Finally! a 500C!

“I have for sale my Swan 500C Transceiver. Operates the standard 80-10 meter Ham Bands, but no WARC. SSB, CW and even AM by unbalancing the carrier right on the front panel. ***It has just been checked and aligned by John Bruchey KD6CRL. For Swan fans, John is the former Head Technician at Swan in the 1970s, and is highly-regarded as the best Swan tech there is.

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“The 500C works just great. John added a headphone jack to the rear panel (see all the photos), which reduces the ac hum which occurs when you use the the jack on the PS. John also provided me with a tuning chart for full power. I shall include this chart for the winning bidder. I shall also include my complete reprint Manual. This 500C is ready to go with no issues. Front panel looks almost mint; I’ve resprayed the cabinet too. The chassis surface is not near mint but I have cleaned it thoroughly. Just 40+ years of character.”

This is one of the most enigmatic Swan transceivers there are, I’m told. You need the serial number to get an accurate schematic.

The Seller Must Work for the State Department

How to sell a Kenwood TS-820 on eBay…

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Q: does the frequency display light up? It doesn’t appear to be in the photos provided. Thanks. May-31-14
A: Thank you for your question. I’ve looked it over and it does not appear to come on. I don’t know anything about this machine and it’s rather intimidating I will say because there are so many knobs and switches. I messed with a few of them to see if it would come on but I didn’t want to do any damage so I didn’t mess very long. As it stands, I would say that light does not appear to come on unless there’s a button or switch that turns it on. Sorry, that’s the best I got.

I Swear This Is My Last Swan Score

Sort of a Swan song, no? Got the lot for under $550.

117xcThis is a Swan 117xc power supply. It and a few variations, are the ubiquitous power supplies for DC powered Swans.

500cxSwan 500cx with no power supply. Unknown operating condition.

500cx2This was advertised as a 500c but the picture shows it to be a 500cx. I’ll have to wait and see. With power supply but the Bird meter isn’t included.

On the dark side, it turns out the Swan 250 I bought at the beginning of the month isn’t really worth the cost of having someone else repair it. It would only be cost effective as a DIY project. Anyone want to make me an offer? :-)

“YOU WON: Swan 700CX HF Transceiver with Power Supply and Speaker”

A friend, Charlie Cooper, dared me to buy this radio.

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“Downsizing my radio collection.  This radio is in good working condition.  I have used it on 20 and 40 meters with good signal strength and audio reports.  I have not used it on other bands.  The faceplate and cabinet have some minor dings and a few worn spots but are in good condition.  I’m sure the radio could use some TLC.  I have not used it extensively and have not done any work on it.  Sold as is, but guaranteed not to be DOA.  Sorry, a microphone is not included.  I can provide reports from recent contacts upon request.”

All right, it wasn’t that simple. I’d been contemplating buying a Swan 700cx for a few weeks but from the perspective of separate radio and power supply auctions. This one came up as a package deal and it turned out to be a little cheaper than the separates so I pulled the trigger. (FYI for you abominable PC types, that means I bought it.)

No, I don’t own a Studebaker…

Tubes

Tubes have taken on a whole new meaning now that I’ve devolved into ancient boat anchors. Individually, they’re still not very expensive but considering these transceivers top the 20 tube count, the costs do mount up.

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While pricing out new tubes on eBay for my recently acquired Swan 250, I stopped when I hit the $220 mark and wondered if there wasn’t a better way. As it turns out, I found one. A company calling itself Bobsezshop markets complete sets of tubes for a variety of radios. By way of comparison, a set for the Swan 250 was about $138 and change, including shipping.

FL-2100B For Sale

Personal ad from the Fox Tango classifieds:

“I have a nice FL-2100B for sale that has been been upgrade and gone through to repair worn components. Good band switch and tubes, rebuilt and cleaned fans, final tube “door knobs” ceramic capacitors replaced, low voltage transmit replay installed for solid state transmitters, low “idle” voltage for final tubes installed, replace terminal strip on rear to a RCA phono plug for T&R, good HV, operates on 117 VAC. Includes copy of manual and color copy of “Instruction Manual FL2100B & Upgrades”.

I have $400+ in this Amp and would like to sell it to a good Ham who can fix the one remaining issue – parasitics on 10/15M. Sale: $250. Glenn – K4ZOT, packardg@bellsouth.net”

No pictures in ad.

Swan 250 – They Just Get Older

Bought it pretty much on faith from the same guy I purchased the Clegg…

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HERE IS A NICE LOOKING OLD SWAN 6 METER RADIO.  I DO NOT HAVE A POWER SUPPLY TO TEST IT OUT.  THERE WAS A BUNCH OF GREAT RADIOS FROM THIS SAME ESTATE, ALL HAVE BEEN  IN WORKING ORDER, OR NOTED WITH DOCUMENTATION. THIS ONE HAS A NOTE UNDERNEATH WHICH READ “GOOD OUTPUT”.

The difficult part was finding a power supply….

I Was 15 When This Radio Was First Marketed

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Clegg 66’er

THIS IS A SUPER NICE LOOKING OLD TUBE SET.  IT POWERS UP, AND RECEIVES.  I USED A CRYSTAL, AND A HAND MIC TO TEST THE TRANSMIT, AND I WAS ABLE TO HEAR MYSELF, ON A NEARBY RECEIVER. THERE IS SOME DIRT ON THE CHASSIS FROM WHAT I CAN SEE THROUGH THE HOLES IN THE CAGE. LOOKS LIKE ITS CAGE MAY HAVE BEEN REPAINTED AT ONE TIME.  IT DOES LOOK VERY NICE.  THE FACE OF THE RADIO LOOKS AMAZING CLEAN!  ALL THE CONTROLS TURN FREE.  MAKE A FAIR OFFER. INCLUDES ITS POWER CORD.

I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse…