CLASSIC EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2013 CX


Thank you to ELECTRIC RADIO MAGAZINE and Ray Osterwald, N0DMS, ER Editor,
for the continuing support in publicizing the CX.
www.ermag.com


HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

HIGH SCORE

Rocco, N6KN: returned to the top of the scoreboard with an amazing 474,735 points leading in both CW and SSB catagories.
Ron, K2RP: came in second with 230,954 points including the highest AM score.
Mario, N2AK: January CX winner moved to third place with 201,701 points.




IT WAS FUN!

Ron, K2RP: The CX Sundays are my favorite operating events of the year.
Jeff, K3KYR: It's wonderful to hear so many of the old rigs on the air.
Tony, N9ATB: I enjoyed it even more than the prior ones and this is the first time I used my Harvey Wells TBS-50D transmitter in CX.
Brian, K9VKY: Another great time was had during the January 2013 CX.
Mark, K3MSB: Had a blast Mac !!
Donald, W2JEK: Had a good time.
Bill VE3AUI: Lots of fun hearing that old gear and looking forward to next year's CX.
Charlie, KL7X: I had great fun on the CW evening.
Jim, AK4YN: I enjoyed the event and look forward to next yr.
Rich, KC9GQ: I figure my score is a big 508 with tons of fun.




OTHER GOOD THINGS ABOUT CX

Rich, KE1B: On CW, this is about the only event where people give REAL signal reports (not just “599”).
There were lots of “rough notes” (T5/6/7), and quite a few “chirp” (C) designations.
Charlie, KL7X: I even managed to record a few of the QSO's. I sent out the .wav files to the guys I captured. It's always fun to hear what you sound like "out there".
Wilson W4BOH: ...there are three feet or so between the exciter output and the 810, so I located a piece of authentic, antique, dirty, yellow lampcord to bridge the gap.
Paul, W8TM: A bad audio report caused by a cantankerousVOX was fixed using the standard rig-slapping method, which works farbetter with vintage gear than with modern stuff
Rich KC9GQ: I participated in the Jan, 2013 CX using a restored High-C Hartley built by my father 82 years ago.
John, N2BE: There's nothing boring here,




BEST CHIRP NOMINEES

Rocco, N6KN nominated Mark, W7ESN for his Marrow twins
Charlie, KL7X: nominated Rich, KE1B with his Harvey Wells T90 - "no synthesizer in *that* radio."
Didn't Rich just comment on the unusual honesty of signal reports in CX?




EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES....

Mike, W7DRA/8: Homeland Security took my log. Best Excuse! Click here to read it.
Rocco, N6KN: My Gonset GSB-100 died (completely dark), and the SR-400A had a bad hum. I did not have enough time to troubleshoot them, so that hurt the score.AWWWWW
Mario, N2AK: I caught a flu-bug that knocked me down about 3 notches.
Jim W8KGI: ...we are getting all of the carpet in the house replaced... I had to get everything off the floor in my inside shack...
...I got sick Friday night before the CW CX, and I was still convalescing on Sunday...The bill for the carpet maybe?
Al, W8UT: Hadn't used the HX-500/2-B for over a yr, once the nut holding the knobs got straight, they came up fine.
Jim, AK4YN: I am in the process of putting up some antennas in my covenant restricted neighborhood. For CX, I only had a quickly erected 40 meter inverted v , using a 12 ft. paint roller extension pole for the center support. The weather during the SSB weekend was stormy and the QRN was really bad here. Anyway, that’s my excuse!




MOST UNUSUAL PREPARATION FOR CX

Rocco, N6KN: Prepped for the event in an unusual way: "I sold my Johnson Desk KW!"




REALLY UNUSUAL NON-PARTICIPANT QSO

Dan, KB9W: Worked N3A. The special event station for the Presidential Inauguration, Washington DC.




HARVEY-WELLS EVERYWHERE!

Mario, N2AK: I picked up a pair of Harvey Wells Bandmasters for $15! N2ATB and I fixed the pair up and made some QSOs in the CW portion.
Jim, W8KGI: a Harvey Wells two-way on 80 CW with Rich, KE1B, a TBS-50 on my end and a T-90 on Rich's end.
Rich, KE1B: I believe I had only one “Harvey-Wells-to-Harvey-Wells” QSO, with Jim W8KGI, who was running a TBS-50 transmitter.
Mac, WQ8U: The TBS-50 with the Bandmaster VFO was drifting (not chirping - drifting!) when keyed...
Donald, W2JEK: TBS-50C




GREEN WITH ENVY SURE WISH I HAD ONE OF THOSE DEPARTMENT

Brian, K9VKY nominated Don, K1DC for his Collins 30FX paired up with an NC-101X.





