Equipment Available — Updated (2018-10-14)

The following items are available to ACARA members. The proceeds from the sale of these items will be applied to the Repeater Relocation Fun and prices are negotiable.

There are many items in this list. Please scroll down to see all the items.

This 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.

 


Drake MN-2000 1000-watt antenna matching network

This antenna tuner is from the estate of John “Andy” Andracki, KB8ER (SK).

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:
http://www.radiomanual.info/schemi/ACC_matching/Drake_MN-2000_user.pdf

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. The 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.

This MN-2000 is being offered to ACARA members for $200.

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

 


 

Astatic D-104 microphone on Astatic TUP9 stand

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone is wired with a four-pin connector. It has been tested and works.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $45.

Astatic D-104 + TUP9
Astatic D-104 + TUP9

 


 

Astatic DNH79 microphone on stand

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone is provided without cable. It has been tested and works.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $25.

Astatic DNH79
Astatic DNH79

 


 

Dukane 7A765A microphone

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone is wired for low-impedance and comes with a cable having two terminals. It has been tested and works.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $15.

Dukane 7A765A
Dukane 7A765A

 


 

Unidentified art-deco microphone

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone comes with a cable equipped with a two-conductor connector. It has been tested and works although the ground-braid in the cable is open.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $15.

unidentified microphone
unidentified microphone

 


 

Unidentified telescoping microphone-stand

This telescoping mic-stand is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This mic-stand is being offered to ACARA members for $10.

unidentified mic-stand
unidentified mic-stand

 


 

ICOM HM-46L speaker-mic

This microphone is a donation from John McCutcheon, N8XWO.

This speaker-mic It is being offered to ACARA members for $5.

ICOM HM-46L speaker-mic
ICOM HM-46L speaker-mic

 


 

Midland 23-126 Field Strength Meter / SWR Bridge with box

This FS meter / SWR bridge is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK). It is missing the antenna and the connector for the field strength meter.

This instrument is being offered to ACARA members for $5.

Midland 23-126
Midland 23-126

 


 

Book: Radio Shack “Using Your Meter: VOM and DVM Multitesters”, published 1985

This book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This book is being offered free to a recently-licensed ACARA member.

 


 

Book: “ABC’s of Citizen Band Radio” by Len Buckwalter, published 1962, 1970 printing

This book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This book might be fun for the collector or radio historian.

ACARA members may make an offer on this book.

 


 

ICOM IC-718 100-watt 10m-160m all-mode HF transceiver — added to ACARA equipment inventory —

This transceiver is from the estate of John “Andy” Andracki, KB8ER (SK).

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:
http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/718/default.aspx

This IC-718 is being offered with the manual and an HM-36 hand-microphone to ACARA members for $350.

ICOM IC-718 Transceiver
ICOM IC-718 Transceiver

 


 

Ameritron AL-811 15m – 160m 600-watt linear amplifier — SOLD to ACARA member —

This amplifier is from the estate of John “Andy” Andracki, KB8ER (SK).

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:
http://www.ameritron.com/support.php?productid=AL-811

This 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, should be easily removable without damage to the front panel. Included with the amplifier will be a Sultantronics Relay Saver Model LVP (http://www.sultantronics.com/product.html).

This AL-811 and Sultantronics LVP are being offered to ACARA members for $500.

 


 

Yaesu FT-101ZD 100-watt 10m-160m all-mode transceiver with CW filter and hand-mic— SOLD to ACARA member pending payment —

This transceiver is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

The FT-101ZD is all solid-state with the exception of three vacuum tubes (one 12BY7A driver & two 6146 amplifier tubes) in the transmitter. This is a “Mark II” version of the FT-101ZD and covers all bands 10m through 160m with the exception of 60m.

The FT-101ZD manual is available in PDF format here: http://www.iw2nmx.it/Yaesu/FT-101ZD/FT101ZD%20Instruction%20Manual.pdf

The FT-101ZD service manual is available in PDF format here: http://www.iw2nmx.it/Yaesu/FT-101ZD/FT101ZD%20Service%20Manual.pdf.

The receiver in this rig seems to work well but there is trouble in the transmitter section.

This FT-101ZD is being offered with hand-mic and manual to ACARA members for $200.

Yaesu FT-101ZD
Yaesu FT-101ZD

 


 

ICOM IC-2AT 2m FM handheld transceivers — SOLD at Columbus Hamfest —

These transceivers are from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

The IC-2AT is a thumbwheel-controlled, 1-½ watt FM handheld transceiver which covers the entire FM-portion of the 2m amateur band.

The IC-2AT manual is available in PDF format here: https://www.icom.co.jp/world/support/download/manual/disp_down.php?SWT=&ID=20010101416&GNR=Amateur&TYPE=Handheld&PDNM=IC-2A/IC-2AT/IC-2E&INQWORDSWT=No&INQWORD=

Offered here are two IC-2AT HTs, one with a long rubber duck antenna and one with a conventional rubber duck antenna. Both transceivers have been tested and work well. The condition of the battery packs is untested.

