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

GARDGORE at aol.com GARDGORE at aol.com
Sun Mar 20 09:07:02 EDT 2011

You have a couple of options. SX-28's are still so abundant that it  would 
be far more efficient to just obtain an SX-28 in better  condition and save 
yourself a ton of work. On the other hand there are  experienced restorers 
who would view that one as a challenge to test their  level of skill. They 
call these "hero restorations." 
Regards, Greg
In a message dated 3/18/2011 5:08:29 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
wd4scz at aol.com writes:

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?"

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