Our local radio club, Capital City Amateur Radio Club, (http://w7tck.org) was donated a bunch of equipment. We decided to have a silent auction for it for the club members. The idea was to allow members to obtain some equipment inexpensively rather than try to make a bunch of money off of it. Here is my windfall. WOW! What Fun!
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My favorite acquisition was this beautiful Heathkit SB-230 Amplifier. When I built my shack several years ago, I plumbed into it 220 Volts for that day that I may have an amp. It is about 1 KW input (probably about 600 Watts output), but that is very sufficient for me, since I operate in the QRP range much of the time. This will be fun too though! Look HERE to see my Ham Shack equipment; and you will see that I like Heath gear.
The photo below shows an old Heathkit Impedance Bridge. At first, I was hoping it would be an instrument I could use to measure impedance of RF circuits, but it is usable at audio frequencies. Non the less, it is a beautiful instrument with a wooden case and will sit up on my shelf with my other vintage items.
The photo below is of a James Millen model 90662-A Grid-Dip Meter. It is in perfect shape and is a very beautiful piece of test equipment. I have a much older Heath grid-dip meter that I have been using that I will be glad to put up on the antique shelf, and put this beauty to use. It is really a nice piece of test gear and a welcomed addition to the Ham Shack.
The picture below is of a Heathkit Tube Tester model IT-17. I have wanted a tube tester for many years, and passed up an opportunity to acquire one a couple of years ago and have been beating my self up over it ever since. Since I have vacuum tube equipment, this will come in handy at that time in the future when it will be needed. Tube testers are becoming increasingly rare and I am glad to add this one to my test equipment collection.
The picture here, is of a Step Attenuator. I have been thinking about either building, or purchasing one of these for a while now. Of all the pieces of test gear I purchased in this sale, this is probably the most practical. I am eager to put it to use while I learn and build transmitter and receiver circuits. This is going to be a good piece of gear to have.
The following picture is a Wilcom Reference Level Test Set model T 105B. I believe it was used with phone systems. I purchased this gem for the case. It is a very nice case that has nice rubber feet, handles on the instrument face, buckles to keep the lid closed, and a rubber seal to help keep the elements out. It would make a very nice case for a piece of portable radio equipment that might be made some day for it. It looks like it will be a good source of some nice parts also.
Here is another piece of Heathkit gear. It is a model IM-5228 VTVM (Vacuum Tube Volt Meter). I really purchasedit for the meter movement and for parts. I might, however, keep it together as I do not have a good analog meter. I fired it up and it works, so I might keep it around for those times an analog meter will do better than a digital one. It will make a nice addition to my test gear collection.
There was a few odds and ends that the club was trying to just get rid of. I just couldn’t let this one go to the dump, so I acquired it. I’m sure I will be able to use some parts of some sort from this box of goodies.
Tags: Ham Shack Gear
, Heath IB-1b
, Heath IM-5228
, Heath IT-17
, Heathkit SB-230
, James Millen 90662-A
, Step Attenuator
, Vintage Radio