N6KN Rocco again claimed the top score with a 731,168 points! He was also the high CW and SSB scorer!
N2AK Mario reentered the top three with a score of 389,147.
JA3KNB Kazu was again in third place with a score of 249,492 and the high AM score.
This is a new category designed to allow CXers without an extensive collections of boat anchors to compete.
N2BE John returned to the top of this category with a score of 56,744.
W4BOH Wilson moved to second place with 30,850 points.
K4JYS Bill dropped to third place with a score of 26,824 points.
The scheduled times and bands for Japan-US QSOs apparently worked but was not used by many CXers. N6KN Rocco and JA3KNB Kazu were able to have QSOs on 20 and 15. Rocco's observatiion tells the whole story about scheduling: "I never would have heard him with my yagi pointed east."
We will try to schedule this again for the next CX. Check the CX website in September for specifics.
N6KN Rocco subimitted this: "Best Chirp nomination goes "hands down" to Mike, WA1JAS, with his BC 191, which was an honest 599C - an impressively "unique" keying note."
W4IBZ Bill repiorted that W4BOH has a very chirpy,drifting Meissner Signal Shifter. Wonder which one it is. He has three or four.
N2BE John opined: "John (K3MD), who was running an NC-270 and an ARC-5 with a really Horrendous (capital "H" here) chirp. This chirp sounded like it was starting down in the CW DX-zone and ending somewhere up near the Fone frequencies.
Is there a category for classic broadband; or would that be called "spreading-spectrum"?! (HI)
In any event, John sure has my vote for "Best Chirp"; possibly "Best Chirp Ever" !!!"
N2BE John reported: I caught up with Ed (WIHNJ) who was operating the original station equipment from the famous hospital ship, "SS Hope". This MacKay Marine equipment is now housed within the former WCC (largest US ship-to-shore marine coastal station, at one time) building at the Chatham Radio Museum in Massachusetts."
Thanks to Ed the operator of the museum station W1NHJ. And thanks to John for encouraging him to work more CX stations.
See Ed's report at the end of the newsletter.
And on the other hand...
Ron K2RP's Knight T-50 brought back memories to WB2AWQ Howie. I had one of those T-50s once � it was a great all-band (at once, including TV channels 2 thru 7 ) transmitter that the non-ham portion of my family hated. Hadn�t heard one of those in years till my QSO with Ron.
N2AK Mario: The Winter 2015 Classic Exchange was a fun time once again. Seeing the glow of my 811 hmbw amp is sure a hoot!
WB2AWQ/7 Howie: Had no unforeseen issues, no surprises, no smoke, so I guess you�d call it a success!
K4IBZ Bill observes:
Yes,we seem to be a rare breed of hams who have fallen in love with these antique time machines.
....the smell of warm plate transformers, dust burning off ancient vacuum tubes and the sweet smell of heated wax dripping off capacitors.
W7DRA/8 MIKE (who should be a novel writer): It was a cold and dark windy night when i arrived in Centerville..................the weather had been hard on my DX20 as it only worked on 40. 40!.......... a second rate band, but what could i do?
Be sure to read N2BE John's report from the CLIMATE CLASSIC RADIO and ANTENNA PRESERVATION CENTER at the end of his CX report.
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Thanks and 73,
|JANUARY 2015 CX|
|CALL||NAME||CW||AM||SSB||FM||NOVICE BONUS||MFG RIG BONUS||...TOTAL...||COMMENT|
|N6KN||Rocco||354,528||-||374,640||-||-||2,000||731,168||High OVERALL and High SSB Scores|
|JA3KNB||Kazu||113,925||38,594||94,973||-||2,000||-||249,492||High AM Scores|
Started on 7045 at 6 am - 40 was open up and down the coast. Mark, W7ESN and I traded qualification contacts - he obviously has a lot of boatanchors, and some of them are unusual. I heard and worked W8ZR's FPM-200 - the note is very characteristic - too bad mine was toasted. At 7 am, Ron, K2RP and I met on 3845, but the band was terrible between us, so we moved to 40. That meant that I had to retune most of the rigs that I had spent Saturday tuning on 80 - nuts. That said, Ron and I managed to plow through a pile of rigs at both ends. My apologies to anyone who heard us and could not break in - that would have been fine if they had, by the way. I liked Ron's Heathkit Marauder the best. At 2000, tried 20 and immediately worked WC, W4BOH and his souped up Signal Shifter. 20 was wide open, and there was very little QRM - this was a big improvement in scheduling! No more Salmon Runners!
