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CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER February 2002 CX


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HIGHLIGHTS

EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

SCORES

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

W8KGI
Jim

N6KN
Rocco

K9VKY
Brian

WQ8U
Mac

W5TVW
Sandy

N5AIT
Al

WB2AWQ
Howie

K3ZX
Mark

W7ID
Jeff

NE1S
Larry

KC8JX
Larry

WA4HLV
Jeff

K2TOP
Rob & gang

K1LKY
Roy

K8BVJ
Jack

K8NU
Carl


FEB 2002 CX HIGHLIGHTS

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

In the September 2001 CX Newsletter, Al, N5AIT, announced he was passing on the responsibility for organizing and reporting the CX events. Al had been responsible for the mechanics of the CX in some way since its inception and had been its backbone for a number of years. He did a tremendous job and deserves a big thank you from all of us who benefited from his untiring effort and enjoyed this great event. Jim, W8KGI, and Mac, WQ8U, agreed to become co-sponsors and keep CX rolling. This newsletter is the first output of that effort. Howie, WB2AWQ, stayed on as the announcement coordinator and Marty, AA4RM, is hosting the website. At the suggestion of some CX regulars some changes were made for the upcoming September 22nd CX including longer hours, 160 meter frequencies, and 10 meter AM frequencies. The CX website has also been rejuvenated and includes prior CX newsletters, a history of the CX, a rogues gallery showcasing classic stations and operators, and awards. Hopefully these changes will add to the enjoyment of CX for all involved.

HIGH SCORERS - HOW IT’S DONE

Jim, W8KGI, is the hand down champion CXer! His score of 7,793,310 is really something - and he claims he even took time out to have dinner with his XYL! His station (actually there are two - one for summer and one for winter) was nicknamed the “BA switchboard” because of his ability to rapidly switch from rig to rig to rig to … If you have worked him you have probably experienced the “QRX while I put another rig on.” Rocco, N6KN, is no slouch in that department either. Unfortunately being in CA is a slight handicap that limited his score to a mere 3,691,776. He also claims a handicap because his son’s Nintendo can’t stand up to his Johnson Desk KW. .Howie says”...had to tell Rocco I had a sked, otherwise he might have kept up switching rigs until the cows came home”. Rocco used 17 rigs that had a total age of 704 years. In third place was Brian, K9VKY, with a score of 3,190,880 earned with a stable of 17 rigs working 5 bands. Check out the Rogues Gallery for some impressive collections of BAs.

INTERESTING RIGS AND QSOs

Scores, number of rigs, and the age of the gear are not really all that CX is about. It is the joy of getting those classic old rigs on the air again and reliving the joy (and pain) they bring. Jeff, WA4HLV, got out the rig he used as a novice in 1974 and put it on the air at the last minute just to get into the fun. He claims it did not have the chirp back then. Jeff, W7ID also has his novice rig on DX-20 & SX-110. Mac, WQ8U, qualified a recreation of his novice rig: Heathkit AT-1 and Howard 435A. Larry, NE1S, used a 1936 RAL which was a commercial design that continued to be used in marine applications into the ‘60s; Sandy, W5TVW, also qualified one; and Howie, WB2AWQ claims he actually operated one on a ship in Hackensack, NJ (Is there that much water in town?). The Globe Scout rigs in various colors continued their participation: Al, N5AIT, with his Burnt Orange (BOGS), Jim, W8KGI with his Blue-Green (BGGS), and Jeff, WA4HLV, with his Rusty Grey (RGGS). Homebrew rigs were numerous - and old! Howie, WB2AWQ, qualified a 1932 HB superhet and a 1928 HB push-pull Hartley with 211s. Sandy, W5TVW, qualified a 1929 design ‘10 Hartley and claims the possible first CX 160 meter two-way QSO with Hartley oscillators when he worked AC5AM. Mark, K3ZX, did so well with his B&W 5100B, he reports he has picked up a B&W 5100 to keep it company.

AWARDS

The most noteworthy award is the “Best Excuse” Award which is presented this year to the gang at K2TOP - the Garden State Top Band Club. Their newsletter report gives all the gruesome details about how they deny responsibility for the power outage and the child labor activities that bolstered their score. Actually, it sounds like they were well planned and off to a great start to set records as the first multiple operator CX entry - that is until Rob went for pizza - the downfall of many a good team.

The “High Score” award goes to Jim, W8KGI.
The challenge has been issued!

The "Lowest Score" award goes to Roy, K1LKY.
He made one contact and fully reported the details plus a close up picture of his intense operating posture. From the looks of it, he may need that flame proof key next CX.

The “Wait Until Next CX” award goes to Jeff, WA4HLV.
He made a last minute appearance using his original Novice rig (Rusty Grey Globe Scout 65-B and BC-348) and managed 3 QSOs. Obviously a dedicated CXer who is set on improving his score - he got a Viking Valiant for the next CX.

The “Worst Signal Not Noticed By An Official Observer” Award was not presented this year because of obvious insufficient participation by the OOs. There were just too many potential awardees and no OO postcards were reported.

The "Most CX-like Quotation" Award goes to Rocco, N6KN.
He reported on a recent acquisition and provided his philosophy:
"This one was pretty rough when I managed to acquire it and required a lot of work. However, it works great now and is one of my favorites. The case is beat up, but I tend to leave most of my cases that way - the "patina" makes them more valuable, right?... "

STAND BY FOR SOME UNUSUAL PARTICIPANTS

Check out this web site for another version of the CX announcement.
Russian CX Announcement

WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

The CX is first and foremost a fun event. It has as its real purpose the reactivation and operation of those classic old rigs that hams had so much fun with, were so proud of, or just really wanted some time ago. Keeping in that spirit, we need to continue to adjust the CX to meet the needs of the CXers who build / rejuvinate and operate those wonderful old rigs. Some of the suggestions previously made have been incorporated into this upcoming CX. Other suggestions have been made, such as extending the time for the contest, adding another day, making one day voice and the other day CX. These and other ideas need to be surfaced and discussed. At the same time, we need to keep in mind the objectives of the CX and the other organizations with companion objectives and their contests. Please send your suggestions and thoughts via e-mail to Mac, WQ8U or Jim, W8KGI.


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EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

TRANSMITTERS


B&W: 5100B, 6100
Central Electronics:20A, 100V
Collins: 32S-1, 32S-3 (2), 32V-2, 32V-3 (2)
Drake: 2-NT, T-4X (2), T-4XB (2), T-4XC (2)
E.F. Johnson:Viking Kilowatt Desk, Adventurer, Navigator (2), Ranger I (2), Ranger II, Valiant (2), Viking I, Viking II
Hallicrafters: HT-18,HT-32B
Harvey-Wells: TBS-50C converted to TBS-50D, TBS-50D
Heathkit: AT-1, DX-20 (2), DX-40 (2), VF-1 (2), DX-100 (2), Apache TX-1, Marauder HX-10, SB-401
Home Brew: 1928 p-p 211s Hartley; 1929 design '10 Hartley; 1929 UX-219 TNT; 1934 p-p 801s TNT; 1936 p-p RK-34 Osc / p-p RK-34 final
Lettine 240
Lysco 600
Meissner: 1941 Delux Signal Shifter; 1948 Signal Shiftger EX
Millen: 90800/90711; 90800/90881
Multi-Elmac: AF-67
Surplus: CBY52209 (Navy BC-457), Navy Collins TCS-12, BC-459
WRL/Globe: Globe Scout 65B (Rusty Grey),Globe Chief 90A, Globe Scout 680 (Blue Green), Globe Scout 680 (Burnt Orange)

RECEIVERS:

Breting: 14
Collins: 51S-1 (2), 75A-1, 75A-3 (2), 75A-4 (4), 75S-3 (2)
Drake: 2-B (3), R-4A, R-4B (3)
Hallicrafters: SX-28, S-40A, SX-100 (2), SX-101A (2, SX-111, SX-115
Hammarlund: HQ-110, HQ-129-X, HQ-170 (3)
Home Brew: 1932 design Superhet Howard: 435A
National: FB-7, HRO (2), HRO-5, HRO-50, HRO-50R1, NC-173, NC-200, NC-303
Multi-Elmac: PMR-7
RCA: 8506B (2)
RME: 45, 69 (2)
Surplus: BC-454/BC-453; BC-455/BC/453; Navy RCA RAL-7, RCB, RBB, R-388, R-390 (3)

TRANSCEIVERS:

Collins: KWM-1
Collins: KWM-2, KWS-1
Hallicrafters: FPM-300, SR-150 (2); SR-400 Cyclone (2)
National NCX-5
Swan 350

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

Code Training Unit AN/GSC-T1 (see K2TOP)



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SCORES

STATION

OPERATOR

SCORE

W8KGI Jim 7,793,310
K6KN Rocco 3,691,776
K9VKY Brian 3,190,880
WQ8U Mac 1,396,570
W5TVW Sandy 1,190,400
N5AIT Al 1,044,888
WB2AWQ Howie 614,250
K3ZX Mark 224,112
W7ID Jeff 174,720
NE1S Larry 108,438
KC8JX Larry 83,880
WA4HLV Jeff 636
K1LKY Roy 261

NOTE: K2TOP was the first Multi-Op CX participant. Operators were: K2WI, Rob; WB2WCO, Jeff; WW2Y, Peter and his harmonic Grace.


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REPORTS

W8KGI, Jim

Wow, what a CX! The bands were jumping, even the 40 meter jingle bells were penetrable, a lot of guys showed up, and I managed to qualify all twelve transmitters and receivers. [Only 12 Jim? Slowing down to give others a chance?]

Of course there were a few problems along the way. The Lettine 240 was skittish on 40 when I tuned it up on Saturday, and it absolutely refused to put out 40 meter RF on Sunday. It was making RF somewhere, but the SWR indicated it sure wasn't where the antenna tuner was set. With a little extra time on my hands before dinner, I went out to the garage and borrowed an 80-meter coil from the Globe King, and doggone if the Lettine didn't settle down on its 3548 crystal and work just fine. So I paired it with the HQ-170A and made three QSO's just before Kathy called me to come and eat. [Jim obviously not only knows his rigs but also his priorities.]

Twenty was especially good this time. I managed to break through the din into K2TOP's AR8506B before their lights went out. Their Millen 90800/90881 sounded great. I couldn't resist working F5RFS in France and EA7FI in Sevilla, Spain along the way. Not bad for a 32V3 from New Mexico running into a 4 wavelength center-fed Zepp!

I worked Al, N5AIT, on 20, 40 and 80 - a CX "Hat Trick" - we haven't done that in quite a while if ever. Al used his BOGS on 20 and I countered with my BGGS on 80 (that's "burnt orange Globe Scout and blue green Globe Scout respectively). He had his TBS50D on 40, shades of the very first NX in 1975, and I had my TBS50C/D on 80. I worked you (WQ8U) on 40 and 80 too, but that's just "old hat" for us. Dennis, W5FRS, had a 1937 Meissner Signal Shifter, the very first one, driving a pair of 808's on 80 meters and slamming 599 into New Mexico. I promised to send him info on the 40 and 20 meter coil sets, so look for him to put that rig on the higher bands in the future.

The bottom line is 59 QSO's, an age multiplier of 1295 years, and a total score of 7,793,310.

On to September, and 73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

Equipment on the air at W8KGI:

RECEIVERS:
BC-454/BC-453, BC-455/BC-453
Collins 75A-4
Drake R-4B
Hallicrafters SX-28
Hammarlund HQ-170A
National FB-7, HRO, HRO-50, NC-173, NC-200
RME-69

TRANSMITTERS:
BC459, CBY52209 (Navy BC457)
Central Electronics 100V
Collins 32V3
Drake T-4X
Globe Scout 680 (BGGS)
Harvey Wells TBS50C converted to D
Heathkit DX100
Johnson Viking Valiant
Lettine 240
Meissner Deluxe Signal Shifter, 1941
Millen 90800/90711

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N6KN, Rocco

Ten meters hung in there for the Feb activity, although the Sunspot cycle is waning. I made most of my contacts on 10 am using the Apache and 32V-2. I did not use the Viking Desk - it wipes out Ch 2 and my son's Nintendo on 10. Too bad, because it really attracts qso's on 10 am. [Rocco, if you can't operate it, a number of us would be glad to keep it warm for you :-) ] Twenty and Forty CW were also productive, although by the time I was down there, most of the East Coast and Midwest were on 80 or having 807's or something. However, I did work most of the regular suspects. Thanks to W8KGI for hearing my pitiful low dipole on 80, hich allowed me to squeak in qualifying my DX100 and B&W 6100.

New for Feb was the B&W 6100, which is one of my more Interesting acquisitions. This one has very few hours on it. I found some problems when I went through it and managed to get it working more or less up to spec, although the drive is still a bit low for my tastes. However, it really is a deluxe transmitter and fun to operate with the three "Kilocycles" control knobs. Also new for this contest was my second beat up SX 115. This one was pretty rough when I managed to acquire it and required a lot of work. However, it works great now and is one of my favorites. The case is beat up, but I tend to leave most of my cases that way - the "patina" makes them more valuable, right? Also, I am lazy about painting.[Again, another CX'er with good priorities.]

Looking ahead to September - I have not been hearing much on 10 am, although the fall conditions could be better. If 10 am is open, I will start there (near 29.00, and thanks for including that freq in the suggested phone freq list.) If no propagation on 10, I will be on 20 CW at the beginning of the activity. I have been pondering how to generate more interest in CX. Ten am is great for that, because I can chat with the stations who want to understand what it is, if they are unfamiliar with it. This is tough to accomplish on CW in a short time. I may try some 20 SSB and 40 SSB, just to see if I can get some activity going. If anyone wants to try this with your own classic SSB equipment, let me know. I can hear most of the country on 20 SSB at the beginning of the contest. The Cyclone III really penetrates the QRM. [Rocco is nominated for our on air activity development chairman]

I will send some pictures of my "Wall O'Radios" and other Operating positions via a second E Mail, because the attachments are long. Not sure if they will make it in one package - may have to break them up

Anyway, hope to hear you in September!

And here is my oft-repeated plea to begin CX earlier - such as 9 am EST, or even include Saturday (same hours). I like to spend time explaining and promoting CX to the new guys, but then I run out of time to work the regulars and qualify all the stations here. I know we would have much more West Coast activity, especially on 40, if we started early in the morning. 40 tends to be a great band to work up and down the West Coast in the mornings and afternoons - but it is really TOUGH in the evening, especially trying to handle the Midwest and east coast QRM with vintage receivers, low power, etc. The skip is just too long, and the broadcast stations tear it up. 80 cw is not very popular out here, for unknown reasons; 75 am is a good idea, but most activity tends to be in the form of vintage nets, which are not good for CX type exchanges. Another way to approach it is to try both Saturday and Sunday - perhaps phone only on Saturday (avoiding all the classic SSB nets on Sunday), and CW (or both modes) on Sunday. That would tend to concentrate the activity on the listed frequencies. The vintage phone only day would really help to promote CX, which deserves it, because it really is one of the most friendly and fun events on the air. Having CW on Sunday would tend to encourage folks to drag out the dusty Globe Scouts, DX 40's, and other low power junque that gets out better on CW. I am certain we would have many more vintage rigs on CX if we had two days. I know some people want to keep this low key and short, but why limit the fun? We need to encourage new guys and casual operators to try this, not make it difficult. I usually have several guys on 10 am work me, find out about CX, and then drag out another dusty rig or two just to see if they can work me again. If we some of this on Saturdays, we would undoubtedly have a bunch of guys show up on Sundays with the stuff they dragged out of the closet on Saturday. And that's the real fun, right? Two days - more hours. Please! [Good suggestions. Please let me or Jim know how the rest of you CX'ers feel we could make CX even better -Mac]

73,
Rocco Lardiere N6KN

Summary for N6KN:
57 Q's x (33 TX's + 34 RX's + 25 band-states) x 704 years CX = 3,691,776

My qualified stations:
1. Apache/75A4
2. 32V-2/R390A (Imperial)
3. Hallicrafters SR400A "Cyclone III"
4. Hallicrafters SR 150
5. National NCX-5
6. Heath SB401/SB301
7. Ranger II/Johnson Desk/75S-3
8. B&W 6100/SX115
9. DX100/NC300

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K9VKY, Brian

As always the CX is a good time, and the February 2002 edition was no exception. Band conditions were reasonably good, and it was great to meet some of the new guys to our hobby as well as the regulars. Hats off to W8ZR's fabulous sounding FPM-200, W9VC and his homebrew peanut whistle, and K2LMQ for having the presence of mind to move to Arizona! I was, however, disappointed to not work WB2AWQ's historical transmitters, W2LYH's all homebrew station, nor N5AIT's famous Burnt Orange Globe Scout. And, sadly, 30 minutes of trolling on 160 meters yielded nothing but white noise here in western Pennsylvania. [Can't do much about the QRN but, hopefully Sept 02 CX will have more CX'ers on 160]

Far from the efforts of years past, the 37 QSOs on five bands with 17 transmitters and receivers came up with a score of 3,190,880.

I may try to get a photo for you from the submarine USS Requin where we sign NY3EC if I end up in Pittsburgh on CX Sunday. Keep an ear out for both stations.

Here's hoping we can all get together again in the Fall CX---keep those rigs glowing!

K9VKY Brian

RIGS:
Hallicrafters FPM-200
1929 Homebrew UX-210 TNT transmitter
Collins 75A-3
Heathkit DX-20
National HRO-5
Johnson Viking Adventurer
Collins KWM-2
Collins KWS-1
Collins 75A-4
Collins 32V3
Collins 75A3
Collins 32S3
Collins 75S3B
Johnson Vikiing Navigator
Johnson Viking Ranger
R-388
R-390A

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WQ8U, Mac

The stars were all in alignment and T.O.M. was smiling on my shack. I got 10 rigs to come on the air when asked - that’s a first (that all the rigs I primed actually came on the air during CX). I have been studying W8KGI’s techniques and determined the trick to a real fun CX is to have a number of BAs warmed up and then try to convince them it would be fun to get out and play with their peers during CX. He does make it seem easy - Marty, AA4RM, has him tagged right “The BA switchboard in Albq.”

My best contacts were made with my Heathkit AT-1 and Howard 435A; these are the same models as I used in 1954 as a novice - without the VF-1 of course. I don’t remember the QRM being as tough then Hi. The “slight” chirp on several of the rigs folks were using seemed to help receiving them. I believe that is referred to as having character. I did not get any OO post cards this time.

Aside from the RTTY noisemakers on 40, things were good there so I decided to stay there until after dark when 80 became useful. I managed to work most of the CX regulars: WB2AWQ, Howie; N5AIT, Al; AA4RM, Marty; W8KGI, Jim; W5TVW, Sandy; K9VKY, Brian, K3ZX; K9STH, Glen; W8ZR, Jim; and our only multi-op (when it was on the air) W2TOP. Missed N6KN - apparently one of the few who did. What a ball!!!

Can’t wait for September.

73
Mac, WQ8U

RIGS:

TRANSMITTERS:
Drake T-4X
Johnson Viking Ranger I
Johnson Navigator
Johnson Viking Valiant
Heathkit AT-1 with VF-1

RECEIVERS:
Drake R-4A
RME-45
BC-348-Q
National HRO-50R1
Howard 435A

SCORE:
QSO = 35
STATES = 14
RX WORKED = 27
TX WORKED = 30
AGE OF MY RIGS = 562

35 x (14+27+30) x 562 = 1,395,570

WQ8U Mac

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W5TVW, Sandy

Again, only one station worked on 15 meters, K2TOP. I started there and called CQ CX many times but finally gave up as 20 meters was buzzing. A good amount of activity on 20 meters this time. Worked Jim, W8ZR and his buzzy FPM-200. He had a very nice signal with it this time. As things thinned out, I dropped to 40 meters. Activity was good, but there was some kind of !@*&+! RTTY/digital event going on! As usual, the RTTY guys didn’t give a damn about whose frequency they were on. Another reason to have separate sub-bands for CW and digital modes! Most of the signals were good and readable in spite of the QRM. [Good ops like Sandy seem to know how to work around stuff like that - even with classics like his RME-69] After dark, I shifted to 80 meters. Activity there although fair, was not great. Conditions seemed very good there, but not many “Cxers” around.

I managed several contacts with good reports with the bread boarded 1929 style Hartley oscillator with a single ’10 tube. The only other Hartley I worked was Bob, AC5AM who had a 211 Hartley running. Speaking of Bob, I’d like to claim possibly the first “CX” 160 meter two-way QSO of the year (at least in this area) with Bob AC5AM on 1816 Khz. on 160 meters! [Sandy had a lot of company with the really old rigs this CX.]

I was a tad more organized this year and had room on the operating table for ‘odd-ball’ rigs like my 1936 breadboard all triode rig using a pair of RK-34’s in the final. I hope to have another antique MOPA rig going by the Fall CX!

See you all then?

73,
Sandy Blaize, W5TVW

Summary of Equipment and Scoring

Summary of equipment used at W5TVW:

Hallicrafters HT-18 VFO/exciter, circa 1948
RME-69 Receiver, circa 1936
Elmac AF-67 Transmitter, circa 1954
Elmac PMR-7 Receiver, circa 1954
Hallicrafters SR-400 Transceiver, circa 1965
Hallicrafters SR-150 Transceiver, circa 1961
Homebrew 1936 design RK-34 P-P osc., P-P RK-34’s in final amplifier on breadboard, circa 1936
66 Navy Collins TCS-12 transmitter, circa 1942
Homebrew 1929 design ’10 Hartley Oscillator, circa 1928
Navy RCA RAL-7 receiver, circa 1941
Henry Radio 2K-2 Power amplifier, circa 1967
Drake 2NT Transmitter, circa 1966
Drake 2B Receiver, circa 1961

CX multiplier (Total years) = 744
Total Receivers + Transmitters (USED) = 15
Total “States” =25 Total QSO’s =40 40 X 40= 1600
Total score = 744 X 1600 = 1,190,400

W5TVW Sandy

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N5AIT, Al

Dear Mac, Jim and CX'ers,

Sorry to be so late with my CX report [It wasn't really late Al, but Jim W8KGI had already tuned up 12 rigs for the next CX when your report arrived.} I think passing along the CX administration came at just the right time: I have not been on the air at all since that contest, and the "radio corner" of the basement has been neglected since that time. Too much other "stuff" in my life, as somethines happens, much of which is not my first choice of what I would like to be doing!

I got most of my equipment qualified for this one (of course, I have olso sold off a lot of what I had, which made that much easier). Transmitters qualified were the oldstandbys (guess they're ALL old!) Harvey-Wells Bandmaster TBS-50D, the Viking I (which has since been passed along to a good home), Viking II (still doing just fine since I rescued it from its 20-plus year storage in a barn and got it going again), Globe Chief 90A, Lysco 600 which used to belong to Stu K8SJ (SK), T-4XB, and of \course the ever-popular "BOGS", the Burnt Orange Globe Scout 680. Receivers qualified were Hammarlund HQ-110 and HQ-170, Hallicrafters SX-100 (rescued from the dumpster at a Cincinnati hamfest and restored to life some few years ago). Drake 2-B and R-4B, and the latest addition to the collection, the one I had always wanted, a Collins 75A-4.

Returning to my usual CX operating form, I started on ten meters and moved lower until I found a band open and working. I heard some DX on fifteen but no contacts. Twenty meters got things rolling, picking up Sandy W5TVW and Jim W8KGI among others, and a prestty decent signal from Jim AD4YM's KWS-1. Slight envy there: the Sangamon Valley Radio Club (W9DUA, Springfield IL) of which I was a member when I was first licensed (high school days - late 50's) had a KWS-1 which I operated a few times [Pretty ritzy high school Al} Seemed to get out all right.

Moving down toforty meters after twenty seemed to be tapped out, I made most of my QSO's. Conditions were pretty decent and I did manage to work coast to coast and border to border, adding friend Marty AA4RM (with his infamous "69's" setup: (Stancore 69 and RME 69), CX stalwarts Howie WB4AWQ, Brian K9VKY, Al W8UT among others, and much pleased to contact brother Ben K9KOM running his B&W 5100 and GPR-90. Sspeaking of heavy metal... This time Ben no longer had the "antenna came down in the ice storm (which it did some time back) excuse; I dug up a Matchbox for him, and I think he was using it to feed a long piece of abandoned telephone wire draped across the tops of bushes. Hey - it worked!

I finished on 80 workig you, Mac, and a plethora of Jim W8KGI's rigs in a burst to the finish line. One of these days I gotta get out to New Mexico to see all of his stuff and how he has it conntected to switch in and out!

So with a CX multiplier of 591, my final score worked out to be 1,044,888. Not a bad CX run, if I say so myself! [Good job Al! Hope you can top it in Sept 02 CX]

QSOs: 26 Rigs and states worked: 68 CX multiplier: 591 Score: 1,044,888

List of Equipment Used:
Globe Scout 680 BOGS
Globe Chief 90A
Harvey Wells TBS-50D
Viking I
Vikikng II
Lysco 600
Drake T-4XB
Hallicrafters SX-100
Hammarlund HQ-110
Hammarlund HQ-170
Drake 2-B
Drake R-4B
Collins 75A4

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WB2AWQ, Howie

A SPECIAL NOTE TO AL N5AIT

Al, in spite of the confusion re the actual date, seems things worked out very well. Your last task as official overseer of CX was a great one. Very pleased to work you on two bands, even if one was not under such good conditions. Had to pass this one last CX log/letter through you, please forward. I/we really do appreciate all the work that goes into doing something like this, and CX has become a part of preserving our radio heritage thanks to your (and Jim and Marty as well) efforts and those preceding you. I am sure Stu knows and follows what he/you started.
73 and keep in touch!
//Howie WB2AWQ

FEB 2002 CX COMMENTARY

I thought conditions this CX were better than in a long time. Also a first for me, some AM phone contacts, on 10 meters. Nice thing about 10M AM is that most people there are running CX rigs. I tried to get my T4XC to load decently there but no go, so used a cheater rig TS-440. [We will have to have Jim W8KGI talk with you about real time rig repair to keep this pollution of the Classic event under control.]

Went from there to 20 CW and the joint was jumpin. Lots of Action including one DX station who called me, a guy from Czechoslovakia, but he wasn't running boatanchors. It's nice to hear some of the same standout rigs from year to year - Al N5AIT's Globe 680, and Sandy W5TVW's Elmac pair AF67 and PMR7, W8ZR's FPM-200.

Down on 40, things were also busy, but there was considerable QRM from the RTTY gang. Didn't see a contest listing in QST for RTTY but they were there, all over the place. Did manage 8 QSOs there including one with another Swan 350. K2TOP requested I go to 15 meters, so I did that one with him, but heard no other Cxers on that band.

At last, my favortie band - 80 meters. Brought out the big guns, my 1928 push-pull Hartley oscillator with its pair of 211 tubes. 80 watts output of not-so-pure RF pollution, big sparks at the key, and filaments bright enough to read by. I coupled this with my pristine National HRO, and a HB 1932 Jim Lamb single signal superhet built by my dear friend Art W4AWS (SK). First QSO was with Larry, NE1S, who was also running a P-P Hartley, but with 801 tubes (mine are bigger!). Larry was also using an RAL receiver, one of the best TRF radios going. I know because we used one aboard the USS Ling SS297 in Hackensack NJ. Larry gets my vote for the neatest rig on the air. [Maybe we should have that as an additional reporting element in the future. We could have a "Neatest Rig" award.]

There was a move afoot to try some 160-meter activity, so about 0030Z I hooked up yet another Hartley oscillator, this one with a very pretty HV18 150 watt triode running about 40 watts out, and reconfigured my antenna coupler to accept 160 meters. Called and listened for about 20 minutes near 1810KC but heard no Cxers. I personally would like to include 160 in the lineup for CX but guess we needed more coordination on this. Too bad, another 70 or so years in the multiplier would have been great......... [Plan on having those 71 years in Sept 02 CX]

Jumped briefly back to 20 meters CW. Had a 0100Z sked there but first ran into Rocco N6KN, who started out with an SR400, then another rig, then another....had to tell Rocco I had the sked, otherwise he might have kept up switching rigs until the cows came home.

This was a great CX, lots of old friendly faces, lots of new ones (for me at least).

CUall in the fall!
Howie WB2AWQ

Total CX age multiplier 375 counting Swan 350 and Kenwood TS-440 X2
CX score: 26 QSOs X (22 states/countries + 41 rigs worked) X CX mult 359 = 614,250

LIST OF EQUIPMENT USED:
Kenwood TS-440 (1986)
Drake T4XC (1975)
Hallicrafters SX101A (1960)
Swan 350 xcvr (1968)
HB 1928 push-pull Hartley oscillator, pair of 211's, 80W out
HB 1932 single signal superhet
National HRO (1940)

WB2AWQ Howie
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K3ZX, Mark

Had a good time, but must admit I got lazy and decided to NOT lift the HT-32 and HT-37 off the floor for this go-around ! [There is no rule in CX that the rigs must be off the floor.]

The most challanging QSO was working Taylor WA4APB who was running his Central Electronics CE10B with 1/2 watt !! It took 10 mintes to complete the exchange, but we made it !! He snuck up on me later on the same band with his C-Line and almost blew the cans off my ears !!

10 Meter AM -- not much CX activity heard per se. Got quite a few responses to my "CQ Classic Exchange" calls, but I don't think they were formally in the contest.

I was pleased that my B&W 5100B performed well -- it's a great radio. I'm looking forward to the "Fall Event". I've acquired a B&W 5100 (to keep my 5100B company), and should have completed the work on my DX-100B. [Amazing how these rigs seem to attract company.]

End of Soapbox.

de Mark K3ZX

Total CX Multiplier: 184
Total QSOs: 21
Scoring: 10M AM: (18)
States: 6
TX: 6
RX: 6


Scoring: 40M CW: (34)
States: 9
TX: 13
RX:12

Scoring: 80M CW: (6)
States: 2
TX: 2
RX:2

SCORE = QSO's x (Rx + Tx + QTH's) x CX Mult
= 21 x (18 + 34 + 6) x 184 = 224, 112

My radios:

B&W 5100B (1958); Age 44
SX-101A (1958); Age 44
SX-111 (1962); Age 40
HQ-129-X (1946): Age 56 (Early Model with Red Lettering)

> K3ZX Mark
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W7ID, Jeff

I had a ball in this year's CX!

I made 20 QSOs using ten different transmitters and receivers. I started off on 20 meter CW working Jim, W8KGI who in 17 minutes tried FOUR different combinations on me while I was using only one station. Boy did that show me that I need to change how I approach this event. His ability to switch to another set-up all ready tuned up and on frequency is outstanding!

I was using my Hallicrafters HT-32B/SX-115 station. Boy is that gear fun to use. Then I moved over to my vintage number three table and fired up my DX-20 / SX-110 combo. This is my recreated novice station that I used back in 1960 when I was KN0VFZ from Littleton, Colorado.

After I qualified that set-up I sat my Hallicrafters SR-150 transceiver on the table and worked four stations with it including Al, N5AIT who was using his Globe Chief 90A and a HQ-170.

Next I replace the SR-150 with a Hallicrafters FPM-300 that I never use. While I was using this rig Jim, W8KGI called in again and told me that I had a second signal 1 KC away from the primary output. Using this old gear can be quite a challenge. [There is a CX restriction on transmitting on more than one frequency at a time - if you are caught.] I qualified it and retired it.

Next I pulled my Signal Shifter EX down off the shelf and hooked it up to an antenna. I had never even had it on the air. I bought it at a local hamfest several years ago for $8. I paired it up with a Collins 75A1 across the room on vintage table number two. Amazingly, Peter, K2TOP all the way back in NJ answered me on it. Wow it's hard to believe that such low power can make it all the way to the East Coast. [Wow, hard to believe such luck - my hamfest prizes rarely work when plugged in.] I moved the EX / A1 combo to 40 meters and worked a local station then moved to 80 meters to finish qualifying that pair.

So here is my final totals. 20 QSOs using ten different transmitters, receivers, transceivers. Worked 11 different states and I calculate my multiplier as 416 for a final score of 174,720. My best ever.[Good job!! - CX is fun, isn't it?]

My equipment list is as follows:

Hallicrafters HT32B (1961) with SX-115 (1961) both 41 years old.
Heath DX-20 (1957) 45 years old paired with SX-110 (1960) 42 years old.
Hallicrafters SR-150 transceiver (1963) 39 years old.
Hallicrafters FPM-300 (1972) 30 years old.
Meisner Signal Shifter EX (1948) 54 years old
Collins 75A1 (1947) 55 years old.

I know that I want to make some changes to my station and the way that I switch antennas around. Hopefully I'll be able to work stations with more than one rig back to back next time.

73 and see you in the next CX.
Jeff Bishop, W7ID
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NE1S, Larry

Hi Mac! (or is that Eimac?)[This is what some of us have to endure ;-)]

Here's my report from the 2002 Classic Exchange. I'm surprised I was able to make some good, solid QSO's on 15 & 20M with my CE20A barefoot (abt. 10W PEP out!).

The RAL I used is a commercial regen designed and made 1st in 1936. It was a marine receiver - maybe it'd be considered a "military" radio, I dunno. Boats were using them as back-up receivers well into the 60's, or so I've been told. They were manufactured by a few different contractors - I think RCA designed it. It uses 2- 6D6's as tuned RF amps, a 6D6 regenerative detector, a (you guessed it) 6D6 1st audio, and a type 41 audio output. Also had another 41 for AGC, which is in a hokey circuit and not very effective. Everything else about the receiver rocks, though - very stable, quite sensitive, and selective. It has an elaborate (passive, of course) tunable audio filter. It has a separate power supply; both it and the receiver are built like tanks and weigh as much. It covers 300Kc - 23 Mc. There is a LF version called the RAK that covers 15 Kc through 600 Kc; I've got one of those too.[Sounds like Larry and Howie WB2AWQ are members of the RAL fan club.]

I'd love to be able to send you some photos, but it may be a while before I can - I haven't broken down and bought a digital camera yet. I've got a scanner but I don't think I even have a working film-type camera. I've got 4 shacks in my house, and there's classic gear in all of them :>)

Hope this helps! I'll check out the web site.

73,
Larry/NE1S

Total Number of QSO's = 11
# TX worked on 15: 3
# RX worked on 15: 3
# Transceivers worked on 15: 4
# States worked on 15: 5

# TX worked on 80: 3
# RX worked on 80: 3
# States worked on 80: 3

# Transceivers worked on 20: 1
# States worked on 20: 1

Age multiplier: 318
Score = 11 x (3 + 3 + 2x4 + 5 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 1x2 + 1) x 318 = 108,438

Station #1:
15M SSB (3 QSO's):
TX: GSB-100 (1959) age = 43 yrs
RX: HQ-170 (1959) age = 43 yrs
Station #2:
15M SSB (4 QSO's) & 20M SSB (1 QSO):
TX: CE20A (1953) age = 49 yrs
RX: R390/URR (1953) age = 49 yrs
Station #3:
80M CW (3 QSO's):
TX: HBREW TNT w/ PP801's (1934) age = 68 yrs
RX: RAL (1936) age = 66 yrs

NE1S Larry
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KC8JX, Larry

As is usual, I had a great time. I even told the family that I was going to operate some extensively in the CX and they "sort of" let me have the time - thanks family! [What is your secret?] I operated some "newer" rigs this time and had a good time doing so.

In the next CX I will have another transmitter/receiver combo and a "new" transmitter I just got at Dayton. [One of several great BA sources.] So, I'm sure I will have even more fun. I was able to change some of my rig switches around so I could switch rigs and bring them up on frequency a little easier and was pleased at the results.

I used my "new" Drake B-Line this time and qualified a total of three transmitter/receivers (one transceiver). I also worked two DX stations which in all the other CX's I have not done, so that was something new. I love my classic gear and really like to operate it. The CX is a great event that brings out a lot of operators and great olde classic gear. Hope I can operate in this event for years to come.[We do to.]

Started out on 15 meter SSB using my Drake T4XB/R4B and worked four stations one being YS1/K9ULW that had just finished up a QSO with a friend of his and was headed to the Sunday Collins net on 20 meters. He gave me a call using his classic S-Line (32S3/75S3B). I also worked NE1S, on 15 SSB, when he first put his old CE20A on the air for the first time. After about three hours on 15, I switched to 20 CW and worked IZ1AWE, using my classic Heathkit HX-10, Marauder, and Drake 2B.

I worked AD4YM three times on 40 while he was using: DX-40/HQ-140, Ranger/75S1, and lastly his Drake B-line. This is such fun! Worked K9VKY twice while he was using: Collins 32V3/75A3, Ranger/R390. I was able to work two of the three main "cogs in the wheel" of the CX, WQ8U and N5AIT. Allan you started this and I always look forward to it, so thanks a lot for all your efforts over the years. It was great hearing your Viking 2. WQ8U, John, you had great signals here using your Ranger/RME45 and T4XB/R4A. I only missed working W8KGI and his many rigs (along with many others who were probably on but I did not hear).[Hopefully your new rig from Dayton will solve that.]

My total overall score does not matter; it's just great to be able to operate in the CX using my own classic radios and to hear such olde classic radios.

Transmitters:
Drake T4XB Heathkit HX-10 MARAUDER

Receivers:
Drake R4B
Drake 2B

Tranceivers:
Kenwood 940S

SCORE:
Total QSO's: 21
Total Rx's: 20
Total Tx's: 21
Total St/Prov/DX: 16
Band/Mode Score: 466
CX Mult: 180
Score: 83,880

May your days be full of sunshine and good thoughts fill your head.

From: Larry Knapp, KC8JX,
St. Joseph, Mi 49085

Best 73's

P.S.
Mac - am looking forward to working the CX, as always.... will have two new rigs available...DX-20/NC-125 and Drake 2NT/2C...so, looking forward to it....

73,
Larry KC8JX
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WA4HLV, Jeff

Hi Al...
Here is my log for the February 10, 2002 Classic Exchange. This is my 2nd one, but didn't remember it until almost the last minute, so didn't have much time to prepare. I got out the rig that I went on the air with as a novice back in 1974; and managed to make the minimum three contacts with it. I should have spent some time tweaking beforehand, as a slight chirp was reported...(sorry folks... it didn't do that 25 years ago, honest!) [We believe you Jeff, but now it has character.]

I hope during the next CX to enter the realm of AM phone... the Globe Scout's AM is just a little too wimpy to do anything with at 15 to 20 watts output... but just this past weekend I had a Johnson Viking Valiant [Watts are good!!!] given to me by a friend across town. He was cleaning out his basement; and it was one of those "if you don't take it, it's going in the trash" things. Well, he didn't have to twist my arm on that one!

I did hear you on the air during the last CX, but because of the busy frequency did not get to work you. Maybe next time we can get a Globe Scout to Globe Scout QSO going.

73,
Jeff Gregory, WA4HLV / McDonald TN

My rig:
Xmtr - Globe Scout 65-B (rusty gray) year 1957 - age 45 (with Heathkit VF-1 VFO)
Rcvr - WWII Army BC-348 year 1941? - age 61

CLAIMED SCORE:
3 QSOs X (1 XMTR +1 RCVR) X TOTAL AGE 106 YRS = 636

WA4HLV Jeff

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K2TOP, Rob (K2WI)

* * * * * * * * * BEST EXCUSE AWARD * * * * * * * * * *

THE PROMISE - AN E-MAIL SENT ON SUNDAY MORNING

Hi,

The Garden State Topband Club K2TOP will be on for the Classic Exchange this afternoon/evening. The really fun event starts at 3PM Eastern and ends at Midnight Eastern. There will be lots of cool boatanchors on the air. Don't let yours sit there and gather dust, fire 'em up!!

We'll be on :
3545ish with a Hallicrafters S-40a and Heath DX-40
7045ish with a Westinghouse US Navy TBW and RCA US Navy RBC
1404 rockbound with a Millen 90800/90881 and Breting 14
21135ish with Drake C-line
We may also try to get some AM going on 7290 or 29070.

73 and CUL, Rob K2WI

THE CLASSIC EXCHANGE TALE OF WOE(?) from K2TOP

Our operation in the Classic Exchange got started in earnest at 2120Z with Jeff WB2WCO on 14.041Mc using the Millen 90800/90881 and RMCA AR-8506b, and myself on 15m running the Drake C-line. Conditions were excellent. The AR-8506b was a last minute substitute for the Breting 14 which lost its local oscillator about 2 hours before the start. The AR-8506b gave new meaning to a "clear" frequency. A clear frequency is one where you hear 10 stations but none of them are telling you to move to a different one. [That's part of the fun of classic gear.]

Peter, WW2Y, showed up and sat down at the Heathkit DX-40 and Hallicrafters S-40a on 7Mc. Even the Heathkit QF-1 Q-multiplier could not keep the RTTY out of the receiver, but I told Peter to hang in there and do the best he could until the RTTY contest ended at 0000Z. In spite of the interference, this station made the most contacts. [QRM brings out the best in some operators.]

Once we had made the requisite 3 contacts with the AR-8506b for it to count as having been used, we switched to the RCA US Navy RBC for 14Mc. Jeff's brain, taxed from trying to copy one of ten signals heard at a time, was very happy.

Our fourth operator, Peter's 2-year-old daughter Grace, woke up from her nap and joined the crew after a tour of the station. She really liked the mercury vapor rectifiers. She then sat down at her station, consisting of an RCA US Navy RBB receiver and a AN/GSC-T1 Code Training Unit. When she turned the tuning knob on the RBB, she said "Wow". 55 years later, and the quality of that rig is obvious to a 2 year old. [Obviously this child has good ham genes.] She then practiced her dits and dahs on the Code Training Unit. She was kinda freaked out by the headphones. It’s going to take a lot of gentle playing around to undo that visit to the audiologist.

I drove to town to pick up a pizza, and on my return saw Jeff stumbling down the walk to the parking lot as I wondered why he hadn't turned the light on. Wait a minute, there aren't any lights on!! Looks like we have taken another 50-year leap backwards in time and now we are in the 19th century. After briefly wondering if this could be our fault (naaaah), I lit a kerosene lamp and rescued the rest of the crew from the darkness. Peter said that when the lights went out, Grace said, "Uh-oh". We ate our pizza and then Grace initiated a half-hour game of peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo with a 2 year old is great fun, and even more fun by the light of a lantern.

The lights were to remain off for the duration, so we never did get to fire up the Westinghouse US Navy TBW and RCA US Navy RBB on 80meters. The crew gave up on waiting and went home. Well, we had a heck of a lot of fun anyway, especially with our fourth operator Grace. I guess this is not really a tale of woe after all.

How many points for a hit-and-miss engine belted to an array of generators and dynamotors? [Sounds like your are trying to make the case for a new multiplier ;-)]

73, Rob K2WI

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K1LKY, Roy

Mac,

I made just one contact as follows:
2200-2331 EST KZ3X, Mark, He was running a B&W 5100B and HQ-129X. 589 signals both ways.
My rig was the Collins 32S-3 and 51S-1. Antenna was an Alpha Delta multi-band dipole up about 15 feet tuned with a small Johnson Matchbox.
Thanks for all you are doing on the newsletter.
Roy

SCORE:
QSO: 1
Rigs + States Worked:3
CX Multiplier: 87
Score: 261

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- Roy Morgan, K1LKY since 1959 - Keep 'em Glowing!
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K8BVJ, Jack

Hi Mac:

Nice to hear from you agn.....
I just made a notation about the upcoming Sept CX party.... I sure don't want to miss it....hi. [We will all be looking for you on Sept 22nd.]

Here's a picture of my shack and most of my classic gear that's on the air full time, no modern stuff for me.....strictly tubes...hi.
I got my ticket back in 1956....and I still love this old stuff..

I have a web site devoted to ham radio http://community.webtv.net/k8bvj/AMATEURRADIO

Talk to u soon...........................
Jack K8BVJ

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K8NU, Carl

Mac,
unfortunately I wasn't very active in the February CX due to time conflicts.[Carl, you are excused this time but let's get the priorities straight ;-)] But, here's a picture anyway!

73,
Carl K8NU

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CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER February 2003 CX


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HIGHLIGHTS

EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

SCORES

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

W8KGI
Jim

N6KN
Rocco

K2TOP
Rob &
Crew

WQ8U
Mac

WB2AWQ
Howie

W7FOX
Fox

K3ZX
Mark

WJ9B
Will

K9VKY
Brian

W8ZR
Jim

W5TVW
Sandy

AA4RM
Marty

KC8JX
Larry

K9STH
Glen

W2JEK
Don

K5DH
Dean

N5OHL
Jim

W6XA
Paul

K4EJQ
Bunky

KC8UAN
Lyle

K5AM
Mark

W2AGN
John

WA5EUK
Brian

N5AIT
Al


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U

FEBRUARY 2003 CX HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH SCORERS - HOW IT’S DONE

Jim, W8KGI, who came in third in the September 2003 CX, decided that he wasn't going to let Rocco, N6KN, keep the record for CX high score. When Jim makes up his mind, look out! Jim racked up a record setting score of 26,598,000 points using 24 receiver/transmitter pairs with a total age of 2600 years. AWESOME!!! That is a 6.3 dB increase over Rocco's record. Click here to see Jim's "Summer" and Winter" stations

Rocco, N6KN, came in second with 11,388,762 points using 15 stations with a total age of 1162 years. Click here to see if Rocco is still smiling.

Rob and team, K2TOP, came in third with 4,827,216 points. While the total age of their gear was a young 632 years, the team kept all those rigs active to rack up that score. Click here to see the K2TOP team and their rigs.


INTERESTING RIGS, QSOs and ENTRIES

10 Meters
"The sunspots are down, and it's a new ball game." Rocco, N6KN
"10 meters: Too bad this band was a bust." Rob, K2TOP
"The bands were the pits, but I wasn't going to let that spoil my fun. I didn't hear any CX CW on 10 meters at all." Fox, W7FOX
"Started off on 10M AM this year, and got nowhere!" Mark, K3ZX

Mac, WQ8U: The benchmark change to the station was the addition of the venerable BOGS (Burnt Orange Globe Scout), which was passed to me from Al, N5AIT, the CX founder/organizer/former Newsletter producer.

Peter, K2TOP: Homebrew p-p 811s driven by a DX-40 with Northern 115 Variable Master Oscillator. A DX-40 never sounded so good.

WA2AWQ, Howie: About 8:30 local I decided it was time to pollute the ether on 80M, with a couple of HB self-excited oscillators, the potent push-pull Hartley beast with a pair of 211's running over 90W out, and my 1921 UV-202 parallel rig, whose filaments take more power than the plates. Receivers on 80 were a HB 1932 Jim Lamb superhet, and a 1934 single tube regenerative whistler.

Rob, K2TOP: This station was awkward because the receiver (McMurdo-Silver 5c) frequency changed with the RF gain, so we were never really sure where we were listening.

WA2AWQ, Howie: My choice for special kudos this year go to Mac WQ8U, who on 40, for a second rig, ran the most operationally challenging gear, a Heath AT-1 and a Howard 435 receiver. Rob, K2TOP, once again has the neatest rig, an all-Navy setup, TBW transmitter and RBM receiver.

"Mark, K3ZX: The wierd QSO of the event goes to Ed W8NZW. He's 84 years old, and told me he was running an ICOM, but he was in the bedroom and his rig was not. I told him I needed the type of radio, and he said "Well, it's in the other room, but it's 24 yrs old". Hmmm.

K9VKY, Brian: All the smoke started and ended with Collins power supplies. First came the KWM-2, which will be easy to repair, but the heart breaker was with the Collins 310B3. Not only were the power transformer and choke taken out, but there was a PCB "event" with the filter caps while the rig cooked itself all night!

Marty, AA4RM: Fact is I got so entertained with the Navigator/2B & Johnson 500/Pro310, everything else slept.

Larry, KC8JX: But the “hoot of the exchange” was when I worked W8KGI….we went on for over one hour….Oh my….all those rig combinations (12 I counted); I hope I copied all of them correctly; there was some QRM…..what a hoot working Jim.

Glen, K9STH: I suffered a major heart attack on 5 January 2003 and underwent open heart surgery on the 10th (4 bypasses!). Fortunately, there wasn't any damage to my heart at all! Frankly, I was very lucky.

Dean, K5DH: Although I've been a ham since 1977, this was my first-ever CX. What a blast!

Paul,W6XA: Haven't heard so many chirpy signals since the Russians got commercial gear.

Bunky, K4EJQ: Just wanted to tell you and the others how much I enjoyed the recent "CX". Like the rest of those I worked, I don't consider this a contest but rather an on-the-air get together for those of us that enjoy the "finer things" our hobby provides, i.e. fellowship, operating expertise, and of course the PRIDE we share in the older equipment we use.


AWARDS

PSE QRX WHILE I SWITCH RIGS - VICTIMS AWARD

One of the pleasures of CX is hearing so many of the old great ones on the air at one time. Jim, W8KGI, and Rocco, N6KN, have designed their stations to allow unsuspecting CXers to have more of that pleasure in one contact than could be expected. During this CX Jim worked his way through 12 transmitter/receiver pairs in one round of QSOs with each of three heroic CXers: Art, WA5OES; Larry, KC8JX; and Paul, K2LMQ.

MOST DISTINCTIVE SIGNAL AWARD

Jim, W8ZR, usually works CX with an old Hallicrafters FPM-200 which has a very distinctive signal. This CX several folks noted that it did not have its usual full chirp. [That's pretty sad Jim, when people wonder why your signal doesn't sound as bad as usual.] Howie, WB2AWQ, with his p-p 211 rig and Rob et.al, K2TOP, with the TBW rig were again noted for their distinctive signals.

I WAS DOING OK UNTIL …. AWARD

Rocco, N6KN, was doing fine until a girl scout selling cookies appeared at his door. While Rocco was getting his Thin Mint fix, his Drake T-4XB was key down without an antenna. Rocco reports that the smell of burning resistors does not enhance the cookie's flavor.


MOST CX-LIKE QUOTATIONS

Rob,K2WI, says: "I have a new kid that will need lots of practice if he is going to be ready for the Fall CX. I can almost get him to say his initial, M for Martin, "da-da" at 5 weeks."

LATEST TECHNOLOGY VICTIM AWARD

It is well known that most CXers prefer vacuum tube rigs and more mature technology, e.g. pencil and paper, over todays new fangled computer controlled appliances. Unfortunately, Sandy, W5TVW, could not resist the siren song of technology and trusted his CX log to the computer - at least that is his excuse for not sending in a log. We'll see what he comes up with in September.


BEST PET NAME FOR A RIG AWARD

Rob and team at K2TOP, used a Navy TBW named "Pumper-Thumper" because of its noisy 3 amp keying relay


WEIRDEST COMBINATION AWARD

Self nominated by Jim, W8ZR, and appropriately awarded: I paired the Lysco 600 with a Davco DR-30 receiver, a duo which I humbly submit as my entry in the "weirdest combination" category. [On first look, the name shown for the Lysco 600 in Moore's appears to be Toastmaster 600. It is really named Transmaster 600 - An 807 won't get hot enough to make toast.]



MOST FIRED UP CXer AWARD

Al, N5AIT, who was one of the founders of CX and who has always been a CX champion, is known for his enthusiasm and really getting into things all the way. This CX Al was a serious participant; however, recently he has been so fired up about things at home he did not get his score or report in. He promises things will be better by next CX.


WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

In the last year the CX has added 160 meters, highlighted 10 meter AM and extended the time into the wee hours. These changes, with the exception of 10 meters, seem to be adding to the enjoyment of CX for many folks.
However, things can always be improved. Suggestions have been made by Rocco, N6KN, and Bunky, W4EJQ. Please let me know what you think and any other ideas you have for making CX more fun.
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor
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EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

TRANSMITTERS


NUMBER OF EACH REPORTED SHOWN IN ( ) IF GREATER THAN ONE.

B&W: 5100B, 6100 (2)
Central Electronics: Multiphase 100V (2)
Collins: 32V-2, 32V-3(2), 310B-3, KWS-1
Drake: 2-NT (2), T-4X (2), T-4XB, T-4XC (3)
Elmac: AF-67, AF-68
Gross: CW-25
Hallicrafters: HT-17, HT-18, HT-20, HT-32A, HT-32B, HT-37
Hammarlund: FOUR-20
Harvey-Wells: TBS-50C Bandmaster
Heath: AT-1 / VF-1, DX-20 (2), DX-40, DX-40/H-B p-p 811, DX-60, DX-100 (2), HX-10 Marauder, SB-200, SB-401 (2), TX-1 APACHE
Home Brew: Hartley p-p 211 (WB2AWQ), 1921 parallel UV-201 (WB2AWQ), 6V6/807 (K5DH), Pair 1625 (W7FOX), W8IB's 6L6 (W8KGI)
Johnson: Adventurer (2), Challenger, Desk KW, Navigator (2), Ranger I (4), Ranger II (4), Valiant (2), Viking I, Viking II, Viking 500
Kenwood: T-599D
Knight: T-150
Lettine: 240
Lysco: Transmaster 600
McMurdo Silver: 701/K
Meissner: Deluxe Signal Shifter, Signal Shifter "EX"
Military Surplus: BC-230, BC-459, BC-696A, CBY-52209 (Navy BC-457), T-19/ARC-5, T-20/ARC-5, Navy TBW "Pumper Thumper"
Millen: 90800 Exciter (2), 90800, 90881
Sonar: VFX-680
WRL: Globe Chief 90, Globe King 275, Globe Scout 680, Burnt Orange Globe Scout (BOGS) 680

RECEIVERS:

NUMBER OF EACH REPORTED SHOWN IN ( ) IF GREATER THAN ONE.

Collins:51S-1, 51S-3 (2), 51S-3A, 75A-2, 75A3, 75A4 (4)
Davco: DR-30
Drake: 2-B (4), 2-C, R-4A, R-4B, R-4C (2)
Echophone: EC-1
Hallicrafters: SX-28 (2), SX-28A,SX-73, SX-101A (4), SX-115 (2), S-43, S-53A, S-76
Hammarlund: HQ-110, HQ-129-X (4), HQ-170A (2), HQ-180, PRO-310, SP-600
Heathkit: HR-1680, SB-301, SB-303
Home Brew: 1932 Jim Lamb Superhet (WB2AWQ); 1934 Single tube regen whistler (WB2AWQ)
Howard 435A, 438
Kenwood R-599D
McMurdo Silver: 5C Military Surplus: BC-348-Q, BC-348-R, BC-454/BC-453, BC-455/BC-453, Imperial R-390, RBA, RBB, RBC, RBM, RCR, TCS-12/BC-453 National: FB-7 (2), HRO (2), HRO-50R1, HRO-50T1, HRO-60, NC-80X, NC-101X, NC-125, NC-173 (2),NC-200, NC-303
RCA: AR-88d
RME: 45, 69, 70, 6900

TRANSCEIVERS:

NUMBER OF EACH REPORTED SHOWN IN ( ) IF GREATER THAN ONE.

Collins: KWM-2, KWM-2A
Cosmophone: 35
Drake: TR-4C
Gonset: G-76
Hallicrafters: SR-150; SR-400A Cyclone
Heathkit: HW-101, SB-101 (3)
Home Brew: SSB Transceiver 8072 final (K5AM) National: NCX-5
Yaesu: FTDX-100

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

Code Training Unit AN/GSC-T1 (see K2TOP)

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SCORES

STATION

OPERATOR

SCORE

W8KGI Jim 26,598,000
N6KN Rocco 11,388,762
K2TOP Rob and team 4,827,216
WQ8U Mac 1,515,161
WB2AWQ Howie 1,380,488
W7FOX Fox 894,381
WJ9B Will 832,200
N3ZX Mark 465,036
K9VKY Brian 278,511
K5AM Mark 233,740
W2AGN John 178,848
AA4RM Marty 176,000
KC8JX Larry 132,720
K9STH Glen 56,160
W2JEK Don 39,096
K5DH Dean 34,918
N5OHL Jim 8,626
W6XA Paul 3,872

NOTE:
K2TOP is a team entry consisting of Peter WW2Y, Jeff WB2WCO, Jack K2BMI, Al N3FRQ, Eric KC2JSX, and host Rob K2WI.



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REPORTS

W8KGI_Jim

Mac,

The February 2003 CX is one that I will never forget, and perhaps something I'll never try that way again either, HI. Normally I just use one of my two shacks on a given CX, the inside shack in the winter and the garage shack in the summer. But this year, spurred on by Rocco, N6KN, [Rocco, see what you caused.] I decided to see how many of the transmitters and receivers from both shacks I could get on the air and qualified. Believe it or not, I managed to qualify 24 pairs! The only available transmitter I didn't qualify was my DX-100, and that appears to have been due to a "pilot error" on my part late in the CX.

The weather out here in New Mexico was quite mild that weekend, so I was able to get out in the garage for quite a while without freezing my buns off. I had decided to start off on 10 meter AM this time, and I had five transmitters all ready to go. I even had five different microphones connected to them with a label on each one so I wouldn't get them mixed up.

Sunday afternoon at 2000Z came and not just 29.0 but all of 10 meters was absolutely dead. [Sorry to tell you Jim, but Rocco was getting CX QSOs on 10 meters. ] So I went inside after a few minutes of calling CQCX on 10 with no answers and I qualified the four pairs that I had tuned up on 14045. Only the HT-18 vfo that I had driving the Globe Scout 680 (the Blue-Green Globe Scout) wasn't cooperating, but I grabbed a 7022.5 crystal and plugged that in and got everything on the air.

About 2200 I went back out to the garage and tried 10 again. It was still completely dead. So I shifted all of the 10 meter gear up to 7045 and started out about 2230 with twelve pairs of transmitters and receivers all on 40 CW. Art, WA5OES, up in Colorado was my first victim, followed by Paul, K2LMQ, in Arizona and then Larry, KC8JX, in Michigan. [Jim, you owe this trio something special - maybe send them each an extra rig or two.] It took us about 45 minutes each time, but we managed to make QSO's with all 12 pairs, everything from the flea power Hammarlund 4-20 and Silver 701 with about 10 watts out to the rock crusher Globe King 275 with better than 200 watts out. All of my receivers worked too, even the little Echophone EC-1 that heard everything from 7030 to 7060 all at once. I was afraid that the Hallicrafters SX43 was going to be out of business, it had a whole gob of hum coming out of it when I first turned it on for 10, but the filter caps must have healed because it settled down nicely for 40 cw. The "new" Johnson 122 vfo that I was using to drive my Adventurer decided not to work, but I found a crystal at 7050, and the guys were kind enough to listen for me up there as well as to work the herd on 7045.

