Index: * Why boatanchors?
* What is a "Boatanchor"?
* Where can I find one?
* What type of boatanchor should I get?
* Boatanchor Safety
* Boatanchor restoration.
* Where to get parts? ("are tubes hard to find")
* Where can I find more information?
* Where and how do hams operate boatanchor transmitters?
* Typical boatanchors and prices.
Some may question the desire for 80 pound receivers and
100 pound transmitters, both with filaments sitting there
getting hot and wasting power in this day of microprocessor
based, mega-memoried miniaturized transceivers! Although
modern radios are extremely good at what they are designed
to do, they are about as interesting to operate as a
toaster oven. They have no soul.
Additionally, many find a zen-like feeling in taking an
old, misused ratty old radio and carefully restoring it
back to health. Like cars of the era, boatanchor radios
were made to be worked on, modified, and tinkered with.
Many think of it as Real Radio in this era where fixing
a transceiver is accomplished by boxing it up to send to
the manufacturer for a custom VLSI chip replacement.
Indeed, a warm soldering iron is almost a requirement
for operating a vintage station.
Others claim that boatanchors SOUND better than their
silicon descendents, and this is generlly true. The
audio from a Hammarlund or National receiver, or a
Johnson transmitter can sound much better than the
300mW audio coming out of the 2" speaker in the
Watching the flicker of 807 modulators in a Viking I
as you speak into a D104 mic, is certainly more stirring
on a winter night than considering hole and electron
If truth be known, much, if not all of the above although
true, are merely justification for the insatible hunt
for more and more of these old boxes, simply because they
are just too NEAT to have and operate!
What is a boatanchor radio?
Although there are different interpretations of this
term, generally any radio that is "hollow state" or
tube-type is considered a boatanchor. Units produced
from WWII until the mid 60's are probably the most
popular examples of the genre. The origin of the
term "boatanchor" becomes self-evident after carrying
a DX100 (a classic anchor) to your car and noticing
how much longer your arms have become.
Boatanchors may be transmitters or receivers... and
no 'anchor station is complete without an assortment
of like-aged station accessories like microphones,
Transmit/Receive relays, vintage SWR bridges and
so on. All of these items are valid subject matter
for the boatanchor mailing list.
Where can I find a boatanchor radio?
The best way to find a boatanchor is to let other hams in
your area know you are interested in them. Often times
I have been given a boatanchor, because the former owner
has relegated it to the garage or basement. This is also
the cheapest method. When attending a hamfest, ask some
of the sellers if they have any for sale. Often times
sellers won't bring such stuff, as it is HEAVY and is
perceived as not being sellable. Look under the tables,
and in the back of the sellers displays for them! While
you are under the tables rummage thru the boxes of parts
found under there for parts that will come in handy restoring
your new-old treasure. Tubes, high voltage caps, vintage
microphones and connectors may be found lurking here!
If you are in a hurry (and have money) ads in Electric
Radio magazine (see bibliography), the Ham Trader Yellow Sheets,
or your local packet BBS are good places to look. Expect to
pay more through these outlets. Also expect to become an
expert in UPS shipping rules. Boatanchors are heavy, and
often the cost of shipping one can exceed the cost of the
What type of Boatanchor should I get?
This is a question that has as many answers as there are
individuals. Generally, as a "starter" boatanchor, 50's
vintage gear is probably the best way to go. Radios in
this era are quite desirable, but often times won't require
extensive surgery to get repaired and on the air.
A radio from a well-known manufacturer is also a good
choice... for receivers, look for Collins, Hammarlund,
Hallicrafters, and National are all good radios. In the
transmitter space, Collins, E.F. Johnson, and Heathkit (with
certain reservations) will do well.
Transmitters with plate modulated AM are the more desirable
units. Prices will generally reflect this.
Good "starter" transmitters include, but are not limited to:
Johnson: Ranger I or II/Viking I or II/ Valiant/500
Collins: Any 32V series.
Heath: Apache, DX100A or B
(my AM bias is showing!)
