CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2008 CX


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2008 CX

From all reports this was among the best CX we have had in recent years. The QRM from contests was not a problem and conditions were fairly good for the bottom of the sun spot cycle. In spite of confusion caused by incorrect dates in QST, we still had a great turn-out.
As last CX's winner K3MD, Doc, described it: "You got the QRM-free weekend correct!" "...Had a blast in the CX."
N6KN, Rocco commented "This was the best yet as far as scheduling."

How good were conditions?
N8DL, Denny,
describes them: Sunday afternoon I was listening around 3885Kc as I was working on a cable, then all hell broke loose with the AM stuff.
N6KN, Rocco, reported copying N2BE, John, when his Challenger was on Standby. NJ to CA with 92 milliwatts. Rocco was using a 75A-4. Click
HERE for picture of John's "South Shack"

The masters have returned to the top of the scoring list. Rocco, N6KN, had the highest score and Jim, W8KGI, was a strong second.
Want to know how they do it? Read Jim's "Here's How It's Done" following his CX report.

John, N2BE, had an interesting description of what happened:
“Today paleontologists believe that T.Rex may have hunted in pairs or small groups. Likewise, almost as soon as Jim (W8KGI) had appeared, Rock (N6KN) popped out onto the 40 meter scene. Yup…R.Rex ! The QSOing was fast and furious with these two kin CXosaurs logging their fill, and in an instant, disappearing back into the spectrum of frequencies unknown.”

This CX noted the return of one of the CX founders N5AIT, Al, who has been out of commission due to a house fire that put his boat anchors under water. Read his report for the whole story including: “…when I threw the switch to the TRANSMIT position I heard an ominous frying sound from within…and it blew a fuse. And “First time I ever “fixed” a radio with white vinegar.”
Al receives the Best Chirp Award for the melodious signal from his Lysco 600 – maybe it will be better when it dries out. Welcome back Al!

W8TM, Paul, is a master of understatement: "Also worked Mario N2AK 11 times on 40 and once on 80; he certainly has a lot of rigs." No kidding. Click HERE to see some of Mario's really fine collection.

A new participant in this CX is the Walton County (GA) Emergency Radio Club, WE4RC (WCERC). They have a page on their web site showing their antennas, shack, obviously good grub, and a bunch of guys having fun. Check it out. Click HERE

Another new participant is the Bill Orr Legacy Radio Club, W6SAI" in Tuscaloosa, AL. Great to hear that famous call on the air again.

The Most Impressive Station Award goes to K1DC, Don. Collins 30-FX (1934) and National NC-101X (1936). Click HERE to see a picture of Don and his fine station.

Not as old but still worth special mention is the station of W2KV, Dave who was running on 40 with his Hallicrafters Sky Buddy and home brew 6L6.

And the Mismatched Gear Award goes to K2RP, Ron. Click HERE to see his station.

Best Excuse Award goes to K6LQI, Dave, who, according to W8KGI, Jim, had to leave 80 CW abruptly because he was interfering with his neighbor's doorbell!

Describing his efforts to put his B&W 5100 on the air, K3MSB, Mark, said “Had some problems and blew one of the grid dropping resistors; the puff of smoke was very pretty…” Mark somehow sees beauty everywhere. Maybe that explains his collection of B&W 5100s

Continuing to find art in boatanchors: W8UT, Al, noted that his Drake 2-B didn’t know the music when he checked it out – it just hummed. GROAN.

Click to see all scores - or just scroll down a little.

You can read the individual reports by clicking on the call in the scores table.

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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, from on-the-air observations, QSOs, and publically posted comments on various reflectors. 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

SCORES SUBMITTED

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Click on the call to read the comments submitted,

CALLNAMECWAMSSBTOTALCOMMENT
N6KNRocco101,92080,665182,585High Total and SSB Score
W8KGIJim125,79810,404136,202High CW Score
N2AKMario89,42429423,288113,006Every Mode
N2BEJohn10,29632927610,964Most creative report
K2RPRon7,7044808,184
W8TMPaul4,6622,2206,882
W6SAIBill Orr LRC6,2066,206High AM Score
K3MD/3Doc5,7965,796
K3MSBMark3,2603,260
K1DCDon3,0663,066
WE4RCWalton Co. ERC2,6602,660
W2JEKDon2,3582,358
K4JYSBill2,2402,240
N5AITAl2,0542,054
W9OUYWallace552552
W8KYDRon540540
W2IQKCarl498498

CX REPORTS

N6KN - ROCCO

Here's my Feb CX report. I somehow managed to be back in Palos Verdes for both mode weekends, and my scores were much better than from the portable location in Denver. The choices for the weekends worked out very well, aside from conditions. This was the best yet as far as scheduling.