About 0130 I came back inside to get warm. There was still a lot of action on 40, so I cranked up my 40 meter, single-band BC455/BC453 and BC459 Command Sets and brought my Lettine 240 and HRO down from their 80 meter assignment, and I managed to qualify them on 40 as well. Around 0345 I switched to 80 and qualified three more pairs including my little, home-brew 6L6 rig that I got from Bob (Doc) Higgy, W8IB, my EE prof at Ohio State. I ran Doc's HRO together with his 6L6, probably the first time those two have been on the air together since perhaps 1950 or so. About 0500 I tried to switch to 160 where I had my last three pairs ready to go. But I couldn't get my antenna tuner to cooperate - more pilot error it now appears since they tuned up OK for me this afternoon. I could hear the guys working the CX on 1810, but I couldn't get any RF out on that frequency! So I moved the 160 meter gear back down to 3545, all except for the DX-100 which didn't want to load properly on that frequency, and I managed to finish out qualifying the rest of the gear on 80 just as the final bell rang at 0600.

So that's the story. Murphy took a few shots at me, but I recovered pretty well and had an absolutely fabulous time. My undying thanks to Art, Paul, and Larry for spending so much time copying my 40 meter collection. They are great guys.

As to the score, my age multiplier not counting vfo's, keys, microphones and the aging operator was 2600 years! Wow! When I put it all together, the grand total score was an all-time high for me, 26,598,000 points! [Double WOW!!] Maybe next time I'll concentrate on talking to as many different stations as possible instead of trying to get all of this gear on the air. It would be an interesting change, and it sure would take less maintenance time for several weekends ahead of time trying to make it all work.

73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

Click
HERE to see Jim and his shacks.

Equipment on the air:

20 meters
Transmitters: Central Electronics 100V, 32V3, 1941 Deluxe Meissner Signal Shifter, Globe Scout 680.
Receivers: NC173, 75A4, SX28, NC200

40 meters
Transmitters: Globe King 275, Elmacs AF67 and AF68, McMurdo Silver 701, HT-20, Hammarlund 4-20, Globe Chief 90, DX20, DX60, Knight T150A, Johnson Adventurer and Viking I, BC459, and Lettine 240.
Receivers: NC303, SX28A, HQ129X, HQ170A, HQ180, SP600, 75A3, Howard 438, Echophone EC-1, SX43, SX73, RME70, BC455/BC453 and HRO.

80 meters
Transmitters: W8IB's Home Brew 6L6, Millen 90711/90800, TBS50D, CBY52209 (Navy BC457), T4X, Valiant.
Receivers: HRO-50, FB7, BC454/BC453, R4B, RME69, NC80X.


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N6KN_Rocco

The sunspots are down, and it's a new ball game. I spent Saturday morning and Sunday morning putting together a new station on the workbench, featuring a nice Johnson Challenger with a Lafayette VFO and a recently acquired R4. I managed to get the Challenger to put out a decent 10-M AM signal after carefully tuning up and trying several microphones (after a month of trouble shooting and modifying on the bench). [Rocco is a perfectionist.]

The Challenger certainly was a challenge - I can see why so many of them are available in such good condition these days - it would be been tough for a teenager in the 60's to put one on the air, because there are several bugs in the design and the early production runs. I found the right combo and worked a lonely N5 mobile in New Orleans just before the CX began.

I began the CX on 10 M AM with the Johnson Ranger II/Desk KW. Absolutely no replies after 10 minutes, so I gave up and went to a trio of SSB transceivers on 29005. KA9EES/HH4 came back and was very patient as I worked him on the Hallicrafters SR150 and HT32B/SX115 stations. After a few minutes, some lonely local 6's showed up and helped qualify those stations plus the BW6100/SX115 station. I then tried 10 AM again and the band opened up a bit. W8AW had a great signal with his homebrew 807 rig, as did W0ZPT with his 32V1. Several stations said the Challenger audio was as good as my 32V2 and better than my Apache! Maybe the Challenger is underrated as a phone transmitter. [Rocco, for goodness sakes, don’t tell W8KGI how you were doing that on 10 Meter AM.]

Moved to 20CW at 2227Z and worked W8ZR with his less-chirpy-than-usual FPM 200. Guess Jim has been working on it, or maybe it just gets better with aging. [Everything at Jim’s university is on a tight budget, he probably just couldn’t afford as much chirp this year.] W7FOX was strong from Arizona, and helped me qualify three other stations. The band was pretty good, with low noise and many CX stations heard. However, I could tell that the east and midwest stations were already moving to 40 CW.

However, I could barely hear any CX activity on 40 CW at 0050, so I went to 20 SSB to see how that might work out during low sunspot years. I landed on 14280, which was clear, and easily qualified my Drake C line twins plus the CE100V/HRO 60 (terrible on SSB). Then disaster struck; I answered the doorbell and bought two boxes of girl scout cookies from the cute girl scout standing there. Unfortunately, I had left my T4XB in what I thought was SPOT. It turned out to have been in Transmit, key down, no antenna, no tuning. This resulted in no output and a burned resistor smell (how well I know that smell). These cookies turned out to be very expensive. [And what did they do to your wasteline?]

Finally went to 40 CW and worked many CX regulars. K2TOP had a great signal with his DX40, and he heard my drifty DX60 with his RBC. K6LQI's ARC 5 sounded wonderful, as usual; hope I did not blow his receiver off the shelf, as he is line of sight, and that is always a concern. WA6EKR heard me with his S38; now, that's a challenge. Many classic rigs were heard and worked. Never had time for 40 SSB, although I may try that next time.

80 CW was too noisy, as usual. I did work W8KGI, who always seems to be successful on that band.

Biggest surprise - no Globe Scouts heard or worked. Several 60's novice transmitters were active, including VE7XF's Eico 720. I wish I had the room to have put my own 720 on the air, but the Challenger took up the workbench. I qualified 15 stations and had a fun time, as usual. If 10 AM continues to decay, I will be trying more 20 and 40 SSB. Final score is 11,388,762, down a bit from last time but not too bad, considering 10 M conditions.

I still think that the CX should be two days long, or at least start much earlier on Sunday morning (6AM PST, 9AM EST). Sunday morning is a good time to operate from here. 40 is open to the west coast and mountain states during the morning hours, and I think this would stimulate activity out here. Also, it would be easier for me to spend more time chatting with CX regulars on 20 CW, instead of rushing between the rigs to qualify them (although that's fun, too). Just my 2 cents' worth. CX needs more hours! I really think this would help relative newcomers hear active CX stations and have time to put their own dusty classic rig on the air and join in before the activity is over.

For the same reasons, I also favor a second day - Saturday - for (perhaps) classic phone rigs. We would hear many more CX crazies trying DX40's and such on 20 AM, and other such acts of courage or madness. [What do the rest of you think? E-mail your ideas and comments about CX to me:
Mac, WQ8U]

73,
Rocco, N6KN

Click HERE to see Rocco and his shacks.

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K2TOP_Rob

[K2TOP is a team entry consisting of Peter WW2Y, Jeff WB2WCO, Jack K2BMI, Al N3FRQ, Eric KC2JSX, and Rob K2WI. K2TOP is the station call for the Garden State Top Band Club.]

Hi Mac,
How did we miss each other?
Here are some shots of the usual suspects for the Rogue's Gallery.

Peter on 40m with homebrew p-p 811s driven by a DX-40 with Northern 115 Variable Master Oscillator. A DX-40 never sounded so good. Receivers are both made by RCA, AR-88d, and Navy RBC. Peter worked several with both receivers.
Click here to see Peter.

The Wall of Radios concept as implemented at K2TOP. Peter on 40, Jeff on 80, MF Beacon Search station, and Drake C-line behind Jeff for 15/160. Click here to see the Wall of Radios and operators.

Jeff WB2WCO on 80m. US Navy TBW(AKA the "pumper-thumper" due to its 3-ampere keying relay) with it's mates the RBM and LM, with RBB below for when the going got rough on 80. RBA to the right was used by Eric Houghton to find 10 Air Beacons. Click here to see Jeff and the "Pumper-Thumper".

2003 WINTER CLASSIC EXCHANGE 2/1/2003 AT K2TOP

10 meters: Too bad this band was a bust. [Someone else who needs to talk to Rocco.] I had the AR-88 tuned to 28.200, listening to the YV5B and LU1FHH beacons, with the receiver staying right on the beacons all day, even with the crystal filter on. Those guys at RCA knew what they were doing. We put out many CQs with the DX-40 but with no results. On Monday I worked a station in TX with the Northern 115 oscillator barefoot, about 1watt.

15 meters: We only listened here for a short time with the Drake C-line before we stole the 40m dipole to use on its own band. Note to self: We need a separate 15 meter antenna.

20 meters: Running the Millen 90881/90800 transmitter(54 Years) and National RCR receiver (like an NC-240, 55 years) with a dipole at 50 feet. We were rockbound on 14040, which was a major disadvantage, especially when the giant DX pileup erupted right on that frequency. Jack pointed out astutely that we need a Variarm VFO so we can move around and call others. [One just went on e-bay for $158.50 - What’s more important variable frequency or shoes for the baby?] Rob worked 3 CX participants and Peter and Jack followed with a log full of casuals and QRPers. I think there is usually some kind of QRP thing going on during CX.

40 meters: We started off with the Gross CW-25 (69 years) and McMurdo-Silver 5c(69 years) that Al brought and set up for us, and a dipole at 60 feet. This station was awkward because the receiver frequency changed with the RF gain, so we were never really sure where we were listening. [Rob, if it was easy to use everyone would want one. That was probably McM-S’s way of keeping demand in line with their production capability.] One of the guys we called, apparently far from his frequency said, “You can see I know what to do with the big knob in the middle.”

After much CQing to dead air on the Gross, we moved up to the 40m workhorse station. The DX-40 that embarrassed the RBC that it was matched with last time, was given a little help so the RBC could hold its head high. Instead of the chirpy Viking VFO122 we used last time, we excited the DX-40 with a rock solid Northern 115 from 1950, and used the output from the DX-40 to drive a homebrew pair of push-pull 811s at about 250W out. Never did a DX-40 sound so good. [Sounds like a DX-40 on steroids.] On the receive side, we ran the US Navy RBC(61 years) and RCA AR-88d(58 years), sometimes individually, sometimes with an operator on each, and sometimes with one operator switching headphones to give reports from each receiver. There was a Florida pipeline going, and 6Y5WJ gave us a 9+30 report! Now, do I date this transmitter by the 1950 Master Oscillator, the 1960 Transmitter (Buffer?) or the 1945 Power Amplifier?

80 meters:

We CQed a zillion times[Notice the scientific metric that Rob uses here. The "zillion" is approximately the same as "somanytimesmyarmhurts" both of which were frequently heard in the early days of classic radio use] with the Gross transmitter with no answers, at least none we could find on the McMurdo-Silver. The CX-shy Breting 14 popped a fuse during the setup period, making 3 consecutive CXs that it sat on the bench. Didn’t feel like messing with it.

We then fired up the Westinghouse US Navy TBW(60 years), AKA the “Pumper-Thumper” because of its keying relay that draws a whopping 3A through the key and makes a clunk to match. We used it with its soul mate, the RBM (60 years), and the RBM’s big brother the RBB(62 years). W8AU provided our first “All Navy” contact of all time in the CX.

Once I qualified the RBM, I stuck with the easy-listening RBB for the duration. 160 meters:

We never got around to hooking up Jack’s Viking Ranger, so I put the Drake C-line on topband so we could qualify it, having made none of the usual contacts on 15m with it.

Medium Frequency Listening:

Eric, KC2JSX, a no-code technician, worked his way towards becoming coded by tuning the RBA and correctly identifying about a dozen air navigation beacons. He also tried out his key on the AN/GSC T-1 code practice set. [Rob and his friends always have one of these they try to slip into the scoring but your eagle-eyed, green eye-shade wearing editor is wise to them.]

[A later e-mail gives some insight to who Rob is planning to slip into the next CX.]

Hi Mac,

You couldn't find our score because I didn't calculate it yet!

Once again, I'll not be going to Dayton. Work is busy then plus I have a new kid that will need lots of practice if he is going to be ready for the Fall CX. I can almost get him to say his initial, M for Martin, "da-da" at 5 weeks.

Score: 67 QSOs; 29 States; 5 Countries; Age: 632 years
Total = 4,827,216

73,
Rob

Click here to see more pictures of the K2TOP team.

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WQ8U_Mac

The Feb ’03 CX was a real ball! I had been working on making the station more user friendly so I could switch from rig to rig, a la W8KGI, and did make some progress with the addition of a used 11 position antenna switch from my favorite used electronics emporium - Mendelson’s in Dayton and an 11 position Russian military surplus switch from e-bay. I did manage to get 8 receiver/transmitter pairs qualified so things were working pretty well. Biggest problems were with remembering to switch things; funny how important turning on the B+ can be.

The benchmark change to the station was the addition of the venerable BOGS (Burnt Orange Globe Scout), which was passed to me from Al, N5AIT, the CX founder/organizer/former Newsletter producer. I also had a SX-28 and a BC-696A in the CX for the first time. My Heathkit AT-1 and Howard 435A, a replica of my novice station, were a big hit with folks who remembered having one back in their past. Some folks were very generous in their comments and reports. Sandy, W5TVW, even gave it a 589 from the Pumpkin patch in LA. My DX-100 and BC-696 were both noted by many for their fine chirp. I can’t seem to get the DX-100 to clean up (maybe it really wants to just be an AM transmitter) and I believe the chirp is congenital to the BC-696.

Like many others, [Except we all know who.] I tried 10 meters in the beginning and could not raise anyone so I switched to 20 meters. My first contact was Jim, W8KGI, whom I would continue to encounter repeatedly as he motored through his multitude of rigs on various bands. Awesome station! After a few more QSOs I moved to 40 meters, which was the real hotbed of CX in the afternoon and early evening. Howie, WB2AWQ, who is the CX announcement coordinator, was there with his Johnson Adventurer and NC-125 which obviously needs a realignment since he only gave my Heathkit AT-1 a 559, HI HI. K5DH, Dean, had a good sounding 6V6/807 rig. Great to work some classic home brew rigs. Last CX, Bill, K4IBZ, buzzed through a stable of tranceivers with me; this CX he had a more challenging set of rigs including a Knight T-60 and a Johnson Adventurer - both fine sounding rigs. 40 meters also yielded a QSO with Rocco, K6KN, another CX high score producer with an impressive stable of rigs. Jim, W8KGI, of course appeared again and again. After a number of other QSOs and dinner [Man does not live by Boat Anchors alone.] , I moved to 80 to again encounter W8KGI - this time with a home brew 6L6 rig with a history (see W8KGI comments). Bunky, K4EJQ, had a nice signal with his DX-40 and Mark, K3ZX, was there with one of his collection of B&W 5100s. The evening ended with Marty, AA4RM, and his Johnson 500 space heater. I missed Al, N5AIT, for the first time in many CXs - my only regret of this CX.

All in all, a whole lot of fun. Can’t wait until September.

73,
Mac, WQ8U

Click here to see pictures of WQ8U.

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WB2AWQ_Howie

Hello Cxers!

This Feb I found conditions rather poor on the upper bands, at least from my QTH. Heard a few CX signals on 20 CW but for some reason I was not able to raise anyone. So down right away to 40M CW, where I quickly qualified my Drake T4XC and SX101A. First QSO was with W8ZR, from whom I fully expected to hear his customary rather distinctive signal from his Halli FPM rig. To my surprise Jim’s signal was quite good, but he was cheating, using a Lysco 600. No fair Jim!

After a few 40M QSOs I went down to 75M AM phone and worked a bunch on the Antique Wireless AM phone net. That’s a real heavy metal bunch, with DX-100s, Valiants, BC610s, Globe Kings, etc. I, on the other hand, was using a relative lightweight, my Dad’s Gonset G76, an early 60's AM/CW transceiver with plate modulation. [That’s part of the fun of CX, remembering how it is done with “lesser” rigs. ] After this I went back to 40M, and used, for the first time, a Sonar VFX-680 VFO-exciter driving a Johnson Adventurer, and an NC-125, then a Knight T-60 and my trusty HRO.

About 8:30 local I decided it was time to pollute the ether on 80M, with a couple of HB self-excited oscillators, the potent push-pull Hartley beast with a pair of 211's running over 90W out, and my 1921 UV-202 parallel rig, whose filaments take more power than the plates. Receivers on 80 were a HB 1932 Jim Lamb superhet, and a 1934 single tube regenerative whistler. [Howie’s rigs are really impressive. Click HERE to see how things were done in the early days of tube rigs.]

In keeping with the poor conditions, the best DX this session was only Louisiana (W5TVW). Nonetheless, I did amass 31 QSOs, 18 band-states, and 51 different rigs. With a total of 692 CX equipment years, that adds up to 1,380,488 points.

My choice for special kudos this year go to Mac WQ8U, who on 40, for a second rig, ran the most operationally challenging gear, a Heath AT-1 and a Howard 435 receiver. Rob, K2TOP, once again has the neatest rig, an all-Navy setup, TBW transmitter and RBM receiver.

Lets hope for better conditions in September, and until keep ‘em glowing!

Howie WB2AWQ

Click here to see pictures of WB2AWQ.

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W7FOX_Fox

Thanks Mac,

This was my second CX, and the first time I tried for a reportable score. [It just keeps getting better - wait until September CX.] I set-up all my operable equipment and it was the first time I used almost everything I had in one day. I didn't get on with the HW-12, it had a broken diode in the balanced modulator...found it the next day. I even got my novice rig from 1964 working after waiting patiently for me all these years, a T19/ARC-5 running about 50 watts out. I found out the loading control makes a good chirp adjustment, and if you go for maximum power, it has a lot of "character", but if you sacrifice a few watts, it sounds much better. [They just tell you that because they can’t hear all your signal at the lower power.] I matched it up with a TCS-12 and a BC-543 working as a Q5er...remember those? Everything worked great and I'm leaving all the WW2 stuff set up for every day use.

The bands were the pits, but I wasn't going to let that spoil my fun. I didn't hear any CX CW on 10 meters at all. I checked the solar terrestrial conditions the next day and we had very low sunspots and a major geomagnetic storm that day...oh well.

I was impressed how Rocco could switch over another rig and zero beat it so quickly, I was only set-up to run one rig at a time. [Maybe it is all part of a CA thing - you know - surf, sun, rapid zero-beat and 10 meter AM.]

My thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to the organizers. I felt like this activity was made just for me, since I love to repair old equipment; but having it operate well, and hearing all the other fine rigs was really sweet. [Spoken like a true CXer.]

RIGS: SB-101; HW-101; Yaesu FTDX 100; T-20/ARC-5; BC-348R; Home Brew Transmitter 1625s; Collins 51S1; T-19/ARC-5; BC-453
AGE: 489 years
QSOs 31
States, Prov., Countries: 25
Total Score = 894381

73,

Fox (W7FOX)

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K3ZX_Mark

Hello Mac and all the CX gang!

Well, just got down getting rid of over 24 inches of snow here! I like snow, but enough is enough for a while!

Attached are two photos of my shack (couldn't get it all in one photo).
Click HERE to see Mark and his array of B&W and other gear.

This year, I had my operating position built, and a heavy duty metal rack to hold the transmitters, so I did NOT have to use the time honored "lug and hoist" method of getting the radios on the air; all I needed to do was re-cable -- that's a much better way to do things !! Trust me on that one..... [But what will you do for exercise now?]

Interesting CX this winter. For me, it seems that the winter event is always more enjoyable than the fall event. Started off on 10M AM this year, and got nowhere! Tried 10M AM off and on during the afternoon, but heard no signals at all; dropped down to the CW sub-band and still nothing! Oh well; I'm surprised that 10M is as good as it is this winter; I suspect the next few years will be worse. Interestingly, Rocco told me he did succeed in making a few 10M AM QSO's. That's great !! [It’s a CA thing. ]

I then took the HT-32 and HQ-170 up to 20M. Worked Sandy W5TVW for my first CX contact. Aside from him, I heard no other CX activity on 20M, although Sandy was working a bunch of them.

Had to QRT for a while, and didn't get back on the air until about 8 PM EST Sunday evening. I fired up the HT-37 and SX-111 and quickly qualified both radios on 40 meters, working some CX regulars Marty AA4RM and Bill K4IBZ. I then switched back to the HT-32 and HQ-170 combo, but found that the HT-32 would only put out about 2W!! Drats; thought I had that problem fixed, but up apparently not. So, I hooked the HQ-170 to the HT-37 instead, and worked 2 QSO to finish qualifying the HQ-170.

Next, I fired up the HQ-129-X on 40M and my first QSO was with my old buddy Dean K5DH. Dean was running his homebrew Tx with a 6V6 Oscillator and 807 PA, and it sounded really great. Finished qualifying the HQ-129-X, and then it was up to 80 meters.

Started on 80M with my B&W 5100B and SX-101A and worked quite a few CX QSOs, including K4EJQ with his SX-43 and SX-99 (love that old Halli stuff !!). It was interesting to work John W2AGN with his Meissner Signal Shifter!

Switched back to my HT-37 / SX-111 combo to finish out the CX event. Worked Jim W8KGI with his CBY52209 TX, and hopefully Jim will let me know What that beastie is!! [It is a Navy version of the BC-457 Command Set.] Finished out the CX the way I started it -- with a QSO with Sandy W5TVW !!

The wierd QSO of the event goes to Ed W8NZW. He's 84 years old, and told me he was running an ICOM, but he was in the bedroom and his rig was not. I told him I needed the type of radio, and he said "Well, it's in the other room, but it's 24 yrs old". Hmmm. Well, OK, I'll take "24 yr old ICOM", but will bow to Mac's discretion to delete that QSO from my log!! I tried!! [QSO qualifies but the mystery remains. How does he operate from the other room?]

Some other observations. Dean K5DH and I were comparing logs a few days after the event, and the only contact we had in common was you Mac (WQ8U) !! It was interesting to see how the propagation was differing from my QTH in the rolling Amish country of southeastern PA, and Dean's QTH in Dallas TX. He worked quite a few W9's and W0's, and I heard nary a one, which was a first for me in all the CX events! Usually I work a bunch of 9 and 0 stations. Also, aside from the aforementioned QSO with Ed W8NZW, I worked no "non-CX" contacts!! Usually I have quite a few of those contacts, but not this time!!

Looking forward to the Fall 2003 event!

73 Mark K3ZX (Airville PA -- Grid FM19ts )

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WJ9B_Will

Hi Mac:

Here attached is my log of contacts and score in the Classic Radio Exchange, my first time doing it.
I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did--lifting, carrying, hooking-up and unhooking radios I thought would be more of a chore that it was, hi.

I need to fix my C-Line and Heathkit AT-1 (the oldest that I have) [The AT-1 is a fine old piece of gear used only by the most discriminating and demanding operators. See WQ8U report.] and find some really old stuff!
I worked W2CQH, Reed, who was using equipment from 1935.

Xmtrs: Drake 2NT, Heathkit DX-23, Viking Ranger II, Collins 32S-3
Rcvrs: Hammarland HQ-110, Hammarland HQ-170A, Drake 2B, Colling 75S-3
Transceiver: Drake TR-4C
Summary:
30 contacts, 18 states, 60 types
Score = 832,200

73,
Will, WJ9B, dit dit

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K9VKY_Brian

Hello Mac and the Gang-

Well the February 2003 CX has come and gone, and no sooner than the rigs cool, and, in this case, the smoke clears, we're looking forward to the next one. This CX was plagued with equipment failures and, in particular, the Johnson TR switch. Not having the TR switch prevented getting a host of the old stand-by rigs on the air. [What’s the matter, couldn’t you just get out that old knife switch?] The fall back position was to get the more modern and hybrid rigs with their internal relays cooking to at least show the flag. Band conditions weren't that great on 10 and 15 meters, and I wasn't even able to qualify with the obligatory three QSOs there. Except for HC2IK with his Atlas 210, the DX ops didn't show up as much as yesteryear either. 160 was also disappointing, though a couple of nice rag chews provided an outlet for my whining before the night was over.

All the smoke started and ended with Collins power supplies. First came the KWM-2, which will be easy to repair, but the heart breaker was with the Collins 310B3. Not only were the power transformer and choke taken out, but there was a PCB "event" with the filter caps while the rig cooked itself all night! (Yes, this little 15 watt exciter used oil filled caps!!) [You have our most sincere sympathy.]

With more rigs failing to muster than those qualifying, hanging my head in shame and biting my lip, the final rendering totaled only 278,511. But like the stalwart Chicago Cubs fan says, "Wait until next year..." With that said, here's hoping to see everybody again in the Fall CX if not sooner. [Click
here to see how Brian reported his score last CX; apparently this is still an appropriate picture. Hopefully we will see a smiling face in the Sept CX.]

Brian K9VKY

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W8ZR_Jim

"This year I kicked off CX on 40m CW with 25 potent watts from a Lysco 600. After a half hour or so, the VFO settled down, and I actually had a number of compliments about my signal. [Actually it was surprise to a number of folks that you had a clean signal.] I paired the Lysco with a Davco DR-30 receiver, a duo which I humbly submit as my entry in the "weirdest combination" category. The Davco was having trouble with front-end overload, but I did work a bunch of the stalwarts, including Howie WB2AWQ, who surprised me this year with a Drake T-4XC paired with an SX-101A. I guess Howie wasn't up to fighting the mob with his venerable homebrew Hartley/HRO. I also worked Don W2JEK, running a TBS-50, which made me incredibly jealous. I've always loved that rig. It sounded great, Don! After a dozen or so contacts, I came across Sandy W5TVW calling CQ. However, after calling him mucho times to no avail, I concluded I needed a dose of something with a bit higher proof. Yes ladies and gents, it was time to warm my trusty Hallicrafters FPM-200, known far and wide for its "distinctive' CW note. (Someone once described the note to me as the sound one hears when being dive-bombed by a model airplane, and I guess that's not too far wrong.) But surprise of all surprises, the old girl seemed to be having a good day. After an hour or so, the power output drifted up to 100 Watts and -- miracle of miracles -- the dots and dashes seemed to develop a certain mellifluous resonance, by which I mean they sounded kind of like a well-fed canary (as opposed to a flock of well-fed canaries, which is my usual experience). [Jim certainly has a way with the technical terms. Love it when an engineer talks like that.] I worked Bob, WA2VMO, who politely told me that I had a just a touch of AC on my signal. Actually, I think he meant DC rather than AC, but in any case I appreciated his courtesy. Bob was running a Heathkit HW-101. After awhile, I migrated to 20m CW and worked a few folks, including Rocco, running a neat Hallicrafters SR-400A. He was rocking into Oxford with a 599, and I was a 599C, which greatly pleased me. Then after an hour or so it was back to 40m, where I discovered that Howie WB2AWQ had switched to an Adventurer and NC-125. Sandy W5TVW was still calling CQ, but this time he managed to hear me. He was running a Drake 2NT and and 2B and putting out a bodacious signal. I was REALLY impressed until I learned he had a Henry 2K2 afterburner. Hey, Sandy, that's cheating! But two can play that game, so I switched off the FPM-200 and fired up my KWS-1 and 75A4. I tell you, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. [Jim, those are boat anchors too - for the yatch club set.] I talked to Rex K0KP with a nice-sounding DX-60 transmitter and HR-10 receiver, and then ran into Bob WA2VMO again, who this time around was running a DX-100 and an SP-600. Now there's some poundage, folks. Mario, N2AK was at the other end of the scale with a nifty Atlas 210. And then it was time to cool off the room, slow down the electric meter, and come back to the transistorized, digital, packetized ham radio of the 21st century. But memory lane will still be there in months to come, and these old radios will perch on the shelf beckoning to me like they always have. Somehow they just keep getting under my skin, like Charline Schmelzer, my old high school girlfriend who despite the passage of years I never quite got over. [We won't go there Jim.]

73,
Jim Garland W8ZR

Click here to go to Jim's really interesting web page. Don't forget to come back.

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W5TVW, Sandy

Mac, Due to a computer malfunction, I lost the log file for the February CX. Hopefully, since I now have a decent logging program, I will be able to keep track of things better! All the past CX contests I used a manual log and transcribed the data to a word processor file. Please excuse the "faux-pas"!
Last CX was rather hectic for me, and next one will be with fewer pieces of gear to shuffle! I did have a good time, what little I was on the air.
Will do better this fall!
[We will all be looking for you in Sept.]
73,
E. V. Sandy Blaize, W5TVW

Click
here to see Sandy and part of his super collection of classic gear.

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AA4RM_Marty

Please excuse the paltry 176000 score.

Fact is I got so entertained with the Navigator/2B & Johnson 500/Pro310, everything else slept. Including a complete TCS-13

[That’s what happens when the shack gets nice and toasty warm - from the Johnson 500 Space Heater.]

Marty

----------> - - - - CX 2-2/3-2003 for AA4RM - - - -
Rig 1 was Cosmophone 35 (1 contact, no "age count")
2 was Viking Navigator & Drake 2B
3 was Johnson 500 & Hammurlund Pro 310

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KC8JX_Larry

Report: Winter 2003 CX from KC8JX, St. Joseph, Michigan

As is usual, I had a great time. I operated some of my “newer” acquired rigs this time and had a good time doing so. In the next CX….well, I had better be planning ahead somewhat. I can see that I am very far behind the excellent setups of some of the stations I worked….K9STH, N6KN and especially W8KGI….how can anyone keep up with Jim? [We can’t so we are thinking of ways to handicap him - maybe he will only be allowed to use his old Vibroplex with is left hand.] My two rigs this time is paltry compared to some of these folks. I could put four vintage rigs on the air and that’s what I’m aiming for next time. I also need some different antennas up, and will do so when the weather breaks. [Why wait? Hasn't February has always been the prime time for antenna work in Michigan? Don't you just put on your snow shoes and walk the antenna to the top of the trees and tower?]

I only qualified two tx/rx combinations…my favorite Heathkit HX-10 (Marauder) and Drake 2B; and Drake 2NT/2C….but I promise, I will get more on next time. I love my classic gear and really like to operate it at times. The CX is a great event that brings out a lot of operators and great olde classic gear. Hope I can operate in this event for years to come. [Spoken like a true CXer. We hope so too.]

Did not try any SSB or AM this year. Wonder if anyone did? I would like to think that 15 meters could certainly provide good AM/SSB “olde classic” exchanges. Worked primarily 40 meters…next time 40 and 80 for sure. Somehow 20 meters does not provide a lot of contacts. As I look back through this log, none of these people did I QSO with last time…pretty amazing. I worked “my Internet” friend Glen, K9STH…..Glen could sure put some rigs on the air…just worked his S-line. I worked two of Rocco’s, N6KN’s rigs….Apache/75A4 and Hallicrafters SR400A. But the “hoot of the exchange” was when I worked W8KGI….we went on for over one hour….Oh my….all those rig combinations (12 I counted); I hope I copied all of them correctly; there was some QRM…..what a hoot working Jim. [It is quite an experience to hear all those classic rigs in one continuous stream.] I did miss working WQ8U and N5AIT…plus all those who I have ever worked before. Also missed working my best buddy...W7ID.

My total overall score does not matter; it’s just great to be able to operate in the CX using my own classic radios and to hear such olde classic radios.

STATION:
KC8JX's TX: Heathkit HX-10, MARAUDER, Drake 2NT
KC8JX's RX: Drake 2B, Drake 2C
Total AGE: 158

SCORE: Don’t care….It’s a fun & great event….I’m just glad I can participate.

[Larry had 132,720 points of fun.]

Click here to see Larry and his neat shack.

===== May your days be full of sunshine and good thoughts fill your head.

Best 73's,
Larry Knapp, KC8JX,
St. Joseph, Mi 49085

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K9STH_Glen

Attached in Word format is my meager CX log. I suffered a major heart attack on 5 January 2003 and underwent open heart surgery on the 10th (4 bypasses!). Fortunately, there wasn't any damage to my heart at all! Frankly, I was very lucky. [We are all very glad things went well for you. That is the mark of a true classic rig lover and CXer, to be on the air less than a month later.] .

Thus, I couldn't spend much time working the contest, but did manage to make a total of 12 contacts in 2 sessions on 40 meter CW. The first session I used my Collins 32S-3 transmitter and Collins 75S-3A receiver. The second session I used my Heath SB-401 transmitter and SB-301 receiver. The Collins equipment dates from 1961 and the Heath from 1967.

If I read how to do the scoring correctly, I calculate the following:

Number of QSOs = 12
Different states worked = 10
Different transmitters and receivers worked = 20
Age of my equipment:
32S-3 = 42 years
75S-3A = 42 years
SB-401 = 36 years
SB-301 = 36 years
Total equipment age = 156
Score = (12)(20+10)(156) = 56,160
Right on target Glen.

I also attached photos of my main shacks. The "2nd operator" at the AM shack is Arnie (short for "Little Orphan Arnie") a felinus domesticus Americanus ("alley cat") who adopted us as a kitten last May. Since he looks like our older cat we let him stay around! He usually sleeps leaning against the Vibroplex Original!

Click here to see Glen's shack and Arnie

Glen, K9STH

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W2JEK_Don

This was my first time in CX. On 40 meters I used a Harvey Wells TBS-50C and a Hallicaraftrs S-76. On 80 meters I used a Johnson Ranger I and a Drake 2B. Score based on 9 QSOs, 9 transmitters, 9 receivers, 6 SPC and total equipment age of 181 years was 39,096.

My father (W2ND - SK) bought the Harvey Wells in 1951 and the Drake 2B in 1964 - both new. This info is from his log. The S-76 was purchased new in 1952 according to the bill of sale. I estimated the Ranger I as 1962 because the Ranger II was new in 1962. The Ranger I may be older per QST July 1962. Also used was a Hallicrafters HA-5 VFO with the Harvey Wells TBS-50C. [The Harvey Wells Bandmaster has a special place in the history of CX. It was the rig of choice when CX was started. Check out the CX History page on the web site.]

I am enclosing a picture of my set up in the cellar. I have a regular shack upstairs with modern equipment. {{PUT IN LINK TO PIX}}

Am looking forward to next CX and hope to add the Argonaut 505, PM 2, and other equipment (BC-696 and BC-455) to the CX.

I read once that someone in the CX group had listings of equipment by age and serial number. Equipment serial numbers are:
Harvey Wells TBS-50C: #3954
Johnson Ranger I: #68570
Hallicrafters S-76: #D398915
Drake 2B: #12083

If someone is keeping this data please let me know so we can all submit our data to you. Mac, WQ8U

Thanks & 73
Donald C. Younger, W2JEK

Click here to see Don's shack.

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K5DH_Dean

Although I've been a ham since 1977, this was my first-ever CX. What a blast! [Another satisfied CXer!]

There was quite an array of vintage gear on the air, and some of it sounded mighty good (some of it sounded mighty bad, too!). My trusty 807 rig gave a good account of itself, although being rockbound was definitely a handicap because of the number of stations participating in the event. I even broke out one of my straight keys (a Viking Master -- smoooooooth!) when I figured out that the station I was working (K1HW) was also using one. [That’s part of the fun of CX, working all the classic gear - including straight keys.]

I will certainly be looking forward to the next CX.

If you're interested, I have pictures of my 807 rig (and most of my other gear, old and new) posted on my web page:
http://www.qsl.net/k5dh

73,

Dean Hemphill, K5DH

PO Box 328
Lake Dallas, TX 75065-0328
Email: k5dh@arrl.net

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N5OHL_Jim

In spite of the poor bands conditions, I warmed up the tubes in my 1967 Heathkit SB-101 transceiver once again to see what I could do on 20 meters.

Although I only made nine contacts each one was fun and interesting. My Heathkit was running right at 100 watts into a Cushcraft A3S beam. The mic is D-104 Astatic silver eagle. [Sounds like a super set up.]

You can also hear me most any Sunday afternoon on the various classic equipment nets on 20 meters.

73 Jim N5OHL

Oklahoma City OK

Click here to see Jim in his shack.

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W6XA_Paul

Mac,

I had lots of fun. Just wish I had been a little better prepared with time to operate the entire period. Haven't heard so many chirpy signals since the Russians got commercial gear. [Who do you think they got their designs from?]

73, Paul

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K4EJQ_Bunky

Good evening Mac:

Just wanted to tell you and the others how much I enjoyed the recent "CX". Like the rest of those I worked, I don't consider this a contest but rather an on-the-air get together for those of us that enjoy the "finer things" our hobby provides, i.e. fellowship, operating expertise, and of course the PRIDE we share in the older equipment we use. [Bunky has just highlighted the heart of the CX.]

I did not submit a contest log , but suffice to say , I worked maybe two dozen different stations for perhaps 36 contacts. Sorry to report that a number of the "regulars" were not heard from this CX.

What really prompted this note , other than to say TNX , was to propose the following change to the "CX".

I never seem to be around for the Sept. CX. More than likely I'm still playing outdoors while the WX is still nice, i.e. mountain topping on the VHF/UHF and microwave bands while DX possibilites are at their peak for the year, or underwater enjoying one of my other favorite hobbies-scuba diving. But for "whatever", I always miss it. Seems this is the case for several of the other fellows that enjoy the CX activites. I was wondering if it would be possible to have the CX take place throughout the winter months, beginning in say Oct. or Nov. and continuing through March or so-one night a month . For those who have to "keep score" it could be a "cumulative" affair like the ARRL 10 GHZ "TEST".

The "CX" would be held for several hours on a different WEEK NIGHT each month. This would serve to prevent additional "TEST" QRM to an already crowded slate of "contest" activites each weekend on our bands. It would also give us fellows who like to use as many of our old time rigs as we can , more time to blow out the cobwebs ( and smoke). It might , perhaps , generate additional activity from stations throughout the winter months by allowing them a greater opportunity to participate.

I have mentioned this proposal to several of this Feburary's CX participants and all were in general agreement. I told them I'd drop you this note and mention it to you. Please forward this note to the other members for their input and comment.

Thanks very much Mac.

Comments to me on Bunky’s suggestions or other ideas you have are welcome.
Mac, WQ8U

73, Bunky, K4EJQ

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KC8UAN_Lyle

Mac,

Please do keep me on the list. I tried all of the SSB phone freqs and did not hear anything, but then again, I had to leave the air at around 2400z. [N5OHL was able to work a few CXers on 20 SSB - try there in Sept CX.]

I love the older rigs, I would not part with my 530 for anything. I have contacts tell me all the time how natural and clear the audio is. I'll be ready in September

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K5AM_Mark

Great contest! Thanks!

[You’re welcome, Mark. See you in Sept CX - when more input will be required of you.]

73,

Mark, K5AM

----- Mark Mandelkern
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
k5am@zianet.com
First callsign: W9ECV, Milwaukee, 1948.
Homebrew station:
http://www.zianet.com/k5am/ncj/ncj.html



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W2AGN_John

Comments:

My first CX. I just wanted to make the required number of contacts on each of the older rigs. Got tired out before using the Ranger/RME6900 combo so will save that for next time. [Looking forward to that in Sept CX.]

Am attaching picture of the "Vintage" shack
Click here to see it.

John L. Sielke W2AGN

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WA5UEK_Brian

Following is part of an e-mail sent to Jim, W8KGI.

By the way, I am trying to match or beat your number of operating positions for Classic Exchange. I just rearranged my house so that I have three shacks. The main one has 18 positions (not all connected yet), the other has 9 positions (none connected) and the workshop will have at least 4.

73, Brian K. Harris, Senior Field Application Engineer, WA5UEK

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u. That is the mark of a true classic rig lover and CXer, to be on the air less than a month later.] .

Thus, I couldn't spend much time working the contest, but did manage to make a total of 12 contacts in 2 sessions on 40 meter CW. The first session I used my Collins 32S-3 transmitter and Collins 75S-3A receiver. The second session I used my Heath SB-401 transmitter and SB-301 receiver. ./CX/Feb04Newsletter.htm 0000644 0002577 0001750 00000132434 10113075015 0016076 0 ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 CX Newsletter - February 2004

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HIGHLIGHTS

Depending upon the time, mode, frequency, rig, QTH, antenna, propagation, and the feelings of T.O.M. and his Wouff-Hong toward you, the CX was “very active, and the bands were surprisingly good (even 10 meters)” as Rocco N6KN reported; or, as reported by Carl, K8NU “-Where the heck was everyone?” Sounds like a typical CX - lots of fun and a little challenge putting the “great ones” back on the air.

The most noted rig seemed to be the Meissner Signal Shifter with several on the air and more on the bench and being promised for the next CX. Mark, W3ENS seemed to be everywhere with his which he dubbed his “really old QRP rig.” A special event occurred during this CX. The RME-69 receiver had its 69th birthday and to celebrate it Marty, AA4RM and Jim, W8KGI had an RME-69 two way with Marty adding to the event by using his Stancor 69 transmitter.

Marty put forth a heroic effort, reminiscent of CXes gone by, and scored almost 3 Million points. Even better, he submitted a literary masterpiece entitled “CX Math & Aftermath - or- A Rig Too Far” with his score. Who else would write a “Nerve-jangling ZAAAAAP & she went dark.” And, “ Stancor 69 tank cap front stand-off breaks & 550V to ground. WOW, that's why this is a GREAT hobby! Fix was to prop knob up w. a jam jar.” Glad to have you really back Marty.

Multiple transmitter-receiver pairs were de rigueur as suggested by Marty’s comment: “K4EJQ kept producing rigs like the sorcerer’s apprentice.” Howie, WB2AWQ noted that “last CX Rocco switched on more pieces of stuff than Hanes has underwear, well Jim did that to me on both 40 and 80.” Howie usually demonstrates his 1929, two 211 tube Hartley oscillator’s musical signal during CX but also appeared using his ORIGINAL novice receiver, a BC-348-Q, and a BC-458A command transmitter. That’s part of the fun of CX, reliving the old joys. Speaking of originals, Don, W2JEK was on 40 with his Harvey-Wells Bandmaster which, if you recall the history of the CX, was the type of rig that Stu, K8SJ (SK) and Al, N5AIT considered for the first CX.

Rob, K2TOP attributed the coolest set up to W2KV who was running a Sky Buddy and homebrew 6L6 transmitter. Rob, K2TOP/K2WI and his merry band of top banders broke their prior record of 2 AM contacts with 27 this CX making Jack, K2BMI as “happy as a pig in, er, mud.” Known for their unusual CX rigs, such as the Navy TWB, aka “Pumper Thumper” this CX they failed to qualify the 1907 telephone, which went unanswered when they rang upstairs for beer. Rob obviously had too much time on his hands this year and penned some very unusual ham radio poetry: “The Chirp Heard ‘Round The World” and “K2Wacky Iraqi.” Mike, W7DRA always provides a unique perspective to CX by operating from a tent or from a frigid salmon filled shack. This CX he submitted a zero point log with the explanation: “…had to go dancing Sunday night - ‘black lace and cowboy boots trumps ham radio anytime.’” Somehow I just can’t see Mike in black lace - hmmmmm.

Bill, N6ZFO showed his desire to be part of the fun even though he had the “youngest” transmitter in the CX - an FT-1000. He endured the snide remarks and kept making QSOs - good job Bill. He promises next CX he will have his HT-32 on the air. John, K9KEU submitted a log for the first time - and scored it correctly! What else would you expect of someone who runs a 75A3/32V3 station? Mark, K3ZX had his usual B&W-5100 rigs but demonstrated an unusual versatility by also running an HT-37/HQ-129-X pair proving that at K3ZX all transmitters do not have to be blue and have funny meter placements.

Paul, K2LMQ had limited time so he put 28 different BAs on the air without qualifying any of them. Paul’s plan: “my idea was to get some air time for as many rigs as possible.” He is a great CXer! The most awesome homebrew transmitter in CX belongs to Mark, K5AM. Even though it is mostly sand state, he did use 8 good old BA receivers with it including an HRO-5TA1. Mac, WQ8U operated /4 from NC this CX so he and his XYL could welcome their newborn twin grandsons, Rocco and Theo, into the world. If your children are “harmonics”, are grandchildren “2nd harmonics”? In keeping with the anticipated birth of the twins, Mac used his old reliable Drake Twins: T-4X and R-4A.

The high scorer summed it all up: “- the score is not important in this event - what counts is putting the old junque on the air and having fun!” And who might that be? As has happened in prior CXes, Rocco, N6KN and Jim, W8KGI fought it out with Rocco having more contacts (186) and Jim having more older gear (Total years: 2,534). Jim claimed a strange disadvantage of operating CX while wearing long underwear, a flannel shirt topped by a sweatshirt topped by an Irish woolen sweater topped by a coat while having his hands get too cold to pound the straight key and wondering if extra years could be added for wearing old mittens. Thus is the plight of someone blessed with a “Summer Shack” and a “Winter Shack.” Rocco on the other hand had to endure sunny Rancho Palos Verdes CA where his QTH looks out over the Pacific from 1200 ft. Even if there was a chill, his Johnson Desk KW and his 16 other classic transmitter-receiver pairs would keep him toasty warm. Maybe next CX when it is warm in NM Jim will win. But for this time, congratulations Rocco!

Noted missing in this CX were Jim, W8ZR and his musical Hallicrafters FPM-200 and Al, N5AIT, one of the CX founders - not participating just because his house caught fire. A number of CX regulars were active participants but did not submit logs. Of particular note were Glen, K9STH; Ralph, VE7XF; Jeff W7ID; Bunky, K4EJQ; Unless you shape up we will ask Rocco and Jim to run through all their rigs in their next QSO with you.

Bottom line: Great Fun! Can’t wait until September for the next chance to “work the great ones”.

73
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

N6KN
Rocco
32,355,496

W8KGI
Jim
29,001,630

AA4RM
Marty
2,895,984

WB2AWQ
Howie
2,609,035

K2TOP
Rob & team
1,635,000

K3ZX
Mark
672,366

WQ8U/4
Mac
120,960

W2JEK
Don
95,232

N6ZFO
Bill
76,797

K9KEU
John
29,000

W3ENS
Mark
23,460

K5AM
Mark
17,589

K8NU
Carl
8,640

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

K2LMQ
Paul

KC0PUV
Kevin

W1FWB
Kevin

W2IQK
Carl

W7DRA
Mike


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Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U

FEBRUARY 2004 CX HIGHLIGHTS

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS



N6KN ROCCO

Mac,

Nice to hear you on 40 from North Carolina! February's CX was very active, and the bands were surprisingly good (even 10 meters). I spent Saturday fighting rig problems, as usual. My KWM-1 developed a large arc between the final plate choke and a feedthrough cap - really left a mess, but after moving some components, everything worked ok. After three weekends, I finally achieved full output from my new (freebie) HT 40, paired with the HA 5 VFO and Drake 2B.

Beginning CX at 1400 worked out wonderfully! I spread out my operating between the bands and modes as much as possible. I began on 20 CW with Rob, K2TOP at 14:30, on his USN TBW. It was easy to qualify the DX100/RME 6900 and DX 60/SB303, plus several other rigs. This year, I qualified my stations one by one, moving to other transmitters only on occasion. I think I worked more different calls this way. I also answered CQ's rather than just calling, when possible.

Moving at 15 SSB at 1620, I found the band open all over the country. Larry, KC8JX, was strong in here. He managed to hear the HT-40's blazing 8 W of AM, finally qualifying the small transmitter. His Heathkit HX-10 sounded great! At 1835, I put the Johnson Desk KW on 10 AM and almost managed to work K2TOP - I just could not copy his rig in the noise. However, I worked several others, including Jack, KH6CC, who is always loud here (my QTH looks out over the Pacific from 1200 ft).

There was a 10-10 contest on SSB; I parked on 28.494 and had a great time calling CQ CX. I exchanged information with several lonely 10-10 folks; by adding a bit both ways, the contact could count for either event. This worked out nicely and was much better than competing with the Texas QSO party last fall! Mike, VE3FGU, powered up several vintage stations to work me, including his Viking 500.

I moved back to 20 CW and picked up W8KGI, K2TOP, K3ZX, and other familiar CXer's. I then found W7ID and KC8JX on 14.270 SSB, and we had a nice 3 way. I moved down frequency and began a long run using the Hallicrafters SR-400A. Notable was K5AM on his homebrew solid state transmitter and a long, long list of boatanchor receivers. Drake, Heathkit, and Collins dominated the log. My old friend Paul, KU6T, from my old school (UCLA) gave me the only HX-50 heard or worked; nice to hear him on the air. The band openings were unbelievably strong towards sundown, and it was fun to hear many boatanchor stories and memories from CX newbies and drop-by's.

I finally moved to 40 CW at 0145 and managed to work you, Mac, from NC, as well as a bunch of wild old rigs. Meisner Signal Shifters were popular! 40 finally died, and 80 had S9 plu 20 local QRN, so I gave up at 1500. I know I missed many late birds on 80, but I could not hear anything through the racket.

I qualified 17 stations and worked 186 CX contacts. My scores are: SSB 27,654,396, CW 4,628,442, and AM 72,660 for a total of 32,355,498. This is preliminary - I will double check the totals. Next time - I am going the computer route - pencil and paper are a pain with this many rigs to track.

However - the score is not important in this event - what counts is putting the old junque on the air and having fun!

Comments on times: starting at 1400 worked very well - there were many CXer's on the air early, so this was a popular time to operate. We could separate the phone and CW into two days, thereby concentrating the participants; I still favor that approach, being crazy enough to want more of this type of activity. Same hours, but run both Saturday (phone) and Sunday (CW)? This would give us more time to find each other on each mode and a higher probability of doing so, band by band. Just my humble opinion.

73,
Rocco N6KN

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W8KGI JIM

Mac,

Well it's the "morning after," and I survived the February 2004 CX pretty well.

It has been pretty cold here in New Mexico this winter, so I was not sure about getting out into my garage to get my "summer shack" gear on the air. However I did dress for the occasion, long underwear, a flannel shirt topped by a sweatshirt topped by an Irish wollen sweater topped by a coat, and I managed to get 10 receivers and 11 transmitters out there on the air. Ten of the pairs went on 40 cw, and I must thank Charles, K0NG, and Paul, K2LOMQ, for hanging in there and working all of them. The Globe King 275 was easy to copy with better than 200 watts out, but the Hammarlund 4-20 and McMurdo Silver 701 only have about 5 to 10 watts out and the guys had to strain a bit more to hear them.

Inside where it was toasty-warm in my closet-shack, I shed most of my protective garments and ran another 12 receivers and 13 transmitters on 20, 40 and 80 cw. I also got on 160 later on, but there was no CX activity on 1810 out here so I folded up and went to bed.

My resolutions for next September include getting my SW-3 working properly, finding out why the SX-73 trips the Ground Fault Breaker in the garage and fixing that, and having at least one more transmitter ready to go out there, perhaps my UX-210 Hartley from the AWA contests. I put the Hartley on 40 and 20 a few weeks ago, by the way, and it does work pretty well there as well as on 80 meters. It's amazing what 1929 technology can still do. I also have an NC-101X on my repair bench and an HQ-120 waiting behind it. I suspect they may find their ways into at least a "guest spot" in one or the other of my shacks by September.

As to my score, well the good news is that my equipment keeps getting a year older every-other CX, so my age multiplier keeps going up. The bad news is, so do I. But be that as it may, I made a total of 105 QSO's, and the age multiplier was up to 2534 years. So my final total is 29,001,630 points. Not too bad for a guy whose hands were getting too cold to pound the straight key in the garage, HI. I wonder how it would have sounded if I'd worn mittens.

I had a lot of fun contacts. Ralph, VE7XF, had an Eico 720 that was very easy to find with its T-7 note. I need to send some information on Meissner Signal Shifter plug-in coils to Ralph, as if he doesn't already enough trouble, HI. Marty, AA4RM, called with his "69 twins," RME and Stancor, and I reciprocated by listening to him on my RME69. Then there was our QSO on 80 where you copied the mighty 10 watt, 6C5/6L6 rig that I inherited from my mentor at Ohio State, Bob Higgy, W8IB. If that could make it all the way from New Mexico to your winter retreat in North Carolina, we are definitely going to have to consider using 80 meters for our weekly schedule.

So thanks for running the CX, Mac, and thanks too to Howie, WB2AWQ, for getting the word out to all of the magazines and reflectors. It is indeed a grand time!

73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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AA4RM MARTY

Mac,

I did 2.89 mil!
CX score for AA4RM is: 2895984
eqpt age is 816 years
39 qsos

CX Math & Aftermath
-or-
A Rig Too Far

Marty Reynolds AA4RM 2-8-04

You reap what you sew. And in the CX case for a couple of years running, I've been scarce at planting time. But not this CX. I started a week early on tune-ups. Tho some were B-flat at best, there were 8 stations ready for the road. I thot. Love this event. It dignifies where nature usually chooses. Quantity first! And talk about supporting diversity. Look at the scoring rules.

SOUND und LIGHT!
Two happennings o Stancor 69 tank cap front stand-off breaks & 550V to ground. WOW, that's why this is a GREAT hobby! Fix was to prop knob up w. a jam jar. Went on to make lotsa contacts. o Gonset G76. The 4th came early under-chassis in power supply. Nerve-jangling ZAAAAAP & she went dark. Undaunted, I rummaged around & found a 2nd example. Went on to make several contacts ~10PM on a very hot 80 meter band. Watched 6DQ5 carefully since I cudn't back load below 100w @ 3.5 mcs. Plate only got a little red. Kept dits short.

RETURN OF THE COSMOPHONE!
My runner, sn 16, was a check-in for a collector's net early Sunday. Four of us hung out 'til 9A to make this gizmo my 1st CX qualifier CX co-founder K8SJ once sed it's innevitible that someday a Cosmo- phone will be logged. A (twice) self-fulfilling prophecy.

A RIG TOO FAR.
That's the 1960 hybrid called the Hallicrafters FPM-200. Scarce. W8ZR has had one in past CXs & I thot the time had come for a second. This was "rig 9" & she resisted successfully. Cudn't get drive, cudn't get audio. Seems easy, but to see how boards sandwiched, any maintenance so tuff it's silly.
Why call it a "rig too far" (Ernie Pyle?). Well it was 10 years ahead of the mob. At least 10 years. A garden of Ge transistors. No, a truck farm of Ge transistors. But not only did this '200 no show, I didn't hear 'ZR Jim either

COMMENTARY BOOLAH BOOLAH.
Worked present CX Helmsman WQ8U/4-NC on 40. He on Drake twins, me on Stancor/RME. Sorta 459-ish because, as I sed, we're too close. & that was the case since we re-connected 30 min.s later on 80 (my G76) & exchanged big-time 599s. W8KGI, the contact machine. And one with both a fb antenna system and propagation luck. Constant 599 reports to him on the NE-USA to New Mexico path. Chirp city on Stancor 69. Have never cured it. Now bet it's the HY69 self-exciting 'til prior stage drive arrives. Gonna watch it on spectrum analyzer. Overkill. But must say it's distinctive & the 40w muscle brought my best DX, VE7XF. Ralph sed "nice pair" after he found it was mated (heh) with an RME69. And just ask Jim Hanlon. Our RME69s will celebrate their 69th birthdays this year. That's W8KGI with whom I collaborated for a milestone RME69-to-RME69 contact.

BIG POWER.
Think K4TS was running 30S1 "active tuner" for 500w out. I made 3 contacts w. Johnson 500. All needed to turn heads was a string of Vs followed by CX. That's paired w. Hammurlund Pro 310 & is the runaway best looking twosome.

QSK.
I'm a man. I've finally worked a CX with a tube TR-switch in-line. In this case it's a Lynmar off-brander with a 6AH6. Sits between a Drake 2B, a Navigator, & the RF hose-pipe. Wow does operation become FUN! BUT I have a much earlier QSK embodiment. The TCS. In spite of all the slamming relays, in it's own way it's a pleasure too. Kinda Harley vs. Honda.

INTREPID ENTRANTS.
K4EJQ kept producing rigs like the sorcerer's apprentice. Worked 4 in one stretch w. TCS. He almost stretched it further with qrp jobs but begged a recess. Then there was Rob K2TOP & Mario N2AK who were always there. And K3ZX. Heard Rocco on 80 only but cudn't connect. Wish we'd been on 20 at same times. Same goes for omni-present Howie WB2AWQ. Just never got things set right for a qso.

R&R
XYL Kathy suffered bleeps ad nauseum but still came up with a well- timed bowl of fresh-vegatable soup. Then @ shut-down, a double neat Early Times stepped deservedly in.

RESULTS
Almost 3 million points fm 39 qsos and 8 rigs. Res Ipso Loquitor

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WB2AWQ HOWIE

Hi Mac, Jim, Marty and the rest of the gang!

Good CX this time, except for the upper bands. Try as I might I heard no CXers on 10 or 15 meters. Listened and called particularly for Rob K2TOP on 10 as he really wanted to see if the path between us was usable, but no joy.

Started out on 20 CW with the potent Swan 350, and had no trouble working across the country and across the Atlantic pond. Had the first of three QSOs with W8KGI who only put one rig on 20. Guess Jim was still half asleep. Then out came the Drake T4XC and SX101A, and several more CW QSOs, then the Kenwood TS-440 and a few more, plus one (yes just one!) SSB QSO with W7FOX.

After that I went down to 75 meters to work AM with the AWA boys, and all their big iron. My Gonset G-76 kept up with them very nicely as it always does.

The highlight of this CX for me was 40 meters, where I used my ORIGINAL novice (1961) receiver - my dad’s BC-348Q, and a BC458A command transmitter. The bomber radios gave a very good accounting of themselves, and it was a very emotional experience to make some great QSOs on the receiver that I learned CW on and had my first QSO on.

Finally it was on to 80 meters, where I unleashed some of my favorite toys, the early homebrew ether polluters - the 1929 “Beast” push-pull 211 Hartley, a 1921 Hartley using a pair of rare UV-202 brass based tubes with tipped envelopes, and a 1932 QST Jim Lamb superhet receiver, plus my recently acquired Viking Navigator, HRO, and NC-125.

I missed Jim W8ZR and his “famous” FPM Hallicrafters, and the one-and-only” BOGS Globe 680 that was a part of the Stephens bros (Al N5AIT and Stu K8SJ) heritage, but did meet a number of new “fists” on CX, at least for me, and I want to say a special hi to them: Carl K7ZYV, Chris W7FOX, Larry KC8JX, Tom K6LQI (operating K6AA), Rich AA1P, john KU4AF, Bill NV4T, and John K9KEU. Also, I think we awoke a new CX convert in W1AWB, who just happened to stumble onto a rats nest of CXers on 80M. Andy said he had some Drake stuff (I think), and would try and have his BA gear up for the next one.

