A giant is coming home.

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by N6YW, Sep 24, 2019.

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  1. W8KHK

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  2. N6YW

    N6YW Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    19966EE0-3DB9-4C65-B0EE-228FAF7F4C27.jpeg It made it home just fine, and even got a bath on the way. Here are some shots from the move. We used a fork lift to lay it down in order to rig it for lifting into the bed of the truck. The drive home was a little white knuckle-ish due to other drivers being so careless.
    Unfortunately, the paint on the upper panel has degraded to the point where I’ll have to re-paint the entire face. That’s okay, I have the proper tools and experience to make it right.
    I’ll be posting several loads of photos in the series.

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  3. N6YW

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    859B5181-CB77-40ED-BF36-8C52593E5534.jpeg 426745D1-8097-4F0B-9F47-8BC35FB48FAC.jpeg 7009436C-FC8B-48EC-ADAE-4506F86D62FB.jpeg ECA72B16-BC3E-48C0-9F7A-C40690AF7EFC.jpeg 46776EE1-FEC3-4B02-A762-2535C1C5CE95.jpeg The ready-rigging commencing. Removal of the doors was tedious. About 40 nuts and screws total.
    They weigh about 80 lbs each.
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  4. N6YW

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    Getting it ready to lift and lay down. Sure is nice having that kind of equipment on hand.
    Funny that one of the photos shows that I own the only BTA-250L with actual feet and can walk!

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  5. N6YW

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    E1E920EC-9D95-4E65-95D3-5956B1173534.jpeg Into the truck it goes.

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  6. N6YW

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    B8F69690-38BE-4C33-BE4D-8D139104F559.jpeg Some random shots of the bits and pieces that make this transmitter such an iconic design.

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  7. W7TFO

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    Designed with humans in mind...both those that operated it, and those that maintained it. Cost was an object, but that was way down the list.

    The BTA-1 used the 250 as a driver, and had two more of those heavy steel cabinets:


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  8. N2DTS

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    Seems like a crazy way to build a transmitter with stuff stuck all over the place...
    I know they all did it that way.

    Nice RCA iron, I have a lot of that stuff (power and mod transformers) that Bruce (WA3JVJ and Steve (N2DXM) got from a guy who worked at RCA in Camden and had a garage full.

    The power transformers are very nice, light for the power as they had no end bells and other weight adding stuff, just core and wire...
    Poor RCA, its funny how a big major company can just die....
  9. N6YW

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    The final phase of the acquisition/delivery to my house was a real chore. Unloading and placement into the property was a real bitch and required neighborly help and some come-along’s.
    Due to the fact that no iron was removed, special care was given to safety and slow deliberate movement.
    It’s now safely standing on the sidewalk on our property awaiting movement to the transmitter roost out back.
    More on this later.
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  10. KA4KOE

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    You are a real convert. I can only admire such dedication and madness from afar.


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