"starter" receivers include:
National 183/183D, HRO60 and MANY others
Hallicrafters: Many SX series.
Hammarlund: HQ129, HQ150/160/170/180, Super Pro series, many others.
Collins: any 75A series.
By "starter" radio, I do not mean to indicate the cheapest! Most
of these radios would also be on the "best" list. I selected
these as they _are_ some of the best, and when one is starting
anything, it is good to get the BEST stuff available, rather
than getting junk and getting discouraged with it. There will
be enough to learn (or remember!) without having to compensate
for marginal equipment (was that 'Peak the plate and dip the
grid, or the other way around??')! Any radio from this list
will do the job for some time, and make operating a pleasure.
This is a genuine concern! Boatanchor have Real Voltage
present in them! Lethal voltages. You will find that
capacitors really DO store charge! None of this wimpy
12 volt stuff!
Get back in the habit of discharging any capacitors that
are lurking under the hood. Keep one hand in your pocket
when working on a hot radio. Be REAL careful and THINK THINK
THINK before twiddling with a boatanchor that must be
powered up and worked on.
It is SO easy to get used to working on solid state equipment
and not worrying about Real Voltages... don't do this!
Also, many older radios are not fused... receivers are good
examples of these. I generally replace the line cord
(they usually need it anyway) and either put an in-line
fuseholder, or some of the Heath-type fused plugs in the
radio. Better still, replace the 2-wire plugs with a more
modern 3 wire plug. Barring that, ensure that you strap
every cabinet with healthy sized cable, to a common
station ground. This will prevent _you_ from becoming the
cable between two pieces of gear at different cabinet potentials.
Fires are nice to have burning on winter evenings
but not when they are on top of your operating desk.
Speaking of operating desks, you will become good at carpentry
if you spend much time as a boatanchor operator. You will
quickly discover that the table you used to operate your
tranceiver is way too small, and waaayyyy too wimpy to support
a growing boatanchor station!
This subject could easily fill many pages. Below are just some
common topics. The Mailing List is a good place to ask
about other issues. Remember the radio that stares at you from
your bench is old. There are not many around. Take that into
consideration as you proceed through the process. If you
erase the dial marking on your receiver by cleaning it
with Windex, you likely will not find another at Radio Shack.
Take your time and enjoy. The journey to a working boatanchor,
like life, is the _point_ not a process. You will say less
nasty words if you take your time.
[does someone have Jim lockwoods memo about bathing radios?]
[ I'll add my $.02 about NOT bathing radios! ]
Some general restoration tips:
* Power up old radios gently. Plugging it into the wall and
turning it on is not gentle! Bringing it up slowly to operating
voltage with a Variac so that electrolytics can "form"
* Check fuses before powerup. Many 'anchors will have the
wrong value fuse in it. Checking the fuse before purchase
is a good thing to do too. If it's open, you at least know
what you are getting into.
* Don't trust that the tubes that are in the sockets are the
correct tubes. Check them against the schematic. If you
don't have a manual (and even if you do) note which socket
the tube came from so that you can replace them correctly.
* Don't clean tubes with water. The marking on the glass
will likely come off with one good swipe of a water dampened
* Assume many electrolytic and paper caps are bad. Check them.
* Check high resistance, and high wattage resistors for
* Nifty tools to have are flux brushes, for cleaning nooks
and crannys. Windex is nice for cleaning chassis.
Qtips are good to have too.
* NEVER clean dial markers or drums. If you do, assume that
they will wipe away never to be seen again. You WILL say
bad words if this happens!
* WD40 or Scotts Liquid Gold (my favorite) applied to a clean
wrinkle finish will do a great job of restoring the lustre.
Works well for knobs too!
* Never use WD40 or Scotts Liquid Gold on anything until you
have tried it on a non-visable part of the cabinet to make
sure it won't dissolve anything.
Where do I get parts? (or "aren't tubes hard to find?")
