I got my amateur radio license in 1998, and I currently hold a Technician Plus
class license, my callsign is KD7BCY. Here's a list of most of my radio collection:
A very small radio... And not just in size! A wimpy 340mW output on high power,
and an even worse antenna. There are modifications to add a better antenna, though.
And I just might try that... I've already done the extended RX/TX mod(and in an attempt
to undo that, made it impossible to do what I was doing by accidentally tearing most
of the unconnected SMT pads nearby!!) , and it's annoying.
Nice little boatanchor. Crystal controlled 2m AM rig from long ago. It came with
a crystal for 145.92, but that's in the middle of the satellite sub-band, so I have
to go find another 8MHz FT-243...
This is an old shortwave receiver, with plenty of glowing tubes to watch... The
C model has a fixed BFO, which would make it rather interesting to listen to SSB,
but it should work fine for morse code. It needs a little bit of work, the internal
speaker is not connected and there is a LOT of nasty feedback, probably in the audio
stages. This one will probably take a little while to restore.
Got it at a hamfest for $10, it's a 12 channel crystal controlled 2m portable,
2W output on high power an 400mW on low power. Needs some new crystals, but there
were a few usable ones in there.
Now these are FUN! I got three Moxy single channel VHF mobile radios at a hamfest.
Motorola equipment is a lot of fun, and these units will be converted to the 2M ham
band(144-148MHz) shortly, as soon as I figure out exactly what modifications need
to be done. Model numbers are D33GYA1000(translates to dash mount VHF 20W carrier
squelch) and D33GYA3000(same as others but with PL squelch, needing a sub-audible
tone to activate receiver).
This is a cute little cell phone, identical to the Radio Shack CT-353 from a few
years ago. Picked it up at a swap meet for $10, haven't activated it yet... And if
you were wondering, there are ew(if any) re-useable parts inside a cell phone.
Radio Shack's DX-392 radio is actually a Sangean 818CS in disguise. It's a great
radio, but the batteries drain a bit fast when using the tape recorder... The BFO
contol broke off, but I got one of those nice Radio Shack TSP's, so I took it back.
10 days later it comes back, unrepaired. Seems they ran out of the part that broke...
So instead they gave me the display model they had! It has a working BFO, but it's
a bit mis-adjusted. But at least it's there...
The Pro-2034 is a 60 channel base scanner, covering 29MHz to 512MHz in three bands.
It's a bit slow, and it is a base scanner, but sensitivity is great, especially in
the VHF band with an antenna on the roof...
The Pro-60 handheld scanner has 200 channels, scans much faster than my Pro-2034,
and covers 30MHz to 1GHz less cellular and most of the UHF TV band. Sensitivity is
great in the VHF-Air band, but not so great for the lower VHF freqs(30-60MHz or so),
or in the area between VHF air and business bands(130-150, which leaves out the 2m
ham band). Or maybe it's just the ugly scanner antenna that causes the problems...
Between this and the Pro-60, I really don't need any other scanners... But that
won't keep me from getting any more! Tracks Motorola Type I, II and hybrid systems
in the 800MHz band. Almost identical to the Uniden BC-235XLT, just a slightly different
case and only one battery. Searches out new freqs at a blazing 300 channels per second,
and the nice service search which searches preprogrammed police, fire, marine, aircraft
and NOAA weather stations.
This is an interesting RDF set, covers AM broadcast, LF beacons and marine HF,
giving it a general coverage of 160KHz up to 3.5MHz. Uses a lot of D-cell batteries,
so I'm going to work on putting a small connector on the back to hook it up to a
small external power supply.
This is a rather old radio, covers 440-450MHz, about 2 watts RF output, 10 memories,
and an ugly speaker-mic connector. The NiCad pack that it came with was leaking,
so I took it out and tried to make a new one. Not a good idea... So now it's just
sitting in its recharging stand doing nothing. I tried to hardwire my home-made battery
pack, and I must have accidentally disconnected something because now the radio is
COMPLETELY dead. At least it would turn on for a few seconds with the leaking pack...
So in the end I threw out all of those stupid NiCads(tip: don't use bad batteries
to make a new pack!), and now I'm just waiting to figure out how to fix it. Might
be a while. :-(