A lot of trouble can begin with a 5 dollar purchase, as I found out after I bought a nickel bag of CB at a hamfest.
The embarrassing little Good Buddy appliance has been hidden away in my junkbox for a while. I pulled it out after watching Pete's videos about the conversion of his Ten-Tec Model 150A commercial rig. I thought perhaps I could use a little DDS or PLL board to bring that CB rig onto 10 or maybe even 12 meters.
The first thing I noticed when I opened it up was the smell -- there was a very strong chemical electronic smell. It was as if components and wires and adhesives and PC boards had been venting inside that case for several decades. This wasn't that pleasant electronics smell that you get from a Drake 2B or a DX-100. No, this was different. It gave me a bit of headache. That's a bad sign. I began to wonder if the Radio Gods might be sending me a message.
Wow, a few snips, a few jumper wires on the PLL board, and a few coil tweaks and that thing would be on 10 meter AM. I also learned that the "Cybernet" board that was stinking up my shack was VERY common in CB rigs, so there is a lot of info about it on the internet.This thing seemed to be crying out for a quick and easy conversion to ham-dom.
So I don't know which way to go with this one.I'm getting contradictory signals from the Radio Gods.What do you guys think? Garbage can or workbench?
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The two versions are identical, except for a minor difference in the paper used. That's why the prices are a bit different.
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