CW Notes: Being at the bottom of the sunspot cycle, I decided to begin the CW portion on 40 m. I figured the midwest and east coast stations might hear me with QRO Sunday morning, so I fired up the Johnson Desk KW/Ranger II (chirp and all). With the rotatable dipole broadside east, I worked a bunch of CX vintage stations. K2TOP, Rob, was 569 with his Navy TCK/RBC. K1DC, Don, made it to Calif with that wonderful Collins 30-FX. K0NG, Chas, had a relatively stable sig from his Gonset G76 (hard to believe). Cap W0CCA and I seem to have a pipeline - his DX 60 was very strong. Worked Tom, K6LQI, with several transmitters, including the DX-20 (great note, as usual).

Tried 20 m and found K2TOP, Howie WB2AWQ, John K3MD, and a bunch of others with good signals. Liked Bill KC6T's HT-32 note. Jim W8KGI and I worked each other several times - always enjoy hearing that Meisner Signal Shifter. In the evening, went to 40 CW and was pleased to work John N2BE with his Challenger (I like those transmitters and should put mine on the air). How good were the conditions? I actually copied part of N2BE's call when he was on Standby with his Challenger!) For some mysterious reason, Jim W8ZR's Johnson Desk sounded much cleaner than mine (could it be I am too lazy to rebuild the Ranger II's VFO??) Heard Al N5AIT' Lysco 600 (best chirp award). My score: 80 QSOs, 15 stations qualified, 101,920 points.

Phone (ssb) notes: Murphy struck me hard. The antenna rotator died the hard way - spent Sunday morning removing it and bolted the beams east. Both the NCX-5 and Hallicrafters SR-150 croaked right off the bat. For me, this is not a problem, with all kinds of junk under the bench to haul out. But conditions were poor. I found a hole around 14.270 and qualified a stack of SSB transceivers. Len, K8GM, had excellent signals in here - copied his Ranger with no problems. At 1946, Doug, KH6U, called me off the back of the beam - he and I have a stable pipeline on 20 - my Palos Verdes QTH looks over the Pacific at 1300 ft, which helps. Doug's CE 100V and 32V3 were easy listening. I hung around 20 for the afternoon and early evening. Lot's of wonderful boatanchors showed up. Had good comments on the B&W 6100. Put the Hallicrafters FPM-200 on, and it behaved pretty well - easy to qualify (it likes SSB better than CW). My "new" "followed me home" junker TR-4 garnered many reports of good audio. It looks beat up but works well. As conditions were bad, with heavy QSB, I finally fired up the Hallicrafters SR-2000 Hurricane and worked a long list of stations. Notable were Greg W0BTW's Argonaut 505 and Doug KF4HN's Tempo 1. For some reason, FT 101 ZD's were popular this year. And I should mention Ron KI0FH's Swan 500 CX. My score: 85 QSO's, 12 stations qualified, 80,665 points.

Total Score: 182,585. Not bad, considering conditions. Lot's of fun, as usual. Loved the scheduling choices. Snail mail with score details to follow.

73,

Rocco "Rock" Lardiere N6KN

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W8KGI – JIM

Mac,
What a difference! The CW CX went very well yesterday.

I got on 20 about 12:30 MST and there were plenty of guys to talk to. I made 14 QSO's with the four pairs that I had allocated to 20, and things were running so well that I pulled the DX-100 and NC-200 down from 40 and made three more contacts with them. About 2:30 I listened on 40 and found guys there too, so I ran my other three 40 meter pairs in my inside shack and then went out to the garage for a while. I hadn't planned on using any gear out there because of the cold, but I just turned a few things on anyway and spent from 4 until 6:30 with five more pairs on 40.

I broke for dinner at that point. After eating and doing the dishes, I got on 80 from the inside shack at about 8:20 and qualified four more pairs with 16 contacts. 80 petered out a little after 10 pm. The CX'ers vanished and most of the other signals got quite weak as well. So I hung it up and went to bed at a decent hour.

All together, I qualified 17 pairs for a total age multiplier of 2029 years and my total CW score was 125,798. Interestingly, I did not hear one person working the AWA contest, even though we were running concurrently for much of the time. I think Dave, W2KV, deserves special mention for running on 40 with his Hallicrafters Sky Buddy and home brew 6L6. Also, Tom, K6LQI, had the best excuse that I heard this time. He had to leave 80 CW abruptly because he was interfering with his neighbor's doorbell! How did things go for you? Was it as busy back in North Carolina? It sure helped out here to not have QRM from other "contests." Congratulations on picking a good weekend for us.

Well the AM portion of the CX out here was as slow as the CW portion was hot. During the entire day, I did not run across a single station who was working either the CX or the AWA AM QSO Party.

I got on Sunday about 12:30, monitoring and calling on 20 with no luck at all. Finally around 1:30 I heard some AM activity on the top end of 40, so I moved down there and worked W7XH in Tucson, W5JO in Sulphur, OK, and K0ETD also in Tucson. They weren't working the CX, but they were happy to oblige me. Then there was a dry spell with no AM on 20 or 40 until about 3:15 when I picked up Ron, K0ETD, again and started a "rig run" to try to get my 40 meter gear qualified. I managed to get the NTX-30 on for three QSO's with Ron using three separate receivers, but when I switched to the DX-100 and tried to get a second round going to use the receivers again, the band dropped dead! I went up to 75 at that point and found a couple of the usual suspects, KA5HRK in Arkansas, KA0ARA in Kansas City, and K7KC in Salt Lake City, none of whom were working the CX but who were happy to give me a few contacts anyway.

