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The Echophone EC-1 Unboxing

The Echophone Ec-1 has arrived. I had to carry it in it’s box from my work to home, on the train, no mean feat when also carrying a handbag, but I did get it home in one piece. I should say that it was not as well packed as I would have liked but it seemed to have survived the journey from the US nonetheless.

This radio known as the morale radio was commonly used by GIs to stay in contact with news of home. Like all radios of this era, I bought this one, fulling expecting that it would need extensive work, despite it possessing a sticker stating major modifications (1994). I am not sure what the modifier considered major modifications, I imagined a recap, I hoped not a major departure from manufacturers specifications.

At the point of unboxing, it is unclear what those “major” modifications may have been. Looking at the wiring, there is little evidence of significant change other than attempt to fit a polarised mains plug. The fitting of this seems to be non-standard. Typically when modifying an “all American 5” one would fit a fuse and ensure that the polarised mains chord had the neutral wire connected to the chassis and one would fit safety capacitors where necessary. One would also remove all wax paper capacitors and replace with modern poly units.

Whoever modified this radio, has connected the mains chord in a non standard way, with both wires going to the first valve in the series of five. No fuse is fitted. The mains chord is retained in the case by a knot which has resulted in the insulation being cut by the case- a common if deadly error. Not a single wax paper capacitor has been replaced and a large electrolytic is clearly leaking.

Another project for a cold, rainy day or two.

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  1. Terry
    June 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Just a few quick notes on your EC-1. The wiring on the 35Z5 / mains cord is correct. One leg is connected to the filament and plate and the other uses the socket as a tie point.
    The leaky filter cap is a replacement a common brand used here in the states in the ’60’s. Spkr is not original to the set.
    If the dial cover bugs you a replacement can be had here: It is correct except for a small rib along the outside edge, is convex like the original.
    Had great fun w/mine used it in the ham station (N3GTE) paired up w/a little Harvey-Wells TBS-50. Runs about 25wts of AM on the 75 and 40 mtr bands. https://www.flickr.com/photos/42774321@N08/4508825437/in/dateposted/ And a few TBS-50’s https://www.flickr.com/photos/42774321@N08/3938290741/in/dateposted/
    ps how ur morse coming along? Don’t feel intimidated mine stinks.

    • vk2kmi
      July 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Hi Terry, My CW is coming along nicely but I am so busy I hardly get on air anymore. Thanks for the information. I am about to start on the restoration. I am about to make a list of all of the capacitors required.
      73 de VK2KMI Kimberly

  1. July 29, 2017 at 10:34 am

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