What's your favorite boatanchor?

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by AI3V, Feb 25, 2010.

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  1. WA7OET

    WA7OET Moderator QRZ Page

    Inside showing new caps:
  2. WA7OET

    WA7OET Moderator QRZ Page

    Inside top... nice and clean:
  3. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Favorite band cruiser:



    Restored using wrinkle finish. Preserved original lettering, markings during the process using a toothpick and silly putty formed to mask the lettering before painting. Handles stripped down to bare brass and polished using jewelers polish and a Dremmel tool.




    Remember that's "Megacycles" not "Megahertz" :)
  4. WA2ZDY

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    I'm sure there are better receivers out there but a personal favourite was the 1938 Hammarlund HQ120. My brother gave me his when i turned 14. What an improvement over the Halliscrachers SX140 (also visibld in thw photo) I'd used from the start!

    I later traded the 120 toward my first SSB rig, a Halliscratchers FPM300. That was a mistake on many levels. I decided after a couple of weeks that I didn't care for HF SSB and the rig was useless on CW, It was also just a dog in general. My HQ120 was gone and I've never had another.

    My shack in the summer of 1976:

  5. N8YX

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    What's the newest item which can be considered a boat anchor?

    I've owned a number of hybrid rigs over the years and still have an FT901DM, TS-820S and related accessories for each at my operating position.

    Do those count?
  6. K9STH

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    Not really! The "basic" requirement to be a "boat anchor" is that the unit uses primarily tubes (both receiver and transmitter). Solid-state power supplies (i.e. uses silicon rectifiers) are generally acceptable but little else being solid-state.

    Of course how big a "boat" that can be anchored depends on the individual model. For example, a Hallicrafters HT-4/BC-610 can anchor an aircraft carrier, a Hallicrafters HT-20 and a WRL Globe champion 350 can anchor a battleship, down to a Heath DX-20 which can anchor a PT Boat!

    Glen, K9STH
  7. N8YX

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    Let me see if I can dig up some pics of my HQ-180AC and GSB-100 combo. Used to set the Hammarlund's clock to turn the rig on about half an hour before I was due home from school, and through a relay arrangement it also turned on the Gonset. The rigs would be nice and warmed up - not drifting - when I got to the shack.
  8. WD0GOF

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    My favorite Boatanchor

    While working for Northrop/Wilcox in the mid '70's I was introduced to the Hallicrafters SR series. I was so taken with the gear I went out and got my ham ticket. I have been obsessed with the series ever since. Now that I am retired I spend 10 to 30 hrs a week resurrecting rigs from attics and chicken houses. The series includes the SR-150, SR-160, SR-400 CYCLONE, SR-400 CYCLONE II, SR-400A CYCLONE III, SR-500 and the SR-2000. I have one of each in the shack. When ever I finish a restore I compare it to the one in the shack and keep the best pass on the other.

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  9. KB2FCV

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    I miss my BC-610! It was simply too big for me to handle and restore so I had to get rid of it. I feel good that it went to a good home. The new owner did a proper and full restoration and I've heard it on the air! He's been looking for one in the area for years. I rescued it from going to the trash heap.

    My fav so far has been my Hallicrafters station, SX-101 and HT-32. It's a great pair to work with. I've got the matching linear and the SX-62. Rating up there with it is the HW-16. I used one in my novice days when I first got my license, which was lent to me. A decade or so later I eventually bought one and I put it on the air now and then.

    I enjoy my hammarlund SW receivers, they nice to listen to. I've got the 180, 129x and a Super Pro (got that for $9!!).
  10. W8IXY

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    Ones I still have:
    Johnson Viking Valiant
    Heathkit DX100B
    Hammarlund HQ 180A

    Ones I used to have:
    Heathkit DX20
    Heathkit DX35
    Hammarlund HQ 110
    Knight Kit Space Spanner
    Several 1940's era console radios with shortwave bands. (I discovered WWV at a pre "ten" age on an old Stromberg-Carlson)

    Semi- Boatanchors I still have:
    Kenwood TS 830S
    Kenwood TS 940S
    Kenwood R5000

    Plus, does anyone consider "pieces parts" as nostalgic Boat Anchor material? I still have some components removed from old gear, as well as various pieces of "junque" that elicit great memories.

    Ted W8IXY
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