At that point nothing more was happening on 20, 40, or 75, so I took Kathy's suggestion, went out and got some barbequed ribs and a movie and we settled down for a nice evening before the TV with the wood stove providing a cheery warm glow. The movie was Disney's Snow Buddies about five, Golden Retrieve pups and a Malamute pup who form a sled dog team along with the malamute's boy and win the big race so the Goldens can go home to Washington State. Kit and Mic, our Goldens, got very interested in watching the movie, quite unusual for them since they normally just veg out on the carpet when we have the TV on. So it was fun watching them watch the show.

Anyway, after the movie I slipped back to the shack about 11 pm and found W7QHO, W6HYK and W6MIT from California in a roundtable. They were kind enough to let me in for a few minutes and supplied an opportunity to qualify my NC-101X.

For the AM section of the CX, then, I made 18 QSO's and qualified the Valiant, 32V3, DX-100 and NTX-30/NSM transmitters and HRO, NC-101X, SX-28, RME69 and HRO-50 receivers for an age multiplier of 578 years and a total AM score of 10,404.

My CW score from two weeks ago was 125,798. For the CW event I qualified the following gear; transmitters Elmac A54 and AF68, National NTX-30, Knight T-150, Collins 32RA, HT-20, Apache, Valiant, CBY52209 (Navy BC457), Millen 90800, Harvey Wells Bandmaster TBS-50C/D (field conversion), Central Electronics 100V, Meissner 1941 Deluxe Signal Shifter, 32V3, T4X, DX-100, and BC459; receivers RME-69, SX-28, 75A4, R4B, NC-200, HRO-50, NC-101X, BC455/BC453, NC-303, HRO-5TA1, 75A3, HQ-170A, RME-70, NC-173, BC454/BC453, FB7, and HRO.

My total CX score for this running combining both the AM and CW scores is 136,202.

It was great fun, even if the AM day was rather slow. I can't wait until the next one this fall. Thanks, and keep up the good CX work.

73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

HERE’S HOW IT IS DONE

What I try to do is to start with one pair, make a contact, and then bring the other three pairs in on the contact. Per the CX rules that counts for four separate QSOs. By talking to three different guys on one band, I can then "qualify" all four pairs I have tuned up for that band by making three QSO's with each of the pairs. If the band is hot, I'll then go on with one of the higher powered transmitters and work more guys as well. Needless to say, I have my gear switchable so that I can change from one transmitter to the next by just throwing two rotary switches. The receivers are also on two rotary switches, one for each earphone. I can listen to my contact on one receiver and tune him in with a second receiver. With decent conditions, I can finish a contact using four pairs in about ten minutes.

I have gear ready to go on 20, 40 and 75. I'll probably start on 20 a little after noon my time, 2 pm Eastern time. Look for W8KGI around 14286 and later around 7290.

Now if nothing blows up I'll be OK.

W8KGI, Jim

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N2AK - MARIO

THE FORECAST:

I sure do have a great time getting all my old stuff ready for CX. I have 2 shacks, on with "MODERN" stuff and the second a boat anchor shack. In the old shack I have almost 30 pieces of gear. Every Winter, I spend time going over all the known bugs and finding new ones. Right now, I have my HT-37 apart. Last year I found no SSB ... blown VOX relay. I'm enhancing it so it will work properly with my antenna switching relays, as well as operating the VOX.

I last year fixed up an EBAY radio ... a Communicatior III, and used it on 2m AM with some local ham friends. I also have a GC-105, another EBAY orphan, which I hope to get cleaned up next week. I am going to join the big boys on SSB ... I have an SB230 amp that I got with my SB104 line from an estate in PA. In 47 years of ham radio, I never had a linear at my QTH. Hopefully next week I will have that puppy on-line.

Maybe we can have an SSB contact a week from Sunday. Lets hope for a great finish to an wonderful event. Thanks again for all your efforts.

THE ACTUAL CX

This year's Classic Exchange was another operating event that makes Ham Radio the great hobby that it is. I added more vintage gear but I never seem to get it all on the air. No matter how many hours I spend getting my new stuff up and running, the pile never gets depleted, so I will never be able to say I am finished.

The list of rigs included 26 individual pieces ... transmitters, receivers or transceiver. I m anaged to get 21 on for the CW portion, 9 for the SSB and my Gonset Comm III for 2M AM. It seems that every year I forget to put some gear on the air. This year, that happened to my ARC-5 rig, which I cleaned up to make it sound decent, but forgot to use it. Also, I picked up a nice Hallicrafters SB-160 but again didn't get it on. My biggest problem is getting into using one favorite rig and not realizing that time is moving on. Maybe next year I'll keep track of which radios I use!

