[Boatanchors] A big dilemna SX-28 and PM-23

Al Parker anchor at ec.rr.com
Fri Mar 18 19:52:09 EDT 2011

Hi Emil,
	A bit of a dilemma.  What does the owner want?
	After having done a couple of SX-28's, I've turned down the opportunity 
to buy a similar one for $50 or so.  You/he could probably get more than 
that by parting it out as-is, but if he wants it to be in reasonable 
operating and cosmetic condition he's looking at lots of labor (20-30 
hrs of someone whose done it before) and probably $100-200 in parts 
incl. generic stuff & proper "original" stuff.   The PM-23 might be 
worth about as much as the SX-28 at this point, they're not too commonly 
	Just my opinion, maybe worth just what you've paid for it.
Al, W8UT

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much
worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
Ratty, to Mole

On 3/18/2011 5:17 PM, Emil Dular wrote:
> A friend of mine has carried in a SX-28, serial number H125730 and left
> it on my counter. This would indicate the radio as being built sometime
> between 29 Oct 1940 (s/n H-119051) and 19 Mar 1941 (s/n H-127986.
> As he remembered it, the radio was working great, half a century ago
> when he last saw it. His father had just retired and moved to a farm,
> built a grass strip and set the Hallicrafters up in the back of the hangar.
> Now it is forlorn. Rusted, all the rubber feet bubbled, cord stiff, but
> the band spread turns as nicely as the day it left Chicago. Dead
> spiders, mud daubers and wasps nest clutter the interior. The cone on
> the speaker is intact, but the windings look like mice have found the
> insulation palatable. All the sheet metal is intact. No holes, no dents,
> no bends. All the iron and tubes are present.
> This is way over my head as a restoration project. It's seemingly all
> there under the dirt and dust. What to do besides quietly mutter, "Damn?"
> Emil

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