Signals of note: Carl, W21QK, had a great note from his homebrew 200-W transmitter; Mark's second CE- 100V had a great chirp, but his 32V-2 had that soft early Collins keying sound. The band was very good - I had a call from Matti, OH3PE, over the pole, with good signals both ways.
At OOOOZ, I found Kazu, JA3KNB, on 21045 with a decent signal from his Drake C Line. I quickly worked him with four of my own rigs. The band was not good, but it was open. At 0100, I found Kazu again on 14045 and worked him with the "high power" B&W 6100/30L-l (600W) station - signals were not as good as on 15, but he was easy to work. Thanks to Kazu for suggesting the times and frequencies - I never would have heard him with my yagi pointed east.
Moved to 40 at 0115 and found the band open to all over the country. Nice to hear Mark, K3MSB, on his B&W 5100B (I was using my B&W 6100). Best Chirp nomination goes "hands down" to Mike, WA1JAS, with his BC 191, which was an honest 599C - an impressively "unique" keying note. John, N2BE, had good strong signals out here from his HX50 and Gonset GSB100. At 0410, I tried 80 - for once, the power line noise was less than usual, and I heard and worked several east coasters, including Bill, K4IBZ, on his Globe Scout Deluxe - very nice! I ended the contest with - who else? - Jim, W8KGI, with his TBS 50.
Began on 7250 with Larry, WB6QKO, and Ron, K2RP, at 7 am local. We qualified several rigs during the morning hours and had breaks from Dick, K6BZZ, John, K6KOI (TR7), and Lee, WB6SSW (CE200V/HRO- 60!). Ron and I ran through our respective piles of rusty radios, and by 1900Z, almost all of my SSB rigs were qualified. I went to 10 m and found the band wide open across the country. I stayed there (~28430/28438 kHz) for the afternoon and worked the pileup; being on top of the 10-10 contest helped generate activity, so the scheduling was good. Notable signals: Ray N9SND (Swan 700 CX), Casey KXON (PRC2200 and whip), Mike WD5CVN (HW 101), and Russ KE8AHF (Siltronix 10-11!). Many QRP and "challenged" antenna stations made the grade - the noise level was very low. After dinner, Ron K2RP and I worked a few SSB/AM qsos on 3852, and that was it. Great CX, as usual- it's always fun when 10 is open. We really need a new CX frequency there, however - perhaps 28470. Yes, I know that some 60's rigs need an extra crystal to drop below 28500 - but a lot 10 m operators stay between 28300 and 28500. Anyway, 28430/28440 worked well for me.
Tony/ N2ATB produced 25 CW QSOs and 27 on SSB. John N2BE was there for 25 CW and a whopping 35 on SSB contacts. Paul /W8TM worked me 3 times on SSB. I was happy to hear some newcomers to CX and I hope that continues.
Here on the East Coast, the SSB portion was very lightly populated. The big hero for me was John/N2BE, who was there all the time. He did QSY to 80m at night but unfortunately not many others were there. I did work Mac WQ8U from NC several times and also John K3MD from Pa. Hope this low turnout for SSB was a fluke.
This was the first time I was able to use my Heath twins, the Apache/Mohawk for both CW and SSB on CX. I picked up an SB-10 adapter for sideband and it works very well � but I just use it on 40m since it has a ton of controls to switch bands. The twins are a real nice example of late 50's Heath design.
This was the second year I was able to use my ARC/5 4 pack. It has a tx/rx for 80 and 40m with a common enclosure/ps. It's neat to think that gear was built before I was born.
My new (to me) SX-25 and Collins 310B for a gem to use � and just look at! They represent mid 1940's radio design, a period of time I really enjoy. They are built like tanks. A friend just delivered a Gonset GSB-101 to my garage. Next yearI hope to exceed the signal Wilson puts out with his 310B and hmbw 813 amp.
I fixed-up a Hallicrafters FPM-300 for this CX and it's a neat hybrid rig, like the TS-520. It was in need of a lot of work but considering it was the last xcvr that Hallicrafters ever made, I think it was worth it for me. I also have a TS-530 that is in need of some repair, but I did get a few (non-qualified) QSOs with it. Next year it will be a workhorse. .
