The term refers to older equipment-nominally using tubes. Personally, I
set my own framework for the term because there is a lot of older solid
state (or hybrid-using transistors and tubes) gear out there as well. My
SBE-34 transceivers and Hammarlund
HQ-215 Mk II are good cases in point. The former are hybrid
designs, with a few tubes; and the latter is all solid state, but-I
believe-ought to qualify as a boatanchor!
But whatever your
definition, collecting and USING
older radios is both interesting and
rewarding. Rewarding, because in some cases, you must take what seems to
be a non-working, sometimes rusty or otherwise corroded, piece of
electronic history; and restore it as closely as possible to its
original condition. Doing this after 40 or 50 years of operation-and
sometimes even neglect.
Seeing that radio
light up and play is extremely rewarding. And, somehow, it's
more than just
getting a radio to play. For me at least, it
matters to know
something not only isn't going to the junk pile, but is going to be able
to occupy its small place in the rich history of radio communications.
I have very few
pictures of my own gear-yet.
I have been waiting for the
Kodak Picture CD
your developed film. That machine is now available at my friendly Wolf
Camera location, and now
I should be able to put some nice shots into this webpage. That's what
it's for, after all.
Also, I sold my AGFA 780c
digital camera in order to replace it with a much better camera: the
AGFA 1680. This camera has the Zoom,
the manual exposure settings I need for its MACRO mode. '1680 pictures
are quite sharp, with its 1.3 million pixels. I got a deal on it, since
it is now 2 generations behind (2.2 and now 3.3 million pixels!) But it
takes great shots, and may supplant my Nikon for this medium!
Meanwhile, I have placed
some pictures other people took of the type of equipment I own. They are
mostly NOT pictures of my pieces (except as noted)... but most of my
stuff will look and run as good or better than the photos. So... until I
do get my own... here are some examples of the equipment I own and love.
To browse the website...
please select from these categories:
and from an Electronics
plus... a listing of my
Receivers with their own webpages: