[Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO
L at w0vt.us
Thu Sep 8 23:51:18 EDT 2016
I know where you are coming from. I had a Gross Eagle which is
identical to the Philmore NT-200 back in 1953. The thing cost me $20
and the Philmore cost $27.95 back then. I recently bought all the parts
to make three NT-200 clones including custom made transformers. The
parts for them cost around $200 each. I hope I can find an old age home
for this deranged OM when it's needed and that date is approaching. I
did the whole enchilada over these last 63 years in ham radio, but I
seem to have gone back to my roots. Old rigs are just super fascinating
On 9/8/2016 9:26 PM, Bob Groh wrote:
> 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 <mailto: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 lens/bezel. 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 restore. 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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