To summarize, I show 99 CW QSOs with a total age of 2321 years, and 88 SSB contacts with age of 1811years . This produced a total score of 389.147. .
See you in September! .
Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States
CX Machinery List(2015 Jan)CW
75 QSO s
SSB AM Report It was only 15 and using 2 ele HB9CV.
Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States.
After,TOMO/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with AM QSOs. about 1 and a half hours working.
CX Machinery List(2015 Feb)SSB
73 QSO s
CX MACHINERY LIST (2015 February) AM
46 QSO s
73 QSO s
46 QSO s
NOVICE RIG: Heath DX40 and Heath HW8
Was able to qualify lots of rigs with Rocco, N6KN. Always lots of fun working with him and his great collection. Had the opportunity of visiting him shortly after the CX.
Not as much time or energy as I usually have, but gave many rigs a good workout. AM activity virtually nil this time. The 10-10 contest and open band gave me quite a few contacts on 10 meters, which can be a challenge for some vintage receivers. I used my SB303/401 for 10 meters. These are the units I built in 1970 or so, and kept all these years! Still working great.
My Valiant, HRO60, and GSB100 were out of service shortly before the contest, and the Globe Chief blew a fuse during the cw session, but everything else made it through!
Click HERE to see Ron's many stations.
K2RP Summary Winter 2015 QSOs Ages Score AM 7 171 1197 SSB 86 1340 115240 CW 56 1896 106176 BONUS R100 RX 1000 BONUS BW 6100 1000 BONUS NOVICE 2000 AT1/R100 Total 226613
ClickHERE for pictures of Ron's many stations.
See you in the fall!
As you can see, I had a good time on the CW portion of the CX. I started off about 4 pm on 20 from the "summer shack" when we finally got back from Church and lunch with friends. I hadn't had time to try out gear and fix things that weren't working earlier - just had to turn things on and use what worked.
I neglected to qualify the 75A3 and HRO-50R1 because I wasn't watching my log carefully enough, and I also got on but did not qualify a few other pieces of gear (Adventurer, HQ170A BC348, and AT1) as 20 wound down and as it was getting pretty chilly in the garage. About 6, I went inside and fired up on 40 - made 18 contacts there, amazingly all six pairs that were tuned up on 40 worked. I quit for supper around 8 and made a fire in the wood stove to keep Kathy warm. Got back on 80 around 8:40 and worked there until midnight. Contacts were a little sparse at first, but things soon got going, and I eventually made 37 QSOs and got all six pairs qualified there as well, plus I pulled up some of the gear from 40 for more fun. I managed a two-way Meissner Signal Shifter QSO with Wilson, copying him on the FBX and NC-173.
Altogether, I qualified 17 transmitters (DX-100, Valiant, Viking I, HT-20, Apache, DX-20, 100V, BC459, NTX-30, T-150, T4X, 32V3, Millen 90800, CBY52209, 1941 Meissner Sig Shifter, HT-32, and my Wn4VIV novice rig) and 16 receivers (NC303, SX28A, HRO5TA1, HQ-120, HRO-50, NC-200, HRO, BC455, R4B, RME69, 75A4, SX28, NC-101X, FBX, NC-173, and BC454) on 20, 40 and 80, filled three log pages with 76 QSOs, and had a very good time.
The phone version of the CX was a very different story, at least from out here in New Mexico. I got on 20 from about 9 to 10 am before Church. There were no AM stations of any stripe on 20, and no CX stations on SSB. I finally got an answer to my CQs from AH6V in Hawaii at 9:38, and I managed to qualify my B&W-6100 and SB-400 but no receivers before I had to leave. I got back on 20 a little after 4 and once again there was no AM activity at all and no one working the CX on SSB. I finally gave up trying to squeeze an SSB contact out of guys who were working DX or other contests about 4:30, and I went inside where it was warm to try 40 meters. There were no CX stations on either SSB or AM, but there were three regional guys from Colorado and Arizona in an AM roundtable up on 7293, and they kindly let me join in and qualify four pairs (100V on AM!, 32V3, T-150, and NTX-30/NSM transmitters and HRO-50, 75A4, NC-200 and SX-28 receivers). Around 6 I tried 40 SSB. 7250 was clobbered by an SWBC station, so I called CQ up five and wound up working fellow CXer, W7FOX! Chris, or Fox as he is known on CW, was the only actual CX participant I worked all day. Between Chris and three other stations I eventually made 13 SSB QSOs on 40 and qualified the hard-working 100V, T4X, HT-32, HRO-50, R4B and 75A4. My last contact was with Mike, N4ILK in North Carolina running a TR4CW barefoot - Mac you've got to get a decent antenna up! I quit around 8 pm and went into the living room to enjoy the fire and to watch Downton Abbey with Kathy.