You _will_ need parts to keep or get a boatanchor on the
air. Remember that even 50's vintage radios are 40 years
Fortunately, hams are notorious packrats and parts suprisingly
abound, for old gear, particularly at hamfests (and in the
boxes under the table as mentioned earlier). Word of mouth
once again will work wonders at getting tubes, high voltage
caps, and the like shoved in your direction. Beware that this
is an addiction, and boatanchor radios, parts, and periodicals
will soon overrun all available space. Trust me.
If you are in a hurry, or need to get a radio working
before your hoard of tubes and parts gets established
the list below, taken originally from the ARRL server
may be of help.
Reprinted from June 1992 QST Lab Notes Copyright 1992 American
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This ARRL Technical Information Service handout has been derived
from the June 1992 QST "Lab Notes" column. Information has been
added to keep it current. You should also periodically check the
ham-classified section of ham and electronic publications.
How To Locate Manuals and Documentation
"Excellent rig. Needs a little work." How many times have you
passed up a good deal because you were certain you'd never find
the service information? How often have you sent your rig to the
factory for a bug that you could have fixed if you had the
documentation? Mike Gruber, WA1SVF, one of our ARRL Laboratory
Engineers, has searched high and low to find sources for service
manuals and other useful information. In this month's column he
gives you his results.--WB8IMY
Q: Why do I need documentation for my radio equipment?
A: Unless you're an electronics genius, proper documentation is
often essential to the repair or restoration of any radio
equipment. Even a simple schematic can save hours of time that
would be wasted otherwise.
Q: Okay, but is documentation readily available--even for my
A: Believe it or not, there is a good chance that documentation
still exists for almost any radio you're likely to encounter. Your
success in finding it, however, depends on knowing what type of
documentation might be available for your particular piece of
Q: What types of documentation should I be looking for? Where can
I find them?
A: Let's save the names and addresses for later and begin by
taking a look at the different types of equipment documentation
available. There are several:
Owner's Manuals: An owner's manual is supplied with the unit at
the time of purchase. It's intended primarily as an instruction
manual for the owner. It may not contain a schematic and service
data is usually minimal. Although it's better than nothing, an
owner's manual leaves quite a bit to be desired should a repair or
alignment be required.
Manufacturer's Service Manuals: Service manuals are usually sold
by the manufacturer. They contain vital repair, service and
alignment data. Most manufacturers supply service manuals for
their products, although some may not provide manuals for obsolete
equipment. If you're working with old equipment, it's possible
that the manufacturer may have gone out of business. Keep this in
mind the next time you purchase a new rig. Obtaining a service
manual will take a little extra effort, but you'll be making a
worthwhile investment in the future of your equipment.
Third-Party Service Documentation: This type of documentation is
is published by companies other than the manufacturer. It's
available in several varieties from basic schematics to complete
service manuals. While modern Amateur Radio gear is usually
excluded, third-party documentation offers a wealth of information
on antique receivers and modern consumer electronics.
Q: Wait a minute. You mean that there are companies that publish
and sell service data for another company's products?
A: Certainly! Some of the most noteworthy publishers--past and
Howard W. Sams Company Photofacts: Sams started publishing
Photofacts in 1946 with only 12 employees. Today Photofacts are
accepted as the standard for accuracy. Complete chassis
photographs are included and each component is clearly labeled.
Alignment procedures and normal voltage readings are always
provided. The extensive Photofacts library does not include modern
amateur equipment, but you'll find service data for some of the
classic shortwave receivers made by companies such as Hammarlund
Photofacts are sold in numbered folders and volumes. To obtain the
correct Photofact, you must find the reference number for your
particular piece of equipment in the Photofact Index.
There is an interesting sidenote to the Photofacts story. Sams
creates Photofacts from actual product samples. Instead of using
the manufacturer's schematics, the circuits are analyzed and
traced by Sams technicians!
John F. Rider Perpetual Troubleshooters Manuals: "Rider's," as
this series is commonly known, was first published in 1930 and
covered radios back to 1926. The first numbered volume, however,
appeared in 1933. New volumes were published at a rate of about
one per year until the last one, volume 23, appeared in 1953.
