Fw: [Boatanchors] Imagine a world without hamfests

Michael Tauson wh7hg.hi at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 14 22:07:19 EDT 2009

On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 12:08 PM, Wilson Lamb<infomet at embarqmail.com> wrote:
> OK, are we on the same page here?  Any BC-348 is going to be $75+ and
> shipping about $35-50.  Are these the sort of numbers you have in mind?

While hackers get down to around $35, I can deal with $75.  The only
thing I really care about is that it was built as a Q (although, on
reflection, I guess the J and N were the same) since that's the
starting point for some of the additional hacks I'll be doing.  I
don't care what it looks like, I don't care about tubes or the
dynamotor (except as one to put into my otherwise virginal BC-348Q) or
knobs or the thingie that covers the dial or the hideous shade of
dayglow yellow it's been painted.

> What ARC-5s do you want, in words.  TX, RX, frequency?  I don't want to
> have  to look up or remember nimbers.

I already posted it - a T-19/ARC-5.  This is the 3-4 MCs Transmitter
also identified (though not commonly so) as A.R.C. P/N 9309 & Navy
accounting # 52306.  I don't think it's possible to get more specific
than that.  Anyone familiar with command equipment would only need the
ID I posted, and there are a bunch of us out here.

> If you've done research and have prices in mind, it would save those
> helping  you a lot of trouble... There's no point in telling you something
> is available at twice your price range.

It would help if I knew a range that they're available in now.  eBay
doesn't count since a lot of prices there are inflated beyond measure
or wind up the objects of bidding wars that get out of hand.  I do
know that, except for a couple pieces in exceptional condition, I've
not paid over $50 for any piece of command equipment in the past
couple of years.

The feeling I get from your post is that you feel that you're being
put upon and expect to get shafted going in.  I've been in situations
like the one you described and have NEVER failed to turn them around
to my advantage.  I may not have always fully recouped financially
but, in the end, it wound up working in my favor.  I think the
difference is attitude and having a plan B (and C if I feel the need)
in place at the outset.

By the way, I've had Falcons and thought the early ones weren't prize
winners as far as looks went but they did the job and then some.  On
the other hand, a '65 with a 289 equipped with the full Shelby Cobra
kit stuffed under the hood (Yeah, okay, the Webers kind of stuck up
through the hood.) tended to give even GTOs reason to sit up and take
notice.  :-)

Best regards,

Michael, WH7HG
Hiki Nô!

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