GREAT STORIES ABOUT SHACKS AND RIGS

Wilson, W4BOH
Click here to see Wilson's story.
Rich, KC9GQ:
Click here to see his 82 year old rig and shack.



THE "OFFICIAL" CX GO-TO-GUY

N2BE, John, has declared, and appropriately so, that N6KN, Rocco, is the "Official" CX Go-To-Guy.
Quoting John, "My National "NCX-3" was hurting; hurting bad. I could not get any power output with it on 80 or 40 meters, and only 15 watts on 20 meters. That meant one thing ... find Rocco (N6KN). Rocco has proven to me that he can copy anything that is connected to an antenna; and Rocco did not disappoint I caught up with him on 20 meters and 3 quick QSOs later/ the "NCX-3" was qualified. Every event needs a "go to" guy that you can always count on. Thanks Rocco."
John, your delcaration is most appropriate and is hereby recoginized by CX.
Now if only he could hear my Heathkit AT-1.....


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

You can read the individual reports by clicking on the call or scrolling below the Scores Table.

JANUARY 2013 CX NAME CWAMSSBFMBONUSTOTALCOMMENT
N6KNRocco 187,023-187,712--474,735High CW and High SSB Scores
K2RPRon 118,29038,11471,920-2,000230,954High AM Score
N2AKMario 132,005-69,696--201,701
N2BEJohn104,4687,2582,288-2,000116,014C-C-C Weather warning
W8KGIJim 38,45660558,032-1,00099,093
K4JYSBill 70,066---1,00071,066
K3KYRJeff 62,900---2,00064,900
N2ATBTony 34,112-17,490-3,00054,602
K9VKYBrian 39,254--1,00040,254"GOOFBALL" Not Accepted
W4BOHWilson 22,248--1,00023,248
VE7BGPGarry --14,7841,134-15,918High FM Score
W8UTAl --11,615--11,615
KE1BRich 8,650126--1,00010,776
W8TMPaul 7,392-2,772--10,164
WQ8UMac 7,168---1,0008,168
K3MSBMark 6,764---1,0007,764
KB9WDan 4,200---1,0005,200
W2JEKDonald 2,016---3,0005,016
VE3AUIBill 4,446----4,446
K1DCDon 2,964----2,964
W0VLZNiel 1,584---1,0002,584
KB5JOCurt 1,771----1,771
KX7LCharlie 912----912
AK4YNJim 282-282--564
KC9GQRich 504----504
WB9WHGDave 372----372
W7DRA/8Mike ------Best Excuse for no log submitted
N8DLDenny ------


N6KN Rocco

CW CX

CX Preparations: Prepped for the event in an unusual way – I sold my Johnson Desk KW! I'll say that's unusual! It was just not getting enough use and really took up a lot of shack space. Rocco, those are signs that you need to spend more time operating and a bigger shack. Of course, that made room for a new rack of boat-anchor receivers. I refurbished a 51J-4 that had been sitting around for years on the floor and mounted it, along with several other rack mount receivers, and paired them up with my “new” 32S-3. I had bought this one in Colorado, knowing it had problems. There were a bunch of them, including the “flame charred” area where the filter had burned up and been replaced. However, I cleaned it up and gave it a “lab” alignment, and it works pretty well now. This is now my “smoke tested” 32S-3.

CW Notes; Opened up on 40 and found several strong CX stations. Ron, K2RP, had several great vintage stations on the air. Loved to hear that DX 35; not too many of those still on the air. Rich, KE1B, had a good signal with his Harvey Wells T90. John, N2BE, had a strong signal with his NCX-3. Moved to 20 m at 1720Z. Bob, W0YBS, had a pipeline into California, and his Ranger sounded great. Kelly, KH6KM, was easy copy with his 2NT. Mark, W7ESN, had a big pile of rigs on the air, and we traded QSOs back and forth. Nice to hear his Morrow twins (nominated for “best chirp”), and he had some fancy receivers that I did not recognize but could hear me through the QRM. Nice to hear Mike, W7DRA, with his ARC 5/2 x 805 transmitter - hope I copied that correctly.

SSB Notes: My Gonset GSB-100 died (completely dark), and the SR-400A had a bad hum. I did not have enough time to troubleshoot them, so that hurt the score.

