[AMRadio] Converting old 1.8-4.0 MHz AM Marine Radios


k0ng at inebraska.com k0ng at inebraska.com
Fri Sep 10 19:55:37 EDT 2004


Anything worth saving is worth converting, or is it the other way??
I have plenty of 160 AM gear but if there are any small ones left over,
I am interested also. Xtal control makes great mobil radio for getting
local activity started.  73 All Charlie, K0NG  ..

Quoting Rbethman <rbethman at comcast.net>:

> Well, Jim is a VERY good friend of mine.
> 
> That said, I'd be interested in a small number of these radios.
> 
> So tell him to get that container open, and let's get them out to see 
> light of day.  You never know how many will go!
> 
> Bob - N0DGN
> 
> James M. Walker wrote:
> 
> >Mark,
> >As for my ideas, NOTHING is absolutely perfect in radio or anything
> >else.
> >Having said that, I think that with a judicious cross section of ideas
> >the units you describe could be resurrected in a reasonable way, to A)
> >get them back into operation, and B) convert them to usable range for
> >160 work. YES, they are old technology, but they can be improved, any
> >piece of equipment can be improved for the owner/operator it just takes
> >a
> >little effort, some modifications that will make it work to your, and
> >also
> >others standards of "Quality".
> >
> >I say, talk to your friend, see if he wants to recirculate the equipment
> >if so then get a list and post it so folks that WANT to give it a shot
> >can make the necessary arrangements with him. As I can't even imagine
> >having
> >all that equipment end up in a land-fill somewhere because it didn't
> >meet
> >the specs for todays operations. Especially since we have such a large
> >group
> >of enterprising folks that as W3BYM says, "Can Fix Anything".
> >
> >Keep me posted and if you need help, sign out, I will volunteer
> >assistance.
> >
> >"Drive On"
> >Jim
> >WB2FCN
> >
> >
> >
> >Mark Cobbeldick wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>WOW !!!
> >>
> >>Thank you to everyone who responded via postings and private e-mails.
> >>
> >>In answer to Jim's [WB2FCN], I don't have any data on the radios...yet.
> >> Let me explain:
> >>
> >>     I work in the land mobile two-way radio field as a Product Support
> >>Engineer & Master Technician at the factory in Lynchburg, Virginia.
> >>One of my customers (...and an old ham friend) is the senior tech at
> >>large marine dealer/service shop in Southern California.  The other day
> >>while discussing a technical issue with a radio we got chatting about 2
> >>MHz marine radios, and the old AM Radiotelephone rigs.  He mentioned
> >>that he had a 20-foot shipping container's worth of the equipment
> >>sitting in his warehouse, the business owner would love to get rid of!
> >>He had pulled a couple of them out recently and they still worked OK!
> >>...Would I be interested in 1, 2 or more of them?
> >>
> >>He is planning to move to Eastern Tennessee in the not too distant
> >>future, and would not mind putting a few of them onto the moving truck
> >>for me.  This is what prompted my question to the list.
> >>
> >>I have a somewhat special place in my heart for AM Phone, and 160
> >>Meter/2 MHz marine radio.  When I was about six or seven, I converted
> >>an old (tube) AM Band table radio up to 160m band and the lower portion
> >>of the 2 MHz marine band.  The Loop Antenna was glued inside of the
> >>pressed paperboard rear cover.  I wrapped several turns of insulated
> >>hook-up wire around this loop antenna and ran it outside to a 100-foot
> >>longwire and a ground.  Growing-up down in Miami(Fla) and over in the
> >>Bahamas, I had tons of radio traffic to listen to from all over the SE
> >>USA and the Caribbean!  Later in the 1970's when folks started
> >>converting over to SSB, I even built a BFO for the darn thing.
> >>
> >>Hearing about all the goodies he had stashed, made me remember the old
> >>days, wondering if I could "recycle" one of these fine old marine
> >>radios over to amateur service.
> >>
> >>73,
> >>Mark A. Cobbeldick [KB4CVN, C6AMC]
> >>
> >>...Also, a Big Hello to Joe [W4AAB]: 'Crawfish' it has been far too
> >>long.  I hope all is well.
> >>
> >>
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