(Rider's for TVs, however, went from 1948 to 1957, volumes 1
Rider's is indexed by a system that is very similar to the
Photofacts. Several index volumes were published, such as volumes
1 to 7, 1 to 10, 1 to 15, 16 to 22 and 23 only. Unlike Photofacts,
however, Rider used service data provided by the manufacturers.
RCA Victor Service Data Books, commonly called "Redbooks." These
cover RCA receivers manufactured from 1923 to 1950. The first
volume covered receivers from 1923 to 1928. A new volume was
published each year until 1950.
Supreme Manuals: Compiled by M. N. Beitman, these first appeared
about 1930 and covered radios made as early as 1926. One volume
per year was published until the company went out of business in
the 1950s. These generally contain only schematics; Riders and
Photofacts are far more complete.
Hugo Gernsback's Official Radio Service Manuals: Six volumes were
published from 1929 to 1936.
Mallory Radio Service Encyclopedia: First published in the early
'30s, the Mallory Encyclopedias contained a very complete listing
of radios by manufacturer and model number. In addition, an exact
tube complement was given for each product. This information can
be very useful if you are seeking service data for an old radio
with an unknown model number.
Q: Speaking of tubes, what about vacuum tube data? Is that kind of
information still available?
A: It sure is! Data for Eimac tubes, frequently found in amateur
amplifiers and other high-power RF applications, is currently
available from the manufacturer. Transmitting tube data can also
be found in the ARRL Handbook; look for it in Chapter 35 if you
have a recent edition. Data books for other tube types, such as
receiving tubes, have been published by several companies. Most of
these data books are no longer in print. Copies, reprints and even
old originals can still be obtained if you know where to look. Two
of the most popular data books for tubes are:
RCA Tube Manuals: These are probably the most common tube manuals
-- especially for receiving tubes. Separate manuals were also
published for transmitting, special purpose and industrial tubes.
These manuals first appeared in the 1930s and were frequently
General Electric Essential Characteristics Tube
Data Books: These are similar to the RCA Manuals.
Tube substitution guides have also been published by Sams and John
Q: Now that I know what I'm looking for, where can I find the
A: If you prefer the manufacturer's service manual, start by
contacting the manufacturer directly. If the manufacturer is out
of business, or no longer supplies the manual you need, you have
other options. For example, try obtaining a copy from a manual-
If you're working with military gear, manual-supply companies are
also good sources. And, some military equipment manuals can still
be obtained from the government. (More about that later.)
If you think a Photofact or Rider might be available based on the
age and type of equipment involved, check with your local library.
Many city and university libraries have them and will let you make
photocopies provided that no copyright laws are violated.
If your local library can't help you, try one of the "schematic
services" that cater to antique radio buffs. Their prices are
generally quite reasonable. Don't forget to check the hamfest flea
markets and yard sales. Service information can turn up in the
most unusual places!
For a difficult case, you might try a classified ad in QST. A
classified ad in a publication that specializes in the type of
equipment involved (such as Electric Radio Magazine\1/ or Antique
Radio Classified\2/ for surplus or antique rigs) may be very
Q: Come to think of it, I have several radios that could be put to
good use--if they were working! How about those addresses you
A: Here they are. Good luck with your projects!
Alinco Electronics, Inc
438 Amapola Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Supplies Alinco manuals only.
Amateur Wholesale Electronics
PO Box 224
1040 Industrial Dr
Watkinsville, GA 30677
tel 404-769-8706 (technical service and orders)
Manuals and replacement parts for Azden Radios.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Older factory manuals for RCA, Zenith (including Transoceanics)
and several others. Riders volumes 1 through 22, Sams Photofacts 1
through 600, Beitman's volumes 1 through 10 and Sams Transistor
Service Manuals volumes 1 through 90. The price is $5 per
schematic up to 8 pages. Fifty cents for each additional page.
Written inquiries for schematics preferred.
