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« on: January 10, 2010, 06:56:02 PM »
Picked this up this week end

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 07:42:31 PM »
How old is it?
Peace will not be found at a MidEast table. Peace began at a MidEast STABLE, but everyone seems to deny it.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Believing in  evolution is like expecting a tornado to go through a junkyard and create a Mercedes Benz on its way out!
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 08:19:54 PM »
This is a 50\'s model. Close to 50 years old.
Looks good eh?

Here is a pic of it on with the lights out.

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010, 06:22:06 AM »
Quote by Buddy:  
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This is a 50\'s model. Close to 50 years old.
Looks good eh?


Actually it looks almost brand new?  Someone took good care of it, that is for sure.  I am sure it was a great find!
Peace will not be found at a MidEast table. Peace began at a MidEast STABLE, but everyone seems to deny it.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Believing in  evolution is like expecting a tornado to go through a junkyard and create a Mercedes Benz on its way out!
If you don\'t stand behind our US troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them. Yea, that\'s what I thought..........

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2010, 06:07:08 PM »
Only thing about this amp is it will not go directly behind the modern radios on the market today. You have to use a seperate receiver and transmitter.

This mosley a collectors item.

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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010, 06:30:36 PM »
I\'m sure you will find SOME  kind of use for it, lol.  If ya run across a home base unit, standard CB, keep me in mind.    I would like to have one this year.

Have a good one,  Crazy.  :407:
Peace will not be found at a MidEast table. Peace began at a MidEast STABLE, but everyone seems to deny it.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Believing in  evolution is like expecting a tornado to go through a junkyard and create a Mercedes Benz on its way out!
If you don\'t stand behind our US troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them. Yea, that\'s what I thought..........

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010, 07:44:18 PM »
That thing is sweet!!!!!!!!!!!  That is a nice collectors item.

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 10:52:17 AM »
no different than other vintage amps.  
all you need to put behind modern transciever is a  relay  to switch  the input  to output   SO239s.
so the amp is bypassed on receive..
MY heathkit  needed a bias supply  but someone had already  put that in..

a  2 pole  5 amp contact    12 volt coil relay will do the trick.
many circuits on the internet.



also for   crazy         using an amp  on  CB is illegal  in case you were not
 kidding...

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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2010, 10:58:23 AM »
Quote from: k9yli;17165
no different than other vintage amps. 
all you need to put behind modern transciever is a  relay  to switch  the input  to output   SO239s.
so the amp is bypassed on receive..
MY heathkit  needed a bias supply  but someone had already  put that in..

a  2 pole  5 amp contact    12 volt coil relay will do the trick.
many circuits on the internet.



also for   crazy         using an amp  on  CB is illegal  in case you were not
 kidding...

Curious to the type of bias supply installed in your heatkit.
I have seen many different version around.

Agreed on the relay install. But I would never change this amplifier. I am gonna use it with my Apache.
Oh, I am sure crazy aint that crazy lol

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2010, 09:30:52 AM »
Quote from: k9yli;17165



also for   crazy         using an amp  on  CB is illegal  in case you were not
 kidding...


Quote from: KC4UMO;17166
Oh, I am sure crazy aint that crazy lol


Both of you are correct.   When I was a teenager I had a monster linear (spelling?) , an aluminum finned monster.  I never got in trouble with it, but  a lot of folks wanted to know who I was, lol.   See, I was crazy long before I was CRAZY! :arf2:
Peace will not be found at a MidEast table. Peace began at a MidEast STABLE, but everyone seems to deny it.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Believing in  evolution is like expecting a tornado to go through a junkyard and create a Mercedes Benz on its way out!
If you don\'t stand behind our US troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them. Yea, that\'s what I thought..........

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2010, 09:51:41 AM »
I think, if i remember from when i looked at a  year or so ago it is just a  6.3 volt filiment transformer wired backward off the  6.3 volt  filament line.

120 ac out.   simple rectifier/ cap  circuit.
very little current drawn..
no real load on the  filament  transformer.

i havent finished yet but the heath has plenty of room to mount  two   dow key  relays i accuired,  under the chasis...

bias supply is also mounted under the chassis..

for the relay power  i have a 12 volt  1 amp   wall wart  to wire in..

only modification to the heath is  replacing the two   rg8 cables under the chasis to the   SO239s with new cable running to the relays.

nothing external or  holes in the cabinet.