During the past year, my friend Rich WA1SKQ in R.I. gave me his old NC-173 rx. That thing is full of history, being the radio used by Kon-Tiki in the 1947 trip across the Pacific on a raft. Well this radio works great and I managed to remember to get it qualified during the CW week. I paired it with a HMBW rig I built in 1961 as a 16 year old kid.

I was very sorry to hear that Jeff K3KYR was out of commission due to pneumonia. Jeff is a great CX operator, and fun to work. However I was pleasantly suprised to work him for a few QSOs which he managed to make in spite of being in bad shape. I know Jeff will be adding more stuff and be back next CX.

John, K3MD was a real good source of interesting contacts. He said he was not at home and only had limited equipment with him, but he managed to fire up at least 6 different rigs that he had brought along. John used to work Field Day with my radio club, K2AA when we were both younger! He is a great CW op and loves operating and building QRP.

Honorable mention to Paul, W8TM. He was everywhere, with his Heath Twins, the SB401 and SB301. I worked him at least 10 times with that gear, once with my SB401 and SB300. I hope he starts expanding his boat anchor collection, so he can get caught up in old radio like the rest of us !

It took me a while but I finally worked Bunky K4EJQ. This usually happens toward the end of the CW date, but this year we worked a bit earlier on 40 CW. Bunky is one of the neat people that makes CX different from other ham events. No other contest brings this kind of friendship.

I give special thanks to my friend TED W2TAG in Tabernacle NJ who is an avid boatanchor collector and a good sailing buddy. Ted and I are also members of the NJQRP club, which has some neat members and projects. Ted has tons of radio gear and likes to build, upgrade and operate it. He made 11 QSOs with me during the 2 weekends.

So what about next near? Well I hope we have more ops, better band conditions and a continuation of the great personalities that make the Classic Exchange the best operating event of the year.

Click
HERE to see some of Mario's really fine collection - and the reason he does so well.

73,
Mario / N2AK Medford, NJ Click to return to the Scores table.


N2BE – JOHN

Hi Mac,
First of all, thank you and the other “CX-Brass” for another great classic event; one that is both unique and second to no other operating activity. My commentary later includes dome references to the September 2007 event, as well as for 2008, since I missed sending in a report for that one.

In an attempt to boost my anemic Fone score, I have acquired a HEATHKIT “DX-100” for restoration. Actually, “resurrection” may be a better word since the transmitter was really an 800- volt arc-welder in its previous life, HI. I hope to be using it in the next CX.

In the past two CXs, I have had station ste up for 6 and 2 meters, but have yet to hear anyone operating this contest on either band., I may have missed opportunities while spending most of my time on HF. It seems to me that having a separate CX contest for VHF makes good sense:
1. It would concentrate CXers on just two bands. This is necessary since fewer CXers can be QSOed, with the shorter communication ranges on VJF.
2. It would allow ops physical room for the VHF equipment (these ARE Boatanchors!, if no HF equipment was needed to be in-the-way.
3. No problems with QRM (i.e., easier to schedule contest dates, etc.)
4. Many ops who operate VHF-and-up exclusively may get interested in the CX, if it moves into “their” neighborhood.
5. Ops would not be distracted from operating on VHF, if the “more productive” HF bands could not be used.

Moving on … what about having recognition for “tube count”? (i.e., How many tubes did you heat up during the contest?)

GLOBAL WARMING AND BOAT ANCHORS
On a more serious note, I cannot overemphasize the importance of “Boatanchor” reactivation. High-voltage transformers generate of one heck of a magnet field. You never heard of global warming back in the 50s and 60s; did you? Well, it was the generation of massive flux fields by “Boat anchor” equipment that pulled the Earth’s polar magnet fields in towards the equator. The cold polar weather patterns then followed these magnetic flux paths. Today, low-voltage power-suppliers are the rule, and their puny flux field cannot attract the cold polar air currents, that would otherwise save us from eventual incineration by the equatorial heat. More “Boat anchors” must be activated!!

CXosaurs
Speaking of magnetic fields, it was during the last-October “CX” CW event that I noticed something profound. The needle of the compass that I keep handy to align my VHF antennas with started to move off of North and around toward the southwest. At first I thought it was just the long overdue (by about 100,000 years) flipping of the Earth’s geomagnetic poles. Anyway, I continued to watch it, while monitoring 40 meters for several more minutes. Then all of a sudden, Jim (K8KGI in NM) was copied saying he had just gotten out of his “Summer shack” and was in the process of warming up his veritable mountain of “Boat anchors” out there. DO YOU SUPPOSE….?! “Boat anchors” do generate one heck of a magnetic field. I all reminded me of the scene in “JURASSIC PARK” where radiating, concentric rings in a cup of coffee or in a mud puddle heralded the appearance of a very classic T., Rex. And now, … here was J. Rex?! Today paleontologists believe that T.Rex may have hunted in pairs or small groups. Likewise, almost as soon as Jim had appeared, Rock (N6KN) popped out onto the 40 meter scene. Yup…R.Rex ! The QSOing was fast and furious with these two kin CXosaurs logging their fill, and in an instant, disappearing back into the spectrum of frequencies unknown. Both Jim and Rock should be commended for great signals, all the contest points they give out, and their contributions in the war against global warming. What great flux! However, it was Jeff (K3KYR) another “CX-Rex”, who turned out to be the “Classic Chameleon” of the October 2007 CW event for me. He went through five station changes that I QSOed with during that event.

