[Boatanchors] Boatanchor Items FS

Ken Simpson, W8EK kenw8ek at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 09:24:17 EDT 2013

Boatanchor Items For Sale:

Grid Dip Meters, Headphones Cord, Desk Microphones,
Audio processor, Vibroplex Bug and other CW items,
Communications Speakers, SWR Bridges, Power Supply,

Millen 90651 Grid Dip Meter:

This grid dip meter really is a GRID dip meter, as it
uses a vacuum tube instead of one of the newer solid
state devices. Most people think the actual grid dip
meter with a tube works better than the newer meters.

This meter has a set of six coils with it, covering
from 1.7 to 150 MHz. All of these coils are in a
very nice black crinkle metal storage rack. Just
the coil set in the rack sold for $110 on e-bay.

I brought this unit up slowly on a variac, and all seems
to be fine. Cosmetically, there are a couple of paint
chips off -- just enough to tell that the chassis is
made of copper.

This is really a piece of history, but it also works.

With manual, and set of six coils in the rack for

Heath GD-1 B Grid Dip Meter:

At one point, this was the "standard" grid dip meter,
used by almost everyone for boatanchor rigs.

It covers 2 to 250 MHz, with five coils. All five coils
are included (even the little piece of wire that is the
100 to 250 MHz coil).
The box that holds the coils is original and in good

Paper work is included for $45.

Antique Cotton Covered Headphones Cord:

This is a cord that is made to be a replacement cord for
most antique headphones. The cord is cotton covered with
one pair of the special tip jacks that were used back in
the WW II days to adapt to the receiver, with two pairs
of the tip plugs at the other end -- one for each of the
ear pieces. It also has the cotton fabric strain reliefs

This cord appears to be in virtually new condition. I
know, it can't be new and be over 60 years old, but it
is in new condition. Certainly extremely unusual now.
Only $15.

Astatic D-104 "Lollypop" Desk Microphone:

The D-104 is a high impedance microphone that matches many
of the older rigs, and is often seen pictured with them.
It looks somewhat like a giant chrome plated lollypop,
stuck into a gray base. The chrome PTT switch is a bar
that is parallel to the "stick" of the lollypop.

This particular D-104 has the amplifier in the base, however,
that amplifier may be bypassed if it is not needed. The mic
works fine and is in pristine condition. The chrome,
including the screws, shines nicely.

With paper work for $65.

Yaesu YD-148 Dual Impedance Desk Microphone:

The Yaesu YD-148 is a very nice "gooseneck" type desk microphone.
It has both high and low impedances, which can be selected by a
switch. This means it can be used on some of the older rigs
requiring a high impedance mic, or with the more modern rigs
needing a low impedance mic.

This particular mic has had the mic element replaced with a
Heil HC-4 element, which is the "DX" element that Heil
designed for superior audio punch to get thru pileups.
These elements are no longer available, but are worth
$50 for just the element.

This particular mic is in very nice condition. It works 100%.
At the present time, it has an 8 pin connector, wired for
Kenwood, on it, which of course can be changed. $85

Knight C-577 Audio Compressor Pre-Amplifier:

This unit inserts in the microphone audio line of
your transmitter / transceiver. It is used to "level
off" the audio, so that your audio has more punch.
It uses a 9 volt battery for power.

This unit works fine and looks fine also.

Paperwork is included for $20.

Vibroplex "Original" Bug:

This Vibroplex "Original" bug was made in 1944 according
to the serial number on its plate, but it looks like it
was made only a couple months ago. It has the black
crinkle base that is immaculate. No wear marks, no paint
chips, no defects at all. This one is in its original box,
although the box shows its age, and has been partially
covered with tape. The finger piece does not look original
to me. It appears to be plexiglass, more like a Bencher
paddle. Of course replacements are available from Vibroplex
if you are so inclined. $140

CW Key and other Morse Code Items:

Generic brass colored oval base key
This is similar to a J-38 (without the bakelite base),
but is a Japanese copy. It is brass colored, but
is not real brass. Includes shorting switch. This
is mounted on a very nice piece of solid wood that
is tear drop shaped. It works fine and looks really,
really great. $25

ARRL Morse Code Exam CD
5 WPM version, sent at 15 WPM, but spaced for 5 WPM, with
750 hz tone $7

Cable for straight key
About 3 feet long, with a mono 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) phone
plug on it, as used with a straight key. $5
As above, but 1/4 inch plug. $5

Cable for paddles
About 3 feet long, and with a 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) stereo
connector on the end, like used by most rigs. $8
As above, but 1/4 inch plug. $8
As above, with 1/4 inch GOLD plated plug. $15

Communications Speakers:

Realistic 21-549 A
This speaker is about 4 inches square and about 2 inches
deep. It is rated for 5 watts, has an 8 ohm impedance, and
is listed as a 300 to 3000 Hz frequency response, making it
ideal for communications. It has a 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) mono
plug, as used by most modern rigs. Gimbal mount included.
It is black in color, looks great, and sounds great. $15

Vanco SPB-5
Appears to be the same at above, but with a Vanco label.
Also includes gimbal mount. $15

HF and VHF SWR Bridges:

All of these cover from 3 thru 150 MHz, covering HF,
6 meters, and 2 meters. SO-239 connectors in and out on all.

Royce 2-100 Single Meter SWR Bridge / Field Strength Meter
This one works fine, and looks extremely nice. I do not see
any scratches on it, but it does have a previous owner's
name on it.
In its original box with original instructions. $25

Monarch FSI-3
Appears to be the same SWR Bridge as above, but with a
different faceplate and model number. Extremely nice
condition. $18

Heath AM-2 SWR Bridge:
This SWR Bridge matches the DX-40, although it can be
used with any HF or VHF transmitter. It is about 8 inches
wide and 4.5 inches high, with the meter in the middle,
and a gray colored knob at each side near the bottom.
This particular unit works fine and is in very good shape.
Paper work is included for $25.

Astron RS-20A Power Supply:

The RS-20A is a DC Power Supply producing 13.8 V DC (internally
adjustable from 11 to 15 V DC) at up to 16 amps continuous and
20 amps ICS. The RS-20 features crowbar over voltage protection
and fold-back current limiting to protect your equipment.

This particular supply works fine, and looks very close to new.
There is one very small scratch that can be seen if the light
is just right, but is not normally visible.

With paper work for $60.

I also have many other accessories available such as many
different types of microphones, HTs, various transceivers,
HF and VHF/UHF antennas, etc.
Just too many to list here. Please e-mail your requests.

Prices do not include shipping from Florida.



Ken, W8EK

Ken Simpson
E-mail to W8EK at FLHam.net or W8EK at arrl.net
Voice Phone (352) 732-8400

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