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Masa Scores a Rare TX-88 Off EBay

Projects 0 Comments 03/01/2021 

Posted By: Bradley Stone (stonebs)


Masamichi Yamamoto (Masa, AB9MQ) is a long-time check-in and contributor to the DX-60 net.  This transmitter showed up on EBay, and Masa was lucky enough to have won it.

"This model TX-88 is prior to Mr. Takada JH1AMH's TX-88A model.  This is very rare to find on the market.  This is the original design on TX-88 series.  TX-88, TX-88A, and TX-88D. It is interesting the final is 6AR5. TX-88A uses 807 which was commonly available as US army surplus in Japan. Later 6146 was used for TX-88D model.

Some day I will get TX-88D, but D model was so popular that there are abundant in JA market.   On the other hand, TX-88 original is very rare indeed."

- February 24, 2021

TX 88 arrived.

After inspection, I did minor repair on  broken crystal socket and lamp

I am awaiting for capacitor supplies from Justradios.com.

I am not quite sure if I should proceed for recapping....  This is
almost museum quality.... worth preserving the history...

I also got 1960s old Japanese electronics magazine which had an article
about TX-88.

TX-88 was made in 1959 by Kasuga musen by the original owner of Trio
(Kenwood) Mr Kasuga. The company changed its name around 1960 and hired
Mr. Takada, then produced TX-88A multi band AM transmitter.

Mr. Takada JH1AMH must have noticed that TX-88 did not quite match to
9R-42J (Similar to Lafayette HE-10) . It is much smaller than the
receiver.  He must have wanted to develop 9R-59 (Lafayette HE-30) to
match with TX-88A (refined version of TX-88).

You may be able to see in the under chassis photo that bypass capacitors
(oil condenser) were made by Suzuki musen. It has a word "Tu Pa Con".

I heard this word when I was a child in Japan, but I forgot what that
means.  I can not find the reference today.... May be it means oil
filled capacitor...

This Suzuki Musen still exist as a mom and pa electronics store. They no
longer manufactures anything. They just sell consumer electronics.

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TX-88, chassis pulled


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Remembering Mike, N8ECR (SK)

Tributes and pictures submitted by net membership
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- Bradley Stone (stonebs),  12/24/2018 
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- Bradley Stone (stonebs),  12/08/2018 
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- Bradley Stone (stonebs),  12/08/2018 
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- Bradley Stone (stonebs),  12/08/2018 
   *** The PDF is Downloadable below ***Very crisp, legible, printable schematic.  Original link: https://www.nostalgickitscentral.com/heath/schematics/heathkit_schema_dx60b.pdf ...  READ MORE
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