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Title: Navy TDE
Post by: KA3EKH on September 02, 2021, 04:36:13 PM
Sometimes you have to wonder if its brain damage or just senility? I cannot explain why but was considering making an offer on this WW2 Navy transmitter on the Bay:

I always wanted a TDE transmitter to go with my HRO/RAS receiver set up and despite the fact that its way too big, heavy and inefficient making a whopping 35 or 40 watts of AM, thatís about one watt for every ten pounds where it would be a little more efficient on CW at maybe one watt per every three pounds but wait, I donít do CW.
This thing looks like its been stored outside for the last fifty years and would speculate that every coil, transformer and choke is ruined and the only thing you getting for your money is a shell and thatís not all that good have to wonder just what it is that makes me think about making an offer in the first place. And if thatís not enough it would be a three-day road trip and cost at least $500.00 in gas, tolls and everything else.
The problem is that I have done the TCS, TBW and a bunch of other stuff including converting broadcast transmitters and for some weird reason now feel that my life would not be complete unless I get a TDE, maybe I can just settle on something like a BC-610 but that wonít go with my Navy HRO receiver.

Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: Jim/WA2MER on September 02, 2021, 05:13:19 PM
Read your post slowly and carefully, and then tell us why you would consider that wreck for any price. Given all the parts that may have to be sourced and replaced to get that thing on the air, do you really think it will ever sail again? Admittedly I don't know you or anything about your motivation or fortitude, but if it was me I'd let the seller's survivors deal with disposing it rather than burdening my own with it.

Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: Opcom on September 03, 2021, 11:04:32 AM
I agree. As a collector of too many junky things, I might haul it off for free but would not spend over $10 in gas to go get it.

Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: WD8BIL on September 03, 2021, 11:27:54 AM
Yup! I'm with Pat. If you REALLY want it, email the people and tell'em if they pay for your gas and lodging you'll come and take it off their hands!

Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: W7TFO on September 04, 2021, 09:47:10 AM
The only way I'd even offer some coin on that is if I had a good one and wanted some spares.


Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: KA3EKH on September 05, 2021, 01:40:17 PM
Was thinking that maybe I would throw a $100 at it but now after council decided perhaps the best path is to do nothing. Think I would consider driving down and picking it up for free but that looks like about all I would do right now.
I did have an offer for a TCM thatís come up so maybe thatís the rout to go with wanting to do some form of huge over size WW2 transmitter that will go with the RAS receiver. Another option may be to do a BC-610 with the speech amplifier and a BC-342 receiver and have a SCR-299 set up, its weird being I have been collecting and doing military surplus radios for forty years now and at one point or another never owned a BC-342 or 312, tons of BC-348 receivers and newer stuff like R-390A sets that I have sold lots of at Dayton and other ham fest but the best I have ever done on the BC-342 was I owned one that was a perfect example with RA-20 power supply and shock mount for about two days before a friend saw it and had to have it.

Title: Re: Navy TDE
Post by: W7TFO on September 05, 2021, 01:44:23 PM
Quit messing around, get a TBK. ;)

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