Began on 20 SSB and stayed there. Rick, WA4RG, was patient enough to help me qualify several transceivers, as did N7ODM. W8KGI joined us on 14268 (270 was very busy), and we all had fun running through the rigs to qualify them. Bob, N7ODM, had a great sounding Atlas 210X, and Jim, W8KGI, had a pile of older stuff, too. Jim and I both used BW 6100’s for a qso (not an every day event); I also worked him SSB to AM – I will score it as “SSB,” and I think he will score them as “AM.” Roy, K7JAQ, had a good sounding Hallicrafters Cyclone III, but I could not match it with my Cyclone IV aka SR400A (which croaked with bad 60-Hz hum). Mike, KA7RCN was strong down into Palos Verdes, and it was fun to work his FTDX 560 with my FTDX 570. Doug, KH6U, broke in with his CE100V and KWM2A. Mark, W7ESN, had his excellent homebrew 5894 TX on the air. Gerry, VE7BGP, and I traded several QSOs, qualifying his Argosy and others. I had bad QRM from some sort of local “radar” sounding transmitter and finally had to move down to 14260.

The skip lengthened in the late afternoon, and as usual, a long string of folks dropped by to chat about their older rigs. Glenn, AE6PR, is down the hill in Torrance from me, and his HT37 had a very mellow sound to it. Of special note, Rick, PY2EL, broke in with his KWM-2A/30L-1 for a solid DX CX QSO. I did beam up to JA for a while, but no joy there. Finally gave up at 0150 after a very relaxing day with many folks dragging out their “pet” older radios. Someone asked what qualified as a classic, and I said 25 years or older, but it all counts. Kudos to all who put their “classic” Kenwoods and Yaesus on the air, and ditto for those who use modern radios but had lots to say about the older stuff.

Rigs Qualified;Swan 500 CX,
KWM-1,
NCX-5,
SB401/301,
HT32B/SX115,
BW6100/75A4,
32S-3/75S-3,
51J4,
R390A,
R388,
HQ170,
KWM-2A,
TR4CW/RIT.
T4X-C/R4-C,
Valiant/75A4 #2,
SR400A,
FT101,
FTDX570,
DX100/NC300,
Apache/NC155,
DX60/SB303,
32V-2/HRO-60,
FPM-200.

N6KN CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
93
2,011
187,023
AM
-
-
-
SSB
216
1,332
287,712
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
474,712

73,
Rocco N6KN

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K2RP Ron

Mac…Thanks as always for organizing this event!
I’m getting a bit old to swing those heavy rigs around, especially late in the evening. Still, managed to qualify 41 different units from 14 manufacturers, including Home Brew! The CX Sundays are my favorite operating events of the year. I wish we could get more activity. Seems like everyone I speak to has some old gear on the shelf, but never gets them on the air. I’m shifting my focus to lighter, more unusual rigs in the future!

RIGS
Central Electronics 20A
Collins 75A2 75A4
Drake 1A 2B
Globe Chief
Gonset GSB 100
Halli HT32 HT40 SX25 SX43 SX100 SX101
Hammarlund HQ120X HQ129X 140X HQ150 HQ170
Heath AT1 DX20 DX35 DX40 DX100 SB401 SB303 Marauder HW7 HW8 HW12 HW22 HW100
Homebrew 1625
Johnson Adventurer Navigator Viking I Valiant
Knight R100
Mosley CM1
National NC 109
Swan 140 350C

K2RP CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
60
1,982
118,920
AM
38
1,003
38,114
SSB
58
1,240
71,920
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
228,954
NOVICE RIG Adventurer & R-100
-
2,000
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
230,954

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N2AK Mario

Hi Mac,
The Winter 2013 Classic Exchange was a dropoff from 2012 Winter event. Although therewere lots of stations on early in the mornings, the activity kind of died out early on both CW and SSB.To make matters worse, I caught a flu-bug that knocked me down about 3 notches and it lastedthrough both CW and SSB weekends. However I did managed to qualify 25 pieces of gear for CW and 16 for SSB. It is unusual to hear about a ham with that many rigs in the bedroom. Guess that helped your recovery. I made most of my contacts on 40m.

By biggest partner in the contest was Tony/ N2ATB with 17 CW QSOs and 25 SSB Q’s. Paul/ W8TM worked me 7 times on CW and 9 times on SSB. “WC”/ W4BOH put 12 CW QSOs in my log, and I made 7 CW contacts and 3 SSB with John/N2BE.

Last Fall, our club South Jersey Radio Assn (K2AA) had a great auction where the boatanchors wereknee deep and selling for a song. New hams didn’t know what this stuff was, but I couldn’t resist filling my trunk with more treasures. I picked up a pair of Harvey Wells Bandmasters for $15 !Inside one was a note ... for club auction ... $10. The amazing thing was it was dated 1971! So, after42 years in limbo, N2ATB and I fixed the pair up and made some QSOs in the CW portion. That's the CX spirit!

To summarize, I show 85 CW QSOs with a total age of 1553 years, and 66 SSB contacts with age of 1056 years . This produced a total score of 201,701 , good but not my best CX performance. Hope we keep this contest alive and growing to make the sound of the boatanchors and the magic of vintage radio remain on the air. Next year, try QSYing to 80m at night for good propagation and low noise.