I think Jim W8KGI should get the “Most Prolific Operator” award, and the K6KN/Rocco “Wannabee” award. Remember last time when Rocco switched on more pieces of stuff than Hanes has underwear, well Jim did that to me on both 40 and 80. I think if I had let him keep going on 80, I would have been up past midnight. Was great Jim!

Not as many QSOs as last year, but still a very good CX. 41 QSOs, 27 states/provinces/countries, 62 rigs worked, and a CX multiplier of 715 made for 2,609,035 points.

See ya all in the fall!

Howie WB2AWQ

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K2TOP ROB

February 2004 Classic Exchange at K2TOP

Operators:
Jack K2BMI, Peter WW2Y, Jeff WB2WCO, Martin, and host Rob K2WI

Antennas:
160/80m Inverted L/vertical 60 feet tall,
40m dipole at 70 feet,
stacked 20m dipoles at 50/25 feet,
stacked 10m dipoles at 30/15 feet.

Transmitters:
"The Mighty" DX-40 with Johnson 122 VFO and 1940s homebrew p-p 811 "pair of shoes" used on 40m CW. We thought our chirp would be heard 'round the world, but not so.
"The Pumper Thumper", US Navy TBW. Used on 80 and 20 CW. Not quite as stable on 20 as on 80.
Viking Ranger used on 40 and 10AM. We got nice audio reports with this cute little stock rig with D-104 mike.
Drake T4xc used on 40 and 20 CW.
Hollered on 14270 SSB for a while to no avail. P-P 4-125s driven by 807 multipliers and Northern 115 Oscillator. Potent, but with the variable master oscillator out of commission, had to run in crystal mode. This rig let us test the CW skills of our contacts as we sent 4 _...._ 125.

Receivers:
US Navy RAL. So thoroughly blocked by the DX-40 that we couldn't tell if we were chirping. Used on 40
US Navy RBB. Used on 80m
US Navy RBC. Used on 20m
US Navy RBM. Used on 80m just enough to qualify. Too wide for CW work on busy bands.
US Navy AR-88f (part of RDM) Getting the idea here? I like Navy stuff. Used on 20m in rough going. AR-88d. Used on 40 AM and CW, 10 AM. Very sensitive for its age. R4c, used on 40 and 20.

My family gave me lots of time to set up this year, but it still ended up a little like Field Day. Jack and Jeff showed up right at the start with their DX-40 and Viking Ranger, respectively. Both rigs gave a little trouble in the beginning. Despite a pegged Bird wattmeter, we could not find the signal from the DX-40 until we got a frequency counter out. That was a case of operator error, we were on the wrong part of the dial on the Johnson 122 VFO. Jack's Ranger did not want to make any output on 10m, but it seemed happy enough on 40 so we set it up for 40 AM. I guess it just needed some warming up as later on it made 20 watts on 10 AM.

One problem with a Field-Day start is you don't get much time to shake the bugs out. The Viking Ranger wanted to put out garbage on 160 even in standby mode, which in combination with power line noise pretty much rained on the parade on Top Band. We heard W3CNS cqing there but by the time we moved the antenna over, he was gone. I never did get around to putting a second 80m antenna up so we don't share 160 and 80 on one antenna. It is hard to drop a busy 80m operation to go to 160.

There are antenna switchers, and there are antenna movers. You know who the switchers are, guys like W8KGI and K9STH who worked us with multiple stations in a row. We are antenna movers, doing a version of the Maypole dance with coax cables when we want to change rigs or bands. We did more of this than usual, running 3 transmitters and 4 receivers just on 20m.

Despite my best intentions, we never got the engineering section going this time. The other guys all had commitments that prevented them from operating the whole time, so I operated instead of working on gear. The Meissner Signal Shifter and Breting 14 will have to wait.....

We didn't work a whole lot of pre-50s stuff. There was a lot of Collins this year. We even worked a guy in Collinsville, IL who was running a Ten-Tec. You'd think there would be an ordinance against that. I applaud N6ZFO for getting on with his SX-100 and FT-1000MP. Most guys would have used lack of a vintage transmitter as an excuse to not get on. AA4RM had his cool 69 "twins" on. We worked neighbor W2KV with his Sky Buddy and homebrew 6L6 transmitter. That gets my vote for coolest setup(sorry Howie, we've worked the 1921 Hartley so many times). Our Navy stuff missed their brethren, who were quite scarce this time, just a TCS and an RBC.

Conditions were quite good. Making four contacts with VE7XF is notable, as he can be on the other side of a black hole from us. I'll bet he had more fun than usual. At first I thought that was an auroral buzz on his signal, but it was just his Eico 720. Our little Viking Ranger was heard over the eastern seaboard on 40AM with a total of 23 contacts. Its 20W out on 10m was also heard in Idaho, Arizona, Pennsylvania and almost in California. Unfortunately Rocco was not able to copy my rig information to complete a QSO with him. Our total of 27 AM contacts broke our previous record of 2!!! Jack looked as happy as a pig in, er, mud, while he worked the guys on 7290. At night, 40m was so quiet I kept thinking I was on 20 and that maybe I should try 40, until I saw the band switch. K6LQI was coming in solid with his ARC-5.

As usual, we fooled around with other communications gear. Martin played with the AN/GSC-T1 code practice oscillator before laying down for an 11-hour nap. Using the US Navy US/C-3 Infrared Signalling Telescope, Jeff and Peter both copied messages sent by Rob with an IR-filtered spotlight. No one answered the 1907 telephone when we rang upstairs for a beer, so I had to go get it myself.

The CX ended, not with a bell, but with a yawn as once again an urgent need for sleep ended the contest before the clock did.

Rob Flory K2WI

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POET'S CORNER - OR MAYBE ROB NEEDS MORE BA RIGS TO WORK ON

The following poems were written by Rob Flory, K2WI and are shown here with his permission. Further reproduction, retransmission, rephrasing, recruiting, or inordinate rereading are only allowed with his expressed permission - and we all know how expressive he is.

"The Chirp Heard 'Round the World"

I don't know why they are so maligned,
Maybe it's just the unfortunate rhyme,
Because my Meissner Signal Shifter
does not deserve to be called a drifter.

Sure, it's got a little chirp.
On 40 it's more like a blurp.
But once it's set it stays right on
the frequency I started on.

It sits next to an AR-88
made by RCA, which hears great.
This little rig is in heaven
driving a pair of 811s.

Said KI4DTV,
"It has a southern accent that appeals to me."
CO8LY, for another
thought he worked a Cuban brother.

I worked a New Zealand Kiwi
who was a farmer just like me.
For half an hour we did prattle
about oxen and dairy cattle.

I worked a guy in Western Samoa,
While I drank my morning cuppa joa.
Once again VK6V Zed
logged me before putting his kids to bed.

KI6ZX in Cali called me,
with his Drake 2NT.
When I got back from the old salt mine
Sarajevo gave me 579.

Although the sun was still up
I heard a giant pileup.
They were calling 3B9C.
5 minutes later, Rodriguez called me.

Then it was time for my sked
on the long path with VK6V Zed.
I could hear Steve well enough to say,
"I hear you Rob, but you're QRJ".

I think you can see why I've had fun
using this rig I've named, "Cricket One".

ROB FLORY K2 WACKY IRAQI

I wrote this this morning after my 40m QSO with Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, a
fellow AR-88 owner.


Rob Flory K2 Wacky Iraqi

Sit down and I'll tell you the story about
the day puny Waqi did get out.

Twas 5 in the morning on March twenty-one,
Ric in Sydney gave me a puny "S" one.

I said, "I'll never make it to Perth",
Unless I push these Drakes for all they are worth".

I looked around the shack, and what did I see,
A pair of 811s looking at me.

I've got 40 minutes, until the big sked,
So I grabbed some cables, and scratched my head.

A relay, some coax.... I scurried about,
Receiver in, relay, amplifier out...

Back off on the drive, throw the ptt switch,
The Bird Wattmeter started to twitch.

50,100,200 and more...
The watts they started to pour.

I drove that suckah right to the peg,
My cuppa joe was full of dregs.

2 minutes to go, I'm all QRV
I run up for another cup of coffee.

When I get back down in front of the station,
I hear dahs and a final optimization.

K2WI DE VK6VZed
from way down under into my head.

VK6VZ de K2WI
I fired back my potent reply.

A 449 was all that I got,
But Steve was hearing every dot.

Ten minutes later, I had hit R5,
My TBW I turned alive.

I lept from my chair with a coax in hand,
To put my "Pumper-Thumper" onto the band.

The mercury vapor it did glow,
When the B+ switch I did throw.

I hit the key and the relay did thump,
2 Amps RF current started to pump.

"Rob it's so cool, your 559",
We've got us a virtual RF pipeline.

I told my mate Steve to please take a wait,
While put an antenna on my AR-88.

A fifteen meter ground plane might do the trick,
an old military, fibreglass stick.

I pulled off my headphones, grabbed the AF gain knob,
"Can you hear me on your RCA, Rob?"

"Sure, Mate", was my immediate answer,
"You're 559, and you're on the speaker!"

The clock now said Eleven-Thirty,
My sun was up, and the dishes dirty.

"G'day Mate", I said to my antipodal friend,
And so our QSO did end.

And there ends the story about,
The day Mighty Waqi did get out.



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K3ZX MARK

Mac --
As usual, I'm tardy on my comments. It's June 29, 2004, and here's the soap box for the Feb 04 CX event!!

Surprisingly, I managed to pull out 3 QSO's on 10M AM using my 5100B. Worked Ron K0ETD/7 in Tuscon who was running a VIking II and and an R4A, then picked up some folks running some new Icom gear. That was it for HF AM. Didn't hear any AM on 15 or 20M.

Switched over to 20 CW and fired up the HT-37 and SX-111. My first QSO was with Rocco N6KN who was exercising his Drake C-line. Went on to talk with John KU4AF who was running a DX-60 and 75A3. A really unusual combination was offered by Bill N6ZFO who was running an FT1000MP and an SX-100 !! Swapping my HQ-170 for the SX-111, I worked another CX regular Glenn K9STH.

I switched over to 40M CW and was running my HT-37 and HQ-129-X, and picked up some other CX gangsters -- Marty AA4RM (Stancor 69 and RME 69), Rocco (again) on his Apache, and Jim W8KGI on his BC459. Nice signals from all!!

Made some more QSO's, then switched to my Drake C-line and qualified it.

Next, it was back to the SX-111 and HT-37 for a finish on 80M CW. Lot's of CX regulars to be had there -- Howie WB2AWQ running his Viking Navigator, and Jeff K2TOP on his Naval TBW/RBB gear. (Hey Jeff --I'm now a proud owner of an RBH-2 receiver, and I plan to use it on 80M for the next CX party). Bob WA2VMO, Mac W8QU, Bunky K4EJQ, and Marty AA4RM were also worked on 80M.

I worked some local Pennsylvania stations on 80 CW that are not CX regulars, but hopefully they'll be around in the future. Worked Jim W3CNS just west of Lancaster PA (and about 25 miles North of me) that was running 5W from a Meissiner Signal Shifter, and a 75A2. Also had a nice chat with Mike WA3SLN running a DX-20 and Drake 2B out of Williamsport PA.

See ya'll in September!!

73
Mark K3ZX

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WQ8U/4 MAC

FEBRUARY 8, 2004 CLASSIC EXCHANGE REPORT

This was a different CX for me since it was at WQ8U/4 in Hillsborough, NC with only one classic rig and a jury-rigged inverted vee multiband dipole made from scrounged components. Why? Grandchildren! Twin boys were born January 24, 2004 to our daughter and son-in-law in Hillsborough. So we are renting a house across the street from them for several months to help with the now four grandchildren here. If your children are “harmonics”; then are your grandchildren “2nd harmonics”? Click here to see Rocco and Theo.

Since we are only here for a short time (December 2003 - April 2004), I just brought one rig: Drake T-4X and Drake R-4A - my old reliables. Nevertheless, CX turned out to be a whole lot of fun! My operating time was limited by grandparent duty but I still got on 20, 40 and 80 meter CW throughout the day and night and worked a number of the CX regulars as well as some new folks. Only having one transmitter - receiver pair limited my score to 120,960.

My most elusive contact, which I never was able to make, was VE7XF, Ralph, who appeared through out the day on 20 and 40 meters with good signals and a variety of rigs. On the other hand, W8KGI, Jim, was on every band all day and evening. Of course, with Jim’s impressive stable of classic rigs, every time I heard or worked him he had a different rig pair on. Great combinations like: 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter driving a Heath SB-200 and a historic homebrew 6L6 rig with an HRO.

W3CNS, Jim, was also running a Meissner Signal Shifter, his "really old QRP rig." The K2TOP gang appeared repeatedly however I was only able to work them once. However, WB2AWQ, Howie, came in super on 40 with his Command Set transmitter and then on 80 with his impressive 1929 Hartley with P-P 211s.

No CX would be complete without N6KN who I worked on 40 CW where I also heard K9STH, Glen, although I could not work him. I enjoyed working KC8JX, Larry, repeatedly on 40 and 80 with his mix and match multiple versions of Drake gear. K9KEU, John, with his classic Collins pair: 32V3 and 75A3, commented he had a ball and even worked someone with a Stancor 69. Who Dat? Marty, AA4RM, of course, who had it teamed with his RME-69 for his traditional CX 69 pair. I also worked Marty on his Gonset G-76.

This CX ended with a CX regular, K3ZX, Mark, who was out of his B&W 5100 rut with a nice old Hallicarafter pair: HT-37 and SX-111. All in all, it was really fun. I missed the ability to bring up different rigs and to flip on the SB-200 when I really wanted to make a QSO. However, CX is about remembering the fun and the challenge of those great old classic rigs.

Wait until September!

WQ8U/4 Mac

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W2JEK DON

Dear Folks,

Enclosed is my log and entry for the February 2004 Classic Exchange. I had 12 QSOs on 40 and 80 meters.

I started in 40 m using the Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and Hallicrafters S-756. Then went to 80 M with the Johnsopn Ranger I and Drake 2B. Then put my TenTec Argonaut 505 on 80 M but it doesn't like my end fed antenna and overloads. Then tried my Heathkit HW-8 on 80 M and raised Howie, WB2AWQ but lost him in QRM.

All told it was a great contest and I am looking forward to the September CX. Hope to get some more rigs on next time.

Thanks & 73
Donald C. Younger, W2JEK

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N6ZFO BILL

Dear Mac,

A little late, but here is the Feb 2004 CX Log for N6ZFO. Details in the atttached Excel spreadsheet.

Final score: 76,797
23 QSO's
22 Tx
22 Rx
19 Mults
Age of Equipment: 53 years
Rx: SX-100
Tx: FT1000MP

Pleased to partipate in your great CX for the first time. QSO with Bunky on 80m and his Viking Adventurer sure brought back memories of Novice days as KN6OPI. There were a few snide comments about the FT-1000 so will try to have the HT-32 on the air before next one.

Thanks for most enjoyable event. Will ship a picture along shortly.

73
Bill N6ZFO

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K9KEU JOHN

Hello Mac,

In the february 2004 Classic Exchange I worked the following:
W3DP 5NN PA DICK TENTEC DELTA 1
VE3FGU 5NN ONT MIKE VIKING500 SX115
WA8VDT 5NN MI TIM DRAKE T4X R4C
W3ZT 589 NY JOEL STANCOR GONSET SB3
N9HRT 599 IL JOHN NAVY TCS/COLLINS
K4EJQ 599 TN BUNKY VIKING ADVENTURER SX99
VA3EWK 599 ONT ELMER KENWOOD TS440
W3CNS 569 PA JIM MEISSNER SIG SHIFTER/75A-2
WB2AWQ 579 NJ HOWIE 1921 HARTLEY/1932 SUPRHET
WQ8U/4 559 NC MAC DRAKE T4X/R4A

10 STATIONS WORKED
19 DIFFERENT TRANSMITTERS / RECEIVERS
10 STATES/PROVINCES/COUNTRIES
100 MY MULTIPLIER COLLINS 32V3/75A3

MY CLAIMED SCORE 10X29X100=29,000

Mac, I always enjoy the contest. It is a great excuse to play with my old radios. This is the first time I have submitted a log. Hope I did it right.

73
Enjoy those new grandsons

John K9KEU

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W3ENS MARK

Mac,

I think it's time I get these off to you. Please excuse the log sheets, it's all I had. ((AWA log sheets))

I didn't put to much effort into the CX as I wasn't ready for it. The low power of the Signal Shifter was an obsticale also. I hope to do better next time.

73,
Jim, W3ENS

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K5AM MARK

Hi Mac!

K5AM CX log 2004 February 08-09
23:36 2004-02-08 homebrew transceiver
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:11 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and 75A4
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:16 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and 51J4
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:24 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and Drake 2B
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:28 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and HQ-129-X
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:35 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and HRO-5TA1
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:41 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and SP-600
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:46 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and 51S-1
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
00:50 2004-02-09 homebrew transmitter and HQ-170
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
01:18 2004-02-09 Signal/One CX7
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb
01:28 2004-02-09 FT-1000D
n6kn rocco ca 59 59 hallicr. sr400a 14.270 ssb

qso 11
rig/qth worked 3
cx mult 533
score 17,589

73,
Mark, K5AM
Mark Mandelkern
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA DM62ni
k5am@zianet.com
First callsign: W9ECV, Milwaukee, 1948.
10 band DXCC confirmed. 134 countries on 6 meters.
Homebrew station:
www.zianet.com/k5am/ncj

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K8NU CARL

Ufortunately, I could only work a few hours in the afternoon. But, where the heck was everyone?

Total QSOs: 6
Total RX+TX_QTH: 18
Total Age: 80
Score: 8640

73,
Carl

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K2LMQ PAUL

Hi Mac,

Managed to get in about four hours during the CX Test, and it was a blast. Condx on 80m and 40m were good, and we had at least three newbies on from California.

I've had very little time on the air of late, so rather than trying to qualify rigs, my idea was to get some air time for as many rigs as possible. Had a total of 27 QSO's, with 15 on 40m and 12 on 80m. The rigs used were as follows:

RX:
BC-348N,
Clegg Interceptor with Down Converter,
Gonset G-63,
HQ-150,
HQ-170A,
NC-400,
PRO-310,
R-4A,
R-4B,
R-4C,
R-392,
RX-1,
75A1 and
75A4.

TX: Adventurer,
DX-60,
Globe King 500B,
Gonset GSB-100,
HX-50A,
T-4XC,
T-50,
TBS-50D,
Viking I,
Viking 500,
723 and
5100B.

AMP...30L1.

XCVR...GRC-109.

Having another hour of CX time in the evening would certainly be beneficial to us west coast BA'ers.

Thanks for sponsoring the fun!!

73's de Paul K2LMQ
Kingman, AZ.

Carl

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KC0PUV KEVIN

I only made one contact (two different rigs), but thought I'd send in the data so Rocco could have his contact verified.

Date/Time(UTC) Freq Call Name QTH RSTRcvd RSTSent RXRcvd TXRcvd RXSent TXSent Band Mode
2/8/04 22:59 14.270 N6KN Rocco CA 57 57 SR400A SR400A TS-520SE TS-520SE 20 Phone
2/8/04 23:18 14.270 N6KN Rocco CA 57 57 SR400A SR400A TS-820S TS-820S 20 Phone

I'll be sure to give it a better shake in September! :-)

73,
Kevin Haake
KC0PUV
Lincoln, NE

PS: I tried the 'classic exchange logger' after the fact, but couldn't edit the date/time info.


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W1FWB KEVIN

Mac:

I only had about 30minutes to operate,but it was still a lot of fun hearing the old rigs on the air.

I had three contacts,two of them with anEico 723/Heath HR-1680 combo, and the other with my old HW-101.

Thanks to all for the effort to put this event on the air.

Kevin Gunther
W1FWB
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W2IQK CARL

John,

This is my one entry for the CX:
8 Feb 04; 29010MHz; 1830UTC

W7ID; JEFF; QTH: BOSIE, ID
HIS RIGS:
RANGER + JOHNSON KW + NC-303
32V3 + 75A4
VALIANT 2 + SX62a

MY RIGS:
HOMEBREW 6146 exciter to PP 813s; 100+Watts
R-390A and S-40 receiver - both used in QSOs.

73
Carl
W2IQK
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W7DRA MIKE

this is a log of zero points

40m w8kgi
160m w7vpk

working on my antennas for the ARRL DX test and had to go out dancing sunday night (what do i say, "black lace and cowboy boots trumps ham radio anytime")

but over tha past year i have been working on the 160m shack, making it into the premiere pacific northwest 160 meter contest superstation, see attachment.

usually i take the cx afternoon and check out all the radios that i have working, find any problems, this keeps the six complete stations that i have up and running "up and running!"

take care
mike w7dra
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transmitter - receiver pair limited my score to 120,960.

My most elusive contact, which I never was able to make, was VE7XF, Ralph, who appeared through out the day on 20 and 40 meters with good signals and a variety of rig./CX/Feb05NewsletterWP4.html 0000644 0002577 0001750 00000110221 10274556421 0016611 0 ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 FEBRUARY 2005 CX NEWSLETTER

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FEBRUARY 2005 CX


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THIS IS A PARTIAL REPORT. FULL REPORT WILL BE HERE BY THE END OF AUGUST 2005 (PROMISE)

HIGHLIGHTS

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

W8KGI
Jim
26,356,096

K6KN
Rocco
24,892,010

W7ID
Jeff
11,768,400

K2TOP
Rob et. al.
11,389,961

K9VKY
Brian
6,583,928

N2AK
Mario
4,603,914

W7FOX
Fox
2,607,360

K4CHE
Breck
1,774,872

K4JYS
Bill
892,080

NZ0T
Bill
792,000

WB2AWQ
Howie
439,620

WQ8U
Mac
347,600

W0QBX
J
209,728

W8TM
Paul
163,812

K3MSB
Mark
136,955

W7DRA
Mike
101,250

W0VLZ
Niel
88,450

K2PGB
Chris
61,152

W2JEK
Don
54,234

K3KYR
Jeff
54,150

W3CNS
James
32,853

K8NU
Carl
25,520

N2LO
Bob
3,591

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

AA1P
Richard

AA4RM - Marty
W8AU - Perry

K3MD
John

W2IQD
Carl


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U

FEBRUARY 2005 CX HIGHLIGHTS

Increasing scores, increasing number of participants, increasing number of classic rigs, increasing QRM, and increasing fun are the highlights of this CX.

As usual W8KGI, Jim, and N6KN, Rocco, battled it out for the top score. Jim won this time with an unbelievable 26,356,096 points! He edged out Rocco by using more and older rigs even though Rocco had more QSOs. A demonstration that age is superior to activity? (Jim is older than Rocco.) Jim changes rigs very quickly giving rise to WB2AWQ, Howie's comment "Jim ...used more rigs in the space of a few minutes than Imelda Marcos has shoes!" Rocco did reveal one of his secrets of high scores: "I also did some pre-CX control exercises... It's like warming up for the Olympics, or something like that." W7ID, Jeff, got third place by running the bands with 16 transmitter-receiver pairs. However, Jeff is pondering a mystery common in CX: "I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to make contacts with the old low power transmitters such as my Signal Shifter EX. It makes me wonder why I had such a hard time making contacts with my DX-20 when I was first licensed." Maybe it has something to do with his current 2-element 40-meter beam? K2TOP, the Top Band Club, the only CX club entry, got fourth without having all their operators at their stations. Rob, the club trustee, took a nap and missed the Sunday night activity.

In addition to the W8KGI and N6KN multi-million scores, W7ID and K2TOP scored over 11 Million and K9VKY, N2AK, W7FOX, and K4CHE scored between 1 and 7 Million. We have some very serious CXers here with really great classic shacks.

Scoring high requires some unique characteristics. Take for example K4CHE, whose QTH is Dover, DE signs his e-mails: "aint nutten in Dover except Chickens, A NASCAR track and hams that can't solder." Then there is W7FOX who pleads for accurate signal reports assuring us that a report like "Your rig sounds like someone is cutting down a chicken coop with a chain saw" will not offend. K9VKY, who returned to CX after a two year absence, does give accurate reports; this CX he instituted the Grand Order of Melodic Chirp and inducted K4EJQ, W0VLZ, WQ8U, and W7ID is members. He singled out WQ8U's DX-100 as "having one of the few decent chirp signals." This was N2AK, Mario's first CX. He started his vintage shack 2 years ago that includes a 20-tube homebrew dual 1625 final rig that he built in high school in '62.

Classic commercial rigs were most common but there were some noteworthy homebrew rigs, some built just for this CX as was the case for N2LO, Robert. Being a sand state oriented person he approached the 6L6 design as using "a dual gate P-channel depletion mode FET. Well…close." Teamed with his Sky Buddy it did OK - even as a "power beam thermionic transconductance device." WB2AWQ, Howie was a big signal with his1929 P-P Hartley running a pair of 211s at 90 watts and K4JYS had his 1929 TNT running 3 1/2 watts. And while not quite homebrew, W0VLZ, Niel did follow the old ways: "I was glad I had taken the time to grind a crystal to put my 20A on 80 CW." And not all classic/vintage rigs were that powerful. W2JEK, Don has a 117N7 oscillator with 100 milliwatts output and is crystal controlled - not a good combination but he built it in 1947 so it is a good multiplier.

There were a lot of military rigs on this CX many with their characteristic signals. AA1P, Richard reported: "What a hoot! Within minutes I worked two TBW's and a TCK. One guy said the chirp (what chirp?) on my GRC-9 took him back 60 years to WWII." Lots of green radios and ARC-5 Command Sets (transmitters and receivers). W7DRA, Mike showed that an ARC-5 can be made into a VFO for every application. Also noteworthy are K9VKY's 1944 PRC-1 spy radio, K4CHE's ART-13, and W1IA's BC-610.

The most unusual CX military involvement was WW2LST, operated by AA4RM, Marty and W8AU, Perry. The call is assigned to a restored WWII LST on which Marty and Perry operated an SB-102 with the antenna clamped to a 40mm gun tub and a TCS with a 24 ft.wire antenna.

QRM was at a peak this CX. The CQ WW RTTY contest made the CW bands almost worthless until 0000Z Sunday. W8TM, Paul commented, "some of the loudest QRM I've ever heard on 40 CW." Many echoed his comment. Good news: The September 2005 CX will be two Sundays. The first, concurrent with the RTTY contest, will be only AM and SSB. The second Sunday, a week later, will be only CW and hopefully will be better. Also, 6 and 2 meters have been added so there are other places to go if there is QRM on the HF bands. And, best of all, the scoring has been simplified. See the announcement on the CX website for details.

QRM wasn't the only problem for some CXers. K3MD, John e-mailed: "Will miss Feb. CX... classic rigs are in basement, confined to first floor due to fractured leg. See you in Sept.!!" One would think that since John is a physician (radiologist) he could have gotten a better cast for stair climbing. Another problem was posed by K3KYR, Jeff, who runs a nice array of Heath, Hammarlund and National Classic rigs as well as advocating for VHF in CX. "Mac, I enjoyed the Feb.13 CX very much, but don't understand how to date the gear that I used." Jeff, this is a problem many of us learned to solve as teenagers. You probably always had dates with girls as a youth; however some of us had to occasionally date our radios. Seriously, the Raymond S. Moore books are a great source of dating information as is the Internet. If in doubt, you can always e-mail W8KGI or N6KN, they probably have the rig. The general practice is to only count the age of the transmitter and receiver, not the VFO, amplifier, tuner, key, etc.

This CX was really a lot of fun. K2PGB, Chris captured it: "What a kick. It is what all "contest" should be. Relaxed and making new friends. N2AK, Mario added "The CX is a great operating event. Unlike other "contests" which take no time out for actually saying hello and finding out what the other guy is using, CX encourages that kind of interchange, and it's great fun." And K3MSB, Mark said it for a lot of us: "As always, enjoyed myself immensely."

Mac
WQ8U


WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

As mentioned earlier, the September CX will be conducted on two consecutive Sundays. The first, September 25th, will be for AM and SSB. This will be concurrent with the AMI AM Discovery Weekend to increase opportunity for classic contacts. This restriction to AM and SSB will help us avoid the CQ magazine RTTY contest that caused so much QRM for CW operations in pevious CX events. The second Sunday, October 2nd, will be CW only. Additionally, the September 2005 will include 6 and 2 meters. This should give VHF enthusiasts to get their Classic rigs into the fun.
Things can always be improved. Please let me know what you think of these changes and any other ideas you have for making CX more fun.
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor
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REPORTS

W8KGI_Jim

Mac,

It's the day after the CX as I write this note. Yesterday was an interesting one, to say the least. Murphy made his usual appearances, and he's getting more clever and attacking things common to all of my gear! It started off when I was just getting on 20 around noon. My QSK keyer developed a short on the amplifier keying lead that I finally tracked down to a stuck (welded) mercury-wetted relay contact. I rapped it smartly and it resumed normal operation, so at least I got away with not having to pull out the keyer board and replacing the relay. A little after that one of the wires on my R42 phones pulled out, and I had to make a quick trip to the bench in the garage to fix that.

I ran OK on 20 for a couple of hours, talking to Rocco, N6KN, in California, Bill, K4JYS, in North Carolina, and Rob at K2TOP in New Jersey. I qualified six pairs on 20 (75A4 & 32V3, SX28 &1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, R4B & T4X, NC200 & DX 100, RME 96 & DX-40, NC-101X & 100V), and then I headed out to the garage to fire up on 40.

We had several days of rain and damp weather, so the ground-fault breaker out in the garage was acting up. It would not hold when I turned all of the gear on, especially when I keyed up the Globe King. So I decided to turn on gear in smaller groups, and I throttled the Globe King back to only about 200 watts in and the breaker decided to hold. 40 was awash with RTTY, but I called CQ CX and managed to find Bill, NZ0T, Fox W7FOX, Kerry, K5KS, and Paul, K2LMQ, who could work me through the noise. Finally at 5 pm MST the RTTY vanished and the band really started jumping. I had my usual 12 receivers ready to go out there plus I scraped together 25 transmitters, but I didn't get them all on the air because of the RTTY noise and the power breaker. I did get on with the following: NC303 & Globe King 275, HQ180 & AF67, 75A3 & Apache, SX28A & AF68, SX73 & HT-20, SP600 & Globe Scout 680, SX43 & DX20, HQ129X & T150, BC348 & Viking II, RME70 & DX-60, SW3 & Lettine 240, HQ170A & AT-1, plus a Lysco 600, Viking I, Adventurer, and Gonset Commander. I tried to get my Globe Chief 90 on, bit it seemed to be putting RF out somewhere other than 40 meters - back to the bench. And I left a Conar 400, my 1929 style UX210 Hartley, Bob Higgy's 6J5/6L6, Ivo's Mighty Fleapower (6J6 XO/PA), Eldico SSB100, Hammarlund 4-20, McMurdo Silver 701 and Meissner EX Signal Shifter for "next time."

>After a bite of supper I went back to the inside shack for 80 meters. Things started off well around a little before 8 MST with Paul, K2LMQ, Jerry, K5PSH, Tom, K6LQI and yourself (Mac, WQ8U), and I qualified four pairs (HRO50 & Valiant, HRO & Millen 90800, BC454 & CBY52209, NC-173 & TBS-50D) plus the FB7. For some reason my new Elmac A54 refused to work - another trip to the bench. Around 8:45, just when we signed off, the band seemed to take a distinct change. Most of the signals disappeared out here, especially the guys to the west. I stuck around for another hour and worked Mark, K3MSB in PA, Ed, K1GGI, in MA, Mike, WB9DLC in IN, John, K4AVX in KY, Niel, W0VLZ in MN, and Mike, K8XF in FL, all with very weak signals. After that the band was empty of CX signals so I folded it up and went to bed where I dreamed in CW most of the night.

All in all it was a lot of fun! I had 104 QSO's, and the gear I got on the air added up to 2696 years of age multiplier. My total score is 26,356,096. With luck I'll be home next September and the breaker will hold!


73 and keep 'em glowing,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI


N6KN_Rocco

Mac,

As usual, I prepared for the CX by clearing off the workbench and hauling out selected rigs to augment the batch that is permanently installed. I had done some additional work on the Hallicrafters FPM-200 since its debut last CX, and it worked a bit better (although it is quirky, to put it mildly). I also did some pre-CX control exercises; it seems that if I don't do this, odd band switch contact gremlins are sure to bite during QSOs. It's like warming up for the Olympics, or something like that.

The CX started off on 20 CX with several good contacts using the Johnson Desk KW paired with a Drake 2B. CO7EH showed up with an FT101ZD. K2TOP was strong on his PP 4-125's. 10 was dead, and 15 was not open yet, so I tried 20 SSB and found a batch of CX types including W7ID and several others. Jeff's HT32B sounded great down here. Notable rigs included WA7HKE's Lakeshore Phasemaster 2B paired with an SX-28 (not exactly the easiest rig to use on 20 SSB). I went back to 20 CW and caught you, Mac (WQ8U) plus Cole, YU1QW (Eu is never easy from here).

Fifteen meters finally opened up a bit at 1840Z. WB0YGV's FPM-300 sounded good here, as did his Henry Tempo 1. Went back to 20 CW at 1955 and finally caught up with W8KGI. Jim and I exchanged several qso's to qualify batches of rigs on both ends. His Meisner Model 41 Signal Shifter was genuinely strong in here!. Well, guess what, Jim - a batch of boatanchors fell off the truck in front of my house a few weeks after the CX, including TWO Meisner Model EX VFO/transmitters (plus a whole bunch of other stuff, including a pair of HT-18's, a pair of NCX-3's, a pair of Swan 500 CX's, and a pair of HRO-500's!). So I hope to accomplish a Signal Shifter to Signal Shifter qso with you, Jim, next CX.

I should mention that Mac's Viking 2 sounded strong, also. I do not hear as many of those as you might expect, BTW.

I went back to 15 SSB and worked another herd of stations, mostly Midwest, with good signals. KH6U called in, and Doug and I had fun on 15 and 20 with our CE-100V's. He admired the FPM-200 signal, too. I finished the contest on 40 CW, but noise made it tough out here on the west coast. I did hear AE6C's ARC-5 transmitter, as well as K5DH's homebrew 807 x 2 transmitter. Nice to hear the HB stuff on the air.

All together, conditions were not great, but as usual folks hauled out the old stuff from under the bench or wherever and made lots of contacts.

Score summary:
110 qso's x 169 (rigs worked plus band states) x 1339 (CX multiplier with 17 stations qualified) = 24,892,010 pts.

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN


W7ID_Jeff

I had a lot of fun in the February 2005 Classic Exchange. My goal this time was to get as many different pieces of equipment on the air as I possibly could. I qualified 16 different stations, which is a new personal record. Several weeks before the exchange I started checking out some of my various pieces of equipment and scouring my equipment storage area for new pieces that I might be able to use.

I really enjoy having a reason to put the old vintage gear on the air. Some of it still works so well that it rivals present day equipment that costs ten times as much. I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to make contacts with the old low power transmitters such as my Signal Shifter EX and my HT-18, at 5 and 3 watts output respectively. It makes me wonder why I had such a hard time making contacts with my DX-20 when I was first licensed in Colorado as a novice in July of 1959 as KN0VFZ. I guess my antennas are MUCH better today not to mention that the operator has improved some in the last 46 years.

This year I was worried that I might not be able to qualify my AM gear, which I normally try to qualify on ten meters. Due to deteriorating conditions on the higher frequencies I planned on starting off the exchange this year on 75 meter AM. Right at the CX start time of 1400, I checked into a roundtable of AM operators on 3875 from Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas and qualified my Johnson Ranger, Desk KW and NC-303. They were all kind enough to share their equipment with me for the CX log.

A bit after 1500Z I moved to 14.270 and found some stations to work on SSB using my KWS-1 and 75A4, Collins Gold Dust Twins. I also fired up my Drake TR-4CW and Hallicrafters SR-150 transceivers, taking turns switching them in and out of the antenna line. Rocco, N6KN, called in at about 1600 UTC and used his TS-520SE, FPM-200 and his SR-150 on me. He and I held forth for a couple more hours or so working many different stations together and putting as many of our different rigs on the air as we could.

While we were doing so well on 20 meter SSB, I was able to qualify my 'Big H' Hallicrafters station, the HT-32B, HT-33B, and SX-115, my 32S1, 75S3, and 30S1 Collins S-line, my old faithful TS-940S, my HT-32B (2), 75A4 (2), and my current state of the art radio, a Yaesu FT-1000D.

After lunch, I tuned up my Collins A line station, the 32V3 transmitter and it's matching 75A1 receiver, and Valiant II, / SX-62A station on 15 meter AM and finding the band open was able to work enough stations to qualify them. Besides working some vintage AM stations like K9VKY with his Apache and HQ-170, I worked several other stations who put their newer solid state radios on AM after they called me on SSB not realizing that I was on AM!

With my AM rigs all qualified, I then moved over to 20 meter CW and joined all of the CX activity already going on there with my Knight T-50 transmitter and SX-101A receiver. Those qualified quickly and then I shifted over to my Heath DX-40 with VF-1 and Drake 2B combo. I also qualified my recreated 1959 novice station, a DX-20 and SX-110 setup while on 20.

Then it was time to remove some of those pieces from the table and set up the old Signal Shifter EX and SX-28A. I am always impressed at how well the old EX works and how easily it makes contacts for only 5 watts of output. I caught Brian, K9VKY again, this time for my first contact on the Signal Shifter. By the time that I finished the QSO with him, the 20 meter band was starting to fade so I moved down to 40 CW in order to finish qualifying that station. After logging the required three contacts, I removed them from the table and replaced them with my last set of gear, a Hallicrafters HT-18 exciter and S-38 receiver. Both of these units had never been on the air at my shack so I had no idea what to expect.

With the HT-18's mighty 3 watts of output power I had a hard time getting anyone to answer at first. Then I decided to try to find a very loud station to call thinking that I really needed the propagation in my favor to have anyone hear that peanut whistle. I also knew it would be difficult copying stations on the S-38 with it's broad as a barn selectivity unless they were nice and loud.

Soon I tuned upon a very loud station in Ogden, Utah calling CQ on 7050. He wasn't in the CX but I answered him anyway. He came right back and gave me a 579. We had a nice QSO and he was very impressed that I was only running QRP power. Guess the 2-element 40-meter beam really helps. I worked one other station on 40 and then finding no other real loud stations, I moved down to 80 meters where I made the third qualifying and my final contact in this years February CX.

It is always fun using the old Vintage gear and really great hearing all of the old rigs on the air again. The more they chirp, click and thump the more great memories of how the CW bands sounded during the 50s and 60s come flooding back!

My numbers this time are 70 contacts, 89 transmitters and receivers worked, 31 band states / providence / countries and a total transmitter / receiver years used, CX multiplier of 1401 for a final score of 11,768,400 points.

I worked hard to get my 17 stations operable and on the air and I have a new appreciation for Jim, W8KGI and his 46 pieces of gear! I don't know if Jim was absent this time or if I just missed him. My friend Larry, KC8JX was also conspicuous in his absence and was missed. We always look forward to working the CX together.

Thanks to everyone for the great contacts, keep the old vintage gear working and on the air and I'll be looking forward to working you all again next time!

de Jeff, W7ID

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K2TOP_Rob and crew: K2WI, Jack K2BMI, Jeff WB2WCO, Peter WW2Y

The Promise of things to be


Preparations are underway at K2TOP for the Classic Exchange on Feb. 13. As usual, we will be having a multioperator, multitransmitter radio party, with a heavy emphasis on WWII Navy gear.

New for this go-around is the Navy TCK transmitter, which we will fire up on 80 and 40CW and 160, 80, and 40 AM. I have been quite busy taking all the breadboarded power supplies that ran it for its first months on the air, and packaging them up in a rack. We will mate this transmitter with RBB and RBC receivers for the full battleship experience.

Returning will be the TBW transmitter, which will work with the RBM receiver as originally intended.

I have just reconfigured the 2x 4-125 transmitter from WSC Tuckerton in a new Hewlett-Packard computer rack that I picked up on the side of the road on junk day. At 500W out it will be our workhorse on 20m.

The Beverage feedlines have been fixed, which will give us outstanding ears on the low bands. A new secret NVIS antenna for 40m will make sure that our low-power transmitters are heard and our high-power transmitters are huge.

Meissner Signal Shifter will drive Millen and homebrew 200W amplifiers on 160 and 40, with RCA AR-77 and AR-88 receivers.

Viking Ranger and DX-40 will probably be mated with RMCA AR-8506b and RAL receivers.

We hope to hear you!

Rob Flory
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The aftermath


Hi Mac,

Eek, I've done it again, left too much time pass and now I am too busy to type up the full log. I throw myself at your mercy and throw you a summary.

Equipment:
RBC...................................63yrs
Ranger and AR-88D. ..105 yrs
PP 4-125 and AR-88F. 110 yrs
TCK and RBB..............125 yrs
PP 811 and AR-88LF...118 yrs
TBW and RBM...........120 yrs
Drake C-line...................60 yrs
TOTAL...................... 701 yrs

SCORE: 701yrs X 161 mults X 101 QSOs = 11,398,961

Casualties:
10-meter antenna, probably due to transmitting into it on 80m with TCK
Antenna changeover relay, see above.
AR-77 receiver, worked fine since fall CX and the day before this one, croaked before it heard anything this time.
AR-8506 receiver, filters went south in the week before the event.

MIA:
Rob, asleep on couch from 0230 on. Failed to tell anyone I wasn't going down for the count.
Millen 90881, RAL, DX-40, all tuned up and ready to go but never activated. See above.

Achievements:
For the first time, qualifying all three AR-88 receivers, D, F, and LF.
Being heard in NC on a one-tube regen on 80m.

Kudos:
For working us on the most bands(80,40,20) K4CHE
For working us with the most primitive gear: KU4AF (HB 6V6, 1-tube Regen)
For coolest setup: W7DRA (HB Pair 805s, Superpro)

K2TOP 73,
Rob

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K9VKY_Brian

Howdy Mac and the CX Gang: After a two year absence I was finally able to return to the CX Festival-in-the-Ether. (Yes, there is a silver lining to the stigma of unemployment!) All things considered, conditions were pretty good here in the hinterlands of western Pennsylvania on all bands but fading 10 Meters. Contacts were made on 15-160 Meters, with first time qualifying on 15 Meter AM and 160 Meters which were unfruitful in the past. Lots of new call signs showed an ever-increasing interest in our beloved boat anchor operations, but, sadly, many of the original stalwarts from yesteryear did not get in the logbook. Hats off to K4EJQ, W0VLZ, WQ8U, and W7ID who managed to muster transmitters representing the Grand Order of Melodic Chirp. Mac let me compliment you on having one of the few decent chirp signals during the latest CX. The DX-100 was melodic! The Good Ears Award should go to Howie, WB2AWQ, who struggled and hung in there to copy my 339 signals. And how about an extra multiplier to 81year old W0AGG who steams along with perfectly sent CW from his South Dakota station? Please put those hats over your hearts, though, for a moment of silence for the three transmitters that emitted varying amounts of smoke during the CX. The Eico 723 and Valiant should be fairly easy fixes, but the KWS-1 (which didn't even qualify) is going to be a major project. Can I get QSO credit for any screams of anguish that may have been heard in nearby states? Finally, for those who were so interested in the PRC-1 spy radio set, attached is a pair of pictures of the 1944 "transceiver". The manufacturer is unknown (by me) as all markings have been obliterated by the "liberator". It uses a super-het receiver, a 6V6-807 xtal controlled xmtr, and self-contained power supply all in a Samsonite suitcase. If anybody knows anything about the PRC-1 lineage, I'd be delighted to hear from you. With that, the February 2005 CX is put to rest, but not the adoration of our relics. Don't put on the shelf until the next CX; keep those rascals glowing even during the off season and continue to enjoy quality QSOs. Until next time, happy hunting on the bands and take care of yourselves. Brian K9VKY

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N2AK_Mario

Classic Exchange of Feb 05 was a blast, in spite of the RTTY QRM during the day. This Was my first time in CX with my quick change switching units, which allow me to quickly switch my antenna, key, speaker and side tone to any rig or combo of Tx/Rx in the shack. The vintage shack started 2 years ago with a single HW101 in it. It now contains the following: an NCX-5 in FB shape, an old SWAN 350 with one lung(final tube) that some previous owner decided was enough for a great signal ... and he was right!; the HW101 and a recently added HW100, my first commercial rig, an HT37; an Ebay pair of SB300 and SB401; a DX60B (another Ebay rig) and my 20 tube homebrew dual 1625 final rig that I built in high school in '62. I also have an NC303 that has been my mainstay for 30 years and a recently acquired HQ170 (for $25 at a club auction !) . In the future, I have a Heath Apache and Mohawk which will be a nice addition to the shack, when I have some serious time to refurbish them.

I started this years operation in my main shack (all solid state gear) using my Omni C and Vibroplex Blue Racer (a nice combo) on 40m CW. I worked Bill K2LML. I then switched to my Atlas 210X (which spends the warm weather on my sailboat at the Jersey shore). I worked Whitey K1VV with his very interesting 1956 hmbw tube rig. I made 5 more contacts with the Atlas then moved upstairs to the TUBE shack. I started with the NCX-5 and worked a bunch of East Coast guys including WA2VMO who had a Swan 500 and later a Heath Marauder/SP600. I was working Rick, N2RF a local in my radio club, until he had to QRT due to "big noise" in his rig! After a while, I switched to the Swan 350, which worked fine on 40 CW. Worked Rob at W2TOP several times with his military gear.

After dinner, I switched to 20m CW, using the NCX-5. Worked WW2LST (a WW2 LST Ship) in Mobile Bay. Worked 8 stations on 20 CW then decided to put some of the Heath rigs on. Worked Bunky K4EJQ for the 1st time that day using my HW100. Got the HW101 on and worked K4JYS Bill, with his 1929 TNT rig. Then lit off the Hmbw rig from 1962 and it worked fine. Worked Mike, WB9DLC who I told about the Classic Exchange a few weeks earlier. Mike had his Knight T150 on, and it sounded great. I closed out with the HT-37 (I had to replace the power xfmer for it with a junker in 1975, so I guess that repair could be considered successful). I used my SB300 as the Rx and worked Brian / K9VKY , K2LML/ Bill and closed out with WB8AJR /BILL.

Next year I hope to have a better setup for HF antennas, that I can switch from the 2nd floor vintage shack. Also, maybe will try some phone, which would really be fun. The CX is a great operating event. Unlike other "contests" which take no time out for actually saying hello and finding out what the other guy is using, CX encourages that kind of interchange, and it's great fun. And you get to make new friends and say hi to old ones. A few days after the CX, I got a package in the mail from Whitey/K1VV with a DVD showing the details of his 1956 homebrew rig. It was great! With people like that, I expect ham radio to be around for a long time.

73 & CU NXT YR
Mario/ N2AK

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W7FOX_Chris

CX was a blast! Starting on 20 SSB I wanted to qualify my stable of sugar bakers and there were plenty of CXers with the same idea. It was like a 12 way round table with constant swapping of signal reports, participants pausing only to update logs and fire-up different rigs. I'd have to say that listening to all those old rigs gave me an appreciation for them that was quite clear. Their voices were clear that is. With little built-in processing, voices had a good quality that made them easily recognizable in contrast to modern over processed rigs.

Hearing nothing on 10 meters, I moved to 15 AM and managed to qualify my homebrew 1625's. Seems like there should be more activity on 15 AM, with 10 going flat much of the time. How about it guys, see you on 15 AM?

On to 20 CW, I gave the T21/ARC5 and BC-348 a workout, with lots of requests for reports. That's right, that rig doesn't cover 20 meters, but I thought the center tapped secondary of the oscillator would make a good place to drive push-push 12A6's as doublers, which seems to work out well.

I don't use the SB-101's on CW much since my home brew 1625's are full QSK, but I enjoyed making some contacts on 40 CW to get some more multipliers. Lots of different rigs heard, most with really good sounding notes. Where'd all the chirpers go? I encourage all CXers to give accurate reports, since most of us like to work on our rigs to get the most out of them. Don't worry you won't hurt our feelings. "Your rig sounds like someone is cutting down a chicken coop with a chain saw" or something like that.

Finished up on 80 with my novice rig from 1964, a T19 ARC5. It still has the finals from 1943. As a novice I thought it was a really old rig, since, after all, at that time it was 21 years old compared to my 12 years. Now I realize it was factory fresh at the time.

Jim, W8KGI gets my vote for most rigs in a qso. He put 4 pairs on during our 40 CW contact.

There seemed to be many more CX'ers to have qsos with this time. I had no trouble finding plenty of classic rigs on the specified frequencies. Maybe in the fall we could find another date to avoid the TX QSO party. It was a pretty rowdy party last time. HEE HAW!

73,
W7FOX, "Fox"

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K4CHE_Breck

Overall, what an enjoyable Sunday. We put forth our effort with six stations, mostly military equipment . I started out in the morning by getting my minimum contacts on the GRC-109 crystal controlled special forces radio.

Hard getting anyone's attention with my 7050 crystal as that frequency was pretty busy. Plugged in the 7075 rock and had a nice open space but no one would venture up 25 more Kcs! Never have understood why everyone piles up on one frequency, its been that way for ever. But hung in there and finally

Bill, K4JYS came to my rescue and while I had him on the horn I switch over to the Wireless Set No. 19 and got a quick exchange. Then I was on a roll and K1VV answered my CQ with his one tube rig. Got the ART-13 running and also used the GRC-19 for a while. Later in the day used the Valiant and the 75A4 it was a pleasure getting this equipment up and running. Switching the rigs back and forth was easy this year, I had installed a Trompeter patch panel and dedicated a single antenna fed with open wire line. Everywhere I would tune I would hear K2TOP, that group was everywhere. Nice solid CW operating no phone operation on this end.

C U next fall.

Equpment:
GRC-109 Rec and Transmitter age 43
Wireless Set No. 19 R and T age 61
GRC-19 R and Trans age 49
ARR-41 Receiver age 47
ART-13 Tranmiter age 56
KWM-2 R and T age 45
75A-4 Rec age 50
Viking Valiant age 45.

Score: 36(32+32+14) 594= 1,667,952

Breck K4CHE
Dover Delaware,aint nutten in Dover except Chickens, A NASCAR track and hams that can't solder.

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st bands(80,40,20) K4CHE
For working us with the most primitive gear: KU4AF (HB 6V6, 1-tube Regen)
For coolest setup: W7DRA (HB Pair 805s, Superpro)

K2TOP 73,
Rob

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K9VKY_Brian

Howdy Mac and the CX Gang: After a tw./CX/Feb05newsletterfinal.html 0000644 0002577 0001750 00000204114 10301530024 0017313 0 ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 FEBRUARY 2005 CX NEWSLETTER

CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2005 CX


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HIGHLIGHTS

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

W8KGI
Jim
26,356,096

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N6KN
Rocco
24,892,010

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W7ID
Jeff
11,768,400

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K2TOP
Rob et. al.
11,389,961

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K9VKY
Brian
6,583,928

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N2AK
Mario
4,603,914

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W7FOX
Fox
2,607,360

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K4CHE
Breck
1,774,872

K4JYS
Bill
892,080

NZ0T
Bill
792,000

WB2AWQ
Howie
439,620

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WQ8U
Mac
347,600

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W0QBX
J
209,728

W8TM
Paul
163,812

K3MSB
Mark
136,955

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W7DRA
Mike
101,250

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W0VLZ
Niel
88,450

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K2PGB
Chris
61,152

W2JEK
Don
54,234

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K3KYR
Jeff
54,150

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W3CNS
James
32,853

K8NU
Carl
25,520

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N2LO
Bob
3,591

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INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

AA1P
Richard

AA4RM - Marty
W8AU - Perry

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K3MD
John

W2IQK
Carl


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U

FEBRUARY 2005 CX HIGHLIGHTS

Increasing scores, increasing number of participants, increasing number of classic rigs, increasing QRM, and increasing fun are the highlights of this CX.

As usual W8KGI, Jim, and N6KN, Rocco, battled it out for the top score. Jim won this time with an unbelievable 26,356,096 points! He edged out Rocco by using more and older rigs even though Rocco had more QSOs. A demonstration that age is superior to activity? (Jim is older than Rocco.) Jim changes rigs very quickly giving rise to WB2AWQ, Howie's comment "Jim ...used more rigs in the space of a few minutes than Imelda Marcos has shoes!" Rocco did reveal one of his secrets of high scores: "I also did some pre-CX control exercises... It's like warming up for the Olympics, or something like that." W7ID, Jeff, got third place by running the bands with 16 transmitter-receiver pairs. However, Jeff is pondering a mystery common in CX: "I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to make contacts with the old low power transmitters such as my Signal Shifter EX. It makes me wonder why I had such a hard time making contacts with my DX-20 when I was first licensed." Maybe it has something to do with his current 2-element 40-meter beam? K2TOP, the Top Band Club, the only CX club entry, got fourth without having all their operators at their stations. Rob, the club trustee, took a nap and missed the Sunday night activity.

In addition to the W8KGI and N6KN multi-million scores, W7ID and K2TOP scored over 11 Million and K9VKY, N2AK, W7FOX, and K4CHE scored between 1 and 7 Million. We have some very serious CXers here with really great classic shacks.

Scoring high requires some unique characteristics. Take for example K4CHE, whose QTH is Dover, DE signs his e-mails: "aint nutten in Dover except Chickens, A NASCAR track and hams that can't solder." Then there is W7FOX who pleads for accurate signal reports assuring us that a report like "Your rig sounds like someone is cutting down a chicken coop with a chain saw" will not offend. K9VKY, who returned to CX after a two year absence, does give accurate reports; this CX he instituted the Grand Order of Melodic Chirp and inducted K4EJQ, W0VLZ, WQ8U, and W7ID is members. He singled out WQ8U's DX-100 as "having one of the few decent chirp signals." This was N2AK, Mario's first CX. He started his vintage shack 2 years ago that includes a 20-tube homebrew dual 1625 final rig that he built in high school in '62.

Classic commercial rigs were most common but there were some noteworthy homebrew rigs, some built just for this CX as was the case for N2LO, Robert. Being a sand state oriented person he approached the 6L6 design as using "a dual gate P-channel depletion mode FET. Well…close." Teamed with his Sky Buddy it did OK - even as a "power beam thermionic transconductance device." WB2AWQ, Howie was a big signal with his1929 P-P Hartley running a pair of 211s at 90 watts and K4JYS had his 1929 TNT running 3 1/2 watts. And while not quite homebrew, W0VLZ, Niel did follow the old ways: "I was glad I had taken the time to grind a crystal to put my 20A on 80 CW." And not all classic/vintage rigs were that powerful. W2JEK, Don has a 117N7 oscillator with 100 milliwatts output and is crystal controlled - not a good combination but he built it in 1947 so it is a good multiplier.

There were a lot of military rigs on this CX many with their characteristic signals. AA1P, Richard reported: "What a hoot! Within minutes I worked two TBW's and a TCK. One guy said the chirp (what chirp?) on my GRC-9 took him back 60 years to WWII." Lots of green radios and ARC-5 Command Sets (transmitters and receivers). W7DRA, Mike showed that an ARC-5 can be made into a VFO for every application. Also noteworthy are K9VKY's 1944 PRC-1 spy radio, K4CHE's ART-13, and W1IA's BC-610.

The most unusual CX military involvement was WW2LST, operated by AA4RM, Marty and W8AU, Perry. The call is assigned to a restored WWII LST on which Marty and Perry operated an SB-102 with the antenna clamped to a 40mm gun tub and a TCS with a 24 ft.wire antenna.

QRM was at a peak this CX. The CQ WW RTTY contest made the CW bands almost worthless until 0000Z Sunday. W8TM, Paul commented, "some of the loudest QRM I've ever heard on 40 CW." Many echoed his comment. Good news: The September 2005 CX will be two Sundays. The first, concurrent with the RTTY contest, will be only AM and SSB. The second Sunday, a week later, will be only CW and hopefully will be better. Also, 6 and 2 meters have been added so there are other places to go if there is QRM on the HF bands. And, best of all, the scoring has been simplified. See the announcement on the CX website for details.

QRM wasn't the only problem for some CXers. K3MD, John e-mailed: "Will miss Feb. CX... classic rigs are in basement, confined to first floor due to fractured leg. See you in Sept.!!" One would think that since John is a physician (radiologist) he could have gotten a better cast for stair climbing. Another problem was posed by K3KYR, Jeff, who runs a nice array of Heath, Hammarlund and National Classic rigs as well as advocating for VHF in CX. "Mac, I enjoyed the Feb.13 CX very much, but don't understand how to date the gear that I used." Jeff, this is a problem many of us learned to solve as teenagers. You probably always had dates with girls as a youth; however some of us had to occasionally date our radios. Seriously, the Raymond S. Moore books are a great source of dating information as is the Internet. If in doubt, you can always e-mail W8KGI or N6KN, they probably have the rig. The general practice is to only count the age of the transmitter and receiver, not the VFO, amplifier, tuner, key, etc.

This CX was really a lot of fun. K2PGB, Chris captured it: "What a kick. It is what all "contest" should be. Relaxed and making new friends. N2AK, Mario added "The CX is a great operating event. Unlike other "contests" which take no time out for actually saying hello and finding out what the other guy is using, CX encourages that kind of interchange, and it's great fun." And K3MSB, Mark said it for a lot of us: "As always, enjoyed myself immensely."

Mac
WQ8U


WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

As mentioned earlier, the September CX will be conducted on two consecutive Sundays. The first, September 25th, will be for AM and SSB. This will be concurrent with the AMI AM Discovery Weekend to increase opportunity for classic contacts. This restriction to AM and SSB will help us avoid the CQ magazine RTTY contest that caused so much QRM for CW operations in pevious CX events. The second Sunday, October 2nd, will be CW only. Additionally, the September 2005 will include 6 and 2 meters. This should give VHF enthusiasts to get their Classic rigs into the fun.
Things can always be improved. Please let me know what you think of these changes and any other ideas you have for making CX more fun.
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor
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REPORTS

W8KGI_Jim

Mac,

It's the day after the CX as I write this note. Yesterday was an interesting one, to say the least. Murphy made his usual appearances, and he's getting more clever and attacking things common to all of my gear! It started off when I was just getting on 20 around noon. My QSK keyer developed a short on the amplifier keying lead that I finally tracked down to a stuck (welded) mercury-wetted relay contact. I rapped it smartly If after you rapped it, the relay didn't work, would say you rapped it "dumbly"? and it resumed normal operation, so at least I got away with not having to pull out the keyer board and replacing the relay. A little after that one of the wires on my R42 phones pulled out, and I had to make a quick trip to the bench in the garage to fix that.

