R71E receiver, and an FT-2900 FM rig LOL!! So no,
not a lot of interest anymore in old tube rigs - been there, done that, altered the gravitational force of my side of the planet LOL!!
I will say I do have 4 or 5 fully operational 1930s cathedral radios and floor consoles on the AM broadcast band, all
fully restored, that I do enjoy listening to via iPod interfaces I've wired in so that I can put on Andrews Sisters or
Louis Prima or War of the Worlds with zero QSB, QRN or drift LOL!!!! (Just piping into the tube audio section)
oldest here is a homebrew cw tx home made on a plank.the guys call is on the faded paper schematic stuck on the bottom.dated 1927.
has a single #50 tube.
and then my very rare atwater-kent 5.