Marty, AA4RM (sk) was among the early participants in CX and active through the February 2010 CX. He sponsored the CX Newsletter and website on the corporate computers. With his passing it was decided to move the CX website to a commercial hosting company. That also gave the opportunity to get a clearly "Classic Exchange" web site identification.

The process of moving from one host to another has been lengthy. If you notice anything missing or incorrectly displayed in the new web site or in this newsletter, please let me know. With the new host I can more easily make changes and corrections. I will also try to post early CX reports when I receive them.

Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor


Jim, W8KGI, had the high Total Score of 284,504 and top CW score of 271,215.
Mario, N2AK, has moved into second place with a Total Score of 222,420 pushing
Rocco, N6KN into an unaccoustomed third place with a Total Score of 198, 120. Rocco did have the top SSB score.
Glenn, N4AK, a relative newcomer to CX had the high AM score: 20,350 based on 55 QSOs.
Top FM score belongs to Gerry, VE7BGP, with 3,052 points.

W8KGI: "My good wife informed me that I shouldn't spend all of Valentine's day on the air, so I worked the CX in several sperts."
N6KN:"Finally had to give up at 0050Z to take the XYL out to dinner, and that was it."
K6KN:"15 m opened up, and it grieved me to have to leave for that wedding with band wide open, CX Phone."
K2RP:"Of course, had to go to a birthday dinner during the CW contest."

W8KGI: "The CW-CX was an absolute BLAST!"
N6KN: "Qualified a lot of rigs and had a great time!"
N2ATB: "This is the first time I have participated in CX and it was a lot of fun.
I think I am hooked on this contest"
VE7BGP: "I had a lot of fuin participating in this contest."
AA8MK: "It was my first 'CX' and I'll do it again."
W7EKB: "The CX was possibly the most fun I have had in ham radio since 1956."
K3KYR: "Had a blast, and heard lots of new guys for the first time."
WT2W: "Wow, what a great time! I had a blast."

WT2W, Jim, had a distinctive chirp on his HW-16 that he believes helped his QSO count.
N6KN, Rocco, nominated KH6U, Doug's Navigator as avign the best chirp.
No OO post cards were reported so neither could be all that bad HiHi.

N4AK, Glenn, nominated WA3VJB, Paul, running a 1946 Collins 300G (250 watts)

N2BE, John, walks us through his restoring his
Hammarlund HQ-120-X for use in this CX.
W4BOH, Wilson, tells of his personal experiences getting into CX and how this lead to a reconnection to rigs of his father, the original W4BOH (SK).Click to read "Beware of Strangers"
John N2BE has another over-the-top aspect of the CX and Boat Anchors. Click to read his view on how we and our BAs can fight global warming. Maybe it's the "807s" that give him inspiration.

Many CXers have multiple rigs in the CX andso it is not uncommon for a pair of CXers to have multiple QSOs using different rigs. Paul, W8TM,reported some examples:
N2AK - W8TM: 19
N2AK - W8TM: 10
K3MD - W8TM: 5

N2AK - W8TM: 9
K3MD - W8TM: 8
K9VKY - W8TM: 7
W8KGI - W8TM:6
K4JYS - W8TM: 6
N8DL - W8TM: 3

CX is a fun event focused on operating and enjoying older rigs. There is no other agenda in CX.
However, DL3UZ, Eddi, tells the case of what can happen to our enjoyment of some older rigs when bands are given bandwidth restrictions.

B&W: 5100B; 6100
Central Electronics: 20A;CE-100V
Collins: 32S-3;32V-2; 32V-3;310; 310-B; 300G; KWS-1
Drake: T-4X;T-4XB;T-4XC;2-NT
Elmac: A-54; AF-67;
Gonset: GSB-100
Hallicrafters: HT-20; HT-32; HT-32B, HT-37; HT-46
Heathkit AT-1; DX-20; DC-35; DX-40; DX-60; DX-100; SB-401; TX-1 Apache
Harvey-Wells: TBS-50C; TBS-50C/D; TBS-50D;
Johnson: Viking I, Viking II, Valiant, Desk KW;Ranger I; Ranger II; Adventurer; Challenger; Navigator
Knight T-150
Lakeshore Phasemaster 2B
Lysco 600
Meissner Signal Shifter (1941)
Military: CBY-52209 (BC-457); T-386; TCK
Millen 90800/90711
National NTX-30
Stancor 69

Collins: 75S-3; 75A-2; 75A-3; 75A-4
Drake: 1-A; 2-B; 2-C; R-4A; R-4B; R-4C
Hallicrafters: SX-24; SX-28A; SX-73; S-76; SX-115;
Hammarlund: Comet; HQ-110; HQ-120-X; HQ-129-X; HQ-140; HQ-170;HQ-180A
Heathkit: HR-10; SB301;
Kenwood: R-599
Military: BC-453; BC-454; BC-459; BC-342; BC-348;r-388; R-390; RBB; RBC; PRC-1
National: FB-7, HRO, HRO-M; HRO Senior, HRO-5AT; HRO-7; HRO-50, HRO-50R1; NC-101-X, NC-173, NC-183; NC-200; NC-303
Radio Manufacturing Engineers: RME-69; RME-70

Collins: KWM-1, KWM-2; KWM-2A;KWM-380
Drake: TR-3; TR-4;
Electcraft: k2
Icom: IC-720A; IC-765
Hallicrafters: SR-150; SR-400A
Heathkit: HW-7, HW-8; HW-16; HW-32A, HW-100; HW-101; SB-101, SB-102;
Kenwood: TS-440; TS-500; TS-520; TS-520S; TS-530; TS820S; TH-25AT; TR-7400A
National: NCX-3; NCX-5;
Swan: Model 500.

Ten-Tec: Argosy; Argonaut II
Yaesu: FT-757GX; FT-767GX; FT-DX570


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

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


W8KGIJim 271,21510,941348-3,000284,504Highest CW and Total Scores
N2AKMario 156,980-65,460--222,420
N6KNRocco 128,250-69,870-4,000198,120High SSB Score
K2RPRon 42,9206,88525,874-4,00079,679
K9VKYBrian 75,502---3,00078,502
K3MDJohn 45,872-10,944--56,816
N2BEJohn 30,9125,8991,302-3,00041,113Neatest hand lettered log submitted
N8DLDenny 25,803-5,271--31,074
W4BOHWilson 25,970---2,00027,970
N4AKGlenn -20,350--2,00022,350 Highest AM score
N2ATBTony 8,308-9,672-2,00019,980
W8TMPaul 9,438-9,048--18,486
N7TMTom 8,262-6,640-3,00016,902
W7FOXFox/Chris 11,8801,520264-3,00015,646
VE7BGPGerry 5,840-5,1483,052-14,040Highest FM Score
AA8MKJim 11,408---1,00012,408
WQ8UMac 6,318---3,0009,318
W7EKBKen 1,284---2,0003,284
WW3KPaul --504-2,0002,504
W2JEKJohn 351---2,0002,351
DL3UZEddi ----1,0001,000
K6MIJohn 440----440
AB8FJTed 152----152
W4BOHWilson ------
K3KYRJeff ------
KB8BKUDarryl ------
WB0SNDMike ------
WT2WJim ------




  Well I've been doing some maintenance to get ready for the CX.  The AF-67 needed a new plate choke for the 6146 - the old one had burned one pi to a char and had lost its high impedance. 
The BC459 had a hummy signal that it turns out was due to one of the 1625s no less.  My first thought was the power supply filter, and the second was the 1626, but it turned out to be a 1625. 
The RME 70 came to life when I figured out that one of its speaker leads was detached. 
And I just got finished with the BC454 receiver.  It was always semi-deaf compared to the BC455, both of which use the same BC453 as a "second IF."  (Actually the BC453 is a "third IF" because I use the BFO in the HF radio pulled down by 500 kc injected into the 2nd IF amp which then becomes a mixer to move the signal down to 500 kc where the BC453 can tune to it.)  Turns out I had neglected to follow my own conversion instructions in the 454 and I had not replaced the IF transformer winding in the plate of the 2nd IF stage with a 33K resistor.  I did that and now the 454/453 is as sensitive as my SX-28, a considerable improvement. 

