Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K5ASK, Aug 10, 2018.

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  1. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I wouldn't want silt in my tronix.
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  2. KB3LIX

    KB3LIX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bought a 1011B about a jillion years ago from e-bust.
    Never used it and it is sitting on top of my freezer right next to
    a Browning Mark 4 eagle that came from e-bust too.

    They have been collecting dust for many years.
    Chances are that they will go to the dumpster at some time in the future.

    I have a BUNCH of old CB equipment lying around the house
    as I spent my first 5 years in communications repairing CB gear.
    It was a living and a very good living to boot.

    That was in the late 60's & early 70's at the height of the CB craze.

    I wish I had a buck for every protection diode I replaced during those years.
    I would be W E A L T H Y !!!!!!!
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  3. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes I repaired them too. I moonlighted for a friend with a radio business. He had a tech but there were always the “dogs”and my only rule was I will not work on anyhing butchered by the tech. Golden screwdriver I could live with.

    I could do about three cb radios between 7 and 10 two nights a week. I made $50 a week under the table which was BIG money in the early 70s. He finally opened a big shop and had 2 techs. On my 2 nights, the techs would open up 8-10 radios on the big bench and lay the SAMs on top. One tech per night volunteered to be trained and made OT. I would troubleshoot, identify the part to be changed and move on. The tech would change the part, test the radio, put the covers on and do the paperwork which I would sign.

    Many did notrequire parts so after I ran the line, I’d do those while the tech was busy changing parts. Golden screwdriver rigs were easy. I kept a bunch of tunable coil cores which would break when the jerk-meat CBer would use an allen wrench on them. And yes, reverse polarity diodes were about 1/3 of the problems.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
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  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You should not post that you were a bootlegger here on QRZ.

    Now we know who made CB a ham band again like it is. :rolleyes:
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  5. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fixing broken radios and returning them to factory specs makes Bill a “bootlegger”??

    Sorry, I don’t read it that way.
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  6. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a license to work on CB radios.

    Under the table was not a option to keep my FCC licenses.

    Do watt you do, I observed the rules and paid taxes while doing it. :)
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  7. K9STH

    K9STH Platinum Subscriber Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    For several decades, to legally service Class "D" Citizens' Radio Service equipment, one had to hold either a 2nd Class Radiotelephone Operator's License or a 1st Class Radiotelephone Operator's License. Such was also required to service Class "A" (now GMRS) equipment as well as commercial two-way equipment (both AM and FM / PM).

    The only time that I, personally, worked on "CB" equipment was over Christmas vacation from college in December 1962. I had obtained my Radiotelephone Operator's License in August 1962 between my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college. There was a Sunoco service station about a half-mile from my parent's house at which my father usually got gasoline. The owner, of the station, had acquired 2-mobile units and a base unit to use for communications with his 2-tow trucks and knew that a licensed technician was required to work on the equipment. He knew that I was an amateur radio operator and asked my father if I might know someone who could legally work on the equipment. My father told him that I did have the proper license.

    The station owner's son had installed the equipment in the tow trucks and had put a ground plane on top of the building. However, he had not even turned on the equipment. The owner paid me $25.00 for each unit to check out the installations and make sure that everything was legal. That meant I got paid $75.00 for a little over an hour's work. In 1962, taking home $75.00 a week was considered a good wage. Since the out-of-state tuition at Georgia Tech was $233.00 per quarter, that $75.00 paid almost 1/3rd of my tuition for the spring quarter!

    Glen, K9STH
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  8. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Virtue signaling alive and well today...
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  9. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    That may be, and I see your point, but that is not being a “bootlegger”. Not unless he was brewing moonshine, mash, whiskey, or some other alcoholic beverages with them!
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  10. KQ9J

    KQ9J Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Appropriate consequences for such operation would include, at a minimum, an expertly applied size-12 steel toe boot to the crotch, IMHO

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