[Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO

Lee 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 
to me.


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.
> 73
> 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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