  I've still got to get into the 32RA in the garage.  I had it on 20 for the AWA contest last week, and the keying relay suddenly developed a whole lot of lag.  I have to unpile a bunch of stuff to get into it to see what's happening.  It's also pretty cold out there, so that may wait for a little while.

  But I'm getting there!



  I had a really fun time on the CX. 
I got on 20 starting at 10:44 a.m. mountain time and I finally quit 80 meters at 11:02 p.m., with short breaks for lunch, dinner and the bathroom.  Wow!!!

  I filled more than four pages of my log, making 105 contacts, 35 on 20, 36 on 40, and 34 on 80.  I ran 9 receiver/transmitter pairs on 20 out in the COLD garage, NC-303 and AF67, Viking I and HQ-170-A, Apache and HRO-5TA1, SX-73 and Knight T-150, RME-70 and DX-20, HQ-120 and Viking II, HQ-129X and Adventurer, HRO-50R1 and Lysco 600, SX-28A and HT-20. 

Then I came inside to my toasty closet shack and I ran six more pairs each on 40 and 80.  On 40 I used the HRO-50 and Central Electronics 100V, NC-200 and Elmac A54, HRO and NTX-30, NC-173 and DX-100, R4B and T4X, and BC455/BC453 and BC459.  On 80 I used the Valiant and 75A4, 32V3 and SX-28, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter and NC-101X, Millen 90800/90711 and RME-69, FB7 and TBS50C/D, and BC454/BC453 and CBY52209 (Navy BC457). I got on three Hammarlund receivers, HQ-120X, HQ-129X, and HQ-170A, and four Johnson transmitters, Viking I, Viking II, Adventurer, and Valiant, so that may rate a few bonus points.  I also ran my novice receiver, an HRO-50, which may be worth a few more points.  Mac, I'll let you figure out any possible bonus points on my total score.

  There were lots of interesting rigs on the air.  Marty, AA4RM had on his "69 twins," RME-69 and Stancor 69.  His signal was distinctive and easy to find. And Mac and I worked also on 80, with, among other rigs, matching pairs of Valiant and 75A4 on each end of the contact.

Ken, W7EKB, was running his DX-35/VF1 novice rig from 1956.  Fox, W7FOX, was running his ARC-5 novice rig from 1964.  Tom, K8VBL, has a 35 watt home-brew transmitter and a home brew 8-tube superhet.  And he lives near Benton Harbor, too. 

Steve, K9QS, my very last contact on 80 meters, was running a Ranger and a home brew superhet from the 1965 ARRL Handbook.  Ron, K2RP, had a very rare Drake 1A on 40 cw that he later paired with a Gonset GSB-100 for 40 meter SSB. 



  Well yesterday, Valentine's Day, was the phone section of the CX, and out here in the Southwest participation was very light.  My good wife informed me that I shouldn't spend all of Valentine's Day on the air, so I worked the CX in several spurts.  I started off around 11 a.m. local time on 20 meters.  I had four AM pairs and one SSB pair tuned up and ready on 20.  After half an hour of calling CQ and listening in both modes with absolutely no results, I shut down and came inside to see what was happening on 40 meters. 

There were several "locals" in New Mexico, Arizona and California on 7293 including two CX'ers, Jim W8ZR and Ron, K2RP as well as Jim, K3IAN in NM and Dick, K6BZZ, in AZ.  After a little while, another CX'er, Chris, W7FOX, from AZ joined us as well.  Thanks to this group, I managed to qualify my DX-100, HRO-50, NTX-30/NSM, HRO, 32V3 and NC-101X and to have 18 QSO's in about an hour.  I then switched to SSB for three more QSO's including one with Ron, K2RP again, and qualified my Drake R4B/T4X pair in another quarter hour. 

  I checked 20, 40 and 75 several times later and didn't hear any CX activity until around 5:30 when I got on 75.  I managed 3 AM QSO's in an hour on 75, none with other CX'ers, but at least I qualified my Valiant and NC-200.  I had also been keeping an ear out on 14270 SSB with the 75A4 while I was on 75 AM, and I heard  CX'er VE7BGP calling CQ, so I dropped off 75 for a few minutes and went out to the garage to fire up the B&W-6100 and NC-303 for a QSO with Gerry.  I didn't manage any other SSB QSO's with that pair, but it was at least gratifying to contact Gerry and to know that the old B&W was getting out. 

  I did hear Denny, N8DL, down in the QRM on 75, running his BC-342 and HT-32 on AM, but I didn't manage a contact with him.

  So in all, I heard only five other CX'ers on all day long on both AM and SSB. 

  My AM score, with 21 total QSO's and an age multiplier of 521 years was 10,941.  My SSB score, with 4 QSO's and an age multiplier of 87 years, was 348.

  My raw score would then be 271,215 for CW plus 10,941 for AM plus 348 for SSB for a total of 282,504.   

  Mac, you did a good job of picking days when the QRM from other contests was not band for the CX.  Thanks a lot for that!  The CW-CX was an absolute BLAST!  I wish there was a better way to find the other CX'ers working phone.  Perhaps we could pick several times during the day when the guys would try to be on the various bands.  In any event, I'm still smiling. So am I Jim. Thanks for the kind words. Mac

  73, and keep the filaments glowing,
  Jim, W8KGI

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Hi Mac,
  I'll be on tomorrow with lots of stuff.  Look for ya around 40 &  75.
                                                                          73 & good luck ... and have fun. 
                                                                                               Mario / N2AK


Winter Classic Exchange has given us a taste of how things could be if we had some radio propagation. The bands (actually the band … 40m) were decent during the day and into the early evening, but things got wrapped up for CX in the early evening. It would be nice to have a few bands during the daytime, but let’s hope things continue to improve for next year.

My good buddy Paul, W8TM was generally there for any of the 30 different radios I had on the air for the CW portion. Paul proves that the Heath Twins, the SB401 and SB300 are still good radios after all these years. We had at least 20 QSOs in all, mostly on 40 m.

It was good to hear Jeff, K3KYR with his assortment of vintage gear from Bombay NY. Jeff is located at an optimal distance from my QTH such that long skip doesn’t affect our path too much on 40m. On 40m, worked John, K3MD many times. He has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of vintage gear to put on the air. John is a good operator and always fun to speak to. Great to hear from Rich WA1SKQ, Bob K2TOP, Brian K1VKY, Bunky K4EJQ and all the rest of the CX regulars.

