Radios

GETTING OLD STUFF PEOPLE DONT WANT GOOD AGAIN

Hear are some of the radios I have fix, restored and played with over the years that I want to show.  At the some stage I will make a  link on each radio to another pages that will show the before and after stages.  I generally don’t respray the cases unless they are looking very sad, I prefer the original look.  Sometimes what I have shown and answered questions on these radios has helped others,  this gives me pleasure.

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Thanks for looking.

73’s VK5ZBR

AOR AR-3000

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This communications receiver had salt damaged and had been binned.  After replacing the front CPU pcb with a AR-3000A version and a few simple modifications this became a AR-3000A. 

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Later on EBay I purchased a new case and front panel to complete the restoration. The photo showed the unit before the front was restored.  I made my own window as the old one was crazed.

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Was my clock radio for years :)

YAESU FRG 7000

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This radio was purchased on EBay,  I likes it as its so colourful.  It needed all the light globes replaced and a good alignment.  No other faults found.

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A good clean and polish with the chrome edging touched up and this radio looks great (and is very colourful).  Great for LF and MW DX I found, the preselector is a godsend. 

Realistic DX-200

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This was purchased at a ham radio flee market. 

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I was quite disappointed with the tuning mechanics.  Its so sloppy, What were they thing of!!  

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This was letting the radio down. also notice the SSB sounded chirpy.  I rebuilt the tuning mechanics and did some mod's to make it more solid. I added a regulator and filter in the power supply to smooth out the ripple in the SSB section. Not a bad receiver now.

EDDYSTONE EC10

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I purchased this radio from a old ham at the Ballarat Hamfest.   Its funny, he asked me what I’m going to do with it,  he only wanted to sell it so somebody that will take care of his radio.   Well he sold it to me so that was nice.  Its a lovely radio but I still has not been aligned to to its suggested accuracy. 

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Its travelled up north with me on a Northern radio service trip for work.  The roads were so rough I realigned is every night trying to get this so called did accuracy.

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A bit limited on SSB but good for what it is.  Its a cool looking radio and I use it on MW.

Yeasu Fl-2100B

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This was given to me as parts hack. There were some many bits missing inside and damage to the front and case it was nearly a bin job. Lucky I had another one which I was restoring for a friend to compare with. Lots of bits had to be made including the voltage multiplier pcb. its now reborn and works well in my shack.

YAESU FR-101

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I purchased this radio on VKHAM.  It took my friend lots of arm twisting to get me to buy it as he said its my type of radio to collect.  I wasn’t sure at first but after a good clean and tune up I started to like ir.  for some reason I though it was going to me like my Frog 7, far from it.   I really like this radio with its old tube display. 

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I found it a nice receiver to use on 160m Very easy to fix with plug in cards.

Yaesu FRG-7

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My first receiver, I think I purchased it with my first pay cheque.   It used this radio probably as long as I was awake when i first got it.  

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Not use that much today but its part of my collection.

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Really needed narrow filters on SSB but was a good short wave receiver.

Yaesu FT-101e

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This is the radio that got me into all this restoration to start with.   t was quite cheap and purchased from a friend on behalf of a deceased estate. 

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I heard what a receiver sound like with out phase noise etc. 

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This radio just needed cleaning and some little alignment.

I inserted green filter in the displays as they were to bright.

Yeasu FT-726R

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I purchased this on VKHAM, it had a few faults in the metering function's ended up being the op amps driving the meters. 

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This has the 6m and 70cm option as well as the sat option. Is quite fun to play in sat mode but the old OSCAR days are gone :(

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Teamed with 3 100watt amp for each band this radio is good for DX.

Yaesu FT-101ZD

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This Radio I restored for a friend.

I  was looking for a FT-902  or 901 my self but it was a good  experience.   At the time I didn’t realise the 101Z didn’t use cards like the old 101. The radio had melted 6146 tubes! also the VFO needed to be dismantled and degreased. 

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All the pots on the front were cleaned.

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Yeasu FT-102

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Wow this is a radio, I was given this radio as a gift (thanks!) It needed a lot of work though. all the relays had to be replaced.

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Light globes were replaced with a dimmer switch installed on the back. The radio was aligned,  I was very surprised how it performed .   Those pesky relays even new have cause some intermittent receiver sensitivity problems but a cleaning fixed that.

Yeasu FT-980

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I purchased this off VKHAM

It was a basket case, I had a total of 25 faults. Its the most complicated radio I have ever fixed. It took about 2 weeks to fix most things. The main problem is the reference oscillator. it seems to drift with age. Enough to make it not work. Mine had 5 ic's blown up in it and a few butchered hack mods and fixes.

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Great radio but the receiver is a bit hissy compared to the FT102. This radio is teamed up with my Fl-2100B amp.

Yaesu FT-75B

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I got this given to me by my  friend  VK5ZDX who left Australia. 

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He purchased as his first HF transceiver when we just starting out in ham radio. It still works and need no restoration, has a valve PA.

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Its a mobile set with a 240V power supply and a DC inverted for the car.

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Its 50Watt input valve PA warms up the shack nicely.

I sold this radio to make room.

Yaesu FT-757

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I got to restore this radio for a friend.

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It had blown light globes and needed a good clean and alignment. It had been fix before after lightning had hit it .

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I had this on my wish list but had had my fun while fixing this one.

