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Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 13 May 2018, 16:12
by dipstick
True and the listing has gone now, always a challenge is ebay, you have to read between the words to get an idea of what is being sold, good, bad or ugly.

mostly ugly but some gems still appear.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 13 May 2018, 17:44
by Transwarp
The thing is that the 'good' radios made in the 80's are now approaching 40 years old, it's inevitable that they're not going to perform as they once did, time takes it's toll on anything so a few faults is to be expected (previous butchering/screwdriver-ing jobs excluded) that's why if one is working fine then best stay out of the innards and enjoy what you got, as once adjustment pots / cans and components start getting disturbed other problems can creep in. With electronics of certain age the caps dry out and a replacement of all is one of the good things to do - but only if it has to be done - and is done properly. I've seen more 'solder experts' work than I've had hot dinners, good solder works I've seen a lot less of.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 15 May 2018, 20:38
by AxleJack
I'm jealous. Magpie is considered the best UKFM ever made, by many. And its the rarest.
When I had a collection of UK CBs I hunted for one and couldn't find one.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 17 May 2018, 18:13
by Oggy
This is my Magpie Autoscan 5000.I still own it.
I can't believe I filmed this 9 years ago......Mad!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeCTIJNdu7c

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 17 May 2018, 19:10
by The Collector
Hey Dave..good to see you posting matey! :)

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 17 May 2018, 21:01
by AxleJack
I saw the adverts for that Mercury back in the 80s, but I thought they were fantasy until now.
You have a top class collection Oggy.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 19 May 2018, 08:20
by Retrodog
Mudslinger wrote: 13 May 2018, 07:45 I cannot understand how it could be used and untested.

Untested is usually a euphemism for knackered.
Or it could mean it has been used in the past and not been tested before being put up for sale.
Anyway I'm pleased to report it's now been tested and working very well at my home qth :thumbup: nice price paid too
He who dares.....

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 19 May 2018, 09:57
by Mudslinger
Sounds like a result. :)

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 19 May 2018, 11:29
by astradyne
I've never owned or used one, but they do look nice and I've always heard reports of them being good quality radio's.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 19 May 2018, 15:28
by The Collector
£99 incl. postage was a bit steep for me. I stopped watching it after my £25 monthly limit lol.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 19 May 2018, 21:07
by Retrodog
Having experienced one for a few days I'd have paid what the op paid for his. They are rather nice on receive, I connected mine to a decent speaker and it sounds very nice. Tonight I have been using it to chat around Europe as the band has been wide open.
I'd love to own and use a boxed minter.
If one comes up put my name on it....

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 30 Mar 2019, 03:39
by Edgar2018
If anyone has mics for sale for these I need 7 !,,,, got 9 of these ladies now... lowest serials are number... `2` and number `4` of the line... best cb ever ? no. Interesting ? Yes...

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 30 Mar 2019, 19:10
by The Collector
There's been 2 Magpie mic's for sale on ebay in the last few weeks, one for £15 and the other for a tenner plus postage. I think the latter may still be running.

I've only got one excellent nick boxed Magpie myself (never felt the need to collect more than 1 of each personally), but I have 5 I think it is now of the EMS Mercury in its 3 colour variants (4 if you include the mirror gold and satin gold finished front panels) and 2 different coloured cases. There are 2 rare portable versions are amongst them.

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 02 Apr 2019, 06:29
by Edgar2018
Bought the one for 15 last week.. 2 are the very low numbers (no.2 and no.4) and 2 others new boxed never turned on. With not that many made a good collectable. Anyone know where No. 1 is if it`s still around

Re: Magpie autoscan 5000

Posted: 02 Apr 2019, 19:18
by The Collector
Mine hasn't got a serial number on it for some reason, so does that make it no.0 ? ;)