This year my friend Tony, N2ATB got the CX bug and became a future big gun in the contest. We had over 30 QSOs. The crazy 40m short skip made working him 12 miles away a challenge during most of the day. But he is acquiring some fine Kenwood boat anchors and I think he will be in CX for many years to come. Tony didn’t do too badly. Good job recruiting Mario! Mac

Another local ham friend of mine is Ted, W2TAG. Every CX I drag him into the contest for a few QSOs. Ted has enough old radio gear to open up a radio museum of his own. Ted’s proximity to me is a great opportunity to fire up some QRP homebrew gear. I think he could give me a 599 from the vfo without the rest of the rig on! Also, being about 5 miles away seems to make our QSOs immune to the short skip problems we have with most QSOs on 40m . Ted is a good op and a good radio buddy and is another guy who helps make CX a great event. Next year Ted will have ready a little AM QRP radio that he is now building. Running AM fone can be a challenge with low power, but it should be fun.

I hope that next year we have improved HF propagation, but CX is fun no matter what. It happens every year, but next time I really plan to get all my gear on the air. I always seem to stay with a favorite rig and at a late hour (usually when the bands are exhausted) I realize I never turned on some others. Anyway, I managed to qualify at least 30 pieces of gear this year, so that wasn’t too bad. Not too bad at all Mario. Wonder how you would score if you were really interested in CX. HiHi. Mac

Hope to hear you in CX in September.
Mario / N2AK
Medford, NJ

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CX Preparation: 

As usual, I had some rigs not quite ready for prime time on the bench just prior to the event.  I hauled out my HQ110AVHF to use as the novice station receiver; it fired up nicely, although the controls were pretty dirty.  My DX60 is in regular use, so that covered the novice transmitter, and I knew that the Valiant or Ranger 2/Desk KW would qualify for the Johnson TX bonus.  That left the HQ170; after fighting some small gremlins, it worked ok on the bench.  Also, I cleaned the cobwebs out of my "new" Collins S line and completed a realignment and refurb of both the 32S-3 and 75S-3. 


CW CX Notes: 

Conditions were great, and there was a lot of activity on the bands.  I started the event on 40 and picked up several CX regulars in short order using the Drake T4X-C and R4-C with an SB220.  I have found that the early Sunday morning session is much easier with QRO and ran 400W.  Tom N7TM had a good signal with his Drake C Line, as did Paul W7TM (SB401/SB301), Gerry K0GPX (Viking 2), Dick (AT1), and Fox W7FOX (Viking 1).  There were plenty of Novice transmitters on the air, so that bonus seemed to be popular. 

Fell out of my chair when Go 9M6YBG called me with a 599 signal, so the band was pretty good. 

Finally moved up to 20 at 1710 and found Jim, W8ZR with his Ranger 2/Desk KW and many others.  Notables: Dave W5OC with a 20A, Mike WB0SND (Gold Dust Twins), George K2MYR (310B), and Doug KH6U (best chirp, Navigator.  Finally went back to 40 at 2240 and worked a stack of W8KGIs wonderful old transmitters.  Mark K3MSB's reliable BW5100B sounded great on 40.  Finally had to give up at 0050Z to take the XYL out to dinner, and that was it.  Qualified a lot of rigs and had a great time!


SSB CX Notes: 

Had to wedge in CX activity between: Church; Church Luncheon; a wedding/reception; and a Valentine's dinner with the XYL.  So the score was very limited, even though conditions were very good.  

Began on 20 SSB and picked up a nice run, including: Steve N5YRJ (great HX-500), Jon KD8MGI (SB100), Mark KI4YCC (TR4CW), Don KF0WW (Swan 500 and a TS500SE/2x814 amplifier) and many others.  Don's 814's were out of an antique electron microscope!  My XYL spends a lot of time on modern electron microscopy, and she was amused by that; the early electron microscopes tended to give the operators HV shocks (I am sure that Don avoided that). 

15 m opened up, and it grieved me to have to leave for that wedding with the band wide open.  I qualified the usual raft of equipment here; used a 1930's Mac Key bug with the "new" S Line.  Most everything behaved itself - no smoke.  Glad to hear your NO SMOKING program is working. Mac Later in the evening, I ended up on the Drake C line with the SB220 as 20 slowly died out.   

CW 75 QSO's, 1,710 CX Multiplier = 128,250 pts
SSB: 85 QSOs, 822 CX Multiplier = 69, 870 pts.
Novice: DX60 and HQ110AVHF
Johnson: Valiant
Hammarlund: blew it - miscounted and only had 2 QSOs with the HQ170.  So no bonus there (decided that the HQ110AVHF should only count for one bonus).

  I thought the bonuses were a lot of fun and very successful.  I would like to keep the novice rig bonus permanently; this could attract new folks, I think.  As for future "bonus" manufacturers, how about Hallicrafters and National?  Or Heathkits?    You have been heard. Thanks. Mac

Rocco "Rock" Lardiere

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Hi Mac….
  Thanks once again for coordinating the Classic Exchange.  I look forward to it each time.  Log and photos attached. 

This time I qualified a total of 26 different units including 8 transmitters, 12 receivers, and 6 transceivers, ranging in age from 1938 to 1973.  The HW101 and HW32 wouldn’t work on the SSB section, even though the HW101 worked on the CW weekend!   As always, wish there was more participation, especially on AM.  I recruited some guys for the AM event and qualified 3 transmitters and 4 receivers.

  Too bad we were limited to one Johnson transmitter and Hammarlund receiver.  I qualified 2 Vikings (Viking I and Valiant) and 4 Hammarlunds (HQ 120x, 129x, 140x, and 170).  Came within 1 contact of qualifying an AT1/S40 combo, but got too tired to find one more contact!

  Of course, had to go to a birthday dinner during the CW contest, and had company for a lot of the Sunday of the phone contest!  Seems to happen every year!

  Still, I was pleased to break all my own previous records in terms of total score, individual contest score, and rigs qualified.  Total score was about double my best previous effort!  (Look out, Jim!) Great job Ron – you just need to skip those dinners and guests and focus. HiHi. Mac

  Thanks again
Ron K2RP

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I don't think I'm a player for the Grand Prize nor any of the cash awards, so I'll spare sending in the log/worksheet.  Brian, what contest do you think you are in? Collins or ARRL ? Mac As far as the claimed score goes, I don't know if partial credit is given for half of the Novice station or not.  The receiver performed well enough, but the transmitter smoked before the first transmission.  If there is no partial credit allowed, please deduct a 1000 points from the preliminary total.Bonus is 1,000 points each for transmitter and receiver, so you get to keep your bonus. However, you should talk to your transmitter about the evils of smoking. Mac 

I say preliminary total because, in the spirit of tradition, there is a shameless attempt to run with the big dogs with the IAVM (I Am A Victim Multiplier).  The IAVM is eight, and represents the number of pieces of equipment that failed during the event. 

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  Again a nice try Brian and you are receiving great waves of empathy from other CXers – who experienced failures. However, your carnage is worthy of note but no more points. Mac

Mac, I regret our sole contact got cut short when the guy from 8 Land wiped us out. Hopefully, we can hook up another time and continue.   On to the soap box.....

    Hello Mac and the Gang--
After a couple of years of not being able to actively participate in CX because of birthday celebrations, a 2010 re-scheduling and venue change allowed my return.  Band conditions were excellent here in western PA, and we didn't have to contend with the California QSO party nor the RTTY contest.  (Thank you Mac for maneuvering around those  annoyances). 

 40 meters seemed to be the most populous band with 80 running a close second.  20 was a bit fuzzy, and no CXers were heard at all on 160.  Also missed were contacts with CX pioneers W8KGI, AA4RM, and N5AIT, along with the traditionally ancient artifacts of WB2AWQ.  Here's hoping these gents reappear in the Fall CX.

