Tag Archives: Mario Filippi (N2HUN)

eBay Find: Mario spots a new/open box Yaesu FRG-100

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi, who writes:

Hi Thomas,

Hope all is well. There’s a NIB Yaesu FRG-100 on eBay; see pic attached.

Amazing that there is one around like that. Hefty price [$748.00] but reasonable as used ones go for $350 – $410 lately.

Even FRG-7’s are commanding good prices.

Have a good week Thomas! 73’s,

Mario, N2HUN

Click here to check it out on eBay.

Thank you for the tip, Mario! It is a pristine radio! The seller is claiming this is new–and it looks it–but the condition is listed as “Open box” so I assume the previous owner opened the box but never used the radio. The plastic film still covers the display area and looks pristine. I agree: it’s amazing when things like this pop up on eBay! The price ($748.00) as you say is steep, but it does appear the seller is open to offers.

Thanks for the tip, Mario!

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Schulman Auctions posts new lots of radio gear for January 2022

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi, who writes:

There is a lot of gear for auction from Schulman Auctions. There are several shortwave radios and other vintage gear, even crystal radios. Eye candy for radio buffs.

73’s,

Mario, N2HUN

Thank you for the tip, Mario! Click here to check out the catalog of radios up for auction.

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Mario finds a monophonic earphone with 6 foot cord

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who writes:

Attached is a picture of a recent purchase of mine from eBay, a six foot long monophonic earphone for use with my Panasonic RF-2200.

Single mono earphones of that length are not easy to find. Most are too short for night stand use. And with the abundance of RFI emitting appliances in the home, a six-foot long earphone allows me to move my portable radio far away from things like laptops, cell phones and noisy power supplies.

73’s,

Mario N2HUN

Thank you for sharing this, Mario. I love how practical and affordable this is and the fact that the earpiece is identical (save cord length) to the original that would have accompanied the RF-2200. Click here to check out this item on eBay.

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Radio applications for an Oiiwak Digital Endoscope

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who writes:

Hi Thomas,

I recently purchased an Oiiwak Digital Endoscope [affiliate link] for household use.

It consists of a 33 foot optical cable and handheld four inch monitor It has an internal battery that can take photos and videos of areas that are hard to get to. I bought it to check things such as chimneys, inside walls, dryer vents, pipe clogs (this one has a waterproof lens), range hood vents, roof vents, etc. The price of endoscopes has gone down precipitously and you can save even more if you have a Smartphone as there are endoscopes probe cables that attach directly to them. I purchased mine for about $100 from Amazon. There are many makes and models to choose from though.

This gadget might be of interest to hams, SWLs or anyone needing to route antennas through walls, or other dark spaces. For example, you could drill a test hole through a wall then thread the probe cable into the space to see if there are any wires, pipes or other hidden obstructions. I’ve drilled completely through the siding of my home to an inside wall on many occasions while keeping my fingers crossed that no electrical wires or pipes would be damaged. Now, with my endoscope, it won’t be such a worrisome procedure.

Thanks and 73’s,

Mario Filippi, N2HUN

Thank you for sharing this, Mario! The pricing on household borescopes or endoscopes has really fallen over the past few years. I have one persistent plumbing issue in our house and this gadget could help me identify the location. To have a pro come out to the house with a commercial grade camera, it’s an instant $300 plus taxes. As a bonus, I could use it to inspect my antenna conduit!

Thanks again, Mario.

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Mario recommends LED strip light headlamps for nighttime SWLing

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who writes:

I recently purchased a pair of LED strip light headbands from Amazon for use while doing jobs around the house in areas where the lighting is poor.

These might be helpful also for SWLs and hams, especially for listening at night when in the field. They boast a 220 degree arc of light, high/low/flasher settings, rear red flasher, USB rechargeable, weigh about 5 ounces and are more comfortable than the older bulky headlamps.

There are many different versions of these strip LED lights available so you can shop around for the one that best fits your needs.

Click here to view on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

This is excellent, Mario. Thank you for sharing. I’m a huge fan of headlamps, but I’ve never seen an LED strip headlamp–I see where that wide arc of light would be useful.

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Circa 1959 Spectra-Radio Spectacles

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi, who writes:

While perusing through a 1959 Lafayette Radio sales flyer, this hybrid radio/sunglasses radio was spotted (see image above). Put a huge smile on my face–a three-transistor, germanium diode model hihi. Runs on a Mercury battery which were common years back.

That is fantastic, Mario! Love it.

I can tell you that I think Spectra-Radio seem a lot cooler than Google Glasses! Thank you for sharing!

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