[Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO

Fuqua, Bill L wlfuqu00 at uky.edu
Fri Sep 9 01:48:31 EDT 2016

  I have 3 HG10B VFO's, One looks great the others need dial drums and bezels.
It just occurred to me that someone with a 3D printer could make a bezel.  It may need
some sanding afterwards to make a good smooth surface. I will have to check with a friend
of mine that has been printing loads of parts for his robot projects.

Bill wa4lav

From: Boatanchors [boatanchors-bounces at puck.nether.net] on behalf of Lee [L at w0vt.us]
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:59 PM
To: boatanchors at puck.nether.net
Subject: [Boatanchors] Heathkit HG-10B VFO

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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