I ran OK on 20 for a couple of hours, talking to Rocco, N6KN, in California, Bill, K4JYS, in North Carolina, and Rob at K2TOP in New Jersey. I qualified six pairs on 20 (75A4 & 32V3, SX28 &1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, R4B & T4X, NC200 & DX 100, RME 96 & DX-40, NC-101X & 100V), and then I headed out to the garage to fire up on 40.

We had several days of rain and damp weather, so the ground-fault breaker out in the garage was acting up. It would not hold when I turned all of the gear on, especially when I keyed up the Globe King AKA "Globus Rex". So I decided to turn on gear in smaller groups, and I throttled the Globe King back to only about 200 watts in and the breaker decided to hold. 40 was awash with RTTY, but I called CQ CX and managed to find Bill, NZ0T, Fox W7FOX, Kerry, K5KS, and Paul, K2LMQ, who could work me through the noise. Finally at 5 pm MST the RTTY vanished and the band really started jumping. I had my usual 12 receivers ready to go out there plus I scraped together 25 transmitters, but I didn't get them all on the air because of the RTTY noise and the power breaker. I did get on with the following: NC303 & Globe King 275, HQ180 & AF67, 75A3 & Apache, SX28A & AF68, SX73 & HT-20, SP600 & Globe Scout 680, SX43 & DX20, HQ129X & T150, BC348 & Viking II, RME70 & DX-60, SW3 & Lettine 240, HQ170A & AT-1, plus a Lysco 600, Viking I, Adventurer, and Gonset Commander. I tried to get my Globe Chief 90 on, bit it seemed to be putting RF out somewhere other than 40 meters - back to the bench. And I left a Conar 400, my 1929 style UX210 Hartley, Bob Higgy's 6J5/6L6, Ivo's Mighty Fleapower (6J6 XO/PA), Eldico SSB100, Hammarlund 4-20, McMurdo Silver 701 and Meissner EX Signal Shifter for "next time."

>After a bite of supper I went back to the inside shack for 80 meters. Things started off well around a little before 8 MST with Paul, K2LMQ, Jerry, K5PSH, Tom, K6LQI and yourself (Mac, WQ8U), and I qualified four pairs (HRO50 & Valiant, HRO & Millen 90800, BC454 & CBY52209, NC-173 & TBS-50D) plus the FB7. For some reason my new Elmac A54 refused to work - another trip to the bench. Around 8:45, just when we signed off, the band seemed to take a distinct change. Most of the signals disappeared out here, especially the guys to the west. I stuck around for another hour and worked Mark, K3MSB in PA, Ed, K1GGI, in MA, Mike, WB9DLC in IN, John, K4AVX in KY, Niel, W0VLZ in MN, and Mike, K8XF in FL, all with very weak signals. After that the band was empty of CX signals so I folded it up and went to bed where I dreamed in CW most of the night.

All in all it was a lot of fun! I had 104 QSO's, and the gear I got on the air added up to 2696 years of age multiplier. My total score is 26,356,096. With luck I'll be home next September and the breaker will hold!


73 and keep 'em glowing,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI


N6KN_Rocco

Mac,

As usual, I prepared for the CX by clearing off the workbench and hauling out selected rigs to augment the batch that is permanently installed. I had done some additional work on the Hallicrafters FPM-200 since its debut last CX, and it worked a bit better (although it is quirky, to put it mildly). I also did some pre-CX control exercises; it seems that if I don't do this, odd band switch contact gremlins are sure to bite during QSOs. It's like warming up for the Olympics, or something like that. Well Rocco, I think you just let your cat out of the bag - Olympic training, eh what? Have you had your impedence test?

The CX started off on 20 CX with several good contacts using the Johnson Desk KW paired with a Drake 2B. CO7EH showed up with an FT101ZD. K2TOP was strong on his PP 4-125's. 10 was dead, and 15 was not open yet, so I tried 20 SSB and found a batch of CX types including W7ID and several others. Jeff's HT32B sounded great down here. Notable rigs included WA7HKE's Lakeshore Phasemaster 2B paired with an SX-28 (not exactly the easiest rig to use on 20 SSB). I went back to 20 CW and caught you, Mac (WQ8U) plus Cole, YU1QW (Eu is never easy from here).

Fifteen meters finally opened up a bit at 1840Z. WB0YGV's FPM-300 sounded good here, as did his Henry Tempo 1. Went back to 20 CW at 1955 and finally caught up with W8KGI. Jim and I exchanged several qso's to qualify batches of rigs on both ends. Maybe the FCC or SEC or NYAG would be interested in this mutual log scratching. Does your Gov. S. know about this? :-) His Meisner Model 41 Signal Shifter was genuinely strong in here!. Well, guess what, Jim - a batch of boatanchors fell off the truck in front of my house a few weeks after the CX, including TWO Meisner Model EX VFO/transmitters (plus a whole bunch of other stuff, including a pair of HT-18's, a pair of NCX-3's, a pair of Swan 500 CX's, and a pair of HRO-500's!). So I hope to accomplish a Signal Shifter to Signal Shifter qso with you, Jim, next CX.

I should mention that Mac's Viking 2 sounded strong, also. I do not hear as many of those as you might expect, BTW.

I went back to 15 SSB and worked another herd of stations, mostly Midwest, with good signals. KH6U called in, and Doug and I had fun on 15 and 20 with our CE-100V's. He admired the FPM-200 signal, too. I finished the contest on 40 CW, but noise made it tough out here on the west coast. I did hear AE6C's ARC-5 transmitter, as well as K5DH's homebrew 807 x 2 transmitter. Nice to hear the HB stuff on the air.

All together, conditions were not great, but as usual folks hauled out the old stuff from under the bench or wherever and made lots of contacts.

Score summary:
110 qso's x 169 (rigs worked plus band states) x 1339 (CX multiplier with 17 stations qualified) = 24,892,010 pts.

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN


W7ID_Jeff

I had a lot of fun in the February 2005 Classic Exchange. My goal this time was to get as many different pieces of equipment on the air as I possibly could. I qualified 16 different stations, which is a new personal record. Several weeks before the exchange I started checking out some of my various pieces of equipment and scouring my equipment storage area for new pieces that I might be able to use.

I really enjoy having a reason to put the old vintage gear on the air. Some of it still works so well that it rivals present day equipment that costs ten times as much. I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to make contacts with the old low power transmitters such as my Signal Shifter EX and my HT-18, at 5 and 3 watts output respectively. It makes me wonder why I had such a hard time making contacts with my DX-20 when I was first licensed in Colorado as a novice in July of 1959 as KN0VFZ. I guess my antennas are MUCH better today not to mention that the operator has improved some in the last 46 years. Well Jeff, we are pretty sure about the antennas but .....

This year I was worried that I might not be able to qualify my AM gear, which I normally try to qualify on ten meters. Due to deteriorating conditions on the higher frequencies I planned on starting off the exchange this year on 75 meter AM. Right at the CX start time of 1400, I checked into a roundtable of AM operators on 3875 from Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas and qualified my Johnson Ranger, Desk KW and NC-303. They were all kind enough to share their equipment with me for the CX log.

A bit after 1500Z I moved to 14.270 and found some stations to work on SSB using my KWS-1 and 75A4, Collins Gold Dust Twins. I also fired up my Drake TR-4CW and Hallicrafters SR-150 transceivers, taking turns switching them in and out of the antenna line. Rocco, N6KN, called in at about 1600 UTC and used his TS-520SE, FPM-200 and his SR-150 on me. He and I held forth for a couple more hours or so working many different stations together and putting as many of our different rigs on the air as we could. Gotta watch Rocco, he'll do that with you - good thing you could recipricate.

While we were doing so well on 20 meter SSB, I was able to qualify my 'Big H' Hallicrafters station, the HT-32B, HT-33B, and SX-115, my 32S1, 75S3, and 30S1 Collins S-line, my old faithful TS-940S, my HT-32B (2), 75A4 (2), and my current state of the art radio, a Yaesu FT-1000D.

After lunch, I tuned up my Collins A line station, the 32V3 transmitter and it's matching 75A1 receiver, and Valiant II, / SX-62A station on 15 meter AM and finding the band open was able to work enough stations to qualify them. Besides working some vintage AM stations like K9VKY with his Apache and HQ-170, I worked several other stations who put their newer solid state radios on AM after they called me on SSB not realizing that I was on AM! It is always good to help those folks find the other modes on their rice boxes.

With my AM rigs all qualified, I then moved over to 20 meter CW and joined all of the CX activity already going on there with my Knight T-50 transmitter and SX-101A receiver. Those qualified quickly and then I shifted over to my Heath DX-40 with VF-1 and Drake 2B combo. I also qualified my recreated 1959 novice station, a DX-20 and SX-110 setup while on 20.

Then it was time to remove some of those pieces from the table and set up the old Signal Shifter EX and SX-28A. I am always impressed at how well the old EX works and how easily it makes contacts for only 5 watts of output. I caught Brian, K9VKY again, this time for my first contact on the Signal Shifter. By the time that I finished the QSO with him, the 20 meter band was starting to fade so I moved down to 40 CW in order to finish qualifying that station. After logging the required three contacts, I removed them from the table and replaced them with my last set of gear, a Hallicrafters HT-18 exciter and S-38 receiver. Both of these units had never been on the air at my shack so I had no idea what to expect.

With the HT-18's mighty 3 watts of output power I had a hard time getting anyone to answer at first. Then I decided to try to find a very loud station to call thinking that I really needed the propagation in my favor to have anyone hear that peanut whistle. I also knew it would be difficult copying stations on the S-38 with it's broad as a barn selectivity unless they were nice and loud.

Soon I tuned upon a very loud station in Ogden, Utah calling CQ on 7050. He wasn't in the CX but I answered him anyway. He came right back and gave me a 579. We had a nice QSO and he was very impressed that I was only running QRP power. Guess the 2-element 40-meter beam really helps. I worked one other station on 40 and then finding no other real loud stations, I moved down to 80 meters where I made the third qualifying and my final contact in this years February CX.

It is always fun using the old Vintage gear and really great hearing all of the old rigs on the air again. The more they chirp, click and thump the more great memories of how the CW bands sounded during the 50s and 60s come flooding back! That's what CX is all about!

My numbers this time are 70 contacts, 89 transmitters and receivers worked, 31 band states / providence / countries and a total transmitter / receiver years used, CX multiplier of 1401 for a final score of 11,768,400 points.

I worked hard to get my 17 stations operable and on the air and I have a new appreciation for Jim, W8KGI and his 46 pieces of gear! I don't know if Jim was absent this time or if I just missed him. My friend Larry, KC8JX was also conspicuous in his absence and was missed. We always look forward to working the CX together.

Thanks to everyone for the great contacts, keep the old vintage gear working and on the air and I'll be looking forward to working you all again next time!

de Jeff, W7ID

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K2TOP_Rob and crew: K2WI, Jack K2BMI, Jeff WB2WCO, Peter WW2Y

The Promise of things to be


Preparations are underway at K2TOP for the Classic Exchange on Feb. 13. As usual, we will be having a multioperator, multitransmitter radio party, with a heavy emphasis on WWII Navy gear.

New for this go-around is the Navy TCK transmitter, which we will fire up on 80 and 40CW and 160, 80, and 40 AM. I have been quite busy taking all the breadboarded power supplies that ran it for its first months on the air, and packaging them up in a rack. We will mate this transmitter with RBB and RBC receivers for the full battleship experience.

Returning will be the TBW transmitter, which will work with the RBM receiver as originally intended.

I have just reconfigured the 2x 4-125 transmitter from WSC Tuckerton in a new Hewlett-Packard computer rack that I picked up on the side of the road on junk day. At 500W out it will be our workhorse on 20m.

The Beverage feedlines have been fixed, which will give us outstanding ears on the low bands. It is always a little confusing when Rob talks about a beverage feedline - is it rf, coffee or long neck brown 807s? A new secret NVIS antenna for 40m will make sure that our low-power transmitters are heard and our high-power transmitters are huge.

Meissner Signal Shifter will drive Millen and homebrew 200W amplifiers on 160 and 40, with RCA AR-77 and AR-88 receivers.

Viking Ranger and DX-40 will probably be mated with RMCA AR-8506b and RAL receivers.

We hope to hear you!

Rob Flory
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The aftermath


Hi Mac,

Eek, I've done it again, left too much time pass and now I am too busy to type up the full log. I throw myself at your mercy and throw you a summary.

Equipment:
RBC...................................63yrs
Ranger and AR-88D. ..105 yrs
PP 4-125 and AR-88F. 110 yrs
TCK and RBB..............125 yrs
PP 811 and AR-88LF...118 yrs
TBW and RBM...........120 yrs
Drake C-line...................60 yrs
TOTAL...................... 701 yrs

SCORE: 701yrs X 161 mults X 101 QSOs = 11,398,961

Casualties:
10-meter antenna, probably due to transmitting into it on 80m with TCK
Antenna changeover relay, see above.
AR-77 receiver, worked fine since fall CX and the day before this one, croaked before it heard anything this time.
AR-8506 receiver, filters went south in the week before the event.

MIA:
Rob, asleep on couch from 0230 on. Failed to tell anyone I wasn't going down for the count. Maybe it was that beverage feedline catching up with him?
Millen 90881, RAL, DX-40, all tuned up and ready to go but never activated. See above.

Achievements:
For the first time, qualifying all three AR-88 receivers, D, F, and LF.
Being heard in NC on a one-tube regen on 80m.

Kudos:
For working us on the most bands(80,40,20) K4CHE
For working us with the most primitive gear: KU4AF (HB 6V6, 1-tube Regen)
For coolest setup: W7DRA (HB Pair 805s, Superpro)

K2TOP 73,
Rob

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K9VKY_Brian

Howdy Mac and the CX Gang:

After a two year absence I was finally able to return to the CX Festival-in-the-Ether. (Yes, there is a silver lining to the stigma of unemployment!) Welcome back Brian! All things considered, conditions were pretty good here in the hinterlands of western Pennsylvania on all bands but fading 10 Meters. Contacts were made on 15-160 Meters, with first time qualifying on 15 Meter AM and 160 Meters which were unfruitful in the past. Lots of new call signs showed an ever-increasing interest in our beloved boat anchor operations, but, sadly, many of the original stalwarts from yesteryear did not get in the logbook.

Hats off to K4EJQ, W0VLZ, WQ8U, and W7ID who managed to muster transmitters representing the Grand Order of Melodic Chirp. Mac let me compliment you on having one of the few decent chirp signals during the latest CX. The DX-100 was melodic! The Good Ears Award should go to Howie, WB2AWQ, who struggled and hung in there to copy my 339 signals. It's all that AWA training with Hartleys and regens. And how about an extra multiplier to 81year old W0AGG who steams along with perfectly sent CW from his South Dakota station? Please put those hats over your hearts, though, for a moment of silence for the three transmitters that emitted varying amounts of smoke during the CX. The Eico 723 and Valiant should be fairly easy fixes, but the KWS-1 (which didn't even qualify) is going to be a major project. Can I get QSO credit for any screams of anguish that may have been heard in nearby states? K2TOP has tried such things but the judges have not allowed them.

Finally, for those who were so interested in the PRC-1 spy radio set, attached is a pair of pictures of the 1944 "transceiver". The manufacturer is unknown (by me) as all markings have been obliterated by the "liberator". It uses a super-het receiver, a 6V6-807 xtal controlled xmtr, and self-contained power supply all in a Samsonite suitcase. If anybody knows anything about the PRC-1 lineage, I'd be delighted to hear from you.

With that, the February 2005 CX is put to rest, but not the adoration of our relics. Don't put on the shelf until the next CX; keep those rascals glowing even during the off season and continue to enjoy quality QSOs. Until next time, happy hunting on the bands and take care of yourselves.

Brian K9VKY

FROM A NOTE ACCOMPANYING BRIAN'S SCORE SHEET:
"The total seems high to me even after going over it several times. (I'm not obsessive about scoring but have been known to add my own multipliers of 6146 bulb temperatures, weights of equipmenmt, antenna lengths, number of knob, etc.)

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N2AK_Mario

Classic Exchange of Feb 05 was a blast, in spite of the RTTY QRM during the day. This was my first time in CX with my quick change switching units, which allow me to quickly switch my antenna, key, speaker and side tone to any rig or combo of Tx/Rx in the shack. The vintage shack started 2 years ago with a single HW101 in it. It now contains the following: an NCX-5 in FB shape, an old SWAN 350 with one lung(final tube) that some previous owner decided was enough for a great signal ... and he was right!; the HW101 and a recently added HW100, my first commercial rig, an HT37; an Ebay pair of SB300 and SB401; a DX60B (another Ebay rig) and my 20 tube homebrew dual 1625 final rig that I built in high school in '62. Command sets do it with three tubes, what are the other 17 doing in there - looking real good I betcha :-) I also have an NC303 that has been my mainstay for 30 years and a recently acquired HQ170 (for $25 at a club auction !) . In the future, I have a Heath Apache and Mohawk which will be a nice addition to the shack, when I have some serious time to refurbish them. This is one very serious beginning to a classic rig shack - good job Mario!

I started this years operation in my main shack (all solid state gear) using my Omni C and Vibroplex Blue Racer (a nice combo) on 40m CW. I worked Bill K2LML. I then switched to my Atlas 210X (which spends the warm weather on my sailboat at the Jersey shore). I worked Whitey K1VV with his very interesting 1956 hmbw tube rig. I made 5 more contacts with the Atlas then moved upstairs to the TUBE shack. I started with the NCX-5 and worked a bunch of East Coast guys including WA2VMO who had a Swan 500 and later a Heath Marauder/SP600. I was working Rick, N2RF a local in my radio club, until he had to QRT due to "big noise" in his rig! After a while, I switched to the Swan 350, which worked fine on 40 CW. Worked Rob at W2TOP several times with his military gear.

After dinner, I switched to 20m CW, using the NCX-5. Worked WW2LST (a WW2 LST Ship) in Mobile Bay. Worked 8 stations on 20 CW then decided to put some of the Heath rigs on. Worked Bunky K4EJQ for the 1st time that day using my HW100. Got the HW101 on and worked K4JYS Bill, with his 1929 TNT rig. Then lit off the Hmbw rig from 1962 and it worked fine. Worked Mike, WB9DLC who I told about the Classic Exchange a few weeks earlier. Mike had his Knight T150 on, and it sounded great. I closed out with the HT-37 (I had to replace the power xfmer for it with a junker in 1975, so I guess that repair could be considered successful). I used my SB300 as the Rx and worked Brian / K9VKY , K2LML/ Bill and closed out with WB8AJR /BILL.

Next year I hope to have a better setup for HF antennas, that I can switch from the 2nd floor vintage shack. Also, maybe will try some phone, which would really be fun. Don't forget, AM and SSB are the first Sunday and CW is the next in the Sept/Oct 2005 CX. The CX is a great operating event. Unlike other "contests" which take no time out for actually saying hello and finding out what the other guy is using, CX encourages that kind of interchange, and it's great fun. And you get to make new friends and say hi to old ones. A few days after the CX, I got a package in the mail from Whitey/K1VV with a DVD showing the details of his 1956 homebrew rig. It was great! With people like that, I expect ham radio to be around for a long time.

73 & CU NXT YR
Mario/ N2AK

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W7FOX_Chris

CX was a blast! Starting on 20 SSB I wanted to qualify my stable of sugar bakers and there were plenty of CXers with the same idea. It was like a 12 way round table with constant swapping of signal reports, participants pausing only to update logs and fire-up different rigs. I'd have to say that listening to all those old rigs gave me an appreciation for them that was quite clear. Their voices were clear that is. With little built-in processing, voices had a good quality that made them easily recognizable in contrast to modern over processed rigs.Simpler is better :-)

Hearing nothing on 10 meters, I moved to 15 AM and managed to qualify my homebrew 1625's. Seems like there should be more activity on 15 AM, with 10 going flat much of the time. How about it guys, see you on 15 AM?

On to 20 CW, I gave the T21/ARC5 and BC-348 a workout, with lots of requests for reports. That's right, that rig doesn't cover 20 meters, but I thought the center tapped secondary of the oscillator would make a good place to drive push-push 12A6's as doublers, which seems to work out well.

I don't use the SB-101's on CW much since my home brew 1625's are full QSK, but I enjoyed making some contacts on 40 CW to get some more multipliers. Lots of different rigs heard, most with really good sounding notes. Where'd all the chirpers go? I encourage all CXers to give accurate reports, since most of us like to work on our rigs to get the most out of them. Don't worry you won't hurt our feelings. "Your rig sounds like someone is cutting down a chicken coop with a chain saw" or something like that. It appears he is ready to become an OO or write some questions for the VEC question pool.

Finished up on 80 with my novice rig from 1964, a T19 ARC5. It still has the finals from 1943. As a novice I thought it was a really old rig, since, after all, at that time it was 21 years old compared to my 12 years. Now I realize it was factory fresh at the time.

Jim, W8KGI gets my vote for most rigs in a qso. He put 4 pairs on during our 40 CW contact. He let you off easy, read some of the other encounters he had.

There seemed to be many more CX'ers to have qsos with this time. I had no trouble finding plenty of classic rigs on the specified frequencies. Maybe in the fall we could find another date to avoid the TX QSO party. It was a pretty rowdy party last time. HEE HAW!

73,
W7FOX, "Fox"

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K4CHE_Breck

Overall, what an enjoyable Sunday. We put forth our effort with six stations, mostly military equipment . I started out in the morning by getting my minimum contacts on the GRC-109 crystal controlled special forces radio.

Hard getting anyone's attention with my 7050 crystal as that frequency was pretty busy. Plugged in the 7075 rock and had a nice open space but no one would venture up 25 more Kcs! Never have understood why everyone piles up on one frequency, its been that way for ever. Maybe that is because that's where everyone is? Never understood it either...But hung in there and finally Bill, K4JYS came to my rescue and while I had him on the horn I switch over to the Wireless Set No. 19 and got a quick exchange. Bill commented on that, see below. Then I was on a roll and K1VV answered my CQ with his one tube rig. Got the ART-13 running and also used the GRC-19 for a while.

Later in the day used the Valiant and the 75A4 it was a pleasure getting this equipment up and running. Switching the rigs back and forth was easy this year, I had installed a Trompeter patch panel and dedicated a single antenna fed with open wire line.

Everywhere I would tune I would hear K2TOP, that group was everywhere.

Nice solid CW operating no phone operation on this end.

C U next fall.

Equpment:
GRC-109 Rec and Transmitter age 43
Wireless Set No. 19 R and T age 61
GRC-19 R and Trans age 49
ARR-41 Receiver age 47
ART-13 Tranmiter age 56
KWM-2 R and T age 45
75A-4 Rec age 50
Viking Valiant age 45.

Score: 36(32+32+14) 594= 1,667,952

Breck K4CHE
Dover Delaware,aint nutten in Dover except Chickens, A NASCAR track and hams that can't solder.

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K4JYS_Bill

Thanks again guys for another great CX. They just keep getting to be more fun.

Man, how many rigs does Jim, W8KGI have? A Bunch! I worked him on 20 meters and filled up more than a few spaces on the log sheet.... And helped my score a good bit. Thanks Jim.

Also, Breck, K4CHE took up a good bit of space in the log.... Thanks Breck.

I had four different setups available for this go round and that added to the fun. I fired up the 1929 31/2 watt TNT on 80 meters for about ten QSOs. That's a fun rig to use. I usually use it for AWA events so it's nice to have another excuse to put it on the air. Great to have those early sets on. Sure helps the multiplier too!

Thanks again to all who worked behind the scenes to keep the CX going. Those who participated and especially the ones I worked. Looking forward to the next one.

Rigs Used:
Viking II / SX-100
AF-67 / HQ-170
EICO 720 / Night VFO / Drake 2B/2BQ
1929 TNT / Drake 2B
Keys Used: J-38 and J-44

73 de K4JYS
Bill Stewart

SCORE:
QSOs 36
RX 25
TX 25
States 9
DX 1
CX Multi 413
SCORE: 892,080

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NZOT_Bill

Mac,

Thanks for the quick reply. I had a good time working my first CX. Band condx were not real good and I had to fight through S7 to S8 powerline noise (not to mention the RTTY QRM on 40!) but it was fun. It was great to hear so many oldies on the air - I bet lot's of shacks got nice and warm like mine! I wish I had brought my HW-5400 home from our lake place to add to my small Classic collection but the three I had gave me enough. How in the heck do guys like Jim W8KGI keep so many rigs, feedlines, antennas, and keys straight as they switch around? Most folks don't know that Jim has great agility - he is a PhD: "Particularly handy Dude" Better ops then me!

Score:
QSOs: 44
Total RX: 33
Total TX: 34
Total QTH: 23
Total Age: 200
Score: 792,000

Rigs:
Drake TR7
Drake T4XB
Drake R4B
Heathkit HW-16 with HG-10 VFO

POST SCRIPT

Jim, I enjoyed our many QSO's today! This was my first CX and really enjoyed it with my small collection of BA's. Too bad that condx were poor and I had power line QRN, not to mention the RTTY QRM. Fun nonetheless.

I used the K8NU logging program - do you know any way to send the log to WQ8U via e-mail? I have the log and score printed but can't figure out where it gets saved to on the computer. I'm a computer dunce. Bill, that's why many of us like the Boat Anchors - no computers :-)

73,
Bill NZ0T

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WB2AWQ_Howie

Hello Cxers!

The Feb 2005 CX found me plagued by an abnormal amount of "spousus-interruptus", Howie, we are not going anywhere near that that - your Latin is hopefully better than ours :-) which cut into my operating time, and thus the total score. But as usual CX was a good time. I did not, however, get a chance to break out all of the heavy artillery in my arsenal.

I started out on 15M, and only one QSO but a nice one with K5HDX and his Heath HW8 QRP rig. In spite of the RTTY QRM, 20 meters did OK, the notable QSO there being Marty AA4RM on-board the USS LST-325, except I expected then to be using some of that great shipboard gear instead of a Heath SB-102! If you want to work old Navy gear, you need to work W2TOP.

40M yielded some nice QSO's, the standout there being Jim W8KGI, who used more rigs in the space of a few minutes than Imelda Marcos has shoes!

On 80M I brought out my favorite toy, the Beast 1929 push-pull Hartley running a pair of 211's at over 90W out, coupled with an HRO and a neat 1934 Doerle twinplex regenerative receiver.

This year's leader in the CX rig population was Heath, with 12 rigs heard, nice to see Heath back in vogue! Collins came in second with 8 rigs reported. Surprisingly, though, not a single Hallicrafters or Johnson rig reported, although I am sure they were out there.

Had a few new "faces" this CX, which is always nice, and of course some of the regular gang, but I missed Rob K2WI and his nasty TBW and other fine rigs, and, for the first time in a long time, no QSO's with Fearless Leader WQ8U. Perhaps without the previously mentioned nemesis I coulda done better....

See ya all in September!
Howie WB2AWQ

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WQ8U_Mac

As usual CX was a lot of fun even though I did not get as much time on the air as I would have liked. Started on 20 CW with my Drake Twins (T-4X & R-4A) and the first QSO was the ubiquitous Rocco, N6KN. Worked N2AK , Mario, next; either he has a fantastic memory or a really good database - he commented on the rigs I used in our last QSO in 2003. After qualifying the Drake Twins on 20 and then on 40, I moved to my Johnson Viking Valiant and National HRO-50R1 (talk about a heavy pair of BAs). Worked Paul, W8TM, down the road in Cincinnati. Didn't realize it at the time, but Paul and I went to St. Xavier High, which is also the alma mater of Jim W8KGI. I heard a number of nice old rigs, like W3CNS, Jim's, 1935 Meissner Signal Shifter and N8TD, Tom's, homebrew 6L6 rig.

Next I put on my National NC-173 and the venerable BOGS (Burnt Orange Globe Scout 680) that I received from Al, N5AIT, when he also passed me the CX Newsletter job. The first QSO with that pair was with K2TOP's leader, Rob, running one of the club's few non-Navy pieces - PP 811s. Rocco, N6KN, appeared again and then began a seemingly never-ending series of QSOs with Jim, W8KGI, and his large stable of BAs. Listening to two of the best demonstrate real Classic rigs - what a treat!

I did manage to get my Heathkit DX-100 and Hammarlund HQ-129-X into the lineup on 80 meters. The first QSO was with Brian, K9VKY, a long time, (sometimes) high scoring CX participant who has been absent for a few years. He still has good ears - he complemented my DX-100's "respectable" chirp.

The evening finished up with several QSOs with W8KGI, Jim, who put on a memorable series of Classic transmitters including a Heathkit AT-1, a Millen 90800, a Command Set, and a Harvey-Wells TBS-50D. What a way to finish this CX!

73
Mac
WQ8U

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W0QBX_J

Fun but not enough participation on the AM mode. Scoring needs simplification.Try the Sept/Oct 2005 CX - MUCH less complex scoring - and more time and bands - What a deal!!!

Rigs:
Viking II
HQ-129-X

AM Only!
SCORE:
QSOs 29
RX 23
TX 26
States 15
CX Mulitp 113
SCORE 209,728

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W8TM_Paul

Equipment used: Heathkit SB-301 and SB-401, aged 37 and 31 years respectively (built by me in June, 1967 and February, 1974). Antenna 40 meter inv vee fed with ladder line so also tunable on other bands. TRLog was used to key the rig and to record the action; stupidity by the operator resulted in all dates/times being off by an hour, which has hopefully been manually corrected in the accompanying log (w8tm.log).

The log was scored manually as close to the rules as I could manage. I counted only logged rigs and final tubes, not power outputs (which were all that I copied in some QSOs). I scored by hand except for the QSO count, the only thing that the computer counted reliably. Paul, now you know why we keep trying to advocate non-computer operated Classic Rigs - computers have very limited capability :-)

By my count from the accompanying log:
33 QSOs, all CW
27 rcvr types
26 xmtr types
20 SPCs, 15 on 40 and 5 on 20.
As indicated above
37 + 31 = 68 CX multiplier.
Score (33)(27 + 26 + 20)(68) = 163,812

Accompanying us this weekend was the CQ WPX RTTY contest, which resulted in some of the loudest QRM I've ever heard on 40 CW. I apologize to N8TD for our incomplete QSO; one of the RTTYers just totally buried him (and me) to the point that I may well have his call incorrect. All that QRM further irritated my flu-induced crankiness, which I alleviated by QSYing to 20 and not returning to 40 until the WPX RTTY event ended at 0000Z Monday.

Not interfering with the Classic Exchange, but providing a stark contrast, was the North American CW Sprint that lasted four hours on Saturday evening. Just to see what it felt like, I also used my Heathkits during that rapid-fire rapid-QSY event (there's a special rule to prevent parking on one frequency). The Heathkits seemed to hold their own except for relay dropout time, which just wasn't quick enough to hear the first letter coming back to me, even with the VOX delay set short. And tube-transmitter tuneup time slows down band changes. But overall the old stuff is still more than half competitive if used properly.Come on Paul, it is a lot better than that - ask W8KGI about his QSK system with Hg relays.

73,
Paul Kirley W8TM
7805 Plainfield Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45236
w8tm@arrl.net

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K3MSB_Mark

Hey Mac !!
Didn't catch you on 40 or 80 like I usually do!
Made 13 CX QSO's, including 2 on 15 AM (which was a pleasant surprise).
Qualified my Navy RBH-2 on 80M !! I'll get the logs out to ya soon. Right!
73
Mark K3MSB

Well, let's see, it's now the latter part of May, and as usual Mac has sent me his usual email wondering where my CX log is. Well, forgot again Mac.

Started off on 75 AM and managed only one AM QSO with a fellow running a non CX radio, and couldn't raise anyone else on 75. I then went to 15 AM, but nothing happening there. So, I came back about two hours later to 15 AM, and worked Bob W0KIZ who was running his DX-60 and SX-96. After that, I had a nice DX-100B to DX-100B AM chat with Phil K5ACR running his DX-100B and 75A2, thus qualifying my DX-100B and SX-101A. Not bad, I just realized I used DX-100B four times in the same sentence!! That's OK Mark, this is CX.

15 CW was alive, so I put the HT-37 and SX-111 on. Worked Bob K5NRM running his HW-16 and HG-10B, and a few other non CX stations.

Had to do some family stuff, so didn't return to the CX until around 0030Z. Fired up my HQ-129-X and HT-37 on 40M CW. Worked Bill AA0RQ with his Ameco AC1 and HQ-180, Paul W8TM running his SB-303/401 combo, then Larry KC8JX running his Heathkit HX-10 and Drake 2B.

Decided to be brave, and pulled my Navy RBH-2 (made by National) off the shelf. Got this vintage WWII receiver over a year ago, but haven't had time to work on it. The outside needs work, but the inside is very nice. Has quite a few weak tubes, and since the selectivity seemed to like only one setting (w-i-d-e), I think a few caps need replaced also. Driving this receiver on 40M was "challenging" with the w-i-d-e selectivity, so I changed over to 80M CW.

Oh yeah, the dial scale is out of adjustment, so I used my MFJ SWR Analyzer to figure out where on the logging scale the 75 CW band started. Great running an old radio with w-i-d-e selectivity and tuning that occupied about one-half inch!! Ahh, the joys of WWII gear. But, nevertheless, qualified the beastie. Worked Jeff K3KYR running his HW-16 and HG-10, Don W2JEK running his Harvey Wells TBS-50C and S-76, Jim W8KGI running his Valiant and HRO 50, and finished off the evening working Ed K1GGI running his Collins S Line.

As always, enjoyed myself immensely. I wish 10M AM was open, but I suspect it will be a few more CX's before we see much activity there!

73 Mark
K3MSB

So Mark, where is your trio of B&W 5100s?

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W7DRA_Mike

This is going to be short, most logs/comments are too long for my eyesight to read:

CX goal: to fire up (and fix any broken gear) and make 3 contacts with it in the allotted contest period.

160m the contest super station all working,
rx - nc183/bc453
tx - arc5 vfo, 6ag7/6L6 driver, 810 and 833a finals
no contacts (darn, started at 0700z)

80m
rx - sx71
tx - arc5 vfo, af67 driver, three 805s in parallel
3 contacts

40m
rx - super pro/bc453 (got lots of bc453s) broken wire in set
tx - arc5 vfo (got lots of these too) globe chief 90 driver, 304th final
3 contacts

20m
rx - hro60/bc453, two blown power supply caps
tx - same driver as 40m, push push 805s
3 contacts

Worked Rocco on 40cw, that was the only band I heard much activity, missed W8KGI, he was really busy banging away

normally i only work contests (CQWW, CQWW160, OCDX etc), and it is nice to get all the gear back up in working order. Let's see: "two blown power supply caps"; "broken wire in set" - sounds like a standard Classic rig station in working order.

Thanks for a great operating opportunity

Mike W7DRE,
423,000 points multiplier of 250, 18 rigs/sections 9 contacts 250*(18+18+9)*9
=101,250

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W0VLZ_Neil

Mac,

This was the first time I've participated in the Classic Exchange. Welcome, glad you joined in. If my understanding is correct, my score was 88,450.

I found the CX a great excuse for me to exercise the rigs. I usually operate the AWA OT CW contest but there I usually end up using only one rig and certainly not anything post WWII.

Right now I've seven vintage stations in the shack. In this CX I used three of them: Central Electronics 20A/Drake 2B, HRO Sr/National NTX-30 and Drake R4B/T4XB. Next on my list was my Thordarson 100/NC101X station but, by the time I got to it, it sounded like everyone on 40 had gone to bed. Probably migrated to 80 or 160.

I was glad I had taken the time to grind a crystal to put my 20A on 80 CW. Without that crystal I wouldn't have been able to qualify that station for the CX multiplier. I did flatten a 6L6 in my NTX-30 though. While keying the final, the oscillator plate current crept up until it died. You can take comfort in knowing that it went doing what it liked best.

I've attached a log sheet scan and a photo. These and additional photos are linked into my CX report web page at http://www.io.com/~nielw/cx_feb05/report.html

Notes to self for next CX:
Cure the backlash in the NC101X main tuning
Clean the Thor/NC101X antenna relay contacts
Get the Central Electronics 458 VFO working.
Neil - you know, of course, that we will all be listening for these rigs in the Sept/Oct CX :-)

tnx es 73,
Niel - W0VLZ

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K2PGB_Chris

What a kick. It is what all "contest" should be. Relaxed and making new friends. After all the only contest with a prize is the Bermuda contest so why not just sit back and enjoy casual operating.

I was surprised at the amount of equipment most people noted they had piled in their garages. Next one I will get my AT-1, DX-60,HQ-110,Conar twins,S-19R,SB-33,SB-34 on line. That's Great! You won't be alone with that stable of rigs. Went away from the suggested freqs and had several QSOs with people that say they will get their old stuff on line for the next contest.

Used:
Swan 260
TS-680S (on AM first time sounded great)
FT-897


Total age: 104 years (Wait till the next one !!) Worked:
14 QSOs
12 States
Receivers 15
Transmitters 15
Score: 61152

Chris K2PGB

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W2JEK_Don

I got the Johnson Ranger going - it had no output in September. I also lubricated the Harvey-Wells TBS-50C band switch to make band changing easier. The TenTec PM-2B with its direct conversion receiver was difficult on a crowded 40-meter band due to the audio image. It ran 1-watt output. The Hallicrafters S-76 and Drake 2B performed like champs. I did not use my 117N7 oscillator - it only has about 100 milliwatts output and is crystal controlled - not a good combination. I built it in 1947 so it would have been a good multiplier. I will try to get my BC-696 (80 meter ARC-5) transmitter up and running before next time.

Rigs:
TenTec PM-2B Transceiver
Hallicrafters S-76
Harvey-Wells TBS-50C
Drake 2B
Johnson Ranger I

SCORE:
QSOs 9
RX 9
TX 8
States 6
CX Multiplier 262 SCORE 54,234

73
Don W2JEK

Rigs:

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K3KYR_Jeff

Mac, I enjoyed the Feb.13 CX very much, but don't understand how to date the gear that i used. For instance one station used was an HT-37, HQ 170, Johnson Matchbox combo. Another station: DX 60, HG 10, HR 10 combo. Later Used the HT 37, HQ 170 stn. on 75 meters, where it had been used on 40 previously. Then on 75m DX 40, VF-1, HQ 180A, and a few minutes later, another DX 40, same VF-1, and NC-57 on 75m. WOW, that can be complicated and we feel your pain. In the Sept/Oct 2005 CX all you have to do is count the age of the receiver and transmitter (not the amplifier, key, VFO, operator, weight of the rigs, number of knobs or other metrics as have been tried occasionally by Brian, K9VKY, and Rob, K2TOP) for each mode (AM, SSB or CW).

All above were AM qso's

Later a DX60A, Seperate HG 10 vfo, and HR 10, again seperate from one used earlier on 80m cw, but I didn't know about the 3 qso minimum, and only made two q' with this stn.

Then one single contact with an HW 16, HG 10 vfo on 80 cw.

I will send completed log as soon as I know how to score by age. All above gear was manufactured for a span of several years.

Have you thought about allowing VHF gear be used? A few of us, locally, wanted to put some 6 and 2 meter gear on the air, but it appreared these would not count. Personally I had four 6 meter & one 2 meter AM rig that could have been used. If the idea is to get more vintage gear on the air, I would propose allowing other than HF equipment. Jeff, you are an innovator and very persuasive! Check out the announcement for the Sept/Oct CX. Hopefully we will have lots of Classic VHF rigs on the air. Just remember - no repeater contacts!

Already looking forward to the Sept. CX, and will be putting more stations on the air, perhaps 15 to 20 stations, if vhf gear allowed.

Thank you for your time and effort,
Jeff
k3kyr@arrl.net

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W3CNS_Jim

Need a better antenna for my 6-8 watts!! (Jim has a 70' long random wire). Didn't hear any CX stations on 20 or 160 and very few on 80 meters.

Maybe you can get that great Meissner transmitter on 40 next time - lots of them there. Rig:
Meissner Signal Shifter
National HRO-500

SCORE:
QSOs 11
RX+TX 21
States 8
CX Multiplier 103
SCORE: 32,857

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K8NU_Carl

Rigs:
75A4
32V2

SCORE:
QSOs 11
RX 10
TX 10
States 9
CX Multiplier 80
SCORE: 25,520

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N2LO_Robert

This is one great story of the blend of old and new technology. Good job Bob!.

I told a coworker, Dave McGee w2kv, that I was going to try my hand at the classic exchange using my 1939 Sky Buddy. "What are you going to use for a transmitter?" and a couple of days later he handled me a 1939 RCA 6L6 and said "you should get on 7045."

The 6L6 was the first power beam thermionic transconductance device you could buy. A milestone of a valve. The tube of choice for low power HF in 1939.

To me it was a dual gate P-channel depletion mode FET. Well... close.

I applied modern technology to the care and feeding of the 6L6. Solid state power supply for the drain \ I mean plate with Zener regulation of the Gate 2 \ excuse me screen grid.

First, AC ground the source \ cathode and put a 100 ohms across it so the current can be easily measured.

This is going to be a narrow band design, so shunt the drain \ plate with a couple of tens of pF and match with a tapped inductance to 50 ohms. Once optimized, no additional tuning required and DC return on the output for safety.

G1 has a near infinite input Z, except for a 56K pull down resistance. I'll capacitively couple and de-Q with a shunt 10K. Then transform from 50 ohms to a Hi Z with a series 10uH and little shunt C. Input refl coef is 0.7<100 so add 470pF on the input side and pull it down to the real axis over the 40 meter band.

End Result - +13dBm in offers +39dBm out to run QRP : +10dBm in offers +36dBm out

An ad8950 DDS with a 125Mhz clock was amplified with three MAV-11's to +13dBm and padded down to +10dBm for the VFO/exiter. I keyed the DC supply to the MAV-11's.

The Skybuddy went on the 40 dipole and the 6L6 drove an old Dentron super Tuner into the horizontal 80 meter loop. On key down, a relay disconnected the receiver from the dipole, but enough RF leaked past so I could hear the side tone.

I didn't get on the air till late morning, but quickly made two QSO's (even while the Sky Buddy warmed up) before I had to attend to some things around the house. Those first two QSO's where pretty easy so I was sure I'd make a few more when I got back. But, when I next walked into the radio room, RTTY filled the air and I went off to do other things. You had the right idea. The Sept/Oct CX will hopefully avoid that problem.

Finally, at midnight, I turned the SkyBuddy back on. After it had warmed, I made my third QSO and rag chewed a little with Tom. It was FB.

2005feb13sun1625 7049 cw k4che 559 559 Breck
2005feb13sun1700 7044 cw n2ak 599 579 Mario
2005feb14mon0538 7045 cw k6xd 599 579 Tom

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AA1P_Richard

What a hoot! Within minutes I worked two TBW's and a TCK. One guy said the chirp (what chirp?) on my GRC-9 took him back 60 years to WWII.

Richard Brunner, AA1P

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AA4RM_Marty

CX Award for Most Noteworthy QTH

> > Marty,

> I heard WW2LST on 20 meter CW around 2209Z during CX. I tried calling you but didn't connect - sorry. Your RST was 469 on my HRO-50.

> > Hope you made lots of contacts and will send me a good write up for the CX newsletter.

> 73
> Mac
> WQ8U

That was me OK. Made 9 CX contacts ~14.045 with a SB102 I hauled down. Only familiar contact was Howie, WB2AWQ, who also had a SB102.

SB102 was in LST's ramp control room up in bow. Antenna was clamped to a ladder into 40mm AA gun tub @ nose. Antenna a Cushcraft R7 donated by widder of a former ham & destroyer full lieutenant communications officer .

Got good reports

The deceased, one Phil Goodman, never lost his love for the Navy. He had this in common with over half the crew on LST325, the only surviving unaltered example. Mac go to www.lstmemorial.com for more details.

Have pic of SB102 @ "ramp control" in W8AU's camera of he'n I by rig

Perry W8AU got me aboard as former "merchant marine." Sorta true since my dad was 1920-23. I jumped @ chance to revive ww2 radio room eqpt. & be around huge machinery.

We head out USCG-observed shakedown cruise Monday. The 1943 ship passed! My job was prop-shaft inspections. I made 16 round-trips on a 2-story steel ladder during cruise. Job was regular tightening on the left (port) stern-seal. Very hairy while huge shaft twisting 200+/- rpm.

LST's sailing for Boston outa Mobile 5/17.

CX presence was a kinda field day drill. Two reasons for SB102's temporary install were (1) CX & (2) stab @ simultaneous TX from 2 stations on ship. Both successful.

Radio install committee had all HF antennas (four) in tight cluster at back. Two attempts at simultaneous TX there had blown a Yaesu FG-757 &, later, a TT Paragon. Ah, committees. Don't have that kind of problem with tube rigs.

Was on 3885 with a Navy TCS on AM phone for mil-collector's net Sat. @ 4A cst. Was hearable by many since I had TCS backed up by SB200 providing about 6x output... it was about as "strapping" as a DX-100. But it got thru in spite of underwhelming antenna - a 24' wire vertical tuned by a L-nw-configured Wanzer Z-match @ base.

TCS can tune above wire directly but 50ohm SB200 can't so Wanzer was needed.

Was hoping to enter CX fray about 7:30P cst on 3545 but was not to be for various reasons. Did get barefoot TCS access about 10P cst. But no CX heard & no one answered a CQ-CX. Shutdown time.

So there you have it Mac! Glad you were interested.

Marty the 'rm

Great story and great job Marty and Perry! Thanks,

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W8AU_Perry

Tnx for the reminder. Will be aboard WW2LST (USS LST-325) for work session so will have the BA's humming also. (Should be back in from sea trials by Sunday)

Perry
W8AU

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K3MD_John

Will miss Feb. CX... classic rigs are in basement, confined to first floor due to fractured leg.

See you in Sept.!! We'll be looking for you John. Have a speedy recovery.

73,
John K3MD

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W2IQK_Carl

I'm not scoring since I could only make a few contacts time-wise. 15 meters was great - hope this increases the awareness of 15 meters to the AM community. Hope you can spend more time in the next CX.

Rig:
Homebrew - 200W output

W0KIZ - CO - DX-60 - SX-96
W5JQA - TX - HT-40 - HQ-170
KL7GKY - OR - Ranger - NC-300
KH6ITY - TX - Apache - Mohawk

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Rigs:

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K3KYR_Jeff

Mac, I enjoyed the Feb.13 CX very much, but don't understand how to date the gear that i used. For instance one station used was an HT-37, HQ 170, Johnson Matchbox combo. Another station: DX 60, HG 10, HR 10 combo. Later Used the HT 37, HQ 170 stn. on 75 meters, where it had been used ./CX/Sept02NewsLtr.htm 0000644 0002577 0001750 00000002652 07564011353 0015566 0 ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 SEPTEMBER 2002 CX NEWSLETTER

CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER September 2002 CX


SCORES AND COMMENTS RECEIVED TO DATE

Arranged by order received

First one in: K3ZX, Mark
KJ6CA, Bob
AA4RM, Marty
W8KGI, Jim
N6KN, Rocco
K2TOP, Rob
W7DRA, Mike
WQ8U, Mac
K6MI, John

SCORES AND COMMENTS NEEDED !!!!!

Historically many CX participants have waited until the week before the next CX to prepare their reports and tally their scores. This results in some inputs not being received in time for the newsletter and some really good stories not being told about the fun had in the last CX.

Sooooo, how about getting out your log from the September CX now and writing a few paragraphs about who you worked with the best signal, the worst chirp, the most rare rig, the largest number of "QRX while I change rigs", the reason why you didn't get a better score or get that favorite rig on the air, etc. - You get the idea. Also please send, a list of your rigs and their ages along with your score. If the Rogues Gallery does not have a picture of you/your classic shack, send it along and it will be posted with the other "great ones".

Please send your scores, comments and pictures to:
WQ8U@ARRL.NET

73
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HIGHLIGHTS

73
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

N6KN
Rocco
5,943,436

WB2AWQ
Howie
2,632,760

WQ8U
Mac
389,060

K3MD
John
376,992

K4JYS
Bill
283,200

W8KGI
Jim
274,651

K3KYR
Jeff
163,200

AA4RM
Marty
110,704

W8TM
Paul
99,495

W2JEK
Don
44,154

W3CNS
James
11,730

K3MSB
Mark
6,600



INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

K2LMQ
Paul

K2TOP
Rob & Team





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The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U

SEPTEMBER 2004 CX HIGHLIGHTS

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS



N6KN Rocco

The score was down, but I had a heck of a lot of fun, as usual. Preparations are important for this activity - you have to exercise the equipment, especially the pots and switches. I spent the two weeks prior to CX trying to put my newly acquired Hallicrafters FPM-200 on the air; this proved to be very, very challenging, chirp, whine, and all, but I had it working somewhat on the bench by Thursday. But I needed an amplified mike - the SSB gain was a bit low.

I began with the AMI activity on Friday night with the Desk KW on 14.286; my neighbors later commented on the great audio through their stereo. I moved to my newly refurbished Viking Valiant and received more good audio reports. KL7HDY was very strong with HIS Deck KW. Then Murphy hit - HDY did not come back after a few exchanges - did the band die? Nope - the 40-m VFO portion of the Valiant decided to fly high - some 200 kHz higher than the VFO dial. You do the math. No wonder he could not hear me any more. What was really bad is that the rig's tuning did not change much - I could not tell I had a problem for a few minutes - wonder why nobody could hear me? Finally got wise and moved to 3970 - using the "good" 80-m portion of the Valiant VFO to qualify that station, finally. There were a bunch of the regulars on with excellent signals and modulation - several were active for AMI, and we exchanged numbers as appropriate.

Saturday morning I went to the TRW swapmeet and found a beat up D104 on a Model G stand for $20. The labels were gone, but it cleaned up nicely and when I removed the baseplate - I almost fell off the chair - it had the amplified base! I quickly wired it up for the FPM-200 and it worked great! This must be an omen.

I tried 40 AM on 7290 and picked up a few contacts. Don, W6BCN, was blasting in, as usual. I should really hang out there more often.

I began the CX portion of the weekend on 40 CW, because 20 was overrun with the Texas QSO party. Rich, KC9GQ, had an outstanding signal with his Hartley UX210; I think this was his father's old rig. K5KS also was strong with his Marauder on CW from New Mexico.

The higher bands were dead, so I tried 20 SSB. It was very, very crowded around 14270, but I worked a few. I missed K2TOP - he just disappeared as we were trying to complete the qso. K7NCR's WRL Galaxy V Mk 3 was outstanding - I should have hauled out my Galaxy V, but did not have the time or space on the desk. Finally made it to 20 CW at 1800 and worked several regulars, including Howie, WB2AWQ, K2TOP, and others. K2TOP's Meissner Signal Shifter was loud out here.

15 finally opened a bit, so I fired up the FPM-200 and qualified it easily - the new mike worked out perfectly. Back on 20 CW, worked a bunch more. It was nice to hear Al, N5AIT, with his Lysco 500S, Mac WQ8U with his Drakes, and K4JYS's Eico 720. Back on 20 SSB, it turned out to be TS 520 night. I usually run really big old American gear, but I picked up a TS 520SE at the swapmeet cheap (it was rusty on one side). So I cleaned it out and put it on the air - I once used a TS 520 S as my main station, so it was nostalgic for me, anyway. It turned out to be a great attractor of other TS 520's, including PR7CPK from down south. The point is - CX is for any rig, new or old, as long as you have fun. The TS 520 SE and FPM-200 are at the opposite ends of the "easy/hard to find" scale - but both were exciting in their own ways.

Finally went to 40 CW and worked Howie, WB2AWQ with his BC458A and several others. Missed W8KGI. 80 was a bust out here, as usual - I really need to put up a better antenna.

So that's it - lost a few rigs to Murphy, the bands were crowded and/or dead, but it was exciting to put the old stuff (18 stations) on the air. Would not miss this one!

Score: AM, 654,056; CW 1,272,364; SSB 4,017,016 for a total of 5,943,436 or thereabouts (see separate logs).

73,

Rocco N6KN

BTW - I had some E Mail from Jim, W8ZR, who was sorry to have missed the CX this time around and promised to be there in the future. We traded some info on Hallicrafters FPM-200's. Seems that they all tend to whine audibly on transmit. Mine sure made a racket during CX. I have since cleaned and reseated the power supply switching transistors cut the noise a bit. I intend to keep chipping away at this rig until it is fit for heavy CX duty.

Rocco N6KN

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WB2AWQ Howie

Hi CXers!

This CX I had the opportunity to get a little earlier start than I usually do - a whole hour. With great determination I tuned up on 10 meters, hoping to find at least some activity, but the band was dead-quiet. Down to 15, a little SSB activity from South America, but little else. On to 20 - the band was rocking. Too bad it was mostly Texas QSO party! Nonetheless, I did manage two QSOs, one with Germany, and the other with (who else?) Rocco N6KN, who played only one rig at that time. I had begun CX with my newest acquisition, a Heath SB102 transceiver, which seems to be a neat little bread-and-butter rig. No bells, no whistles, just decent performance.

On to 75 meters where I like to catch up with the AWA gang for CX. Lots of big iron there, including not one, but two ART-13s plus the usual assortment of classic AM rigs. I used my Gonset G-76 there, in conjunction with my Novice RX, a BC-348Q, which has splendid audio for AM work.

Back to 40 after the AWA bunch, where I met up with some of the CX regulars - Mac on his Valiant, Marty AA4RM using a Heath SB-102, which also sounded great, and Perry W8AU, who was using a Johnson Adventurer with what he described as a sluggish crystal. The net effect was the sound of an RMCA transmitter out of a 4U commercial console. A very quick, tiny chirp that gave his rig a distinctive quality that any commercial op would have thought was from a Victory or Liberty ship rig. On 40 I used a variety of rigs - T4XC, SX101A, BC-458A, HRO, Swan 350, Navigator, and NC125. Logged another DX station also, OE3SPA, who was QRP at just one watt.

This year for 80 meters I decided not to put the big Hartley beast on the air, opting instead to play my 1921 twin-tube UV-202 transmitter, a pretty thing that eats up more power in the filaments than on the plates. I combined it with the 1932 Jim Lamb superhet built by W4AWS (SK), ran it full out at 15 watts input, and proceeded to work as far away as Arizona (W7FOX), and of course, a local QSO with Rob K2TOP and his TBW. See Rob, I took your comment about working the big Hartley so many times to heart I kept it off the air - now YOU need to put something else on besides the TBW!!! (grin).

This year was a first, an actual CX QSO on 160 meters, with, of course, Rob K2TOP. He was the only CX op I heard on 160, but I am not really set up there antenna-wise. As for the most interesting QSOs I would say the mil rigs won out - W7FOX with his T19/ARC5 and TCS, K2TOP's TBW and RBB, and W8AU with his TCS pair. Honorable mention would go to Mac WQ8U and the Meissner Signal Shifter, and Perry W8AU's neat sounding Adventurer.

This year I missed working W8KGI - don't know why, just didn't hear him - and Al N5AIT, who is still getting over a house fire, but did work fearless leader WQ8U, and our author-laureate AA4RM.

As for the popularity contests, this year was the year of the military radio - a total of 15 mil sets worked, with the ART-13, and the TCS combos taking center stage. Drake was next at 10, Johnson 7, Heath 6, and slim showings from Hallicrafters, Collins, Hammarlund, etc.

Another very nice CX - decent conditions, lots of familiar fists, plus some new friends, a smattering of DX, and the faint but permeating smell of ozone for some 8 hours. Life is good. See ya all in February!

Howie WB2AWQ

RECAP
QSOs: 40
Rigs Worked: 55
States: 28
CX Multiplier: 793 Years
TOTAL SCORE: 2,632,760

RIGS:
HEATHKIT SB102
GONSET G76
BC348Q
BC458A
DRAKE T4XC
HALLI SX101A
NAT'L HRO
NAT'L NC125
NAVIGATOR
SWAN 350
KNWD TS440-S
HB 1932 SUPERHET
HB 1921 HARTLEY, UV202 TUBES, 15W

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WQ8U Mac

SEPT 2004 CX OBSERVATIONS FROM OPERATION

For much of the country Sunday 9/26 presented a beautiful Fall day with sunny weather, moderate temperatures and the Fall leave color starting to show. It called to be outside, not in the ham shack. So much for planning.......

Also, this weekend the Texas QSO Party (TQP), the CW Worldwide RTTY contest, and a QRP event were taking place. The TQP rules had the participants operating on and around the CX frequencies and there were a TON of TQP participants. Lots of quickie (RST and QTH) QSOs and their rules rewarded high QSO counts so there was little interest on the part of the TQP participants in CX QSOs. The TQP ended at 4 PM Eastern Time so 40 meters became a usable band for CX - for a while. The RTTY folks normally operate around 100KC above the bottom of the CW bands; however, during the contest they were all over the CW band. Like any good contesters, they moved with the improving band conditions so when 20 meters faded. Around 2300Z, 40 meters became unusable for CX or any QSO other than RTTY. It was interesting to hear the Canadian SSB folks who hang out around 7050 and up complaining about the RTTY. It was sort of fun to listen to them since the VE SSBers normally dominate those frequencies and CW is near impossible around them. Thank goodness that the RTTY contest ended at 8 PM Eastern time and we could get on with CX. At 2400Z the band exploded with CX! Maybe next year we will try a different weekend for CX.

I had a number of rigs ready for this CX and intended to operate AM, SSB and CW. I started just after Noon on Sunday (Church and Sunday brunch are a mandatory family activities for us.) I had the rigs set up for 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters so I started on 15 meters. There was lots of CQ WW RTTY and a little SSB DX but no CX activity that I could find. I moved up to 20 meters to find the TQP was very active and there was some RTTY. A number of SSB nets were active such as the Microcomputer net offering to solve computer problems but mostly talking about automated ham weather reporting on local conditions. I prefer to look out my "Accu-Window" or watch the weather channel. Oh well, each to their own. Unfortunately, even with all this activity, I could not find any CX activity. I next moved to 40 meters AM where I heard K8JD talking about his TS-440 and WA3GPE running his Apache and Mohawk combo. They were both enjoying a BA rag chew, not CXing. There was some SSB activity but the CW portion of the band was covered with the TQP - Those folks in Texas never do anything in a small way, do they? As to be expected at that time, there was very little going on in the 75/80-meter band. Having done a survey of the bands, I started trying to have CX QSOs.