Yaesu FT-227R

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I purchased this in a ham flee market in Fortworth Texas. It cost me $30 and was in mint condition. had all the paper work and tags. 

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I don't think it was ever used. it need to have the switches cleaned but that was it.

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Its a solid radio and Yaesu must of had shares in metal to make such a heavy radio.

Drake TR7

I purchased this at the at the Adelaide Hills Buy and sell. I came with the service manuals.

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To start with this radio had not transmit and receive.  The front end mixer was open circuit and the transmit switch line was open circuit.  After these faults were fixed this radio came alive.  I still have one more fault to go being the RIT does not work.  Its a nice radio and I use it a lot for receiving.          

Bonus is it goes right now to 0kHz on receive.

      Drake link

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Elecraft KX3 (serial No. 919)

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Well it arrived after a 7 month long wait.

I build the KX3 kit in 2 hours and its taken me 3 days to learn how to use it. 

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Well it arrived after a 7 month long wait.

I build the KX3 kit in 2 hours and its taken me 3 days to learn how to use it.  This is a neat little radio, I have been waiting since I was a teenage for such a radio.

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This is a neat little radio, I have been waiting since I was a teenage for such a radio.

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Next it to make a mount for my bike and have a bit of fun push bike mobile.

Grundig Satellit 6001

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Next it to make a mount for my bike and have a bit of fun push bike mobile.    A ebay purchase.  Not working Long wave and had a broken band changing belt.

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Ordered new belt from Germany and repaired a few faults.  This is a tank of a radio with wood and steel construction.  But wow its a nice radio to play with and very sensitive.

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The rotary knobs needed chrome painting and speaker grill sanded and clear coated to simulate anodising.

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Realistic DX160.

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I purchased at  Adelaide Hills Buy and Sell.   I just like the look of this classic radio and it was cheap.  a few mods and it became stable .  

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Great on MW and LF

Yaesu FT901D

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Purchased on eBay with a few faults.   Yeah at last I found one, have been waiting for this radio for years. I have the matching YO901 monitor scope.  TX relay was faulty, receiver is nice and quite .  One day I will find a memory card for it but no rush.  Works quite well and looks neat with the blue dial.

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Heathkit Mohican

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Purchased on eBay from the USA.  This was my first Heathkit, what a neat looking radio its just looks amazing. 

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It didn’t work at all and was a bit bashed up.  When I got my head around the circuit and worked out its all PNP transistors.  It didn’t work because the battery was wire up the wrong polarity.  That fixed it made sound and just needed a tune up.

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I then had to do a bit of metal basing to fix the dial guide and parch up holes.  A good polish on the origin paint and it looked new.

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Quite a amazing receiver for what it is, last forever on D size batteries.

Heathkit GR54

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Well youtube go me hunting for this radio. I remember Jeff Tranter videos.  Is it was time to farm Ebay.

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I purchased it on eBay from the USA.  This was my second Heathkit.  Cost me a bit of money but I wanted this deluxe receiver.  It was quite dirty and needed a good clean , caps , a few new valves and new dial cord.    But this was a special radio.  I found out this receiver belonged to the sellers grandfather who was a Heathkit engineer.  I have a letter to prove it.

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Very cool find.  love the glow of the valves through the side air vents.  But the smell of the radio is amazing to me when it all warmed up., theres something about valve radios!! 

Nova-Tech  Pilot II

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A aircraft direction finding receiver that does LF,MW, SW and VHF air band.  I purchased this off eBay from the USA.  I was looking for a receiver that Dick Smith sold in the 70’s but I found this receiver that looked very close to what I wanted.  Cost me a bit but I really wanted it.  A bit of repair to the plastic case and a tune up.  The made two VHF whips to plug into the DFing antenna on top.  All then worked well.  It does DF, even on VHF.

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Im quite happy to have this radio in my collection.  I live next door to Adelaide airport so its fun to use.

  

TRIO 9R59DS

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I got this radio at the North East radio club buy and sell.

I remember all these years my good friend Rod VK5UDX had one and he use to listen to aircraft on HF with it.  That sort of stuck in my mind and I was in the mood for another valve receiver.  It didn’t need much work just a really good clean.

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it basically worked and a bit of a tune up made it quite good.  I use it lots on MW.

Barlow WadleyXCR-30

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I didn’t event know this radio existed and it was the inventor of the Barlow Wadley loop who designed it.  A ham friend  Lou VK3ALB showed me his XCR-30 and I just wanted one.  He contacted me a few years later and he knew where there was one for sale.  I got is at the Ballarat ham radio flee market.   I sadly still have not got it going at 100%.  The main PCB was cracked in half and had a few mods on it, its been dropped from a height!   I repaired the circuit board and got it working but quite deaf.  one rainy day I will work out what else is missing  to stop it working.  It will need cosmetics as well.  These are rare in Australia as they were band from being imported from South Africa.

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Icom IC-R7000.

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Well I don’t usually collect Icom,  sold all my Icom stuff years ago.

 

This radio was given to me and was not working.  I had to rebuild it from parts from another two  receivers I was also given.  

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Display needed caps replaced and  lots of wiring inside need to be done as it was a but radio.  

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After many days and hours I got the receiver working.  It had a few teething problems but they were all sorted.  Its not use on my test bench as a test receiver and sits on the aircraft band most of the time.  Its useful to have 23cm to monitor the local repeater too.

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