I much appreciateall the good work you do in keeping Classic Exchange going. It's a greatway to keep the old spirit alive and well.

RIGS CW MODE
Harvey-Wells TBS-50D
ARC-5 Tx / Arc-5 Rx
Atlas 210X
Central Electronics CE20
HQ 129X
HQ 170
HT 37
Heath DX 60B
Heath Apache / Mohawk
Knight T-60
NC-303
NC-173 RCVR
NCX-5
Hmbw 1961 60W Xmtr
SB 401 SB300
SB-104A
Swan 270
Swan 350
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
Ten Tec Argosy
Ten Tec Scout
Yaesu FT 101F

RIGS SSB MODE
Central Elect 20A
Hammarlund HQ-129X
Heath Mohawk
HW-100
NC-303
NCX-5
Swan 270
Swan 350
SB 401 SB300
SB-104A 37
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
Ten Tec Argosy
Ten Tec Scout
TR4C

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
85
1,614
137,190
AM
=
-
-
SSB
66
1,056
69,696
FM
-
-
-
HARVEY WELLS TX HARVEY WELLS TBS-50C/D - 1,000
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
207,886

73,
Mario / N2AK
Medford, NJ

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N2BE John

"I worked so many stations in the winter 2013 CXthat I think I hurt myself...and...and...I think I need a hug."

Hi Mac,
The winter-2013 CX was one "for the books". What a great event! It was a "whopper"! It is the first year my score has ever broken 100K; and I managed that in just the CW portion alone. What an intense day of radioactivity for me! Despite conditions that were not really great, I still managed 121 QSOs in the two Sundays. The CX ops were very determined for this one.

In the CW portion, "WC'/Wilson (W4BOH) was everywhere. I count 7 CW QSOs with him, including one on 40 meters where I was running my 1964 homebrew, 150 milliwatt, transistor rig (2N697 PA). "WC" gave me a 439 signal report, and I must say that his Drake "2B" sure is working very well. Much later, on 80 meters, "WC" was running only his 807 exciter, because he did not want-to change the band coils in his 810 amplifier. Obviously, fatigue was setting in after a long, hard day of CXing, HI. However, his barefooted signal was still 599 and doing FB, and he did have enough energy to fire-up his great (approximately 1935) Harnmarlund "Comet Pro"; the earliest of all commercially-made, superheterodyne, communications receivers.

My National "NCX-3" was hurting; hurting bad. I could not get any power output with it on 80 or 40 meters, and only 15 watts on 20 meters. That meant one thing ... find Rocco (N6KN). Rocco has proven to me that he can copy anything that is connected to an antenna; and Rocco did not disappoint I caught up with him on 20 meters and 3 quick QSOs later/ the "NCX-3" was qualified. Every event needs a "go to" guy that you can always count on. Thanks Rocco.

Forty meters seemed to be void of CX signals by about 8 PM EST, so I moved down to 80. Eighty was "hopping" with activity, right into the early morning hours. I stayed up late hoping to catch some far-western stations. I was thinking about Jim (W8KGI) in NM and Rocco (N6KN) in CA, but actually ended up with Howie (WB2AWQ) in NV, Rich (KE1B) in CA, and Mark (W7ESN) in WA. Conditions were not very good, but I managed 8 QSOs between these three and myself. It was good to see Howie getting back into the "swing of things" after his move. I still can not believe the great signal that Rich puts out with his Harvey-Wells 'T-90" every CX event. He and Rocco (N6KN) are often the strongest signals out of the left coast, to here.

If s always great to reconnect with the "regulars" in this event; stations such as: N2AK, N2ATB, K3KYR, K4BSK, W8TM, W4BOH, W8KZW, W8KGI, WBOSND, N6KN, K9VKY, W3ZT, WB2AWQ, KE1B, K4JYS, W7ESN, WT2W, WQ8U (HI), and others. It is also great to work someone new once in a CX and then see them again-and-again in successive CXs, being more active and perhaps operating more stations. However, in this CW-CX, and in the previous one, there has been one "gap" in my log. Where is Bunky (K4EJQ) ? I have missed hearing that perennial CXer and very sharp CW operator from Tennessee.

The Fone event, for me, was perhaps the best one yet. Having the AWA's AM QSO Party run concurrently with the Fone-CX was a brilliant idea. Both groups benefited from the larger "pool" of ops available to contact; and with almost identical exchange requirements, QSOs ran smoothly and confusion less.

Although SSB is fun to operate, especially with early SSB equipment, I prefer the AM mode. After all, it is the oldest voice mode and is copied very well on almost any kind of receiver. Nineteen AM QSOs with a very varied cast of characters made for a most interesting afternoon.

