Can This Drake Chassis Be Salvaged ?

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

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  1. WA1GXC

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    If it is truly a T-4 then it has value only in good condition as received. Otherwise, it's a pile

    of 55-year old paper caps and out-of-tolerance resistors. It looks like I wasn't thinking --as pointed

    out to me, no PTO, no dial assembly, just a few switch wafers worth recovery. Literally worthless.

    Redacted serial number? Hot? Efforts better directed to robbing banks. "That's where the money is."
     
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  2. W4NNF

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    Yep. This radio is only of value to those who want it for sentimental reasons or the Drake collector who is a completist. For someone who just wants to get on the air with a tube rig? There are far better choices.

    I wondered about that "redacted" serial number too. Made me go "Hmmm." ;)
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    If the rig also does that, time for new filter capacitors for sure.
     
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  4. W7UUU

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    Just got my January 2020 CQ magazine ( :rolleyes: ) and right there on the cover, for the 75th anniversary edition, is a photo of a Drake Reciter from at least 50 years ago! It's been a very very long time I'm sure since a Drake Reciter appeared in any magazine, much less on the cover!!

    Dave
    W7UUU

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  5. WB4IVG

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  6. WB4IVG

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    Ok everyone has 2 Cents worth in, here's mine. If it is old and raggedy but functional the T4 Reciter make a great amp for a QRP rig. I modded one that picked up are Shelby Hamfest. It really looked crappy, but worked 100% the receiver had been hit by lightning but the Tx was a ok. I went into it where the driver hooked to the finals and drive it with an icom ic 703 it makes a fine amp and works slick.
    Laurin Cavender WB4IVG
     
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  7. WA9SVD

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    But it makes the tomato juice makers happy...:rolleyes:

    But on a chassis isn't a good idea, as previously stated; it will likely cause even MORE corrosion. (And when used on a frying pan, it is usually THOROUGHLY rinsed off, something much more difficult on a chassis, where traces would likely be hiding.)
     

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