On March 10th, Carroll-WX4Y, Mac-KF4LMT, and I went over to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum to do a closer inspection of some of the radio gear that came with the B-17 that is currently undergoing restoration. We met Jerry, Marshall, and Jim and got our official "City of Savannah" t-shirts and volunteer name tags. We're now official! We only had a couple of hours so we went over to the equipment store room and got right to work. We opened up the case on the BC-348 Receiver and were pleasantly surprised at just how clean and well preserved everything looked. Wow, what a beautiful piece of equipment! No sign of damage or age whatsoever. Amazing how well this 65+ year old radio looks! Carroll seems to think that this radio will be no problem at all to get running. After some photos and documenting, we closed the case and moved on to an RT-18/ARC-1 VHF transceiver. This particular radio was not in quite the condition that the reciever is in. But, everything appears to be in place and "fixable". Took some more photos and made some more notes then put the case back on this one. After we cleaned things back up a bit we talked about some next steps. Carroll is going to try to find a service manual and schematic diagrams of the radios. Mac is going to find some articles on BC-348 restorations for future reference, and I'm going to research the RT-18 and find out the best way to clean the exterior cases and control panels. On our next visit we plan to bring some of Carroll's test equipment to test the tubes and capacitors. It was a great visit and we are on our way!
I am a member of the Coastal Amateur Radio Society and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Radio Club and am currently serving as a new ADEC Metro Atlanta ARES. I am also a communications unit director with the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Communication Team and a volunteer with the Red Cross SAF (Service to Armed Forces). Been married to Lorie for 31 years and have five children ranging from age 18 to 29. I have one son that served as an Infantryman in the US Army who served in Iraq and a daughter that is serving in the Georgia National Guard. Ooooooaaahh!!!
Yaesu FT-857D for HF and UHF Yaesu FT-2800M for VHF Kenwood TS-440S Kenwood PS-50 Power Supply Kenwood SP-430 Speaker Kenwood MC-60 Desk Mic Astatic D-104 Desk mic Yaesu VX-7R Quad Band Handheld Radio Shack Pro-96 Digital Scanner Astron SS-25M DC Power Supply RIGrunner 4008 DC Power Panel LDG Z-11 Pro Autotuner MFJ SWR Wattmeter LDG FT Meter Yaesu MD-100 Desk Mic RadioShack External Speaker G5RV for 80M thru 6M G5RV Jr. for 40M thru 10M Homebrew J-Pole for VHF/UHF Homebrew ground plane for 2m/70cm RS ground plane ant for Scanner Comet CF-416 Duplexer MFJ-259B Analyzer Dell 530S to run all radio related sw Ham Radio Delux Program Echolink Program Winlink Program Bu-Tel ARC96 Scanner sw La Cross WS-3610 Weather Station B&D Portable Power Station Honeywell HW2000i generator
Mobile Station Components
Yaesu FT-857D for HF Yaesu FT-1802M for 2 meters Icom ID-800H for UHF and D-STAR Yaesu VX-2R HT for portable op RS Dual band magmount antenna Low profile magmount for 2 meters Low profile magmount for scanner High Sierra Sidekick antenna for HF