  Two memorable contacts were had with Jim, W3OER, and Wilson, W4BOH, with both contacts going into extra innings. There was an hour long QSO with Jim and his homebrew Cootie Key, renewing a friendship following an all too long time out of contact.  There were also several exchanges with Wilson using his father's homebrew 6AG7-807 and Drake 2B, along with its history.  What a wonderful legacy to keep the memory of his father alive with his equipment and callsign.  A special salute to Wilson for this effort.

  The statistics here were 59 contacts using the equipment listed below.  The CX age multiplier came to 1178 along with the  Hammarlund, Johnson, and half of the Novice station bonus.   The Novice HQ-140x receiver performed well, but the smoke escaped from the Lettine 240 transmitter as soon as the B+ was applied.  The Lettine and seven other pieces of equipment were placed on the sick, lame and lazy list for failing to muster.  The seldom used and little known multiplier for smoked radios (8, count 'em 8) is herby applied.

  (59 contacts)(1178 CX Multiplier)+ Hammarlund 1000+Johnson 1000+ Novice 1000=72502 x 8 = 580,016 Grand Total.
How about 73,502 instead? Mac   Equipment Used:
HRO-5     Navigator    
AN/PRC-1 Spy Radio    DX-20   
32V3    75A3   
HQ-140X    Ranger I     
Ranger II NC-183   
75A4      Valiant    
32S3     75S3     
KWM-380     75A2      32V2    310B-3     DX-60B

  Here's hoping we're all back for the Fall CX, and happy hunting on the bands. 

Brian K9VKY

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TS-520 (NON-S)

Novice rig AC-1 oscillates but keeps dropping out,
needs a driver stage added, chirps badly, 2 6V6s still don't work, new crystal doesn't help - fall.

Hammarlund/Johnson - no

94 Qs X 488 years = CW SCORE: 45,872

Have linears totaling at least 150 years: SB-220, SB-200, 76PA, Amp Supply LA-1000 sweep tube amp, all working new caps. Thanks to Jeff K3KYR who reminded me 3 weeks before the efvent. Most interesting rig: CE-20A...not even in rigpix! One ARC-5...I have one but stalled in getting it running. Hand logged first time in about 10 years.


32Qs x 342 years = SSB SCORE: 10,944

  Ordered the parts for an oscillator stage for the AC-1, hopefully it will have some output.  It oscillates with 2 crystals but has low output and chirps very badly.  Not a very big project, but one I can handle.  My novice receiver, a Knight Kit R-55A, I do NOT want!!  IF was 20 KHz wide.  But keeping a signal in the passband. was never a problem was it? HiHi Mac My next receiver, a HQ-129-X, was not that great.  Finally got a  2-B!!!

Actually was never a novice, took a course in downtown Phila, skipped novice and tech and went straight for the general class at age 13! We are working on rule changes for folks who did not get a Novice. Mac

Ordered parts for AC-1, got 6AU6 oscillator working, but 6V6 won't amplify.  Just ordered a Heath tube tester on EBay, the one I have (dynamic 636) does octal and 7 pin only, has lots of open wires on bottom, need 9 pin miniature also.  hi hi

Got all the rigs working.  I think you should allow old linears to count, as I have a lot of restored linears
  Alpha 76PA
Amp Supply LA-100 (sweep tube linear)

  Not out to win, just have fun (since I "won" in 2007)

  32 Q's X Classic Multiplier 342 = 10,944 CW
94 Q's X Classic Multiplier 488 = 45,872 SSB
Total Score: 56,816

  Don't operate AM, just reminds me of frustration trying to work SSB stations with my Ranger 1, which was pretty darn old when I got it.

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C U in the fall.

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In the CW event, I was pleased to see intrepid ops putting low power classics to use on the busy bands. Among those ops were: Bunky (K4EJQ) with his Heathkit AT-1; WC (W4BOH) with his Collins 310B; and Jim (WT2W) with his Heathkit HW-8. All had good signals that managed to cut through the noise and QRM at this QTH, despite having 15 watts or less of power output. The CW-CX is a great opportunity for me to join in on the QRP fun, also, with my Heathkit HW-7. Paul (W8TM), Sam (W8GRP), and Brian (K9VKY) all had no problem with copying my HW-7’s 1.2 watt signal on a crowded 40 meter band. In this CW-CX, I worked plenty of gear from the late-40s, the 50s, and the 60s; but oddly, gear from the pre-WWII era seemed to be absent from my log. That made me especially glad to have my Hallicrafters SX-24 (1940) and my “new” Hammarlund HQ-120-x (1939) active in this contest. I am still looking for similarly-aged transmitters to go with these two receivers, though.

At the other end of the time spectrum, it was good to hear the Ten Tec, Yaesu, Kenwood, and Icom rigs that were active in this event. Perhaps, some of these ops will become future owners/users of classic radios (i.e., victims of “Boat Anchor mania”, HI) Dick (W3DP) already has “one foot in the door”. Although using a Kenwood TS-570D rig, he made special note that his straight key was a J-38. The one-piece-at-a-time approach works well for some (HI)>


In the phone portion of the CX, Ed (KB2NSP) was running a G-O-O-D sounding Lakeshore Phasemaster 2B on 75 meter AM. It was great to hear one of these very early phasing-SSB/AM/CW/PM transmitters on the air. This coming winter, I am hoping to get a Central Electronics 20A going, myself; along with a small homebrew, 813 linear amplifier to help it “over the rougher spots” on the bands. Like he CW portion of the event, on one that I worked was running any pre-WWII gear. Of the phone stations that I did work, Russ (WB3FAU) had the oldest transmitter. It was a WWII military T-386 manufactured by Oneida Electronics. Likewise, his Collins 75A-4 was one of the oldest receivers that I worked in this event. I was glad to have vanished building a power supply for and have gotten my early-production Harvey-Wells TBS-50D (1949) on-the-air this time. It performed very well on AM and the signal reports were very gratifying. Pairing it with my Hammarlund HQ-120-X made sure that at least one pre-WWII piece of equipment would be qualified by me in this phone event. Since this CX was celebrating gear made by Johnson and Hammarlund, Glenn (N4AK) was fully “in the spirit” with a great sounding Ranger/Thunderbolt combination and an HQ-180A receiver.


I recently acquired and restored a Hammarlund HQ-120-X receiver. I have never owned a piece of Hammarlund equipment before this and really felt I needed to. After all, Hammarlund was one of the “Big Three” amateur radio equipment manufacturers “back in the day”; along with Hallicrafters and National, which I do already own equipment from. I was thinking along the lines of an HQ-170A or HQ-180A until I read Jim’s (W8KGI) article about the HQ-129-X at the Antique Wireless Association’s website. This outstanding family of receivers began with the introduction of the HQ-120-X in 1938 and went up to the HQ-180 in 1959, with the HQ-129-X, HQ-140-X, and HQ-150, and HQ-160 in-between. I wanted to go right back to the “beginning”, so I acquired a black-faced (after 1039 most were grey-faced) HQ-120-X specimen that was in good and fairly original condition.