Antique Electronic Supply
6221 South Maple Ave
Tempe, AZ 85283
Antique Electronic Supply supplies pre-1960 service manuals for
many electronic products, including communications receivers. The
cost is $4.50 each. A catalog of antique radio parts and books is
also available. They offer reprints of some older service manuals,
tube manuals, a tube substitution guidebook and even a ballast
tube manual. [LOTS of tubes!! /john]
PO Box 95
Berwyn, IL 60402
Manuals for 95% of the Hallicrafters product line. The company was
founded by Anthony Dambrauskas, the Hallicrafters service manager,
when Hallicrafters went out of business in 1978. Today, the
business is being carried on by his son Robert. Manuals range in
price from $7 to $20.
PO Box 5004
Oceanside, CA 92052
Manuals for for all amateur equipment sold by Swan Electronics.
Also stocks manuals for Cubic Communications, Astro and Siltronix
products. Brock Publications is a home business owned by Grace
Brock who retired from Swan Electronics/ Cubic Communications in
Cardwell Condenser Corporation
80 East Montauk Highway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Manuals for Hammarlund equipment. In addition, they also have a
limited supply of components for Hammarlund receivers and transmitters.
They also manufacture roller inductors and variable capacitors.
Center For Legislative Archives
Washington, DC 20408
(Record Group 287) US Army Technical Manuals for radio equipment
manufactured from 1940 to 1979. Photocopies can be obtained at a
cost of 25 cents per page and a $6 minimum order. A "Reproduction
Service Order" must first be completed by the National Archives to
determine the cost of the specific manual you desire. The manual
on this form must be identified by its proper Army Technical
Manual number. If this number is not known, contact your nearest
US Government Depository Library for assistance. (These are
usually the main public libraries in large and medium-sized
cities.) A booklet entitled Indexes and Lists to Army Technical
and Administrative Publications 1940-1979; The National Archives
Microfilm Publications Pamphlet Describing M1641, also available
from the Archives, describes this procedure.
Dean K Kidd, W7TYR
27270 SW Ladd Hill Rd
Sherwood, OR 97140
Manuals and data for older Tektronix test equipment.
Eico Electronics Instrument Co, Inc
363 Merrick Rd
Lynbrook, NY 11563
Eico manuals for the last 25 years. Calls are accepted on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM Eastern time.
Fair Radio Sales Co, Inc
1016 East Eureka
PO Box 1105
Lima, OH 45802
Manuals for surplus equipment. Also some Tektronix manuals and
vacuum tube data. Catalog available.
PO Box 802
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Extensive collection of manuals from the mid-30s to the 70s.
Amateur Radio equipment is included. You must order from a current
catalog and "dropped list." The cost is $3 for both. Many Heathkit
manuals in stock. They also supply vacuum tube data from the RCA
Receiving and Air Cooled Transmitting Tube manuals and the Rider
#35 Tube Substitution Guide. The cost is $5 per tube plus a
business-size SASE. Your check will be returned if the tube data
is not available. Hi-Manuals cannot accommodate technical
correspondence, quote requests or telephone calls.
Howard W. Sams Co
2647 Waterfront Parkway East Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46214-2041
You can order Sams Photofacts through your local distributor
(saves postage and handling costs), by mail or by phone. Sams
covers most consumer electronic items manufactured since 1945. A
photocopy service for manufacturer's manuals and Rider's data is
ICOM America, Inc
2380 116th Ave NE
PO Box C-90029
Bellevue, WA 98009-9029
Manuals and parts for ICOM products. Call for prices. Most service
manuals cost around $25 for base and mobile units; $20 for hand-
Kenwood (East Coast)
East Coast Transistor Parts, Inc
2 Marlborough Rd
W Hempstead, NY 11552
tel 800-637-0388 (orders only)
Kenwood (West Coast)
Pacific Coast Parts Distributors, Inc
15024 Staff Ct
Gardena, CA 90248
tel 800-421-5080 (Outside CA)
800-262-1312 (CA only)
Kenwood product manuals only
Japan Radio Company
Service manuals are available from JRC dealers. The three
companies likely to have JRC manuals in stock are:
Electronic Equipment Bank
323 Mill Street NE
Vienna, VA 22180
52 Park Ave
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
6830 Americana Parkway
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
4017 42 Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3528
A complete set of Riders, Volumes 1 through 23, covering radios
from 1924 to 1954. The cost is $3 per copy plus SASE. The customer
must provide the unit name, brand name and model number.