January/February 2015 CX Summary, W8KGI Mode Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs Score AM 18 526 9468 SSB 19 443 8417 CW 76 2209 167884 Totals 113 185769 Novice Rig HB 6AG7/6146 HRO-50 2000 Bonus Rig B&W-6100 1000 Grand Total 18876973,
I ran six transceivers, two transmitters and three receivers. It was fun but I was disappointed in the lack of participation in the Phone portion. I look forward to the next CX in September.
Thanks for sponsoring this fine event.
Equipment used for both the Phone and CW portion of the contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (36 years x 2 = 72 years), a Kenwood TS-830S (34 years x 2 = 68 years), a Kenwood TS-440S (28 years x 2 = 56 years), a Yaesu FT-101EX (38 years x 2 = 76 years) and a Drake TR-4C (41 years x 2 = 82 years).
Equipment used only in the CW portion was a Heathkit DX-60A transmitter (50 years), a Heathkit HR-1680 receiver (38 years), a National NC-98 receiver (60 years), a Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter (53 years) and a Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver (53 years).
Equipment used only in the Phone portion was a Ten-tec Argosy (34 years x 2 = 68 years).
The total age of the gear used is 608 years for CW and 422 years for SSB.
MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE SSB 42 422 17,724 CW 69 608 41,952 TOTALS 111 NOVICE RIG TS-520S TS-520S 2,000 GRAND TOTAL 61,676
I was not able to get all sixty-eight (68) of my classic rigson the air during the allowed time. I did manage to get sixteen (16) of them on the air with 3 contacts per rig.
I found I was' working the same stations over and over, who had multiple rigs like me. Yes,we seem to be a rare breed of hams who have fallen in love with these antique time machines.
After the smeil of warm plate transformers, dust burning off ancient vacuum tubes and the sweet smell of heated wax dripping off capacitors. I totaled my up my score and found I did fairly well with a total score of 49,250 points.
If you would like to view some pictures of my shack please go to U-TUBE and search K4IBZ SHACK VIDEOS. There is a slide show and a recent video posted by my friend (K4AHO).
Here is a list of the rigs I was able to actually get on the air from my QTH. 1. Kenwood TS-520 Circa ---- 1975---40 yrs old 2. Kenwood TS-520 Circa-----1977----38 yrs old 3. Kenwood T-599-D Circa-----1974----41 yrs old 4. Kenwood R-599-D rx. Circa---1974--41 yrs old 5. Swan Cygnet Model-260-Circa --1968--47 yrs old 6. Ten Tec Century -21 --Circa---1976--39 yrs old 7. Heath DX-20 --Circa--1957---58 yrs old 8. Heath DX-40 --Circa--1957---58 yrs old 9. Heath AT-1-- Circa--1955---60 yrs old 10. Hallicrafters SX-100 rx.---Circa--1957--58 yrs old 11. Lafayette HA-350 ----Circa--1964--51 yrs old 12. Globe Scout Deluxe tx.--- Circa--1960---55 yrs old 13. Home Brew,tx. single 6146 (MPO) Master Power Oscillator crystal controlled 22 watts RF Output from 1963 A.R.R.L Handbook (55 yrs old). 14. Home Brew tx. single 6V6 crystal controlled (MPO) .Master Power Oscillator circuit based on AMECO AC-1 diagram (59 yrs old). 15. Johnson Viking Adventurer tx. --Circa--1953 -- 62 yrs old ORIGINAL NOVIGE STATION (2,000 point bonus). 16. BC-348 Army Signal Corps rx. WW2 Vintage (75 yrs old).
The above listed item 15 and 16, the Johnson Viking Adventurer transmitter and the BC-34B Army Signal Corps receiver, were my original novice station giVing me 2000 additional bonus points to add to my score.
I worked N2BE the required 3 contacts and each time I worked N2BE he was on a different rig thus making it possible to score the addition 2000 bonus points to my final score.
