Communications,  Test Equipment & Interesting things….

Here we have a selection of vintage goodies that do not really fit into our other sales pages.   One off items of interest to radio and maybe in the future audio enthusiasts.   Most things are as found but a full description of their working state will be included.   Some items will be serviced and come with our standard six month return to base warranty. 

Vintage and modern communications equipment,  test equipment for your workshop,  useful bulk components and all those kinds of things.    This page will not be updated as often as our main overhauled and diy radios for sale part of the site. 

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Epoxy resin anyone?  This is what happens when you refuse to replace your valve radios grid coupling capacitors!   



Stock last updated on 11/11/18
New items added on 11/11/18

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1990's Rapid Electronics audio signal generator
This is one of my surplus workshop items,  no longer required as we have several others and given that this model is so reliable it is unlikely we will ever need a spare, spare one if you know what I mean!   Excellent condition,  and this is the better quality version of the unit with a full metal cabinet and heavy duty front panel (rather than the usual plastic trim) which you see on other branded versions.   Audio output from DC  up to about  1MHz  (so you could use it for setting up IF amps too)  with various attenuators and impedance outputs.  Unlike the current batch of audio oscillators being shipped in from the far east this is a true LC oscillator not some digital synthesiser.  Mains powered.  Full working order.

Price £40      UK Delivery £8.50   EU £18  -  £25

Fluke 8010A Bench multimeter   True RMS 
Another Past Times Radio workshop spare which again is surplus to requirements here we have one of the classic,  built like a tank bench meters. Made in the USA, fully working and clean too.   Covers everything you need and is still quite accurate,  supplied with a mains cable.  Takes standard meter probes / banana plugs.  USA made.

Price £25      UK Delivery £8.50   EU £18  -  £25

Japanese large scale analogue multimeter
A useful piece of kit,  covers everything that most big AVO's do and has a similar large meter movement which I think is easier to read.   In the past we used this for setting up the bias current on transistor radio amplifiers,  but like everything else we have several to chose from so this one can go to a new home!   Made in Japan,  very good clean condition.  Fully working.  Useful current ranges.

Price £12     UK Delivery £5.50    EU £15  -  £25

C1958 Eddystone 840C communications receiver  -  overhauled
Here we have a really clean and tidy example of the classic 840C receiver,  which was aimed at the radio amateur and general listening enthusiast.  All self contained with an internal speaker.   It is one of the simpler Eddystone models but still gives excellent performance  (tuning SSB takes a little bit of practice but once the RF gain is backed down and the AF gain turned up it is quite possible to resolve signals with good audio quality).   As ever the balanced flywheel tuning is lovely to operate and whizzing up and down the five tuning ranges,  which cover about 500 KHz up to 30 MHz is a breeze.  Fully overhauled and re-aligned,  the tuning dial is pretty accurate. A good general purpose receiver which actually does very well on MW as well as the SW broadcast bands.    Supplied with a good copy of the manual and mains lead.

Price  (fully overhauled)  £215      UK Delivery £15    EU £28  -  £35

C1956 Eddystone 730/4 General Coverage Comms Receiver.  As used by Royal Signals, Coast Guard etc.   Serviced.

Maybe I should set up an Eddystone website too!   Or change my name to Mr Eddystone,  it would appear of late there has been quite a few of them in our workshop.   This one arrived here as a part ex,  it had already been looked at in the past and now that it has been serviced and the alignment sorted out, it is performing really well.   Everything works,  including the somewhat pointless Eddystone S Meter  (which only works on the very narrow bandwidth setting for this model!)   The filtering is of good quality and they also fitted a variable phasing crystal filter for CW on this upmarket, military model.   This one is fitted in an original crackle grey cabinet which is I good order.  There are some light scratches here and there on the radio but basically it is a quite respectable, ex military unit.   You will just need a suitable 3 ohm extension speaker and a reasonable long wire antenna to get this receiver tuned into the world.  Supplied with a good, bound copy of the user manual, service manual and some other info I have found of interest relating to the 730.   
Price £165      UK Delivery £25   It is ridiculously heavy!

Late 1970's Yaesu FRG-7 communications receiver
The classic "frog 7" Wadley loop receiver made by Yaesu of Japan.   In fabulous clean condition this has been fully serviced and overhauled and now working as it was when new.   What lovely audio this general coverage receiver produces, both on AM and SSB.   Being a Wadley loop principle receiver stability is not a problem  (just like it's great uncle the RA17),  they take a little more driving with the MHz selection and tuned rf pre-selector.    Great for band surfing without all the digital clutter of modern receivers.   LW to 30 MHz,  AM, USB, LSB  -  plenty to be found out on the web about this model.  Supplied with a good copy of the user manual.

Price £175      UK Delivery £14    EU £22-£35 GBP

Early 1970's Sony ST-70 FM/AM HiFi tuner
Here we have one of the well thought of, classic Sony tuners.   Excellent condition, complete with original manual.  The dial is all back lit in green.  The meter works fine  -  very good audio.  This arrived as part of a Quad system which now forms part of my "studio" and is surplus to requirements.   Fully working with great audio and stereo separation.

Price £30      UK Delivery £10    EU £18-£35 GBP

Afraid to report that the RACAL RA17 that was promised last time  has already been sold,  however we do have another one on the rack which cosmetically is in excellent condition and will be ready as soon as possible  (they take a bit of sorting out!)   

Also due in next week is another nice RCA AR88D, fingers crossed it will look something like this one pictured when it has been overhauled.   From the pictures I have seen it certainly appears to be a good one.

Awaiting attention is another Eddystone 840C.   We are working on obtaining more vintage communications receivers.


Also whilst you are here  -  I am looking for a RACAL RA17 cabinet to house my own RA17  -  Can anyone help with this?   I don't mind re-painting something if needed.  Still looking,  I would be interested in a complete receiver (working or not)  if it has a case….

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