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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
PostPosted: Jun Sun 04, 2017 4:12 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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That looks good! Radio's not bad, either! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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Looks really good Colin ! Did you decide to do some polishing ?

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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Ed Morris wrote:
That looks good! Radio's not bad, either! :D

Thanks Ed. The Tequila, one of my favorites, was a gift from a coworker when I retired last September. How I managed to make it last this long I have no idea :D


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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Looks really good Colin ! Did you decide to do some polishing ?

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Thanks John. I did polish it, with Novus 2 and then Novus 3. I tried to stay away from the gold lettering, what little there is. It didn't turn out too bad.


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
PostPosted: Jun Sun 04, 2017 7:52 am 
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I think you missed your calling, Colin; professional photography for ads, unless of course that was your day job... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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I think you missed your calling, Colin; professional photography for ads, unless of course that was your day job... :wink:

Thanks Richard. My photos don't usually turn out this good, must have been the Tequila that inspired me :D

In my day job I was part of the technical support team in an Italian company that makes electronic gauging systems. I occasionally had to take photos of equipment, to put in manuals or to send to our parent company to highlight problems. They never turned out as good as the one above (no Tequila :( )

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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It looks pretty good now Colin, if you could repaint the front it would look pretty much perfect (my painting skills aren't good enough for that), but either way, it will be a nice radio to listen to.


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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50sTransistorRadios wrote:
It looks pretty good now Colin, if you could repaint the front it would look pretty much perfect (my painting skills aren't good enough for that), but either way, it will be a nice radio to listen to.

Thanks. I don't know if I have a steady enough hand to paint it. I'm afraid I could make it look worse rather than better. It is a nice radio to listen to, it's just a shame that Mount Pleasant Utah is an AM wasteland. Only one station comes in really clear, and that's a country station. I need to resurrect one of my transmitters.


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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Colin, you might be pleasantly surprised at how well a tunable loop will pull DX out of the mud, esp of course after sundown. You can build one fairly easily, or buy a Selec-A-Tenna, or Grundig AN-200. Their inductive properties can equal a random length long wire antenna, and of course there is no physical connection to the radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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Richard, I hate to publicly admit that I am an idiot, but I am. When you mentioned the Grundig AN200, it reminded me that somewhere in an unopened moving box I have one of these, which I had forgotten about. Thanks for reminding me :D. I will dig it out and give it a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
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The AN-200 does have an output for direct connection to your radio. However, I've never used that feature.

I've often thought by adding a diode, a 47K resistor and a high impedance earphone would be the quick and dirty way of making a crystal radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Emerson 888 Vanguard
PostPosted: Jun Tue 06, 2017 4:37 am 
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If you've a spare varicap and bar antenna you can roll a tunable inductive booster antenna easily enough.


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