Category Archives: Boat Anchors

Dan spots a rare Squires-Sanders SS-1R receiver on eBay

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who writes:

This is only the second Squires-Sanders rig that has appeared on the used market in decades, though it’s the amateur receiver.

The SS-IBS, the receiver pictured in a 1970s Communications Handbook in the shack of Richard Wood, the well-known SWL and linguist, is even rarer:

Click here to view on eBay.

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Boat Anchors at Voice of Aladdin ARC Columbus Hamfest

A guest post by Eric McFadden, WD8RIF

I had the pleasure of attending the annual Voice of Aladdin Amateur Radio Club’s Columbus Hamfest this past weekend, on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The Columbus Hamfest is a smaller, local or regional hamfest but every year when I attend I’m pleasantly surprised by the presence of a really nice variety of fine used gear available at the event. This year was no exception.

I made snaps of some of the fine old “boat anchors” and some of the not-so-old stuff available at the hamfest. (And I must apologize for the flaring evident in some of the photos. It seems the lens in my MotoE4 smartphone is prone to flaring in direct sunlight—somehow, up this point I had not managed to discover this.)

Realistic DX-160

Realistic DX-160

Central Electronics "Multiphase Exciter Model 20-A" transmitter

Central Electronics “Multiphase Exciter Model 20-A” transmitter

Yaesu FT-101EX transceiver and accessories

Yaesu FT-101EX transceiver and accessories

Collins R-388/URR receiver

Collins R-388/URR receiver

Drake R8 receiver

Drake R8 receiver

Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter

Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter

A selection of MFJ single-band QRP (low power) CW-only transceivers and a vintage Heathkit SWR bridge

A selection of MFJ single-band QRP (low power) CW-only transceivers and a vintage Heathkit SWR bridge

At the event, I hadn’t noticed how many of the vintage receivers were made by Hallicrafters.

Hallicrafters "Sky Buddy"

Hallicrafters “Sky Buddy”

Hallicrafters HT-32A transmitter

Hallicrafters HT-32A transmitter

Hallicrafters SX-101 receiver

Hallicrafters SX-101 receiver

Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver

Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver

Hallicrafters SX-99 receiver

Hallicrafters SX-99 receiver

Heathkit DX-100 (bottom) and Hallicrafters HT-37 transmitters

Heathkit DX-100 (bottom) and Hallicrafters HT-37 transmitters

And while not a radio, this is certainly vintage and is very pretty—and it was for sale.

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

1966 Chevrolet pickup-truck (it was for sale)

 

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Boat Anchor Tuesday: Hallicrafters S-40B and SX-100

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Chris Peters, who shares the above photo for Boat Anchor Tuesday and writes:

I was lucky enough to recently pick up both these familiar faces for $150.

Hallicrafters S-40B and SX-100

Both are in decent shape but are due for a recap and alignment.

Wow–both of these are classic sets, Chris! After a recap and alignment, I think you’ll especially be impressed with the performance that SX-100 delivers! Thank you for sharing!

Post readers: If you’d like to share a photo of your boat anchor on Boat Anchor Tuesdaysimply send me an email with the photo and a short description. I’ll put it in the pipeline to publish!

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Boat Anchor Tuesday: National HRO-50T

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Price Kagey, who shares the following photo for Boat Anchor Tuesday and writes:

“My wonderful HRO-50T. I have replaced all tubes and now need to start on capacitors and resistors.”

What a beautiful radio, Price!  Once you’ve re-capped and replaced the resistors in this girl, you’ll have a phenomenal receiver. I’m a sucker for those HRO dials! Thank you for sharing!

Post readers: If you’d like to share a photo of your boat anchor on Boat Anchor Tuesday, simply send me an email with the photo and a short description. I’ll put it in the pipeline to publish!

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