I replaced the power-supply filter capacitor and all of the tubular, waxed-paper capacitors (or should I say “condensers”?). I used disc-ceramic capacitors for the RF and Mixer stages. These small, low inductance capacitors enabled me to make the kind of very direct connections that world represent good assembly practice, even at 50 MHz. It is common in these early receivers that the capacitors are physically large and the leads often end up to be quite long. I question the effectiveness of this situation, especially for use at the higher frequencies covered by these receivers. In all the rest of the receiver, I replaced the old, waxed-paper capacitors with epoxy-sealed Mylar units. From there, the usual cleaning, tightening, replacing the power cord (with a 3-prong, grounding unit), was done. Another outstanding article by Jim (W8KGI) proved to be very timely and valuable in learning further about the HQ-120-X and in helping me to complete this restoration project. For that one, see the December 2009 (#247) issue of “Elect Radio”. One thing extra that I did do was add a resistor (actually two 8 ohm, 20 watters, by-passed by .02 mfd disc-ceramic capacitors) to the AC supply line. This dropped the line voltage, on the primary of the power transformer, to 109 volts AC (105 to 110 VAC was probably the common line –voltage in the late-1930s). The resistors used were wound inductively so they, along with their associated by-pass capacitors, make a good RF filter for the power –line. Yet another thing I did was change some capacitor values in the audio stages. I know how good 6V6 audio amplifier can sound, when built for it. After that, I found alignment moved swiftly, and I was soon ready to L-I-S-T-E-N.

Being an optimist, at times anyway, I hooded up and efficient, 30 inch tall stereo speaker to the 8 ohm audio output terminals; a 40 meter dipole to the antenna connector; and me to the front-panel controls. WOW! Four hours later, it was still”WOW!”. What a great old receiver!! I covered the gamut; shortwave, AM, broadcast, CW, AM, and SSB; it die it all, and did it well! Just out of curiosity, I hooked up a signal generator, thorough an attenuator pad, and checked out the MDS (minimum discernible signal) sensitivity of this early-era receiver on 40 meters. It was found to be the same as a very “hot” Drake 2B and an Icom IC-725. Not bad for a set of already well-used tubes that came with the receiver.

For the CX-Fone event, I paired the HQ-120-X with a Harvey-Wells TBS-50D. What a great working and totally “buzzardly” looking pair. I am in love!! Mac, any “style” points for the
“bodaciously buzzardly” ambiance?

Mac, as you are well aware of, I have been deeply involved in vacuum tube technology implementation and its relationship to global crisis. We all realize now that the cause of global warming is weak geomagnetic fields that are failing to activate and mobilize cold polar air currents; and that carbon dioxide only serves to fill the spaced vacated by those now absent polar air currents. Cows and exhaust gases do not cause global warming; weak geomagnetic fields do. Furthermore, after contemplating on many cold 807s and generating reams of posteriorly-derived data, I have concluded that the high-iron high-voltage power-supplies in Boat Anchor radios supplement and rejuvenate Earth’s waning geomagnetic fields.

Last fall, I warned that Boat Anchor use in the south was much more extensive than in the North; and that the south was going to have a cold/snowy northern-type of winter because of it. Well…what happened?! Those cold polar air currents went south! Eureka!! Now, I am very pleased to report that I see record buying up of Boat Anchor radios in the areas north of the Mason –Dixon. If most of these radios get fixed up and put on the air before next winter (I am thinking September/October CX here) I am predicting the kind of record winter that will rebuild the glaciers; one that your grandkids will tell their grandkids about. Just remember to heat up a couple of extra 807s this winter. Trust me; you won’t want them cold, this time.

Thank you Mac, for the awesome job you do every year compiling all of the CX data and putting it in a form that enables all of us to share our experiences in this great event. Have a wonderful summer, and I do hope to hear you in the September CX.



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Great conditions - most AM'ers I've ever heard!

Best audio: WA3VJB, Paul, running 1946 Collins 300G and R-390.


QSOS: 55
AGE: 370
BONUS: 2,000
TOTAL: 22,350

NOTE: Not counted SSB QSO with W8TM - because AM sigs were just too good to ignore!


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  Hi Mac,
  Attached are my logs for both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February 2010 CX contest.  Also attached is the summary of my results and description of the gear that I used. 

This is the first time that I have participated in CX and it was a lot of fun.  I think I am hooked on this contest.  Thanks for making it possible. Welcome to CX Tony. Hope to work you in many future CXs. Mac

Summary of CX Results for N2ATB
January/February 2010

SSB	78	124	9,672
CW	67	124	8,308
TOTALS	145		17,980
RIG	TS-520S	TS-520S	2,000
TOTAL			19,980
Note: Equipment used for both SSB and Phone portions of contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (32 years x 2 = 64 years)
and a Kenwood TS-830S (30 years x 2 = 60 years).

Tony (N2ATB)

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W8TM made a total of 121 contacts in the CW CX, 23 on 80, 94 on 40 and 4 on 20. 
40-meter totals are highest because my antenna is a 40-meter inverted vee
and also because there seemed to be a nice level of Eastern-zone activity on 40 during daylight.

Among St. X High alums, I worked:
Denny N8DL 3 times, twice on 80 and once on 40.
Jim W8KGI 6 times, 4 on 80 and once each on 40 and 20.
Mac WQ8U twice on 40.
Marty AA4RM once on 80.

Other frequent QSO partners were:
Mario N2AK 9 times, all on 40.
John K3MD 8 times, 7 on 40 and once on 80.
Brian K9VKY 7 times, 6 on 40 and once on 80.

This edition of the CX is shaping up to challenge my previous best (set last winter), with more QSOs on CW than ever before.

  Hopefully I can do well also on phone.

Paul W8TM

This Classic Exchange was the first during which I made more than 100 QSOs on both CW and Phone weekends. Great! Mac I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to make up for my inability to operate much during last Fall's event because of schedule conflicts back then.

Conditions seemed to be decent on 40 (my favorite band) and things also worked out pretty well on 80, despite the fact that my only antenna is a 40-meter inverted vee.  Ladder-line feed lets me try all bands, with varying degrees of success.

My band/mode QSO breakdown looks like this:
Band  SSB   CW
80     33   23  
40     75   94
20      8    4
Tot   116  121
On SSB, I worked Duane KF4ZS nineteen times (ten on 40 and nine on 80), Dee N2AK ten times (all on 40), John K3MD five times (all on 40), four stations three times each and three stations twice each. WOW!!! Mac

On CW, I worked Mario N2AK nine times (again, all on 40), John K3MD eight times (all but one on 40), Brian K9VKY seven times (all but one on 40), Jim W8KGI six times (spread over three bands), Bill K4JYS four times (all on 40), six stations three times each and ten stations twice each. Even more WOW!!! Mac

For this CX my equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (built by me in 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and a 40-meter inverted vee fed with ladder line.  The SB-301 is 42 years old and the SB-401 is 36 years old, for a total age of 78 years.  My logs are attached, one for each mode.  My score grid follows.
Mode    No. of QSOs    Total gear age    Score
SSB        116              78           9,048
CW         121              78           9,438
Totals     237                          18,486

I had no bonus points.

Paul W8TM

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I was surprised how few CX stations I was able to work. I heard a number of CW CX stations, but wasn't able to crack through to many of them. Instead, I worked a lot of non-CX stations on or around the same frequencies. Stations from Japan and from Alaska answered my CQ CX calls.

For the Phone CX part today, all but one of my QSO's was on 20m. I was working stations all over the USA, but only a couple of them were other CX'ers, even though I was parked on or around 14.270. I called CQ early this evening on 7.280. I heard no other CX'ers. A strong station from Chicago answered my CQ so I know propagation was out there. Where were all the phone CXers? I couldn't find anyone from here in the northwest.

