[Boatanchors] Opinions sought on Harvey Wells TBS-50C

Wilson Lamb infomet at embarqmail.com
Mon Mar 12 09:38:44 EDT 2012

Family friend had one in '53 Pontiac, worked fine.
Fine for 75AM in good band condx...not a QRM buster.
Works fine on CW.
Go for it.  Nice little rig to have around.
Go to 10-15m and work some DX.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wally Gibbons" <wally.gibbons at gmail.com>
To: <boatanchors at puck.nether.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2012 10:37 PM
Subject: [Boatanchors] Opinions sought on Harvey Wells TBS-50C

> Greetings,
> Just acquired one of these in quite good condition. This is the C version
> with the modulator and 6L6's.
> Only one modification I can see, it's got a SO-239 installed for RF 
> output,
> and someone took out the 6L6's. No sweat, I have quite a few of those
> around here.
> However, before I build up a power supply for this, I wanted to get
> opinions on the usefulness of this transmitter.
> Is the power output "respectable" meaning can one expect to make contacts
> with 25 watts AM? And how about audio quality?
> Not having carbon microphones lying about, I'd probably have to make a
> small microphone amp to drive the 6L6's with.
> I'd probably use it on 80 meters. My antenna is a huge horizontal loop fed
> with a Johnson matchbox.
> Is this little rig a waste of time, and would I be better off devoting
> effort into getting my DX-100 restoration done, and get that on the air
> first?
> Comments and opinions most welcome....
> Wally Gibbons, WB7ASQ
> North Logan, Utah
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