Amazing Boatanchor receiver windfall today - all 5 for free

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by W7UUU, Sep 13, 2018.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Out of the blue last evening, I received a phone call from a local gentleman who got my number from a local ham who knows I'm into old tube radios.

    He asked if I'd want five boatanchor receivers, and that if I could pick them up on Thursday, I could have them for free.

    So I just got home with them. I didn't know what to expect - and I'm utterly astounded at what I found!! He lives not far from me, and the receivers were all lined up in his radio room. He gave up his ham call sign a few years ago, and sold off all transmitting gear, choosing to just be an SWL. He's moving out of state soon, and just wanted them gone.

    ALL are in excellent working condition! New 3-wire power cords, recapped as needed (in not too long ago years anyway), several had new dial string. And physically, they are all easily a 9 out of 10 inside and out given their age.

    He said I could do anything with them - he was going to take them to the dump if I didn't want them :eek: He said "use 'em, sell 'em or part 'em out - doesn't matter at all to me". All came with full manuals. This really is a "who's who" to a large extent, of great old shortwave receivers.

    So for now, until I decide what I want to do, just enjoy the photos. I'll post up more later.

    The lineup:

    National NC-190 with National speaker
    Hallicrafters SX-100 Mark I with R46 speaker
    Hammarlund HQ-180 (no letters)
    National NC-183D
    Hallicrafters SX-62A
    Tripplett VOM (it was just sitting there so he tossed it in).

    I'm still pretty speechless....

    More later


    group.jpg HQ-180.jpg NC-183.jpg NC-190.jpg SX-62A.jpg SX-100.jpg
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  2. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    buy a lotto ticket
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  3. K5DH

    K5DH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Crikey! That's amazing. You are one lucky dude!
  4. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    You got the table back just in time!
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  5. WD0BCT

    WD0BCT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Another fine example of one man's trash being another's gold.
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  6. WC5P

    WC5P Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Awesome !!!

    Hey, you could start a museum .......
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  7. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's good-----

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  8. KJ4YEV

    KJ4YEV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thats understandable. Those are all receivers. You need a transmitter for speech.
    ND6M, K8MHZ, W7UUU and 2 others like this.
  9. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page


    But how can you use them today? They all tune the "Megacycles" bands.:(:p
    WA7PRC, WN2C, KC8YLT and 1 other person like this.
  10. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Boy, that SX-100 is CLEAN! I thought MINE was clean, back in 1973. :)
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