I am heading back to MSP
at the end of the month, if my mother has not sold it for scrap and it is still in working condition (last fired up in 1979), I drop you a line. Now shipping that 100lb monster will be the real be the biggest hurdle and will cost a pretty penny.
|Quoting Halls120 (Reply 10):|
Once I figure out how to put up a decent antenna and not get the homeowners association panties in a wad, I'll be DXing again.
A random longwire (if you have the space) is a low profile antenna, hung in your backyard between 2 trees probably would not attract any attention. I have done some great DXing with a longwire, even pulling the AIR (All India Radio) outlet in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.
|Quoting David L (Reply 11):|
That was a seriously nice bit of gear. Maybe not as a specialised SW receiver but as a portable, general purpose radio it was gadgetry personified. I used to sell it and it was quite depressing not being able to justify buying one myself.
A great radio but big for a 'portable, I later replaced it with a Grundig Yacht Boy for my travels. While I did not use this fro DX purposes (I was a wire service photog back in the 80s and 90s, and portable SW
radio was essential when traveling to areas of he world where getting the latest news could be spotty at best), it could pull in some weak signals with a proper antenna attached.
Yep it was my first SW
rig, when my Grandfather, a Ham gave me this behemoth in the mid 70s. He had hopes that I would take up the amateur aspect of the hobby, get my ticket, join ARRL and so forth, while I did get my novice license, I was more interested in listening in far off broadcasters, than communicating to other Hams. Later I moved into the rigs that had digital frequency readouts and bought what would later become know as the "dog of desktop receivers", the Radio Shack (Tandy) DX -300. Later A Yeasu FRG
-7000 replace dthe '300' and even later a JRC NRD
515, was sitting next to my "Frog 7000" which was sold a few months later to help cover the costs of the $1500 '515' .I am shocked to see that the 515 still commands a hefty price on the 2nd hand market, with prices ranging from $700.00 on up to 2k. Considering that it has been on the market for over 25 years, thats not a bad return on one's investment. Sadly my 515 was damaged beyond repairs after moving from MSP
to NY. I replaced it with a Kenwoood R-5000, my last desktop. While I got some good DX out of it, my career and life as a whole put the hobby on the back burner and then, as I mentioned earlier I ceased DXing altogether once I went online in the late 90s. I sold my R-5000 via Ebay a few years back and fetched $400.00. Considering that I paid $1,000 for it in 1990, I was not that unhappy as it had a few technical issues that crept in over the years.
Some SWL links if you are interested...
(These clowns have been tying to remove the words "Short Wave Radio" from the hobby's lexicon and replace it with "Worldband Radio" for years now, fortunately with little success. That said, this is a great resource tool for any DXer.
A must have, simply put, the DXers bible.
I was a QSL hound back in the day!