MOST UNUSUAL RIGS: The unusual rigs I made contact with were owned by W4BOH a very chirpy,drifting Meissner Signal Shifter, a Eico 753 also known as the Drifty (53) known as THE DRIFTY (53),owned by AK4YN but his was rock solid stable.
This winters� CX found me under the weather, nonetheless I managed to get most of my CX gear on the air, including one that I was making mainly for the Novice Rig roundup, a 1939 era MOPA using a 42 oscillator and a pair of 807s in the final. It still had a couple of bugs to work out, as it got some T8 tone reports. It was, however, my highest QSO producer. 20 meters was the high band producer for me this time, and even made one QSO on 15 meters, with Jim KG0PP, who was running a TS-530S. Just like last time though, it seems all my QSOs were from here out west, or on the east coast. The heartland was silent!
Had no unforeseen issues, no surprises, no smoke, so I guess you�d call it a success!
Notably absent (almost) in my log this year were the mil rigs. Only worked one, Tom K6LQI with an ARC5.
Noteworthy rigs I worked were Marek W7ESN with a Morrow pair MB565 and MB6, and Ron K2RP with a Knight T-50 and an R-100A. I had one of those T-50s once � it was a great all-band (at once, including TV channels 2 thru 7 ) transmitter that the non-ham portion of my family hated. Hadn�t heard one of those in years till my QSO with Ron. Also, tried (in vain) to make a Millen 90800 to Millen 90800 QSO with Jim W8KGI but he disappeared too fast following the last of our QSOs. (Jim cheated with his Millen though, he had an SB-200 pair of shoes on it.)
Despite a fever, aches, and all that other winter time crud, 29 QSOs times 893 CX years plus a 1000 point Novice rig bonus I managed 26897 points. Missed the phone session due to the XYL being in the hospital.
See you all in September!
SSB: 7 Rigs: SB-101; FT-301D; FT-901DM; FT-101Z; FT-757GX; IC-735; IC-751A 96 + 78 + 74 + 72 + 62 + 58 + 50 = 490 years x 21 =10,290 CW : 4 Rigs: SB-101; FT-301D; FT-901DM; TT Argosy 96 + 78 + 74 + 68 = 316 years x 13 = 4,108 CLAIMED-SCORE: 10,290 +4,108 = 14,398 Points OPERATORS: VE7BGP NAME: Gerry Pement ADDRESS: 5430 Big Bear Ridge ADDRESS: Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K2 ADDRESS: Canada
Another item that was restored this winter is a Hallicrafters "HT-18" vfo. This particular unit has a yellow dial-pointer and an "AB" prefix to its serial number, which I understand indicates a very early production model (probably late-1947). Anyway, it sports an 6L6 output tube that is run in class-A (no doubt to eliminate loading-down of the power-supply when it is keyed). Class-A amplifiers run very hot, and after studying the situation, I decided to solid-state the tube rectifier (another source of considerable heat) and go with a choke-input power-supply filter. The latter would not only improve supply regulation but would also reduce the B+ voltage and plate dissipation of the 6L6 output tube (i.e., more heat reduction). As a result, my B+ dropped from the usual 365 volts to 312 volts. The 6L6 now runs a bit cooler at about 13.5 watts input; and when keyed, the B+ does not drop even one volt (How's that for regulation ?!). On-the-air, this little "HT- 18" keys beautifully and is very stable (I adjusted the PA output to match a 50 ohm load). My first QSO with. it on 20 meters netted me a "599" from JY4NE (Jordan). That's with 2.6 watts of QRP output power to my new 3/8-wavelength vertical! I'll take it, HI.
Definitely, my biggest project of this winter was getting the WRL "Globe Champion 150" going. This was Leo Meyerson's (WOGFQ) first transmitter offer from his new "World Radio Laboratories" company (previously "Wholesale Radio Laboratories"). This was the first transmitter to carry the new WRL logo on it; a globe of the Earth with an antenna tower sticking up out of it. Little is known about these transmitters. To me, it looks like it was probably introduced first in 1947, since the "Globe King 275" came later and appeared in the 1948 ARRL "Handbook" ads (which were very likely submitted in late-1947). In any event, the "Champions" were WRL's medium power transmitters. Think in terms of a 140 pound "DX-:100" here; only no vfo, only one xtal position, and you need four plug-in coils for every band you want to operate on (160 to 10 meters). This was "primitive" stuff! ( ... but very COOL, HI) I now have this beast up-and-running and may do a more detailed write-up on it in the future.
