Fm translator equipment- Is there a market for it?

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Fm translator equipment- Is there a market for it?

Post by ChuckG » Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:58 pm

So the license was sold but the equipment stayed.
Crown 30W transmitter, BW Broadcast 25W transmitter, single bay Nicom Antenna.
Any value to this stuff?
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Post by kcbooboo » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:39 am

The pirates would probably gobble that stuff up for a few hundred, just to have it as spares when the FCC finally starts confiscating illegal equipment.

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Post by kkiddkkidd » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:50 am

Depending on price... I have a low budget client that might be interested. Key word here, low budget...

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Post by TPT » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:00 pm

Will have two Tepco 10 watt and a one watt translator for sale soon as translator licenses are sold. These are the "R.A. Jones" type translators with receiver and transmitter in one box--receiver beats down to 10.7 IF which then is multiplied back up to output frequency.

Real cheap--the tens need new output transistors. Also some spare modules, and yes, I have a book.

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Post by Chris Arnesen » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:09 pm

I already PM'd you, but I would love to get that BW TX25 (or any BW TX really) to use as a lab transmitter. I've been experimenting quite a bit with Stereo Tool and need to start feeding a TX to see how it really performs! :wink:
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Post by ChuckG » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:28 pm

The equipment belongs to another party, I was hoping to get some idea of what they might realistically ask for it.
Seems to me there is, or will be a glut of this lower wattage stuff on the market without many buyers, but I have nothing to back that up other than an assumption. That makes it difficult for me to even guess at value.
I'll happily pass along offers to the owner, or put interested parties in touch. I do have some pictures if interested.
Ideas as to value would also be most welcome.
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Post by ChuckG » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:29 pm

Hit quote instead of edit and now my mistake is enshrined for all eternity. :lol: Nevermind.
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Post by Deep Thought » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:03 pm

Antenna is probably worth $300-$500 depending on model. The transmitters are fully capable of being exciters for a bigger transmitter or in conjunction with an external amplifier.. The current version of the BWB unit retails for about $1400. Figure about half that for a used earlier version. The Crown is probably worth about the same.
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Post by Slab Bulkhead » Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:24 am

There should be a market for that stuff somewhere. I think those Nicom antennas usually go for around $700-800 new so I could see $300-500 on it in good used condition.

The transmitters are too low powered for most LPFM setups unless it's a high HAAT station with a severely derated ERP (can't use an amp because of the certification requirement), but I'm sure they could be used for exciter replacements.
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