I was very sorry to hear that Janis (AB2RA) is battling cancer. I, and am sure that everyone who knows her, wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

Jim (KW3U) is one of those ops I am working more-and-more often during each new CX event. He appears to be adding equipment to his set-up and is well worth listening for.You might suggest he send in a report for the newsletter.

AM events really bring out some scarce and unusual equipment. The AWA's James Millen Memorial station (W1HRX) was running WWII military gear, an ART-13 and BC-348. Larry (NE1S) was running a "Viking 1" with a pre-WWII Meissner receiver. Tim (WA1HLR) was running his "Viking 11/2", which is a "Viking 1JI with 3 output tubes instead of 2, for 150 watts of carrier. It's audio also has been reworked to provide a pleasing broadcast quality for the listener. Bill (VE3AUI) was running a 1952, homebrew, 813 transmitter; modulated by a pair of 811s. Nearby, Eddy (VE3XZ) had a homebrew, 12-tube, superheterodyne receiver that used 1929 tubes! There's nothing boring here, HI

Here at N2BE, I have many projects in process. I have acquired two great new BA classics this year: a 1937 "NC-101X" and a 1957 "HT-32". I am trying to get both restored and mated for use in the fall CX. I am constructing two more shelving units to provide a more permanent "home" for many of my radios. And last but not least, like you, I have a pile of repairs waiting for me. Otherwise, I won't have many stations to activate in this fall's event, HI. That, however, is all part of the "fun" with this facet of our hobby.

I am hoping that things are all well with you, and that you have been able to stay cool in this brutally-long heat-wave that weVe been having this summer. I thank you once again for the valuable time you donate to keep this great CX activity on-the-air and growing.

N2BE CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
91
1,148
104,468
AM
19
382
7,258
SSB
11
208
2,288
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
114,014
NOVICE RIG JOHNSON ADVENTURER
-
1,000
HARVEY WELLS TX HARVEY WELLS TBS-50D - 1,000
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
116,014

-73-

N2BE C-C-C WEATHER WARNING

Greetings from the "Far East" of tne USA (NJ).
Mac, you might want to consider this possible storm when you select the dates for our upcoming fall CX event.

In the spring, when the weather was getting warmer and warmer, I found myself "retiring" more-and-more" cold 807s. One has to stay cool, HI. As you know, in recent years this behavior has led to dire predictions of extreme weather, here at the N2BE Climate-Crap Center ("C-C.C"). Just when and where will the next hot, steamy, swirler plop down ?

The N2BE "C-C.C's" proprietary "Crap-Track" is the only weather service capable of telling you when, and most likely where, extreme weather will take place, MONTHS IN ADVANCE !

Unfortunately, this year is NO different from the previous three; SO I am writing a bit earlier this year to ALERT you. The "C-C.C" has once again spotted a real "stinker" headed our way for about October 01 of this year (+/- 4 days, or so; to allow for wobbling, HI). The "C-C.C." is putting out an "ALERT1 for North Carolina to the New York and New England areas.

Emergency personnel should be ready, suicidal surfers looking for that "big one" should head for the Jersey coast, and East Coast (right-side) CXers should secure their antennas and vacuum tube stashes. The "C-C.C.'s" exclusive "Crap-Track" technology has identified this storm as a hurricane!

Preliminary exclusive "Crap-Track" data indicates two most-likely paths for this new dumper. One track takes it over North Carolina's "Outer Banks" area and right into the DelMarVa Peninsula. Another track takes it up along the coast and either across eastern-New England or easterly out-to-sea. Regardless of itsfinal path, it looks like everyone near the coast, and north of South Carolina, may get a "taste" of this one and it will be a real "antenna tester".

The "C-C.C." issues these alerts so people can prepare for the high winds and large-scale precipitation that threatens our antenna systems. The "C-C.C." uses no modern or "PFT" (Puny Field Technology) in the gathering or interpretation of data for these storm predictions. We assure you that everything involved with the N2BE "C-C.C." process is vintage and appropriate for this event. Still, my research at the "C-C.C." is so "cutting-edge" that I am going to have to go out and buy a lot more band-aids, HI. Now, where did I put my abacus ?

-30-

Mac, it has been real fun, as always; but it would not "be" at all without the generous efforts of people like yourself. Thank you for making the Classic Exchange a reality for all of us.

73
John N2BE
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W8KGI Jim

CW CX

Mac,
I was rather limited on the CW CX this time. To start off, we are getting all of the carpet in the house replaced with wood flooring, and the place is really torn up. I had to get everything off the floor in my inside shack, and that meant clearing out the speakers on all of the receivers and the power supply for the T4X. Well Jim, I don't think we have seen that excuse before HiHi. Amazingly, everything out in the garage came up working, but the weather was bitterly cold here, not conducive to working from the outside shack.