My first QSO of this CX was with one of the founders of the CX, no other than N5AIT, Al. Al had the misfortune of a house fire and has been trying to bring his life back to normal - including his ham radio life. I am not sure about the Freudian implications, but Al was using a spark suppressed submarine key, which slowed his usual WPM. Al said he would only be active on 40 meter CW because when he went on 80 meters it set off the fire alarm - Al, we're not going near that!

W8TM. Paul showed up on 40 m CW. Paul is a new CX participant and puts out a really big signal from Cincinnati with his Heathkit twins SB-301 and SB-401. It was good to work K9KEO, John again with his classic Collins 32V3 & 75A3 rig. Switching over to 20 meters immediately yielded a QSO with VE7OM, Ralph out in Vancouver, BC with his Drake TR-4C. 20 meters was hopping with CX activity. N6KN, Rocco, the February 2004 CX multi-mega high score champion, was showing his style with this TR-7A and then with his TS-520SE. By this time he had already had 17 stations on the air - I think we have another winner here :).

K3MD, John was very patiently explaining what fun CX is to someone when I first heard him- what a great CXer! Had the privilege of working him later on 40 meters with his TR-4B.

WB2AWQ, the chief media communicator for CX, was hyper active this CX. It seemed Howie was on every band whenever I listened. When I first worked him he was running his Drake T-4XC/SX-101; however, the best was to come, when I ran into him again he was running his homebrew 1921 Hartley with pair of UV-202 s and a homebrew 1932 design Superhet receiver. Now those are classic rigs!!!

The Top Band Club, K2TOP, made its usual strong showing in the CX. I only have to wonder what they had going on that I did not hear. Peter was stressing the PP 811 rig with RBC receiver on 40 meters while Rob was showing the real capability of the WWII Navy TBW and RBB on 80 meters. Last CX they had a 1911 telephone for calling for brewskis; what now? Rob is to be complemented for his poetry which was published in the last CX Newsletter - but one must wonder, how does that make those old rigs work so well for K2TOP?

Claiming he was straining his ears was no other than W7FOX, Fox, with his TCS-12 and T-19/ARC-5 on 80 meters from Arizona. What does he expect, foxes have big ears for a reason.

AA4RM, Marty, the literary genius of the February 2004 CX newsletter ("A Rig Too Far..."), was again very active but this CX with Collins and Heathkit rigs. Marty is among the early CX participants and is always showing up with the unexpected. The question is: Will he have a BC-191 on the air for the next CX?

W8AU, Perry was showing up repeatedly but escaped my log. His TCS sounded good and he did work W8KGI in NM but apparently Massillon, OH is just the wrong distance from Dayton - or maybe all the ground wave strength from Massillon gets sucked into Columbus - Go Bucks!

W8KGI, a usual multi-million point CX competitor was absent for most of this CX for personal reasons but did put in a cameo appearance around midnight Eastern Time. After exchanging "you gotta be kidding" signal reports with W7FOX, Fox he worked AA4RM, Marty in GA and finally found me in the noise. Giving the excuse that he had smoke coming from something in the garage shack (you remember, that's the one where he was wearing gloves and looking for a disadvantage multiplier in the Feb 2004 CX) he was inside running a CE-100V and NC-200.

My long CX night ended up with the "non-B&W-5100 collector", K3MSB, Mark - he only has three. Mark almost missed CX because he was helping with a club antenna project and was hanging out /in a bucket truck most of the day. He did show up with his HT-37 and SX-111 for CX though. Mark Bell has improved his recognizability by changing his call to K3MSB from the old K3ZX. Ask him what the "S" really stands for the next time you work him.

With that I pulled the switch and put WQ8U to bed for the night. I went off to dream about the great QSOs with those classic rigs that I longed for in my youth and those I marveled at for their engineering and, sometimes, simplicity. We are truly fortunate to be able to re-live those fun times and to show the rest of the ham radio community that the past should not be forgotten but should be enjoyed.

73
Mac
WQ8U

SCORE:
QSOs: 20
TX Worked: 12
RX Worked: 18
States: 19
CX Multiplier: 397 Years
TOTAL SCORE: 389,060

RIGS:
Drake T-4X
Viking Valiant
Meissner Signal Shifter
Viking II
Drake R-4A
HRO-50R1
75A4
NC-173

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K3MD John

Have not operated CX since 1979. Used to have an HT-44, Drake 2B, and HT-41 as main station then.
Not too much activity. Thanks to Larry K2LT for repairing the TR-4. Thanks to ICOM for repairing my IC-720A, one of my favorite all-time classic radios, classic in my book. A working IC-701 (The original synthesized rig) is impossible to find, have had 2 so far.

73
John, K3MD
Winfield, PA

SCORE:
36 QSOs
25 RX
25 TX
18 States
CX Multiplier: 154 years
TOTAL: 376,992

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K4JYS Bill

Really enjoyed the CX exchange. Have been in it a time or two but never got around to sending in a log...this time I did. K2TOP's TBW was really rolling in down here.

Thanks Mac for spear-heading this fun event.

73
Bill Steward
Smithfield, NC

Rigs: 80 M: Globe Scout 65; HQ-129-X
40 M: ELMAC AF67; HQ-170
20 M: EICO 720; Drake 2B/2BQ

SCORE: 20 QSOs
17 RX
18 TX
13 States
CX Multiplier: 295
TOTAL 283,200

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W8KGI Jim

Mac,
As you know, I was really busy on Sunday and I could only work the CX for a few hours. I got on 20 CW in the morning after church for about half an hour, but I made only 4 QSO's thanks to the bunch from the TQP (Texas QSO Party) who were really dominating the scene. I broke away for about an hour in the afternoon and worked on 40 meters, but I made only one QSO the entire time thanks to the RTTY gang who were blanking the entire band. I got on 80 CW about 9:15 MDST and there were a few guys around. I worked five different guys including yourself, but by 10:30 everyone I could hear had left so I cashed it in and went to bed.

Saturday afternoon I worked 7 different guys on 7290 AM. They were engaged in their normal ragchewing, none of them were really involved in the AMI AM Discovery Weekend. But they were all nice guys and gave me good reports on my DX-100, Valiant and 32V3. I also got my new NC101X on and qualified listening to them, a really nice old receiver and a good addition to my inside shack.

I had a little fun with the gear out in the Summer Shack while I was on 40. Some white smoke started curling up out of my common power supply under my operating desk, so I had to QRT out there in a hurry! Not that the RTTY guys would have allowed it, but I did have 12 receivers and 18 transmitters out there all ready to go. (After the CX I opened up the supply, and the only thing I found was a fifteen year accumulation of New Mexico dust and dog hair. That's

what was smoking, at least none of the nonobtainium parts were involved.) Between both days I got five transmitters, DX-100, Valiant, 32V3, 100V, and T4X, and six receivers, HRO-50, NC-101X, SX28, 75A4, NC-200 and R4B, on the air and qualified. I also got on with my AT-1, Viking I and NC-303, but not for 3 QSO's each. My AM score was 118,768, my CW score was 155,883, for a total of 274,651. Wait till next time, HI.

I agree with you that we should probably move the Fall CX to another day when the QRM is a little lighter. Hope we can find one.

73, and thanks for doing all the work!

Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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K3KYR Jeff

Sorry so late in submitting log for CX. I used 3 separate stations and antenna combinations. KC2JKL participated for part of afternoon and enjoyed CX so much that he now has some acquired some vintage gear.

73
Jeff Jones
Bombay, NY

RIGS:
DX-60; Drake-2C; D-104; 4BTV (Hustler)
HT-37; HQ-170; D-104; Johnson Matchbox; Folded dipole
DX-60A; RX-1; D-104; WINDOM
Score:
20 QSOs
11 TX
11 RX
10 States
CX Multiplier: 255 years
TOTAL: 163,200

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AA4RM Marty

Mac,
hi I've led a dizzy last few months & here I am again on the verge of an airport departure. But I've met your correspondence challenge & am writing (could have said "risen to the occasion" but not right after a sentence mentioning an airport)

My Sept. effort fell far short of last February where I pulled out all the AA4RM stops. Just 17 contacts & and an aggregate of 148 years in 2 stations. 110,000 points

But one station was new to this CX. That was a SB102 that's been basement- bound for a quarter of a century. Seems every 100k & 33K .5W resistor went open-circuit in the thing. That perceived, fix was easy & I sure liked using the thing & it's CW filter.

Worked founding station Al N5AIT & ole familiar W8AU three times. Twice with his cornerstone TCS, one with a Viking & a Halli. Could have knocked me over with a stick

Hope to better my 2/04 numbers in next event. And am looking forward to another WQ8U CX qso.

-------scoring program output------->
CX score is:

110,704
eqpt age is 148 years
17 qsos
10 band-mode state-countries
17 band-mode transmitters
17 band-mode receivers

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W2JEK DON

Enclosed is a copy of my log for rthe Sept 2004 CX along with a scoring worksheet.

I had nine QSOs on 40 meters using my TENTEC ARGONAUT505, Heathkit HW-8 and my Harvey Wells TBS-50C - Hallicarafters S-76 combination. This was despite the RTTY contest in progress.

My Johnson Ranger 1 wasn't working so I have to get it fixed for February. I also have a TENTEC PM-2 - if 40 meters is good, may put it on the air in February.

Thanks & 73
Donald Younger, W2JEK
RiverEdge, NJ

SCORE:
9 QSOs
8 TX
8 RX
6 States
CX Multiplier: 223 years
TOTAL: 44,154

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W8TM Paul

This was my first CX. My SB-301 and 401 get used in SSB-only contests, but for CW or all-mode events I usually operate QRP with an Elecraft K1. This was the first exercise for the Heathkits on CW since I retired and relocated 18 months ago.

Equipment used: Heathkit SB-301 and SB-401, aged 37 and 30 years respectively (built 'em myself). Antenna 40-meter inv vee fed with ladder line so also tunable on other bands. TRLog was used to record the action, although paper might have worked as well for this event.

I tried to score the accompanying messy log w8tm.log according to the rules. I counted the one dupe (marked by the program) because the opr said he was using another rig (although I didn't manage to log the identity of the second rig). I counted only logged rigs and final tubes, not power outputs (which were all that I got from some ops). I scored by hand except for the QSO count, the only thing that the computer counted reliably.

By my count from the accompanying log:
27 QSOs, all CW
38 rig types
17 SPCs.
As indicated above
37 + 30 CX multiplier.
Score (27)(38 + 17)(37 + 30) = 99,495
The Classic Exchange was quite a change from the rigid structure of the Texas QSO Party, which I also worked this past weekend (but with my Elecraft K1). It was fun to hear again the hum, chirps, etc. that used to be routine but now are pretty rare. And it was a bit sobering to find that the control relay in my SB-401 has some dirt on it from disuse.

73,
Paul Kirley W8TM
Cincinnati, OH 45236

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W3CNS James

Didn't have much time to operate and didn't hear many stations. My 10 watts may be a factor also. I enjoy using the older gear.

Thanks for your efforts.

73
Jim Shank, W3CNS
Elizabethtown, PA

RIGS:
Miessner Signal Shifter
Collins 75A-2

SCORE:
6 QSOs
6 TX
6 RX
5 States
CX Multiplier: 115 years
TOTAL: 11,730

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K3MSB Mark

Had an antenna workparty at our club CX weekend, and since we had rented a cherry picker, we had to work pretty much the entire weekend to finish stuff off. Thus, not much time for the Fall CX. Attached is the Excel spreadsheet that's my log. I forgot how to compute the score, but I broke things out for you. Only 5 QSOs, so it shouldn't be too hard!

TX: HT-37
RX: SX-111
QSOs: 5
TX worked: 5
RX worked: 5
States: 5
CX Multiplier: 88 years
Total Score: 6,600

I'm moving the shack into the garage as having three kids, in two bedrooms, with Dad in the other spare bedroom, isn't gong to last much longer!! I'm partitioning off a section of the garage, and plan to have the move completed around Thanksgiving. I will have 220V into the new shack, so the Invader will be online for the Feb 05 event ! I'm thinking of using the Invader 2000 and my R4-C as my new DX station!!

Dec. 13th update: The new shack is almost finished, so I should have a much easier time getting gear on the air for the Winter 05 event. The Winter 05 event is my birthday, so I shan't forget the date!

73
Mark
K3MSB

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K2TOP Rob & Team

Fall 2004 Classic Exchange at K2TOP

Cast of Characters: Jack K2BMI, Peter WW2Y, Jeff WB2WCO, and host Rob K2WI.

Equipment by Band:
160: Drake C-line, RCA AR-77, Meissner Signal Shifter EX. Half-loop fed against ground(50ft up, 160 feet over, 50 feet down. One vertical grounded, feedpoint at the other).
80: US Navy TBW and RBB. 160-meter half-loop on TBW, Beverage on RBB.
40 AM: Viking Ranger II, RMCA AR-8506b(Liberty Ship receiver). Dipole at 60 feet.
40 CW: TBW and RBC, Meissner Signal Shifter EX and AR-88d, homebrew Push-Pull 811a . aforementioned dipole.
20CW: Drake C-line, Meissner Signal Shifter EX and AR-88d. Stacked dipoles at 50 and 25 feet.
10AM: Viking Ranger II and AR-88d. Stacked dipoles at 30 and 15 feet.

Once again, the theme of our CX was "Family Values". All of us had family or other commitments so that radios sat idle much of the time. We got a nice visit from Peter's wife Ingrid, her daughter Jackie, and Peter and Ingrid's new daughter Margot. Jeff marched in a parade, playing his bagpipes. I wonder if he snuck in a quick "CQ CX" in the middle of one of his Irish ditties.

At the start, I sat down at the Drakes and established contact on 20m with Steve, VK6VZ, running an FT-1000 with a power amp. Signals were really weak, so he did not try his Panda Cub and BC-348 combination. Better luck next time. There was nothing else happening on 20 so I got up and moved to 40.

For the first time in K2TOP CX history, I set things up so we could work people with multiple rigs. It wasn't elegant, but a patch panel with BNC connectors let me move antennas from one rig to another. I used the TBW/RBC combo to establish contacts and then switched to the Meissner Signal Shifter EX and AR-88d. The Meissner really likes 40m, where it puts out a healthy 8W. Everyone that I worked with the TBW also heard me with the Meissner during this session.

Anticipating Jack's arrival, I fired up his Ranger II for some 40m AM fun. I mated it with my RMCA AR-8506b, which isn't much good on crowded CW bands but was perfect for this job. I had been running it previously on DC, but this time got it running nicely on AC with an isolation transformer. I made a couple of quick contacts with Jeff K3KYR and 2 of his stations. When Jack arrived, I passed the D-104 to him and went back to 20. Jack worked another couple of guys on 40 AM.

On 20m, VE7OM provided a c-line to c-line QSO, and then he impressed me by hearing the 3W that the Meissner Signal Shifter puts out on 20. I didn't hear anyone else, so I figured the action must be up on phone. I was right, there was N6KN working SSB with his SR-150. I made an abortive attempt to work Rocco, but discovered that my c-line is not very happy on SSB. I had a lot of hum on my audio and my VOX wouldn't work right.

Jack moved over to 40 CW and worked a few more contacts before he had to split. A couple of them were QRP guys in their event, which runs parallel to ours.

20 finally picked up and I worked W7FOX with his usual military gear, W8KGI with a couple different rigs, and Rocco with his Heathkit twins.

The mid-afternoon was a real doldrums period. 20 didn't open for short-skip, which often provides CX fun and 40 had little activity, except for Breck K4CHE with his ART-13/BC-348 combo. I'll nominate that for the coolest setup since they sounded good, are a nice match for each other, and it was our first CX QSO with Breck.

I moved the Ranger II over on top of the AR-88d and set it up for 10 AM, but conditions really didn't materialize. There was a pipeline to LU1, with the LU1FHH beacon pounding in for hours, but the only ones heard on 28.200 were 4U1UN and a weak LU4AA.

During this slow period, Peter and I set up the P-P 811a transmitter, and we had our visit with our families. Jeff arrived and I went out to make a quick appearance at a friend's bachelor party, a risky move I know, but these guys who wait until they're 40+ to get married just are not up to the same hijinx as the 20-something crowd. In my absence Peter worked the P-P 811s and Jeff worked the TBW/RBB. I heard later from W8AU that the P-P 811s were "loud, but with a heck of a chirp".

On my return, I checked into the Old Military Radio Net on 80 and worked AJ1G, W3PWW, W1NZR, W1NU, N8YE, WF2U, and KW1I. On moving back down to the CX frequency, the TBW and RBB did some heavy hauling, working W7FOX, K6LQI, and W8KGI with a couple rigs. I jumped back and forth between 80 and 160, trying to get some attention with the C-line, so that I could then make contacts with the Meissner Signal Shifter and AR-77. I've only managed to get the AR-77 working on 160, so Top Band was my only hope.

I couldn't attract any attention on 160, so I begged people to move from 80. I worked Howie WB2AWQ on 160 but he was weak, so I didn't try with the QRP rig. Perry W8AU moved down with his TCS but could not pick out the Signal Shifter from the noise. I worked him with his 2 rigs, using the T4xc and the AR-77, so I needed only one more contact to qualify the AR-77. I couldn't find anyone else to move from 80, and no one was CXing on 160, so I tuned up the band and found Wolf DF2PY pounding in with his FT-1000, L7 amp, and 3 element transmit and Beverage receive antennas. I worked him with the T4xc and AR-77 to qualify the receiver, and then called him with the Signal Shifter but he did not hear my 3W. Over the next 10 minutes I worked three more Europeans with the c-line but since none of them shared their equipment info they didn't make it into the CX log.

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K2LMQ PAUL

K2LMQ_Paul,

(Note: Paul's comments were addressed to Jim, W8KGI.)

Five AM contacts on Sunday morning. One of the guys said he chatted with you on Saturday. 40m CW was quiet, except for the RTTY contest, until 6:00pm, PDT. Had two QSO's with a gent in Flagstaff and two QSO's with Bob, WA2VMO on Staten Island, and that was it. By 7:00pm, the CX activity was gone. Went to 80m and could weakly hear Perry and Mac, but that was it. No other activity.

Very disappointing!! Like you, I really look forward to the CX events. We need to come up with some new ideas.

Just finished up bringing a Globe Chief 90A and a Globe Scout 40A back to life. Starting on a PMR-7 now.

73's
de Paul K2LMQ

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get used in SSB-only contests, but for CW or all-mode events I usually operate QRP with an Elecraft K1. This was the first exercise for the Heathkits on CW since I retired and relocated 18 months ago.

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HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

W8KGI
Jim
99,176

K6KN
Rocco
91,840

K2WI
Rob
39,501

K3MD
John
16,344

W7FOX
Fox/Chris
16,280

K4JYS
Bill
14,674

K3KYR
Jeff
13,926

K9VKY
Brian
11,136

AA4RM
Marty
3,762

K9KEU
John
1,248

WQ8U
Mac
1,200

N2BE
John
1,034

W2IQK
CARL
300

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

W8ZR
Jim

W2LMQ
Paul

W3TMZ
Jack



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The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U

SEPTEMBER 2005 CX HIGHLIGHTS

Depending upon when you begin history, this is about the 30th anniversary of the CX. The "History" button on the CX home page will take you to a brief recounting of how it all began. It has always been about resurrecting and operating classic rigs - those commercial and homebrew rigs that were the pride and joy of our ham shacks (or in our dreams) many decades ago. It has changed slightly over the years but the purpose, pride and fun are all still the same. Thanks to the founders, the "old timers" who have been active for many of the 30 years, and to all who have participated making this one of the best "contests" on the air!

The split phone - CW weekends seemed to be well received. However, the CA QSO Party was a challenge!!! N6KN, Rocco, who was in the midst of it, described it with a typical CA term "Wipe-Out!". It seemed like our experience with the CQ RTTY contest during the Feb 2005 CX was just a warm up. Unfortunately, there are very few, if any, weekends that are free of conflicts around the traditional CX times of September and February. In spite of that, it appears that everyone had a great time exercising their classic rigs and hearing those "noteworthy" signals - such as W8ZR, Jim's FPM-200 - a chirp standard setter. K2WI, Rob's TBX was noted as being the only one sporting any sort of respectable roughness or chirp in his note: T7C. Murphy was hard at work during CX with open feed lines (W8KGI); "the stn. lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree" (AA4RM); "a sudden outbreak of broken rigs" (W8ZR) to mention a few of his interventions.

The inclusion of 6 and 2 meters is starting to show results. The first CX log received showing 6 and 2 operation is from K3KYR, Jeff. He worked both bands and used a Heathkit Sixer HW-29A, HallicrafterSR-46, Knight TR-106, Globe HiBander Mod 62 and HQ-110A VHF, and FT-897. The other side of the QSO was mostly modern rigs but he did work KG2GHT's HW-10 and KC2JKL's HW-29A. Jeff's score of 13,926 shows that 6 and 2 are good CX bands. Maybe we should all try getting up there next CX when HF QRM is overwhelming.

The new simplified scoring system seemed to please most folks. K9VKY, Brian offered another perspective: "The simplified scoring might be easier ... but like a pinball wizard, seeing scores in the millions makes one feel like he really did something!" Keep trying Brian - 500 QSOs with 40 pieces of gear averaging 50 years old and you are right back up there.

The new scoring did not change the on-going battle between W8KGI, Jim, and his archrival N6KN, Rocco. They still generated the two top scores - and they were close! K2WI, Rob grabbed third place without the help of his K2TOP gang. K3MD, John took fourth place narrowly edging out W7FOX Chris/Fox. See the table below for all the scores and be sure to click on the individual call sign to read their comments.

The number of participants seemed to be down somewhat this CX as compared toprior Fall CXs and there were fewer logs and comments submitted. Also, a number of the "regulars" did not participate. On the other hand, some of those we have not heard in some time such as W8ZR Jim, were very active and submitted good comments. Please talk up the February CX with your friends and those you QSO. Also, if you participate, please submit your log and comments - these add to the enjoyment of CX.

The next CX will be February 11-13, 2006. This will again give the multi-mode operators more opportunity to show off their classic rigs and provide more QRM free time. Unfortunately, the CQ WW RTTY contest is that weekend, so try working phone, or 20 meter CW until it ends and the 40-meter CW band is "ours" again. Some have asked why not move the date? Simple answer: no good alternatives. The preceding Sunday is the Super Bowl and the following Sunday is the ARRL DX CW contest. We are open to suggestions.

73
Mac
WQ8U
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AWARDS

CONTESTING WITH MURPHY AWARD - W8KGI Jim

"Murphy was really clever this time. He pulled a rather obvious trick at first just to put me off guard, making one of the power strips that feeds half a dozen boxes in the garage go open." "His more subtle sabotage was to break one of the wires in my open wire feed line... to the antenna." "I would close the key and the rig would go on the air OK, but when I opened the key ...I had to cut the Transmit switch to get the rig off the air!"


MOST IMPROVED CW SENDING AWARD - N6KN Rocco

"I have been preparing for some foot surgery and finally had it on Thursday."


HEAVIEST EXCHANGE AWARD - N6KN, Rocco and W7FE, Stu

"...found W7FE, who had a pile of rigs to qualify, including some AM boatanchors. We used approximately 2 tons of radios between us."


MOST ANNOYING CONTEST AND COMMON EXCUSE: CA QSO PARTY - Everyone

As they say in Southern California, "Wipe Out!"


GREATEST RISK TAKER AWARD - K2WI Rob

"I hung a wire from a catenary between two trees and dangerously close to the house for running with 500W from the TCK. I expected to have a mob of neighbors(I live in a condo) with pitchforks and torches complaining of RFI."


BEST CHIRP AWARD - TIE FOR AWARD - K2WI, Rob and W8ZR, Jim

W1AWB commented that it was the first good chirp he had heard in CX, and I got a 437c report from K9VKY. That might be the worst signal report I ever got. K2WI Rob


All in all, this was a fun day, even if I did get a very polite email from a ham who wanted me know that my FPM-200 had a "slight chirp." Actually, I was highly insulted. My FPM-200 is the CROWN PRINCE OF CHIRPS! Ain't no rig that can chirp better than it does.W8ZR Jim


BEST "FIX BEFORE NEXT CX" AWARD - K3MD John

"The TS-520 (non-S) constitutes somewhat of a shock hazard with transformer winding leakage to case - must run some ground wires!! "


MASTER OF UNDERSTATEMENT AWARD - K4JYS Bill

"One of the big sigs I worked was K9KEU, John, on his KWS-1/75A4 combo. What a nice station."


MOST OVER-THE-TOP SUGGESTION ABOUT THE SCORING SYSTEM AWARD - K9VKY Brian

"As a matter of fact, maybe we should have MORE factors in the total tally adding multipliers for things such as equipment gross weight, smoke density, down time for repairs, and tube induced rises in room temperature. After all, this is a technical hobby, isn't it? "


SHOULD WE LAUGH OR CRY AWARD - AA4RM Marty

"lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree"
"was forced off 20CW by two ugly bugs"
You just have to read Marty's input.


MOST OUT OF CHARACTER RIG AWARD - WB2AWQ Howie

Kenwood TS-440S

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REPORTS

W8KGI Jim

Hi Mac,

Well I survived the Fall 2005 CX, but it was not my best. As you know, I was away for the Phone weekend, back in Virginia and Pennsylvania attending my nephew's wedding and visiting family. I was back home for the CW weekend, however, and ready to go. I had 12 receivers and 13 transmitters tuned up and ready to go on both 20 and 40 in my shack in the garage, another pair on 40 in my winter shack inside, and 11 pairs ready to go on 80. That was before other contests and Murphy both took a swipe at me.

Murphy was really clever this time. He pulled a rather obvious trick at first just to put me off guard, making one of the power strips that feeds half a dozen boxes in the garage go open. But that was easily found and fixed with another power strip pulled off the repair bench. His more subtle sabotage was to break one of the wires in my open wire feed line about 15 feet away from the antenna, a 268 foot center-fed Zepp. I noticed the effect of that early when the ground-fault breaker in the garage started popping whenever I loaded up a rig attached to the outlet box nearest the breaker box. That's usually a sign of too much RF in the shack. But I patched around that by running an extension cord from that plug into the inside of the house where I could plug it into an outlet controlled by another breaker, and then everything held. And it didn't occur to me that I had an antenna problem until much later when I tried to get on 80 meters.

I listened and called on 20 off and on from about 11 am MDST on, but all I heard were guys calling "CQCA" and "CQP." Finally around 2:15 pm I managed to raise Jim, W8ZR, and we had QSO's with his FMP-200 and my Apache/NC303 and AF68/SX28A pairs. But that was IT for 20 meters. I gave up on 20 around 3 pm and shifted to 40, retuning my 12 receivers to 7045 and pulling a few of the higher power transmitters I had put on 20 back down to 40. There was decent CX activity on 40, and I worked Fox, W7FOX, Rocco, N6KN, Jerry, K5PSH, Eric, NM5M, Ray W5XE, Jim, W8ZR again, Alex, N)7M, Tom K6LQI at his club station, K6AA, John, K3MD, Brian, K9VKY, Ralph, VE7XF, Lloyd, K3ESE (send that call, it's fantastic for CW), and Stan, WA4MFY. Stan had a really neat station, an FB7X receiver and a home-brew 807 transmitter. With all of that activity, I was able to qualify 10 receivers and 8 transmitters, including my "new" Collins 32RA (1939 vintage, 6L6/6L6/three 807's).

About 7:10 pm I pulled the plug on 40 and on the gear in the garage and took Kathy out to dinner. She had been having a somewhat rocky time, and she really deserved some TLC, so we went to one of our favorite spots in Albuquerque and spent some quality time together. I got back home and on 80 about 9:30, and then the antenna problem really started to show up. Running now from the inside shack, I found that I couldn't put more than about 30 watts into the feedline without my QSK keyer hanging up. I would close the key and the rig would go on the air OK, but when I opened the key the keyer stayed closed and I had to cut the Transmit switch to get the rig off the air! So I just limped along with my rigs on lower power, the 100V throttled back, the 32V3 on its "tune up" position, the Millen 90800, Meissner Signal Shifter, TBS50, CBY52209 Command Set, and Elmac A54. I managed to work Rob, K2WI, Fox W7FOX again, and John K9KEU in the next hour and a half, and then the CX signals quit the band so I hit the big switch and went to bed.

Altogether I made 56 QSO's, qualified 17 receivers and 15 transmitters, and used one more pair twice. My total age multiplier was 1771 years, not counting the operator. So my net score for the event is 99,176.

As I told you on the phone Sunday, the AWA is running their AWA AM QSO Party on February 18/19 (5 pm MST to 5 pm MST), and they have asked me to put Jim Millen's call, W1HRX, on the air from my location out here in the "west." So I hope the Winter CX doesn't happen on that weekend. I can't recommend a good day that would avoid the "CQCA," "CQP," and RTTY contest QRM, but I can always hope there will be a good day available. Whatever, any day the CX runs will be a good one! Thanks for all of your good work in keeping the CX going.

73 and keep 'em glowing,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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N6KN Rocco

Mac,

Thanks for the reply. I have been preparing for some foot surgery and finally had it on Thursday. This gives me some time to catch up on important things such as CX reports, power bills, etc.

I would have submitted my input earlier if I had known how simple the new scoring would be. Also - I am kicking myself for not having used more rigs on multiple modes.

As for the new two-weekend format, PLEASE move the CW portion away from the Cal QSO party. The phone weekend was really clear. I wonder if we could simply schedule the CW activity the day after, if that works with the general contest calendar better. I was completely bombed by the Cal QSO party QRM until it finished on CW this time around!

Prepared for CX the usual way - try to complete projects to clear off the workbench, allowing more room for extra rigs. Several new projects had followed me home in the months prior to the fall CX, including several Swans, two HRO-500s, and (one weekend prior to CX), a new set of Gold Dust Twins. I managed to get two of the Swans on the air. The HRO's and Collins will have to wait until next year. Saturday morning I hauled a pile of boatanchors to the TRW swap meet and made room under the operating desk for my feet.

CX Phone Weekend Notes

I awoke Sunday at 5 am, said good bye to the YL, who left for a business trip at 6 am, very conveniently. I was on the air by 7 am local on 14270, which was very crowded, so I moved to 14275. I qualified 11 SSB rigs in order. Finally moved to 40 and found W7FE, who had a pile of rigs to qualify, including some AM boatanchors. We used approximately 2 tons of radios between us with help from locals on both ends of the path. My star rig was my new "bent needle" Swan 500, which is very beat up but just wants to work - I had a lot of fun with that simple little rig.

Notable signals heard: Al, W8UT (HX-500); Ron, W6QM (SR2000); Mark, AI0L (WRL GT550); Stu, W7FE (pile of great rigs); and my old UCLA friend Paul, KU6T (HX-50 that sounded good, which is unusual, but then Paul is an engineering professor, which helps). Back on 20, the band remained generally quiet and clear ot other contest qsos - the new "plan" worked for the phone weekend. At 4:30, I shut down the stations and left for work (had to launch a rocket that evening). So I missed the productive Sunday evening session completely.

I feel that the separate phone weekend worked well, except hat 14270 was too busy - we should pick a +- frequency range, such as 14270 +- 10 kHz. Conditions were not very good. W7TM reported he could not hear any CXers other than me. I simply parked and called "CQ Boatanchors." I have a good location and a decent yagi and tower, but signals were weak. The phone weekend was a lot of relaxed fun.

CX CW Weekend notes.

As they say here in Southern California, "Wipe Out!" The California QSO party filled the CW bands with QRM. I called CQ CX and worked many Cal QSO party participants who just would not take no for an answer. Things finally cleared out after the QSO party, and I managed to work a batch of the regulars.

Notable CW signals heard: Fox, W7FOX (several great rigs, including an SB101; Jim W8KGI (standard pile of interesting radios); Marty AA4RM (KWM-1, NOT the world's best CW rig); Ralph, VE7XF (Navigator); Jim W8ZR (Lysco 600S); Tom K6LQI (ARC 5); and John N2BE (Johnson Adventurer, coast to coast on 40).

I made the mistake of not requalifying many of my rigs previously used on SSB. I need to understand the new rules better. I will say the the new scoring is MUCH EASIER and that is appreciated.

All in all, the new format splitting the CW and phone weekends was great, but AVOID the Cal QSO party weekend!

Total rigs used: 18 stations. Scores:

SSB 64, 574; AM 1,416; CW 25,850.

Total score 91,840, mostly on 20 and 40 due to conditions.

Had fun, will try to have the HRO 500 ready for action next time. These are 10/10 on the alignment challenge scale. I have one of them working, but it hums on CW/SSB, which is common. I need more time to work on this common problem. Might be one of the filter caps, but not sure about that.

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN

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K2WI Rob

Mac,

A conspiracy of factors suggested that our usual K2TOP multi-operator entry was not a good idea this time. WW2Y moved to Nebraska, my shack looked like a bomb went off in it, and over half of my antennas were discovered to be down the week before the event.

The AM section fell on the same weekend as the Military Radio Collectors Association meet and the Packrats hamfest, so I was pretty thoroughly radioed out and did not participate. Instead I cleaned up the new RBB receiver I got at the hamfest and got it ready for the CW weekend.

The day before the event I had to find a way to replace my broken 80m and 20m antennas. I would not attempt to repair my Beverage receiving antenna. I decided that a 42-foot vertical (5/8-wave on 20m) would fill the role of a 20m antenna and the short vertical that the TBX and TCS sets prefer. I hung a wire from a catenary between two trees and dangerously close to the house for running with 500W from the TCK. I expected to have a mob of neighbors(I live in a condo) with pitchforks and torches complaining of RFI.

I lashed up a quick dynamotor supply to run the TBX transmitter, as I didn't have a second op to crank the hand generator, and the gas engine generator would bring on the mob with pitchforks and torches.

I started the CW section with a mistake, which was skipping a nice breakfast with friends to operate instead. The morning was super slow, and I missed good company, bacon, eggs, and sticky buns.

The CA QSO party kept 40m pretty busy late into the morning. I bet it wasn't any fun for Rocco out in CA. I would say that the CA QSO party was less disruptive than the CQWW RTTY contest, at least on the east coast.

20m only yielded a couple of Europeans plus N6KN and W7FOX.

I thought I was prepared to do some 3-rig fast-switching, but came across a compatibility issue that I had not noticed before. The dynamotors running the TCK and TBW master oscillators created enough hash to wipe out all signals on the TCS with its open antenna leads. I settled for 2-rig switching and going back through the bands with the TCS.

The 42-foot vertical worked quite well with the TBX, and I managed to work WA3SLN, K4JYS, W1AWB, and K9VKY with that rig. That's a ten-watt Navy/Marine Corps portable transceiver. W1AWB commented that it was the first good chirp he had heard in CX, and I got a 437c report from K9VKY. That might be the worst signal report I ever got.

My session with W8KGI at the end on 80m was plagued with QRM from a European station calling CQ endlessly.

There sure were a lot of TBS 50 rigs on this CX. I think the coolest setup I worked was WA4NFY's HB 6J5/807 MOPA and FB7x.

My operation was "All Navy", qualifying 627 years worth of equipment.

Transmitters:
TCK 64 years
TBW 62 years
TCS 62 years
TBX 63 years

Receivers:
TCS 62 years
TBX 63 years
RAL 62 years
RBB 63 years
RBC 64 years
RBM 62 years

The new scoring format sure makes it easy, but I'll miss the days of scores in the tens of millions that make you feel like you have accomplished something.

627 years X 63 QSOs=39,501 points

Rob

The following tells a great story about Rob and his love of Navy Classic BAs. Read the web sites, well worth your time.
Thanks for sharing.

K2WI Rob

The story of my participation in the Classic Exchange radio event, using all WWII Navy radio gear.

Rob Flory,BR> robandpj@earthlink.net
www.home.earthlink.net/~navyradio WWII Navy Radio
www.home.earthlink.net/~robandpj Les Flory Television and Electronic

Hi,
I will be on from USS Massachusetts N1EPL this weekend, using all original WWII equipment: TBK,TDE, RBB,RBC on 14041, 7041, 3541. If requested on those frequencies, I may be able to make test transmissions on 512kc as NEPL with TAJ.

Last year I did not do much on 3541 because noise was high and activity low, so 7 and 14mc more likely.

Some activity on 3885 AM, and from other ships at Battleship Cove (USS Lionfish sub and USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Destroyer) a possibility.

Rob Flory K2WI

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K3MD John

Was initially very disappointed with low/no activity on SSB. Even the AM guys on 3870 never heard of "CX".

Activity picked up on CW after the California QSO party ended.

Spend around 8 months getting ready- getting the VOX working on the HT-37 - took 4 days.

CUL if not "on-duty"
73
John

Note to self: Before next CX: The TS-520 (non-S) constitutes somewhat of a shock hazard with transformer winding leakage to case - must run some ground wires!!

SCORE: 16,344 (Old scoring system: 1,029,672)
QSOs: 36
AGE: 454

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W7FOX Chris/Fox

Hello all cx'ers,

This format was a lot of fun, with less pressure to qualify each rig on several bands. It gave me more time to just enjoy the contacts. No problem with qrm or qso parties either, just lots of great sounding rigs.

One suggestion though, counting the total number of different rigs worked as part of the score makes unusual rigs a sort of "DX" that should attract contacts and shouldn't be a burden since we already log the equipment.

Many thanks to all involved and I'll be looking forward to another CX.

73, W7FOX

P.S. I think I worked half of Jim's wall of radios.

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K4JYS Bill

Hi Mac,

Thanks again to you and your helpers for another great CX. I listened around during the AM portion but never heard any CXers. I probably wasn't on at the right time.

The CW portion was again fun. One of the big sigs I worked was K9KEU, John, on his KWS-1/75A4 combo. What a nice station. It's always a pleasure to work K2WI, Rob, on his military stations. He was also booming through.

For the first time I worked a Lysco 600S from W8ZR, Jim. I just got one going so hopefully I can use in the next CX.

As always, the contacts were enjoyable and thanks to all I worked for pulling me through.

Here are the statistics:
46 QSOs
319 CX multiplier (6 BAs)
Score: 14674

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K3KYR Jeff

The CX is great for those of us who like to resurect old tube gear and can get together a couple of times each year to check out some of our finds. I normally only work hf cw with vintage gear, with the exception of 6 meter am during a weekly am net, and whenever there is sporadic-e.

Keep up the good work.

All QSOs on 6 and 2 meters

RIGS:
Heath Sixer HW-29A; 2 WATTS
Hallicrafter SR-46; 8 WATTS
Knight TR-106; 10 WATTS
Globe HiBander Mod 62; 50 WATTS with Hammarlund HQ-110A VHF
FT 897; 70 WATTS

6 meter AM QSOs:
WB2IVJ NY
KC2JKL NY
VE3SXE ONT
KC2GHT NY
WA2DCL NY
WZ2T NY
NG2C NY

2 METER AM QSOs:
KC2JKL NY KC2GHT NY

SCORE:
QSOS: 33
AGE OF RIGS: 422 YEARS
TOTAL: 13,926

Jeff
K3KYR

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K9VKY Brian

Hello Mac--

The Fall 2005 CX effort was sadly cut short because of company visiting us over the weekend. (There wasn't even an opportunity to sneak down to the Radio Dungeon for a quick listen until early evening).

Although the higher frequencies were closed by the time the filaments were finally lit, 80 meters was in fine shape with lots of signals being heard. The usual suspects mustered for the event, and it was great to renew old acquaintances with a few rag chewing episodes as well.

Not knowing what our beloved hobby has come to, Rob, K2WI, was the only guy sporting any sort of respectable roughness or chirp in his note. That T7C note came from Rob's TBX, which is just one set in his harem of Navy iron (and, hopefully someday, featured in a magazine article).

The showing wasn't too good this time, and it was made even worse by the change in scoring rules. Much like the taxman who taketh, the (old rules) score of 857,472 got whacked down to the (new rules) score of 11,136. The simplified scoring might be easier (and more accurate with fewer factors involved), but like a pinball wizard, seeing scores in the millions makes one feel like he really did something!

As a matter of fact, maybe we should have MORE factors in the total tally adding multipliers for things such as equipment gross weight, smoke density, down time for repairs, and tube induced rises in room temperature. After all, this is a technical hobby, isn't it?

Hats off and thanks to you for putting all of this together while trying to juggle a relocation from Ohio to North Carolina, Mac.

Happy hunting on the bands, and here's looking forward to the Spring 2006 event.

Cheers.
Brian K9VKY

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AA4RM Marty

Yo Mac

Dang circumstances forced me to "butterfly kiss" the event.

First the stn. lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree.

Then it was forced off 20CW by two ugly bugs. First was KWM-1 rx tuning went nuts & it was due to one light going out in the 12AU7 product detector. (anyone have a filament starter?) So spotting this right off, I figured I was soooo lucky... 'til CW note went puny while in QSO with N6KN. Think quirk diagnosed but not yet fixed.

One observation is that AM-discovery activity was as unattainable as 160m qsos to the DX-pedition to the east pole. Then there was the delightful 20m log jam from the CA QSO party. How could those hundreds of hams mess over the 5-20 folks in our 20M playpen?

Nevertheless I about made a log sheet & submit the following unchalengable computer-figger'd score of 180576.14

Keep up the good work / TNX!

signed
AA4RM aka Marty

CX score for is: 180576 (Old system - sri Marty)

eqpt age is 198 years
19 qsos
SCORE: 19 x 198 = 3,762 (New rules designed for those without a computer.)

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K9KEU John

Hello Mac,

I enjoyed CX CW very much as always. I think splitting phone and CW was a good idea. Though I could not operate the phone weekend I hope to next year. Also the simplified scoring is great. On several occasions in the past I did not turn in logs because of the complex scoring

It appears that my score is 1700 points. 17 QSO's with a multiplier of 100.

Comments:
It was fun meeting several people in this CX that I hope to talk regularly.

The rig used was the Collins "Gold Dust Twins" KWS-1 and 75A-4.

Thank You for your efforts on this event.

73
John K9KEU

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W2JEK Don

Dear Mac,

Was pleased to work you in the CX CW party.

I used my Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and DRAKE 2B combo on 40 meters; and BC-696 (ARC-5) and Hallicrafters S-76 on 80 meters. I has a total of 6 QSOs.

I did listen Sept 25th for AM stations with my Yaesu FT-840 (which I have never used on AM) but heard no CX activity.

Didn't have much time on CW weekend but glad to avoid the RTTY contest. Looking forward to next CX.

73
Don Younger
W2JEK

SCORE: 1,248
QSOs: 6
AGE: 208 years

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WQ8U Mac

SCORE 1200; Old system: 45,600

Where does the time go? The moving truck with our furniture etc. from Dayton, Ohio and was unloaded on Saturday Sept 16th. That was a full 9 days before the 'phone portion of CX and 16 days before the CW date - plenty of time to get a good antenna up, some of my ultra-reliable boat anchors operating, and the home-brew solid state (not too reliable) /relay (very reliable) QSK system integrating the transmitters and receivers. My XYL, Karen, patient candidate for sainthood that she is, established priorities for the period immediately following the unloading of the truck - and they were not CX friendly. So, the bottom line is I could only get the old reliable Drake Twins (T-4X and R-4A) on the air for a while during the CW weekend. Still a whole lot of fun though.

My first QSO was with one of the CX community's super stars - W8ZR, Jim, running his chirp-award winning FPM-200. Jim has been missing for several CXs so it was good to hear him and his classic rigs back. W2JEK, Don, another CX regular was next with his Harvey-Wells Bandmaster TBS-50C - the transmitter that sparked the idea of the CX in the mind of CX founder W9SJ (SK), Stu. Click the "HISTORY" button on the CX home page to read the whole story. Don was also on with a WWII classic BC-696 later - one of the few Command sets without a congenital chirp.

K2WI, Rob, appeared several times with his racks of old Navy BAs. It was unusual to work Rob using his own call; he is usually signing the Top Band Club's call: K2TOP during the CX.

My "Search and pounce" contesting style sometimes bogs things down. I spent close to an hour chasing VE7XF, Ralph, another CX regular. His HT-37 was putting a good signal into NC and his SX-111 is certainly one fine receiver. He said he was having keyer problems - don't know why that kept him from hearing me earlier though (HI HI).

K9KEU, John, included me in his demonstration of shooting fish in a barrel with his Gold Dust Twins - what great sounding gear. N2BE, John, was using a Johnson Adventurer (remember that little box?) running 25 watts - putting a good signal into NC. Maybe his 55 ft. high dipole helps. CX returnee K9VKY, Brian, was exercising his old Collins 32V3 and 75A2 with good success.

I found WB2AWQ, Howie, our fearless CX publicity agent, running a somewhat out of character Johnson Navigator along with an old HRO. He is usually found keying his big 1929 Hartley using 211s. The evening ended with another CX anchor, AA4RM, Marty, who, as usual, was using an unusual piece of gear: a 5JA4 receiver.

All in all it was a lot of fun again. The CA QSO party certainly seemed to clutter the bands for a while and my limited operating time and marginal antenna (excuse #2) kept me from working many of great classic rigs that were on the air.

But, February 2006 is just around the corner and I should be on with more rigs and a better antenna - now that all the furniture is in, the repainting is done, and it is not gardening season outside.

73,br> Mac
WQ8U/4 Hillsborough, NC

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N2BE John

Hi Mac,

Well.... I am finally getting this log info out to you. As always, I enjoyed operating in the "CX" (I hope to be a more regular participant in the future (my participation has been "spotty" in the past).

The rig set-up for this year was my old (my first TX, back n the early 60s) Johnson Adventurer (25 watts out) and a DRAKE 2-B on receive. I have used the Adventurer in all CXs I have operated in including the first one when it was paired with a Hallicrafters S-22R receiver. I only operated 40 meter CW this year using a dipole antenna at 55 feet.

I like the idea of promoting a VHF version on this contest. I almost never hear ops using old tube equipment up there any more. My AMECO TX-62 is getting lonely, HI.

Oh, I almost forgot; my Adventurer was able to move around with the help of my Globe Deluxe VFO (circa 1962).

Thanks Mac for another great event.

SCORE: 1034
QSOs: 11
AGE: 94 (2 BAs)

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W2IQK Carl

Dear OM,

Here is my CX Oct. CX entry. Only 2 QSOs, but much enjoyment. I want to confirm their entries.
(Editor's note: Actually Carl had four QSOs because K4JYS used three different rigs.)

QSOs:
K8BVJ, Jack, Detroit
Viking II and SX-101

K4JYS, Bill, NC
Three stations:
AF-67 and HQ-170
Globe Scout and SX-100
1946 homebrew 6F6-6L6 and HQ-129-X

My equipment for all contacts was:
Homebrew 6146-4-65A with 150 watts out
Homebrew receiver - 14 tube
40 Meter NVIS dipole

73
Carl
W2IQK

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W8ZR Jim

The Promise

Hi Gang,

Having missed the last couple CX days, I've FINALLY got a completely free day to play,. Unfortunately, I've also got a sudden outbreak of broken rigs, so may not have as many on the air as I'd hoped. SPent last evening getting my Lysco 600 up and running. It works fine except that I discovered that the plug on my Vibroplex was wired backwards, putting 500V on the frame of the key. First time I tried to send something, it knocked me off my chair. I hope to pair the Lysco with a homebrew receiver, which I discovered now has a squirrely xtal oscillator. For some reason, when I align the oscillator to work on 40m, the 20m xtal won't work, and vice versa.

Also hope to fire up my trusty Halli FPM-200, but I haven't turned it on in a year so no telling what I'll find there. If it works, you'll know it when you hear it. Its CW note sounds like bad wheel bearings.

Depending on how things go, I may fire up an AF68/PRM6 combo, and if the bands are bad or I get lazy, maybe some Collins gear.

So look for W8ZR, starting at 9AM. I'll be mostly on 40m and 20m.

The CX

This year, my XYL was out of town and the dogs were at a friend's house, so I had the whole day to devote to CX. I decided to start with a Lysco 600S and homebrew receiver, while warming up my FPM-200 (which takes an hour or two to come up to full output -- it has a sleepy sidetone oscillator, which generates the CW signal). The Lysco knocked me off the chair the first time I keyed it, thanks to 500V across the key terminals. I should have noticed the 1/8 inch arc across the key cotacts, but my mind was elsewhere. Also, it had terrible key clicks, which at the time I assumed was normal.

Still, thowing out all caution, I started the contest on 40m by working Joel W3ZI in syracuse, who had a nice BC459/75A4 combo, and then Rob K2WI, running several military setups. Rob started with a Navy TCK/RBC combo, then switched to a TBW/RBM. Later, I worked him again on 20m, running a RAL/TCS. Rob is surely the winner of the Black Wrinkle Panel award.

The Lysco manual sets the standard for lack of information, but eventually I was able to figure out that the key grounds the negative of the HV supply (euphemistically called "bocked grid keying"), with a 1.25K resistor across the key jack that is supposed to keep the HV from soaring. Turns out the resistor was missing. I patched a resistor across the key with clip leads, and, voila, the voltage dropped down to 50V, the arc disappeared, and the cw note lost its tweety-bird sound.

By this time, the FPM-200 had warmed up, but when I turned the bandswitch to 20 meters, nothing happened. So out of the cabinet it came, where I found a dial cord (nice metal type) had slipped off a pulley. An easy fix. While I had the radio out of the cabinet, I looked for the sidetone oscillator, but found it buried behind the front panel. Fixing it, I decided, was a project for another day. Still, what a beauty that radio is! If you've never seen the insides, the FPM-200 is a marvel -- lots of gears and neat mil-spec packaging, plus heavy glass-epoxy double-sided circuit boards. It really blew me away to see "copyright 1959" etched on all the boards. That radio was AT LEAST a decade ahead of its time.

By this time, it was past noon and the bands were slumping. Still I worked Howie, who I ALWAYS hear first, running a....Kenwood TS-440S? ..., which I'm sure must have embarrassed him greatly. Hey Howie, what happened to the Hartley oscillator?

By now I had worked five stations and was exhausted (great contester that I am), so it was time for a nap. When I came to, it was mid-afternoon and 40m was in the doldrums. So I tried putting the Lysco on 20m, but found my homebrew receiver didn't want to work on 20, so I ditched those plans and moved the now-warmed-up FPM-200 onto the table. My first contact was Jim W8KGI, who worked me with an Apache/NC303 combination, followed by an AF68/SX28A. (Later, I worked Jim again on 40m, but by then he had ditched the NC303 and replaced it with an HRO5. And then, later still, I worked Jim running a couple of WRL transmitters.) Twenty meters was murder, however, because of a CA QSO party and some other dumb contest, with a kazillion stations calling CQ, so I moved back to 40m and waited for it to awaken.

As the afternoon went on, activity really picked up. I talked to Mac WQ8U, operating from a new QTH in NC, who was running Drake twins, plus a bunch of other guys running Drake, Collins , EFJ, Multi-Elmac, Globe Scouts and Kings, and so forth. Bill K4JYS was making a serious effort with several rigs, including a 1946-ear homebrew 6L6 transmitter. Another neat signal came from Taylor Wa4APB, whose rock-bound Central Electronics CE20A (with an RME45) had a beatiful, mellow sound.

Two other stalwarts I always work on CX are Rocco, N6KN, who was running a nice SR400A, and my buddy, Marty, AA4RM, who was operating a nice Collins station 32V3/51J4 pair. (Hey Marty, Isn't running Collins gear on CX a bit like going fishing with a hand grenade?) I worked Marty with my Lysco, but signals were weak and QRM was strong, so when I switched to my FPM-200, he couldn't hear me.

My last contact was at 8:40pm, with Jerry, K5PSH (Drake 2NT/2B), and by then the band was swarming with CX stations. My apologies to all the guys I missed.

All in all, this was a fun day, even if I did get a very polite email from a ham who wanted me know that my FPM-200 had a "slight chirp." Actually, I was highly insulted. My FPM-200 is the CROWN PRINCE OF CHIRPS! Ain't no rig that can chirp better than it does.

73,
Jim W8ZR

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K2LMQ Paul

I have the Viking I / AR-88 combo fired up on 20m. From here in AZ, the middle of the CW band is a massive flurry of high-powered contesters in a CA QSO Party.

Will keep checking it and sure will be on 40m and 80m later on.

73's
de Paul K2LMQ

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W3TMZ Jack

I listened but the California QSO Party was also on and using the same general area of the band.

Later did manage to work a few stations. Nice sounds!

73
Jack, W3TMZ

classic BC-696 later - one of the few Command sets without a congenital chirp.

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HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

W8KGI
Jim
99,176

K6KN
Rocco
91,840

K2WI
Rob
39,501

K3MD
John
16,344

W7FOX
Fox/Chris
16,280

K4JYS
Bill
14,674

K3KYR
Jeff
13,926

K9VKY
Brian
11,136

AA4RM
Marty
3,762

K9KEU
John
1,248

WQ8U
Mac
1,200

N2BE
John
1,034

W2IQK
CARL
300

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

W8ZR
Jim

W2LMQ
Paul

W3TMZ
Jack


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U

SEPTEMBER 2005 CX HIGHLIGHTS

Depending upon when you begin history, this is about the 30th anniversary of the CX. The "History" button on the CX home page will take you to a brief recounting of how it all began. It has always been about resurrecting and operating classic rigs - those commercial and homebrew rigs that were the pride and joy of our ham shacks (or in our dreams) many decades ago. It has changed slightly over the years but the purpose, pride and fun are all still the same. Thanks to the founders, the "old timers" who have been active for many of the 30 years, and to all who have participated making this one of the best "contests" on the air!

The split phone - CW weekends seemed to be well received. However, the CA QSO Party was a challenge!!! N6KN, Rocco, who was in the midst of it, described it with a typical CA term "Wipe-Out!". It seemed like our experience with the CQ RTTY contest during the Feb 2005 CX was just a warm up. Unfortunately, there are very few, if any, weekends that are free of conflicts around the traditional CX times of September and February. In spite of that, it appears that everyone had a great time exercising their classic rigs and hearing those "noteworthy" signals - such as W8ZR, Jim's FPM-200 - a chirp standard setter. K2WI, Rob's TBX was noted as being the only one sporting any sort of respectable roughness or chirp in his note: T7C. Murphy was hard at work during CX with open feed lines (W8KGI); "the stn. lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree" (AA4RM); "a sudden outbreak of broken rigs" (W8ZR) to mention a few of his interventions.

The new simplified scoring system seemed to please most folks. K9VKY, Brian offered another perspective: "The simplified scoring might be easier ... but like a pinball wizard, seeing scores in the millions makes one feel like he really did something!" Keep trying Brian - 500 QSOs with 40 pieces of gear averaging 50 years old and you are right back up there.

The new scoring did not change the on-going battle between W8KGI, Jim, and his archrival N6KN, Rocco. They still generated the two top scores - and they were close! K2WI, Rob grabbed third place without the help of his K2TOP gang. K3MD, John took fourth place narrowly edging out W7FOX Chris/Fox. See the table below for all the scores and be sure to click on the individual call sign to read their comments.

The number of participants seemed to be down somewhat this CX as compared toprior Fall CXs and there were fewer logs and comments submitted. Also, a number of the "regulars" did not participate. On the other hand, some of those we have not heard in some time such as W8ZR Jim, were very active and submitted good comments. Please talk up the February CX with your friends and those you QSO. Also, if you participate, please submit your log and comments - these add to the enjoyment of CX.

The next CX will be February 11-13, 2006. This will again give the multi-mode operators more opportunity to show off their classic rigs and provide more QRM free time. Unfortunately, the CQ WW RTTY contest is that weekend, so try working phone, or 20 meter CW until it ends and the 40-meter CW band is "ours" again. Some have asked why not move the date? Simple answer: no good alternatives. The preceding Sunday is the Super Bowl and the following Sunday is the ARRL DX CW contest. We are open to suggestions.

73
Mac
WQ8U
Newsletter Editor1

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AWARDS

CONTESTING WITH MURPHY AWARD - W8KGI Jim

"Murphy was really clever this time. He pulled a rather obvious trick at first just to put me off guard, making one of the power strips that feeds half a dozen boxes in the garage go open." "His more subtle sabotage was to break one of the wires in my open wire feed line... to the antenna." "I would close the key and the rig would go on the air OK, but when I opened the key ...I had to cut the Transmit switch to get the rig off the air!"


MOST IMPROVED CW SENDING AWARD - N6KN Rocco

"I have been preparing for some foot surgery and finally had it on Thursday."


HEAVIEST EXCHANGE AWARD - N6KN, Rocco and W7FE, Stu

"...found W7FE, who had a pile of rigs to qualify, including some AM boatanchors. We used approximately 2 tons of radios between us."


MOST ANNOYING CONTEST AND COMMON EXCUSE: CA QSO PARTY - Everyone

As they say in Southern California, "Wipe Out!"


GREATEST RISK TAKER AWARD - K2WI Rob

"I hung a wire from a catenary between two trees and dangerously close to the house for running with 500W from the TCK. I expected to have a mob of neighbors(I live in a condo) with pitchforks and torches complaining of RFI."


BEST CHIRP AWARD - TIE FOR AWARD - K2WI, Rob and W8ZR, Jim

W1AWB commented that it was the first good chirp he had heard in CX, and I got a 437c report from K9VKY. That might be the worst signal report I ever got. K2WI Rob


All in all, this was a fun day, even if I did get a very polite email from a ham who wanted me know that my FPM-200 had a "slight chirp." Actually, I was highly insulted. My FPM-200 is the CROWN PRINCE OF CHIRPS! Ain't no rig that can chirp better than it does.W8ZR Jim


BEST "FIX BEFORE NEXT CX" AWARD - K3MD John

"The TS-520 (non-S) constitutes somewhat of a shock hazard with transformer winding leakage to case - must run some ground wires!! "


MASTER OF UNDERSTATEMENT AWARD - K4JYS Bill

"One of the big sigs I worked was K9KEU, John, on his KWS-1/75A4 combo. What a nice station."


MOST OVER-THE-TOP SUGGESTION ABOUT THE SCORING SYSTEM AWARD - K9VKY Brian

"As a matter of fact, maybe we should have MORE factors in the total tally adding multipliers for things such as equipment gross weight, smoke density, down time for repairs, and tube induced rises in room temperature. After all, this is a technical hobby, isn't it? "


SHOULD WE LAUGH OR CRY AWARD - AA4RM Marty

"lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree"
"was forced off 20CW by two ugly bugs"
You just have to read Marty's input.


