GB2MOP DE GRUA...
Back to you, Mr. Oceanspan, and that's a very interesting post of yours, the one about the capacitors, etc. Sounds like I was pretty lucky. My Atalanta was working from day one; all I had to do was remove the large capacitors across the filter at the mains I/P to get it to run, then I was pleasantly surprised (and in reminiscence mode) to hear it working on all bands with a little bit of wire going out the window to the rotating clothesline. Haven't got access to any replacement EF85's at the moment, but will get back to trying that out when I get time.
I did always like the Atalanta. It had a sort of familiar solidity about it, a bit of comfort in an old friend, sitting there waiting to connect you with the world, reliably and constantly. Once the Apollo came along I was, however, hooked on that, never giving the poor old Atalanta another thought in the face of such sophisticated, ultra-modern glamour. How fickle. Good job it has forgiven me for such an unforgiveable lapse and goes on working, dried out caps and all... Also have to admit to forgetting all about that other old friend, the Oceanspan, once the Commandant and Conqueror marched in and took over. But it's been nice, looking at all your posts, and particularly the photo of you in front of the 'Span.
From memory, when I was at college in the late '60's, we had a couple of Oceanspans, one in one of the lecture classrooms and another in the 'Cabin', where we got our hands dirty on the thing. The classroom one was always used for practice in simple tuning procedures, etc., and was otherwise unused (as far as I know). Just sat there on a bench at the front, idle and silent for the most part, waiting for the next, just out of school guinea pig to come up and and make a complete ass of themselves in front of all their mates:
"Right, Mr. Braxton. Would you like to come up here and show everybody how to tune the Oceanspan on 12546 MHz please. NO, NO, boyo; you always tune for a dip!"
Well at least it gave everybody a good laugh, gave them all a break from Mr. Kirchoff's Laws, Fleming's Left Hand Rule and the workings of Colpitts oscillator circuits.... Happy days.