This was not my best CX. To start with I got sick Friday night before the CW CX, and I was still convalescing on Sunday, so I didn't spend a whole lot of time on CW. I got on 40 about 5 p.m. from the inside shack where it was warm and made 31 QSOs till about 7:45. Sounds like you were well on the road to recovery. I dropped out for some supper and then came back on 80 about 8:40 for another half hour and 7 contacts. I faded at that point and went to watch Downton Abby with Kathy. Perhaps your illness was still impacting your decisions: Downtown Abby vs. CX. Hmmmm.

So for the CW CX I made a total of 38 contacts with 1069 years of equipment for a raw score of 40622. I did have a two-way Harvey Wells QSO with Rich, KE1B, Rich using his T-90 and Heath HR-10, and me using my TBS50C/D and SX28. So that may be worth a few more points.

The house should be back together for the phone CX, so I'm hoping to make a better showing. I picked up an SB-10 recently that I hope to get going with my Apache for another SSB rig. In the best of all possible worlds I will switch the DX-100 from the inside shack to the garage and put the Apache and SB-10 in its place. Then I will have three SSB transmitters inside, the Apache, Central Electronics 100V, and T4X, and three in the garage, the Eldico SSB-100, B&W 6100, and Heath SB-400. It's always easier to qualify gear if you have three transmiter/receiver pairs, because I can swap them around and get everything on for three contacts each while working just one other station. I probably won't have the SB-10 working for this upcoming phone CX, but next fall should be doable.

PHONE CX

For the phone Sunday I was feeling fine. Out in the garage, I had 7 TX/RX pairs ready to go on 20 meter AM and 4 TX, 2 RX sets ready to go on 40 AM. I had 3 TX/RX pairs and one transceiver ready on 20 SSB. Inside I had 4 AM transmitters, 2 SSB transmitters and 2 transceivers and associated receivers tuned up on 40. We even went to church Saturday evening, so I had the whole day free for CX operation.

Came the dawn and it was really COLD out in the garage. Even so I started on 14270 SSB about 10:30 a.m. and worked seven different CX stations over the next three hours for 57 contacts. 39 of those contacts were with Rocco, N6KN! On five of the contacts with Rocco, I was transmitting on AM with either the B&W-6100, Hallicrafters HT-20, or Viking 2. Rocco was on SSB with an HT-32/SX115 pair, a TR4CW, and a KWM-2A, so these were cross-mode AM/CW contacts. Since I was transmitting on AM, I will count them as AM contacts for scoring purposes. Other than those contacts, I did not hear or work any other AM stations on 20.

I chilled out for good about 1:30 and went inside for some lunch and to warm up. A little after 2 I started in on 40 meters from the inside shack. I broke in to the only AM QSO on the band, four or so stations in a round-table up on 7293. The first guy to take it after I announced that I was working the CX and would appreciate a report from everyone said that it "pissed him off" when someone who was working a contest broke into their QSO like that! He was probably a rice-box appliance operator. With that I just dropped off the frequency and went down to see if I could make some SSB contacts with a few more friendly people, so I wound up making no AM contacts on 40. I did work 5 stations on sideband for another 10 total contacts, none of whom were working the CX, and I qualified my two pairs and one transceiver. With no other stations, either AM or SSB, working CX, I finally hung up the phones and mike and called it a day.

My most notable contacts were: a Harvey Wells two-way on 80 CW with Rich, KE1B, a TBS-50 on my end and a T-90 on Rich's end; and a B&W-6100 two-way on 20 SSB with Rocco, N6KN. I was also impressed with that Sagenuk RX 102 German receiver that Mark, W7ESN,was using on 40 CW.

So ... here's hoping that I'm feeling better for the CX next fall and that the bands will be open and there will be more CX folks working AM that I can hear out here in New Mexico.

W8KGI CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
38
1,069
40,622
AM
5
121
605
SSB
62
936
58,032
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
96,093
NOVICE RIG NATIONAL HRO-50
-
1,000
HARVEY WELLS TX HARVEY WELLS TBS-50C/D - 1,000
HARVEY WELLS RX
-
-
-
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
99,093

73,Jim, W8KGI

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K4JYS Bill

COMMENTS: I’ve been participating in the CX for a few years now and it’s still a lot of fun. Usually there is a real mixture of various transmitters and receivers. I’m sure there is even more of a mixture if I put in more time. This year Wilson, W4BOH was in my log many times and his HB 810 rig was blasting thru…of course we are only about 50 miles apart. One of the older ClassicsI worked was the K1DC Collins 30FX. WT2W was running a ’29 Hartley and was doing a nice job with 3 watts. The only militaryrigs I worked was the URT-11 of Joel’s, W3ZT and ARC-5s from Mario, N2AK.

