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« on: February 26, 2014, 11:42:03 AM »

     Got a chance to complete assembly on a Johnson
Adventurer that was never finished. I did a few steps
from the manual, (Mostly xfmr primary wiring, line cord,
etc.) and am in the process of checking it out.

     Ig/Ip meter not working right now but I know
the meter is good. A lot of "Crappy Slober Joints" too.

     An unfinished 60 year old project! Too Cool


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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 12:00:53 PM »

I remember about 5 years ago there was a Ranger kit, still in the box, on Ebay.  I think the seller wanted over 2500 for it.  He did get bids in that area but don't remember if it sold.

Your little rig looks new not 60 years old.  A picture of it on a bench in 2014 being assemble seems like something from a time capsule.


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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 03:44:57 PM »

    Got a chance to complete assembly on a Johnson Adventurer that was never finished.

Why not me, God?

Life's too short for plastic radios.  Wallow in the hollow! - KD1SH
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 05:02:51 PM »

Wow - what a nice find...has a $6000 paint job like that 500 that always is in the ER classifieds!

Chris, AJ1G
Stonington, CT

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 06:06:45 PM »

  Thanks Guy's,

      It is sweet, but alas it's not mine. He's all
good to go and sounds decent as he can on the NC-300
bench RX.  Tunes and loads on all bands ok.  I'll let
his owner make the first QSO with him.

      The only "Fatality" was the HV Input Cap. the
one on the ripple side of the choke. I'll stuff it
with a pair of 22uF at 450V when they come in. And
other than a 20K Screen R that was missing it was
really complete.  The meter issue just turned out
to be loose hardware and crappy solder.

      Here he is making 15 W on 40 m. Lookin' Sharp!



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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 11:08:45 AM »

Good job, and the best thing you can do with these old kits. Years from now when we're gone they'll just be boxes of unrecognizable parts to others, and will likely get tossed, maybe scavenged a bit first.

Some years back I got to see Knightkit that Joe/WA2PJP had. The deterioration was amazing. Components like caps, still sealed in the bags, leaking all over themselves. Plated hardware, sealed in a bag, rusting.

I've yet to visit any museum with any old un-assembled ham radio kits displayed.

Better to have a nice looking Adventurer like that for someone to enjoy now, at least for a while.


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