Rambling on is good, that's what the forums are for. I also just broadcast to the area around me with no idea if anyone hears it but I do advertise by putting signs on the community mail boxes. But people go around blind and don't see anything unless it flashing lights or something to get their attention. I'm not in a good area for what the format is. I think the mailgirl listens in her mail truck when here in the area. As for the crystals I think the Rangemaster also has a frequency agile model which in my mind is better than having a separate crystal for a frequency. They are the only one that does it that way. About that one you got on Ebay didn't the seller say not working? or just "untested".
It's been about 5 years ago, I don't recall the exact description but believe it was something like "lightly used, working when removed from service", it certainly was not described as untested or non-working. It was one of 3 (I think) units he sold that came from a prior operation in Key West. I bought the last one. It didn't include a crystal nor power supply but included the pole mounting hardware (which was actually still physically attached to the transmitter housing when I received it, .. I think about six inches of the cable was even still attached... Anyway it wouldn't work more than a few seconds at a time upon powering it up. Contacted the seller a couple times with no response, and then gave up without filing a claim. I kind of think he must have known. EBay can be a gamble but in most cases I've been satisfied.. this tome was an exception.
I probably did.. I just searched my mail inbox and see I actually bought it in the summer of 2012 (longer ago than I thought) and it was only $290. Like I said it was the last of three units he had for sale. Upon looking at it I now remember why I felt secure in bidding.. The sellers name was Guy Deboer who operated KONK konklife.com/guy-deboer-2/, I probably had asked why he was closing the station, but really don't remember. Guess I thought a part 15 broadcaster wouldn't screw a fellow hobbyist, but he never replied when I contacted him saying it arrived non-working.
Did you ever get it working or back into service, or find out what the problem was?
I had issues with my transaction with my Procaster, bought from another Part-15 operator over Ebay. First it was a delay, they were out of town, then I didn't hear anything, so I wrote and he'd send it next week. Then he had family emergency, and more, I'd wait a few weeks each time. More delays and it was past Ebay's time limit to file a report.
I kept asking and finally got the unit after something like 6 months. I thought maybe he didn't want to sell it after all, but he's one of those extremely busy people it's like he has so many things to attend to that he's doing a dance, banking on which commitment he can let slide, and which is going to get him in trouble if he doesn't do it next.
Likely when his radio project was finished he wanted to sell out, left it in the dust and was on to the next project.
No hard feelings really, I ordered in the fall and couldn't put it up until the spring, and the unit was exactly as described and I'm happy about its operation.