Here we have an Antique Ham / Amateur Radio Station dating back to the early to mid-1950s!!!
This station starts with the Central Electronics 20A “Phasing” Transmitter and 458 VFO pair added to the extremely rare 600L Broadband No-Tune Amplifier!!!
The Central Electronics gear here was restored by Bob Lovell, W4BBN.
I also have a folder of paperwork for the Central Electronics gear.
I modified the Astatic D104 microphone to use with my first 20A back in 2008…
The chicken choker has been removed completely and the stem wrapped with a leather grip.
The battery powered amplifier section was removed completely and a few 1 megaohm resistors were put in series with the crystal mic element (to cut the excessive highs out).
I also custom-shaped a foam and cloth puffer filter inside the screen on the head of the mic.
I used the mic with the built-in VOX function of the transmitter but you could wire for a hand or foot switch if you want to!
(Everyone that talked to me on the station complimented the audio highly!)
I have not set the station up since I acquired it as I am still waiting to receive a custom-made balun from Palomar for my next antenna.
The receiver here is the National 183D and was a fantastic receiver for its time!
(If you are not familiar with this receiver you should certainly do a Google search on it and read about it!)
We tested this receiver at HRO New Castle where I work and it works perfectly but one tube is gaseous and should probably be replaced!
The matching speaker I have for it looks great but does have one tiny dent in the cabinet as shown in the photos.
I also have the Johnson Kilowatt Matchbox Tuner to go with this station plus a parts tuner just in case you need it!
I believe the relay is missing from the tuner.
(I can also tell you which issue of Electric Radio you need to get a back issue copy to properly modify this tuner to use on 160 Meters – I have a copy of this issue somewhere and I’ll include it with the listing if I can find it).
When this gear was built, line voltage was rated at 115 volts so if you’re going to set the station up I would certainly recommend running all of it on variacs – Just to avoid any possible problems!!!
The only other thing you will need is a Dowkey Relay to automatically switch your antenna from the transmitter to the receiver!
This is offered for local pickup only in Newark Delaware 19702
(I may be able to make arrangements that you can pick this up at my work at HRO New Castle Delaware location during regular business hours – excluding Wednesday)
Price is $3,150 FIRM For The Complete Station!!!
(Will Not Separate)
Cash In Person, Cash App OR PayPal plus 3% accepted.
(The Only Way I will sell this station is if it gives me enough money to buy a new FTDX 101…
… If it does not sell it will not bother me one bit as this is my favorite vintage radio station of all time!!!)
Contact Me For Photos as I am having trouble posting them here!
Thank you for looking!