Every once-in-a-while, a new product comes along that will make a good replacement for an old radio part. While resurrecting a Globe "Champion 150" transmitter (the first World Radio Laboratories product to sport the now famous "globe with an antenna tower sticking up out of it" logo), I needed a few of those large, 115 VAC panel lamps. My "DX-lOO" uses one; the Globe "Champion 150" uses four. I was at Wal-Mart and checked out their Hardware Department's electrical isle. What l.found there was a very good LED replacement. Incadescent replacement bulbs use four watts of electricity, get hot, and can emit light frequencies that can fade colors (or frequency dial markings 0. The LED bulbs require only 0.9 watts of electricity, remain cool, and emit light frequencies that should not harm colors or dial markings. As I remember, they were less than three dollars for two bulbs. What's not to like?! I bought four; and they are cool (literally) .
My first four QSOs in the CW event read like a "Who's Who" in the Classic Exchange. They were with Tony (N2ATB), WC (W4BOH), Bill (K4JYS), and Jeff (K3KYR). At times, during the morning hours, the CX QSOing was so intense that I couldn't raise anyone I called because a stronger signal got in there first. There wasn't even a space available to call "CQ-CX"! It was a great start to a great event.
In the early afternoon, I hooked up with another "Who's Who", John (K3MD), who was running an NC-270 and an ARC-5 with a really Horrendous (capital "H" here) chirp. This chirp sounded like it was starting down in the CW DX-zone and ending somewhere up near the Fone frequencies. Is there a category for classic broadband; or would that be called "spreading-spectrum"?! (HI) I guess John was going for "Worked All OOs"; or is that "OH, OHs"?! In any event, John sure has my vote for "Best Chirp"; possibly "Best Chirp Ever" !!!
By early evening, I caught up with Ed (WIHNJ) who was operating the original station equipment from the famous hospital ship, "SS Hope". This MacKay Marine equipment is now housed within the former WCC (largest US ship-to-shore marine coastal station, at one time) building at the Chatham Radio Museum in Massachusetts. I had first met Ed a couple of weeks earlier during the "ARRL Straight Key Night" event. He explained that he was showcasing the marine station so hams could hear it in operation. I suggested that he try the Classic Exchange in a couple of weeks. He would be sure to make many contacts then with people who could really appreciate what he was doing. The rest is history. If you want to see what this extra-special station looks like, go to "WIHNJ" at the "QRZ.com" website callsign-lookup function. Thanks, Ed, for the great opportunity to hear and work that station. It sounded "VY FB OM".
I worked WC's (W4BOH) Meissner "Signal Shifter" (with amplifier) several times during the event. I enjoyed seeing the picture of his three "Signal Shifters" in the last CX newsletter. No two looked alike. They appeared to have been all made by different manufacturers. Add to that the fact that my "Signal Shifter" (a 1946, early-"EX" model) doesn't look like any of his, HI. I find that to be amusing.
Jim's (W8KGI) 1933 National "FBX" was the oldest receiver that I worked or heard-of during the event. The oldest transmitters look to be ARC-5s run by K3MD, N2AK, AE6C, and W8KGI; and Meissner "Signal Shifters" run by W4BOH, K4JJW, and W8KGI. The realization that these radios were considered to be "old" in the early-1960s is a sobering thought. For sure, considerable effort has been expended to keep this equipment going; and I think we all can appreciate that. One interesting thing I noted in this CW -CX is that I worked only two stations that may have been operating equipment that was less than about 25 years old. It looks like the classic spirit was very alive-and-well throughout this event.
One of my favorite contacts of the Fone event was a Hallicrafters "SR-160"� to-"SR-160" QSO with Dee (N2AK). These very early 1960s, SSB transceivers are rarely heard on the air these days, even though they are still fine performers. Dee hauled out and operated many other rarely heard pieces of equipment such as: Central Electronics "20A", Hallicrafters "FPM-300", and a National "NCX-5". Dee and Tony (N2ATB) live close to each other and are about 85 miles due-south of my QTH. Forty meters has, in recent years, cooperated in returning their strong, high� angle signals to this location. It has been a real classic "party" being able to work them and their collections of classic equipment. However, I fear that propagation conditions are slowly changing and soon our signals will be once again going over each others' heads. But for now, the "party" continues on.
