Where did you guys nab all the MIMCO gear from ?
Served me time at college on the Apollo and sailed with quite a few at sea.
Overall not a bad receiver in its day - just too many knobs / switches etc !
Better than the "diddy" Nebula receiver which was rather tinny on R/T.
Happy QSO's & 73's to you all
We nabbed the gear from some ships that were having GMDSS gear fitted as
replacement for the R/O and present radio gear. Also from some Radio colleges, some local contacts and some from the skip that were being binned and some from dockside before they had be given the deep six!!
Think Nebulas tinny sound comes from the miniature 3 ohm speaker, we have a Nebula and have bypassed this awful speaker and put a bigger and better one in its place, sounds a lot better! We have an Apollo from Belfast college. cheers and 73's de ftf
That picture brings back memories - apart from the "502". I sailed with many Apollos and thought it was an excellent receiver. No frequency variation even on Harrison's Strategist and Specialist panamax bulkers where I had to stiffen the console with broom handles due to the vibration from the main engine (the accomm was on shock absorbers and shook horrendously until Burmeister and Wein modified it.)
Agree about the Nebula (EC958) speaker. Also found the dial lighting dimmed because the plastic lens darkened due to heat from the bulbs - did you guys ever find a way for improving this in your professional life?
Oh, and if you have any duff Apollos lying about awaiting repair... I'll even come from NE Scotland to collect...swop you for an ex-GPO/BT EC958... (It's the only way I'm going to be able to afford an Apollo.)
I think bad news about the BROOM HANDLES to stiffer the console LOL!!
Glad they managed to modify the engines ok.
No don't know of any mods for the dimmed dial lights on NEBULA--sorry.
Also sorry no Spare or faulty Apollos around.
So many kicked in the dock or thrown over the wall I believe.
Probably to do with the fact that a lot of marine radio equipment was bonded. In other words free of tax.
So it couldn't legally be sold ashore unless the outstanding tax at full new value was paid to HM Customs & Excise.
I tried to buy an Oceanspan taken off a scrapped Hull trawler once. It was lying among a pile of other stuff on Marconi's floor in the Lord Line building at fish dock in Hull. I was told basically the same and the scrapper it went to wouldn't entertain the idea at any price.
So all I've got is the badge off it that I nicked one dark night. [=P]
Criminal ! who'd sling 2nd hand Apollo's in the skip / over the wall !!
Could of had hours of DX-ing in me shed if i'd of been able to pick one up.
Suppose being in the right place at the right time helps.
Tks yr reply FTF.
I too think that it's a dreadful shame that gear like this could simply get binned.
I have a Redifon R551 here that I still use on the ham station but would love to get hold of something I actually sailed with, like an Apollo, R408 etc ... such a pity.
I still have my original Apollo diagrams from my college time, complete with hand written notes etc.
= Adrian +