This homebrew transmitter was built by W5VA, T. Frank Smith, Sr. I rescued it from a trip to the dump in 2006 when his grandson, who I've know for decades, called me to come look at something before he hauled it off. I remembered this transmitter in Mr. Smith's garage in the early 1970s. I thought it was long gone. WHAT A DISCOVERY! It was not stored in the best of conditions for many years and will need quite a bit of work to completely restore it. It is now safely stored here at my home. One large transformer did not survive.
I did remove the power deck and
found the wirewound resistor is open. I will have to rewind this as there
is certainly no replacement around. Frank called me in the Fall of 2008
when he was cleaning out another store room. What we found was another
cabinet that I did not know existed. I thought the connectors on the
extension wires fed a control panel. They actually feed a very large power
supply cabinet. I also found the large output loading coil that was
missing. Wow! what finds these were. I now have all the parts for
this transmitter. I will post pictures of these items when time permits.
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Created: February 26, 2007.
Updated: March 01, 2015
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