I noticed that Fred (VE1FA) was very active on SSB from Nova Scotia. He was putting out a very commanding signal with his Collins "KWM2A". Phil (AF8H), in WV, had a great signal with a rare, low-power SBE "model 33" transceiver. This radio was the first in a series of ahead-of-their-time radios featuring bilateral circuitry (i.e., circuits that work one way on receive and in the opposite direction for transmit). AI (W8UT) was running a not-often-heard Johnson "Invader 2000" with apparently good results.
Well, another Classic Exchange has come and gone; like the tides at the Jersey shore. We have once again showed the world the adeptness of older communication technologies; even if we may have horrified some listeners in the process (HI). Thanks to you, Mac; that "tide" will return once again in September. In the meantime, I wish all CXers a good summer; ... see you all in the fall.
As for the 2015 hurricane season, your "C-CC" is following up on very early signs that October may once again prove to be the most critical month. It is a little too soon to "pin down" a date or even to determine just how serious any threat might be to the U.S. East Coast. As of now, I wouldn't worry about hurricanes getting in the way of your summer vacation plans. It's more likely that a tornado, spawned by a kinesis-related storm, will be of greater concern. In any event, your Climate-CRAP Center will remain vigilant and pass on any new information of concern (burp !).
I have to get going now on my log and commentary for the winter-2015 cx. It looks like my total score will be a little better than that of winter-2014. The radios and the ops just keep getting better with age. I'll drink to that, too.
P.S. - "Cold-807s" around here are usually mean Yuengling "Black & Tan".
K4JYS EQUIP. USED: EICO 720 - 1958 DX40 - 1958 VIK 2 - 1952 DRAKE 2B - 1961 HQ110 - 1957 SX71 - 1950 TOTAL YEARS: 354 TOTAL QSOs: 73 BONUS POINTS: NOVICE XMTR - DX40 (1000 PTS) TOTAL BONUS PTS ---------------1000 PTS TOTAL SCORE: 354 YRS X 73 QSOs (25842) + BONUS (1000) = 26842
Thanks again to Mac and all his helpers for a great CX
73 de Bill K4JYS
Will play in WPX RTTY, then ARRL DX CW, big effort. By Sept. will buy a mic plug for TR-4... lost my old adapter hihi
Rigs 6MJ6 HB: 25 Drake 2C: 50 GT37: 57 TR4: 102 ARC 5: 40. 41 ARC 5: 80 AC1T: 52 Glowbug 40 6AQ5: 25 Total: 393 CW only... usually do not op SSB weekend Score 393 x 48 = 18864 Novice rig (AC1T) = 1000 Total 19,864 Pix.. no change from earlier years hi hi 73, Best wises as always, John K3MD
I tried to work you and BOH around 5PM on 40m, but neither of you heard me, probably each's rcvr was blocked by the other guy's signal. One of you had just worked my neighbor, K4JJW, in his first CX. I hope I got him hooked, he's a CW man, might not get on the fone secn.
cu on fone? I've got the Invader 2000 ready, you oughta hear that.
Thanks for keeping the CX going.
"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
I was delighted to work Dick WA4BNO and Denny AE6C, both running ARC-5 transmitters!
Gear Year Age B&W 5100B 1955 60 Hallicrafters SX-111 Mk 1 1965 50 SCR-274N 80M TX BC-696A 1940 75 SCR-274N 80M RX BC-404A 1940 75 Total Age 260 Mode # QSOs Age Score CW 12 260 3120 Total 12 260 3120 Novice Rig B&W 5100B SX-111 2000 Bonus Rig B&W 5100B 1000 Grand Total 6120
Looking forward to the September 2015 event!
RIGS USED: Harvey Wells TBS-50: Age 64 years Hallicrafters S-76: Age 63 years Johnson Ranger I: Age 54 years Drake 2B: Age 51 years Total Age: 232 years Number of QSOs: 7 Score 1,624 Novice Rig Bonus 1,000 Hallicrafters Bonus 1,000 Grand Total 3,624
My father Charles Younger W2ND (SK) used the Harvey-Wells as a mobile rig along with a Gonset Tri-Band converter, Dynamoter and Master Mobile Antenna. An employee of WABC, he rented it to them to use in Washington, DC for Pressident Eisenhower's Inauguration in 1953. He built an AC power supply for it.
I use it with a Hallicrafters HA-5 VFO and the S-76.