MOST OUT OF CHARACTER RIG AWARD - WB2AWQ Howie

Kenwood TS-440S

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REPORTS

W8KGI Jim

Hi Mac,

Well I survived the Fall 2005 CX, but it was not my best. As you know, I was away for the Phone weekend, back in Virginia and Pennsylvania attending my nephew's wedding and visiting family. I was back home for the CW weekend, however, and ready to go. I had 12 receivers and 13 transmitters tuned up and ready to go on both 20 and 40 in my shack in the garage, another pair on 40 in my winter shack inside, and 11 pairs ready to go on 80. That was before other contests and Murphy both took a swipe at me.

Murphy was really clever this time. He pulled a rather obvious trick at first just to put me off guard, making one of the power strips that feeds half a dozen boxes in the garage go open. But that was easily found and fixed with another power strip pulled off the repair bench. His more subtle sabotage was to break one of the wires in my open wire feed line about 15 feet away from the antenna, a 268 foot center-fed Zepp. I noticed the effect of that early when the ground-fault breaker in the garage started popping whenever I loaded up a rig attached to the outlet box nearest the breaker box. That's usually a sign of too much RF in the shack. But I patched around that by running an extension cord from that plug into the inside of the house where I could plug it into an outlet controlled by another breaker, and then everything held. And it didn't occur to me that I had an antenna problem until much later when I tried to get on 80 meters.

I listened and called on 20 off and on from about 11 am MDST on, but all I heard were guys calling "CQCA" and "CQP." Finally around 2:15 pm I managed to raise Jim, W8ZR, and we had QSO's with his FMP-200 and my Apache/NC303 and AF68/SX28A pairs. But that was IT for 20 meters. I gave up on 20 around 3 pm and shifted to 40, retuning my 12 receivers to 7045 and pulling a few of the higher power transmitters I had put on 20 back down to 40. There was decent CX activity on 40, and I worked Fox, W7FOX, Rocco, N6KN, Jerry, K5PSH, Eric, NM5M, Ray W5XE, Jim, W8ZR again, Alex, N)7M, Tom K6LQI at his club station, K6AA, John, K3MD, Brian, K9VKY, Ralph, VE7XF, Lloyd, K3ESE (send that call, it's fantastic for CW), and Stan, WA4MFY. Stan had a really neat station, an FB7X receiver and a home-brew 807 transmitter. With all of that activity, I was able to qualify 10 receivers and 8 transmitters, including my "new" Collins 32RA (1939 vintage, 6L6/6L6/three 807's).

About 7:10 pm I pulled the plug on 40 and on the gear in the garage and took Kathy out to dinner. She had been having a somewhat rocky time, and she really deserved some TLC, so we went to one of our favorite spots in Albuquerque and spent some quality time together. I got back home and on 80 about 9:30, and then the antenna problem really started to show up. Running now from the inside shack, I found that I couldn't put more than about 30 watts into the feedline without my QSK keyer hanging up. I would close the key and the rig would go on the air OK, but when I opened the key the keyer stayed closed and I had to cut the Transmit switch to get the rig off the air! So I just limped along with my rigs on lower power, the 100V throttled back, the 32V3 on its "tune up" position, the Millen 90800, Meissner Signal Shifter, TBS50, CBY52209 Command Set, and Elmac A54. I managed to work Rob, K2WI, Fox W7FOX again, and John K9KEU in the next hour and a half, and then the CX signals quit the band so I hit the big switch and went to bed.

Altogether I made 56 QSO's, qualified 17 receivers and 15 transmitters, and used one more pair twice. My total age multiplier was 1771 years, not counting the operator. So my net score for the event is 99,176.

As I told you on the phone Sunday, the AWA is running their AWA AM QSO Party on February 18/19 (5 pm MST to 5 pm MST), and they have asked me to put Jim Millen's call, W1HRX, on the air from my location out here in the "west." So I hope the Winter CX doesn't happen on that weekend. I can't recommend a good day that would avoid the "CQCA," "CQP," and RTTY contest QRM, but I can always hope there will be a good day available. Whatever, any day the CX runs will be a good one! Thanks for all of your good work in keeping the CX going.

73 and keep 'em glowing,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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N6KN Rocco

Mac,

Thanks for the reply. I have been preparing for some foot surgery and finally had it on Thursday. This gives me some time to catch up on important things such as CX reports, power bills, etc.

I would have submitted my input earlier if I had known how simple the new scoring would be. Also - I am kicking myself for not having used more rigs on multiple modes.

As for the new two-weekend format, PLEASE move the CW portion away from the Cal QSO party. The phone weekend was really clear. I wonder if we could simply schedule the CW activity the day after, if that works with the general contest calendar better. I was completely bombed by the Cal QSO party QRM until it finished on CW this time around!

Prepared for CX the usual way - try to complete projects to clear off the workbench, allowing more room for extra rigs. Several new projects had followed me home in the months prior to the fall CX, including several Swans, two HRO-500s, and (one weekend prior to CX), a new set of Gold Dust Twins. I managed to get two of the Swans on the air. The HRO's and Collins will have to wait until next year. Saturday morning I hauled a pile of boatanchors to the TRW swap meet and made room under the operating desk for my feet.

CX Phone Weekend Notes

I awoke Sunday at 5 am, said good bye to the YL, who left for a business trip at 6 am, very conveniently. I was on the air by 7 am local on 14270, which was very crowded, so I moved to 14275. I qualified 11 SSB rigs in order. Finally moved to 40 and found W7FE, who had a pile of rigs to qualify, including some AM boatanchors. We used approximately 2 tons of radios between us with help from locals on both ends of the path. My star rig was my new "bent needle" Swan 500, which is very beat up but just wants to work - I had a lot of fun with that simple little rig.

Notable signals heard: Al, W8UT (HX-500); Ron, W6QM (SR2000); Mark, AI0L (WRL GT550); Stu, W7FE (pile of great rigs); and my old UCLA friend Paul, KU6T (HX-50 that sounded good, which is unusual, but then Paul is an engineering professor, which helps). Back on 20, the band remained generally quiet and clear ot other contest qsos - the new "plan" worked for the phone weekend. At 4:30, I shut down the stations and left for work (had to launch a rocket that evening). So I missed the productive Sunday evening session completely.

I feel that the separate phone weekend worked well, except hat 14270 was too busy - we should pick a +- frequency range, such as 14270 +- 10 kHz. Conditions were not very good. W7TM reported he could not hear any CXers other than me. I simply parked and called "CQ Boatanchors." I have a good location and a decent yagi and tower, but signals were weak. The phone weekend was a lot of relaxed fun.

CX CW Weekend notes.

As they say here in Southern California, "Wipe Out!" The California QSO party filled the CW bands with QRM. I called CQ CX and worked many Cal QSO party participants who just would not take no for an answer. Things finally cleared out after the QSO party, and I managed to work a batch of the regulars.

Notable CW signals heard: Fox, W7FOX (several great rigs, including an SB101; Jim W8KGI (standard pile of interesting radios); Marty AA4RM (KWM-1, NOT the world's best CW rig); Ralph, VE7XF (Navigator); Jim W8ZR (Lysco 600S); Tom K6LQI (ARC 5); and John N2BE (Johnson Adventurer, coast to coast on 40).

I made the mistake of not requalifying many of my rigs previously used on SSB. I need to understand the new rules better. I will say the the new scoring is MUCH EASIER and that is appreciated.

All in all, the new format splitting the CW and phone weekends was great, but AVOID the Cal QSO party weekend!

Total rigs used: 18 stations. Scores:

SSB 64, 574; AM 1,416; CW 25,850.

Total score 91,840, mostly on 20 and 40 due to conditions.

Had fun, will try to have the HRO 500 ready for action next time. These are 10/10 on the alignment challenge scale. I have one of them working, but it hums on CW/SSB, which is common. I need more time to work on this common problem. Might be one of the filter caps, but not sure about that.

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN

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K2WI Rob

Mac,

A conspiracy of factors suggested that our usual K2TOP multi-operator entry was not a good idea this time. WW2Y moved to Nebraska, my shack looked like a bomb went off in it, and over half of my antennas were discovered to be down the week before the event.

The AM section fell on the same weekend as the Military Radio Collectors Association meet and the Packrats hamfest, so I was pretty thoroughly radioed out and did not participate. Instead I cleaned up the new RBB receiver I got at the hamfest and got it ready for the CW weekend.

The day before the event I had to find a way to replace my broken 80m and 20m antennas. I would not attempt to repair my Beverage receiving antenna. I decided that a 42-foot vertical (5/8-wave on 20m) would fill the role of a 20m antenna and the short vertical that the TBX and TCS sets prefer. I hung a wire from a catenary between two trees and dangerously close to the house for running with 500W from the TCK. I expected to have a mob of neighbors(I live in a condo) with pitchforks and torches complaining of RFI.

I lashed up a quick dynamotor supply to run the TBX transmitter, as I didn't have a second op to crank the hand generator, and the gas engine generator would bring on the mob with pitchforks and torches.

I started the CW section with a mistake, which was skipping a nice breakfast with friends to operate instead. The morning was super slow, and I missed good company, bacon, eggs, and sticky buns.

The CA QSO party kept 40m pretty busy late into the morning. I bet it wasn't any fun for Rocco out in CA. I would say that the CA QSO party was less disruptive than the CQWW RTTY contest, at least on the east coast.

20m only yielded a couple of Europeans plus N6KN and W7FOX.

I thought I was prepared to do some 3-rig fast-switching, but came across a compatibility issue that I had not noticed before. The dynamotors running the TCK and TBW master oscillators created enough hash to wipe out all signals on the TCS with its open antenna leads. I settled for 2-rig switching and going back through the bands with the TCS.

The 42-foot vertical worked quite well with the TBX, and I managed to work WA3SLN, K4JYS, W1AWB, and K9VKY with that rig. That's a ten-watt Navy/Marine Corps portable transceiver. W1AWB commented that it was the first good chirp he had heard in CX, and I got a 437c report from K9VKY. That might be the worst signal report I ever got.

My session with W8KGI at the end on 80m was plagued with QRM from a European station calling CQ endlessly.

There sure were a lot of TBS 50 rigs on this CX. I think the coolest setup I worked was WA4NFY's HB 6J5/807 MOPA and FB7x.

My operation was "All Navy", qualifying 627 years worth of equipment.

Transmitters:
TCK 64 years
TBW 62 years
TCS 62 years
TBX 63 years

Receivers:
TCS 62 years
TBX 63 years
RAL 62 years
RBB 63 years
RBC 64 years
RBM 62 years

The new scoring format sure makes it easy, but I'll miss the days of scores in the tens of millions that make you feel like you have accomplished something.

627 years X 63 QSOs=39,501 points

Rob

The following tells a great story about Rob and his love of Navy Classic BAs. Read the web sites, well worth your time.
Thanks for sharing.

K2WI Rob

The story of my participation in the Classic Exchange radio event, using all WWII Navy radio gear.

Rob Flory,BR> robandpj@earthlink.net
www.home.earthlink.net/~navyradio WWII Navy Radio
www.home.earthlink.net/~robandpj Les Flory Television and Electronic

Hi,
I will be on from USS Massachusetts N1EPL this weekend, using all original WWII equipment: TBK,TDE, RBB,RBC on 14041, 7041, 3541. If requested on those frequencies, I may be able to make test transmissions on 512kc as NEPL with TAJ.

Last year I did not do much on 3541 because noise was high and activity low, so 7 and 14mc more likely.

Some activity on 3885 AM, and from other ships at Battleship Cove (USS Lionfish sub and USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Destroyer) a possibility.

Rob Flory K2WI

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K3MD John

Was initially very disappointed with low/no activity on SSB. Even the AM guys on 3870 never heard of "CX".

Activity picked up on CW after the California QSO party ended.

Spend around 8 months getting ready- getting the VOX working on the HT-37 - took 4 days.

CUL if not "on-duty"
73
John

Note to self: Before next CX: The TS-520 (non-S) constitutes somewhat of a shock hazard with transformer winding leakage to case - must run some ground wires!!

SCORE: 16,344 (Old scoring system: 1,029,672)
QSOs: 36
AGE: 454

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W7FOX Chris/Fox

Hello all cx'ers,

This format was a lot of fun, with less pressure to qualify each rig on several bands. It gave me more time to just enjoy the contacts. No problem with qrm or qso parties either, just lots of great sounding rigs.

One suggestion though, counting the total number of different rigs worked as part of the score makes unusual rigs a sort of "DX" that should attract contacts and shouldn't be a burden since we already log the equipment.

Many thanks to all involved and I'll be looking forward to another CX.

73, W7FOX

P.S. I think I worked half of Jim's wall of radios.

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K4JYS Bill

Hi Mac,

Thanks again to you and your helpers for another great CX. I listened around during the AM portion but never heard any CXers. I probably wasn't on at the right time.

The CW portion was again fun. One of the big sigs I worked was K9KEU, John, on his KWS-1/75A4 combo. What a nice station. It's always a pleasure to work K2WI, Rob, on his military stations. He was also booming through.

For the first time I worked a Lysco 600S from W8ZR, Jim. I just got one going so hopefully I can use in the next CX.

As always, the contacts were enjoyable and thanks to all I worked for pulling me through.

Here are the statistics:
46 QSOs
319 CX multiplier (6 BAs)
Score: 14674

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K3KYR Jeff

All QSOs on 6 and 2 meters

RIGS:
Heath Sixer HW-29A; 2 WATTS
Hallicrafter SR-46; 8 WATTS
Knight TR-106; 10 WATTS
Globe HiBander Mod 62; 50 WATTS with Hammarlund HQ-110A VHF
FT 897; 70 WATTS

6 meter AM QSOs:
WB2IVJ NY
KC2JKL NY
VE3SXE ONT
KC2GHT NY
WA2DCL NY
WZ2T NY
NG2C NY

2 METER AM QSOs:
KC2JKL NY KC2GHT NY

SCORE:
QSOS: 33
AGE OF RIGS: 422 YEARS
TOTAL: 13,926

Jeff
K3KYR

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K9VKY Brian

Hello Mac--

The Fall 2005 CX effort was sadly cut short because of company visiting us over the weekend. (There wasn't even an opportunity to sneak down to the Radio Dungeon for a quick listen until early evening).

Although the higher frequencies were closed by the time the filaments were finally lit, 80 meters was in fine shape with lots of signals being heard. The usual suspects mustered for the event, and it was great to renew old acquaintances with a few rag chewing episodes as well.

Not knowing what our beloved hobby has come to, Rob, K2WI, was the only guy sporting any sort of respectable roughness or chirp in his note. That T7C note came from Rob's TBX, which is just one set in his harem of Navy iron (and, hopefully someday, featured in a magazine article).

The showing wasn't too good this time, and it was made even worse by the change in scoring rules. Much like the taxman who taketh, the (old rules) score of 857,472 got whacked down to the (new rules) score of 11,136. The simplified scoring might be easier (and more accurate with fewer factors involved), but like a pinball wizard, seeing scores in the millions makes one feel like he really did something!

As a matter of fact, maybe we should have MORE factors in the total tally adding multipliers for things such as equipment gross weight, smoke density, down time for repairs, and tube induced rises in room temperature. After all, this is a technical hobby, isn't it?

Hats off and thanks to you for putting all of this together while trying to juggle a relocation from Ohio to North Carolina, Mac.

Happy hunting on the bands, and here's looking forward to the Spring 2006 event.

Cheers.
Brian K9VKY

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AA4RM Marty

Yo Mac

Dang circumstances forced me to "butterfly kiss" the event.

First the stn. lost a dipole to an inconsiderate falling tree.

Then it was forced off 20CW by two ugly bugs. First was KWM-1 rx tuning went nuts & it was due to one light going out in the 12AU7 product detector. (anyone have a filament starter?) So spotting this right off, I figured I was soooo lucky... 'til CW note went puny while in QSO with N6KN. Think quirk diagnosed but not yet fixed.

One observation is that AM-discovery activity was as unattainable as 160m qsos to the DX-pedition to the east pole. Then there was the delightful 20m log jam from the CA QSO party. How could those hundreds of hams mess over the 5-20 folks in our 20M playpen?

Nevertheless I about made a log sheet & submit the following unchalengable computer-figger'd score of 180576.14

Keep up the good work / TNX!

signed
AA4RM aka Marty

CX score for is: 180576 (Old system - sri Marty)

eqpt age is 198 years
19 qsos
SCORE: 19 x 198 = 3,762 (New rules designed for those without a computer.)

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K9KEU John

Hello Mac,

I enjoyed CX CW very much as always. I think splitting phone and CW was a good idea. Though I could not operate the phone weekend I hope to next year. Also the simplified scoring is great. On several occasions in the past I did not turn in logs because of the complex scoring

It appears that my score is 1700 points. 17 QSO's with a multiplier of 100.

Comments:
It was fun meeting several people in this CX that I hope to talk regularly.

The rig used was the Collins "Gold Dust Twins" KWS-1 and 75A-4.

Thank You for your efforts on this event.

73
John K9KEU

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W2JEK Don

Dear Mac,

Was pleased to work you in the CX CW party.

I used my Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and DRAKE 2B combo on 40 meters; and BC-696 (ARC-5) and Hallicrafters S-76 on 80 meters. I has a total of 6 QSOs.

I did listen Sept 25th for AM stations with my Yaesu FT-840 (which I have never used on AM) but heard no CX activity.

Didn't have much time on CW weekend but glad to avoid the RTTY contest. Looking forward to next CX.

73
Don Younger
W2JEK

SCORE: 1,248
QSOs: 6
AGE: 208 years

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WQ8U Mac

SCORE 1200; Old system: 45,600

Where does the time go? The moving truck with our furniture etc. from Dayton, Ohio and was unloaded on Saturday Sept 16th. That was a full 9 days before the 'phone portion of CX and 16 days before the CW date - plenty of time to get a good antenna up, some of my ultra-reliable boat anchors operating, and the home-brew solid state (not too reliable) /relay (very reliable) QSK system integrating the transmitters and receivers. My XYL, Karen, patient candidate for sainthood that she is, established priorities for the period immediately following the unloading of the truck - and they were not CX friendly. So, the bottom line is I could only get the old reliable Drake Twins (T-4X and R-4A) on the air for a while during the CW weekend. Still a whole lot of fun though.

My first QSO was with one of the CX community's super stars - W8ZR, Jim, running his chirp-award winning FPM-200. Jim has been missing for several CXs so it was good to hear him and his classic rigs back. W2JEK, Don, another CX regular was next with his Harvey-Wells Bandmaster TBS-50C - the transmitter that sparked the idea of the CX in the mind of CX founder W9SJ (SK), Stu. Click the "HISTORY" button on the CX home page to read the whole story. Don was also on with a WWII classic BC-696 later - one of the few Command sets without a congenital chirp.

K2WI, Rob, appeared several times with his racks of old Navy BAs. It was unusual to work Rob using his own call; he is usually signing the Top Band Club's call: K2TOP during the CX.

My "Search and pounce" contesting style sometimes bogs things down. I spent close to an hour chasing VE7XF, Ralph, another CX regular. His HT-37 was putting a good signal into NC and his SX-111 is certainly one fine receiver. He said he was having keyer problems - don't know why that kept him from hearing me earlier though (HI HI).

K9KEU, John, included me in his demonstration of shooting fish in a barrel with his Gold Dust Twins - what great sounding gear. N2BE, John, was using a Johnson Adventurer (remember that little box?) running 25 watts - putting a good signal into NC. Maybe his 55 ft. high dipole helps. CX returnee K9VKY, Brian, was exercising his old Collins 32V3 and 75A2 with good success.

I found WB2AWQ, Howie, our fearless CX publicity agent, running a somewhat out of character Johnson Navigator along with an old HRO. He is usually found keying his big 1929 Hartley using 211s. The evening ended with another CX anchor, AA4RM, Marty, who, as usual, was using an unusual piece of gear: a 5JA4 receiver.

All in all it was a lot of fun again. The CA QSO party certainly seemed to clutter the bands for a while and my limited operating time and marginal antenna (excuse #2) kept me from working many of great classic rigs that were on the air.

But, February 2006 is just around the corner and I should be on with more rigs and a better antenna - now that all the furniture is in, the repainting is done, and it is not gardening season outside.

73,br> Mac
WQ8U/4 Hillsborough, NC

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N2BE John

Hi Mac,

Well.... I am finally getting this log info out to you. As always, I enjoyed operating in the "CX" (I hope to be a more regular participant in the future (my participation has been "spotty" in the past).

The rig set-up for this year was my old (my first TX, back n the early 60s) Johnson Adventurer (25 watts out) and a DRAKE 2-B on receive. I have used the Adventurer in all CXs I have operated in including the first one when it was paired with a Hallicrafters S-22R receiver. I only operated 40 meter CW this year using a dipole antenna at 55 feet.

I like the idea of promoting a VHF version on this contest. I almost never hear ops using old tube equipment up there any more. My AMECO TX-62 is getting lonely, HI.

Oh, I almost forgot; my Adventurer was able to move around with the help of my Globe Deluxe VFO (circa 1962).

Thanks Mac for another great event.

SCORE: 1034
QSOs: 11
AGE: 94 (2 BAs)

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W2IQK Carl

Dear OM,

Here is my CX Oct. CX entry. Only 2 QSOs, but much enjoyment. I want to confirm their entries.
(Editor's note: Actually Carl had four QSOs because K4JYS used three different rigs.)

QSOs:
K8BVJ, Jack, Detroit
Viking II and SX-101

K4JYS, Bill, NC
Three stations:
AF-67 and HQ-170
Globe Scout and SX-100
1946 homebrew 6F6-6L6 and HQ-129-X

My equipment for all contacts was:
Homebrew 6146-4-65A with 150 watts out
Homebrew receiver - 14 tube
40 Meter NVIS dipole

73
Carl
W2IQK

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W8ZR Jim

The Promise

Hi Gang,

Having missed the last couple CX days, I've FINALLY got a completely free day to play,. Unfortunately, I've also got a sudden outbreak of broken rigs, so may not have as many on the air as I'd hoped. SPent last evening getting my Lysco 600 up and running. It works fine except that I discovered that the plug on my Vibroplex was wired backwards, putting 500V on the frame of the key. First time I tried to send something, it knocked me off my chair. I hope to pair the Lysco with a homebrew receiver, which I discovered now has a squirrely xtal oscillator. For some reason, when I align the oscillator to work on 40m, the 20m xtal won't work, and vice versa.

Also hope to fire up my trusty Halli FPM-200, but I haven't turned it on in a year so no telling what I'll find there. If it works, you'll know it when you hear it. Its CW note sounds like bad wheel bearings.

Depending on how things go, I may fire up an AF68/PRM6 combo, and if the bands are bad or I get lazy, maybe some Collins gear.

So look for W8ZR, starting at 9AM. I'll be mostly on 40m and 20m.

The CX

This year, my XYL was out of town and the dogs were at a friend's house, so I had the whole day to devote to CX. I decided to start with a Lysco 600S and homebrew receiver, while warming up my FPM-200 (which takes an hour or two to come up to full output -- it has a sleepy sidetone oscillator, which generates the CW signal). The Lysco knocked me off the chair the first time I keyed it, thanks to 500V across the key terminals. I should have noticed the 1/8 inch arc across the key cotacts, but my mind was elsewhere. Also, it had terrible key clicks, which at the time I assumed was normal.

Still, thowing out all caution, I started the contest on 40m by working Joel W3ZI in syracuse, who had a nice BC459/75A4 combo, and then Rob K2WI, running several military setups. Rob started with a Navy TCK/RBC combo, then switched to a TBW/RBM. Later, I worked him again on 20m, running a RAL/TCS. Rob is surely the winner of the Black Wrinkle Panel award.

The Lysco manual sets the standard for lack of information, but eventually I was able to figure out that the key grounds the negative of the HV supply (euphemistically called "bocked grid keying"), with a 1.25K resistor across the key jack that is supposed to keep the HV from soaring. Turns out the resistor was missing. I patched a resistor across the key with clip leads, and, voila, the voltage dropped down to 50V, the arc disappeared, and the cw note lost its tweety-bird sound.

By this time, the FPM-200 had warmed up, but when I turned the bandswitch to 20 meters, nothing happened. So out of the cabinet it came, where I found a dial cord (nice metal type) had slipped off a pulley. An easy fix. While I had the radio out of the cabinet, I looked for the sidetone oscillator, but found it buried behind the front panel. Fixing it, I decided, was a project for another day. Still, what a beauty that radio is! If you've never seen the insides, the FPM-200 is a marvel -- lots of gears and neat mil-spec packaging, plus heavy glass-epoxy double-sided circuit boards. It really blew me away to see "copyright 1959" etched on all the boards. That radio was AT LEAST a decade ahead of its time.

By this time, it was past noon and the bands were slumping. Still I worked Howie, who I ALWAYS hear first, running a....Kenwood TS-440S? ..., which I'm sure must have embarrassed him greatly. Hey Howie, what happened to the Hartley oscillator?

By now I had worked five stations and was exhausted (great contester that I am), so it was time for a nap. When I came to, it was mid-afternoon and 40m was in the doldrums. So I tried putting the Lysco on 20m, but found my homebrew receiver didn't want to work on 20, so I ditched those plans and moved the now-warmed-up FPM-200 onto the table. My first contact was Jim W8KGI, who worked me with an Apache/NC303 combination, followed by an AF68/SX28A. (Later, I worked Jim again on 40m, but by then he had ditched the NC303 and replaced it with an HRO5. And then, later still, I worked Jim running a couple of WRL transmitters.) Twenty meters was murder, however, because of a CA QSO party and some other dumb contest, with a kazillion stations calling CQ, so I moved back to 40m and waited for it to awaken.

As the afternoon went on, activity really picked up. I talked to Mac WQ8U, operating from a new QTH in NC, who was running Drake twins, plus a bunch of other guys running Drake, Collins , EFJ, Multi-Elmac, Globe Scouts and Kings, and so forth. Bill K4JYS was making a serious effort with several rigs, including a 1946-ear homebrew 6L6 transmitter. Another neat signal came from Taylor Wa4APB, whose rock-bound Central Electronics CE20A (with an RME45) had a beatiful, mellow sound.

Two other stalwarts I always work on CX are Rocco, N6KN, who was running a nice SR400A, and my buddy, Marty, AA4RM, who was operating a nice Collins station 32V3/51J4 pair. (Hey Marty, Isn't running Collins gear on CX a bit like going fishing with a hand grenade?) I worked Marty with my Lysco, but signals were weak and QRM was strong, so when I switched to my FPM-200, he couldn't hear me.

My last contact was at 8:40pm, with Jerry, K5PSH (Drake 2NT/2B), and by then the band was swarming with CX stations. My apologies to all the guys I missed.

All in all, this was a fun day, even if I did get a very polite email from a ham who wanted me know that my FPM-200 had a "slight chirp." Actually, I was highly insulted. My FPM-200 is the CROWN PRINCE OF CHIRPS! Ain't no rig that can chirp better than it does.

73,
Jim W8ZR

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K2LMQ Paul

I have the Viking I / AR-88 combo fired up on 20m. From here in AZ, the middle of the CW band is a massive flurry of high-powered contesters in a CA QSO Party.

Will keep checking it and sure will be on 40m and 80m later on.

73's
de Paul K2LMQ

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W3TMZ Jack

I listened but the California QSO Party was also on and using the same general area of the band.

Later did manage to work a few stations. Nice sounds!

73
Jack, W3TMZ

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September 2003 CX


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HIGHLIGHTS

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS - REPORTING SCORES

N6KN
Rocco
32,896,903

WB2AWQ
Howie
2,687,850

WA5UEK
Brian
2,647,535

W8KGI
Jim
1,930,395

K9STH
Glen
783,360

K9VKY
Brian
251,826

AA4RM
Marty
179,816

WQ8U
Mac
123,768

K0KP
Rex
18,240

W8UT
Al
9,504

K4AXF
Jim
6,500

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

W1MGP
Sam

K2LMQ
Paul

K2TOP
Rob & team

K3ZX
Mark

K4KWM
John

KD4CPL
Nick

WS4S
Conrad

N5AIT
Al

VE7XF
Ralph

K0ZL
Bill


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U

SEPTEMBER 2003 CX HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER 2003 CX - FEAST OR FAMINE?

The prospects for the September 2003 CX started out looking really good. We agreed with Dale, KW1I, the AMI honcho, to hold the CX concurrent with AMI’s Discovery Weekend and to extend the CX to cover the entire weekend instead of the usual Sunday only format. It was hoped that these additional days and hours along with the concurrent AMI activity would allow more folks to get their classic gear on the air and have fun operating them.

We also had unusual pre-CX publicity on the GB and other reflectors which seemed to bode well. Miguel, EA8IT said there would be a number of classic rig operators from EA land looking for CX contacts. Conrad, WS4S; Don, N3RHT; John, K4KWM; Greg, KG4MMY; Lee, WA3FIY; Scott, WA9WFA; and a number of others posted e-mails of their plans for which classic gear they would have on the air. Mike, KW4HF, posted the CX announcement on the Boatanchor Bulletin Board. Also, CX got double publicity in the September issue of QST with an article about CX with photos of a number of CXers and their rigs and in the August issue of ELECTRIC RADIO with a summary of the February 2002 CX and details of the this CX. Thanks to John, K2TQN "OLD RADIO" columnist in QST and to Ray, N0DMS, the Editor of ER. There was lots of good pre-CX publicity, enthusiasm and interest.

Unfortunately, the best laid plans do not always work for everyone. The CX was a mixed event depending on whom you ask. Rocco, N6KN, had 185 QSOs, including 33 on AM, on his way to an all time CX record high score and Brian, WA5UEK, worked 40 AM QSOs. On the other hand, Nick, KD4CPL, Marty, AA4RM, and others had difficulty finding AM CX QSOs.

To complicate things, there was severe competition for specturm from the Texas QSO party and the CQ WW RTTY contest as well as the quirks of Mother Nature’s propagation.

Jim, W8KGI, and others observed that the longer operating periods seemed to spread folks out making it harder to find CXers. As Mark, K3ZX, said, he was “scratching for QSOs” and Al, W8UT, was “underwhelmed.”

On the other hand, Bill, K0ZL, “loved the contest”; Jim, K4AXF, reported: "Man, was CX ever a blast!" and Rocco, N6KN, experienced this: "I went to 14275 with the B&W 6100/R4A (the SX 115 died unexpectedly). It was like a DX pileup; I think the QST article helped; lots of folks were hunting for CXer's. It seemed like the entire country dragged out their craziest old radios to work the B&W 6100."

The bottom line seems to be a modestly successful CX since many folks got their classic gear operating, put it on the air, and experienced operation as it was at times when that gear was in its prime. And, a greater number of hams were made aware or reminded that Classic Radios are still fun. Good job fellow CXers!

The next CX will be Sunday February 8, 2004 (Week after Super Bowl). The hours will be longer than last February’s CX to give every band and both coasts reasonable windows. Hopefully this CX will be more fun for more CXers; if not, we will try tweaking it some more.

Mac
WQ8U


HIGH SCORERS - HOW IT’S DONE

Rocco, N6KN, who came in second last September decided he would not let that happen again and turned in an unbelievable CX record score of 32,896,903. Rocco took advantage of the AMI Discovery event and logged 33 CX AMI QSOs along with 127 SSB and 25 CW QSOs. Reading his report gives you the real feeling of fun CX can have. AWESOME!!! Click here to see Rocco's feeling about his CX experiences.

Howie, WB2AWQ, was second in September with 2,687,850 points which just edged into second place by 1.5%! Howie did this with an array of classic rigs including a TBW "Pumper- Thumper" and a 90Watt push-pull 211 Hartley!

Brian, WA5UEK, came in a close third with 2,647,535 points. Brian put on an impressive array of rigs including a real classic Gonset G-76 and big gun Collins KW-1 and Johnson 500.

AWARDS, INTERESTING RIGS, QSOs and ENTRIES

SIGNAL OF NOTE

Jim, W8ZR, is a long time ham with a very impressive array of classic gear as well as some expensive rice boxes. He does amazingly well in keeping his day job at Miami University from interefering with his ham life. He recently had an article in QST on a very sophisticated antenna tuner he designed and built.

Is all that what makes Jim noteworth to the CX crowd? NO WAY! Howie, WB2AWQ, Brian, K9VKY and others noted that Jim's FPM-200 had a "most distinctive" note - maybe T 7C. Others observed that they missed hearing him. CXers have their perspectives well tuned.

RIGS OF NOTE
Glen, K9STH, who had a quadruple cardiac by-pass earlier this year, used a 1929 Brent Daniels lighthouse transmitter for this CX. The story of the rig is in Glen's
comments .

Ray, N0DMS the Editor of ER Magazine was noted by several folks for his 20 tube homebrew receiver.

MOST UNUSUAL DRIVER?
Mike, W7DRA, has always been on the fringe with his rigs and QTH during CX. He has operated prior CXes portable during WA salmon runs and been operating from a tent given to him by his XYL. However this CX he had a different situation: "The main rig with be the 87 Honda, as I have to pick up my sister from Tacoma."

BEST EXCUSE
Al, N5AIT, a co-founder of CX and long time CX Newsletter editor, shared the following:
"The end of an era... For the first time since the very first "NX," precursor of "CX," I was not on at all for the event. I have had a few where I got in only toward the end, but always enough to qualify something. Guess this time I go for the "Best Excuse" award: we had the house fire, all my equipment is boxed up somewhere while they finish repairing the house (hoping to be moved back before the end of this month (Dec) - but I have said THAT before!), and we are living in a furnished apartment about a 40 meter dipole's distance from high tension lines which run across the back of the place - with no trees within a block. The antenna at the school radio station came down just before CX and I still have not had the time or opportunity to get it back up. Guess that about covers it. I hope you had lots of activity and heard some new old stuff - or maybe put some of your own on the air. Guess I could use the old "Wait 'til next year" statement... but as one of the Cubs fans just observed after they beat out Atlanta, "This year IS Next Year!" So will be aiming for the next CX - as always! "
73,
Al
N5AIT

MAKING CX BETTER

Carl, K8NU, a long time Columbus OH ham and master of banjo, guitar, base and software developed a very nice CX logging program which is available for download FREE at http://www.carl-yaffey.com/classic.html
While there is no rigid log format requirement for CX, unlike some other events, this program will really make things easier for recordkeeping and scoring. Try it -- you'll like it!


WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

As mentioned earlier, the September CX was run concurrently with the AMI Discovery Weekend to increase opportunity for classic contacts. From the comments it is not clear that this really added significantly and may have had an adverse impact due to the other events the same weekend and dilution. In the Feburary 2004 CX we will move back to a Sunday/Monday event with slightly extended hours to allow operation in all bands and on both coasts.
However, things can always be improved. Please let me know what you think and any other ideas you have for making CX more fun.
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor
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REPORTS

N6KN_Rocco

Here, finally, is my summary for the Sept CX. I began the AMI portion of the Friday evening when Dale, KW1I, called me direct as I was sitting in front of the Apache wondering what band to try. He gave me my new AMI number (1465) by phone, because I had requested it before the AMI/CX weekend. I almost fell out of my chair when he phoned!

I totalled 33 AM contacts during the AMI (pre CX) part of the weekend, operating very casually. Fifteen AM was fun Saturday morning on 21.400. W0HUR was very strong with his Globe Champ 300A. On 40, I was happy to work several locals on 7.292, including a brave WA6TJN with his DX60B. Later on 15, W1CKI had an outstanding signal with his Globe King 500A, and W0HRO called with his Pacemaker (sounded great on AM). I handed out my new AMI number and took care to obtain all the CX information from the AMI participants, so the qso's could count in CX.

I began the CX portion of the weekend at 1707 UTC; there was some confusion about the starting time, but I used the Electric Radio announcement time - I cried when I saw that the CX website had the start at 1300! Oh, well - next time, I will learn to visit the website just prior to the event.

Twenty CW was pretty slow at 1700; there were Texas and PA QSO party stations all over the band. I moved to 21380 SSB, since 10 was DEAD (even for us). Conditions were excellent. Bill, W0IYH, sounded wonderful on his HB S/S station. Went back to 20 CW at 1848 and worked a bunch of the CX regulars, including W8KGI, AA4RM, K2TOP, K3ZX, and several others. By this time, I had qualified most of my own stations and decided to maximize the QSO count.

I went to 14275 with the B&W 6100/R4A (the SX 115 died unexpectedly). It was like a DX pileup; I think the QST article helped; lots of folks were hunting for CXer's. It seemed like the entire country dragged out their craziest old radios to work the B&W 6100. I called "CQ Boatanchors, CQ Classic Radios, or Anything Else". The "anything else" dragged out a lot of strange rigs, as well as a ton of FT 101's, etc. I worked things I have never heard of before. W8ZEP managed to hear me on his homebrew tube regen! It was pretty wild, and I had an open frequency most of the time.

I finally went to 40 CW at 0319 and managed to work you, Mac, and two others, but it was already late, and I missed a lot of people who I usually pick up on 40. Well, 20 was just too good to leave early!

All in all, I had a lot of fun and gave a CX qso to a long list of CX neophrytes.
Final totals: SSB score: 28,107,513 (127 QSOs)
CW score: 2,664,025 (35 QSOs)

Grand total for N6KN = 32,896,903 (new record for me, even without the AMI portion) 16 stations qualified (My KWM-2 croaked! The last rig I expected to die! But the "flakey" KWM-1 worked great!)

73,
Rocco, N6KN

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WB2AWQ_Howie

Hi Mac Jim Marty and gang -

This CX seemed strange, starting earlier (I like it!) than usual. 10 meters was dead, but 15 was open although I couldn't raise a single CX station, either CW or phone. 20M phone was a nightmare with the Texas QSO party, so I went down to CW. At least there we could weasel in between the RTTY stations cluttering up the place on the CQWW contest, and mix it up with the TQP boys. In fact, my first three QSOs were with TQP entrants. Guess there's no need to submit my score to them.....but I did work England (G4IBH) in all that comotion, and he was listening for CX. On 20 I qualified my newer rigs - Kenwwod TS-440, and an old Ten Tec Argosy 2 which I usually use mobile.

After enough of that racket I went down to the relative quiet of 40M, and cranked up a Drake T4XC, coupled with the reliable SX101A. 40 proved to be THE band to be on for CX, producing the most QSOs, although fewer states than 80. I also qualified my recently aquired and restored fairly rare Viking Navigator (one sweet little rig), and a National NC-125, and the venerable Swan 350. Whilst on 40, before even hearing the callsign I instantly recognized a familiar, friendly, chirpy, somewhat AC note as that belonging to none else than the Hallicrafters FPM-200 of Jim W8ZR. It's alive, and as "unique" as ever! Ya gotta love that rig Jim! Later on on 40, I worked W8ZR again, this time with a REAL boatanchor, his Collins KWS-1. Some paperweight!

On to 75 meters AM, with my Dad’s Gonset G-76. A fistful of stations courtesy of the Antique Wireless Assn Sunday afternoon AM net, and some good conversation, with guys using all manner of heavy hardware - 100-TH’s, 4-400’s, a 3-1000Z, and an army T-368 among the notables. My G-76 was a veritable peanut whistle among them, but performed admirably.

Back to 40 meters, with the Navigator, and now one of my favorite receivers, an old HRO, for one QSO, then I decided to be brave (or stupid) and put the Navy TBW transmitter I had been working on for the NJ Naval Museum on the air on 40. First QSO was unique - with Jack at K2TOP, also using a TBW. His receiver, an RAL is another of my favorites, a real performer despite being a TRF radio from the 30s. After a few QSOs I put the TBW and HRO down on 80, where the signal was slightly better, although never a “T-9”. Among the QSOs on 80 was another real heavyweight, (the rig, not the op), Don K4KYV and a pair of HF300’s. While the TBW was fun, I needed to continue the pollution of the ether, so I unleashed the Beast, my homebrew 90 watt 1929 push-pull 211 Hartley oscillator along with a HB 1932 superhet receiver.

Some great rigs worked this year - the “Note of Distinction Award” must again go to W8ZR’s infamous FPM200, while the heavyweight belongs to his KWS-1. Some notable rigs - W2CQH and his BC230 and National FB-7, N0DMS (ER Editor) with his HB 20 tube RX, and that killer HF300 amp of K4KYV.

The highlight for me, though, was having not one, but TWO TBW to TBW QSO’s with K2TOP. Two “Pumper Thumpers” as Rob calls them, (you have to hear the terrific machine gun-like sound of the huge keying relay on a TBW) going at it, it doesn’t get much better!

Scoring - 50 QSOs times (71 rigs plus 28 states) times 543 CX years = 2,687,850. Good CX, hope to see you all next Fall.

73,
Howie WB2AWQ

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WA5UEK_Brian

Hmmm.....there was lots of AM activity in and around God's Country (Texas) all weekend. I made 40 AM contacts on 75m, 40m and 15m using Johnson 500, KW-1, G-76 and FT-101ZD.

Hello Mac, Although my grandsons (ages 2, 4) were with me, I still managed to operate this weekend. As usual, I wanted to use more equipment than I actually did but I just ran out of time. That my Valiant's final would not quit oscillating, my SX-140 was dead and my DX-40 would not put out any power didn't help matters. Ain't this old stuff great? As I say after every CX, I hope to have my equipment better prepared next time.

Activity seemed good but the pace of those operating the CW and SSB contests made it difficult to exchange rig types and QTHs with them so I missed a few. Such is life.

Per a comment in Electric Radio about this CX, I have included contacts made on Saturday in my log and scoring. I hope this is correct.

I have attached some pictures from my two shacks if your interested.

RIGS USED:
G-76 transceiver (42 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:30 am
Johnson 500 transmitter (45 years old) and NC-300 receiver (48 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:40 am
KW-1 transmitter (50 years old) and 75A4 receiver (48 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:50 am
FT-980 transceiver (20 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 5:40 am
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Saturday 11:30 pm
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Sunday 4:00 am
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Sunday 7:00 am
Yaesu FT-980 on 40 meters AM Sunday 10:30 am
Yaesu FT-101ZD (23 years old) on 15 meters SSB Sunday 4:00 pm
Yaesu FT-101ZD on 15 meters AM Sunday 4:30 pm
Yaesu FT-101ZD on 40 meters CW Sunday 5:30 pm
Yaesu FT-707 (23 years old) on 40 meters SSB 6:00 pm
Scoring:
My equipment age (2x42+45+48+50+48+2x20+2x23+2x23) = 407 years
AM - 40 QSOs x 8 states x 20 transmitters = 6400
SSB - 3 QSOs x one state, two countries x 1 transmitter = 9
CW - 6 QSOs x 4 states x 4 transmitters = 96
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6505 x 407 = 2,647,535 points

Brian K. Harris, WA5UEK
Plano, TX

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W8KGI_Jim

Mac,

This Fall's CX was a good bit more leisurely for me than usual, due to my boss having a retirement party right in the middle of things (how inconsiderate of him). I took four and a half hours out to attend the party, and I quit about 10:30 pm local time to get a few hours sleep before I had to get up at 5:15 the next morning to go to work. (No I'm not bidding for the "best excuse award.") So this time I just concentrated on having some fun.

I listened for AM activity Saturday evening and around noon time on Sunday. The only guys I ran across were having a round-table QSO on 14286 Saturday night. They didn't know anything about the AMI event, but they were kind enough to give my all-Hallicrafters station (HT-20 and SX73) a report. So I managed to rack up a giant score of 1020 points on AM.

On Sunday I started off on 20 CW about 1 pm local time. Rocco, K6KN, was barreling in and Jeff, K2TOP, was also active early. Later on after 2:30, Glen K9STH, Brian K9VKY, Jim K5MU, Tom K6AA, Andrew W7AAW, and Harold KB0ROB came on. Thanks to them all I was able to get 8 pairs on and qualified including the DX-20, Viking Adventurer, Elmac AF68, HT-20, 75A3, HQ-180, SX73 and SP600 from my shack in the garage and the 100V, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, T4X, 32V3, R4B, RME69, NC200 and 75A4 from my inside shack.

After my boss's party I tuned up on 80 CW. I worked Dennis W5FRS, Tom K6LQI, Jay N9CIQ, George W3ANX (in PA with my type 10 Hartley and SW3!), and of course Mac WQ8U to finish things off. I ran the Globe Chief 90, Hartley, AF67, NC303, HQ-170A and SW3 from the garage on 80.

My CW score amounted to 1,929,375. Adding the AM score, my grand total is 1,930,395.

So thanks to you, Mac, and also to Howie for doing all of the hard work to keep the CX on the air. Let's do it again in February!

73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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HERE to see Jim and his shacks.

P.S. It seemed to me that the number of guys who showed up for the CX this time was a little on the light side. At least one of the guys I worked said as much. It's not too unusual for me to have to dig a bit for QSO's on 20, but 80 meters later at night is usually full of guys working the CX and this time they were few and far between. Maybe we diluted things too much by the number of hours we called the contest for?

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K9STH_Glen

I have attached a composite photo of 3 views of the 1929 Brent Daniel Lighthouse Service transmitter that I used for a few contacts during the September 2003 Classic Exchange.

Click here to see Glen's transmitter

The coins in the photo are to give some idea as to the size of the unit.

It uses plug-in coils of the type of base that I "just" happened to have a complete set that cover from about 100 KHz up to about 30 MHz. The transmitter did not have any tubes or coils when I got it. However, it is in basically like brand new condition.

The transmitter was built on 12 September 1929 and is serial number 74. Obviously, there were a "fair" number built (at least for the time and considering the use). It is designed for crystal control although I used a Heath VF-1 VFO since I didn't have any crystals that would work.

It puts out between 4 and 5 watts if I "push" it! Considering the simplicity of the circuitry it probably would make it up to 20 meters if I really tried. However, I felt like I was "pushing it" to make it to 40!

The Brent Daniel 1929 Lighthouse Service transmitter uses plug-in coils and is in like-new condition. It runs about 5 watts output. The Lighthouse Service became part of the United States Coast Guard not too long after this transmitter was manufactured. Due to its condition I doubt if it ever was in service. It was built on 12 September 1929 and is serial number 74 (according the the nameplate).

Anyway, my rheumatoid arthritis has been pretty painful the past several weeks so I didn't operate as much as I probably could have. Also, activity was down. Don't know if it had to do with several other contests going on at the same time including the AMI contest and the Texas QSO party.

Again, if you need the log in something different than Excell, let me know.

Glen, K9STH

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K9VKY_ Brian

The Fall 2003 CX effort was another minimal effort on this end having only three hours available to show the flag. As always, though, it was great to hook up with the guys and renew acquaintances. Special salutes go out to Reinhard, DL7VZF, with his homebrew 300 watter and to Jim, W8ZR, with his FPM-200 and its melodic T 7c note. ( I hope we aren't striving to set a precedent for the future with everyone putting out T 9 signals ! )

Anyway, let me put the bag over my head (again) and report the rather paltry score of 251,826 coming from the following pieces of Cedar Rapids iron. 32V3 75A3 KWS-1 75A4 and an S/line. Here's hoping we are all around for the 2004 CX parties, and keep those filaments burning.

Brian
K9VKY

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AA4RM_Marty

Indeed squared. KW-1, haurumpppph. I USED A COSMOPHONE 3 times on 20 ssb to qualify it. With God & W8UT as my witness. But no AM stuff out here at all.

Ran a KWM-1* & a G-76 thru a 20m quad for pile 'o 20CW contacts. Even qualified 32V3 & 51J4 on 20. 20, 20, 20... it stayed open 'til 9P plus. CW sigs. great. Did make a couple 'o 40CW contacts ~0300Z & then went qrt.

One note & that's on G76. It's 6DQ5 final was running away key-up. Took a bit to go figger but a 6DQ5 change-out fixed her (right gender?) A G-76 on 20CW is an operating challenge. .5 khz on the VFO 'dial' is .0014 radians. Convert that to angles units mavens.

In spite of the AM absence, I had some fun

In the winter dealy, let's meet on 40 & wring all these stations out on AM I've got 5 to bring up & no question our region can run off & hide in the points picture.

Example: Nick's 6 stn.s X 3 contacts ea. is a bunch. Combine that with my 5 each working his 6 3 times x 3 & you start numbers that look like a factorial experiment

LETS DO IT

BTW, one of my things is a TCS running into a Henry 2KD 'active tuner' (tnx 'oid). Another is a RS-6 stupid quad sardine can blivot w. a SB200 providing "shoes for the baby.

Marty *ran it (KWM-1 & G-76) Monday & worked F5BBD @ 28.507. MUF's really been up there. One guy privatley wrote he heard an outa-window weak SSB signal calling the 'M1 on 14057. Guy thot he sed rogue's handle was Powers. But perhaps he was talking about signal strength.

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WQ8U_Mac

Poor planning - that’s all I can offer as an excuse for letting myself get trapped into a weekend trip on CX and AMI Discovery weekend. One would think a CX organizer would have it marked on the family master scheduling calendar but since it wasn’t, it got preempted. To mitigate this as much as possible, I got the rigs all tuned and ready to go on the air prior to leaving on the trip so when I got home all that would be needed was to throw the switch. Prior CXs have shown me that around 0000Z, the place to be is 40 M CW so that was the starting point with a plan to move to 80 M and then to 160 M if I could keep my eyes open.

The airline gods smiled on me and the flight landed in Dayton International right on time (Dayton qualifies as “International” because the BA Concorde once landed there and it gets flights from the Cincinnati Ohio airport, which is really in Kentucky.)I raced home, ran up to the shack, flipped on the power and settled in to work some serious CX. Unfortunately, the CQ RTTY contest was going full bore and the 40 M CW and was a disaster. So much for planning! I retreated to the kitchen for dinner with the XYL to wait out the RTTY noise makers.

AT 0000Z 40 M CW returned to being a usable band with only the usual Canadian SSB, Mexican SSB and miscellaneous noisemakers in between the CX participants so I started back on my plan.

The Johnson NC-173 and Venerable BOGS (Burnt Orange Globe Scout 680) were first on the air. Mark, K3ZX, was the first QSO with one of his stable of B&W 5100s. A few QSOs later I worked Dennis, W5FRS, and Steve, W8TOW both running fine sounding homebrew rigs. The best homebrew in that series had to be Ray, N0DMS, with his 20 tube homebrew receiver. The last BOGS QSO was with CX heavy hitter Rocco, K6KN.

I switched to the heavy weight rigs next - Collins 75A4 and Johnson Viking Valiant - both real boat anchors. Rocco, N6KN, reappeared along with CX old timers Marty, AA4RM, and Howie, WB2AWQ as well as Glen, K9STH with his stable of Collins gear and a most unusual 1929 Brent Daniels transmitter.

Next up were the National HRO-50R1 and Johnson Viking II with 122 VFO. Among QSOs with this pair were Jeff, K3KYR who was using a crystal controlled rig - it pays to tune around. After qualifying that pair I decided to try 80 M CW.

The rigs of choice were the Drake Twins R-4A and T-4X. I finally ran into the winner of the last CX and long time friend, Jim, W8KGI who gave me an RST of 349. Jim must have been really tired, he didn’t even try to run a bunch of rigs from his big stable. It was getting very late and the effects of the long weekend activities and travel caught up with me plus CX QSOs were geting hard to find on 80 so I didn’t get the Drakes qualified or get to 160.

All in all, it was a lot of fun even though I didn’t get to operate any AM or as many hours as I would have liked. Wait until next CX - the Sunday after the SuperBowl - it is on the calendar already.

73,
Mac, WQ8U

Click here to see pictures of WQ8U.

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K0KP _ Rex

Hi Mac
This is K0KP at Fish Lake, Fredenberg, Minnesota.

Here are my results for this years CX Contest.
My score: 18,240
My rig: Swan 350 circa 1965
Band: All QSOs 40 Meters
Mode: All QSOs SSB
Number of QSOs listed: 10

73 - Rex K0KP

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W8UT_Al

Hi Nick et al,
Well, I also was underwhelmed with the turnout. I did hear Nick, KD4CPL, John, K5MO, on 40 AM abt 2:45PM, b4 things started, but I didn't have the Invader 2000 tuned up there, it was on 20, and you guys left. I made 1 QSO with it on 20 SSB, then in the evening took it to 40m AM figuring you guys would be there. But nothing but lots of BC stns, no CX to be heard. & didn't hear any CX on 75 nr 3880, just a few guys non-CX ragchewing. I went back to 20 with the HT-32/SX-115/GSB-101amp, made a total of 5-6 QSO's. A west coast guy was wkg quite a few back east, most that I couldn't hear. He said CW CX activity was fairly strong. There are a cupla guys that get on abt 14288 AM fairly often. I think they may have been there Sun. nite.

I had thought I might get the "new" little Sonar SRT-120 fired up, but didn't get at it soon enuf. (I got it from N4QY at Shelby.) Need to lash up a 600v p.s., HP-23 is too high V. (does anyone have a schematic for the Sonar??)

I usually have gotten the Stancor ST-202 on 40 CW, but didn't have the enthusiasm this time I guess.

73,
Al, W8UT
New Bern, NC
BoatAnchors appreciated here
http://www.thecompendium.net/radio/
http://www.hammarlund.info

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K4AXF_Jim

Hi Mac,

Man, was CX ever have a blast! Even though my nearest frequency crystals were 10 kcs below 7045 and 14045; thankfully, some of the guys were tuning around and gave me 10 QSO's. I was using a Johnson Adventurer and my homebrew NRQ-62 receiver (built from ER plans by Bruce Vaughan NR5Q , "Ultimate Regenerative Receiver").

I made 10 QSO's during a four-hour period. Several excellent classic rigs were represented: WA3RLT with his HQ-170 and B&W 5100; K2TOP's Ranger and AR-88B; W8ZR with his FPM-200; and K2QR's HW-8. This was my first year and I had a great time. I'm going to order a few crystals for next year.

I had 10 QSO's in 8 states, using one receiver and one transmitter with a total of 65 CX points for a total score of 6500.

Click here to see a shack photo taken during a trial run one week before CX weekend.

See you next year,

73,

Jim Stoneback K4AXF

Strasburg, VA

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W1MGP_Sam

I made a few contacts on 15 Meter SSB only and this report is for cross checking. I claim no score. I planned to run my 1950's AM rig and HRO-7 on 160 but had antenna problems so no contacts at all there.

On 21,370+- I used my Hallicrafters FPM-300 vintage of 1972. With it I used a Sure Desk Mike and the antenna was a Hy-Gain TH3 Mk-3 of about 1969, but not put up here until 1980.

My contacts -- 1. 1733Z N6KN, Rocco, Palos Verde, CA, 5x6. He used three rigs, NCX-5, SR-150 and TS-520SE.
2. 1810Z KD5CQX, Reggie, Vicksburg, Miss. 5 8/9. His rig was a Kenwood TS-520SE.
3. 1824Z KG4UVU, Paul at Marietta, GA, 5x9. Rig was a Drake TR4-C and a D-104 mike.
4. 1934Z WB4BYQ, Rich at Opalika, AL, 59+. His rig was a Yaseu FT-101. Also has a Heahkit and a Swan 350.
73,

Sam Beverage, W1MGP, on North Haven Island off the Coast of Maine.

I will attach and insert a picture showing my FPM-300 and my all band homebrew AM Rig driven by WRL 150 VFO. HRO-7/R receiver. Both Mikes are Sure. The arrangement is different now but the rigs and the opr. are as shown!

Click here to see Sam's shack.

73,
Sam, W1MGP

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K2LMQ_Paul

I was very disappointed in the CW turnout, as well, especially since the CX's are very high on my things-to-do list. Spent the preceding weeks getting the new antenna tuned properly and getting a bunch of stations set up and ready to go. Last CX, I qualified nine stations from here and had set up more for this time.

Unfortunately, the turnout was unusually poor. Also, it's a lot different out here in AZ than it was in NY, in that there's virtually no 40m activity during the afternoon. At 1730 local time, all I could hear was two weak East Coast stations on 20m, and nothing on 40m or 80m. It didn't pick up much at all, so I threw in the towel early.

Hopefully, the February CX will bring out more activity.

We should be thinking about having an informal CX night now and then during the winter months.

Paul K2LMQ

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K2TOP_Rob

Hi, I was disappointed by the lack of activity on 10 meters, as the band was wide open most of the day. We did work one station in Utah. We spent an hour shouting at a French station with no luck. Trying to fight the QRM and the solder-to-talk monopoly on 20,40, and 80 was not too appealing as we were having too much fun on CW. I quit early to play with my kid so I did not try 160AM as I had hoped. We had a great time on CW working all sorts of rigs that you could tell were not "recently-built radios of Japanese origin". 73, Rob K2WI Host of K2TOP 73,
Rob

Click here to see more pictures of the K2TOP team.

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K3ZX_Mark

73 Mark K3ZX (Airville PA -- Grid FM19ts )

Hi Mac --

How'd you make out ?

I was scratching for enough QSO's to qualify all my radios. Got a lot of non-CX replies to my CQ CX, and that helped. I think a lot of folks think we're LIDs that can't send CQ DX correctly. Maybe we should change it to CQ CEX next time !!

80 Was really dead; usually it's hopping.

I'll get my stuff sent to you soon.

73 Mark K3ZX

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K4KWM_John

Lots of long qsos that went on forever and they didnt seem much interested in the exchange. One comment was "thats not what AM is all about. We dont do that here". Had 5 AM stations ready to go but didnt make one CX contact. tried 75,40,20 and 15. 10 was dead here. I did hear W5D but a net ran him off before I could make contact. He said he was going to eat and be back later but never heard him again.

Maybe the guy was right. The contest type of operating may be a slopbucket thing. Guess I should have tried CW, but I could do that with modern gear and who would know the difference. But throw the switch on a T-3 or a KW-1 and they DO know the difference. By the way, I did hear a new ( to W9CTO) KW-1 on the air. Congrats, it sounded great.

John Page K4KWM
Hollow State since 1953
(ex W8PKU,N8BLB,NA8O)

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KD4CPL_Nick

Sept 29 was the Classic Exchange date, right?? You coulda fooled me.

Here in the Southeast both 40m and 75m AM were devoid of Exchangers. And of course I have never ever heard an AM station on 20, although I understand some westerners operate there. Was everybody on 10? - I took a listen once or twice but heard nada.

So was it my hurricane-damaged antenna or something else?? - Several years ago I recall some great Classic Exchange AM roundtables of 10-12 people all operating a different rig whenever the roundtable would come back around to them - several times I had 7 transmitter/receiver pairs on the air. This time I had 3 combos warmed up (Ranger/NC-303, Valiant/SX-88, and Johnson 500/NC-303), but no one to talk to excepting locals John K5MO (32V-2, 75A-1) and John K4OZY (32V-3, R-388, GPR-90).

I did hear some more AM'ers in the mid-atlantic and northeast but they were ragchewing with no mention of the CX.

