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Wednesday 17 April 2024

A very special Midland 3001 has landed

It has been a significant amount of time since I posted to this, and a hell of a lot has happened including a trip to the United States to spend time with my spouse.

Anyway on the 8th April 2024 a video from UK FM CB Radio Servicing appeared online where he serviced a Midland 3001 the day before, then a second video of an on-air test on their standard testing route from the premises they operate from to a petrol station about 6-7 miles away with hills and other obstacles in the way that would generally cause problems for radio transmissions.

The radio then went on eBay and a link was provided in the video, me being me didn't think I'd have any chance of buying it and at the end put a £50 maximum bid on, and I ended up the winning bidder and I received it this afternoon.

I do have in process a YouTube video of the radio and I've put it onto my car's antenna mainly receive only, the usual lot that operate illegally in the Middlesbrough area on channel 19 that I often hear weren't on but there was a bit of a lift on and some illegal SSB from the continent was coming in on a few channels.

The radio has the look of a used radio, it hasn't been restored to a factory finish and knowing the paint code from the same YouTube channel that serviced it (and listed it on eBay) does mean I could paint the case covers but I want to leave it as is, it also has a faded power section on the meter and again even though replacement meters can probably be obtained from scrap radios I don't plan to change it, again it's part of the radio's character.

This radio is 42 years old and still going strong, a bit like me, and it does show the age unlike me, well so far anyway

I plan to put this radio in the car in place of the Thunderpole T-3000 which in the intervening period was hard wired to the fusebox, mainly because I rarely use CEPT frequencies.

There are a couple of shorts on the YouTube channel and one is this radio, the main video will be in the coming days though I have another video to do as well on Sunday which is the 2024 Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association Rally in Blackpool at its usual venue, if you see me say hi.

73 de M0WNU/26CT730/red squirrel on CB