Note: the IC-2AT lacks provision for sub-audible tone-encoding.

These IC-2AT HTs are being offered to ACARA members for $25 each.

ICOM IC-2AT
ICOM IC-2AT
ICOM IC-2AT
ICOM IC-2AT

 


 

Alinco DJ-190 2m FM handheld transceiver with AA battery holder — SOLD to ACARA member —

This transceiver is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

The Alinco DJ-190 is an FM handheld transceiver which covers the entire FM-portion of the 2m amateur band. The DJ-190 is a 5-watt HT when supplied with 9.6vdc to 13.8vdc. With the supplied AA battery holder, the DJ-190 is a 1-½ watt HT.

The DJ-190 product brochure is available in PDF format here: http://www.alinco.com/Archives/Handheld/dj190.pdf.

The DJ-190 manual is available in PDF format here: http://alinco.com/pdffiles/Instruction/Handheld/dj190insweb.pdf.

This transceiver has been tested and works. This HT does not come with an antenna; any BNC-equipped 2m HT antenna should fit.

The DJ-190 is being offered to ACARA members for $25.

Alinco DJ-190
Alinco DJ-190

 


 

Heathkit HN-31 “Cantenna” 1000-watt dummy load (without oil) — SOLD at Wood County / Parkersburg Hamfest —

This dummy load is from the estate of John “Andy” Andracki, KB8ER (SK).

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:
https://www.orcadxcc.org/content/cantenna_va7jw.pdf

This Cantenna is being offered without oil to ACARA members for $25.

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

 


 

Astatic D-104-C on Astatic stand — SOLD at Wood County / Parkersburg Hamfest —

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone is wired with a three-conductor connector. It has been tested and works.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $35.

Astatic D-104-C
Astatic D-104-C

 


 

Astatic Model A microphone on Electro-Voice 2212 stand — SOLD to ACARA member —

This microphone is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This microphone is wired with a four-pin cable. It has been tested and works.

This microphone is being offered to ACARA members for $35.

Astatic Model A
Astatic Model A

 


 

Yaesu MH-18 HT speaker-mic — SOLD to ACARA member —

This HT speaker-mic is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This speaker-mic has been tested on an ICOM IC-2AT HT and works.

This speaker-mic is being offered to ACARA members for $5.

Yaesu MH-18 speaker-mic
Yaesu MH-18 speaker-mic

 


 

Command three-position antenna switch — SOLD at Columbus Hamfest —

This antenna switch is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This antenna switch is being offered to ACARA members for $5.

Command antenna switch
Command antenna switch

 


 

Plastic-base Japanese straight key — spoken for; congratulations, KD8WVX! —

This CW straight key is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This is an inexpensive plastic-base straight key made in Japan. Despite the cheapness of the key, it has a nice feel.

This key is being offered to free to an ACARA member who is working to learn CW.

Japanese straight key
Japanese straight key

 


 

5-element 2-meter yagi, homebrew— spoken for; congratulations, KE8HRK and the OU Radio Club! —

This antenna is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This is a nicely constructed homebrew five-element 2-meter yagi constructed for vertical polarization. This antenna would be what one would need to reach a distant 2-meter repeater.

This is antenna is offered free to an ACARA member.

 


 

Book: ARRL 1999 Radio Amateur’s Handbook, hardcover — SOLD at Wood County / Parkersburg Hamfest —

This ARRL Handbook is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK). Despite being nineteen years old, this book still contains much good information.

This book is being offered free to a recently-licensed ACARA member.

 


 

Book: ARRL 1971 Radio Amateur’s Handbook, soft-cover — SOLD at Columbus Hamfest —

This ARRL Handbook is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

ACARA members may make an offer on this book.

 


 

Book: Allied Radio Shack “Modern Dictionary of Electronics”, published 1962, 1970 printing — SOLD at Wood County / Parkersburg Hamfest —

This book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

ACARA members may make an offer on this book.

 


 

Book: “Audels Questions and Answers for Electricians Examinations for all Grades” by Edwin P. Anderson, published 1945 — SOLD at Wood County / Parkersburg Hamfest —

This book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This book might be fun for the collector or radio historian.

ACARA members may make an offer on this book.

 


 

Book: ARRL “Your Ham Antenna Companion”, published 1995 — SOLD at Columbus Hamfest —

This ARRL book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This book is being offered free to a recently-licensed ACARA member.

 


 

Book: ARRL “The Radio Amateur’s VHF Manual”, published 1972 — SOLD at Columbus Hamfest —

This ARRL book is from the estate of Mike Brown, AB8NA (SK).

This book doesn’t cover modern VHF techniques but might be a fun way to see how VHF ham radio used to be.

ACARA members may make an offer on this book.