Moving to the January CW event, I would like to thank Dick (K6TOB) and Mario (N2AK) for their “Classic Patience” with me as I tried to copy their information through all sorts of receiving problems including raging intermittent power-line noise (a definite upset to the good type of magnetic flux) Rock (N6KN) deserves the “Classic CX Big Ear” award for hearing me respond to this “CQ CX” with my Johnson Challenger in “stand-by” mode. (I sometimes go covert to confuse the competition…Hee Hee.) Conditions on 40 meters weren’t all that great; I was in NJ and he in CA and my output power was only 92 milliwatts! For those dying to know, Rock was receiving with a Collins 75A4 at the time. I was also very pleased to have worked Paul (W8TM) again. Paul is an excellent op on both CW and Fone and his SB-401/301 combination is a real credit to the Heathkit line.

On 80 meters my CW transmitter was a Johnson Adventurer (the “Tube Cube”) with a single crystal that could be moved up and down in frequency (about 1 kHz) just by tapping on it (i.e. VTO: Variable TAP Oscillator.) This crystal’s output was so low that I could only get 20 watts maximum out of the transmitter. No problem though; it was enough for 19 good CX-CW QSOs including a great chat with Mac (WQ8U whose Drake T4X sounds way too good for a rig of its age. Are getting the impression that CX ops are really skilled at digging out the weak ones?

Speaking of digging out the weak ones, in the CX-Fone contest Bill (K9BTP) copied my Johnson Challenger on 75 meter AM, out in WI! On top of it all, conditions were not good, by anyone’s measure. Bill gets my vote for “Classic Fone Big Ear”. He was using an R-392/UUR receiver at the time.

In conclusion, the “Classic Exchange” displays ham radio at its best. The operating skills, patience, and courtesy of the CX ops make this event an absolute pleasure to be part of. On top of that, the fact that so much old equipment sounded so good and communicated so well gives testimony to the technical ski9lls of those same ops. These people are ‘classic communicators”.

A CX-QSL card that I recently received says it all:
“…got my Novice back in 1955. Having more fun than ever, Man, I love this hobby. 73 & Keep your tubes hot.”

Click
HERE for picture of John's "South Shack"
The "South Shack" is in a corner of the master bedroo, where it is usually nice and warm.

The "North Shack" (much colder due to lower latitude #) is in a small bedroom. It is being reconfigured to accomodate more Boatanchors, such as: R-390, DX-100, SENECA, INVADER, etc.

RIGS:
Johnson Challenger
National NC-303
Johnson Adventurer
Drake 2-B
National NCX-3

SCORE:
CW 10,296
SSB: 276
AM: 392
TOTAL: 10,964

73
John N2BE

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K2RP - Ron

Hi Mac… 
Thanks for a fun event.  Wish there were more AM and SSB stations around.  Didn’t hear anyone on SSB, and only got the AM qualified by joining a round table on 75 Sunday evening. 

A bit more activity on CW.  Attached is my pitiful score.

  I propose and humbly nominate myself for a new award:  The “Mismatched Station Award.”

Editor's comment: I couldn't agree more - that is a real but wonderful mismatch. Wonder which felt better about being with the other.
Click
HERE to see the Mismatch Award Winner.

RIGS:
HT-32 Mk1 and SX-101A
DX-35 and Drake 2B
Heathkit AT-1 and Collins 75A-4
Viking I and HQ-129-X

SCORE:
CW 7,704
AM: 480
TOTAL: 8,184

   See you next time!

Ron K2RP
Encinitas, CA

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W8TM - PAUL

CQing worked well for me during this Classic Exchange, particularly on CW. There seemed to be good participation on both modes, especially on 40 meters during daylight. But then 40 is my first-choice band anyhow.

My equipment was unchanged from previous CX efforts: SB-301 receiver (1967), SB-401 transmitter (1974) and inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 40 years old, not having reached its June birthday, whereas the SB-401 was assembled in February and so is 34 years old, for a total age of 74 years.

I worked 53 on 40, but only 10 on 80. Such are the limitations of having only a 40 meter inv vee. My ferrite-bead balun got noticeably hot when I called CQ a bunch on 80.

Worked Marty AA4RM and Jim W8KGI on 40; didn't hear Mac WQ8U.

