[Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO

The Pollacks rinkies at att.net
Thu Sep 8 22:43:05 EDT 2016

I'm even worse.  I have a copy of every rig I've owned from my novice days
in 1959 to now, plus lots of others.
AT1/Adventurer/R100/S38C/Ranger/HQ170/NCX3/SB303/401(Still have my original
ones I built in 1970 or so).  They're all on the air.  Listen for them on
the Classic Exchange this month!
Ron K2RP

-----Original Message-----
From: Boatanchors [mailto:boatanchors-bounces at puck.nether.net] On Behalf Of
Bob Groh
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 7:27 PM
To: Lee
Cc: boatanchor
Subject: Re: [Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO

Yeah, there are a lot of us out there!  I've got some of the parts for a
replica for my Novice rig sitting on the shelf - a BC-453 LF ARC-5 receiver
which will be part of a Q5'er plus a Eico 720 transmitter.  Then there is a
replica of my Elmer's rig - an SX-101 Mk III along with a CE 20A (and VFO).
And so it goes.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM, Lee <L at w0vt.us> wrote:

> I'm slowly acquiring more stuff to set up my original as well "always 
> wanted" Novice stations.  One of the items I'm acquiring is a Heathkit 
> HG-10B VFO.  I sure want a VFO but this particular HG-10B is close to 
> being a junker parts VFO.  The main flaw with this one is the dial
> It's cracked and looks terrible.  I realize the lens/bezel is almost 
> unobtainium. However, is there a slim chance someone on here has a 
> lens/bezel for either a 10 or 10B I might procure?  Maybe even another 
> junker I could purchase to rob the item in need.  Otherwise, I even 
> thought maybe it would be possible to accurately cut out the old clear 
> lens from the bezel and then "tack" a new plexiglass lens into the
existing bezel.
> Has anyone attempted trying to do this? I also realize buying a nicer 
> VFO would be, at least time wise, a better option then trying to make 
> perfume out of a sows ear, but that includes common sense.  To make 
> things worse, the dial drum is also cracked.
> At any rate I'm knee deep in restoring old Novice equipment right now.
> Transmitters (I just rewound a power transformer for a Drake 2-NT. ) 
> Restoring an electronic TR switch, restored a couple receivers 
> including a hallicrafters S-38C like I had in 1953 as a Novice.  I 
> replaced every cap in the S-38C as well as every resistor because 
> every one of them was out of tolerance.
> So at the moment I'll look for a HG-10B lens/bezel, maybe attempt to 
> fix my old one or most likely have to look for a better candidate to
> If I was smart, I'd just look for another nicer one.  But then, I'm a 
> dumb OB that never learns from his past mistakes.  I really would be 
> interested, though, in hearing from anyone who might have attempted to 
> replace the old lens in the built in plastic bezel.  I know the 
> replacement drums are available but it sure would be nice if someone made
the lens/bezels today.
> Just think, if someone invested $1000 in the project he could most 
> likely sell 10 of them!
> Maybe there are other dummies out there like me.  Tell me I am alright 
> and not alone!
> Lee, w0vt
> Coldspring, Texas
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