RIGS
K4JYS EQUIP. USED:
EICO 720 – 1958
DX40 – 1958
DX60B – 1967
HW16 – 1967
VIKING 2 – 1952
DRAKE 2B(#1) – 1961
HQ110 – 1957
75S3 – 1961
TS440S - 1986
SX71 – 1950
HQ170 - 1958
DRAKE T4XC – 1973
EICO 723 – 1960
GLOBE SCOUT 65 – 1954
AF67 - 1953
DRAKE R4C – 1973
HQ140X – 1953
HQ129X - 1945
LAFAYETTE STARFLITE – 1962
HB 6A6 – 1935
ELMAC A54 - 1952
SX101A – 1959
HB 1 TUBE REGEN – 1935
DRAKE 2B(#2) - 1961

SCORE:
QSOs: 53
Age of rigs: 1,322years
Operating Score:70,066
Novice TX (DX-40) bonus: 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 71,066

Thanks to all for your contacts and to Mac and helpers for keeping this fun event going….

73
de Bill K4JYS

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K3KYR Jeff

Mac,
Another great Classic Exchange event has come and gone. Although I didn't qualify as many stations or make as many contacts as in past events, it's wonderful to hear so many of the old rigs on the air. It seems there are more folks fireing up vintage gear all the time. In fact looking back at my log book over the past 3 months I find more that two dozen contacts with other vintage stations.

And for those unaware the Lake Erie Boatanchor Net (LEBN) is called at 9am every Saturday morning on 7093 +/- with all welcome. W8KYD Ron and myself alternate as net control.

For this event I used 15 stations, but qualified only 14. Only one contact was made with an HW 7. I also duplicated my 1960 novice station with an EICO 720/ HQ 110C combo. Of course neither the tx or rx were the original ones used back when I was in Jr High school.

Equipment used:
TT Corsair
TT Triton IV
TS 530 SP
TT Century 21 Jeff, are you sure that is a rig and not a real estate broker?
DX 60 / HR 10
HW 8
HW 7
EFJ Ranger 2 / HQ 110A
Eico 720 / HQ 110C
HT 40 / SX 140
HT 37 / HQ 170
HW 16 #1
HW 16 #2
DX 60A / HR 10B
DX 40 / NC 109

SCORE
QSOs: 50
AGE: 1,258
SCORE: 62,900
NOVICE BONUS: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL: 64,900

In closing, I want to thank you Mac for the time and effort you put into these events.

73,
Jeff Jones
k3kyr@arrl.net

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N2ATB Tony

Hi Mac,
I participated in both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February 2013 Classic Exchange. I enjoyed it even more than the prior ones and this is the first time I used my Harvey Wells TBS-50D transmitter in CX. See N2AK, Marios notes for more about the TBS-50. I ran five transceivers, one transmitter and one home brew receiver.

It was lots of fun and I look forward to the next CX in September 2013. Thanks for sponsoring this fine event. Attached are my log and score summary.

Summary of CX Results for N2ATB - January/February 2013
RIGS USED
Equipment used for both SSB and Phone portions of contest was:
Kenwood TS-520S (35 years x 2 = 70 years),
Kenwood TS-830S (33 years x 2 = 66 years),
Ten-tec Argosy (33 years x 2 = 66 years),
Kenwood TS-440S (27 years x 2 = 54 years),
Yaesu FT-101EX (37 years x 2 = 74 years).

Harvey Wells TBS-50D transmitter (61 years) with a home brew solid state receiver (25 years).
The Harvey Wells and home brew receiver were only used for CW.
The total age of the gear used is 416 years for CW and 330 years for SSB.

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
82
416
34,112
AM
-
-
-
SSB
53
330
17,490
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
51,602
NOVICE RIG TX TS-520
-
1,000
NOVICE RIG RX TS-520
-
1,000
HARVEY WELLS TX HARVEY WELLS TBS-50D - 1,000
HARVEY WELLS RX
-
-
-
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
54,602

73,
Tony (N2ATB)

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K9VKY Brian

Hello Mac and the CX Crusaders--
Another great time was had during the January 2013 CX. Despite the CX Sundays falling on the days to celebrate my son's birthday in January and my grandson's birthday in September, the choices have been optimal for minimal QRM from RTTY contests and state QSO parties that have plagued us in the past.
How clever of CX Mission Control to avoid the Super Bowl as well. Remember a ham is balanced - man does not live by radio alone, he also needs sports.

Operating time was reduced due to the forementioned birthday celebration, but band conditions were good and signals plentiful--especially on 40 Meters. In addition to the usual suspects, it was fun meeting some guys who were new to CX and hopes are they will return in the Fall. I'd mentioned CX to some boatanchor collectors in the U.K., but, sadly, nobody showed up. I was not able to hear Kazu, JA3KNB, either. Perhaps we can hook some of our overseas friends next time.

