Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by WI0H, May 25, 2012.
This is shocking! Do you know where and when this was taken?
Chuck Rippel has those details (I think that is photo from his web page),
but as I remember it was 1990s in Norfolk, Virginia area, as the US Navy was scraping older ships.
After Reagan's 600 ship Navy in 1980s; the end of the Iron Curtain/reunification of Germany in 1989; and Iran/Kuwait War in 1991 -- the Navy began reassessment of its global fleets and ports.
Maintenance costs on these ships (1930-1950 construction) became a budget burden, so scrapping began as well as a new fleet building program over the past 2 decades.
On the west coast, the Ghost Fleet was stored in Suisun Bay.
Older ships stored there, were also scrapped. At Philadelphia Yard, I saw some larger ships stored in there 1996/1997, but many were in bad condition.
Fair Radio Sales acquired some R-390A receivers in this period via US military surplus auctions.
Miltronix Is Still There
Contact Rick Mish @ 419-255-6220. taking work and has radios to sell.Taking my R388 to him saturday.says he's taking any and all Collins. May do work on others if you have manual, you'd have to ask Rick...73 de n8aft lane
Hey, guys, I was told that when they shut down the DEW line stations they would stack equipment - including R-390's - on nearby frozen lakes in the winter and then place bets on what day the ice would thaw enough to send the whole pile to the bottom.
Some of that stuff might be rather well preserved, down in that cold clear water. Could be the radio equivalent of those buried Spitfires in Burma.
Rick Mish in Toledo is very much still in business.Picked up my repaired and realigned R388 and my R390A Saturday morning.I dropped off an R390 for rebuild as well saturday.
He currently also does a front panel refinish and relettering using semi-gloss black.Had him do the A as well as the speaker, looks impressive indeed. lane
Thanks for the heads up, Lane. I contacted Mr. Mish last night and will be sending my receiver out to him soon. Sounds like I will be able to swing by Toledo on my way back from Dayton and pick it up.
I will keep everyone posted as to how the restore goes.
I picked up my r-390a from Rick Mish on the way home from Dayton, and I am very pleased with the results. I had him focus on the internals rather than the cosmetics (which were in pretty decent shape anyways), and now this radio sings. I've put it head to head with my Perseus (a Dayton acquisition), and a WJ-8718a I recently had brought up to spec by PCS Associates, and it more than holds its own. Thanks to Rick for doing such an outstanding job with my radio. She's definitely a keeper.