KB8ER (SK) HF Equipment Still Available — Prices Reduced

The following items from the estate of John “Andy” Andracki, KB8ER (SK), are still available to ACARA members and the prices have been substantially reduced.

The proceeds from the sale of these items will be applied to the Repeater Relocation Fund and prices are negotiable.

The equipment is available to look at or test. Anyone interested in any of this equipment should contact Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, at president@ac-ara.org.

ICOM IC-718 100-watt 10m-160m all-mode HF transceiver

The ICOM IC-718 is a current-production entry-level HF transceiver and is currently available new at Universal Radio for $645. You can read more about the IC-718 at ICOM America:

Andy’s IC-718 is being offered with the manual and an HM-36 hand-microphone for $350.

ICOM IC-718 Transceiver
ICOM IC-718 Transceiver


Ameritron AL-811 15m – 160m 600-watt linear amplifier

From the manual: “The Ameritron AL-811 is an economical 600 watt output linear amplifier that operates reliably from 160 through 15 meters. The AL-811 uses three 811A tubes in a class AB2 grounded grid circuit. Heavy duty power supply and RF components provide a long service life for components. The AL-811 is shipped factory wired for 120 volt, 50/60 Hz power mains.”

A scan of the AL-811’s manual is available at Ameritron:

Andy’s AL-811 is clean on the front and sides but the rear panel is scratched. Andy had applied stickers to the front panel to aid in quick band-changes; these stickers, which can be seen in the photo, have since been removed. Included with the amplifier will be a Sultantronics Relay Saver Model LVP (http://www.sultantronics.com/product.html).

Andy’s AL-811 amplifier is being offered with manual and Relay Saver for $500.

Ameritron AL-811 Amplifier
Ameritron AL-811 Amplifier


Drake MN-2000 1000-watt antenna matching network

From the manual: “The MN-2000 is a wide range, impedance matching network with a built-in calibrated directional watt-meter and an antenna switching arrangement. It is a versatile tool which allows the maximum transfer of power to an antenna system.”

A scan of the manual is available here:

Andy had applied stickers to the front panel to aid in quick band-changes; these stickers, which can be seen in the photo, have since been removed. Andy’s MN-2000’s front panel, knobs, and meter are all clean and in good condition; the black cabinet (top and sides) appears to have been repainted and there’s a small dent on the back edge of the top.

Andy’s MN-2000 is being offered for $200.

R.L. Drake MN-2000 Antenna Matching Network
R.L. Drake MN-2000 Antenna Matching Network


Heathkit HN-31 “Cantenna” 1000-watt dummy load (without oil)

The Heathkit “Cantenna” is a classic oil-filled dummy load capable of safely dissipating up to 1000 watts of RF. A good source of information on the Heathkit “Cantenna” is an article by John White, VA7JW, available here:

Andy’s Cantenna is being offered without oil for $25.

Heathkit HN-31 'Cantenna' Dummy Load
Heathkit HN-31 ‘Cantenna’ Dummy Load