It was a cold and dark windy night when i arrived in Centerville..................the weather had been hard on my DX20 as it only worked on 40. 40!.......... a second rate band, but what could i do? wait until morning and put up an antenna (for you antenna buffs, a 240 foot dipole off center fed 85 feet from one end with 300 ohm twin lead) why 240 feet you say? that is as long a piece of wire i had. why 85 feed you say? that makes the feed line come off at a right angle to the garage get the dx20, bc453, bc455, antenna tuner, key etc, and go in and get warm. the bc455 single unused 12sr7 diode as the mixer driving the 453. after wrapping myself in a sleeping bag and a blanket, i started operating Sunday morning about 10am. now if this were the CQ-contest web site and i said i had worked such a massive number of stations rock bound in so little time, there would be a knock on the garage door and a polite bearded man asking to see the log. to preclude this i have (in the flavor of complete transparency) included a copy of the much massaged (and rewritten in ball point pen) log sent to WQ8U.
Mike is not kidding! To see a picture of him operating this CX. click here
I started after lunch and found nothing on 10 meters. There was a monster DX pile up on 20 meters around the nominal CX frequency and no CX activity on either side. 40 meters was much better with a number of the usual New Jersey CX participants: N2ATB, N2AK, N2BE. My Hillsborough neighbor, W4BOH Wilson, appeared running one his many Meissner Signal Shifters.
Those transmitters have generally gotten a bum rap being referred to as Signal Drifters. Given adequate warm up and a little TLC occasionally they work just fine. Maybe not to the satisfaction of Rice Box operators with their digital, take no prisoners filters, but that's their problem. The Signal Shifters are, generally, a fine match for classic receivers.
I was using my old trustworthy Drake Twins: T-4X and R-4A and a sagging dipole suspended between a military surplus aluminum mast and a twenty foot, four inch diameter bamboo trunk harvested from a neighbor's bamboo patch. In Hillsborough? Yep, just two block up the street. That stuff is really hardy and aggressive. I live in the Historic District where the Historic Police are on the lookout for things that might disrupt the "historical environment." The mast blends into the tree line and you don't notice the bamboo until you get close.
As the afternoon wore on more non-NJ CXers appeared including another North Carolina regular K4JYS, Bill with a good sounding Viking II. Those are great old transmitters and still worth having even though the TVI problem they were so heavily designed to avoid is no longer with us. W4BOH appeared with a different Signal Shifter, I think he has three or four of them. W7DRA/8, Mike, was heard operating his chirpy rock bound DX-20 from his daughter's place in my old area, Centerville, OH.
After dinner I connected with N6KN, Rocco. He said he had made four QSOs with JA3KNB, Kazu in Japan.
I put the Drakes aside and started the Heathkit HW-101. First up was K4JJJ, Dick another Tar Heel state ham, who was running a Viking Ranger. Nice solid transmitter. N2AK, Mario, part of the NJ CX community, was next up with his Ten Tec Argosy. K4JYS, Bill, connected with his Eico 720, a rig which is not that common. It has a very unusual tube line up including a GZ-34. What, you don�t remember that? 80 meters was a reasonably good place for CX QSOs aside from some lid continuously sending dits near the CX activity.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day of CX CW.
The phone portion of CX was not quite the same although many of the same CXers were there. I got the Drakes to work together and drive the transmitter from the receiver � almost like a transceiver hihi. Mario, N2AK was there with his Swan 270 and then his Swan 350. John, N2BE with his rarely heard Gonset GSB-100 was the next contact. The band seemed rather busy and I couldn�t hear any more CXers so I called it a day and went to dinner with the XYL. At least I got one receiver / transmitter pair qualified.
CW QSOs: 10 AGE: 189 CW SCORE: 1,890 SSB QSOs: 3 AGE: 90 SSB SCORE: 270 TOTAL CX SCORE: 2,160
Things will be better in September!
On Straight Key Night, I was running a vintage shipboard radio console that we have at the WCC museum here on Cape Cod.
I worked John N2BE, and he encouraged me to put the rig on for the cw cx, which I did.
Now, this rig isn't a piece of classic ham gear that we all remember, so I am not sure what some of the other CXers thought about it, but John seemed quite enthusiastic.
Anyway, we gave out a few cx qsos and I am submitting a spreadsheet as a checklog.
If you check out W1HNJ on qrz, you can see the beast.