That Drake 2-B is a beautiful thing. Every time I look at an older tube rig I'm reminded of the three dimensionality of these old machines. Solid-state rigs are in Flatland, but tube rigs are in three dimensions.
Alan makes a very cool use of the I-pad in this repair. And I'm jealous of his Hayseed Hamfest Electrolytic (I opted for the multiple caps hanging below the chassis). Excellent management of the solder-sucker by Alan. And I was impressed by the disciplined way he pulls solder from the reel -- he has the reel right next tot he rig and dispenses it directly. I tend to hack off small lengths of solder and end up with lots of little bits of solder on the bench.
Glad to hear that the other caps on the Drake are standing the test of time. I wish the same could be said for all the caps in my Heath HW-101.
One thing caught my eye in Alan's video: The dial cord. You know you have become a true 2-B aficionado when you have actually gotten good at replacing the dial cord. It is something of a rite of passage. Perhaps this will serve as the basis for a future video by W2AEW,
Thanks Alan! And congrats on passing 4 MILLION YouTube views. People watch because your videos are so good.
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
Here's the site:
For the print version:
For shipping from a printer in the U.S. (probably better for N. American buyers) Click here: SolderSmoke USA Version
For shipping from a printer in the UK, Spain, or the USA (probably better for UK and other European buyers)
Click here: SolderSmoke EU Version
The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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