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 Post subject: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations?
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 1:17 am 
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Hi Gents,

I've been a long-time collector of old radios, and have dabbled in doing easy restorations on table sets. But, I recognize when I'm in over my head, and one look at the underside of my Hallicrafters SX-28 left me certain that I had no business messing about with it. :) I'd love to get this classic back into operation. My radio powers up, but needs a new dial cord, recapping, and realignment.

So, I'm looking for recommendations - who does restoration jobs on communications receivers?

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Tony W8HRO


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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 2:05 am 
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Hi Tony, I'm not a candidate for this, but you might decide what level of restoration you'd like done and how far you'd like to drive to deliver and pick it up. Shipping is expensive and sometimes risky. Packaging makes a big difference. I'm sure there will be someone close to you that can do it. Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 2:26 am 
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Is it the 28 or the 28A? The A is a little more manageable. But they are a project either way.

Agree with above...find someone local.

Congrats on the 28. One of the great receivers of the age.


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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 2:39 am 
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The SX-28 (non-A) is the only set that has beaten me in 60+ years of restoring radios.

It has capacitors in the front end that need to be replaced.
But the only way to get at them and their connections is to pull the bandswitch.
I was not willing to do that.

They re-designed the front end for the SX-28A, apparently to eliminate this problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 2:45 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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I replaced the bearings in the gear train on the first one I did and that made pulling the bandswitch seem not so bad :( The SX-28A is definitely a less difficult one to tackle.

Be sure and pack it very carefully if you decide to ship it out. I have seen a number that have slightly bent tuning knob shafts from rough handling. It is a very heavy receiver and I would both pack it well and also pull the tuning and band switch knobs because all are fragile and somewhat difficult to find now.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 10:41 pm 
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pixellany wrote:
Location?


I am in NW Ohio (about a half hour from Fair Radio!). I do attend the Dayton Hamvention every year and could meet someone there.

Thanks for the replies, gents! For once in my life, I have recognized the risk of getting in over my head before I actually got in over my head. :)


Tony W8HRO


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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
PostPosted: Feb Mon 05, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Doesn’t Howard Mills of WV restore Hallicrafters ? Do a Google search. I know he does powder coating for cabinets & face plates for Hallicrafters. I think he’s also a ham.
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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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W3HM is his call. It will cost ya some $$ that’s for sure .
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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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Tony -
Contact Al W8UT . See his website at:
http://www.boatanchors.org/sx28.htm

I don't know if Al does contract restorations, but he would know who does.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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You could also contact Pete at Midatlantic Amatuer Radio Service in Thurmont MD. ( google him or PM me for his info ). He worked on my National 300D. He's just south of Gettysburg PA.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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NOT volunteering.

Concur the 28 non A is a major pain in the backside. The A model is easier. but it's like the difference between getting hit by a semi-trailer truck and a pickup truck.

That having been said it you can do it.

Get a good set of philips and slotted drivers with long shafts as some of those screws tend to be really difficult to reach and even more difficult to turn. A good set of small nut drivers wouldn't hurt either. Many of the ones you need to remove initially are hidden under a wire bundle. An assortment of hemostats are almost a necessity. Get a phone with a camera and take photos of every step,and then take photos again because invariably what you need to see just happens to be at the wrong angle in the first picture. Get some of those little wire tags/numbered stickers. Seems to me that there were well over 30 wires that were disconnected at one time on the last non A I did and their easy to lose track of if your not careful. Unfortunate thing is that the colors on many of the wires are not discernable any longer. Label everything and then take more pictures. One thing I found indispensable was a small chunk of beeswax - use it to hold and position nuts and screws for reassembly.

If your set hasn't been messed with its a much easier restoration. I bought one sight unseen and the seller provided me pictures of what the receiver looked like before he removed the majority of the internals which he didn't tell me about. Several wires were cut even with the wire loom and stuffed back in the wire bundle making them almost impossible to find. I think I spent two years, on and off, messing with that one.

There are a number of good web documents that can help.

Faceplate restoration is not anywhere as difficult as it might seem. Cases can be repainted but be careful of powder coating as the baking process sometimes warps the thin metal of the case and can cause problems with the hinges among other things.

I can't imagine what a full professional restoration would cost you.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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Shanghai Jack wrote:
...I can't imagine what a full professional restoration would cost you.


I can. It would be far, far, cheaper to buy one that's already done, and then sell yours. You'll probably come out way ahead.

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"Seems to me that there were well over 30 wires that were disconnected at one time on the last non A I did and their easy to lose track of if your not careful..."

+1

I was making my own using masking tape sliced into narrow strips.

I used up 1 through 10, then A through Z.

I think was up around CC or DD when I was finally done. But then my set had a lot of mods that I had
to unwind.


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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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Clay Nicolsen wrote:
Shanghai Jack wrote:
...I can't imagine what a full professional restoration would cost you.


I can. It would be far, far, cheaper to buy one that's already done, and then sell yours. You'll probably come out way ahead.


Perhaps someone who actually enjoys restoring the SX-28 would do a swap with you.

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 Post subject: Re: Need to hire a pro to restore my SX-28 - recommendations
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Thanks for the replies, gents - life got in the way for a few months there. :)

I appreciate the suggestions and will follow them up. If you have others to share, please let me know.

Thanks!


Tony


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