What CX experience did you other boatanchorites have?? What kind of interesting gear did you operate or work?

73 & Have Fun,

Nick KD4CPL

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WS4S_Conrad

Pre-CX Plan:
I'm planning on using an Elmac AF-67 I just got perking .. that along with the TCS should annoy some folks on 80 and 40 anyway. Receiving will be handled with the SRR-13, R4A or maybe even the SP-400.

CX Experience:
I didn't make any contacts in the CX. I got the gear ready and had some family obligations come up that ate most of the weekend, but I did spend a couple of hours looking for stations on AM Saturday night and didn't find anyone working CX. Conard, WS4S

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N5AIT_Al

The end of an era; For the first time since the very first "NX," precursor of "CX," I was not on at all for the event; I have had a few where I got in only toward the end, but always enough to qualify something.

Guess this time I go for the "Best Excuse" award: we had the house fire, all my equipment is boxed up somewhere while they finish repairing the house (hoping to be moved back before the end of this month - but I have said THAT before!), and we are living in a furnished apartment about a 40 meter dipole's distance from high tension lines which run across the back of the place - with no trees within a block.  The antenna at the school radio station came down just before CX and I still have not had the time or opportunity to get it back up.  Guess that about covers it. I hope you had lots of activity and heard some new old stuff - or maybe put some of your own on the air. Guess I could use the old "Wait 'til next year" statement... but as one of the Cubs fans just observed after they beat out Atlanta, "This year IS Next Year! So will be aiming for the next CX - as always!

73,

Al, N5AIT

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VE7XF_Ralph

>...it's a lot different out here in AZ than it was in NY, in that there's >virtually no 40m activity in the afternoon...

All same here in BC.

I disagree with the 3 QSO minimum, as sometimes in the past I have not been able to manage 3 QSOs with a particular rig/band, in spite of CQing and calling others. Obviously a different situation in the eastern part of the continent.

I didn't have much time available, and was able to get only one rig on, and only on 40m CW Sunday evening. Missed a lot of the regulars. It was fun nevertheless, as always.

>We should be thinking about having an informal CX night now and then during >the winter months.

A great idea for those of us who can't always make the two scheduled dates per year.

VE7XF

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K0ZL_Bill

Loved the contest... never had a roundtable contest exchange before... was very co-operative.

Will be more active next event.

73!

Bill

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EA8IT_Miguel

Dear Mac,

A small group of lovers of vintage radios are very interested to be active during the CX Contest. We are very fond of repair and overhaul the old AM Tx and Rx units and many times we use them specially in the 40 and 80 mts band. Personally I got a groop of the AM goodies that have been recuperated by myself and prepared to use the wide band !!. You can see in the attached photo a rather good combination of those receivers and transmitters like 32V3/75A-1; Apache/ Mohawk; Viking Valiant/ 75A4; DX100/ Eddystone 840

All the members of the group are located in the EA8 Zone. I wonder if you can address to the rest of Classic am LOVERS our intention to participate in the event with our old guns specially in 29 MHz 21 Mhz and 14 Mhz in order that they can be prepared and advise.. The other bands are not fully compatible !!!!!

Pls let me know your comments at your convenience

Miguel Hernandez C.
EA 8 IT
Click here to Miguel's shack.

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KG4MMY_Greg

I'll be using my Hallicrafters SR-160, and my Johnson Challenger / Hallicrafters SX-32 combo.

73's
Greg Gifford / KG4MMY

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N3RHT_Don

So what rigs will you good folks be putting on the air this weekend? I'll have 2 homebrew rack transmitters ready to go--one on 80M and one on 40M, plus the 32V3/HQ-180 setup if I can get the 32V3 dial to stop hanging up.

The one rack is a band switching 80/40M transmitter with a 250th in the final with a 6146B driver and 6AG7 oscillator. Modulation is handled by a pair of 5514's being pushed by 6B4G's. I'll keep this rig on 80 meters and use the 75A2 for receiving. The other rack uses plug-in coils and puts about about 100 watts. It has an 812 final driven by a pair of 807s and the old 6AG7 oscillator. This modulator is an older design--809s pushed by 45's. I am keeping this set up for 40 meters with a 75A4 for receiving duty.

I'm sure my lack of operating experience will be all too visible. But I am hoping to annoy all of you in Discovery mode this weekend.

73, Don Merz, N3RHT

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W7DRA_Mike

the main rig with be the 87 honda, as i have to pick up my sister from tacoma. Mike

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WA9WFA_Scott

I'll be using a Johnson Ranger 1, Johnson Viking Courier and a Drake 1A receiver. 73, Scott WA9WFA http://www.qsl.net/wa9wfa

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WA3FIY_Lee

On 26 Sep 2003 at 12:02, Merz Donald S wrote: > So what rigs will you good folks be putting on the air this weekend? Most likely a SB301 and SB401. Hope to work lots of list members. 73 de Lee, WA3FIY

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K2TOP_Rob

Hi, I was disappointed by the lack of activity on 10 meters, as the band was wide open most of the day. We did work one station in Utah. We sp./CX/cx_newsletter_sept01R3.html 0000777 0002577 0001750 00000000000 10656334435 0024707 2CX_newsletter_sept01R3.html ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 ./CX/feb07newsletter.html 0000644 0002577 0001750 00000174031 10654743115 0016371 0 ustar 00CX-test dev-web 0000040 0000004 FEBRUARY 2007 CX NEWSLETTER

CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2007 CX


CLICK ON THE CALL IN THE TABLE TO JUMP TO THAT REPORT
OR JUST SCROLL DOWN AND ENJOY IT ALL

CALLNAMESCORESPECIAL RECOGNITION AND ACCOLADES
N6KNROCCO176,853Highest total score!
K3KYRJEFF114,04855 QSOs on 6 meter AM!
N2AKMARIO112,62715 QSOs on 2 meter FM!
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W8KGIJIM70,839
WB2AWQHOWIE21,912 Click for picture
W8TMPAUL4,680
K3MSBMARK4,500
W2JEKDON4,460 Click for picture
N2BEJOHN3,096Help solve John's mystery.
N4UJGENE & MATT2,772Father & Son Team
K3MDJOHN1,908
KC2GHTHARRY1,656 Click for picture
WQ8UMAC1,530
N8DLDENNIS594 Click for picture
W9OUYWALLACE529


INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

CALLNAMECOMMENTS

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MARTY

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JOHN

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LARRY Click for picture

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ROB

N5AIT

ALWELCOME BACK!

W8ZR

JIMFIRST REPORT FROM HIS NEW HOME IN NM


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U


OBSERVATIONS AND AWARDS

This section of the CX Newsletter is in three sections:

THE BEST CX EVER?

SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARDS

READING THE MAIL (E-MAIL THAT IS)


BEST EVER CX?

K3KYR- Jeff: BTW, out of my 55 contacts only 8 were not vintage gear. I think that speaks volumes.

WB2AWQ- Howie: Well this has to have been one of the best CX performances I have seen. Seems like the bands were busier than ever, and lots of new faces along with many of the usual CX denizens.

80 meters is the “Downtown Broadway” of CX. Seemed like CXers were all over the band, great to hear.

Don't know about the rest of you but this Feb CW CX was one of the best yet.....

W8TM- Paul: This was my most active CX to date, hence the most enjoyable.

WQ8U- Mac: The CW CX was a ball! Lots of activity on 20, 40 and 80 meters. Worked many old friends and welcomed a lot of new CXers. Wonderful to hear some folks who have been QRT for a while – like good Boat Anchors, good BA ops just can’t stay off the air.

N5AIT-Al: IT’S ALIVE!!!

W8ZR- Jim: …there was a LOT of CX activity this time. I heard many more stations in the contest than ever before, including many unfamiliar calls. It seems CX is really catching on.
Editor's Comment: After 30+ years one would hope so....



SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARDS:


CREATIVITY AWARD: K3KYR

When the BFO on Jeff's NC-57 died, he used the Heathkit VF-1 VFO from another rig to provide the beat frequency!

BRAVE SOUL AWARDS: AE6C and AA4RM (2)

Nominated by WB2AWG- Howie:
Brave Souls awards go to Denny AE6C running a Knight T50 on 20M.
(I had one years ago, and it did very poorly on 20. Regardless of what band you were on it’s output was multiband with it’s best output on TV channel 2),
and Marty AA4RM running a Gonset G76 on CW.


MOST DISTINCTIVE NOTE AWARD: W8ZR

Two nominations were received for the same station. WB2AWG – Howie and AE6C – Denny both nominated W8ZR – Jim.

WB2AWG: “But the top award, for the most distinctive note, HAS to go to Jim W8ZR and his infamous FPM-200. No single number or combination in the RST system adequately describes that rig’s tone! All I could give him was 56? Way to go Jim!”

AE6E reported that he really liked the chirpy note of the FPM-200. Said it was easy to copy.


SMOKE RELEASE AWARD: K3MSB


Well, I dusted off the 51SB-B today and did a test tune up with my 5100B.
Oh crud..... the smell of burning boat anchor wafted through the air.....


BEST NEW THEORY AWARD: N2BE


I am convinced the E.F. Johnson fashioned these indestructible meters from something like hardened Plutonium-Titanate or some unknown metal found out in the New Mexico desert. My first instinct, of course, was that the old “807” final, which had gorged itself on plate-after-plate of electrons for the past 53 years, somehow was regurgitating some of the excess that it could no longer push out the antenna port.


CX ZEN AWARD: AA4RM


"Always viewed this CX gear as sort of electronic '57 Chevs, Fords, etc. They're now coming into their own. That HRO has ER on pub rack sez 'res ipso loquitor.' (Anyone guess I had h-s latin?)" Editor's Note: Marty, you could not avoid it at our Jesuit High School.


BEST HARDWARE SOLUTION FOR RFI AWARD: AA4RM


N8DL – Denny reported very high QRN levels due to near-by power system components.
Marty suggested a solution: “there's administering lead poisoning to the faulty breaker/insulator/xfrmr. Tom Balaban would suggest a 30:06-sized dose."

Editor's Note:
Tom Balaban was the long time winning football coach at St. Xavier High in Cincinnati, the alma mater of at least five CXers.



RETURNING CX PILLERS

After periods of absence we are glad to welcome back two old time CX stalwarts: W8ZR-Jim and N5AIT-Al.

Jim has moved from Ohio to his retirement ham-heaven in Santa Fe, NM.

Al, one of the CX founding fathers, has finally recovered from a devastating house fire and is on the air again.


NEW SECTION: READING THE MAIL (E-MAIL THAT IS)

A number of CX participants and watchers choose not to submit their comments directly so your humble editor has tried to collect those pronouncements and comments made about the CX on The various e-mail reflectors and has displayed them in this section.

Click on their call in the table and it will take you to their comments.

E-mail Traffic About The February 2007 CX

CALLNAME
N3BJAlan
VE7XFRalph
W6AWORD
W8DBFDuane
W8UTAl
WA7LYOGreg


REPORTS

N6KN Rocco

Mac,

Here is my Feb 2007 CX report. I prepared for the big event by finishing the Hallicrafters Hurricane SR-2000. This project took several months. The power supply has tricky latching relay logic and a skull and crossbones on the schematic - not for the beginner boatanchor enthusiast! After pulling out a lot of dirt, bad resistors and capacitors, dessicated rubber sealer, etc, and running down some decent finals, it would put out 400-500W in the "low" power position. Just the thing for low sunspot counts and crowded band conditions! I had also recapped a "new" 75A-4 and matched it with the B&W 6100 (finally repaired and up to full output). I also played around with the different mikes and keys for the rigs. Some transmitters just "like" some microphones.

CW - not too much QRM - new dates are great for us out here. Started on 40 CW at 1419 with KA3P, early morning east coast - not the easiest path from California. Bob's HB 6DQ6 was clearly heard, however. Could not find many CXer's on 40 so moved to 20 at 1500 Z. QSOs were slow but steady throughout the morning and afternoon - did a lot of CQing. Worked Bill, W5AAW, with his FT101E - turns out we are both loyal alumni of Rice University - and thanks for the QSL, Bill! Mac - your Drake twins made the grade from your new QTH - and thanks for your QSL, too! Nice to hear Howie WB2AWQ's SB-102 and later Swan 500 CX. Mark K3MSB was solid on his HT-37, as usual. Can't believe that Stan WA4NFY heard me on his FB7 receiver - he must have good ears. W8KGI had his Meisner Signal Shifter on the air. I hope to put one of mine on the air for an upcoming contest - I have two nice ones still waiting for attention in the closet. Overall - 13 stations qualified without too much pain.

SSB - pretty good conditions on the low bands. Nada on 10 and 15. Began with the Hurricane near 14270. Some guy told me I was on 14268.7 at one point and asked me if I knew I was not "on frequency," meaning why wasn't I on an even 14270? This seems to be a trend these days, with digital readouts. I told him that I was lucky to get within a kHz or two of 14270 with the analog dial on the Hurricane, not to mention the more crude tuning on some of the other gear. I don't think he understood what I was talking about. However, the Hurricane did what I expected - blew a hole in the crowded band. I had several groups ask me to move throughout the day - and the YL//OM activity was also competition.

As usual, folks dragged out all kinds of unusual gear from their closets, under the desk, etc. Rich KB0KQQ sounded great on his Swan Cygnet 270. Cecil KC6L had some sort of HB rig on the air - sounded great, whatever he had. Gerry W0OGM had a CX11 on the air - another "gotta have it" rig for the CX event! Al W8UT fired up the Invader 2000, which had a warm, mellow sound. Mike, W1MIG had a solid signal with his mighty Heath HW-32 monobander (remember those?). K4CHE had several transceivers on the air and had a good signal on all of them.

After 0000Z Sunday afternoon, the band quieted down, and the CX contacts sped up, as usual. I just point the beam ENE and call CQ. If you call CQ Classic Exchange, they will come. Several stations remarked that they had been hunting for CX stations - in this one, it's best to call CQ if you have a clear frequency. I picked up some DX contacts that way, too. I finally gave up on 20 at 0115 Z and tried 75 SSB. Worked a few locals and that was all she wrote. Qualified 13 stations, but the CX multiplier was lower, since the CW equipment tends to be a bit older. All in all, the Hurricane was the heavy lifter for this event and managed to avoid melting in the "low" power position. I need to add a fan on the top of it.

Had a lot of fun as usual, and nothing actually smoked, which is encouraging. The dates and times work well for me, and I hear that activity was up a bit overall.

Equipment used (see snailmail for full report); Hallicrafters Hurricane SR-2000, Hallicrafters Cyclone SR-400A, B&W 6100, 75A-4 (2), 32V-2, R390A (Imperial), HT-32B, SX115, Apache, SX 117, T4X-C/R4C, SB301/401,KWM2A, NCX-5, TR7A, DX-100, R388, Swan 500 CX and a few others. I even made a contact on the SDR-1000 just to show that you can participate in CX with modern equipment, too. It was "zero" years old. That's why I run the old stuff for this event. It kept the shack warm - two fans and wide open windows were used, as well as wearing the Hawaiin shirt to keep cool in the hot Southern California sun.

Total scores: 57,528 (CW), 119,325 (SSB), and 176,853 (total combined). Zero on AM - I spent too much time yakking on 20 SSB.

73,
Rocco N6KN

Mac,
Thanks!  And thank you for all the fine work!  The CX regulars really appreciate the website and all the great reporting that you organize so well.

Now back to my Swan 350, which refuses to put out much power on 20 and 10, for some unknown reason that has me completely baffled.

73,
Rocco

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K3KYR Jeff

K3KYR Jeff Mac,

I had a great time working the Jan/Feb 07 CX, and want to applaud the decision to move the CW portion to the last weekend in Jan, avoiding other major contests.

  Basically I am a CW operator, and for the past several years, use vintage gear about 95 percent of the time, and almost all of that on 40cw, with exception of 6 meter AM whenever conditions warrant.

  For the CW portion, I operated from three locations, and managed to put 10 stations on the air. I could have done more, had time and energy permitted.

  Just thought I would pass along my preliminary report on yesterday’s activities, with a formal report to follow at a later date.   I had the pleasure of working KY8W Bill in Mich, on his DX 60 HR, HR 1680 station. I had worked Bill a few days earlier and filled him in on the CX activities. Whenever I work someone who tells me that they also use or have vintage gear I let them know about the Classic Exchange events. And I think its beginning to pay off.    Yesterday I heard more CX activity than in the past, and my hat is off to you for all your efforts. Sorry, however that we didn't get to work this time.

   I managed to get 10 stations on the air for a total of 925 years, times the 55 contacts for a score of 50,875.

                                        73, Jeff   k3kyr@arrl.net

For the most part, Murphy did not visit, as he did during the phone protion in September. However the BFO on my NC 57 is still not working, so in order to copy it is necessary to beat an external signal against the incoming signal. I accomplished this by using my VF-1 vfo that was mated to another station. Both the DX 20/NC 57 station and the DX 40/NC 109 stations were sitting side by side, so I set the vfo to "spot" and zerobeat the NC 57 recieve frequency. I have used a signal generator for this purpose in the past.

  I have too many radios, and too many of certain models, using three of my five HW 16's and two HQ 110c's. I label them HW 16 #1, 2 & 3. And the HQ 110c's # 1 & 2.

  Once I had satisfied the requirement of at least three contacts with each station, I settled back and enjoyed some fun on 80 meters with the HT 37/HQ170 station.

  Most of the folks worked were using vintage gear, consisting of Collins, Johnson, Heath, Atlas, Drake, B&W, military and homebrew. What pleasure it is to hear so many old timers, emitting those sweet CW notes.

  Stations used for CW: NC 270/DX 60 ( HG 10)            1960/1960
HR 10/DX 60A ( HG 10)            1961/1965
NC 109/DX 40 (VF-1)                1957/1958
HW 16 # 1 (HG 10)                  1967
HW 16 # 2 Xtal                        1967
HW 16 # 3 Xtal                        1967
NC 57/ DX 20 Xtal                    1947/1957
HQ 110C #1/ HT 40 Xtal           1957/1960
HQ 170/ HT 37                        1958/1959
HQ 110C #2/ DX 100                1957/1955

  As to the phone weekend on Feb 11, I started out on 6 meters using 7 vintage tranceivers and two transmitter/reciever combo's: SR 46, HW 29A, HE 35, HW 10 (Shawnee), HE 45A, TR 106, Swan 250, Globe Hi-Bander Mod 62/HQ 110A vhf, HT 40/ HQ 110C. Then on to HF, with DX 60/NC 270, and HT 37/ HQ 170 combo's.

  SR46                                      1964
HW 29A                                  1961
HE 35                                     1959
HW 10                                    1961
HE 45A                                   1962
TR 106                                    1966
Globe Hi-Bander Mod 62           1959
HQ 110A VHF                          1962
HT 40                                      1960
HQ 110C                                 1957
Swan 250                                1966
DX 60                                      1960
NC 270                                    1960
HT 37                                      1959
HQ 170                                   1958

  The 6 meter AM contacts were made with 3 other local hams, consisting of their combined 7 stations. Kc2ght was using his HW 29A and HW 10, Kc2jkl was using his TR 106, HE 45A HW29, and TS 700A with 6 meter xvtr, and finally Wa2dcl his FT 920.

  I made 4 contacts, on 40 meters with W8vyz, Kb1dop, W9ad, and Wa8vjb who was running Collins gear, while I was using the DX 60A/ NC 270 station. Then switching to 75 meters using the HT 37/Hq 170 station, and contacting Wb2fof, n2ogk, wasujx, and kc2jkl who was using his Heath MR-1/Mt-1 station. 

  Even though I operate 40 meter cw almost everyday using vintage gear, I am already looking forward to the September CX.  All age's of all gear was gleaned from, basically 4 sources: RigPix.Com; Heathkit "A guide to the Amateur Radio Products", by Chuck Penson wa7zze; and two books by Raymond S. Moore, Communication Rceievers, & Transmitters Exciters and Power Amplifiers.

  For the CW portion, my total years were 927, with 55 qso's, for a score of 50,985 pts.
For the phone portion, the total years are 1,001 times the 63 contacts, scoring 63,063 points.
For a combined total of 114,048 pts

6 meter AM: Out of the 63 total AM contacts made during the phone portion, 55 of those were on "six" meters. So my 6 meter total years is 810 x 55 qso's= 44,550 pts.

Sincerly, Jeff k3kyr@arrl.net  

Mac, W9JN was my last contact and I was waiting to work Bunky myself, but somehow lost him in the crown. BTW, out of my 55 contacts only 8 were not vintage gear. I think that speaks volumes. One of the stations I worked was wb8apr, John, and he sent me an e-mail asking for additional info on CX, so I just forwarded him the newsletters, etc.

To you Mac, and all the other folks that make this event possible, I want to let you know how much your efforts are appreciated.

73, Jeff

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N2AK Mario

Mac and Jim,

  Earlier this year I made a suggestion about changing the CX frequencies to avoid the RTTY QRM.  You guys outdid me !  I'm very excited to see you took a real innovative approach to splitting up the CX to avoid the RTTY and Superbowl events. 

    I really enjoy working CX and this year it will be even better, when I can actually hear on 40M before the RTTY QRM dies out at 7PM.   Hope to work you guys early and often during CX. ( I now have over 24 pieces of gear to put on and hope to work 'em all!

                                                                                                            73,
                                                                                                        Mario / N2AK
                                                                                                        Medford NJ
Had a great CW CX Sunday . I think we worked each other late that nite when I was using my SB104 . I managed to get 21 different xmtrs and rcvrs up for the event, and am rushing to clean up other stuff for PHONE. I am hoping to get my just puchased  Gonset Com 3 up for the contest, but I need to get some 2 meter buddies to work AM with me!.

  CX 2007 de N2AK / MARIO

Classic Exchange of Feb 07 was a lot of fun . The RTTY QRM was no longer a factor due to the very nice schedule that was thoughtfully created to avoid the RTTY gang but include the Super Bowl!

I started early on the CW Sunday with 40 meters. This year I added a Knight T-60, a mint FT101F and an improved Central Electronics CE20A . The vintage shack I started 4 years ago with a single HW101 in it now contains the about 20 pieces of gear, of which I think I get the most use of my National NC-303, That is a great old radio, going strong after 35 years that I owned it. I still have not got that warm and fuzzy feeling for the Collins 75A4 that I purchased for a song last year .

I spent a good bit of time modifying an ARC-5 xmtr, putting in lots of improvements, and it sounds much better now on CW. Fun to use that old VFO in it!

Having 2 weeks between modes was very helpful . I spent time fixing up an old Gonset Communicator III , and it really looks and works well. I resurrected my old Heath HW2036 and even my 1st handheld HyGain 1W radio from the mid 70's. Boy it was fun using that old stuff again.

I was very happy to work Jeff K3KYR. He has a vast assortment of gear and is always available for a new line-up. Also, my buddy Scott K2SCO was an eager source of QSO’s and it was good to hear Bob KA3P with his hmbw 6DQ6 putting a great signal into South Jersey.

I hope to add some more vintage VHF gear next year, and of course I’ll be fixing up additional radios, and building some new ones. Thanks for all the great Classic Radio QSOs guys.

73 & CU NXT YR
Mario/ N2AK

JAN/FEB 2007 CX SUMMARY FOR N2AK

MODE# QSOsTOTAL AGESCORE
CW88693+503=1196105,248
AM548+49=96480
FM1488+88=1762,464
SSB20112+112=2244,480
TOTAL137112,672

AGE OF ALL RADIO GEAR USED IN CX JAN/FEB 07

CW MODE
MODEL: Tx AGE; Rx AGE
SB-104: 31; 31
T4XB R4A: 39; 39
NCX-5: 41; 41
HT-37 : 46
NC-303: 46
SB-401 SB-301: 41; 41
Hmbw 5w: 25; 25
HMBW 50W: 45
Cent Elect 20A: 51
Swan 350: 41; 41
Atlas 210X: 32; 32
TenTec Omni C: 28; 28
Ten Tec Corsair: 23; 23
HW-100: 38; 38
HW-101: 37; 37
Heath DX 60: 37;
Collins 75A4 Rx: 51
ARC5 40 m XMTR: 63
YAESU FT101F: 30; 30
KNIGHT T-60: 45
693; 503 => Total 1196 years

CW Score = 88 QSOs X (693 + 503) = 105,248

AM MODE (2 meters)

MODEL Tx AGE Rx AGE
Gonset COMM III 48 48

AM Score = 5 QSOs X (48+48) = 480

FM MODE (2 meters)

MODEL Tx AGE Rx AGE

Yaesu FT221 30 30
HYGAIN 29 29
Heath HW2036 29 29
________________________________ TOTAL 88 88

FM SCORE = 15X (88+88) = 2640

SSB MODE (HF) MODEL Tx AGE Rx AGE
TenTec OMNI C 28 28
TenTec Corsair 23 23
Yaesu FT101F 30 30
Heath SB104A 31 31
________________________________ TOTAL 112 112

SSB SCORE = 20X (112+112) = 4480

73, Jeff

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W8KGI Jim

Mac,

  Well it's the day after the Phone CX and I'm relaxing with the dogs in my back room and picking up the pieces.

  I had a good time on the CW session.  As planned, I didn't make an "all out" effort to get all of my gear on the air this time.  Rather I concentrated just on my "inside shack" gear, where incidentally it was nice and warm, not freezing like it was out in the garage, and I made it my first priority to work everyone I could hear rather than to get all of my gear qualified.  I wound up getting everything that held together qualified anyway, and I worked 30 different stations in 51 CW QSO's on 20, 40 and 80, 14 QSO's on 20, 23 on 40, and 14 on 80.  I also took an hour out to let the dogs take me for a walk, and another for dinner with Kathy.  80 fizzled out around 10 pm out here, just no more guys around working the CX although the band was still open.  So I gladly hung up the phones and went to bed. 

  Three pieces of gear didn't make it.  The BC453 Q-5er that I use for a second IF with my BC454 and BC455 Command Set receivers popped a couple of bypass capacitors, so the 454 and 455 were out of commission.  Also the CBY52209 was put off the air on its third QSO attempt by another one of those triple .05 bypass caps that shorted in the adjacent BC459.  That shorted the 300 volt line in my common power supply and took power off the oscillator and final screens in the CBY.  I replaced all of those caps, but would you believe yet another cap in the BC453 went out just before the phone CX!  I'm going into that thing and strip out all of the old caps and replace them with new ones real soon. 

I was happy that the RTTY QRM was not there.  I worked the AWA contest on Thursday before the CX, or rather tried too.  The RTTY QRM was absolutely terrible!  But on Saturday afternoon things were fine. 

  There was very little activity on the Phone CX out here.  I had gear tuned up for 20, 40 and 80.  I never did hear or raise anyone on 14286, though the band was obviously open judging from the SSB stations on and around the frequency.  I tapped into the regular bunch of Arizona and California guys who get on 7293 out here around mid day, and later I worked the Colorado gang on 75.  Stations in those groups both knew about the CX, but they weren't actively working the contest.  In all the time I was on, I never heard another station actually working the CX! 

  Here are my statistics.

  Equipment on CW and age:

  32V3        56
75A4        52
100V        49
Elmac A54  55
RME69        72
Meissner Sig Shifter    67
SX28        67
BC459        65
HRO-50    58
DX-100    52
HRO        73
NTX-30    69
NC101X    71
TBS50D    57
NC173    60
Valiant    51
FB7    74
R4B    39
T4X    42
Millen 90800    61

  Total CW multiplier 1257 years
CW QSO's 51
CW Score 64,107

  Equipment on AM phone and age:

  HRO-50    58
DX-100    52
Valiant    51
HRO        73
NTX30/NSM    69
NC101X    71

  Total phone multiplier 374 years
Phone QSO's 18
Phone Score 6732

  Total Score 70,839

  I scanned my log pages, and I'll attach them to this note.  Thanks for running the CX and for making it better.  It was good to work you on 80.  Now get a better antenna up and we can do it on a regular basis.

  73,
  Jim, W8KGI

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WB2AWQ Howie

  Well this has to have been one of the best CX performances I have seen. Seems like the bands were busier than ever, and lots of new faces along with many of the usual CX denizens.

This year, for the first time, I qualified one of my rigs, a Kenwood TS-440S by going mobile CW (never more than 5 miles away from home). That was kind of neat.

I listened on 15M first, and there were no signals there. I briefly monitored 15 several times during the afternoon, and never heard anyone. So I kicked CX off on 20M, running first into Rocco N6KN, who was using a probably rare Hallicrafters SR-2000. Sounded good, and signals into the mobile were Q5. Between mobile and home operations, using a Heath SB102. Heath twins SB303 and SB401, Swan 350 (which I never did qualify), and a Drake T4XC/Hallicrafters SX101A combo, 20 was a busy place.

On to 40M, with a Swan 500C, then an ARC5/BC458A, paired with my ORIGINAL Novice RX BC348Q, for some more action. 40 was not as busy as 20, so after dark it was down to 80M.

80 meters is the “Downtown Broadway” of CX. Seemed like CXers were all over the band, great to hear. On 80 I ran exclusively with my newly acquired GO-9 transmitter, a WW2 vintage aircraft transmitter used in PBY Catalina seaplanes. This monster, very similar to a TBW, performed superbly with a fairly clean, very stable note, and loafing along at 70 watts out, paired with a WW2 vintage HRO. 80 was open across the country, or at least out to New Mexico, for Jim W8KGI, and Jim W8ZR. Worked all three CX Fearless Leaders WQ8U, W8KGI, and AA4RM, which was nice, and great to hear Jim W8ZR back on with his VERY distinctive Hallicrafters FPM200, whose note, if anything has become even more unique with time.

Ran into a couple of AWA guys using some early stuff, ( one using a 1938 6L6 HB ring, another using a HB 1929 TNT self-excited oscillator), and two other HB guys – Bob KA3P using a 6DQ6 rig, and Joel W3ZT using a 6146 rig. Other particularly interesting rigs were Rocco N6KN’s SR-2000, and B&W 6100 (very rare), and Mark K3MSB with a B&W 5100B, not as rare but still not an every-day rig.

Brave Souls awards go to Denny AE6C running a Knight T50 on 20M (I had one years ago, and it did very poorly on 20. Regardless of what band you were on it’s output was multiband with it’s best output on TV channel 2), and Marty AA4RM running a Gonset G76 on CW.

But the top award, for the most distinctive note, HAS to go to Jim W8ZR and his infamous FPM200. No single number or combination in the RST system adequately describes that rig’s tone! All I could give him was 56? Way to go Jim!

Didn’t get an opportunity to partake of the AM/SSB weekend, because one of my sons and his wife, and our first granddaughter, were visiting before moving out to Washington state. Sometimes more important things just take precedence…….

Great time, see ya all in September!
 73
Howie WB2AWQ

Don't know about the rest of you but this Feb CW CX was one of the best yet.....

  //Howie WB2AWQ

    g'night!

 

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W8TM Paul

Hi Mac,

As usual in the CX, I used Heathkits SB-301 and 401 that I bought by mail from Heath and assembled in 1967 and 1974 respectively. Those are my only old rigs, which makes for a modest CX multiplier. My 40-meter inverted vee was used on 20/40/80, thanks to its ladder-line feed and to my disregard for RF in the shack.

As you can see from the attached log files, I made 20 SSB QSOs and 45 CW QSOs. So my summary grid is as follows:

JAN/FEB 2007 CX SUMMARY FOR W8TM

MODE# QSOsTOTAL AGESCORE
CW45723,240
SSB20721,440
TOTAL654,680

This was my most active CX to date, hence the most enjoyable. Unfortunately, I found only one event sponsor, Marty AA4RM, during the two days.

73,
Paul W8TM

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W2JEK Don

Enclosed is my entry for the CX. It is for CW only.

I had 12 QSOs X 380 years = 4560 score

Used the Johnson Ranger I and Drake 2B, Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and Hallicrafters 76, and Lafayette HE-30 and BC-696 80M ARC 5 combos and my Tenb-Tec Argonaut 505.

This was the first time for the Lafayette HE-30 in the CX. Had no modulation on the Ranger. After pulling out of its cabinet and testing the tub es – they were OK – I tried another microphone and guess what? My Astatic JT-30 mike had gone bad. Found a mike from an old reel to reel tape recorder and hooked it up. Make a contact with a station in upstate New Your near Syracuse to test it. I listened on 75 M Sunday afternoon and later at night (9 PM) but heard no CX activi6y5y so only a CW log.

ENCLOSED A PICTURE OF BC-696 AND HE-30

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K3MSB Mark

Well, I dusted off the 51SB-B today and did a test tune up with my 5100B. Oh crud..... the smell of burning boat anchor wafted through the air..... Shut down immediately and disconnected the 51SB-B; the 5100B seems fine. Rats, no vintage SSB with the 51SB-B tomorrow.

I'll be lurking around with my HT-37 and SX-111 on SSB, and my 5100B and SX-101A on AM......

73 Mark K3MSB Greetings to all my “CXmates”>/p> I hope all of you had a grand time in this Winter’s event as I did.

First the grumble:
 I like the old scoring method better than the new method. Also, I’d prefer the CW section to be separate from the AM/SSB section. Regardless of weather anything changes, I’m looking forward to the Fall event!!

Now for the good stuff:
CW Part: I started off on 20M with my B&W 5100B and HQ-129X. This was the first time I’ve used my 129X on 20M in all the years I’ve owned it, and it held its own!! I worked some of the CX regulars Jeff W7ID and Rocco N6KN. Jeff was running his HT32/SX115 combo and then his TR4CW, while Rocco did the honors with his Apache/SX117 combo.  I then switched over to my HT37 and SX-111 and worked Jeff and Rocco again, and also picked up Bill W5AAW. Bill hails from the Lone Start state and was running his vintage solid state FT-101E Transceiver. Rocco was on his KWM2 and Jeff was on his KWS1/75A4.

I then switched over to my BC-348Q, which was paired to my 5100B, which I used for the remainder of the CW event on 40 and 80M. The best QSO was, naturally, the last one, which I had with Jim W8KGI. Jim was running his CBY 52209 transmitter and his Navy BC457 receiver. Well, during that QSO the QRN was growing, and I had a devil of a time getting all them numbers, but finally did it!! Cool!! Both of us using WWII gear (at least on the receiving ends)!!! 

Other stations worked on 40 and 80M CW:
Jeff K3KYR  DX-20 and NC-57
Larry KC8JX T4XB and R4B
Bill KY8W  DX-60 and HR1680 with an HG10 VFO
Paul W8TM  SB-301 and SB-401
  Mike WA4DLF Globe Scout and SX-100
Howie WB2AWQ HB 609 and HRO
Jim W8KGI Millen 9080 and R4-B Later that afternoon I made it to 75M AM and worked the following folks:
Dave  KA2J  TC68 and R-390A
Ken  K2UPI  DX-100 and HQ-180
Bob W2ICQ Ranger and 75A4

And finished up (even later in the evening) on 40M AM working Art W5ART running an FT928.

Current projects for this year are the SX-28A and ART-13. I’m going to try and have the SX-28A completed for the fall event, and the ART-13 ready for the Winter 08 event. I’m really looking forward to running the ART-13 with my BC-348Q!!

73,
Mark K3MSB

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N2BE John

Hi Mac,

Enclosed is my log and scoring info. For the 2007 CX. I hope it is easy enough to follow. I don’t envy you having to wade through the many different log formats that you must receive. My first page is CW-only; the second page is FONE-only with my “grand” total score at the bottom. I’ll never be much of a contest4er; I show up late; rag chew too much; and worst of all, forget to send my entry in Hi. However, above it all; thanks for another great event.
73 John N2BE.

It’s always in the heat of the great event, like the CLASSIC EXCHANGE, when explainable and catastrophic occurrences take place. Such an occurrence befell me while I “plowed” through an overheated 40 meter CW band on the first day of the CX. During a frenzied QSO the shack suddenly fell strangely silent. Something was missing. A quick glance over at my faithful Johnson “Adventurer” quickly revealed the pathos. My plate-current meter was stuck in the below-zero position. No amount of keying could make it budge. It no longer was slapping back-and-forth with a decibel level that could be heard from 2 rooms away. This meter has done that continuously since 1954, without a miss!

I am convinced the E.F. Johnson fashioned these indestructible meters from something like hardened Plutonium-Titanate or some unknown metal found out in the New Mexico desert. My first instinct, of course, was that the old “807” final, which had gorged itself on plate-after-plate of electrons for the past 53 years, somehow was regurgitating some of the excess that it could no longer push out the antenna port. You’ve heard of “gassy” tubes: right? This “reverse” electron flow was pinning my meter in the reverse direction!

Contact me in the next “CX” to find out how I solve this problem. I plan to be then using a Johnson “Challenger” that reads one-half of the usual plate-current on its meter, yet puts out a fully-rated amount of power. This transmitter obviously has efficiency over 100%. How did E.F. Johnson ever do that?!?

John N2BE

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N4UJ - Gene & KE4RED - Matt
Father & Son Radio Engineers strike again!

Hi Mac!

This is the first time in several years that we have been able to make an effort to operate in the CX test. Had a real good time, and hope to be able to participate on a more regular basis in the future.

Just need to find time to get all that old stuff working. We probably have more equipment that doesn't work than does!

JAN/FEB 2007 CX SUMMARY FOR N4UJ

MODE# QSOsTOTAL AGESCORE
AM651+49=100600
CW1051+49+37+37=1741,740
SSB827+27=54432
TOTAL242,772

RIGS:
Johnson Viking Ranger
Hammarlund HQ-170
Ten-Tec Omni D
Heathkit HW-16
Homebrew 6146

Vy 73,
Gene N4UJ
Matt, KE4RED

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K3MD John

Only 1 rig since this is my 2nd house and other rigs are at old house.

RIG: TS-820s
QSOs: 33
Age of rigs: 60
TOTAL SCORE: 1,980

I liked the old scoring system better.

73
John
K3MD

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KC2GHT Harry

As usual had a lot of fun but due to a few problems was not able to put all of my gear on the air but did get a chance to warm up the 6 meter AM gear.

RIGS: Heath HW-10 and HW-29A
QSOs: 18
Age of rigs: 92
TOTAL SCORE: 1,656

Look close at the QSL card – this is only about half the gear and just about all green. Harry
KC2GHT

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WQ8U Mac

The CW CX was a ball! Lots of activity on 20, 40 and 80 meters. Worked many old friends and welcomed a lot of new CXers. Wonderful to hear some folks who have been QRT for a while – like good Boat Anchors, good BA ops just can’s stay off the air.

You would think that since I prepare the announcements for Howie, WB2AWQ to get published in the magazines and Internet boards that I could plan enough to keep my personal calendar clear for the two CX Sundays. You would think that but ….. you know the best laid plans of mice and men … I was out of town for the phone CX and had family activities on the CW CX Sunday.

The good news was that I finally got on Sunday afternoon starting with 20 meters. First QSO was frequent CX Champion Rocco, N6KN followed by another CX regular Jeff, W7ID who was showing off his Collins Gold Dust Twins – they sound as good as they look. Chas, K0NG was also there; he has one of the most attention getting calls. After several more good QSOs the band started to shift so I moved to 40 meters.

Things were jumping on 40. Ran into long time friend and frequent CX Champion Jim, W8KGI. as well a number of new CXers. I didn’t get to spend all the time I wanted on 40 because of family dinner.

When I got back on 40 was past its prime and so I fired up the Drake Twins on 80 meters. It was also jumping. Jack, W3TMZ had a Viking Ranger that sounded really good. Mario, N2AK was all over the place with many rigs and good signals. I did manage to catch Dr. John, K3MD. The signal most reminding me of my youth was from Bob, WA2VMOs Johnson Challenger with a Heathkit VFO – what a great chirp! Further down the log I encountered a candidate for the unusual BA in the CX. Bill, K2LML was running a CORSAIR. Bob, KA3P had a great signal from his homebrew 6DQ6 xtal controlled rig. He was followed by a nearby North Carolinian - John, KU4AF with his homebrew 6V6 xmtr and homebrew regenerative receiver.

Fellow St. Xavier High graduates Marty, AA4RM; Jim, W8KGI; and Dennis, N8DL were all worked with a lot of interactions between many QSOs. Dennis said he had an advantage because his BC-348’s wide bandwidth let him hear lots of signals – it was just hard to copy only one of them. As usual Howie, WB2AWQ had an unusual rig – a GO-9 from a Catalina Seaplane. The evening ended with a nice chat with Bunky, K4EJQ and his Viking II; Bunkey was keeping his Tennessee shack warm by “cranking up the big iron.”

Isn’t CX great? Hope to work you all in September/October 2007 CX.

73
Mac
WQ8U
Hillsborough, NC

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N8DL Dennis

Mac,

Was nice to work you and Jim W8KGI, Marty AA4RM, and Paul W8TM on the CW CX. I hope to be on SSB Sunday the 11th. I always have pole line noise so was lucky on Jan 28th to be able to the the BC-348 receiver (also was using my SB-401 transmitter). The next day, Monday, and for 8 days the pole line noise was 10 db over S9! It put me off the air until Tues Feb 5th. Either burned out the problem or weather became much less dry. Its always a mess here with pole line arcing problems.

I could not work “CX” SSB as I had a 10 db over S9 pole line problem for 7 weeks started the day after the CW CX.

CUL
73
Denny

PAPER LOG ATTACHED 6 pictures attached.

E-mail traffic among CXers about Denny's noise problem.
Be sure to read the hardware solution proposed in last e-mail by AA4RM, Marty.

Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 10:51:07 -0500
From: n8dl
To: W8TM
Subject: "CX"
CC: W8KGI, WQ8U, AA4RM

Paul- The pole line noise that has been 10 db over S9 for 2 weeks over here did at times drop down to S 5-6 for short periods last night. I intend on being on 40 and 75 mtrs tonight for the "CX". We do have people coming for dinner so I don't know how much time I'll have tonight and of course the pole line noise may still keep me off the air. I hope to use the SB-401 tx and BC-348 rx -- Denny N8DL

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 9:08:17 -0500
From: n8dl
To:W8TM
Subject: "CX"
CC: W8KGI, WQ8U, AA4RM

Sunday was another disaster as far as radio signals go. Pole line noise is still extremely bad so I was unable to do anything on the CX Sunday. I'm basically off the air due to this pole line interference. Hopefully whatever is arcing will burn out enough to stop the arcing or cause damage that will result in the problem area to be repaired. Hopefully the next "CX" will be a successful one from my QTH
-Denny N8DL

W8TM wrote back:
Your relief will probably come with rain. But that isn't a solution, only an amelioration.

Since you've already located the probable faulty pole, use the loud noise now as an opportunity to gather evidence. Hit the suspect pole with a bat while listening on whatever portable radio detects the problem best. Write down the pole number, date, time, loudness, variability when bashed, etc.

Then repeat the exercise in different weather, etc. After assembling enough evidence, present the list of noise readings to the Duke Boys and demand that something be done to fasten the power-line connections securely. You should probably do this in writing since you've already complained verbally to no avail. (Maybe call in first to get the correct address, so the complaint doesn't get lost in the shuffle.)

If Duke (Power) refuses to address the matter, the evidence can then go to the FCC, who occasionally take action if the utility has not done enough (in the FCC's opinion, of course).

73, Paul W8TM


Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:43:53 -0500 (EST) Subject: Re: "CX"
From: AA4RM, Marty
To: N8DL
CC: W8TM, W8KGI, WQ8U

then there's administering lead poisoning to the faulty breaker/insulator/xfrmr.

Tom Balaban would suggest a 30:06-sized dose

Editor's Note:
(Tom Balaban was the long time winning football coach at St. Xavier High in Cincinnati which the five of us attended.)

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W9OUY Wallace

MODE: CW
RIGS: TX: Homebrew 6146 final; RX: HRO-Variation 4
TX: Collins KWM-2; RX: 75S-3B
QSOs: 6
TOTAL SCORE: 529

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AA4RM Marty

Qualified the sainted Stancor/RME 69 pkg. Then began running 80CW with, don't laff, a Gonset G-76.

After working/qualifying Howie's t9 GO9 on goonie, heard WQ8U & 'KGI in qso but repaired to studio B (basement) for an easier go with Navigator/2b. A Navigator/2b as in listmember K5MO's use.

But following 2 qsos & a few minutes, the qth got covered by an untraceable noise storm.

Sic transit gloria AA4RM/cx.

Oh yeah, amen on activity uptic! Always viewed this CX gear as sort of electronic '57 Chevs, Fords, etc. They're now coming into their own. That HRO has ER on pub rack sez res ipso loquitor. Anyone gess I had h-s latin?

Glad to at least work u on the reflector. Nice report

Marty
The AA4RM

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K5MO John

FInally got to work the famous AA4RM 69ers... great sigs Marty!

John
K5MO

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KC8JX Larry

Mac - Good evening.

I should be operating this weekend, hope we can hook up.  I will be mostly on 40 and 20...might be on 80 if my Drake tuner works and perhaps my TS-940's tuner....My 75/80 antennas are not too good.

I noticed the caption from some pictures you took at Dayton this past May: "CX regular W7ID, Jeff also dropped by with KC8JK, Marshall." In the picture that's me, Larry, KC8JX, (the tall one) next to my olde best friend Jeff, W7ID.  Not sure where KC8JK and Marshall came from....just setting the record straight.

Ed.: Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. It has been corrected- see the pictures with this newsletter.

  I know I owe you a report from Feb 2005 and 2006....I do have fun and operate in these, just have been very lazy in writting up some results.  I have made a New Years resolution...do it better and do it promptly.   So, here's hopin we all have a great upcoming CX.

  73,
Larry KC8JX

   

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KW2I Rob

Hi All,

  'KGI reported a lot of new blood, and I think several of the few people I worked were new to me.  I spent almost all day with the kids, and by the time they went to bed all the activity had moved to 80, but my antenna is down.

  Rob Flory
www.home.earthlink.net/~navyradio WWII Navy Radio
www.home.earthlink.net/~robandpj Les Flory Television and Electronics

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N5AIT Al

IT’S ALIVE!!!
     Or at least it is still breathing.

I missed the CW CX day -- both Ben K9KOM and I were in Sandusky, Ohio, for the weekend acting as sort of surrogate dads for nephew Matthew, Stu (K8SJ, sk)’s son, who was awarded his Eagle Scout badge. Ben and I took part in the presentation ceremony, and our sister’s son Skip (all of us Eagle Scouts) drove in from the D.C. area. Ben wore his scoutmaster uniform while Skip and I wore suits - with our Eagle badges on our left breast pockets. Very nice ceremony and celebration. Stu would have been proud.

I did check out the AM-SSB day for a few hours. My Harvey-Wells died right away (where can I get new capacitors -- electrolytic, of course) and I have not yet wrestled the Viking II back to the basement from the garage, so I fired up the Drake twins, the R4-B and TX4-B. The antenna worked (windom, with one end dropped into a tree when the next tree over - its support - was removed a couple months ago). Everything loaded nicely and I heard a few signals, but no CX.

I called CQ on 20 meters for a few minutes and did get a response from Bill W5AAV in Texas who was working CX. One down.      With no further action on 20, and about a half hour calling and tuning and listening, I switched to 40 meters, figuring that following the CW patterns there should be plenty of activity there. Nope -- nobody calling “CQ Exchange” or the like. Needing a couple more QSO’s to qualify the rig I did work a gal in Michigan who was doing the YL-OM contest and gave her a point. After about another half hour or so on 40 I went on down to 75 meters where I did work a guy in Albany County, New York, who was just looking for a radio check. Another 30 minutes or so there, plus checking back on 10 thru 40 and finding no one calling (other than a few more CQ’s by me) I gave up.

Not reporting any score since I can do little more than vote “present,” but at least I am doing that. The Drake seemed to be working just fine, and I have since got the second antenna (which had one end down) restrung. Windom still languishes in the hemlock tree, but it did work there.

At least I got enough of a push to get the shack cleared out enough to get back on the air.  I am now working on a TR-3 that Ben's recently acquired son-in-law purchased.  He (son-in-law) got interested in radio after seeing Ben's stuff, got started and now has his Extra -- even though it is the new one (no 20 wpm code).  Tubes all check out OK except for one 12BA6. With three of them in the set I moved that one to the xtal calibrator.  Now to find some more capacitors.  Did I mention electrolytics earlier (*sigh*)?

Anyway, I still have quite a bit more clear up, clear out, clean up to do in the shack, but there is a working radio at N5AIT after all these years.  Will have to watch for the next CW CX: that old Lysco looks ready to go, and there is that Viking II.  Also have a National "dream" receiver I have never had on the air... yet!

Thanks for keeping it all going, Mac et al.

73,
Al  N5AIT

 

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W8ZR Jim

    Hi Gang,

This was a special CX for me this time. I've just retired to Santa Fe and have spent weeks unpacking boxes and parts and trying to get my station and workshop organized. On Saturday, I met a few of the BA collectors at a small hamfest in Albuquerque. Our fearless CX leader, Jim W8KGI, was one of the group and he talked me into getting something on the air for CX.

So yesterday morning, I unpacked an army surplus collapsable tripod mast and stuck it up on the roof. I strung a hundred foot length of wire out to my tower (a crankup, which has not yet had power applied to it.). Height above ground is about 25 ft.

I tuned the LW with an SG230 autotuner I've had for years. Sounds easy, but nothing went right. The tripod mast tipped over, the 250ft spool of antenna wire got tangled and took and hour to straighten (with the help of my long-suffering XYL), the conduit from the roof to my shack was blocked and I had to reroute the control cable and coax along a very circuitous route, I almost fell off my tower, etc. Plus, there was ice and snow all over the roof. It took four hours to get the damn wire antenna strung up.

Next, I had to decide what rig to put on the air. I decided to use my FPM-200, which I've never used for anything except CX. It's probably the rarest radio I own. This time, however, when I plugged it in I discovered that the BFO wasn't working, plus I had no power output. But, fortunately, after about twenty minutes, the BFO popped back to life, and the power output climbed to about 5 watts.

First station I heard from my new QTH was, coincidentallly, Jim W8KGI, who had a big signal (he's only abour a 40 minute drive from Santa Fe) and was working stations like crazy on 40 CW. As I recall, he was using a TBS50D and an NC173, though I may be remembering wrong. I thought it would be great to work Jim as my very first QSO from my new QTH. So, after every contact, I'd call him like crazy, but to no avail. After an hour or so, the skip lengthened out and he began to fade. By then, however, the power output on the FPM-200 began to climb: 20 watts, then 40, then 75, and then, finally, a full 100Watts.

So, finally, I gave up on Jim and called Denny, AE6C, who came right back. My FIRST QSO! It was very exciting, but I kept getting confused on using the FPM-200, so half the time I'd be transmitting on the wrong PTO. Denny was running a Knight T50/Drake R4B combo and, bless his heart, he reported that he really liked the chirpy note of my FPM-200. Said it was easy to copy.

And then I was off and running. Talked to Larry, KC8JX, who was using a DX100 and NC303, and then Jeff, W7ID, who was very loud with his little DX20 (and SX110).

Then I worked my buddy from Columbus, Jerry, K8RA, who I called on the land-line first. By then, the skip was definitely too long on 40, so I loaded up the antenna on 3545 and immediately bumped into Howie, WB2AWQ, who was running a military TX and an WWII HRO receiver.Back in Ohio, I ALWAYS worked Howie on CX , but I was surprised he could hear me from SF with my puny little antenna. Howie gave me a curious signal report. I was a solid S6, but he declined to rate the "distinctive note" of the FPM-200.

And then, several more stations on 80CW, including Bob, WA2VMO, whose HW16 and matching HG1 VFO sounded excellent. Finally, I heard Jim W8KGI again, now running a Valiant TX and we managed to QSO at last. Our local BA group will all be getting together soon for dinner.

A couple of observations. First, I was very pleased at how quiet my new QTH is. I was in the middle of a college town back in Ohio, with computer noise, line noise, and all kinds of garbage blotting out the bands. It's wonderful to hear a quiet, interference-free band. I can hardly wait to get some decent antennas up and running.

And second, there was a LOT of CX activity this time. I heard many more stations in the contest than ever before, including many unfamiliar calls. It seems CX is really catching on. This time, I didn't work many of my "regular" contacts (never heard Mac, or Al, or Marty this time) but put many new calls in my logbook.

So next time around, look for W8ZR's signal from New Mexico. It may still be chirpy, but I guarantee I'll be using a decent antenna!

73,
Jim W8ZR

*************************
James C. Garland
102 Spur Ranch Road
Santa Fe, NM 87540
www.w8zr.net
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N3BJ Alan

From an E-mail posted on BA reflector

Subject: Classic Exchange - CX - 40M is Hoppin' !

Lots of BAs on 40M in the Classic Exchange ! I'm making some noise with my DX-60, great fun ! Looking forward to 80M tonite...

Alan, N3BJ
Bent Mountain, VA

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VE7XF Ralph

    From e-mails on BA reflector

>The CX will be on two Sundays - the one before the SuperBowl is the CW date and the Sunday after the SuperBowl is for phone (AM, SSB and FM ! )

Hmmm...
I guess I missed it - I don't know anything about a SuperBowl.

VE7XF

>You have not missed the SuperBowl - it is next Sunday.

Tnx Mac.
I didn't see the prior reminders, and missed the CW weekend due to prior commitments :-( I have enjoyed many CXs in the past (and I hope the future). I spend most of my time on CW, but might be able to fire up the Valiant for an AM QSO or two.

I have no interest in sports, and never watch TV.

CW forever!!!
(Well, at least as long as I last - maybe two more cycles.)

VE7XF
Ralph

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W6AWO Richard

    From e-mails on BA reflector

K6KPH is guarding 7050kc (fixed frequency, y'know).

RD

=================================
Richard Dillman, W6AWO
Maritime Radio Historical Society
http://www.radiomarine.org
Collector of Harleys, Willys and Radios over 100lbs.

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W8DBF Duane

    From e-mails on BA reflector

Having previously heard Greg on this station, was more than just a treat, it was truly historic! I commend "all" who help to keep those vacuum tubes lit and the priceless and unequalled history of Amateur Radio intact and 'alive' to share with future generations.

Glow on -

Duane Fischer, W8DBF
HHI: Halligan's Hallicrafters International
http://www.w9wze.net
HHRP: Historic Halligan Radio Project
http://hhrp.w9wze.net

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W8UT Al

    From e-mails on BA reflector

yup, sure is, I just "qualified" the TR-4Cw & the B-twins. in abt half an hour. Hope to get the HB 35-T rig on 80 tonite, who knows what else.

Gotta go to Vintage SB net 14.292 now for a while.

73,
Al, W8UT
New Bern, NC
BoatAnchors appreciated here
http://www.boatanchors.org
http://www.hammarlund.info

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WA7LYO Greg

    From e-mails on BA reflector

Hi:

The am/ssb portion of the Classic Exchange contest is tomorrow.

The Western States has been historically on the thin side for participation in this fun contest. This is a reminder to all the folks out west to dust off the old stuff and participate.

I'm running a Eldico ssb 100f with Gonset 201 amp and a 100 foot zepp.

Google Classic Exchange for more information.

73's
Greg
WA7LYO
in sunny Feenix

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Not reporting any score since I can do little more than vote “present,” but at least I am doing that. The Drake seemed to be working just fine, and I have since got the second antenna (which had one end down) restrung. Windom still languishes in the hemlock tree, but it did work there.

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CALLNAMESCORE
W8KGIJIM324,676
N6KNROCCO85,960
K3MSBMARK80,070
K3KYRJEFF77,580
AA4RMMARTY12,792
KC2GHTHARRY10,200
K9VKYBRIAN9,765
WQ8UMAC5,870
W5TVWSANDY5,580
W0VLZNiel4,758
K4JYSBILL3,856
K3MDJOHN1,892
W8TMPAUL1,704
W2JEKDON1,372
W4YOKTOM1,372


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Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U


REPORTS

W8KGI Jim

PHONE
Mac, It’s Monday, September 25 as I write this, the “morning after,” and I have survived Phone Sunday of the fall CX. It was a very good idea to split the phone and CW sections of the contest, it will make getting on both modes much easier, and it should avoid that terrible RTTY QRM for the CW section next week.

I had a good time operating AM. Most of the guys I worked were just regular AM’ers, some of whom were aware of the CX. There were not as many “CX regulars” heard out here, so it was a good opportunity to spread the word and get some more folks interested.

I tried calling on 20 about 11 a.m. local (MDST) time, but no one was around, so I left the comfort of the “inside shack” and went out to the garage where I had gear tuned up on 7290. The usual 40 meter bunch was there, including W8QBG, NA7RH, W0OGH, AE8O, W7MD, and W6OQQ, so for a while I was able to participate in the roundtable, changing transmitters and receivers on each turn. The biggest problem I had was changing my three, functional mikes around between the transmitters. I managed to twist the Amphenol chassis connector clear off the HT-20, and I wound up connecting the D-104 to it with clip leads! I should also have paid attention to that smoky smell that was developing, because when I had my sixth pair on, the power to the HT-20 started to fade and finally it and quite a bit of my other gear including my common power supply and keyer lost 120 ac and put me completely off the air. I opened the garage door to get some fresh air and then went looking for the source. It turned out to be an old isolation transformer that was feeding power to a Heathkit power strip. I use an isolation transformer to make peace with the ground-fault breaker that supplies power to the garage, sometimes the leakage in all that old gear doesn’t agree with it. But I got lucky when I just plugged the power strip directly into the line and the breaker held, and I was able to continue with my 40 meter contacts. I had 11 transmitters going on AM in the garage, so I was planning on using my 11 good superhet receivers with them. But the SX28A went deaf (maybe that antenna cable again?), so I just switched on the SW-3 and doggone if it didn’t do a great job of copying all of the AM’ers with its regeneration control set just below the point of oscillation. I am continually amazed at how well some of this ancient gear really can operate.

After I had gotten all of the gear in the garage on the air, I came back inside and tried 20 again. There was a bunch of ssb QRM around 14286, but there were also some AM signals on the air and I managed to work K8GM, W9AD, KL7OF, AA4RM and W1LYD/VY1 (in the Yukon Territory! “On King, on you huskies!”). I had three pairs on 20. My old reliable DX-100 was heard with no trouble of course, but guys were also able to actually copy the 10 watts or so output of my Harvey Wells Bandmaster TBS50D and of my Elmac A54. I was using that HP scope we found a couple of years ago in Dayton to watch the modulation on all of the rigs, and even the A54 with a T-17 mike was doing a fairly decent job. After exhausting 20 I listened up on 75. There were a couple of AM’ers up on 3880, but between the rapid QSB and the really bad SSB QRM I wasn’t able to make myself heard. So I just decided to take a break. I took the puppies, now 1 year old and weighing about 65 pounds each, for a nice, two and a half mile walk. And then Kathy and I shared some dinner and talked about the Ohio State Buckeyes and their performance against Penn State on Saturday afternoon for a while.

