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Can This Drake Chassis Be Salvaged ?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K5FRH, Feb 19, 2020.

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  1. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    They actually called it a "Reciter" whatever the heck that means!
     
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  2. K4KYV

    K4KYV Subscriber QRZ Page

    What you should really be interested in, is what it looks like under the chassis. If that looks pristine, or at least clean with little or no corrosion or moisture damage, the exterior corrosion shouldn't be a serious problem. Just clean out the dust and cobwebs, and lubricate the moving parts. If, OTOH, the underneath side resembles the outside, you will likely find corroded connections and moisture-damaged components, calling for a major restoration job; it may not be worth it. Save it for a parts rig, salvaging whatever components are still useful.
     
  3. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's what I tell my wife.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  4. WB2WIK

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    I think it could stand at the front of the classroom and read poetry aloud.

    Very impressive.
     
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  5. K1LKP

    K1LKP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    ROD, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF
    WHAT IS MY ROI ON THIS DEAL..........


    RETURN ON INVESTMENT

    BASED ON YOUR PICTURE, THIS CHASSIS IS A
    TOTAL BASKET CASE........

    IF THE CHASSIS IS THAT BAD THEN ALL THE
    TUBE SOCKETS AND THE TUBE PINS HAVE TO
    BE IN AN UNUSABLE CONDITION.

    IF YOU TOLD US U GOT THIS GREAT DEAL FOR
    FREE THEN I WOULD NOT BE REPLYING TO
    YOUR POST.

    DON'T PAY A PENNY FOR THAT PIECE OF JUNK.

    IT'S THE OLE STORY

    BUYER BEWARE

    HAVE FUN AND ENJOY HAM RADIO
    73 CARMEN.jpg
     
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  6. W4NNF

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    As has been noted, this is a steel chassis with copper plating. The copper is gone in those corroded areas. There's no real shortage of these old girls, however, and you can find a hangar queen for well under a hundred bucks that might have a better chassis. And really, really good examples go for 300 or so.

    The biggest question? Is it worth your time and effort? Of course if this particular transmitter has sentimental value for you, go for it.
     
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  7. KP4SX

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    If its a true T-4 Reciter it has no internal VFO. It was made to slave off the matching receiver (R-4A)
     
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    It's a transmitter that uses the PTO from the receiver for transmitting on the receive frequency. It has no PTO of its own.

    I don't think they sold that many of them. It's useless without a matching Drake receiver.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    We doubled :D:D

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  10. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    Can the copper be replated in the same way as others silver plate coils, etc? IOW with one of those electroplating kits?

    Carl
     

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