6m meteor scatter project follow on
gc-ar-l at garychatters.com
Fri Dec 21 14:26:10 CST 2007
Robert Bruninga wrote:
> I guess my overarching question would be whether there are
> enough surplus 6m radios throughout the USA to make it possible
> for hams to find them. I know you are doing an outstantding job
> at gathering these radios here... Bu I wonder about hamefests..
> Or have the prime years when these hit the streets long past.
This past year has been a good one for picking up old low band LMR
radios suitable for conversion to 6M. I check eBay occasionally to see
what is there, even if I am not planning to buy. Apparently the state
of Indiana did a major radio upgrade. A palette full of their low band
Syntor X9000 radios showed up. I bought a couple of individual radios.
They were all in good working order. There have also been other sources
for the X9000 as well as numerous other models such as Kenwood TK-630
and TK-690, GE/Ericsson/M-ACom Orion and Delta, plus other Motorola
models. Crystal radios such as the Motorola Mitrek still show up.
There is no telling what will show up next year. Sometimes I see
particular models being quite plentiful for a while, then disappear. I
expect there will be something available for quite some time.
> With all the rage being digital and 800 and now 700 MHz, it
> would seem that there should be thousands of low band radios out
> there if they are not already scrap.
> And for this purpose, they can be old xtal controleld
> clunkers... In fact, most of the need is in RX only for the
> APRS igates...
That does expand does expand your options. A receiver strip from a old
Micor or Maxar 80 with just the receiver side crystalled up would do the
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