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Post by Jaywalker on Tue May 12, 2009 7:09 am

Just bought a York 869 Homebase - inspired by Simon 007 again Smile

I'm hoping it's a good one and, if all is well, will be looking to get the EU block added.

I take it that is uses the Cybernet chassis as per the 863 and 861 etc.?

My Murphy Homebase is looking good after a good clean-up, plus a respray of the case and a few squirts of contact cleaner have returned it to full working order. The built-in SWR meter is excellent and I wonder why more homebase rigs didn't have them.

On air the rig sounds superb linked to a new KPO NM-531 mic.

The only downside is the mains hum that is audible on low volume RX from the built-in PSU, which I'm told is due to inadequate shielding around the transformer - I may take it apart and see if I can fashion some extra shielding.

Oh, and the squelch has quite a pop to it - from memory, I can expect the same thing from a York.

I'll try to upload some photos of the old homebases when I get a chance.

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Post by 2W0PWR on Wed May 13, 2009 6:48 am

Hi Gary,

The photos sound like a great idea. I'd like to see some! I had an old 40 channel homebase CB when I was 14 and that is how the hobby started for me. When the name comes to me I'll tell you what it was.

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Post by simon007 on Thu May 14, 2009 2:59 pm

Oh man! No wonder your lady is after my head on a plate

Yes, uses the cybernet board and takes the mid-block nicely. Will add some video of mine to you tube when there are conditions. Maybe you will hear it, listen out for a weird sort of bleep then you know what it is.

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Post by Jaywalker on Fri May 15, 2009 8:42 am

Yes my Mrs. was angry when the York 869 turned up today, but I'm Ok because I told her Simon the Wizard told me to buy it Cool

The radio is in pretty good order - the Delta-tune switch was loose and the cover needs a respray. For some reason the two wooden end-caps are missing. I took the cover plus front panel off and the Delta-tune was an easy fix (just the nut was loose) - good news is the inside is as it left the factory.

The RX quality is superb and it's TX'ing Ok, but I will put my Astatic on it to give it some more punch.

After a clean and tidy, I'll be looking to put the mid-block on it somehow.

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Post by Jaywalker on Sat May 16, 2009 8:38 am





A couple of pictures of the old homebases - complete with a Guinness and a Carslberg (it's lovely having a set-up at home Wink )

Found that my Cobra M-75 mic works very well with both - with the York it really is BBC quality though.

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Post by 13EL121 on Thu May 21, 2009 3:50 am

@Simon: The York 869 looks like the Stabo XF4000/XF4012 here in germany. Made by Cybernet too. If the used the same board, it's a fine rig! Do you know if they are nearly identical?
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Post by 29ci102tony on Thu May 21, 2009 8:50 am

AH Guinness......
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Post by simon007 on Fri May 22, 2009 5:10 am

Hi Ralf, yes indeed they are almost the same. Albrecht had a version also am told. York cannot be the same as Stabo, as Stabo was more Uniden inspired, however in the UK there is the Uniden 300, this is a 40 channel homebase, where as over here we call them the PT1000 Uniden.

Hans added a 5 tone bleep Rolling Eyes to one here, it was sent back to the UK and now it has reurned, so the York 869, same as Harrier CBHQ now has 80 channels and the most sexy sounding 5 tone, oh man.

Up the Lads !!!

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Post by Jaywalker on Fri May 22, 2009 7:19 am

There we go chaps - a York 869, but likely in it's original form as an AM set from the USA


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Post by 13EL121 on Fri May 22, 2009 7:56 am

simon007 wrote:Albrecht had a version also am told. York cannot be the same as Stabo, as Stabo was more Uniden inspired

Hi Simon!
Indeed, Albrecht's first CB Radios which were sold in GER were also produced by Cybernet. Like the old ALPHA 4000 40FM Radio. You can easy see it by the black S-Meter. It was a fantastic radio!
The YORK looks nearly like the Stabo XF 2000/4000 series which were also built by Cybernet. The "newer" 5000 series were built by Uniden. The quality was very good, too. But the newest Stabo series are now build by Maycom. The are sometimes a piece of shi...! The quality is not as stable as the Uniden or Cybernet series.

CU! 73s and up the lads Smile !

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Post by simon007 on Sat May 23, 2009 1:24 am

Hi Ralf And All,

Indeed, the Stabo 7082 is indeed a Maycom EM27 that also was the Allamat 296, President Harrison when add the ASC, Super Jopix and also Megajet in Russia. Same fatory, different end name thats all.

Alfa 4000 thats the daddy. Also same radio was called a Binatone 5 Star, York JCB863, Rotel RVC240 and some others also. The exact same Cybernet Board, again with a different name for a different market place.

Uniden are now not so keen on CB it seems, the odd President here and there, that is about it.Stick to the older ones, when it is Uniden inside then you know it will be fine and dandy.

Hope to read you soon, and of course as always UP THE LADS

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Post by Jaywalker on Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:04 am

Here are the latest additions:

Harvard H-407 (with some sort of European beer "Belle-Vue Kriek") - this was the radio used on the recent Channel 31 Sporadic E contact with TM-900 and TM-901




Harrier CBHQ with EU block (and whisky)



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Post by CaineM6MOF on Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:36 pm

Whisky and radio...ooh that can't go down too well. Good pics though. Radio sounded well to me Wink

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Post by Jaywalker on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:50 am

Had a good QSO with an operator about 30 miles away on the Harrier today and reports were very good on both the UK and EU blocks.

The whisky was by request and only a Xmas tipple for me really Very Happy

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Post by 13EL121 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:10 am

Just arrived yesterday in good condition!
Awesome receiver and excellent SSB audio!
The good old Madison 80CH version with FM! Very Happy

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Post by Jaywalker on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:33 am

Lovely radio - looking forward to hearing it when the skip comes in again.

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Post by mof000 on Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:42 pm

Nice radio's there gary. Did you get them all from eBay? Are they all mint condition? btw have you tried the" Belle-Vue Kriek" beer whith a hint of cherrry? they sell it on draught at my local Very Happy Look forward to our next qso 73's Paul 26TM901 M6PDM

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Post by Jaywalker on Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:03 pm

All from eBay - prices from memory York 28, Harvard 20, Murphy 18 and Harrier 49. The York, Harvard and Murphy needed a really good clean, some switch cleaner spray and a respray of the case.

I'll try the beer with cherry if I see it on tap Very Happy - perhaps take a photo of a pint next to one of your radios!

The Murphy has now been installed in the back of my van for static mobile use - I'll try to get the mid block added soon.





A President Harry II is installed between the front seats for mobile use.





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Post by simon007 on Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:45 pm

Real Nice photos indeed, looking real nice there can say
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Post by porky.69 on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:43 pm

hi guys some very nice photos of some very nice classic radios in very good condition ..
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