[Boatanchors] Any Builders out There?

George Babits gbabits at custertel.net
Tue Nov 3 21:53:33 EST 2015

Hey Wilson,

It aint't over till they start shoveling dirt in your face.

Age is just a number.  I plan to keep building transmitters and stuff until 
I figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  Now that I'm retired I don't 
seem to have much time for building or operating.  I just bought a bunch of 
boat anchor military gear from WW-II.  By a bunch I mean the first load was 
4 tons; and there are probably 3 more loads yet to haul.  This sort of 
enterprize keeps me thinking young.  My XYL is helping me with all this gear 
and will know what to do with it when I finally grow up.

By the way,  my AM rig is a single 813 modulated by a pair of 572B's. 
Collins PTO into a highly modified TMC SBE-2, driving an 807, which drives 
the 813.  It works so well that I haven't tackled another transmitter yet. 
I spend a lot of time restoring what I'm using.  Now I'll higrade a few 
pieces of my treasure trove, get them on the air,  and sell the rest.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wilson" <infomet at embarqmail.com>
To: "BOATANCHORS" <BOATANCHORS at puck.nether.net>
Cc: <boatanchors at theporch.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 12:04 PM
Subject: [Boatanchors] Any Builders out There?

> Apparently I have suddenly become old, or at least realized that I have.
> I know dozens of hams, but I think I am the only one actually using 
> anything HB, with the
> exception of a nice 1929 Hartley or two.
> A good bit of my stuff was built (or misbuilt) by others, but I’ve rescued 
> it from oblivion and made it work properly.
> I enjoy making things work more than I like fighting pileups, but I do do 
> some DXing and some ragchewing.
> So who’s out there with HB gear, TX or RX?
> Who uses 4-125s, 813s, 810s, 807s, 866s, 814s, 6AG7s, 6L6s, or V-70s?
> Who’s afraid of their power supply?
> Any receiver builders (my weak point)?
> Along with my boatanchors (Signal Shifters, 310-Bs, HROs, Drakes, 
> Hammarlund, Heaths) I have some real ship anchors!
> Also transformers I can’t pick up and gobs of small transformers and 
> chokes.
> Anyone with ideas about how to get rid of this stuff (when the time comes) 
> so my heirs won’t have to?
> Is there a retro equipment builder’s/operators group or list out there 
> anywhere?
> I could use some sympathy.
> Wilson
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