Land Air Communications
95-15 108th Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Authorized dealer for Kenwood, ICOM and Yaesu manuals. Also
carries Collins, Johnson, Hallicrafters, National and other
manuals. Can provide schematics on most equipment dating back to
HamHeaven Communication Corp
645 Wheeling Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090
An extensive collection of owners manuals, service and maintenance
manuals, catalogs, magazines and other technical facts on all
types of early and late model radio equipment--including ham gear.
Manuals come with updates or articles, product reviews and other
tidbits of information. Catalog available.
1132 Conway Dr
Newark, OH 43055
Used manuals for test equipment, amateur equipment and early
receivers. Prices range from $5 to $35. Send an SASE with your
request for price and availability.
Olde Tyme Radio Company
2445 Lyttonsville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Some RCA Tube Manuals and Riders for sale. Catalog available.
PO Box 28572
Dallas, TX 75228
tel 214-321-0927 or 214-327-8721
Schematic diagrams "for nearly any radio receiver." Cost is $5
with manufacturer and model number; $15 plus drawing and
description if the manufacturer or model number is unknown.
Reproduction manuals, Rider's indexes, RCA Vacuum Tube Manuals,
and many other service/instruction manuals for classic radios and
related equipment are available. Some amateur equipment manuals
including Collins. Test equipment manuals include Hewlett Packard,
Tektronix, Hickock and others. Also supplies recordings of old
radio shows as well as tubes and other antique radio components.
Alton H. Bowman
4172 East Ave, RD 2
Canandaigua, NY 14424
A large collection of manuals and schematics for Amateur Radio
equipment and other electronic products from 1920 to 1970--many
unusual. Welcomes requests for odd-ball material with and without
model numbers or labels. Prices are $5 for schematics and $7.50 to
$10 for manuals. An SASE is appreciated. Alton emphasizes that
this service is his hobby and not a business.
R. L. Drake Company
230 Industrial Drive
Franklin, OH 45005
Drake product manuals only.
Robot Research Inc
5636 Ruffin Rd
San Diego, CA 92123
Robot manuals only.
Slep Electronics Co
PO Box 100
Otto, NC 28763-0100
Operation and service manuals; schematic service for old and new
amateur radios, commercial and military surplus test equipment,
commercial and surplus military radios, antique radios and
equipment manuals. Catalog not available due to large stock. Send
an SASE for price and availability. Include make and model of each
PO Box 20407
Kansas City, MO 64195
tel 816-891-7550, extension 33 (Customer Service)
Manuals for Sony shortwave receivers and other products.
7519 Maplewood Ave
Hammond, IN 46324
Schematic copies from a complete set of Rider's and Beitman books,
some older manufacturer's manuals (consumer radios only) and Sams
Photofacts. The cost is $3 for the first schematic copy, $2.50 for
the second and $1.50 for each additional copy. Include an extra
dollar for research if the model number is unknown (SASE
preferred). Also carries vacuum tubes and other parts. Catalog
Surplus Sales of Nebraska
1502 Jones St
Omaha, NE 68102
Stocks a complete line of manuals for Collins amateur equipment
and partial collection of commercial equipment. Call or send an
SASE for price and availability. Collins parts are also available.
PO Box 8010
Sevierville, TN 37864
Manuals for Ten-Tec products only. Most older manuals are
available and they will make photocopies. Call or write for
US Army Military History Institute
Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013-5008
Technical manuals for military radio radio equipment. If possible,
include the manual number with your request. If this is unknown,
include a complete description of the equipment including the
model name, model numbers and the time period in which the
equipment was in use, if known. Once a specific manual is
identified, it may be obtained in one of two ways. If the
Institute possess three or me copies, one may be borrowed through
interlibrary loan procedures. This process must be initiated at
the your local library. Alternately, photocopies can be purchased.
