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Courier Galaxy VI...The good & the Bad?

Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by 70cst, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. 70cst

    70cst Active Member

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    Ok...
    I stumbled upon a Courier Galaxy VI from the original owner. It is in very nice condition. No magic mods have been made to this radio. I have searched the net but can't seem to find much about this radio. I think it was made in the early 90's. Educate me. Thanks in advance.

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  2. RatsoW8

    RatsoW8 Supporting Member, W9WDX ARC Member - WD8T

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    I found a lot of info just by using google....
     
  4. 70cst

    70cst Active Member

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    I found limited info... ie: 1st hand experience (y)
     
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    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    This radio has an early generation (revision) of the Galaxy 88HL chassis minus the echo board, if memory serves me right.

    Dual final radio, I believe. Look on the back of the radio for a heatsink to confirm that, though.

    The good: If you want AM, these sound really nice on the air, if it hasn't had the golden screwdrivers in it.

    The bad: Drifts on SSB.

    If you're after AM with a little kick and extra bells and whistles, they're a great radio.

    It's a 3 bander. -40, reg. 40, +40. AM/SSB.

    Hope this helps!

    ~Cheers~
     
  7. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Courier was around before Galaxy came to pass, building U.S. FCC Certified 23 channel radios like the Fleet Courier 30-B or the Courior Royale a great old 23-channel tube rig, the Centurion and Conqueror II radios and later the Spartian PLL 40, the Renegade 40 and the Courier VI.
    http://www.shadowstorm.com/cb/Courier_Base_CB_Radios.htm

    I think, that you are thinking of the Galaxy II radio, or the Super Galaxy, a couple of the early exports.


    73
    Jeff
     
  8. Zman

    Zman K9FON

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    Whats Google???
     
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    unit_399 EL CAPO

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    This radio looks like the old Galaxy/Texas Star 2100. It was essentially a Superstar 3900 with a freq counter and 10kc jump switch added.
    Go to CBTricks website,and access Secret CB Volume 26. There is a pretty good writeup with alignment, circuit board layout, etc., starting on page 11. Single final 5 Watt rig. The big problem with these sets was the circuit board material. El Cheapo with very thin copper cladding. If the output was maxed, some of the narrower circuit traces had a tendency to burn out like a fuse. Otherwise a decent radio. 73s.

    - 399
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    It is a FCC certified radio, no 10khz jump, AM/SSB ( no CW and no FM) only, no band switch, 40 US FCC channels only, it is not a export.

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    It was built before the exports became so common, although it looks like the SS2100/Texas Star it is still a little bit different.


    Look at Secret CB volume 29, pages number 24 thru 29.
    http://www.hardtimez99.com/SECRETCB29/bookz/SECRET_CB_VOLUME_29.pdf



    73
    Jeff
     
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  11. Zman

    Zman K9FON

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    I think the Courier Galaxy V was a Cobra 148 GTL inside.. I remember seeing them in the Copper Electronics catalogs back about 1991-93 timespan.
     
  12. ExitThirteen

    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    Interesting.... my Courier Galaxy VI has a different board in it. I wonder if someone swapped the faceplate on the one I have before I bought it...

    If it's just AM/SSB it's most likely going to have a form of the MB8719 chassis, then.



    ~Cheers~
     
  13. Onelasttime

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    I had no clue. I figured their was a magical broad band wire inside just needing to be cliped. The idea of a Galaxy that is not easily modified right out of the box just seems odd! LOL
     
  14. guy martin

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    I bought a Galaxy VI from Copper in 1989. It was DOA out of the box. I recall it having a Ranger EPTX11B board in it. LC7131 PLL. The Galaxy V had the same board. I think the Galaxy IV had a Uniden 142 board in it.
     
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    It (looks) like an export radio but guy martin is right - it's a US legal 40 channel only rig. The part that confuses a lot is that it's a "Galaxy" radio when there were lots of exports with the same name on them (Galaxy II and the like). Good basic AM/SSB radio but not a lot you can do with it easily. I bought one many years ago from Copper electronics - it's been solid but nothing to write home about.
     

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