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Re: Ham Radio Hobby.
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2008, 08:27:15 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2008, 09:03:06 PM »

I bought an old Robyn (Yellowbird) T-240D 40 channel tube CB from a yard sale and while I’m guessing it’s quite different from a ham radio…..I thought someone may know were I can check the tubes.

I took it to a CB shop on Dixie, next to the Mexican restaurant, (across from the Speedway gas station) and they said the tubes might need replacing because it was only putting out a couple of watts.

They couldn’t test the tubes but I noticed they were rather slow there……they’ve only been open six months or so and I thought I’d mention their location in hopes they can stay afloat until the economy turns around.

I grabbed a business card but I must have misplaced it…..I do know they call themselves the CB shop and they monitor channel 24.

They work on computers as well and while they were looking at my radio….one of their Monitors took a dump so I surprised them by donating a couple of monitors to ‘em.

I had an old 21” Sony Trinitron that started acting funny so I replaced it with an LCD…..I’m thrilled I didn’t have to toss it and it works well enough to get them by (Heck, maybe they can fix it)

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?

If it is putting out a couple of watts that is about all you can expect. The maximum legal input power at the plate is limited to 5 watts. With power loss and the like, 2-3 watts output is pretty good at the coax connector.

Jerry's CB in Toledo on Laskey at Bennet used to be a  good source for tube CB equipment repairs. I don't know if they are still in business, although the building and contents are still there.

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Re: Ham Radio Hobby.
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2008, 09:09:15 PM »

FF, Off hand I don't know of anyone local that works on tube radios, but I will check with club members to see if they know of anyone. I looked it up on google and seen that one was selling for quite a good price on ebay,

http://cgi.ebay.com/Robyn-T-240D-40-Channel-Tube-CB-EXCELLENT-with-Extras_W0QQitemZ120275196281QQihZ002QQcategoryZ1501QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Also found an owner's manual for it. 

http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/robyn/t_240d/graphics/robyn_t_240d_om.pdf

I didn't know they made a tube type 40 channel CB, I thought that by the time they increased CB from 16 to 40 channels that all the tube type were gone. I read somewhere that these were made by Panasonic and labeled under various different names like Colt, Gemtronix, Robyn and Teaberry.

These guys could probably help steer you in the right direction.

Michigan Antique Radio Club (MARC). Don Colbert, MARC,
www.michiganantiqueradio.org

Down at the bottom of this site is a ton of repair people and parts places.
http://www.antiqueradio.com/radiolinks.html

Good luck.


The T240d, Gemtronics, Comstat 25/25, Teaberry Model T, etc. were "hybrid" PLL/Tube radios. I had a few of them. Personally, I don't think they are worth repairing..They can sound pretty good, but the recieve is weak compared to a true PLL radio.
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Re: Ham Radio Hobby.
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2008, 09:12:25 PM »

Here's your chance to get the best prices on equipment at the Hamfest Sunday out to the Fairgrounds.  The prices have really been coming down the last few years.

Uggh...Hamfest is the LAST way I'd buy a transciever or amp. No way. If I can't afford one from an established retailer like HRO, AES, etc. then I'll go without.
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« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2008, 09:20:48 PM »

I bought an old Robyn (Yellowbird) T-240D 40 channel tube CB from a yard sale and while I’m guessing it’s quite different from a ham radio…..I thought someone may know were I can check the tubes.

I took it to a CB shop on Dixie, next to the Mexican restaurant, (across from the Speedway gas station) and they said the tubes might need replacing because it was only putting out a couple of watts.

They couldn’t test the tubes but I noticed they were rather slow there……they’ve only been open six months or so and I thought I’d mention their location in hopes they can stay afloat until the economy turns around.

I grabbed a business card but I must have misplaced it…..I do know they call themselves the CB shop and they monitor channel 24.

They work on computers as well and while they were looking at my radio….one of their Monitors took a dump so I surprised them by donating a couple of monitors to ‘em.

I had an old 21” Sony Trinitron that started acting funny so I replaced it with an LCD…..I’m thrilled I didn’t have to toss it and it works well enough to get them by (Heck, maybe they can fix it)

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?

I'm guessing you don't have any attachment to it, and I hope you didn't pay much....the "yellow zonker" Robyn T-240d isn't much of a radio...at best, if it's in excellent condition (it isn't) with strong tubes (they're not) it might do a deadkey of 3-4 watts, swing to maybe 10 or so, and the recieve isn't anything to write home about. Finding the tubes isn't hard, but knowing whether the replacement tubes are better than what's already there is a gamble. As for who still tests tubes, I know Van's in Ida has the equipment, but I don't know if they'll still do it. It isn't worth the trouble or expensse anyway.

If the radio is in decent cosmetic condition, and it works AT ALL, your best bet would be to put it on Ebay. For some reason, these radios in particular, but not all of it's clones, have quite a following...if it looks ok and transmits, I bet you could get over $100 for it.
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Re: Ham Radio Hobby.
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2008, 09:22:06 PM »

Ummm..Bump it down??
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Re: Ham Radio Hobby.
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2008, 09:24:36 PM »

Ummm..Bump it down??

LOL, no bumping it down with one of those radios.
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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2008, 09:29:55 PM »

LOL, no bumping it down with one of those radios.


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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2008, 12:32:36 AM »

Uggh...Hamfest is the LAST way I'd buy a transciever or amp. No way. If I can't afford one from an established retailer like HRO, AES, etc. then I'll go without.

I got a pretty good deal on a new Yaseu VX7R HT from a dealer at the swap. It's the new submersible model, but I wouldn't risk it under water. Two of my old ones died because the lithium batteries won't hold a charge so I needed a replacement. I've bought good used gear before at the swap, you just have to get their name and call sign before buying. If they won't give you that then I won't trust them. Someone bought a radio once and when he got home and took the cover off he found two bricks inside. He didn't get a name or call sign so he was screwed.
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2008, 05:41:07 PM »

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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2008, 12:59:59 AM »

wow, nice to see my old business at dixie hwy was talked about on here.I am new here but i was one of the co-owners of that shop "Electronic Expo" CB and Computer repair. Unfortunately the rent was high and traffic low.It was lots of fun while it lasted. Even though I haven't been working on radios lately if anyone has any questions just message me here or on myspace. I will be happy to give any free advice that i can.

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« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2008, 10:54:18 PM »

WB8MKU Larry...

My Papaw is K8HEP (Ray). I use his handle sometimes when I'm up there. Try to catch him sometime!
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« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2008, 09:06:55 AM »

My Papaw is K8HEP (Ray). I use his handle sometimes when I'm up there. Try to catch him sometime!

That's cool, I've known Ray for a long time, real nice guy. He's been coming to our radio club meetings pretty regularly for a long time. Ask him if he knows KA8EBI. Why don't you get a license, we need more young people in ham radio?  It's a lot of fun.
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« Reply #28 on: December 05, 2008, 10:50:18 PM »

That's cool, I've known Ray for a long time, real nice guy. He's been coming to our radio club meetings pretty regularly for a long time. Ask him if he knows Fred KA8EBI. Why don't you get a license, we need more young people in ham radio?  It's a lot of fun.

I just may. I own an antique shop, so i'm sure i can find a nice set-up for myself! I'll ask him tomorrow if he recognises your name.
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« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2008, 07:06:40 PM »

I just may. I own an antique shop, so i'm sure i can find a nice set-up for myself! I'll ask him tomorrow if he recognises your name.


Have you given any more thought to joining ham radio?
We would be very glad to have you as a new operator.
You can get more info at http://www.mcrca.org/
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