So recently I’ve had some issues with the XYL which has lead to a relocation of the QTH and a reassignment from XYL Status to XXYL Status.
HOWEVER, today was a good day. Upon a trip to Strictly Ham, I noticed a Yaesu FT-101E sitting on the bottom shelf near Slim’s desk. Having always wanted a FT-101, I asked some of the guys there (Steve, Theo & Slim Himself) about the radio. They promptly informed me that it was for sale, and remarked upon the condition.
Upon examining the radio, it was clear Steve was not overstating when he said it was the most mint condition example he had ever seen. The face plate was still covered in its protective plastic. The chassis screws were devoid of any marks whatsoever (eg, never been opened). The top plate’s screws (where ALC, BIAS etc is set), also hardly even looked touched. The rear fan was not missing the slightest bit of paint, and didn’t even have a spec of stuck on dust. I could not believe it.
And to top it all off, the boys informed me that it both received perfectly, and tuned up with full power! We’ll, having always lusted over a hybrid, I asked if I could look at it. After a bit of a ‘HAND QSO’, I put it on the desk for further examination, which Steve took as the cue to connect it up. The coax was plugged in, the 240v was connected and within about 10 seconds he was picking up QSOs on the 40m band.
I was hooked. Ross and I proceeded to a bit of casual negotiation, and latter that day I walked out with my dream boat anchor, feeling like I had just spent a few hours in Dr Who’s Targis and purchased a brand new ex store demo FT-101E.
Taking it home, the top cover was removed, the HV cover removed for the first time I believe and dust blown out. The Finals were inspected to ensure nothing untoward was going on, the valves were left to heat for a while and i tuned it up.
Immediately after tuning, I made a QSO with special commemorative call ZL1PPY.
Thanks Slim (Ross), you’ve brought a lot of joy to an OM who just wanted to absorb himself in HAM Radio till emotions settled. Admittedly I am still feeling emotions, but they’re more along the lines of AWE!