Tag Archives: Amateur radio

T-R Time Machine

This past January, I became aware of a new event celebrating the vintage rigs popular in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, the Novice Rig Roundup. I love the tube rigs from that era, and absolutely had to put together a … Continue reading

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In the loop.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the weather in the Northeast is finally summer-like. We were at the upstate QTH over the weekend expecting to be doing some work on the place, and so combined the holiday with a few vacation … Continue reading

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A tale of two VFOs

I am always a little surprised at the constant learning experience afforded by this hobby. My assumptions are usually incorrect, but the discovery of what is actually going on is always entertaining and instructive. Consider the story of the two … Continue reading

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Rockbound no more… almost.

The saga I am about to recount is too involved for a single blog post, so this is part one of two. After enjoying a month of the SKCC K3Y operating event in January, I was really excited to learn of … Continue reading

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A complete digression.

Happy New Year. Now that the holidays have passed and time has started to free up a bit, I’ve found my way back to the bench and started to resume experiments on a space charge tube regen, And while I … Continue reading

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A key repair.

Back at the beginning of November I happened to be in the local Barnes & Noble bookstore on a Sunday afternoon, when I noticed signage for the “Mini Maker Faire” event B&N was holding the following weekend. My initial reaction … Continue reading

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New Wire

Almost exactly three years ago, super storm Sandy made landfall in our neighborhood, with devastating results. While we did not suffer much damage compared to many others, we were without power for fourteen days (a record for us) and a … Continue reading

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J-38 Madness

As I mentioned last post, the SKCC Weekend Sprintathon for October was all about keys. I heard all kinds of keys on the air during that contest, and many of them were J-38 keys. The J-38 is the quintessential, all … Continue reading

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If it ain’t fixed, don’t break it.

This past weekend saw one of my favorite operating events, the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) Weekend Sprintathon. Just a bunch of guys sending slow to medium speed CW, exchanging SKCC numbers, and generally hanging out amidst an atmosphere of … Continue reading

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2B Redux

My infatuation with boat anchors has begun to reassert itself this summer, with the sudden acquisition of a Drake-2B receiver. I like working with separates: a tube transmitter like the W1TS Simple Transmitter or the QRP Blowtorch, and a vintage receiver … Continue reading

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