I still had fun and it was good to give the gear some time on the air.

Here are my CX scores:
Mode	 QSOs	age of gear	Score
CW        18    459              8262
SSB       20    332              6640
Totals    38                    14902
Novice Rig:Drake 2-NT Drake 2-C  2000
Grand Total                     16902                                        

CW Rigs used, all Drake:
TR-4        46
R-4C #1     37
R-4C #2     37
T-4XC #1    37
T-4XC #2    37
R-4         46
T-4         45
2-C         44
2-NT        44
R-4B        43
T-4XB       43

SSB Rigs used, all Drake:
TR-4C       36
TR-4        46
R-4C        37
T-4XC       37
R-4A        44
T-4X        46
R-4B        43
T-4XB       43

Tom N7TM

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  Here is my attempt at turning in a score.   I haven't turned one in for a couple of years, so I hope it works.  I will try to get some new pictures and anecdotes in the following weeks.  Thanks for all you do for CX.

AM     8    190    1520
SSB    3     82     246
CW    22    540   11880
FM     0      0       0
TOTALS 33   812   13646
NOVICE t20/arc5    2000
JOHNSON viking1    1000
GRAND TOTAL1      16646

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I had a lot of fun participating in this this Contest.

This time I got my Heathkit DX-60 and HR-10 up & running and on the air my first contacts on CW and my Last Phone contact was with these seperates. I managed to have a lot of fun with all 3 of my Heathkit Collection this time my SB-101 has a CW Filter so it is a great CW rig for Vintage Events. Getting the 3 QRP contacts with my HW-8 while 20 meters was in great shape was a lot of fun.

I know I can't count the age of my '54 Blue Racer Bug I refinished the base on in this contest, In memory of Dave W4TWJ (SK) I had to use Dave's and my Fave Bug on all the contacts I made with all Heathkits and my Ten Tec Argosy.

Too bad 75 and 40 was poor in the evening I would of loved to try for the 3 QSO's with my Ten Tec Power Mite QRP rig.

In Canada we did not have a Novice Class of ticket and the DX-60 is just an update of my DX-40 I started with. Could I claim the Bonus Points for having a Novice Station on the air like so many I worked when I first got on the air? Interesting idea. Didn’t realize how many folks did not go through the Novice route. Will look at changes. Thanks Mac.

Maybe Heathkit will be a Bonus make on a later CX? I love the rigs from Benton Harbour. 

I hope the log is ok I had to do a lot of editing I used HRD Logbook and it does not make Cabrillo forms so I had to add my rigs I used and other's contacts rigs & qth's by hand. Gerry, your log is just fine. I take everything from hand lettered to funny format – as long as I can figure out how to read it. The contest is really about having fun with classic rigs with other hams who enjoy them too. Glad you are returning and enjoying CX – after all, you could be out kayaking with the iceburgs. HiHi Mac

I think this CX should be Dedicated to the Memory of DAVE INGRAM W4TWJ (SK>. CQ Mag won't be the same without Dave! he made CQ  5 Star Mag. Timing is not good; Marty AA4RM was one of the original CXers and had been active over 30 years and provided internet support to the CX. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Dave’s family. I agree,he will be missed at CQ. Mac

Gerry VE7BGP 

CW Rigs used: 3 Heathkits DX-60 tx HR-10 rx, SB-101 & HW-8, Ten Tec Argosy and Yaesu FT757GX 

SSB Rigs used Icom IC-751A, Heathkit SB-101, Ten Tec Argosy & Yaesu's FT-757GX & FT767GX

FM Rigs used Kenwoods TR-7400A & TH-25AT, Yaesus FT-208R & FT-767GX
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Attached please find my log for last weekend's CW Classic Exchange. I'm not an "phone" guy, so here it is. Not a lot of points, but a lot of fun.

Thanks for all your effort...It was my first "CX" and I'll do it again. It brought back memories of "rigs" gone by....some of which I owned and some that I dreamed of owning. Good fists and amazingly good sounding CW.

Thanks for all your effort. Glad you had fun Jim. You hit exactly on the purpose of CX. Hope to work you in many future CXs. Mac

First licensed June 1960

Collins S line
Johnson Ranger I
Johnson Ranger II
Collins 75A4
Drake C line

31 QSOs
368 yrs
1,000 Johnson Bonus
12,408 Total
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I started on 20 CW just after noon and could hear N6KN, Rocco, and W8ZR, Jim, both with strong signals. Unfortunately I could not get them to hear me even though I was running my Johnson Valient. The same occured with WB0SND, Jim, so I switched to 40 CW.

There was lots of activity on 40 CW. In a short time I worked fellow St. Xavier High alum W8TM, Paul, in Cincinnati followed by fellow Hillsborough, NC CXer W4BOH, Wilson who was running his Collins 310-B and HRO-7. N2AK, Mario, made his first of several appearances running an ARC-5 transmitter with an amazingly clean signal.

I switched to my novice station: Heathkit AT-1 transmitter and Howard 435A receiver. Mario commented it was the first AT-1 he recalled ever working. The AT-1 would probably qualify as a QRP rig today so I helped it a little bit by uising the 3 6146s in the Valient as a power amplifier. Easy to do, just feed the AT-1 into the SSB jack. The AT-1 still sounds the same, just a few dB louder HiHi.

After qualifying the novice rig, I moved to the Johnson Navigator and NC-173. I again contacted Mario, this time with his NCX-5, and Paul along with several other first time contacts to qualify this pair.

I went back to the 75A-4 aand Valient and worked K3MD, John, who had just finished a QSO with K9VKY, Brian. Both regular CX powerhouses.

After dinner I went to 80 m CW. I could hear W4BOH, Wilson, and N8DL, Denny< in QSO but could not connect with either. This is strange since Wilson was running his homebrew 807 rig with his 310B as a VFO and his Hammarlund Comet and I could hear the 310B on continuously. I finally caught up with K4EJQ, Bunky, who was running an AT-1 and NC-173. Unfortunately I had taken my AT-1 off line by then or we could have had a two-way with matching transmitters and receivers. I heard K2TOP< Rob, and AA4RM, Marty, in QSO but could not connect with either. Guess I need to figure out where my RF energy is going, obviously not in too many places. HiHi.

I finished the evening with W8KGI, Jim who ran through three stations including a two-way with 75A-4 and Valient on both ends.

It was a great CX. Lots of good signals, good ops good old rigs, and good fun!

Collins 75A-4
Johnson Valient
Howard 435A
Heathkit AT-1
Johnson Navigator
National NC-173
Total age: 351 years

CW SCORE: 18 QSOs X 351 years = 6,318
Novice rig bonus: 2,000
Johnson bonus: 1,000

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I operated for the first time in the CX, CW portion, this weekend. I doubt if I will have time to attempt an AM operation next weekend, so this is my score.

CX multiplier = TX age = 54 years + RX age = 53 years = 107

My transmitter was a DX-35 which was my first and Novice transmitter. I bought it in 1956. My receiver was an HQ- 110C which first came out in 1957.

I made a total of 4 completed contacts on 40 meters. Score for 40 meters is 107 * 4 = 428
I completed a total of 8 contacts on 80 meters. Score for 80 meters is 8 * 107 = 856
Total = 1284

I used the same transmitter I used as a Novice, the DX-35. Add 1000 bonus points.

Total score = 2284

I also used a Hammarlund HQ-110C receiver. Bonus points for that 1000.

Total score = 3284.

