welcome to my new blog!
As you can guess I will try to promote my website www.hifissb.com here, but I will also make sure that you will find useful hints and tricks here from time to time. I don’t know yet where this is going but let’s just get started with something important:
Your antenna plug, the UHF or PL259 plug!
Nearly every radio amateur has one at the end of the feed line, but only few bother to install it correctly. hands up: who out there still only solders the tip of the coax to the centre connector and doesn’t bother with the shield? We have all done it, just threading the outer shield into the plug seems fine at first, but it si not going to last long. You might get away with it inside your shack, but on the outside you NEED TO SOLDER the plug to the shield. Rather than explaining how to do it, just pay attention to the excellent video, courtesy of Ten Tec USA. Thanks to Scott, W4PA
Just try a couple of times and you’ll get the hang of it.
S.E.M. Tran “Z” Match
if you are looking for a fully balanced z-match antenna tuner then look no further:
this S.E.M. unit is clean and fully working and tunes your doublet from 160 to 10 meters
There is no manual but if you need one than this is NOT for you
£129 & shipping to you country, just ask: email@example.com
Probably one of the best microphones available for Amateur Radio, The Heil PD 781 Dynami Studio Microphone
This one comes from a non-smoker, is clean, boxed and comes with windshield
Soon to be listed on our website and on Ebay UK
£135 used, what you see is what you get. get in touch if you want it before it gets listed
Tono 5000E RTTY terminal
watch out for my Ebay listing for this rare terminal
complet with manual and keybaord.
Hard to get these days!
Check out the video
we have now added ultra rare Yaesu FT-920 parts to our catalogue. All clean and fully working boards, mostly plug and play.
As usual we ship world wide for 6.95GBP!
I have now added parts for the above radios on Ebay UK. Get them while you can, they are going fast!
Many people asked what kind of shelving I use here to house my equipment, the answer is: Ikea.
The u-shaped desk is from the office section. The frame under the table top is steel and won’t bend without a fight. The legs are strong and height-adjustable. The shelving on top comes from the “Besta” range. Light, easy to assemble and can be extended. I just buy the bare units, no doors, no drawers.
Over the years the set-up got a bit messy and I decided to have a tidy up and get some new shelving for the top. Here is what it used to look like and you get my point. The monitors on top are hard to view: Im wear varyfocal glasses these days and could only see the monitors twisting my head all the way back – terrible for digital work or log-keeping.
I started by removing the equipment and the old shelves, only my Kenwood TL-922A amplifier was left behind. Too heavy to shift and the relay got sticky and needed cleaning or replacement anyway.
As it turned out the relay could just be cleaned and is now good for another 5 years or so, no worries there.
Here are the 2 new units waiting for the equipment to be fitted. I have chosen single units with glide pads under the feet. Now they can be easily turned around, even if heavy radios are fitted. Great for wiring it all up. Many transceivers have been dropped when people tried to pull them off a shelf in order to plug in some leads into the back!
In goes the equipment. A little bit tight and I might have to add an additional fan unit to keep the IC-781 cool. The PSU can get very hot. According to Chris at Icom UK nothing to worry about – maybe I shouldn’t worry then…
The double monitor stand is in position to take the 2 23 inch monitors
Everything works perfectly without having to re-do anything. I haven’t yet set up my speaker yet, I do that next weekend. If you are after a good quality speaker for your hamradio station, stay away from those that mach your transceivers. They are all overpriced and sound terrible. Get yourself a good quality centre speaker from a suround-system, they work great. I use a KEF Coda 80 myself and it sounds excellent! £30 was all I paid on Ebay. A rack mixer and a small audio amp feed the audio of all my rigs to it. I might add a BHI DSP filter very soon, a great British product.
Still available, will ship to the US! (20th of June, 2014)
a dear friend of mine, Dave, G0MJK has the above items for sale, both linear and antenna tuner are rare these days and they work very well.
The items are located in Northampton (UK) and you can contact Dave via email:
He wants a very reasonable £600 for the linear and £300 for the automatic tuner. Before you ask: that’s for the tuner only, no interface lead provided (you don’t need one anyway)..
I have now added Kenwood TS-450 parts to our catalogue, get them while you can!
73 de M0GER
we have now added Icom IC-746 and Yaesu FT-840 parts to our website at
Good luck with your repairs!
We get about 20 requests every week for various types of crystals. I don’t sell individual crystals in the moment, but these nice folks can make any crystal you want:
I used them myself in the past and was very happy with the speed, price and quality
we have now added Icom IC-765 transceiver parts to www.hifissb.com.
All working as usual.
we are listing Codan Radio parts tonight on Ebay UK,
check them out!
we have now added Yaesu FT-890 parts to our website, get them while you can
we have now added Yaesu FT-1000MP parts to our catalogue.
All units are clean and from a smoke free shack, needless to say that all boards and parts are in fully working condition.
I am looking for 6 identical 19 inch racks about 16 to 20u in height. If anyone around Milton Keynes UK can help get in touch. They need to be of the heavy duty variety because I intend to rack-mount heavy Icom HF equipmeny!
I shall be listing parts for the above transceivers and receiver in due course. Let me know if you are aftera specific part and I get back to you.
All parts are fully working of course and have been tested in the working units before removal.
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Check out Zach’s project:
I have done this sort of thing plenty of times. Maybe you can help him out with advise and parts.
Good luck Zach!
I just listed a great HF receiver on Ebay, the small but mighty JRC NRF-345.
Check it out!
Very often customers ask us to supply those little black fasteners that hold the top lid of vintage Yaesu and Icom gear down.
Over the years UV light makes them brittle and we cannot sell them. They wouild break as soon as you’d try to use them.
Look out on Ebay, search the automotive section and look for “bumper fastener”.
In case anybody is interested, I just listed a Drake TR-4C vintage transceiver on Ebay UK
It’s a restauration project and requires some attention I believe. Unfortunately i do not have the right power supply and lead for it and can’t power it up. The rig looks complete and I ship world wide as usual. The ebay item number is 370678645425.
I have the above antennas for sale but due to the size of the tubing they have to be collected.
The BTV-6 has the DX-Engineering antenna socket (SO239) fitted.
Both antennas are straight and complete. The BTV-4 is £60, the BTV-6 is £80.
Get in touch, exchange for something usefull can be considered. QTH is Milton Keynes
Anybody out there who has a pair of M2 Eggbeater antennas for sale?
I am looking for the 144 and 432MHz versions with groundplane rods.
Even if you don’t have yours up for sale let me know what you think of them please,
I am very interested. I am also looking for the Yaesu G-5600 Az-El rotator.
Just a quick note to let everybody know that all Kenwood TS-850 parts
will be added on Ebay UK at 19.00 tonight.
Soon to follow are Yaesu FT-101ZD and FT-901 parts.
Parts for Kenwood TS-820 are alos available including the rare frequency display unit.
Also to come: a Drake R8E shortwave receiver