Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, Aug 11, 2018.
Been playing a bit in the ARRL CW DX contest, managed to work a few ZMs and VKs this morning on 40M
Got out of bed early on sunrise and worked some dx on 80 and 40.
I have always believed in magic and only later learned that it was physics.
For me, the main source of magic has always been radio.
My great-grandfather had a lamp radio and my father had an awesomely beautiful Riga 104, and I loved listening it as a child.
It fate was sad and recently I decided to find the same one.
On the flee marked only there were killed ones. Without knobs, handle, telescope antenna etc. But I didn't want to collect Frankenstein monster from two or three donors.
But recently on one forum I saw the distribution of trash, among which was Riga 104.
There was no photo, but they gave it for free, so I went for it.
And the condition was perfect!
In dust, with traces of cucaracha inside, but everything is in place, including the native telescopic antenna and the back cover.
It was accompanied by instructions, a diagram and a manuscript on parchment. Someone documented all repairs with time and what changed / adjusted.
It even switched on and received something. Disassembly, vacuum cleaner, enclosure wash, contact cleaning, replacement of leaking electrolytes ...
I remember once I met a Riga radio, maybe in high school... I don't know if it was the model 104, but looked like this, I remember the many buttons, and the vertical scale. And it was very heavy, maybe over 5 kg, I was surprised. Is it so heavy?
6,3 kg. Aluminum frame, transformer power supply ...
This model was called the Soviet response to German Grundig Ocean Boy
Looks like lots of fun to me
Both are really nice, good looking ones. I more often met in those times the VEF 206, it was good on HF as well. I posted about it in a different thread:
No DX worked today, i had a TS830S turn up for repair work the other day.
It had been dropped face down landing on the vfo , the whole front was damaged.
A very sad event (
And I bought new capacitors today. It is interesting that Soviet nominals of 5, 20, 30, 50 or 500 uF it cannot be found.
So I bought the coming suitable ones.