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« on: September 12, 2017, 10:40:55 PM »

I just bought from eBay a new in the original box, untouched ARC-5.  It has a date of June 1943 on it.  Frequency range is 5.3 - 7.0 MHz.  This radio is 74 years old and no ham has had their paws on it to modify it.  Everything is original.

I'll post pictures of it once it arrives.  I want to carefully take the covers off to look at the innards (in color, in person and not from a 1940's black-and-white photo). 

I was thinking about making some minor modifications; just enough to put it on the air.  But then I thought, nah, what's the point?  It's a little 10 watt transmitter.  Most everything nowadays can run circles around it.  Once I start clipping, it's no different than all the rest of the junk ARC-5's out there.  I'm going to put it back in the box and store it in my closet for as long as I'm able.  The historical value is worth more than a few QSO's with it.

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 04:14:51 AM »

  Wow, its like the unbuilt kits I see people run into.  But you can't have your cake and eat it to so your right once
you start snipping, virginity lost!  await pics!
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 08:11:56 AM »

So I have to ask, how much did it sell for?
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 09:15:23 AM »

$127 plus $35 shipping.

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 10:42:00 AM »

Box sealed or open? Yeah Jon, I'd leave it original. Even though it's not in the ham bands, it's still a fairly rare piece of history. Get a beater to fix up and play with
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 10:52:12 AM »

It would be pretty easy to modify the frequency range, but I am keeping it all original.

The box is open, but it looks like he opened it for eBay picture purposes. I'll see for sure when I get it.

These were sold for next to nothing after the war. One of my coworkers was telling me he bought one in 1974 for $3. You see these at hamfests and they're always in junk condition.

The radio is 74 years old and I should be able to easily carry it to its 100 year mark.

Jon
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 12:15:41 PM »

The necessary original things to make it functional are still available:  Mount, dynamotor, tuning knob or remote control.

Ferret out those items and you'll have a neat RX without any mods.

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 12:34:46 PM »

Yeah, after this last building spurt, I was told that I need to return to the family. I guess time flies when you're having fun. Also, I need to cool it on buying stuff.

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2017, 12:40:37 PM »

I misread your post and thought you had a receiver. 

Change that list to a modulator, mic, and antenna matching/ammeter.

That would really make the setup super collectable.

Take your time and buy easy.

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2017, 07:22:56 PM »

Jon,
       Save the nice one for the collectable it is. I've got a couple that are in nice used shape and other than doing a super detail job on them, I'm going to leave them as-is.


Some ARC 5 tx's and a couple GF series tx's.


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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 08:06:40 PM »

How times have changed.  In my early years of high school in the early 60's, I bought that 40 meter version of an ARC-5, brand new and sealed in it's box, for $5.00.  I also bought one that covered from 800 kHz to 1300 kHz For $5.00.  That one was rare, because a lot of kids bought that one to use as a bootleg AM broadcast band transmitter.

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 09:15:54 PM »

Probably in some abandon warehouse in the south Pacific there are tons of arc 5s sitting in boxes.  I think I still have some of the shock mount bases for those radios.

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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 10:39:00 PM »

I also got one of those 5.3-7 MHz jobs in black crackle new in the box at Fair Radio back in the early 1980's. Nobody bought it because it had a rattle. It turned out to be one of those little plastic insulator balls had popped out of the tuning variable. I have seen those missing in other hamfest ARC-5 transmitters and sometimes it happens in receivers too. I paid 19.95 of course! That is 50 bucks in 2017 dollars.
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« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 09:07:44 PM »

I just got it in its original box.  Here's some pictures with the top removed.  All screws still had the ring washers. 

Unfortunately I can't take the bottom off.  The heads broke off of the two screws on the corner underneath the oscillator tube.  I tried to ease them out, but they still broke and the screw itself is preventing me from sliding the cover off.  Maybe the person installed it at the factory too tight, or 74 years of storage seized them. 

Jon


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« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 11:16:13 PM »

But, I'm not going to do anything to it.  It's now sitting prominently on a shelf in the shack.

Jon


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