More RT246 TX whine problems.
     L.S.D. BC-611/SEM-52,
     Cloning a BC-611 & a CB,



I know where there are maybe half a dozen GRC-9 sets but I have to drive a couple of hours to get them.  They are complete with all tubes but used, and with no accessories. They are as released by the Army.  Unfortunately, they are NOT nice fresh depot rebuilds.  They are sets that were used in the field and thrown into trucks and they show it. The cases are dented and the sets are dirty. Some have a few spots of corrosion.  Some of the lids have unit markings and symbols painted on them.  The transmitter/ receiver serial numbers and manufacturer match on some of the sets but not on others. I bought one that worked that when I powered it up but that's no guarantee they all will.

I did not see any power supplies, dynamotors, generators, or other accessories. The seller does have a couple of extra separate transmitter and receiver units.

If there is enough interest, I can pick up them up (if they are still there) and ship them. I probably can buy them for fifty bucks each and I need to add five bucks to each set for my gas money cause it's a long drive, plus shipping costs from Cincinnati to anybody who wants one. I am not interested in making anything and I don't want to lose anything either, so it would have to be payment up front and "as-is"  with no choice about manufacturer or condition and no promise that it works.

What do you think?  Is fifty five bucks too high?  That's what I'd have to give, so if it's high, it's not worth doing. If you think that's in the range, it's ok to put this out to the group to see if there's interest at that price.  If there is, it will take me a couple of months to get the project done.

Bill Strangfeld

ed) I'm up for one, would also like to see what's avail in trans and rec sections, and what we can get them for. While $55 is not to high, it might be worth a try to see if that can be reduced by buying them all. Accessories are not to hard to find either by commercial vendors of members of our group. Am most delighted to see a member willing to take this on single handed. MANY THANKS, and let us know how things turn out.



A not so special event......

     A friend and I hit the Santee CA swapmeet on Sat but came up pretty dry in the Mil/BA dept. There was one clean but caseless RBS for $20, didn't bother with it, have a couple already. I told the seller I had the right knobs and to pass the info to whoever bought the RX. Same guy also had a very clean ARR-7 with no shock mount asking $40 but it was still there when I left. I think that is supposed to be a Hallicrafters but really have no knowledge of the set. I got the fellows card if anyone is interested.  My friend picked up a goodly box of 813s for $20. The rest of the BA stuff was a grunch of Swan gear and some extremely nice but over priced Heath. My finds? Electrolytics, sand regulators and rectifiers. Am hitting the road again for Norfolk/Tidewater VA, would appreciate meeting any listmembers/BA fans in the area. 

Ed Zeranski  This is a private opinion or statement.

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ed) the ARR-7 is a radically re-packaged Hallicrafters SX-28 for aircraft use. They are very rare and $40 would have been a steal. Why didn't ya buy it ya tight ass!? Give me the guy's address and phone number!! I don't envy you the trip to the Tidewater area VA. I got many horrid memories of that place and our apartment down on Ocean View Blvd(right next to the amusement park before they blew it up ta film Smoky & the Bandit II)

"A nice California whine" - more RT246 TX whine problems.

Dennis and the Group:

My whine problem (I mean the radio!) was unrelated to the tone squelch in the RT-246 transmitter.  The buzz or whine is higher frequency, maybe related to the high-voltage DC power unit getting into the audio?  The whine is loud: 0.8 Khz and frequency around 400-500 Hz.
BTW, the 150 Hz tone and voice deviation may both be adjusted in the VRC12 family- along with the carrier and tone squelch sensitivity, making them more compatible with commercial/amateur.  The nearest "PL" tone,  151.4 Hz also seems to work. 

Has anyone ever solved the TX audio buzz problem in their RT524 or RT246?

Jay Coote  W6CJ 

L.S.D. BC-611/SEM-52,


1.-I have a BC-611 where the nameplate says L.S.D. Serial Number xxxx. What does the L.S.D. stand for?

2.-Re: SEM52A, does anybody have even a schematic?  Has anyone been able to re- crystal successfully?  My attempt failed and I could use some info from
others to try to track down why.


ed) being a child of the sixties I don't think my definition of L.S.D. would jive with that of your BC-611. I could speculated, but with the risk of possibly being wrong (and I'm never wrong) I'll abstain this time.

     Mark Gluch has been successful at placeing the SEM-52 on 52.525mc, and even found suitable PC material to make the xtal boards from. This is all noted in one of our Backmail files. He was offering this service as swapping material, but the lack of a resonably priced source for xtals limited him.  I might ask where you got the xtal for your radio? If it was from Jan, or Crystek, that could be your problem. We have been looking for over a year now trying to find manuals, schematics, handsets, and connectors for that radio without success. Not even our European members have been of any help. Mark's email address is <> this is his work address so traffic to it should be kept to a minimum, his home address is still down.

Check out,
 Kinda perverted!  The bastids do a pictorial evisceration and cloning of the '611 with a CB radio.

I got if off the Roberts Armory website,

"Research and Development" by Charles Roberts.