Also worked Mario N2AK 11 times on 40 and once on 80; he certainly has lots of rigs.

I had 30 QSOs on SSB and 63 on CW. My score grid follows.
SSB 2,220
CW 4,662
Totals 6,882

73,
Paul W8TM

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W6SAI - Bill Orr Legacy Radio Club

OPERATOR: Perry Wheless, K4CWW, Tuscaloosa, AL

Vanity call W6SAI was issued 2/5/08 just in time for the contest!

RIGS:
DX-100 (two of them)
HQ-170
HQ-150
QSOs: 32 on AM
SCORE: 6,208

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K3MD/3 - Doc

Even though my “score” was limited due to my antique rigs being in the country and me being confined to the small city lot with two old radios only, had a blast in the CX.

Worked N2AKon 2 antique radios and 4 modern radios, including a QRP rig.
Sorry that K3KYR was feeling under the weather.
Rocco N6KN and a “new” entry, WA1SKQ, were in great shape.

You got the QRM-free weekend correct!

RIGS:
TR-7
FT-100D
IC-751
IC-718

QSOs: 46

SCORE: 5,796

John “Doc” K3MD

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K3MSB – MARK

THE FORECAST:

The Jan event could see a 5100 and 5100B on the air from the K3MSB radio ranch.....

THE ACTUAL CX

It came down to the wire for the 5100 to be on along with the 5100B !!!

It seems that when I transmitted on 3.5, I was nicely heard on 7.0. There's some discussion going on as to whether this was just near field, but I didn't want to take a chance on getting a greeting card from Riley!! Aside from low output on 10M, the 5100 was indeed playing!!

I swapped the Multiplier / PA stage from my other 5100 thinking that would work instead. Had some problems and blew one of the grid dropping resistors; the puff of smoke was very pretty......

Nonetheless, I had a great time in the CX; made about 20 contacts on 20 and 80; my grid current was way too high on the 5100B on 40M, and didn't want to blow anything (again), so no 40M this time. Full story when I send in the log.

It seems to me that there was a lull in CX activity, and it's picking up now. Lots of new calls worked.

Soapbox: Nice time in the contest. As I write this (June 7th) the 5100 is on the air, so Lord willing I’ll have the 5100 and 5100B on for the fall 08 event!!

73

Mark K3MSB

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K1DC – Don

Click
HERE to see a picture of Don and his fine classic Collins and National gear - what a great station!

RIGS:
Collins 30-FX (from 1934) 100W CW; 50 W AM
National NC-101X (from 1936)

QSOs: 21 on 40 meter CW

SCORE: 3,066

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WE4RC – Walton County (GA) Emergency Radio Club

OPERATORS:
AI4JI – David
AG4BR – Bob
KD4UDY – David
KC4ZUA – Arnold
KC4QJE – Jerry
W4BLB – Bobby
KI4VCJ – Michael
KI4JWC - Korene

Click
HERE to see the club web site showing their stations and the great time they were having.

The club had a lot of fun participating in the Classic Exchange last month.
We had 19 QSOs on SSB for a score of 2660 points.

RIGS:
Swan 700 CX
Drake T-4XC
Drake R-4C

73
Arnold, kc4zua

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W2JEK - Donald

I started with my Harvey-Wells TBS-59C and Hallicrafters S-76 for 3 QSOs on 40 meters. Next was the Johnson Ranger I and my Drake 2B – again 3 QSOs on 40 meters. Then after supper got on with my Heathkit HW-8 and had 3 QSOs on 80 meters.

I tried to get my Lafayette HE-30 and ARC-5 BC-696 combo working but all I heard on the receiver was noise so this means I have some work to get running again.

SCORE: 2,358

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K4JYS – BILL

Well another fun time has come and gone. Now it's time for the paper work. As usual, I had a great time and again thanks to you and other helpers for a great CX. I was a tad lazy this go 'round and only used one setup...a Lysco 600S and HQ140X, all on 40 mtrs CW. I was bouncing between the CX and the AWA QSO party. I managed to have plenty of nice contacts in both events. As I remember, condx were pretty good. Follows are my results:

SCORE:
          Lysco 600S 1951
          HQ140X      1953
                         -------------
        CX Mult         112 yrs  X  20 QSO's = 2240 Points

  The Lysco is one of my favorite xmtrs. It drifts, but that's part of the fun..hi. The prev. owner equipped my 600S with a break-in keying module, probably from the '60's. It works pretty good with a HQ140X.

...a pretty simple xmtr it is....lots of features for such a simple xmtr, plus that classic look.

Thanks & 73...Bill K4JYS

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N5AIT – AL

Mac,
I finally got back into CX, albeit for not that long a time. Copy of log enclosed; however, recent events have shown my clock (which I had not seen for a couple years) was an hour off, so subtract an hour from the logged times (must have been on Zulu daylight time ;-))

I am reclaiming the part of the basement which houses the radios. Our house fire was in 2003 and that area took a good bit of water from above. I retired on 1 June 2006, so my radio equipment which was providing the operations for KF4LWA (club station at school – I was the sponsor and licensee) was added to the piles of stuff stacked there.