. I had not intended to operate in the CX this year, and had nothing set up for it. However, when I listened for a bit to what was going on, it sounded like so much fun, I changed my mind.

I pulled the DX-35 off the shelf, took the VF-1 VFO which I had been using (modified for grid-block keying) with my HW-16, quickly un-modified it, and connected it to the DX- 35.

I then picked the HQ-110C off the floor where it had lain since the last time I had worked on it, and then connected everything to my Johnson TR switch, and was on the air...after I remembered to reinstall the rectifier tube in the DX-35. The DX-35/VF-1 combo chirped badly on 40 meters, although it was stable enough. The same VF-1 does not chirp at all when used with the HW-16. I have to figure that one out and fix it before the next CX.

Band conditions on 40 were going away by the time I got on the air, so after making a few contacts, I moved to 80 meters. On 80, the DX-35/VF-1 combo sounded perfect. No chirp, click, or drift. My second to last contact was with N2BE who was using a DX-100/R-390 combo. We were both 599 + by the time we finished.

The CX was possibly the most fun I have had in ham radio since 1956. Fantastic! Your account of getting the DX-35 and HQ-110C together to operate is a classic CX tale. Mac

For next year, I plan to add a few combinations:
HW-16/VF-1, DX-35/VF-1/AR-3,
ARC-5 TX/HRO-50,
homebrew TX/SRR-13...
if I get them all done by then. Lots of luck Ken. That’s a big list. Mac

vy 73,
Ken Gordon W7EKB

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Note that the DX-35 is in its proper place – sitting on top of a modern radio.

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Had a blast!

Most interesting QSO was with Dick, AH6EZ/W9. I was on SSB on the Hotwater 100 and him on AM on his FB Heath DX-40.
That's Great! CX sure brings out the unexpected. - Mac

Running 1968 Heathkit HW-100 with Electrovoice EV-638 mike. Simple wire antennas.

Mode: SSB
QSOs: 12
Age: 42
Score: 504
Bonus: 2,000
Total: 2,504

Will run the Novice Station: HW-16 next year on CW schedule permitting.


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w2jek Enclosed is a copy of my log for the CX. I had 3 QSOs using my Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and Hallicrafters S-76 on CW.

Ages: TBS-50C – 59 years; S-76 – 58 years = 117 years total

Both the TBS-50C and S-76 were used when I was a Novice. They are the original rigs from my novice station! SCORING
QSOs: 3
Age: 117
Bonus: 2000
Total: 2,351

Tried to get my Johnson Ranger I and Drake 2B combo on for some AM QSO on Feb 14 but didn’t hear much CX activity in the evening.


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In an earlier e-mail, Eddi asked about using his Viking Ranger I in the CX. I responded: .... The Phone section of CX is this Sunday and your Ranger will work just fine.
Eddi then responded:
   German amateur radio laws limit a transmission's bandwith to 2700Hz on frequencies below 28MHz, effectivley banning AM from all mf & hf bands but 10m.
Further my particular Ranger came without a modulator. And thirdly, the only microphone to be found under this roof is the one in the telephone receiver.  :-)

   73 es gl on Sunday,
 Eddi ._._.

Hello Mac,
   after I had my Johnson Viking Ranger, bought last October, up and running just in time for CX I received a phone call from my friend Wolf, DF4XB requiring my assistance with a Geloso G.222-TR he'd just acquired.

After that there was just enough time and ionosphere left for a single QSO:
2010-01-31 2043 K3KYR 7049 "579 Hamburg Eddi Ranger/Siemens E311b"  "529 NY Jeff HW-16"

   The Viking Ranger is 56, the Siemens E311b 47 years young. I'm not sure if I'm eligible for the multiplier with only a single QSO. So my score is either 1001 or 1103.

   Last place, here I come... Not this time, Eddi. And we are very glad to have you participating in CX. Hope to work you in September. Mac

Eddi ._._.

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Mode   Contacts   Total Age of Gear  Total
CW        4            38             152

Wonderful day, evening and night of great CW signals from a variety of wonderful rigs.

Decided to use my Ten-Tec Argonaut II as my Classic Rig for this event. Max output was 5 Watts, which is all the Argonaut II can generate. Antenna is an end fed random wire, at least 80 feet long and about 15 high in the air.

To keep things really classic, I used my original brass Novice key purchased in 1971 from Radio Shack.

Was really surprised that Jim, W8KGI, was able to extract my QRP signal on 40 with his HRO50.

Plan to be back again next time with my Ten-Tec Century/21 as well as the Argonaut II. That’s great Ted. Well be listening for you. Mac 73
de Ted, AB8FJ
Loveland, OH

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Mac, I heard you once on 40, but didn't get a chance to work you.

Had a blast, and heard lots of new guys for the first time.

I managed 13 stations and 65 qso's, but just heard from N2AK who put 33 pcs of gear on and had 98 qso's.

Also a near perfect set of conditions and no major qrm from other contesters.


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K6MI was active this year on 40cw, using a Collins 75A-4 and a KWS-1 and a dipole.
N0UMP    (FT-857d) in MO Bill   
K2TOP  (RBC + TCK) in NJ Rob
KD7KAR    (K2 and loop) CA Rob
VE7BGP    (FT-757gx) BC Gerry  

SCORE: 4 QSOs X (55 + 55) = 440

Have been collecting for decades but this was the first chance to make an appearance.  Great fun.  Used a hand key. OK John, now that you have started, really get into the fun next CX. Mac

John Morrice, K6MI

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Thanks for the heads-up on the classic exchange.  The exchange was new to me, but I have older radios, and so I decided to tune in. 

After checking the rules I saw that numbers of old radios works greatly to ones advantage.  I decided I had the resources to resurrect a TR-3 I had in the basement.  It needed a tube and a filter cap, both of which I had.  I cleaned it up, and finished the repairs, and made some adjustments during the contest. 

I didn't hear much contesting, very low key as you said.  I enjoyed the day, heard a lot of old equipment in operation, and met some other operators with similar interests.  Band conditions were very good, with 12 and 15 meters both open.

I didn't log a single official exchange for a score.  But I had a lot of fun. You’ve had your warm up, jump in the next CX. Mac

Again, thanks for the tip.

KB8BKU, Darryl in Dayton, OH

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TNX Mac for the 'formal' info as listed on the new 'Classic Exchange' web site.

I see U have special 'Bonus Points' for using a Hammarlund rcvr or Johnson xmtr. I guess some of UR buddies have these rigs and are bribing U for extra points !!!!!

Then about the Novice Station extra points. I never had a Novice License so had no Novice Station. Guess U are being paid off again by those who happen to have the same model rigs as they did as Novices !!! Sounds like our Congressmen screwing with politics and lobbyists -  HI  HI.

No matter, I don't think anyone gives a hoot about points anyway, I sure don't. Just thought I'd rattle UR chains and give U some useless feedback.

Oh What an editor doesn't have to put up with!!! You would think those Jesuits would have taught him to respect his elders. However given the overwhelmingly positive response to the bonus points, we are considering a adding a bonus for hams that lived in Ohio but are living in another state now. Are you sure you want to rattle the editor's chain Denny? HiHi Mac

I am preparing the Radio Room for the CW  CX  on three bands with the HT-32B xmtr and four different WWII rcvrs.  Just hope I have time that Sunday to be more active than in the past.


Made 61 contacts from 20, 40, and 80 mtrs including me at times switching RX's and others switching rigs.