Ed Zeranski

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ed) Sacrilege! What kind of a sick and twisted mind would come up with such a practice, then be proud enough of it to(or so dumb to) dedicate his web site to it???!!! "Research and Development"! More like "Search and Destroy"!

     Several years ago I was approached by some guy back east who wanted quantities of BC-620's, and BC-659's. After a bunch of interrogating he finally confessed that his business was supplemented by removing their guts, then replacing them with a CB radio and cassette stereo. I told him he was a sick dumb fuck, and for some reason he broke off negotiations. Another enterprising soul in Washington State was taking the guts out of PRC-6's and replacing them with 49mc radios, at least this practice produced something of marginal practicality, and he only use radios that were trash.

     Let's look at this from their point of view, they wanted something of vintage appeal yet provided some measure of practicality, but a CB! Their too fucking stupid to even use something that could be useful, like some 49mc junk, or a VHF itinerate, GMRS, or FMRS. Licensing on any is minimal or non-existent, and a practical(though still criminal) appliance would have resulted. But a damn CB! Because of the horrendous bull shit on that band their no good for anything other than talking from one car to another going down the highway, and even then you might need to have the bumpers touching! But to destroy an item of great historic significance, and national pride for this, and encourage others to do the same! What a sick bunch of bastards!



           by Texas Bix Bender

~ Never kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.

~ There's two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

~ Don't worry about bitin' off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.

~ If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

~ Never ask a man the size of his spread.

~ After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

~ If you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

~ Never smack a man who's chewin' tobacco.

~ It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

~ Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

~ Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

~ Always drink upstream from the herd.

~ Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

~ If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

~ When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.
~ When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

~ Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin'  it back.

~ Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

~ The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and  put it back in your pocket.

~ Never miss a good chance to shut up.

I plan on living forever. So far, so good.

A day without sunshine is like night.

Indecision is the key to flexibility.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.

I don't get even, I get odder.

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

I considered atheism, but there were just too few holidays.

Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car.

Good news is just life's way of keeping you off balance.

Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us out?

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They both should be changed regularly and for the same reason.

Accept that some days you're the pigeon and some days the statue.

I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking good either.

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling" ?

My "reality check" bounced.

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

Carelessly planned projects take three times longer to complete than expected. Carefully planned projects take four times longer to complete than expected, mostly because the planners expect their planning to reduce the time it takes.

God did not create the world in 7 days; he messed around for 6 days and then pulled an all-nighter.

People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first.

I don't mind going nowhere as long as it's an interesting path.

I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but never got around to it.

Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.

I am having an out-of-money experience.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

I have kleptomania and, when it gets bad, I take something for it.

If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws.

There's no need to have a fear of falling - it's the sudden stop at the bottom that warrants the fear.

Birthdays are good for you - the more you have the longer you live.


 A couple was invited to a swanky Halloween/Masquerade party. The woman got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being the devoted husband, protested. But she urged him to go. She was going to take some aspirin and go to bed. There was no need to spoil his good time.  So he took his costume and away he went.  The wife, after sleeping soundly for one hour, awakened without the headache. As it was still early, she decided to go to the party too. In as much as her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him.   She joined the party and soon saw her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice chick he could, and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife sidled up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his partner high and dry to devote his time to the new "stuff" that had just arrived. She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband. Finally, he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little "tumble". Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home. She put her costume away and went into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in and asked what kind of time he had. He said, "Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there."  Then she asked, "Did you dance much?"   He replied, "I'll tell you. I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met Pete, Bill and some other guys. We went into the den and played poker all night. But I'll tell you, the guy I lent my costume to sure had a good time!"


 There has long been a rumor that W. R. Grace Co. was going to buy the Fuller Brush Co. and Mary Kay Cosmetics and then merge with the Hale Business
 Systems. This would result in the new mega-corporate entityknown as ...  "Hale Mary Fuller Grace."

 A great number of years ago there was a proposed merger between Fairchild  Electronics and Honeywell Computers. Rumor had it that the new company would be called ... Fairwell Honeychild.

 It was announced that Wurlitzer is merging with Xerox. They are going to  market reproductive organs.

 There is a merger in the works involving Polygraph Records, Warner Brothers, and Keebler. It will be called ... Poly-Warner-Cracker.

 Other mergers:

 3M & Goodyear = mmmGood

 Crabtree & Evelyn and Apple computer = Crab Apple

 Zippo Manufacturing & Audi & Dofasco & Dakota Mining = Zip Audi Do Da

 Swissair & Cheeseborough-Ponds = Swisscheese

 Honeywell & Imasco & Home Oil = Honey, I'm Home

 Denison Mines & Alliance & Metal Mining = Mine, All Mine

 3M & JC Penny & Canadian Opera Company = 3 Penny Opera

 Mattel & Pacific Gold = Ma & Pa

 Sears Roebuck & Rogers Cable = Buck Rogers

 Luvs Diapers + Hertz Rent-a-car = Luv Hertz

 Grey Poupon + Dockers Pants = Grey Poupon Pants

 Knott's Berry Farm + National Organization of Women = Knott NOW

 Upjohn + Chuckie Cheese Pizza = UpChuck

 White Castle Burgers + Glad Trash Bags = White Trash Bags


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