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This beauty has not been cleaned or re-painted, what you see is all original and as pristine as you will ever find. I have had this piece on my project shelf for a number of years with the intent of restoring it and adding to my collection.
I placed it on my workbench yesterday to give it a check-out and inspection. Using my usual precautions for a first time power up, tubes all lighted, B+ came up to about 300 volts, but there was no sound what-so-ever. B+ to the output tube was good indication the power transformer and were chokes OK.
The radio appears basically unmolested except for evidence one capacitor & the power cord had been replaced. At this point I took some photos and put it back together deciding I not only had no place for it in my radio room, I had no ambition to re-cap and restore it.
This unit is so cosmetically perfect I think its worthy of re-stuffing the original capacitors to keep the undersides looking original.
Another reason that will leave the project for
someone else is there is bit of difference in the actual
construction of this piece and what the RME 69 manual shows. I am no
expert or even close to being one concerning Ham or communications
receivers and don't really collect them. What's differs with this
receiver and the schematic is a 3 tube platform using octal based
metal tubes (see
image here). This little platform plugs into the sockets of 2
6D6 tubes and appears to have been a factory modification. So I'm
not sure its model 69?
You ham radio experts familiar with RME likely know all about this receiver.
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