[AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 70, Issue 9


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Today's Topics:

  1. Collins 618T system info wanted (John Lawson)
  2. WTB Valiant II Parts (Michael D. Harmon)
  3. Add FedEx ground to the bum list (CL in NC)
  4. Re: Collins 618T system info wanted (L D Ritta)
  5. Re: Add FedEx ground to the bum list (Bry Carling)
  6. Re: Add FedEx ground to the bum list (Gary)
  7. Re: Add FedEx ground to the bum list (Todd, KA1KAQ)
  8. Re: Add FedEx ground to the bum list (Mark Foltarz)
  9. Re: Add FedEx ground to the bum list (Jim Wilhite)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:01:15 -0500 (EST)
From: John Lawson <jpl15 at panix.com>
Subject: [AMRadio] Collins 618T system info wanted
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  Hello AMradioers:


I just drug home (literally!) a Collins HF transciever system, designed
for vehicular mounting.

  In it is the well-known 618T (RT 698/ARC-102); a 426T-1 inverter, and a
700B-2 TTY converter.

    Al this is in a big green submersible case/cabinet, with a 313V-1
control head.

  The whole thing is: Reciever Transmitter Group 718F-1


    I'm not a GreenRadio collector, but I am sort-of-basically familiar 
with the 618T, and somewhere I have the docs on the 700B.  I'd like to 
have any thoughts, wisdom, cautions, etc about the radio and it's 
components... I'm thinking it might be fun to put it on the air, as 
several articles call out the good audio quality, both SSB and AM, and of 
course it's 400W PEP.

    I have no idea yet what to do with the lovely vehicle case...  not
planning on doing any off-road DXpeditions anytime soon. hihi..


    I'd welcome any and all comments on this radio, on the list or
privately. I don't know much about the system as a whole.


    I'll post this to the Boatanchors list as well - but I'm not all that 
keen on subscribing to any mil- or green- radio lists, too much in my 
inbox as it is.  If you'd like to crosspost this to one of those, please 
do - but direct replies to me personally.


  Cheers

John KB6SCO
Carson City


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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:44:14 -0600
From: "Michael D. Harmon" <mharmon at att.net>
Subject: [AMRadio] WTB Valiant II Parts
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===> This is a partial re-post of the request I sent to the Boatanchors 
list a few days ago <===

Hi Folks,

Does anyone out there have a "parted-out" Valiant II?  I'm looking for 
the VFO/Crystal switch (SW2 - P/N 22.1989) and the Mode switch (SW4 - 
P/N 22.1295-2).  My old Valiant was acquired a couple of years ago from 
a local CB-er and was aggressively "modified" (meaning wrecked).  I've 
found most of the parts I need to get the transmitter back on the air 
(even stumbled onto a few of the Johnson-style terminal strips), but I 
need both switches to complete the project.

If you have either or both of these switches, please let me know!

Please note that these switches are NOT the same as the corresponding 
switches on a Valiant I.  They have extra contacts which are used when 
the transmitter is connected to a SSB adapter.  Although the original 
Valiant I has a "SSB" position on the "Mode" switch, the switch does NOT 
have the same contact configuration as the Valiant II switch. 

Thanks!
Mike Harmon, WB0LDJ
mharmon at att.net




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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:33:28 -0800 (PST)
From: CL in NC <mjcal77 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
To: AM radio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
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I recently sold a Palstar BT1500A tuner to a fellow about 300 miles from my home.? I shipped it FedEx ground, trusting them most after experience with UPS(smashed) and the US mail (never delivered, lost).? The tuner shipped to the fellow in one day, and arrived smashed.? It was insured, sent in the original Palstar box with Palstar packing and they still smashed it.? That tuner went from Palstar to SC and SC to me in NC via FedEx ground? in perfect shape.? I guess the third trip, the third time being the charm, it was smash and dash.? Maybe I should go back to sending stuff via Greyhound freight, but it might be better to give up selling on QTH or QRZ, and stick to hamfests.

Charlie, W4MEC in NC



      

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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:20:56 +1030
From: "L D Ritta" <ufp at optusnet.com.au>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Collins 618T system info wanted
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Hello John
If you decide to put on the air I have number of manuals two for 
the 618t and one for the whole system which is a Collins manual show the cicuit for 
big green box which is called a MRC-108, I used to have a 618T3B which is
100Hz channel steps, but I sold it in moment of weakness. The manuals I have 
are for sale.

