Gonset

 

I didnít know much about Gonset except for the ďCommunicatorĒ which I remember from my early days as a novice. Just about every club station at the time had one of these for Civil Defense.They were almost all a bright YELLOW color, I guess so in time of emergency it would stand out and easily found.I came across a very nice looking G-66B mobile receiver a few years ago, bought it, and then since it didnít work, laid it aside for a later date.

 

This little chrome plated faceplate beauty looked a whole lot better on the outside than it did on the inside when I got it as it looked like an electrolytic had vaporized inside.The section hooked on the back is its power supply.The dual conversion G-66B is surprisingly a very good performing little receiver and was run in tandom with the matching G-77 transmitter for mobile use.That however, was quite an undertaking because the G-77 required an additional modulator to run AM and judging by the heat that the little receiver puts out, operating the pair would be fine in Alaska in the winter but unbearable anywhere else in the other months without air conditioning.

Unfortunately, most G-66 receivers found today have pitted chrome on the faceplate.This one, however, does not.

 

 

This is a picture showing the Gonset GSB-100 transmitter and matching GSB-101 kilowatt amplifier.As has happened to a great many GSB-100ís, this one has gotten a new power transformer along the line.It was a favorite among CW operators because of the semi break-in keying.The SSB signal seems good as well and teamed up with the matching GSB-101 kw amplifier that runs four (4) 811ís, it is the anchor of my Vintage SSB station.As you can see, the National NC-300 rounds out the station.

 

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