"NIB" Swan 500CX

This Swan 500CX 500 watt single sideband transceiver, s/n 611352, was built in November 1970. I only  operated it briefly, for testing. It is in AS-NEW, PRISTINE, condition. The 500CX has several improved features from earlier 500 versions, such as improved ALC, AGC and product detector, and better sideband rejection. Crystal calibrator has both 100 & 25kc. It originally sold for $565, plus another $95 for the power supply.

+++ Please note -- this page was prepared in late 2001. This radio was sold by then, as it says down towards the bottom. As of now, 6/2010, I"ve been getting about one query every 6 mo.s as to whether the radio is for sale. I do not know if the present owner would sell it. I have lost touch with him. Please don't ask. thanks, 73 Al +++

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There are slightly visible pressure marks in the wrinkle finish, where the original Styrofoam packing corner pads were pressing. In the shot from the back, one of these looks like a tape mark, it is not, note the front & top views.  The light spots in the pix on the edges are flash reflections in the wrinkle finish, not scratches. The inside is bright, no evidence of corrosion or moisture. I have not removed the cover.

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I have tested it, and operated it briefly to make 2 contacts. All functions are operating, it develops full output power on all bands. 

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The 117XC s/n 0 18073 power supply is of the same vintage, and was likewise in it's original box and wrapping. After checkout it developed a problem which appears to be in the filament winding of the transformer.

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This radio and P.S. were in their original boxes, with plastic wrapping when I obtained them  in May, 01.  The plastic had been opened, so it had been inspected, but other than that, it has been in the box since it was originally purchased, to the best of my knowledge, and that of the previous owner's daughter.

It was subsequently sold to a non-ham collector/SWL, who appreciates boatanchors.

Thanks for looking at this gem.  I was tempted to keep it, but have more "boatanchor" radios than I can easily put on the air to enjoy, without a lot of moving around, dis-connecting, connecting, etc.  I own old radios for the enjoyment of working on them and working other people with them on the air.

 

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