Was running 500 watts on 20 mtrs to tri-bander up 60' Ran 1 KW on 40 sloper and on 80 inv vee.

Jim W8KGI was my first and last CX contact. Got Jim on 20, 40, and 80. Worked Paul W8TM on 40 and 80 Did not hear Marty or Mac.

Had lots of fun, and was again reminded how bad I let my CW skills drop in the last 10-12 yrs.

Seemed to be a very big turnout this time, lots of QRM, lots of CXers !!!

I'm sure alll had a super time-

61 is good for me as I never was proficient in working contests.  I do not work 'contests' except Field Days years ago, and in 1976 the 1976 Bicentennial WAS Award (was #26 in that one), and the CX.  For me the 1976 award was the only REAL contest I ever worked.  Therefore I do not have the knack, computer stuff, contest skills, or interest to work a 'real contest.'

This Fall I will have been on the Ham Bands 50 years. Congratulations! Jim W8KGI and I have also enjoyed 50+ years. Mac

I just do not get on the air enough anymore, so I had a great time with this "CW" CX. I get real 'kick' using the old stuff on the air with CW. Sorry I missed Mac and Marty. 

I only had a limited amount of time Sun for the 'AM' CX.  I only had around 21 contacts.  Had a terrible time with QRM with the WWII receivers.

It was fun but the CW CX is always the best time of the two CX's (my opinion).  CX is always fun. 


61 QSOs X 423 years = CW SCORE: 25,803


21 QSOs X 251 years - SSB SCORE: 5,271


Denny, N8DL

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Reprinted with permission of Ray Osterwald, N0DMS, Editor of Electric Radio magazine.
This was a letter to the editor in the March 2010 edition, page 38 of Electric Radio #250.

Beware of Strangers

So here I was, enjoying a serene, bucolic life here in semirural North Carolina…..
Then Mac moved in nearby and started talking to me about “boatanchors” (BAs). Turns out BAs are just the old radios up with which I grew, previously known as obsolete hardware (OH), or junk. Always game for something new, although married, I began to share his interest. And since I grew up with BAs, a few were already resident within my home and in my ancestral home in another city not too far away. With that head start, it was easy to fall for the idea of getting some of them back into service and using them to talk to other hams, often using similar OH.

Then Mac sprung CX on me. “What’s that”, says I, opening a floodgate of information about the opportunity to put as many BAs on the air as possible and talk to other individuals doing the same.

"Sort of like a contest, you might say." Of course he didn’t mention the couple of misguided individuals, otherwise of good character, who have cornered the market for BAs and OH and have so much no one can hope to compete. That’s OK. I’m not really competitive and would just as soon think of it as a contest for third, fourth, or twentieth place.

So I got on last year and was properly humiliated by any number of BA enthusiasts running all manner of OH. In order to recover a little NC pride, I resolved to do better this year. That led to purchasing a derelict S-19 at an AWA meet last January and an RME-69 at a hamfest last fall. Then, since the BA germ was in the air, it was no time ‘til a friend of a friend showed up at a dinner party with a BC-348 previously owned by an old uncle. He cleverly left it under the table when he went home. Next, an old friend of Dad’s age moved to a retirement home and allowed as how it would be OK if I took care of his HRO-M (Nine Coil Sets!!) for the foreseeable future. So, theoretically, I was ready to do a little better in the next CX.

But, since I’m still building my house and helping my wife raise a granddaughter, I can’t put all my energy into radio. Besides, one end of my pitiful end fed antenna was down and tied off temporarily about six feet up. I started, however, a few days ahead, first warming up the RME-69, which was OK, and the S-19R, which needed considerable restoration. With those two glowing and making noise, I was ready for more. The HRO-7 I got as a teenager in the fifties came to life and sounded good, after 20+ years of rest. Then it was time to enter real unknown territory, the potentially challenging reawakening of my Dad’s Hammarlund Comet Pro, one of the finest of its day but unused since 1962 and stored in a not too dry basement for the last 48 years or so. Long story short, one bad RFC and the Comet was back to life! The Drake 2-B, never worked on at all, is always dependable and was ready too!

I’m low on transmitters, so all I had to do was fire up the Collins 310-B and Dad’s old 807 HB rig, both of which ran within the last year, and I was ready, except for a half day of looking for coax jumpers and weaving a rat’s nest of coax, power cords, and speaker wires.Desperate times call for desperate measures. I had to get a VFO signal into the old 807 rig somehow, without stopping to solder.
I have been accused of resorting to expediency over the years.

Oh yes, the antenna was pulled up Friday afternoon, just before we were hit with our largest snowfall in a while. That left Saturday for preparing the station and warning the family that I would not be available Sunday.

Here’s the pile. It was neat at first, then more OH and coffee cups accumulated and the TS-450 was pulled out, for accurate frequency calibration. The little lathe was available for emergency repairs but not needed. So what happened? I did get on Sunday morning and did make some contacts with some of the nice BA enthusiasts! I’m too lazy to really bang on the bands, but sure enjoyed the contacts I made. None of the OH emitted any smoke and I was not shocked a single time. In fact, things went so well, since I had installed a coax switch to select receivers, that I went over to the storage shelves and pulled down a Kenwood R-599a and an SB-303 to see if they could get me a few easy points. They did! That old Kenwood, one of the first things the imported, has a beautifully smooth dial and a good sound!

The snow provided nice scenery out my shop window and squashed any temptation to go outside and cut firewood.

You do have a woodstove in your contest shack, don’t you? 9 It’s great for contesting during power outages! Keeps the coffee warm too.

I never got the last tube needed for the BC-348; I forgot all about the SX-43 and Siemens receivers still in inventory and I was too tired to hook up the HRO-M, so I have guns in reserve for next year! Oh yes, the HW-101 and my son’s SB-101 are coming too, along with the TR-3. Who knows what else that inventory area could contain? And there’s an AR-88 in that nearby city. Watch out!

If only Dad could have been here. He loved that Comet and Rod Stirling said he might call during CX. I suppose we'd have to share W4BOH, which he received in 1932 (I have the original.) I got shocked by it when he was working on it once, about 1946 (I was five), so I love it too. Since that shock I have never been far from radio.

73 until next time,
Wilson Lamb

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Hi Mac.
Wow, what a great time!  I had a blast. 

There were times when they were just calling me, one after another.  It must have been that distintive chirp of the HW-16!.That will do it every time! Mac

Just hours before the event I was 'under the hood' trying to tame the chirp.

Click here for a photo of the HW-16 as I was airing out the chirp before reassembly and action!

Thank again to all.

  Boat Anchors forever! That’s the spirit!!! Mac

Auburn NY

    In God We Trust.....everyone else keep your hands where we can see them.

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Hi Mac,

I participated in the CX yesterday and just had a blast.

I've been into vintage equipment for years but this was my first. I will also participate in the phone weekend in a couple of weeks.

I have a question about logs and scoring. Several people answered my CQ that I don't think were participating in event, including a few DX stations. Do they count if I have their equipment info (even if it's new stuff?).
They count if you and they exchange the basic information about RST, name, state (country for DX), and rigs. You can work the same station with different equipment on either end for another qualified QSO. Mac

As for the log, is there any downloadable form or do I just create something myself. Also, do you guys deal with electronic logs?
There is no standard format. I prefer hand written or a copy of your digital log print out or in Excel. Having your comments (soap box) in digital form (MS WORD or similar) makes doing the newsletter easier. Mac

"K" sorter Zero Buro
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Michael C. Marx

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