After dinner I tried 75 again and it was in better shape. I worked KC9VF, K5RHK, WB5BZO, W5KGZ using my Valiant and HRO-50, and W5BWP with the 32V3 and SX-28. Then Chuck, WA0ZHH and Bob, W2ZM, showed up with their beautiful signals and dominated 3880, driving off the remaining SSB QRM. I worked them and also Marty again, AA4RM, and Tony KC6BSJ, qualifying the Collins and Hallicrafters gear and also my 30 watt, National NTX-30/NSM and NC-173 pair. I rounded out the evening with the HRO paired with all of the above transmitters and talked to NA7RH from the 40 meter gang again and also to WA6JUS and WA6HCF from California.

At that point, nearing 11 o’clock, I hung up the phones and went out to the garage to get big, sloppy kisses from the pups and to put them to bed in their kennel.

This week I have a few repairs to make – par for the course after a CX. And then it’s on to the CW session next Sunday. Hope to work WQ8U on that one.

CW
Mac, Well it’s now Monday, October 2, the day after the CW CX. I had a good time yesterday as well, although 80 meters later in the evening was nearly dead. At least it got me to bed at a decent hour.

This CX, instead of capturing one guy at a time and doing a “rig run” where I would work him all at once with all of the transmitters and receivers I had available on that band, I took a different tack. I put on one transmitter and receiver at a time and made three QSO’s with them and then I switched to my next pair. That way, even through my score didn’t turn out to be quite as high, I got to talk to a lot more different guys.

We got home from Church and breakfast, which included Annalee and Jim Mueller, KG0BY, who had come down from Fort Collins, Colorado to visit New Mexico, a little after 11. I was out in the garage and on twenty by 11:30 and started off well by talking to Marty, AA4RM with his G76. Most of my gear held up pretty well. The RME70 was deaf, I think one of the IF tubes has a bum socket, but everything else was working well, so I managed to qualify 9 receivers and 8 transmitters and to talk to 13 different guys in 28 QSO’s. I switched to 40 using the “inside shack” about 4:15, and things were hopping down there. I worked 17 different guys and had 35 QSO’s, getting 11 receivers and 8 transmitters qualified. I would have gotten more transmitters on, but in the middle of my third QSO with the TBS 50 my 300 volt common power supply quit, putting the Bandmaster off the air and also the BC457 and Elmac A54 which were next in line. One of the more interesting 40 meter QSO’s was with Niel, W0VLZ, who was running a genuine Thordarson 100 transmitter and a National NC81X receiver, quite a good boatanchor pair!

Around 8:30 I quit for some much needed nutrition, and got back on 80 again out in the garage a little after 9. There were several signals around 3545 but not many CXers, and I managed to work only 6 different guys in 9 QSO’s in the next hour and a half. I qualified one more receiver and three transmitters on 80, leaving one receiver and 9 more transmitters on the shelf unused.

So it was a good time, it left me with a few repairs to make as usual, and there is always next February to look forward to.

73,

Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

CW Statistics:

Transmitters qualified on CW: AF67, apache, AF68, HT-20, Viking II, Knight T150, DX20, DX60, Central Electronics 100V, DX100, 32V3, Valiant, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, Millen 90800, T4X, National NTX-30, Viking I, Globe King 275, globe Scout 680. On but not qualified: Adventurer, Lysco 600, TBS50 Bandmaster.

Receivers qualified on CW: NC303, SX28A, HRO5TA1, HRO50R1, 75A3, HQ170A, BC348R, SX43, SX73, HQ239X, HRO50, NC200, 75A4, SX28, HRO, NC101X, R4B, FB7, RME69, BC455, NC173

Total Age multiplier 2243 years, total number of CW QSO’s 72.

CW Score 72 x 2243 = 161,496

Total CW and AM score 161,496 + 163,180 = 324,676

  Jim Hanlon, W8KGI 

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N6KN Rocco

Mac,

Here is my report for the September "event." I really like the dates and splitting up the two weekends into two Sundays of fun. For once, I felt I was not robbing Peter to pay Paul by staying on SSB into the evening, and I could really concentrate on the CW crowd. This format gets my "thumbs up."

Pre CX: I spent the month before the CX trying to repair my brother-in-law's S Line, KWM-2, and SX-117. My brother in law is from Seatlle, and I offered to put his E Bay specials on the bench - turned out they desperately needed work - all of them. So did my own 32S-1, which I hauled out for comparison troubleshooting. All of those were completed and were used for this CX. Not so for the Hallicrafters Hurricane that I desperately tried to finish for the phone weekend - just not enough time, and I did not want to rush the HV supply rebuild (there is a skull and crossbones on the schematic - no kidding). I spent Sept 23 replacing my 40 m antenna with a full size rotary dipole and put up a better 80 m dipole under it. Both really worked great for CX.

Phone/SSB weekend: The Texas QSO party folks were out in force. This has good and bad aspects - there was plenty of SSB QRM from the TQP crowd, but on the other hand, I worked a LOT of Texas stations in this CX. When they got tired of running in the QSO party, they were happy to take a break and yak about old radios. I began to make QSO's around 1400Z, when 20 opened up. 14.270 was busy most of the day, so I just found holes in the ether each side of the SSB frequency and kept calling CQ Classic Radios. There were a LOT of people looking for CX activity - I have found that pointing the yagi east and just calling CQ will reliably scare up a long list of interesting QSOs and radios to talk about. K8GM was in the log with S Lines and also with a barefoot Ranger on AM, just to show it CAN be done, even through the QRM. Gary, W6UH called in and gave me detailed audio reports on several of my vintage SSB transceivers, which was fun. There were a lot of Swans out there this year. Of course, I qualified my Swan 500 CX; how can I not use that rig for this event? Ron W6QM was on frequency with his Hurricane, just to demonstrate what they can do when they are working. Al, W8UT sounded great on his HT-32 (what an underrated transmitter - really wonderful boatanchors). K5YLT was using a modified Knight T150 on SSB. How he did that is a mystery for me - but it sounded great.

Finally moved to 40 m at 2330. Ran into Damon, W7MD, with his big signal and tons of equipment on 7280. We traded stories for a while with strong signals both directions. Finally gave up at 0042 and spent some quality time with the family.

CW weekend: Conditions were pretty terrible, especially on 20. There were very few stations operating at all, and QSB was very deep. However - CW gets through when nothing else does. I put 70 CX CW qso's in the log without too much strain. Worked a lot of CX regulars. Started on 40 CW at 1300. 7030 through 7080 were covered with OTH Radar at S9 plus. I managed to pull a few midwestern stations out of the interference and learned later that others had heard me and were calling. Sorry - those radar signals (Woodpecker II) were bad news. Moved to 14045 at 1600 and worked a long list of boatanchors. Notable signals included: Marty with his Gonset G76 (award for most unstable signal); John KU4AF with his "musical note" modified DX 60B; Rob K2WI's Navy TCK/RBC combo (strong sig); Perry WW2LST's marine mobile 1942 Navy TX on the Ohio River; and Tom W4YOK's powerful Viking Adventurer, surely the best signal ever from one of those things. XE1HSW called in with 599 signals both ways. Marty AA4RM and I managed to exchange reports between our KWM-1's. Those who know these rigs on CW know that is not easy. On 40 CW, the new rotary dipole worked great. Interesting signals: W4NTI's Heath HX-11; Al W8UT's HX-500 (no relation to HX-11); TWO powerful Adventurer signals from W4YOK and John N2BE; and Tom K6LQI's usual rock crushing modified ARC-5. W8KGI and I worked each other many times, including my one and only 80 m QSO.

Had lot's of fun and do like the two weekend format - it's more relaxing and friendly.

73,

Rocco N6KN

73 from Rocco N6KN
Owner-Operator of Way Too Many Old Radios

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN

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K3MSB Mark

Hi Mac –

Didn’t think I’d make the fall festivities, but managed a few hours of operations.

Sunday afternoon I started out on 20M with my B&W 5100B and Hallicrafters SX-101A. The first CQ netted Rocco N6KN running his Collins 32S1 and 75S3. Afterwards I picked up Tom W4YOK running his Johnson Adventurer and Drake R4B and Kenny K5KS sounding FB OM with his Heathkit HX-10 and National NC-303. Next up was Mike AC5P running a Ten Tec Delta 2 transceiver. This was the first time I’ve ever worked a Delta 2.

Rocco and I got together again to exchange info while he was running his Drake TR-7A. The next QSO was a treat as I had the privilege of working Howie W7HQC running a T4XB and a homebrew 11 tube receiver!! Always great to hear some HB stuff on the air, but I typically don’t hear them on 20M. Len K8GM checked in next with his Collins 32S3 and 75S3. Right on his heels was (drum roll…) Rocco for a chat using his Hallicrafters SR-150.

Tom K6AA and I then had a nice QSO; he was running an IC-756 but was enjoying talking to all the “great sounding tube gear” on the air!! Jim W8KGI and I did a double QSO with his Johnson Adventurer and Hallicrafters SX-73 followed by his Lysco 600 and Hallicrafters SX-73. Rounding out my 20M ops was (yet again) N6KN with his Johnson Valiant and Collins 75A4.

I got on 40M later Sunday evening with my 5100B and my “Red Letter” Hammarlund HQ-129-X. W8KGI and I once again did a duet with his NTX-30 and RME-69 followed by his Drake T4X and R4B.

I finished out the CX with a chat with Miles W0VLZ. Once again, I worked a piece of grand old gear that I’d never even heard of before – a Thordarson 100 transmitter. Copy was rough but we did it. Miles had his National NC-81X joined up with the Thordarson 100.

I tried to get on 80M with my BC-348 but twas not to be. I zapped my power supply and after some impromptu repairs found I couldn’t hear the VFO spot. Well, maybe next time….

I’m looking forward to the February 2007 edition of the Classic Exchange.

73 and God Bless

Mark K3MSB

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K3KYR Jeff

PHONE
RIGS:
Globe HiBander Mod 62
HQ-110A VHF
SR-46
TR-106
HE-35
HE-45A
SWAN 250
HW-10
HQ-170
HW-29A
HT-40

TOTAL YEARS: 880
TOTAL QSOs: 44
TOTAL PHONE SCORE: 38,720

CW
RIGS:
DX-40
NC-109
DX-20
NC-57
HT-37
HQ-170
NC-270
DX-60
HR-10
DX-60A
HW-16
HT-40
HQ-110C
HX-50
NC-125

TOTAL YEARS: 827
TOTAL QSOs: 47
TOTAL CW SCORE: 38,869

TOTAL CX SCORE: 77,580

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AA4RM Marty

Mac I did this for you as a lunch treat ------------looka theah----------> Ranger with Cohones If there was ever a stand-out phrase, that's it. Came from W0ENE in FL who ran a rager himself. But author's Johnston 500 was just barreling into Tampa Bay & hence the phrase. AM Sunday saw me preparing a 70' high elderly G5RV redux. It'd been assassinated at both ends by falling trees. Geting durn thing 'way up taxed my archery skills to max. But after I bet 12 hrs, success. This opened opportunity to again run the "Big Johnson" which had lain dormant for an age. Durned if it didn't come back with some lumbago because it'd rested in an area with a bad dehumidifier.... a unit also restored thru the good offices of a fan lube. SSB on 20 was a wash-out. Tried & tried w. KWM-1 & only result was angered TX QSO party mavens who reviled anyone who'd disturb their event. Or so it seemed around 14.270.

AM Log
9/24/06 3880 +/-
9A W4UOC G76 G76 59/59me Tom GA 1
9A KF4TXQ URT12 75A3 59/59 Sam GA 1
9A KN4HH Aache R390 59/59 Bob GA 1
9:10A WB0JZG HB HB 59/59 Kevin TN 1
9:15A K0OCC 32V2 75A4 59/59 Ernie GA 1
9A K4FNY BC610 HQ170 59/59 Charlie GA 1
9:20A KE4ID 32V2 R388 59/59 Jack AL 1
9:30A KF4TXQ TCS TCS 57/59 Sam AL 1
9:30A K0OCC Ranger 75A1 59/59 Ernie GA 1
9:40A WB4FGV AF67 75A2 59/59 Walter AL 1
9:40A W4CT 32V2 75A1 59/59 Ben GA 1
9:50 WB4FGV B&W 5100S SX71 59/59 Walter AL 1

7290 +/-
10:15A W4IT B&W5100 SX101 59/59 Steve SC
1 3:50P W8VG HT32/SB220 75A4 59/59 Geo VA
1 3:55P KC8OPP HB4-125s R390 59/59 Rodger OH
1 4:30P W1GUD DX100 NC303 59/59 Warren FL
1 4:40P W0ENE Ranger RME6900 59/59 John FL
1 4:41P W4NFR TS870 TS870 59/59 Bill VA
1 4:57P KC8OPP John500(#@!blew) R390 59/59 Rodger OH

1 14286 +/-
6:15P W8KGI DX100 75A4 56/53 Jim NM 2
6:25P W8KGI A54/T17 75A4 42/43 Jim NM 2
6:30P W8KGI TBS50 75A4 42/43 Jim NM 2

3880+/-
11:50P W2ZM McMartin BA 75A4 59/59 Bob NY
3 11:48P W8KGI Nat. NTX/NTM NC173 32/33 Jim NM
3 11:55P WA0ZHH T368 75A4 59/59 Chuck TX/OK
3 00:20A W8KGI Valium NC173 59/59 Jim NM

26 QSOs
Stn Eqpt. age
1John500('55) Pro310('55) 102
2 Gonset G76 (2 x '60) 92
3 32V3 ('53) 51J4 ('54) 106
--- YEARS: 300

AM score 7800 pts.

Now comes CW Sunday. And with it comes the gift of a deadish Navigator. Bet 2-3 hrs. ditched pinpointing a dried-out 30mfd@450V cap. Then off it went running with a 2B ganged up thru a "horrid vacuum tube TR switch." Perhaps ghastly in the day with a BA is sooooo neat. Had one surprise QSO. KWN-1s @ either end. See below. Log shows I was pretty distracted from regular operation. Relative invasion is excuse. Another comment is QRN in south horrid about 10P.

Here's the outcome

CW LOG 20M 10/1/06
12:50P N6KN NCX-5 599/579me Rocco CA 1
1:07 N6KN NCX-5 589/579 Rocco CA 2
1:25 N6KN SR-150 589/579 Rocco CA 2
1:30 N6KN SR-150 589/579c Rocco CA 1
1:33 W8KGI AF67 / NC 303 559/559 Jim NM 1
1:45 K8GO 32S1 / 75S3 459/559 Len MI 2
4:50 N6KN KWM-1 589/579c Rocco CA 2

40M
7:15P VE3JKM FT101 459/549 John ONT 3
7:22 W8KGI DX100/75A4 559/559 Jim NM 3
7:30 W8KGI 32V3 / SX28 559/559 Jim NM 3

80M
7:45 K4JYS DX60/HQ129 559/579 Bill NC 4
10:30 WA2VMO GK500C/SW54! 569/459 Ted NYC! 4
10:40 W5TVW TCS12+amp/AR88 559/569 Sandy LA 4
10:50 WQ8U Valium/75A4 449/569 Mac NC 4

13 QSOs
Stn Eqpt. age
1 Gonset G76 (2 x '60) 92
2 Collins KWM-1 (2 x '57) 98
3 JohnNavi('59)/Drake 2B('61) 92
4 John500('55) Pro310('55) 102
YEARS: 384
--- AM score 4992 pts.

G R A N D T O T A L 12792 pts

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KC2GHT Harry

Did not get a chance to operate as much as I would like to.
Hope to be able to put all of my Heath queipment on the air next time. Had fun ut then again I use all of my Heathkit gear on a daily basis.

RIGS: HW-29A
HW-10
SB-100
SB-101

TOTAL YEARS: 340
TOTAL QSOs 30
TOTAL CX SCORE: 10,200

Harry KC2GHT

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K9VKY Brian

Hi Mac--
Family obligations came up on CX day, and for Radio Free Fombell it was not much more than an eleventh hour "showing of the flag".
Click here to see Brian's "showing of the flag." Only gear that was in place and ready to go for regular operation was used, and then only for a mere 21 QSOs. On a more positive note, though, the historical strained back, shocks, sparks, smoke, and acrid odors of yesteryear didn't occur as the behemoths were left idle this time. (They won't stay idle, though, as Old Man Winter will soon be upon us here in the hinterlands).

Here's hoping the guys found conditions good, QSOs plentiful, and that everyone is looking forward to the 2007 CX events.

Cheers.
Brian K9VKY

Mac--
I failed to mention the total score.
It came to: 21 QSOs x 465 years x 220 degrees (bulb temp on the 6146s) x 12 minutes (average QSO length)= 25,779,600.

Regards.
Brian K9VKY

Ed. Note: Brian has suggested the scores are too low under the current system and has attempted to demonstrate the power of other metrics to increase the numeric value of the score. While his intentions are good, his choice of metrics is questionable. Other CX participants are invited to suggest improvements - but remember - the eagle eye of the CX Newsletter Editon will seek them out if they are embedded in the scoring. Actually in prior CXs Brian has used other less creative metrics such as the age of the operator and the weight of the equipment, He is getting better!

But his score is still: QSOs: 21 X Equipment Age: 465 = 9,765.

Nice try Brian

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K4JYS Bill

Hi Mac,
Again, it was a fun event. Tried the AM portion this year for the first time. Didn't make many contacts but was glad I gave it a try. The CW portion is my favorite so made a few more contacts on that mode. Didn't run too many rigs this year since it was still a bit warm.
That wonderful glow throws off a lot of heat.

AM QSOs: 4
Age of gear: 106 years
Total AM Score: 406

CW QSOs: 15
Age of gear: 230
Total CW Score: 3,450 Total CX Score: 3,856

RIGS
AM: AF-67; HQ-140X
CW: HB 6F6/6L6 from 1946 QST; HQ-129-X (80 meters)
LYSCO 600S; HQ-140x (40 meters)

Thanks again to all who I worked and helped make this a fun event.

73
Bill, K4JYS

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WQ8U Mac

And you are probably wondering what excuse I will have this time. Well..... it is not a very good one but it is all I have. We have had a significant demolition and addition project going on at our house and it had been very time consuming and distracting - as any of you who has done such a project knows. Good news: it was completed the week before Christmas.

The time available for CX was limited to the CW weekend only. I did manage to get some of the "Great Ones" on the air through and they all performed relatively well for a change. My limited lot size here in the Historic District of Hillsborough, NC is continuing to be an impedement to getting up a good antenna.

I started on 20 meters and could hear but not work W8KGI, N6KN and K5KS. I guess the propagation was unidirectional. So I moved to 40 meters and found a group of CXers. It was good to hear W5TVW (Sandy) in CX again - Sandy's QTH is in LA. Worked two old St. Xavier Hi alums: Paul, W8TM and Marty, AA4RM. I am not sure why anyone in GA would want a space heater running in September but there was Marty with his Johnson 500 - -

All things considered, a lot of fun - thanks to all the folks I worked.

RIGS:
Johnson Valiant
Johnson Viking II
Drake T-4X
Collins 75A4
National HRO-50 R1
Drake R-4A
YEARS: 289
QSOs: 20
Total Score: 5,780

73
Mac
WQ8U

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W5TVW Sandy

SOAPBOX:
Didn't have time to work the contest during the day much. Tried 20 meters around 2000Z and no luck. 40 was OK but petered out. Quit for chow and returned later on 80 meters. Band was very good until near 0200Z when it went "long" and signals started fading. Switched to 160 meters which was fairly quiet. Called CQ CX on 1810 and 1815 for about 20 minutes and no luck. Closed up for the night.

(Didn't use my Frank Jones RK34 transmitter or 1J6G regen receiver or Knight T-60.)

Follows log for W5TVW....
October 1, 2006 (GMT)
Time station RST(R) RST(S) SPC Name Description of equipment Myrig
---Band: 40 meters
2100 K4JYS 579 579 NC Bill Lysco 600S, HQ-120 1,2
2106 K4JYS 569 579 NC Bill " " " 4,5
2113 W2JEK 599 599 NJ Don Harvey-Wells TBS-50C, S-76 1,2
2119 W2JEK 599 599 NJ Don " " 4,5
2125 W1AWB 579 579 MA Andy Drake T4XB, R4C 1,2
2132 W1AWB 449 579 MA Andy " " " 4,5
2147 N8XMS 449 579 OH Paul Elecraft KX-1..2 watts 1,2
2200 WA8KOQ 599 579 TN Wink Drake T-4-XC, 2B 1,2
2208 WA8KOQ 599 579 TN Wink " " " 3,4
October 2, 2006 (GMT)

---Band: 80 meters
0106 W4NTI 599 489 AL Dan Heath HX-11, Hallicrafters SX-111 2,3
0112 KU4AF 599 579 NC John Heath DX-60B, Drake 2B 2,3
0119 KU4AF 599 469 NC John Homebrew 6V6 and homebrew regen rcvr 2,3
0124 W3ZT 569 479 NY Joel Cent. Elec. 10B, TMC GPR-90 1,2
0130 N4DKD 599 579 AL Brian Collins 32S1, 75S1 1,2
0135 K9KEU 599 589 WI John Collins 30K1, 75A4 1,2
0144 VE3AR 599 579 ONT Bill Kenwood TS-950 1,2
0150 W8TOW 589 589 MI Steve Collins 32V2, 75A4 1,2
0157 K4BAI 599 589 GA John FT-1000, Heath SB-220 1,2
0202 WA2VMO 589 589 NY Bob Swan 500CX 1,2
0240 AA4RM 559 559 GA Marty Johnson 500, Hammerlund PRO-310 1,2
...end of log...

My equipment and age...
1= Drake 2B receiver 45 years
2= Drake 2NT transmitter 40 years
3= RCA AR-88 receiver 65 years
4= USN RAL-7 receiver 65 years
5= USN TCS-12 transmitter 64 years
Total years multiplier= 279 years

Score= 20 QSO's X 279 years = 5580 points

E. V. "Sandy" Blaize W5TVW
40460 Edgar Traylor Road
Hammond, LA., 70003-1930
e-mail: ebjr@i-55.com or sandyw5tvw@peoplepc.com
73,
Sandy W5TVW

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W0VLZ Niel

Mac,

I operated only CW in the fall CX. Favorite pair the 20A/75A3. I thought the Thordarson 100 was handicapped by the NC81X but I've now fixed my NC100X backlash problem so come February...

RIGS:
Collins 75A3
National NC-155
National NC-303
National NC-81
Drake R-4B
Central Electronics Multiphase 20A
Eico 723
Johnson Navigator
Drake T-4XB
Thordarson 100

Multipler: 366
Completed QSOs: 13
Score: 4758

73,
Niel - W0VLZ
http://www.io.com/~nielw/wa5vlz.htm

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K3MD John

Limited time due to job responsibilites.
CU next year

QSOs: 11
Years: 162
Total score: 1,892

RIGS:
TS-520
TS-820S
Tr-3
Drake 2-C
HT-37

John K3MN

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W8TM Paul

Hi Mac,

Good to work you again (two bands this time) in the CX. My participation was limited to CW--my favorite mode--while a late start plus the Bengals game further reduced my activity. But fortunately the CX went much better than the Bengals game!

I used Heathkits SB-301 and 401 that I assembled from kits bought by mail from Heath in 1967 and 1974 respectively. Those are my only old rigs (and my only non-QRP rigs), which makes for a modest CX multiplier. My 40-meter inverted vee was pressed into 80-meter service, with predictable loss of signal strength on 80.

As you can see from the attached log, I made 24 QSOs, all CW. Consequently, my summary "grid" reduces to a single line, as follows:

Mode: CW
Number of QSOs: 24
Total gear age: 71 years
Total Score: 1,704

Yet again I had more fun than score.

73, Paul W8TM

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W2JEK Don

Mac,
Enclosed is a copy of my CX log. I only worked CW this time and had 7 QSOs on 40 meters. Was pleased to work you on 40 with your Drake Twins.

Tried 80 meters with my BC-696 and recently acquaired Lafayette HE-30 but had no luck.

Have another Harvey Wells a TBS-50D and hope to get it going for February.

RIGS:
Johnson Ranger
Drake 2B
harvey Wells TBS-50C
Hallicrafters S-76
Age of gear: 196 years
Total QSOs: 7
Total Score: 1,372

73
Don, W2JEK

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W4YOK Tom

CW ONLY

Equipment: Johnson Viking Adventurer Age 52 years
Drake R-4B receiver Age 39 years
Multiplier 91
8 QSOs X 91 = 728 Final Score
LOG
DATE TIME(Z) BAND CALL RST(My) NAME STATE GEAR
10-1 1613 20 K3MD 579 John PA HT-37, 2C
10-1 1618 20 K3MSB 559 Mark PA BW5100B,
SX-101A
10-1 1658 20 N6KN 579 Rocco CA Valiant,75A4 10-1 2225 40 W8KGI 579 Jim NM 100V,HRO50
10-2 0027 40 W8TM 569 Paul OH SB401,SB301
10-2 0206 80 K9VKY 559 Brian PA TS-530 XCVR
10-2 0211 80 N4DKD 569 Brian AL 32S1,75S1

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K2WI Rob

Hi Mac,

Another pathetic performance from K2WI. I put all my effort into the slowest time period, from 1300 to 1600z, mostly on 40 but with one 20m contact with N6KN.

Then I had to invoke the old, "The amateur is balanced" rule, although most of my friends and family think I am rather unbalanced. Maybe I need a balun.

You see, I spent the whole weekend before the CX playing radio with my military radio buddies. Using my TCS I worked guys with GRC-19, BC-669, BC-611 and a plethora of other cool toys. I came home with a 1kw visual light transmitter (12" signal searchlight, needs a final tube).

So, when friends wanted to get together on the Sunday of CX, my family and I accepted the invitation and we spent the day trying to fly kites in insufficient wind, chasing the kids through the cornfield, and skipping stones in the river. By the time I got home I was too pooped to turn the radios on again.

Rob Flory
robandpj@earthlink.net
www.home.earthlink.net/~navyradio WWII Navy Radio
www.home.earthlink.net/~robandpj Les Flory Television and Electronics

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K1RJZ Rick

Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 10:40:18 -0400 To: gemoto@googlegroups.com
From: "Rick Zach, K1RJZ"
Subject: Re: [GEMOTO] Re: Fall Classic Exchange

I'd just LOVE to fire up my old (new) rockbound AM Gonset Communicator-III thanks to W1LSB. One non-vintage issue: My 2M antennas are all vertical. The other consideration deals with those of us who are VERY active with refurbuing old COMMERCIAL gear. How about a Motorola T43GGB or a GE Progress Line desktop.
See http://www.gemoto.com for vibrant signs of life!

-RZ

At 09:38 PM 9/22/2006 -0400, you wrote:
Hi, A different type of operating exchange than this that I would love to see would be that of one on VHF where everyone used old "rock boxes" Either Commercial or early crystal controlled (flame suit ON)Jap boxes(TR22's, 1402's, etc). Or even the few domestic ones like Cleggs(22er FM),,. While this would primarily be FM mode, there could also be AM too for those w/ old "Benton Harbor lunch boxes" or HA45's. Any thoughts?

Steve
DE WA1YKL

George Maier wrote:
Since we're GEMOTO people, we're boatanchor fans by default to some extent.
Well, if you also have an interest in HF boatanchors, there's a fun event for the next two week-ends; the Fall Classic Exchange.

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CLICK ON THE CALL IN THE TABLE TO JUMP TO THAT REPORT
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CALLNAMESCORE
W8KGIJIM324,676
N6KNROCCO85,960
K3MSBMARK80,070
K3KYRJEFF77,580
AA4RMMARTY12,792
KC2GHTHARRY10,200
K9VKYBRIAN9,765
WQ8UMAC5,870
W5TVWSANDY5,580
W0VLZNiel4,758
K4JYSBILL3,856
K3MDJOHN1,892
W8TMPAUL1,704
W2JEKDON1,372
W4YOKTOM1,372


INDIVIDUAL REPORTS -NO SCORE SUBMITTED

K2WI
ROB

K1RJZ
RICH



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Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U


REPORTS

W8KGI Jim

PHONE
Mac, It’s Monday, September 25 as I write this, the “morning after,” and I have survived Phone Sunday of the fall CX. It was a very good idea to split the phone and CW sections of the contest, it will make getting on both modes much easier, and it should avoid that terrible RTTY QRM for the CW section next week.

I had a good time operating AM. Most of the guys I worked were just regular AM’ers, some of whom were aware of the CX. There were not as many “CX regulars” heard out here, so it was a good opportunity to spread the word and get some more folks interested.

I tried calling on 20 about 11 a.m. local (MDST) time, but no one was around, so I left the comfort of the “inside shack” and went out to the garage where I had gear tuned up on 7290. The usual 40 meter bunch was there, including W8QBG, NA7RH, W0OGH, AE8O, W7MD, and W6OQQ, so for a while I was able to participate in the roundtable, changing transmitters and receivers on each turn. The biggest problem I had was changing my three, functional mikes around between the transmitters. I managed to twist the Amphenol chassis connector clear off the HT-20, and I wound up connecting the D-104 to it with clip leads! I should also have paid attention to that smoky smell that was developing, because when I had my sixth pair on, the power to the HT-20 started to fade and finally it and quite a bit of my other gear including my common power supply and keyer lost 120 ac and put me completely off the air. I opened the garage door to get some fresh air and then went looking for the source. It turned out to be an old isolation transformer that was feeding power to a Heathkit power strip. I use an isolation transformer to make peace with the ground-fault breaker that supplies power to the garage, sometimes the leakage in all that old gear doesn’t agree with it. But I got lucky when I just plugged the power strip directly into the line and the breaker held, and I was able to continue with my 40 meter contacts. I had 11 transmitters going on AM in the garage, so I was planning on using my 11 good superhet receivers with them. But the SX28A went deaf (maybe that antenna cable again?), so I just switched on the SW-3 and doggone if it didn’t do a great job of copying all of the AM’ers with its regeneration control set just below the point of oscillation. I am continually amazed at how well some of this ancient gear really can operate.

After I had gotten all of the gear in the garage on the air, I came back inside and tried 20 again. There was a bunch of ssb QRM around 14286, but there were also some AM signals on the air and I managed to work K8GM, W9AD, KL7OF, AA4RM and W1LYD/VY1 (in the Yukon Territory! “On King, on you huskies!”). I had three pairs on 20. My old reliable DX-100 was heard with no trouble of course, but guys were also able to actually copy the 10 watts or so output of my Harvey Wells Bandmaster TBS50D and of my Elmac A54. I was using that HP scope we found a couple of years ago in Dayton to watch the modulation on all of the rigs, and even the A54 with a T-17 mike was doing a fairly decent job. After exhausting 20 I listened up on 75. There were a couple of AM’ers up on 3880, but between the rapid QSB and the really bad SSB QRM I wasn’t able to make myself heard. So I just decided to take a break. I took the puppies, now 1 year old and weighing about 65 pounds each, for a nice, two and a half mile walk. And then Kathy and I shared some dinner and talked about the Ohio State Buckeyes and their performance against Penn State on Saturday afternoon for a while.

After dinner I tried 75 again and it was in better shape. I worked KC9VF, K5RHK, WB5BZO, W5KGZ using my Valiant and HRO-50, and W5BWP with the 32V3 and SX-28. Then Chuck, WA0ZHH and Bob, W2ZM, showed up with their beautiful signals and dominated 3880, driving off the remaining SSB QRM. I worked them and also Marty again, AA4RM, and Tony KC6BSJ, qualifying the Collins and Hallicrafters gear and also my 30 watt, National NTX-30/NSM and NC-173 pair. I rounded out the evening with the HRO paired with all of the above transmitters and talked to NA7RH from the 40 meter gang again and also to WA6JUS and WA6HCF from California.

At that point, nearing 11 o’clock, I hung up the phones and went out to the garage to get big, sloppy kisses from the pups and to put them to bed in their kennel.

This week I have a few repairs to make – par for the course after a CX. And then it’s on to the CW session next Sunday. Hope to work WQ8U on that one.

CW
Mac, Well it’s now Monday, October 2, the day after the CW CX. I had a good time yesterday as well, although 80 meters later in the evening was nearly dead. At least it got me to bed at a decent hour.

This CX, instead of capturing one guy at a time and doing a “rig run” where I would work him all at once with all of the transmitters and receivers I had available on that band, I took a different tack. I put on one transmitter and receiver at a time and made three QSO’s with them and then I switched to my next pair. That way, even through my score didn’t turn out to be quite as high, I got to talk to a lot more different guys.

We got home from Church and breakfast, which included Annalee and Jim Mueller, KG0BY, who had come down from Fort Collins, Colorado to visit New Mexico, a little after 11. I was out in the garage and on twenty by 11:30 and started off well by talking to Marty, AA4RM with his G76. Most of my gear held up pretty well. The RME70 was deaf, I think one of the IF tubes has a bum socket, but everything else was working well, so I managed to qualify 9 receivers and 8 transmitters and to talk to 13 different guys in 28 QSO’s. I switched to 40 using the “inside shack” about 4:15, and things were hopping down there. I worked 17 different guys and had 35 QSO’s, getting 11 receivers and 8 transmitters qualified. I would have gotten more transmitters on, but in the middle of my third QSO with the TBS 50 my 300 volt common power supply quit, putting the Bandmaster off the air and also the BC457 and Elmac A54 which were next in line. One of the more interesting 40 meter QSO’s was with Niel, W0VLZ, who was running a genuine Thordarson 100 transmitter and a National NC81X receiver, quite a good boatanchor pair!

Around 8:30 I quit for some much needed nutrition, and got back on 80 again out in the garage a little after 9. There were several signals around 3545 but not many CXers, and I managed to work only 6 different guys in 9 QSO’s in the next hour and a half. I qualified one more receiver and three transmitters on 80, leaving one receiver and 9 more transmitters on the shelf unused.

So it was a good time, it left me with a few repairs to make as usual, and there is always next February to look forward to.

73,

Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

CW Statistics:

Transmitters qualified on CW: AF67, apache, AF68, HT-20, Viking II, Knight T150, DX20, DX60, Central Electronics 100V, DX100, 32V3, Valiant, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, Millen 90800, T4X, National NTX-30, Viking I, Globe King 275, globe Scout 680. On but not qualified: Adventurer, Lysco 600, TBS50 Bandmaster.

Receivers qualified on CW: NC303, SX28A, HRO5TA1, HRO50R1, 75A3, HQ170A, BC348R, SX43, SX73, HQ239X, HRO50, NC200, 75A4, SX28, HRO, NC101X, R4B, FB7, RME69, BC455, NC173

Total Age multiplier 2243 years, total number of CW QSO’s 72.

CW Score 72 x 2243 = 161,496

Total CW and AM score 161,496 + 163,180 = 324,676

  Jim Hanlon, W8KGI 

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N6KN Rocco

Mac,

Here is my report for the September "event." I really like the dates and splitting up the two weekends into two Sundays of fun. For once, I felt I was not robbing Peter to pay Paul by staying on SSB into the evening, and I could really concentrate on the CW crowd. This format gets my "thumbs up."

Pre CX: I spent the month before the CX trying to repair my brother-in-law's S Line, KWM-2, and SX-117. My brother in law is from Seatlle, and I offered to put his E Bay specials on the bench - turned out they desperately needed work - all of them. So did my own 32S-1, which I hauled out for comparison troubleshooting. All of those were completed and were used for this CX. Not so for the Hallicrafters Hurricane that I desperately tried to finish for the phone weekend - just not enough time, and I did not want to rush the HV supply rebuild (there is a skull and crossbones on the schematic - no kidding). I spent Sept 23 replacing my 40 m antenna with a full size rotary dipole and put up a better 80 m dipole under it. Both really worked great for CX.

Phone/SSB weekend: The Texas QSO party folks were out in force. This has good and bad aspects - there was plenty of SSB QRM from the TQP crowd, but on the other hand, I worked a LOT of Texas stations in this CX. When they got tired of running in the QSO party, they were happy to take a break and yak about old radios. I began to make QSO's around 1400Z, when 20 opened up. 14.270 was busy most of the day, so I just found holes in the ether each side of the SSB frequency and kept calling CQ Classic Radios. There were a LOT of people looking for CX activity - I have found that pointing the yagi east and just calling CQ will reliably scare up a long list of interesting QSOs and radios to talk about. K8GM was in the log with S Lines and also with a barefoot Ranger on AM, just to show it CAN be done, even through the QRM. Gary, W6UH called in and gave me detailed audio reports on several of my vintage SSB transceivers, which was fun. There were a lot of Swans out there this year. Of course, I qualified my Swan 500 CX; how can I not use that rig for this event? Ron W6QM was on frequency with his Hurricane, just to demonstrate what they can do when they are working. Al, W8UT sounded great on his HT-32 (what an underrated transmitter - really wonderful boatanchors). K5YLT was using a modified Knight T150 on SSB. How he did that is a mystery for me - but it sounded great.

Finally moved to 40 m at 2330. Ran into Damon, W7MD, with his big signal and tons of equipment on 7280. We traded stories for a while with strong signals both directions. Finally gave up at 0042 and spent some quality time with the family.

CW weekend: Conditions were pretty terrible, especially on 20. There were very few stations operating at all, and QSB was very deep. However - CW gets through when nothing else does. I put 70 CX CW qso's in the log without too much strain. Worked a lot of CX regulars. Started on 40 CW at 1300. 7030 through 7080 were covered with OTH Radar at S9 plus. I managed to pull a few midwestern stations out of the interference and learned later that others had heard me and were calling. Sorry - those radar signals (Woodpecker II) were bad news. Moved to 14045 at 1600 and worked a long list of boatanchors. Notable signals included: Marty with his Gonset G76 (award for most unstable signal); John KU4AF with his "musical note" modified DX 60B; Rob K2WI's Navy TCK/RBC combo (strong sig); Perry WW2LST's marine mobile 1942 Navy TX on the Ohio River; and Tom W4YOK's powerful Viking Adventurer, surely the best signal ever from one of those things. XE1HSW called in with 599 signals both ways. Marty AA4RM and I managed to exchange reports between our KWM-1's. Those who know these rigs on CW know that is not easy. On 40 CW, the new rotary dipole worked great. Interesting signals: W4NTI's Heath HX-11; Al W8UT's HX-500 (no relation to HX-11); TWO powerful Adventurer signals from W4YOK and John N2BE; and Tom K6LQI's usual rock crushing modified ARC-5. W8KGI and I worked each other many times, including my one and only 80 m QSO.

Had lot's of fun and do like the two weekend format - it's more relaxing and friendly.

73,

Rocco N6KN

73 from Rocco N6KN
Owner-Operator of Way Too Many Old Radios

See you next CX,
Rocco, N6KN

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K3MSB Mark

Hi Mac –

Didn’t think I’d make the fall festivities, but managed a few hours of operations.

Sunday afternoon I started out on 20M with my B&W 5100B and Hallicrafters SX-101A. The first CQ netted Rocco N6KN running his Collins 32S1 and 75S3. Afterwards I picked up Tom W4YOK running his Johnson Adventurer and Drake R4B and Kenny K5KS sounding FB OM with his Heathkit HX-10 and National NC-303. Next up was Mike AC5P running a Ten Tec Delta 2 transceiver. This was the first time I’ve ever worked a Delta 2.

Rocco and I got together again to exchange info while he was running his Drake TR-7A. The next QSO was a treat as I had the privilege of working Howie W7HQC running a T4XB and a homebrew 11 tube receiver!! Always great to hear some HB stuff on the air, but I typically don’t hear them on 20M. Len K8GM checked in next with his Collins 32S3 and 75S3. Right on his heels was (drum roll…) Rocco for a chat using his Hallicrafters SR-150.

Tom K6AA and I then had a nice QSO; he was running an IC-756 but was enjoying talking to all the “great sounding tube gear” on the air!! Jim W8KGI and I did a double QSO with his Johnson Adventurer and Hallicrafters SX-73 followed by his Lysco 600 and Hallicrafters SX-73. Rounding out my 20M ops was (yet again) N6KN with his Johnson Valiant and Collins 75A4.

I got on 40M later Sunday evening with my 5100B and my “Red Letter” Hammarlund HQ-129-X. W8KGI and I once again did a duet with his NTX-30 and RME-69 followed by his Drake T4X and R4B.

I finished out the CX with a chat with Miles W0VLZ. Once again, I worked a piece of grand old gear that I’d never even heard of before – a Thordarson 100 transmitter. Copy was rough but we did it. Miles had his National NC-81X joined up with the Thordarson 100.

I tried to get on 80M with my BC-348 but twas not to be. I zapped my power supply and after some impromptu repairs found I couldn’t hear the VFO spot. Well, maybe next time….

I’m looking forward to the February 2007 edition of the Classic Exchange.

73 and God Bless

Mark K3MSB

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K3KYR Jeff

PHONE
RIGS:
Globe HiBander Mod 62
HQ-110A VHF
SR-46
TR-106
HE-35
HE-45A
SWAN 250
HW-10
HQ-170
HW-29A
HT-40

TOTAL YEARS: 880
TOTAL QSOs: 44
TOTAL PHONE SCORE: 38,720

CW
RIGS:
DX-40
NC-109
DX-20
NC-57
HT-37
HQ-170
NC-270
DX-60
HR-10
DX-60A
HW-16
HT-40
HQ-110C
HX-50
NC-125

TOTAL YEARS: 827
TOTAL QSOs: 47
TOTAL CW SCORE: 38,869

TOTAL CX SCORE: 77,580

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AA4RM Marty

Mac I did this for you as a lunch treat ------------looka theah----------> Ranger with Cohones If there was ever a stand-out phrase, that's it. Came from W0ENE in FL who ran a rager himself. But author's Johnston 500 was just barreling into Tampa Bay & hence the phrase. AM Sunday saw me preparing a 70' high elderly G5RV redux. It'd been assassinated at both ends by falling trees. Geting durn thing 'way up taxed my archery skills to max. But after I bet 12 hrs, success. This opened opportunity to again run the "Big Johnson" which had lain dormant for an age. Durned if it didn't come back with some lumbago because it'd rested in an area with a bad dehumidifier.... a unit also restored thru the good offices of a fan lube. SSB on 20 was a wash-out. Tried & tried w. KWM-1 & only result was angered TX QSO party mavens who reviled anyone who'd disturb their event. Or so it seemed around 14.270.

AM Log
9/24/06 3880 +/-
9A W4UOC G76 G76 59/59me Tom GA 1
9A KF4TXQ URT12 75A3 59/59 Sam GA 1
9A KN4HH Aache R390 59/59 Bob GA 1
9:10A WB0JZG HB HB 59/59 Kevin TN 1
9:15A K0OCC 32V2 75A4 59/59 Ernie GA 1
9A K4FNY BC610 HQ170 59/59 Charlie GA 1
9:20A KE4ID 32V2 R388 59/59 Jack AL 1
9:30A KF4TXQ TCS TCS 57/59 Sam AL 1
9:30A K0OCC Ranger 75A1 59/59 Ernie GA 1
9:40A WB4FGV AF67 75A2 59/59 Walter AL 1
9:40A W4CT 32V2 75A1 59/59 Ben GA 1
9:50 WB4FGV B&W 5100S SX71 59/59 Walter AL 1

7290 +/-
10:15A W4IT B&W5100 SX101 59/59 Steve SC
1 3:50P W8VG HT32/SB220 75A4 59/59 Geo VA
1 3:55P KC8OPP HB4-125s R390 59/59 Rodger OH
1 4:30P W1GUD DX100 NC303 59/59 Warren FL
1 4:40P W0ENE Ranger RME6900 59/59 John FL
1 4:41P W4NFR TS870 TS870 59/59 Bill VA
1 4:57P KC8OPP John500(#@!blew) R390 59/59 Rodger OH

1 14286 +/-
6:15P W8KGI DX100 75A4 56/53 Jim NM 2
6:25P W8KGI A54/T17 75A4 42/43 Jim NM 2
6:30P W8KGI TBS50 75A4 42/43 Jim NM 2

3880+/-
11:50P W2ZM McMartin BA 75A4 59/59 Bob NY
3 11:48P W8KGI Nat. NTX/NTM NC173 32/33 Jim NM
3 11:55P WA0ZHH T368 75A4 59/59 Chuck TX/OK
3 00:20A W8KGI Valium NC173 59/59 Jim NM

26 QSOs
Stn Eqpt. age
1John500('55) Pro310('55) 102
2 Gonset G76 (2 x '60) 92
3 32V3 ('53) 51J4 ('54) 106
--- YEARS: 300

AM score 7800 pts.

Now comes CW Sunday. And with it comes the gift of a deadish Navigator. Bet 2-3 hrs. ditched pinpointing a dried-out 30mfd@450V cap. Then off it went running with a 2B ganged up thru a "horrid vacuum tube TR switch." Perhaps ghastly in the day with a BA is sooooo neat. Had one surprise QSO. KWN-1s @ either end. See below. Log shows I was pretty distracted from regular operation. Relative invasion is excuse. Another comment is QRN in south horrid about 10P.

Here's the outcome

CW LOG 20M 10/1/06
12:50P N6KN NCX-5 599/579me Rocco CA 1
1:07 N6KN NCX-5 589/579 Rocco CA 2
1:25 N6KN SR-150 589/579 Rocco CA 2
1:30 N6KN SR-150 589/579c Rocco CA 1
1:33 W8KGI AF67 / NC 303 559/559 Jim NM 1
1:45 K8GO 32S1 / 75S3 459/559 Len MI 2
4:50 N6KN KWM-1 589/579c Rocco CA 2

40M
7:15P VE3JKM FT101 459/549 John ONT 3
7:22 W8KGI DX100/75A4 559/559 Jim NM 3
7:30 W8KGI 32V3 / SX28 559/559 Jim NM 3

80M
7:45 K4JYS DX60/HQ129 559/579 Bill NC 4
10:30 WA2VMO GK500C/SW54! 569/459 Ted NYC! 4
10:40 W5TVW TCS12+amp/AR88 559/569 Sandy LA 4
10:50 WQ8U Valium/75A4 449/569 Mac NC 4

13 QSOs
Stn Eqpt. age
1 Gonset G76 (2 x '60) 92
2 Collins KWM-1 (2 x '57) 98
3 JohnNavi('59)/Drake 2B('61) 92
4 John500('55) Pro310('55) 102
YEARS: 384
--- AM score 4992 pts.

G R A N D T O T A L 12792 pts

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KC2GHT Harry

Did not get a chance to operate as much as I would like to.
Hope to be able to put all of my Heath queipment on the air next time. Had fun ut then again I use all of my Heathkit gear on a daily basis.

RIGS: HW-29A
HW-10
SB-100
SB-101

TOTAL YEARS: 340
TOTAL QSOs 30
TOTAL CX SCORE: 10,200

Harry KC2GHT

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K9VKY Brian

Hi Mac--
Family obligations came up on CX day, and for Radio Free Fombell it was not much more than an eleventh hour "showing of the flag".
Click here to see Brian's "showing of the flag." Only gear that was in place and ready to go for regular operation was used, and then only for a mere 21 QSOs. On a more positive note, though, the historical strained back, shocks, sparks, smoke, and acrid odors of yesteryear didn't occur as the behemoths were left idle this time. (They won't stay idle, though, as Old Man Winter will soon be upon us here in the hinterlands).

Here's hoping the guys found conditions good, QSOs plentiful, and that everyone is looking forward to the 2007 CX events.

Cheers.
Brian K9VKY

Mac--
I failed to mention the total score.
It came to: 21 QSOs x 465 years x 220 degrees (bulb temp on the 6146s) x 12 minutes (average QSO length)= 25,779,600.

Regards.
Brian K9VKY

Ed. Note: Brian has suggested the scores are too low under the current system and has attempted to demonstrate the power of other metrics to increase the numeric value of the score. While his intentions are good, his choice of metrics is questionable. Other CX participants are invited to suggest improvements - but remember - the eagle eye of the CX Newsletter Editon will seek them out if they are embedded in the scoring. Actually in prior CXs Brian has used other less creative metrics such as the age of the operator and the weight of the equipment, He is getting better!

But his score is still: QSOs: 21 X Equipment Age: 465 = 9,765.

Nice try Brian

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K4JYS Bill

Hi Mac,
Again, it was a fun event. Tried the AM portion this year for the first time. Didn't make many contacts but was glad I gave it a try. The CW portion is my favorite so made a few more contacts on that mode. Didn't run too many rigs this year since it was still a bit warm.
That wonderful glow throws off a lot of heat.

AM QSOs: 4
Age of gear: 106 years
Total AM Score: 406

CW QSOs: 15
Age of gear: 230
Total CW Score: 3,450 Total CX Score: 3,856

RIGS
AM: AF-67; HQ-140X
CW: HB 6F6/6L6 from 1946 QST; HQ-129-X (80 meters)
LYSCO 600S; HQ-140x (40 meters)

Thanks again to all who I worked and helped make this a fun event.

73
Bill, K4JYS

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WQ8U Mac

And you are probably wondering what excuse I will have this time. Well..... it is not a very good one but it is all I have. We have had a significant demolition and addition project going on at our house and it had been very time consuming and distracting - as any of you who has done such a project knows. Good news: it was completed the week before Christmas.

The time available for CX was limited to the CW weekend only. I did manage to get some of the "Great Ones" on the air through and they all performed relatively well for a change. My limited lot size here in the Historic District of Hillsborough, NC is continuing to be an impedement to getting up a good antenna.

I started on 20 meters and could hear but not work W8KGI, N6KN and K5KS. I guess the propagation was unidirectional. So I moved to 40 meters and found a group of CXers. It was good to hear W5TVW (Sandy) in CX again - Sandy's QTH is in LA. Worked two old St. Xavier Hi alums: Paul, W8TM and Marty, AA4RM. I am not sure why anyone in GA would want a space heater running in September but there was Marty with his Johnson 500 - -

All things considered, a lot of fun - thanks to all the folks I worked.

RIGS:
Johnson Valiant
Johnson Viking II
Drake T-4X
Collins 75A4
National HRO-50 R1
Drake R-4A
YEARS: 289
QSOs: 20
Total Score: 5,780

73
Mac
WQ8U

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W5TVW Sandy

SOAPBOX:
Didn't have time to work the contest during the day much. Tried 20 meters around 2000Z and no luck. 40 was OK but petered out. Quit for chow and returned later on 80 meters. Band was very good until near 0200Z when it went "long" and signals started fading. Switched to 160 meters which was fairly quiet. Called CQ CX on 1810 and 1815 for about 20 minutes and no luck. Closed up for the night.

(Didn't use my Frank Jones RK34 transmitter or 1J6G regen receiver or Knight T-60.)

Follows log for W5TVW....
October 1, 2006 (GMT)
Time station RST(R) RST(S) SPC Name Description of equipment Myrig
---Band: 40 meters
2100 K4JYS 579 579 NC Bill Lysco 600S, HQ-120 1,2
2106 K4JYS 569 579 NC Bill " " " 4,5
2113 W2JEK 599 599 NJ Don Harvey-Wells TBS-50C, S-76 1,2
2119 W2JEK 599 599 NJ Don " " 4,5
2125 W1AWB 579 579 MA Andy Drake T4XB, R4C 1,2
2132 W1AWB 449 579 MA Andy " " " 4,5
2147 N8XMS 449 579 OH Paul Elecraft KX-1..2 watts 1,2
2200 WA8KOQ 599 579 TN Wink Drake T-4-XC, 2B 1,2
2208 WA8KOQ 599 579 TN Wink " " " 3,4
October 2, 2006 (GMT)

---Band: 80 meters
0106 W4NTI 599 489 AL Dan Heath HX-11, Hallicrafters SX-111 2,3
0112 KU4AF 599 579 NC John Heath DX-60B, Drake 2B 2,3
0119 KU4AF 599 469 NC John Homebrew 6V6 and homebrew regen rcvr 2,3
0124 W3ZT 569 479 NY Joel Cent. Elec. 10B, TMC GPR-90 1,2
0130 N4DKD 599 579 AL Brian Collins 32S1, 75S1 1,2
0135 K9KEU 599 589 WI John Collins 30K1, 75A4 1,2
0144 VE3AR 599 579 ONT Bill Kenwood TS-950 1,2
0150 W8TOW 589 589 MI Steve Collins 32V2, 75A4 1,2
0157 K4BAI 599 589 GA John FT-1000, Heath SB-220 1,2
0202 WA2VMO 589 589 NY Bob Swan 500CX 1,2
0240 AA4RM 559 559 GA Marty Johnson 500, Hammerlund PRO-310 1,2
...end of log...

My equipment and age...
1= Drake 2B receiver 45 years
2= Drake 2NT transmitter 40 years
3= RCA AR-88 receiver 65 years
4= USN RAL-7 receiver 65 years
5= USN TCS-12 transmitter 64 years
Total years multiplier= 279 years

Score= 20 QSO's X 279 years = 5580 points

E. V. "Sandy" Blaize W5TVW
40460 Edgar Traylor Road
Hammond, LA., 70003-1930
e-mail: ebjr@i-55.com or sandyw5tvw@peoplepc.com
73,
Sandy W5TVW

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W0VLZ Niel

Mac,

I operated only CW in the fall CX. Favorite pair the 20A/75A3. I thought the Thordarson 100 was handicapped by the NC81X but I've now fixed my NC100X backlash problem so come February...

RIGS:
Collins 75A3
National NC-155
National NC-303
National NC-81
Drake R-4B
Central Electronics Multiphase 20A
Eico 723
Johnson Navigator
Drake T-4XB
Thordarson 100

Multipler: 366
Completed QSOs: 13
Score: 4758

73,
Niel - W0VLZ
http://www.io.com/~nielw/wa5vlz.htm

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K3MD John

Limited time due to job responsibilites.
CU next year

QSOs: 11
Years: 162
Total score: 1,892

RIGS:
TS-520
TS-820S
Tr-3
Drake 2-C
HT-37

John K3MN

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W8TM Paul

Hi Mac,

Good to work you again (two bands this time) in the CX. My participation was limited to CW--my favorite mode--while a late start plus the Bengals game further reduced my activity. But fortunately the CX went much better than the Bengals game!

I used Heathkits SB-301 and 401 that I assembled from kits bought by mail from Heath in 1967 and 1974 respectively. Those are my only old rigs (and my only non-QRP rigs), which makes for a modest CX multiplier. My 40-meter inverted vee was pressed into 80-meter service, with predictable loss of signal strength on 80.

As you can see from the attached log, I made 24 QSOs, all CW. Consequently, my summary "grid" reduces to a single line, as follows:

Mode: CW
Number of QSOs: 24
Total gear age: 71 years
Total Score: 1,704

Yet again I had more fun than score.

73, Paul W8TM

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W2JEK Don

Mac,
Enclosed is a copy of my CX log. I only worked CW this time and had 7 QSOs on 40 meters. Was pleased to work you on 40 with your Drake Twins.

Tried 80 meters with my BC-696 and recently acquaired Lafayette HE-30 but had no luck.

Have another Harvey Wells a TBS-50D and hope to get it going for February.

RIGS:
Johnson Ranger
Drake 2B
harvey Wells TBS-50C
Hallicrafters S-76
Age of gear: 196 years
Total QSOs: 7
Total Score: 1,372

73
Don, W2JEK

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W4YOK Tom

CW ONLY

Equipment: Johnson Viking Adventurer Age 52 years
Drake R-4B receiver Age 39 years
Multiplier 91
8 QSOs X 91 = 728 Final Score
LOG
DATE TIME(Z) BAND CALL RST(My) NAME STATE GEAR
10-1 1613 20 K3MD 579 John PA HT-37, 2C
10-1 1618 20 K3MSB 559 Mark PA BW5100B,
SX-101A
10-1 1658 20 N6KN 579 Rocco CA Valiant,75A4 10-1 2225 40 W8KGI 579 Jim NM 100V,HRO50
10-2 0027 40 W8TM 569 Paul OH SB401,SB301
10-2 0206 80 K9VKY 559 Brian PA TS-530 XCVR
10-2 0211 80 N4DKD 569 Brian AL 32S1,75S1

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K2WI Rob

Hi Mac,

Another pathetic performance from K2WI. I put all my effort into the slowest time period, from 1300 to 1600z, mostly on 40 but with one 20m contact with N6KN.

Then I had to invoke the old, "The amateur is balanced" rule, although most of my friends and family think I am rather unbalanced. Maybe I need a balun.

You see, I spent the whole weekend before the CX playing radio with my military radio buddies. Using my TCS I worked guys with GRC-19, BC-669, BC-611 and a plethora of other cool toys. I came home with a 1kw visual light transmitter (12" signal searchlight, needs a final tube).

So, when friends wanted to get together on the Sunday of CX, my family and I accepted the invitation and we spent the day trying to fly kites in insufficient wind, chasing the kids through the cornfield, and skipping stones in the river. By the time I got home I was too pooped to turn the radios on again.

Rob Flory
robandpj@earthlink.net
www.home.earthlink.net/~navyradio WWII Navy Radio
www.home.earthlink.net/~robandpj Les Flory Television and Electronics

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K1RJZ Rick

Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 10:40:18 -0400 To: gemoto@googlegroups.com
From: "Rick Zach, K1RJZ"
Subject: Re: [GEMOTO] Re: Fall Classic Exchange

I'd just LOVE to fire up my old (new) rockbound AM Gonset Communicator-III thanks to W1LSB. One non-vintage issue: My 2M antennas are all vertical. The other consideration deals with those of us who are VERY active with refurbuing old COMMERCIAL gear. How about a Motorola T43GGB or a GE Progress Line desktop.
See http://www.gemoto.com for vibrant signs of life!

-RZ

At 09:38 PM 9/22/2006 -0400, you wrote:
Hi, A different type of operating exchange than this that I would love to see would be that of one on VHF where everyone used old "rock boxes" Either Commercial or early crystal controlled (flame suit ON)Jap boxes(TR22's, 1402's, etc). Or even the few domestic ones like Cleggs(22er FM),,. While this would primarily be FM mode, there could also be AM too for those w/ old "Benton Harbor lunch boxes" or HA45's. Any thoughts?

Steve
DE WA1YKL

George Maier wrote:
Since we're GEMOTO people, we're boatanchor fans by default to some extent.
Well, if you also have an interest in HF boatanchors, there's a fun event for the next two week-ends; the Fall Classic Exchange.

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