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Need Info on restoring Knight-Kit C540 CB transceiver

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marh

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Just got a Knight-Kit C-540 tube type CB transceiver, circa 1964-1968. Its in pretty good shape, and actually includes a microphone. Unfortunately, it does not have the AC or DC power cord. I need information, schematic, or Manual for this radio to make up my own power cord (It has an 11 pin jack on the back.) Cant find any info online except for pictures of the radio. Does anyone know anyone that has this radio or information? Thanks, Marvin
 

bharvey2

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Did you try SAMS Photofacts? It's been decades since I've even seen one but they used to provide copies of schematics and repair manuals.
 

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Restoring old tube equipment is time consuming and expensive. In particular old electrolytic capacitor may need to be replaced and care should be used when applying power. Knight-Kits were never top of the line and I built a few in the day. Also this is a crystal controlled 23 channel radio. For a fraction of the cost of restoring it you can buy a 40 channel radio with SSB. It will never have the performance of a modern radio. If we were talking about older tube type ham radios like Collins, then restoring is a good thing to do. However, a Knight-Kit is a non starter.
 
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