Checking my antennas I found each of the two had one end down, but the Windom’s short end (formally connected to a tree which was removed two years ago) was still draped ``up in a closer hemlock tree and reasonably off the ground The halyard on one leg of the horizontal vee had let go and was run up to the upper pulley, lowering the wire end hanging down to about six feet above ground. (Have since fixed that one; the Windom is still draped in the tree, but at least have finally found the end of it).

I first cleared and cleaned off the operating table top area. Then I installed the Harvey-Wells TBS-50D, which had been on I every CX (going back to the first “NX”) in which had participated. Went to tune it up; when I threw the switch to the TRANSMIT position I heard an ominous frying sound from within, similar to a capacitor going out, and it blew a fuse.

I grabbed another “old reliable,” the Drake T-4XB. After warm-up I started tuning it … and mid-load I saw a flash inn the final tube compartment as it blew its fuse. Pulling the entire setup (Drake twins: + R-4B) off the operating shelf (easier to do than try to disconnect all the interconnecting cables) I put power to the 75A-4 which I have had for several years and never really used.

While I was letting it warm up I looked for another transmitter and practically literally tripped over one, Stu (K8SJ –sk)’s old Lysco “Transmaster 600,” which was sitting on the floor. I knew this rig since I had repaired it for him when he first found it (VFO and 807 final). I figured “what the heck,” so hooked it up and turned it on. I was pleased when it did not immediately blow a fuse.

After about fifteen minutes’ warm-up time I wend key down into a dummy load – and was pleased that nothing blew and it tuned up to 20 watts out. Having at least one rig working I made a few contacts (including a guy who lives about six blocks from me), enough to qualify that setup. The old Collins needs work; its sensitivity was way down, so I switched it out for the Drake 2-B, which has always been one of my all-time favorite receivers. With that combo I made a few more QSO’s, enough to qualify the 2-B. I did not feel like digging through the pile any more, and had a couple to fix first anyway, so ended there.

I have since discovered that when my computer crashed three years ago it took with it an extensive listing of equipment and dates of manufacture. With that gone I cannot figure a score, but do not have much of one with the few QSO’s and equipment pieces I used, but that’s OK. I had a great time getting even a few things going again.

I noticed that the log includes several guys I worked the last time I was in CX, which speaks well for what y’all have been doing with CX since taking it over. Stu would be pleased and proud (including getting the Lysco back on the air).

Someone once told me that no matter how many radios you fixed, you would continue to run into new problems. The TBS-50D proved this to be the case. With it sitting out of the case, capacitors check (OK), and a new fuse in the power supply I turned it on again and saw what had sapped (as it did again): the LOAD variable capacitor. I tried blowing any “stuff” out of it, vacuuming it, and carefully cleaning between plats with fine emery paper with more vacuuming). It helped a bit, but still zapped in a few places. It had taken water from above during the fire; some had gotten in, and upon drying had left deposits on the plates. So – I figured if it worked for a shower head and faucet aerator it would work for a variable capacitor – I unsoldered and dismounted it (a story in itself), washed it and put it in to soak in a glass of white vinegar. Eight hours later I pulled it out, performed toothbrush ablutions, washed and rinsed it off. After thoroughly drying it and remounting it in the transmitter I tried again – and it is working beautifully. First time I have ever “fixed” a radio with white vinegar.

The T-4XB was easier. Three new tubes (both finals, of course, which had enough internal leakage to short out under load) and it is doing just fine.

Continuing along this line (about time!) yesterday I pulled out my VFO, a WRL 755A which was the first kit I ever built (fifty years ago – argh!), cleaned it up, disappeared the cobwebs and plugged it in. It is working just fine (Leo Meyerson would be proud). Then today I put the 2-B away (it needs some alignment work, btw) and pulled out the SX-100 I got this some years ago at a Cincinnati hamfest, being sold by the local club. I( paid $20 for it, noting that it had been cut on and strange things done. When I took it home I discovered their attempt to put in selenium rectifiers (which might have worked had they been wired in properly), removed an added control dangling from the front panel (and not wired in), put a neat plug in the home and rewired it according to the original schematic. It has performed beautifully ever since, and today is no exception. When I turned it on it came up on 40 meters SSB … and as I listened to a conversation for about five minutes or so it did not drift as it warmed up!

So I have several other things to check out and put in good working order (e.g. TR-3, 32S-3, KWM-2, NC-303, HQ-170, and Hallicrafters SX-25 “Super Defiant” which has tape stuck on it in different places, which I shall probably just leave on), be even as I write there is setting in the operating position the Harvey-“Wells TBS-50D with 755A VFO, and glowing nicely next to it/them is the SX-100. A pretty picture.

