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 Post subject: Did I do good with this find? US Army Signal Corp stuff
PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 4:05 am 
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What actually do I have? The first set of photos are in a box marked US Army Signal Corp. There are 4 components - Box BX-4, BC-187A Transmitter, BC-188A Modulator and BC-186A Receiver. I bought them because there were so clean thet looked brand new.

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Then I found this cute Bendix Radio hand set.

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An finally, I picked up this rack mounted radio believed to be airplane related.

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So what did I buy and how did I do in value?

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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 4:31 am 
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The unit in the first photos is a SCR-178.
It's pre WW2 field radio intended to br transported by mules. Here's a link to a page
all about it.
http://people.csail.mit.edu/sw/html/NS1W/scr-178.html

The last unit is an ARC-1 an autotune aircraft
radio. If you'll search ARC-1 on Youtube you'll
find a video showing it in operation.

The Bendix unit is most likely from the 50s.

Did you get the antenna for the SCR-178?

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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 4:44 am 
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WOW!! That SCR-178 is the nicest one I've ever seen by far.

It's kind of a fun set to put on the air, the final is a 801 I believe. I got $300 for just the receiver and transmitter - no modulator, battery box, or chest. I'm guessing a grand or possibly more on eBay for your setup.

The ARC-1 isn't that valuable, but it appears you do have the almost always missing shock mount.

Finally that Bendix control head would be just the thing for someone building up a early 50's replica police car. Those old buzzard 2-ways have surprising value in some markets :D

Dunno how much you paid, but there are many mil radio collectors that would give their right jewel (and possibly half of their left to boot) for a SCR178 in that condition. Good score!


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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 1:38 pm 
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The Bendix handset it will get cleaned up and put on display in the house.

Thanks for the wealth of info on the SCR-178. I get to go back so will look for the antenna.

Of the two pieces, may keep the SCR-178, especially if I can find the antenna. Not sure what to do about the ARC-1.

While I know there may be military guys here, is there a better site where to get info on these sets?

Thanks to all.

Art

P.S. Yes, I got a good deal.

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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 4:47 pm 
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You are so lucky to find all that stuff. Price doesn't matter as long as this is what you repair and save. :)
I gave away two military sets last month, had no use for them. Complete except for the mounts and metal covers. Problem is if I bring things home it takes away from projects I have going. :)


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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 4:57 pm 
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Art, I think I have part of the antenna, I'll look around
in the shop this week.
If you decide not to keep the SCR-178 I might
be interested in it. Maybe we can find something
to trade.

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PostPosted: May Mon 10, 2010 9:37 pm 
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Ron in Radio Heaven wrote:
Art, I think I have part of the antenna, I'll look around
in the shop this week.
If you decide not to keep the SCR-178 I might
be interested in it. Maybe we can find something
to trade.

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Thanks - I am hoping to find the antenna when I can get back and dig some more.

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PostPosted: May Tue 11, 2010 12:26 am 
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May I have permission to drool all over my keyboard and monitor with seeing that SCR-178 set? No matter what you paid for it, it looks like you got a good deal!
Curt

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PostPosted: May Tue 11, 2010 3:20 am 
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Curt Reed wrote:
May I have permission to drool all over my keyboard and monitor with seeing that SCR-178 set? No matter what you paid for it, it looks like you got a good deal!
Curt


The funny thing is I bought it not even knowing what it was.

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