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 Post subject: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 10:02 pm 
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In the process of digging my old Hammarlund out of storage (that's another thread), I found an old radio I had purchased off of a fellow 30 some years ago. He bought a Weskit BN-1 when he was in the hospital at Walter Reed in 1957. He was expecting a radio that he could just tune around the bands, not a radio requiring an external antenna, crystals, etc so he never used it.
I bought it from him expecting to rob the variable capacitors out of it. But it has sat, unused, in it's original box until I pulled it out the other day.
Does anyone know much about these? I was told that it's a collectible radio. There's not a lot on the web about them, some pictures of the magazine ads, descriptions, and one guy who home brewed a replica of it (very cool).

What's a BN-1 that has never even had batteries in it, still in its original box with a 1957 shipping label to a GI in Walter Reed worth?

Thanks

Tom
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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 10:46 pm 
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Very collectible!!!! That one looks to be in very nice condition.

It has been discussed on ARF before, here is a link to previous, older threads:

https://www.google.com/search?q=westkit ... radios.com

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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 11:31 pm 
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Thanks for the reply Peter, I just realized a mistake in how I searched these forums. I typed bn-1 in the keyword search field, which yielded nothing. I see now, use the google site search. Sorry you had to pull up the links for me.

Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Apr Tue 11, 2017 12:48 am 
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One sold on eBay some time ago for nearly $400.00. I built a reproduction BN-1, the transmitter works, has some chirp, but the receiver needs some help. If you fire yous up would like to know how well the receive does.

http://radioremembered.org/images/BN-1/BN-1Front.1.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/BN-1/BN-1Front.2.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/BN-1/BN-1Rear.jpg

The fellow should have purchased the Weskit BR-1, Space Ranger All Band Radio.

I reproduce this unit as well, and it works amazingly well.

http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... RBR1.1.JPG
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... RBR1.2.JPG
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... RBR1.4.JPG


Bill - K5MIL


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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Apr Thu 27, 2017 1:53 am 
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I am very surprised to see the white knobs with this and particularly the 2 extra long sized pointers. The knobs I have seen on this radio were all black and usual common sized.
I have a BN-1 unassembled in box. I kind of think i'm going to leave it that way. I think I will scan the front panel for the use of future builders. I also have the Weskit receiver kit unassembled in box.
I was told by the estate seller that a lot ( I mean a "lot", not "a lot" ) of the receiver kits were sold off to a Boy Scout troop. When I heard that, I was kind of saddened. I thought that maybe some easier to build and power up would be preferable, and that this disposition of the kits would thin out the survivors severely.
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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Jun Fri 16, 2017 3:30 pm 
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Hi Tom,
that's really a beautiful rig!
Thanks for share, useful notices and informations never get bored!
Glad that you wrote about the marvellous Weskit BN-1!
I wonder if the white knobs with their extra long sized pointers can't interfere with the near connectors on the front panel.
It doesn't so?
Functionally speaking it's really a weird choice to use this ones instead of the usual darks and common sized ones.

Best regards

Realistic


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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Jun Fri 16, 2017 4:01 pm 
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Bill, do you have a schematic for the BR-1 that you can share?

Pete

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 Post subject: Re: Weskit BN-1
PostPosted: Jun Mon 19, 2017 6:13 pm 
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Hi Peter,

I finally located my paperwork on the BR-1 (why is it easier to misplace something than to find it?). I am including links to the assembly manual and schematic.

http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... atic.1.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... /BR1-1.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... /BR1-2.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... /BR1-3.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... /BR1-4.jpg
http://radioremembered.org/images/Weste ... /BR1-5.jpg

Hope that is useful.

Bill


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