The minimum cost is $6 for up to ten pages. Each additional page
is 25 cents. Each patron is allowed up to 300 pages per calendar
year. Selected bibliographies of Institute holdings are available
through interlibrary loan.
Varian Associates, Inc
301 Industrial Way
San Carlos, CA 94070-2682
EIMAC tube data for tubes from 1-kW to 1.5-kW plate dissipation
including all glass-envelope tubes. 200-watt, 800-watt and larger
tubes are manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can use the
telephone number shown above to access either plant for data on
any EIMAC tube.
VISTA Technology Inc
3041 Rising Springs Ct
Bellbrook OH 45305
Newly published manuals for selected models of Rockwell/Collins
Amateur Radio equipment. Authorized by Rockwell International.
Western Nebraska Electronics
HC-84, Box 1
Potter, NE 69156
A complete collection of Collins manuals. The cost is $12.50 for a
reprint copy, or $35 for a printed copy. Also carries a large
supply of Collins parts.
17210 Edwards Rd
Cerritos, CA 90701
Owners and service manuals for Yaesu products. Also sells
---Notes: \1/Published monthly by Barry Wiseman, N6CSW, 4 Aspen
Pl, Durango, CO 81301.
\2/Published monthly by John Terrey, 498 Cross St, PO Box 2,
Carlisle, MA 01741, tel 508-371-0512.
* Where can I find more information?
Well, a good place to start is the boatanchors mailing list!
There are quite a few people with quite a few radios here,
and questions are always welcome. Ask away!
Alternate sounces of information:
* Electric Radio magazine.
Highly recommended! _The_ periodical for boatanchor operations.
Whether you are a ham or SWL, or restorer, there is something
in here for you. The classifieds alone are worth the price
of admission. Very professionally produced. Monthly.
Electric Radio Magazine
* Antique Wireless Association.
Although a mixture of general old radio lore, and
communications gear, there is enough good stuff in here
to justify the price of $10 a year. Very nicely produced
and published! Quarterly.
* AM Press Exchange
The "original" AM and boatanchor publication. Has been
rather slim in content of late, but interesting to get
if you already get E. Radio. Irregularly.
Where Do Hams Operate Boatanchors?
On CW you are likely to hear boatanchors lurking anywhere.
There are probably more CW boatanchors in operation than
On AM the following frequencies frequently have AM activity,
band conditions and seasonal variations withstanding:
What are Typical Boatanchors and Prices?
This is a difficult one, as prices can vary from free to
many hundreds of dollars. What follows is a list of popular
radios and prices one would expect to see in the Electric
Transmitters: Collins 32V Series $175-$400
(32V1,2 and 3)
EF Johnson Ranger $90-$175
Viking I $75-$150
Viking II $60-$150
Valiant I,II $150-$300
Viking 500 $400-$700
Heath DX100 $40-$150 *
Apache $50-$150 *
* - Kits. Price should vary widely depending on how
it was assembled.
Receivers: Collins 75A Series $125-$600
(75A1, 2,3 and 4)
National HRO60 $175-$350
National NC183D $100-$175
[someone help me here with a few models/prices?]
Hammarlund HQ129 $60-$150
Dont look as boatanchors as an investment. Get a real grimy
specimen and clean and fix, and coax it back to life. Turn
in on with the rest of the room lights turned off. As it warms
up look into the insides and see the orange glow from the filaments
and the purple fire from the 866's. Watch the giant S-meter
come to life, and the dials emit that soft light, framed
by your carefully cleaned and waxed cabinet. Rotate the
knobs that are of sufficient size and layout to permit
easy, flywheel smooth adjustment.
Maybe tune to the BBC on your NC183.... watch the S-meter
climb as the full audio comes out from the 6 watt output stage
as you crank back the RF gain. Fiddle with a few more knobs
(boatanchor operation does not need to ba a passive experience)
to get it set just the way you want it.
Then you'll know why boatanchors are such pleasent
things to own. Like mine, your transceiver may become a
very expensive frequency counter and RF generator used
to align the 'Real Radios'.
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