I have had this receiver packed away in the shed for thirty years and I have never plugged it into the power and turned it on. 5th March 2012 I turned it on and watched the HT voltage and all was normal. Soon I was tuning in the local FM Broadcast stations. I could not see any Electrolytic Capacitors in it so I though it was worth the risk. The main filter capacitors in the HT supply are in a netal can and may be oil filled types, will have to find the manual I have and see what they are.
At first the sensitivity was low but after the band switch had been operated a few times and then given a blast of switch cleaner, that fixed this problem. The antenna input circuit was for a balanced line so I removed the two terminals and replaced them with PL259 and BNC connectors. I then used a 300 to 75 Ohm balum from an old television balum that was designed to plug into the Belling Lee (Pal) connector on the back of a TV receiver so a 300 Ohm line could be used. The first photo below shows this modification. I also managed to find some vintage coaxial cable to connect the sockets to the balun. I also fitted a IEC power connector as I do not like having attached power chords on such BIG heavy items, too easy to trip over the chord when carrying the receiver. The last phot below shows our old cat "Rocket" appreciates BoatAnchor radios, even if it is only to sit on so he is my height for more attention.
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