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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


This section of the CX Newsletter is in three sections:





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.


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....



When the BFO on Jeff's NC-57 died, he used the Heathkit VF-1 VFO from another rig to provide the beat frequency!


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.


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.


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.....


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.


"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.


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.


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.


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



N6KN Rocco


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.

Rocco N6KN

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.



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

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  

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


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!

                                                                                                        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




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)

Gonset COMM III 48 48

AM Score = 5 QSOs X (48+48) = 480

FM MODE (2 meters)


Yaesu FT221 30 30
HYGAIN 29 29
Heath HW2036 29 29
________________________________ TOTAL 88 88

FM SCORE = 15X (88+88) = 2640

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




  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.

  Jim, W8KGI


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!
Howie WB2AWQ

Don't know about the rest of you but this Feb CW CX was one of the best yet.....

  //Howie WB2AWQ




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:



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.

Paul W8TM



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.



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!!

Mark K3MSB


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


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!



Johnson Viking Ranger
Hammarlund HQ-170
Ten-Tec Omni D
Heathkit HW-16
Homebrew 6146

Vy 73,
Gene N4UJ
Matt, KE4RED


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

I liked the old scoring system better.



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

Look close at the QSL card – this is only about half the gear and just about all green. Harry


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.

Hillsborough, NC


N8DL Dennis


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.


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"

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
Subject: "CX"

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

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.)


W9OUY Wallace

RIGS: TX: Homebrew 6146 final; RX: HRO-Variation 4
TX: Collins KWM-2; RX: 75S-3B
QSOs: 6


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



K5MO John

FInally got to work the famous AA4RM 69ers... great sigs Marty!



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 it better and do it promptly.   So, here's hopin we all have a great upcoming CX.

Larry KC8JX



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 WWII Navy Radio Les Flory Television and Electronics



     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.




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!

Jim W8ZR

James C. Garland
102 Spur Ranch Road
Santa Fe, NM 87540


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



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 ! )

I guess I missed it - I don't know anything about a SuperBowl.


>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.)




W6AWO Richard

    From e-mails on BA reflector

K6KPH is guarding 7050kc (fixed frequency, y'know).


Richard Dillman, W6AWO
Maritime Radio Historical Society
Collector of Harleys, Willys and Radios over 100lbs.



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
HHRP: Historic Halligan Radio Project




    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.

Al, W8UT
New Bern, NC
BoatAnchors appreciated here




    From e-mails on BA reflector


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.

in sunny Feenix