73 Lee VK5ABC
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Lawson" <jpl15 at panix.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:31 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Collins 618T system info wanted


> 
> 
>  Hello AMradioers:
> 
> 
> I just drug home (literally!) a Collins HF transciever system, designed
> for vehicular mounting.
> 
>  In it is the well-known 618T (RT 698/ARC-102); a 426T-1 inverter, and a
> 700B-2 TTY converter.
> 
>    Al this is in a big green submersible case/cabinet, with a 313V-1
> control head.
> 
>  The whole thing is: Reciever Transmitter Group 718F-1
> 
> 
>    I'm not a GreenRadio collector, but I am sort-of-basically familiar 
> with the 618T, and somewhere I have the docs on the 700B.  I'd like to 
> have any thoughts, wisdom, cautions, etc about the radio and it's 
> components... I'm thinking it might be fun to put it on the air, as 
> several articles call out the good audio quality, both SSB and AM, and of 
> course it's 400W PEP.
> 
>    I have no idea yet what to do with the lovely vehicle case...  not
> planning on doing any off-road DXpeditions anytime soon. hihi..
> 
> 
>    I'd welcome any and all comments on this radio, on the list or
> privately. I don't know much about the system as a whole.
> 
> 
>    I'll post this to the Boatanchors list as well - but I'm not all that 
> keen on subscribing to any mil- or green- radio lists, too much in my 
> inbox as it is.  If you'd like to crosspost this to one of those, please 
> do - but direct replies to me personally.
> 
> 
>  Cheers
> 
> John KB6SCO
> Carson City
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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:50:14 -0500
From: "Bry Carling" <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
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The difference with Fedex is that they WILL pay for the damage.
UPS tries tooth and nail to not pay and the USPS just ignores you 
or cheats you. I even had a congressman try to make USPS pay on 
a damaged item claim, and they still refused. Fedex is still the best 
and they RARELY if ever have broken anything I shipped.

YMMV - 73 from AF4K, Bry

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> I recently sold a Palstar BT1500A tuner to a fellow about 300 miles from my home.? I shipped it FedEx ground, trusting them most after experience with UPS(smashed) and the US mail (never delivered, lost).? The tuner shipped to the fellow in one day, and arrived smashed.? It was insured, sent in the original Palstar box with Palstar packing and they still smashed it.? That tuner went from Palstar to SC and SC to me in NC via FedEx ground? in perfect shape.? I guess the third trip, the third time being the charm, it was smash and dash.? Maybe I should go back to sending stuff via Greyhound freight, but it might be better to give up selling on QTH or QRZ, and stick to hamfests.
> 
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
> 
> 
> 
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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 06:06:17 -0500
From: "Gary" <xfrmrs at roadrunner.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
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Only one package out of hundreds I have shipped with FedEx was damaged. That 
says a lot.
UPS on the other hand, about one out of every ten that arrives is not 
damaged. As for USPS, would not use them if my life depended on it.
Regards,
Gary
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Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 5:50 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list


The difference with Fedex is that they WILL pay for the damage.
UPS tries tooth and nail to not pay and the USPS just ignores you
or cheats you. I even had a congressman try to make USPS pay on
a damaged item claim, and they still refused. Fedex is still the best
and they RARELY if ever have broken anything I shipped.

YMMV - 73 from AF4K, Bry

Date sent:      Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:33:28 -0800 (PST)
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> I recently sold a Palstar BT1500A tuner to a fellow about 300 miles from 
> my home. I shipped it FedEx ground, trusting them most after experience 
> with UPS(smashed) and the US mail (never delivered, lost). The tuner 
> shipped to the fellow in one day, and arrived smashed. It was insured, 
> sent in the original Palstar box with Palstar packing and they still 
> smashed it. That tuner went from Palstar to SC and SC to me in NC via 
> FedEx ground in perfect shape. I guess the third trip, the third time 
> being the charm, it was smash and dash. Maybe I should go back to sending 
> stuff via Greyhound freight, but it might be better to give up selling on 
> QTH or QRZ, and stick to hamfests.
>
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
>
>
>
>
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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:15:09 -0500
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
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On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 6:06 AM, Gary <xfrmrs at roadrunner.com> wrote:
> Only one package out of hundreds I have shipped with FedEx was damaged. That
> says a lot.
> UPS on the other hand, about one out of every ten that arrives is not
> damaged. As for USPS, would not use them if my life depended on it.
> Regards,
> Gary

