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Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby eifpaz » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:29 pm

Hello all

I’m trying to find out the value of some old radio equipment that has been lying unused with my local Air Cadets for many years.

The first set is a Pye SSB 125T which comes with the separate power pack, original microphone and the original user manual. This is in MINT working condition.
The second set is a Heathkit HW-101 and also has the original power pack. While not in as good condition as the Pye, it is still in great condition.

We are currently upgrading out equipment in the view of starting Foundation Licence courses with the help of our local club, so we’d like to sell these to buy more modern equipment. So if anyone can please advise me as to what these are worth and the best place to sell them, I’d be really grateful please?
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby m0lsx » Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:46 pm

I love valve equipment & in particular Pye radios, but that pye is are not common radio that I know anything about.
What little I do know is,. The 125 is a re badged RCA transceiver that ran off either 12 or 24 volts depending upon the power supply. If it is in mint working condition, then it could be worth a fair amount. The 125 should run at 125 watts on HF.
The HW-101 is a great radio but they can be problematic to keep on air as finding 6HS6 valves is hard & a matched pair almost impossible. But options are available.
I would suggest you talk to someone who can see the radios & know what they are talking about.
As these radios will fetch good money if sold in the right place & via an amateur.
Selling them yourself will always reduce the price as you cannot show them working or answer questions. If an amateur can show them loaded into a dummy load with power output seen, the price will go up.
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby eifpaz » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:49 am

Thanks for your reply.

We have been in touch with members of our local club and while they advise me that this kit is collectible, they have no idea as to the value. They have switched the sets on and everything appears to be working fine, but I'm sure they would carry out an test that may be needed.

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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby m0lsx » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:55 am

The Heathkit is not uncommon & is a sort after radio by those who like valved radios. But putting a value on the Pye is much less easy. It would probably sell best sold on something like ebay, but only after it's existence had been made known, among those who collect rare radios, or Pye radios in particular. As like that you would potentially have several people prepared to spend some serious money bidding against each other.
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby m0lsx » Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:10 pm

One point..The Heathkit was sold as a kit..Unbuilt, these are extremely rare, but when in the more common ready built condition. The price varies between say £150 to around £400 as an average. But that depends upon the conditions of the valves & the competence of the builder.
If selling on ebay, put lots of pictures & give the inside a good clean, show all the valves are present, show the radio loaded into a dummy load, show the soldering, show the power supply, show the tuning belt at the back of the radio is whole. In fact why not put a few on the advert & then offer a email containing more detailed ones in the advert.
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby eifpaz » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:28 pm

Thank you for the advice.

They are both great bits of kit, the Pye especially.

We are looking to start training our Cadets who have shown a great interest in the radio kit we have been given so what ever we can get for the radios will be plowed back in for new radio equipment so that they can give many further years of training for the youngsters. I'm really lucky to have our local Amateur Radio club on-board and helping out as i am a complete novice myself, but, as they say, you're never to old to learn something new!!!

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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby eifpaz » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:57 pm

Sorry to bring this old thread back, but I really need to sell these radios to purchase new kit for the Cadets. Any suggestions as to where to sell them and what price to ask please?
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby m0lsx » Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:25 pm

As I said above. I would go the ebay method. But put as many photo's up as you can. Show the build quality of the Heathkit, as it was sold as a kit. Soldering especially. Show them loaded into a dummy load if they are working as that will up their value considerably & if possible sell them via an radio amateur who holds a full licence, or via someone who is relevant trade qualified, so they can answer questions intelligently.
Both Pye & Heathkit have their followers & you will selling to an educated market. So advertise them right & you will get interest.
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby Chris P » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:16 pm

there is a HW101 on ebay at present with an asking price of £130 if you watch that auction you may get a good idea what yours may fetch
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Re: Pye SSB 125T & Heathkit HW-101. Value please

Postby G4RMT » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:30 pm

To be honest, neither is going to get you much money, as practically they're dinosaurs to use, but the Pye might make a bit more as the radio did have proper history. It was the model distributed to cold war control centres, where it was called the LDR - Last Ditch Radio. As in when everything had been blown up, irradiated and communications had totally broken down, you pulled one of these from it's EMP proof case, fired it up and talked to others with one. It's a long time ago now, and I can't remember the frequencies, but quite a few of these were given to Army and Air training centres when no longer needed towards the end of the 80s. So maybe the Pye would fetch more because of what it was used for? As both of these items are so old, values are going to be dependent on the knowledge of the buyer. I doubt they would make more than perhaps £50, if that, in fully working order, because interest would be essentially nostalgia based.
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