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 1/8/21
New items added 26/7/21

Lots of things in stock now.   More to come when time permits. 


C1969/70 Eddystone EC10 MK2  Receiver
Finally we have some nice receivers back in again.  Phew.  Well what we have here is the much improved Mk2 version of the classic Eddystone EC10 receiver.  Mk2 has a much better vfo,  with fine tuning control,  an improved IF stage and better all round stability.   This one has had the full works,  all the dodgy transistors have been replaced and it set up properly.  As a stand alone receiver with a built in speaker,  battery operated it it's a pleasure to drive.   Don't expect it to complete with a Racal RA17 on SSB but if you back down the RF gain a bit,  experiment with the AGC then you should be able to resolve signals without much effort.  Condition wise this is all very smart and the battery compartment is corrosion free.    Has the usual counterbalanced silky smooth tuning drive.   The dial is pretty accurate too.    Oh the other thing is it has an S meter! 
 
Batteries required.  8  D Cells.   A set of alkaline type will last a long time.   
Price now reduced to £175    UK delivery   £12   EU etc,  just ask
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1942 RCA AR88D    HF WW2 Communications Receiver
You know what this is don't you?   Just before I go any further,  the pictures shown here were taken before the overhaul began  -  it is even cleaner now on the front panel.   
Fully overhauled and ready to go in about a weeks time.   Just needs re-assembling  (doing some weight lifting in preparation!)    So here is your chance to get a really nice,  good looking RCA AR88D,   as used all over the world but especially so during WW2 by the RAF,  Bletchley  Park,  BBC monitoring and GCHQ.   Oh and me when was I kid in the 70's my dad had one in our radio shed and it is still with me.  That's another story.
There is nothing quite like the AR88 when you get it warmed up.   Have a look around the internet for stories about them,  the back ache they cause and how satisfying it is knocking back the RF gain,  selecting 3 on the selectivity control and twiddling around 80M at night.   The S meter is the standard "Bandit Bill"  aka Lowe modification carried out in the 60's when they came onto the surplus market.

Supplied with a copy of the handbook,  a suitable 3 ohm extension speaker and some driving lessons from me.    You need a sturdy table to put this 120lb beast on.   
 

Price £500  including personal delivery.   
There is a delivery surcharge of £25 for the Scottish Highlands and Cornwall.
British mainland only sale  -  although we can meet at a ferry port!     I wouldn't recommend trying to carry it onto a boat though…

Special offer for late July and August.  This receiver is available reduced to £450 including delivery  (see above for surcharge details).   This is a one off,  its unlikely we will have any other AR88 receivers in for a while.

1944 Marconi CR100   HF communications receiver  WW2 Navy
In good working order.  It has not had a full strip down overhaul,  when it arrived here it has had some work carried out on it the chassis already,  and previous jobs in the past.   I have given it a very thorough service and alignment check,  and a soak test run for a week or two.   There are a lot of original bits still working absolutely fine so best really to leave them alone.   Tuning across the HF bands,  it resolves AM and SSB  /CW with little effort.   The CR100 was standard on most British warships at the latter end of the war and onwards until the 1950's B40 came into use.    It's a good all round receiver  -  needs a bit of time to warm up and get stability but that is a common thing with this receiver.    Sound quality is excellent,  it's a lovely thing to twiddle around the bands on.   

It has a built in AC mains power supply so no messing about with power supplies  -  there is a extension speaker to go with it too.     Have a look at the pictures.   Delivery to be arranged (or you can collect   - see below)   

Supplied with a copy of the manual,  an extension speaker and the mains lead  (which has the original Marconi plug for the back of the radio)
 

Price reduced to £275 including delivery.   There is a delivery surcharge of £25 for the Scottish Highlands and Cornwall.  British mainland only.