And I remember all too well which one!  (o:

Gary had done a beautiful rewind job on the modulation transformer for
my KW-1, mounted it on a board, and double boxed it with foam packing
between the layers. Far from being a massive, heavy box, it weighed in
at roughly 40-45 lbs. It had to travel only 200 miles or so from his
place in Maine to mine in VT, yet when it arrived, it looked more like
a soccer ball than a box. No corners left, black with scuffs and dirt,
and a large hole gouged in the side. Turned out that there was no
visible damage through the hole but once I got it unpacked, one of the
cast iron frames was snapped from a sharp impact and several studs
were bent (no insulators broken, amazingly).

Gary and I had a bit of a time getting them to pay for it also, but
they finally did. The only reason was that I found an old (2004) Peter
Dahl price list online and provided it to them along with plenty of
photos of the damaged box and transformer. That is what they refunded.
Had I not been able to provide that, I'm not sure how much, if any,
would've been refunded. That's the problem with old relics, it's
difficult to establish a value in their eyes. If you claim it's an
antique, you can bet they'll deny your claim if you didn't describe it
as such and pay additional fees. Otherwise it's obsolete and has no
value.

Fortunately I was driving up to northern Maine the later to pick up a
nice ATC and brought the damaged iron with me to Gary's shop. He
tested it out, all was well. He then removed the frame, I had it
welded and ground down, shot it with some primer and sent it back to
him (Priority mail). He reassembled it and hauled it to the next
Hosstraders for me.

Moral of the story is, as always, it matters not which shipper you use
- your time will come if you ship enough stuff. I'd been moving radio
gear all over the globe for more than a decade with no issues, using
mainly UPS for large items and USPS Priority for smaller items. I had
also used FedEx with no problems until this. Usually it's more a
matter of poor packing not handling, but sometimes it's just your
turn. Gary had packed the transformer very well, but apparently the
crew at FedEx didn't want to handle it so they tossed it to the floor
and kicked it across the place.

If you keep in mind that these places are in business to make a profit
which equates to throughput, not in the business of babysitting your
package from point A to point B, and pack as if it's being sent from
the back hills of China to you, you'll greatly minimize the
possibility of damage. But when it's your turn, all the packing in the
world won't help. A forklift through the side, dropped off a ship,
whatever. It's just a matter of time...

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4

BTW - I've still had nothing damaged by UPS despite the horror stories
others can relate. Which no doubt means I'm due there, too!


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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:31:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Mark Foltarz <Foltarz at rocketmail.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
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Well....

?? I just opened a package deleivered? to my house over the weekend by Fedex.

? 1936 GE tombstone radio - big and heavy.? 

?? Maybe I got lucky but it arrived in perfect condition.

? de KA4JVY

? Mark



      


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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:14:20 -0600
From: "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Add FedEx ground to the bum list
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Couple of thought to add to this line.  First, take pictures of the item 
before you pack and keep in case some thing happens.  If you show them 
the item picture and packing then they cannot claim bad condition before 
pickup.

Second, establish value through any means you can.  One thing that has 
worked for me in the past is find a person who is an appraiser (antique 
appraiser who just happened to be the wife of a ham friend).  With good 
pictures and value information you find on the web that tells them how 
much the equipment has sold for, (even at auction), then they will give 
you a written appraisal that is near what it costs to replace.

Armed with this you can confront any shipper.  Remember when you buy 
coverage from any shipper, it is not "insurance" in the traditional way. 
It is merely contents coverage and the shipping company is providing 
basic coverage by the pound.  If you add to this, the coverage amount is 
raised but the rules are the same.

There are companies out there that insure contents that are carried by 
common carrier and their costs is very reasonable, in most cases less 
then the carrier coverage.  These companies don't argue nearly as much 
as the carrier themselves.  Ask any pack and ship shop who they use, 
most do not rely on UPS or FEDEX nor the USPS to pay.

Jim/W5JO


----- Original Message ----- 


>
>
> Moral of the story is, as always, it matters not which shipper you use
> - your time will come if you ship enough stuff. I'd been moving radio
> gear all over the globe for more than a decade with no issues, using
> mainly UPS for large items and USPS Priority for smaller items. >
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4
> 



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