Great job with CX, Mac – hope you are enjoying your new residence (did you retire?), and hope it is as nice as the one was in Ohio

SCORE: 2, 054 (CW) 73
Al

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W9OUY – Wallace

TX: Homebrew, designed and built by operator
RX: National HRO Senior, Manufactured in 1939

SCORE: CW 552

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W8KYD – Ron

Hello Mac,
Heard several stations calling “CQ AWA” during my time with the CX, and certainly hope I did not interfere with their activity. It’s always a treat to hear the old tube gear year after year!

Thanks for all your effort with the CX – AM & CW.

RIGS:
National NC-303
Johnson Viking Ranger II

QSOs: 6 on CW

SCORE: 540

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HERE to see pictures of Ron's shack - with and without Ron.

73
Ron, W8KYD

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W2IQK – Carl

RIGS:
Homebrew 813 transmitter
Homebrew 14 tube receiver
Viking Challenger

SCORE: 495 (CW)

Thanks for compiling the results for us

73
Carl W2IQK

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N8DL – DENNY

From around 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM 3.885 + - was active with WWII AM equipment.
Among the stations I worked was Marty AA4RM. He was extremely strong here last night. I was rigging up a mic connector Tim K8WBL gave me Sun afternoon for my HT32B xmtr. I was listening around 3885 Kc as I was working on the cable, then all hell broke loose with the AM stuff.
I was using the HT-32 B xmtr and BC-348 rcvr, both did a super job on and around 3885 Kc AM broadcast.
Lots of stations kept breaking in with lots of WWII equipment.
I finally had to quit and finish the cable and then get to bed.

Looks like I was lucky last night. Worked around 25 stations. At midnight I decided to quit.

I was very lucky in that I was able to use the BC-348 all the way. It was a real mess at times with the wide selectivity but just about all the stations I worked on 80 were in a same small portion of the 3.545 + / - Mc area.

Lots of stations on last night. Got Mac WQ8U and Jim W8KGI on 80.

I was lucky with the CW this time but I don't think the BC-348 will be very good for the SSB CX. Lots of fun with CW last night -

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W1FWB – KEVIN

Although I only spent a few minutes on the air with the CX, it was fun to operate the old Heathikit twins, HR 1680/HX1681.

I don't hear these rigs on the air very often and I enjoyed the couple of contacts I made with them. One of these years I will get the rest of the old rigs on for the entire event, not just 20 minutes or so.

Kevin Gunther
W1FWB

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K2TOP / K2WI - ROB

Hi Mac,

I ordered some crystals recently. After I gave my credit card number, I asked for a total. The woman said, "about a bezillion dollars". I laughed so hard. I have had to repeat the story a bezillion times.

Click HERE to see Rob's collection of Navy gear whose original price was probably about a bezillion dollars.


WB2WCO - JEFF

VIA Rob K2WI

New crystal: worth about 16 bucks
QSO using tube powered boat anchors with cool dials and a straight key: worth a bezillion dollars!

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VE7XF - Ralph

Editor's note: While not specifically a CX input, this and the responding BoatAnchor posting from Al, W8UT, tell a good story about CXers and their equipment.

I limped through the last CX with a sort-of working NC-303, and thought I'd best take it out of the cabinet and have a look. A PO had sloppily installed four tubular electrolytics to replace the 4-in-1 can. Time to return it to more-or-less original.

I have a couple of NOS cans that are probably 30 years old, either of which would do the trick (40-40-40/450). I put one on my Heath IT-28 for reforming, in series with a VOM to watch the current. All sections came up nicely, with a final leakage current of less than 1ma @ 450v for each section.

The question: can I confidently install this without worry, or should I wait for new caps to arrive and rebuild the original can?

I have previously put a 250ma fuse in the CT of the HV winding to save the xformer, just in case. I'll do that with the '303 too. Then I'll attend to the other issues - poor AGC, audio distortion, etc.

VE7XF

W8UT - Al

Hi 'Cousin' Ralph,
Nice to chat with you on CX, your Valiant sounded fine. I didn't hear a problem with your NC-303 ;-) I found that my Invader 2000 got good response from CQ's, my Valiant did OK too. Qualified 5 rigs, a high for me, thanks to planning ahead.

I had to change out the elecrolytic in my 2-B as it didn't know the music when I checked it out Sat. (it just hummed).

I've gotten to be suspicious of old NOS electrolytics since I've found it's not too hard to restuff them properly. But I've left old ones in a few things, notably SP-600's, as their originals rarely test bad for me, but only if it's mine. If I'm working on somebody else's stuff I don't do that. If it's mine and it goes, I can recognize & fix it, if it's somebody else's he might not realize it's going bad, and would have to get it back to me to fix. And hopefully no damage done, except to my pride in workmanship.

I've reformed some, had mixed success. "They" say that the electrolyte can dry out over the yrs, even if not used. Some have even injected distilled water, I haven't tried. Your mileage may vary.

Hope to see you on fone CX in 2 wks

73,
Al, W8UT
New Bern, NC www.boatanchors.org
www.hammarlund.info

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