C1950 Eddystone S-740  HF receiver   (valve)     DIY project
For light restoration,  it is in working order and excellent cosmetic condition apart from a little wear on the thumb plate.   The audio stage of the receiver is a bit noisy,  useable, but there is a "bacon frying" sound in the background which makes me think that there is either a dirty valve pin connection or some leaky capacitor to track down.   This has indeed had some parts replaced in the past and a hard wired mains lead fitted.  The BFO works well and resolving SSB is a simple operation on this model.   Perfect dial and a nice crackle paint case which is the original paint job.    Long been a fan of this model,  of the simpler Eddystone receivers they got this one just right.   The tuning dial  (which is a two speed set-up) is particularly colourful.    Nice easy restoration job here,  selling it as is because the workshop is far to busy already!
Price £180    UK delivery £15    EU etc ask. 
Sorry this one has gone.  Sold.   


C1962 Eddystone 840C   (valve)    DIY project
Another one for restoration,  this again is in working order and very good cosmetic condition.    There is some distortion on the audio which needs looking at,  it does however pick plenty up and when I gave it a brief test I could resolve SSB on 14 MHz without too much trouble.  Usual drill,  back down the RF gain and turn up the AF gain with the 840.     The tuning dial is pretty accurate.   Have a look at the pictures.   Covers all of  HF and MW / LW etc 
Price £150    UK delivery £15    EU etc ask. 

Mid 1960's Drake R4A  Amateur Bands + communications receiver   (valve)
Overhauled and ready to roll,  this USA made classic receiver is not a common model to be found in the UK.   The Drake R4 series were only imported into Europe in small numbers  -  however this one is the proper UK model and has the 240V AC mains transformer fitted.   Having 13 valves for starters is a good thing,  and lots of filtering,  a proper product detector for SSB and a chassis made from copper panels makes it stand out a bit from other receivers of the time.   All the popular amateur bands are covered together with four extra crystals installed for broadcast and I think 11M.   It uses a crystal mixing scheme for the VFO  -  rather like the old Collins receivers of the time.     For a valve receiver it is quite compact and is not really any bigger than a 1990's communication receiver.    Do some research online to get the full specs,  you won't be disappointed by the performance of this model.   Having a true product detector and switched IF bandwidth filter makes such an improvement when listening to SSB,  and you no longer have to back off all the RF gain to be able to hear anything legible.  The front panel is in great shape,  it has a proper S meter and the rest of the case is not too bad either.    Have a look at the pictures!    I will include an extension speaker with this so you can get listening straight away  (there is no internal speaker in this model), and a full copy of the owners manual.   
Dimensions  10.5" wide,  11" deep and 6" high

Price £295    UK delivery £15    EU etc ask. 
 

1981 Trio Kenwood R1000   general coverage receiver
This was the upmarket version of the 600,  with a slightly better tuning dial action,  some more attenuators and better quality audio.    It has both analogue and digital frequency readout.   As above the R1000 has just been through the workshop and is working a treat.   There are a couple of minor scratches on the top panel,  nothing serious or that spoils the receiver.   The 1000 is an excellent all round receiver,  very rugged  -  much more substantial than the R600.    I have one of this type too!    Must say I am not a fan of the newer Kenwood receivers but this 1980's Japanese stuff was really first class.    Has 50 ohm and HiZ antenna inputs.    Supplied with a mains lead and a copy of the user manuals. 

 

Price £195    UK delivery   £14   EU etc,  just ask
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Sorry this one has gone.  Sold.

1982/3 Trio Kenwood R600   general coverage receiver
Always loved this model of receiver,  when I was a kid I remember writing a letter to Lowe Electronics in Matlock, who at the time were sole importers of Trio gear here in the UK and they sent me a brochure about it.  I was I think 10 at the time and was very much listening to the world on my dad's AR88D   That's a while back.   I have had an R600 for the best part of 30 years now and it is still going strong.   Excellent build quality and very little really to go wrong on them.   Back to this one,  which you can see is very clean and tidy.  It has just had a thorough service in the workshop and is working really well.   Simple, yet good for general listening and tuning into amateur stations or the odd military net.   No marks on this one as such.    If you want a good, reliable yet simple SW receiver that is not littered in buttons that do nothing,  look no further.   Has 50 ohm and HiZ antenna inputs.    Supplied with a mains lead and a copy of the user manuals. 
 

Price £175    UK delivery   £14   EU etc,  just ask
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Sorry this one has gone.  Sold.

A little bit of BBC monitoring back in the 1960's     Those were the days.   No heating required.

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