Present-day com­mer­cial Ama­teur Radio equip­ment has reached a lev­el of com­plex­i­ty that often requires spe­cial­ized test and trou­bleshoot­ing equip­ment to repair or align. Mod­ern com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­o­gy such as sur­face-mount devices (SMDs) has come into such com­mon use that a mod­u­lar approach to equip­ment repair has now become cus­tom­ary. Rather than trou­bleshoot and replace a defec­tive com­po­nent, many man­u­fac­tur­ers now pre­fer to swap out an entire mod­ule.

Many ama­teurs still pre­fer to repair and adjust their own equip­ment and cov­et the days when it was eas­i­er to do so. This is but one rea­son for the surge in atten­tion to vin­tage radio oper­at­ing and col­lect­ing. Some oth­ers have to do with equip­ment cost, avail­abil­i­ty, rar­i­ty and, of course, nos­tal­gia. Many of these radios are affec­tion­ate­ly called “boat anchors” by their vin­tage radio afi­ciona­dos, since ear­ly radio gear tends to be rel­a­tive­ly large and heavy. Some enthu­si­asts enjoy the chal­lenge of col­lect­ing and restor­ing old­er radios, some­times striv­ing to bring the equip­ment back to its orig­i­nal fac­to­ry con­di­tion.

Oth­er vin­tage radio enthu­si­asts may have a par­al­lel inter­est in con­ven­tion­al AM voice trans­mis­sion. These activ­i­ties take vin­tage radio fans back to an era when ama­teurs knew how their equip­ment worked and repaired it when it didn’t.

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