I knew this set from the 80's, these days too expensive for me to buy. This year (2011) i saw one on a Dutch ebay like website ... i bought it. It was like new and worked as new. Solid quality !!
I filled the battery-case with modern 4000 mAh D cells. For charging i bought a Ansmann 410 mobile charger ... and so i became portable:D
For less money portable SSB ... and repairable at home. Who can say that about the modern portables?
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