It was great to hear the increase in chirping signals this time around, and hopes are that some day CX Central Command will be awarding the first ever Official Observer WAS to a CX fundamentalist. My thanks to the lads who tuned around a little bit off their calling frequencies listening for replies from those of us with crystal controlled transmitters. From the Green-With-Envy-Sure-Wish-I-Had-One-Of-Those Department comes Don, K1DC, with his Collins 30FX paired u p with an NC-101X. What a fantastic set up, and in looking at Don's QRZ site it's all neat as can be. Pride must run deep there at K1DC. Also, very pleasing to hear was the soft note of the Collins 310B3 run by K2MYR--another first for me to hear on the air. Now tell me, is CX a great time, or what?

Suiting up for this episode of CX were:
TX: 32V2, Ranger, Navigator, Eico 723, 32S3, 32V3, and the Viking Valiant.
RX: 75A2, HQ-140X (Novice Receiver), HRO-5, 75S3, 75A3, 75A4.
Xcvrs: AN/PRC-1 (Spy Radio), TS-520, TS-530.

Crunching the proverbial numbers comes up a little light this CX due to the birthday celebration for my son. There were 38 contacts multiplied by the Age Multiplier of 1033 for an initial sub-total of 39,254. To that the Novice Receiver Bonus of 1000 is added for a sub total of 40,524.

Because of the coincidence of my son's 36th orbit of the Sun, the Geoplanetary Occurence of Orbital Fluctuations and Ballistically Aligned Linear Locomotion factor applies here as well. The little known GOOFBALL factor is commonly expressed as the square root of the number of solar orbits (36) completed when the last filament cools in a CX. In this case GF=6. Multiplying the previously calculated sub total (40,254) by GF(6) yields a Grand Total of 241,524.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain....

Brian, after reviewing your proposed GOOFBALL factor with the grey beards, hairless topped, wise owls, late adopters, and OO card record holders on the CX committee, it was decided that the Negaitve Opinions With A Yuck (NOWAY) rule applied here. Sorry, maybe next CX...Editor

Here's hoping everyone had as good a time with CX as I did, and to you, Mac, thanks for taking on the chore of bringing all us together for this wonderful event.

Brian K9VKY

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W4BOH Wilson

Well, he did it again. Twice a year Mac reminds me of CX and awakens my killer instinct and lust for competition. Invariably, this results in complete disruption of my already unconscionably messy basement shack, because I have to disconnect and move whatever modern gear may be in use, find some antiquated junk (AJ) with which to replace it, get the junk working, and set it up in a semi convenient operational configuration. This takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, depending on what AJ I get out and what I have to do to make it “work”.

A few years ago, when I was younger and more ambitious, I got out so much AJ that I was almost too tired to operate it. Now, I’m more focused on making lots of contacts and new friends, which means I choose a small amount of AJ, try to make it work properly, and have enough energy left to operate the key (no phone CX yet). With this philosophy, I get to talk to more people, but of course not enough to make even a so-so score. I’ve been harping at Mac for several years to give us a scoring category for lazy ops like me, say three TX/RX setups max, so we can get on a list above the 50% rank now and then. Maybe he’ll think about this, since he has so little to do otherwise.

So last time I dragged out the wooden rack rig I’ve had for several years, a Meissner Signal Shifter and Dad’s Comet Pro and Drake 2-B. What is that 2B doing in there amongst all that great classic gear Wilson? This doesn’t sound like much and, in fact, the Comet and 2-B were no trouble and the Meissner was only a little trouble, because it’s obvious that no amount of work I could do in a reasonable time would make it better.

Then there’s the wooden rack. I’ve circulated quite a few pictures of it, but never gave much of a rundown of its configuration or characteristics. For scoring, I’ve been claiming 1940, but at least some of it is clearly older. I have three chassis, one wood and two steel, with usable circuitry. There are several more wooden chassis with no circuitry, which suggests that the initial build was well earlier. The populated chassis are an exciter (6V6-807), a medium size triode amp (809, 811, 812), and a large triode amp in which I have installed an 810. There were no power components at all, so I just set a couple of on-hand supplies in the rack, with no regard for authenticity. Then I got some HDVL (KW, swinging link) coils and had the big amp going, at fairly low power, pretty quickly. The circuitry was trivial to dope out, so the lack of docs was not important and I soon had it up to 300-350W. That’s with about 1500V on the final, which I drove with a Collins 310-B or an Icom 730. With 2500V the old 810 should do 750W, but that’s another step reserved for later. Who knows, if I go to 2500V I might even put some screen around the monster, just in case…
The exciter, however, was another story. Still simple circuitry, but more involved than the final. There are a 6V6 osc and an 807 output. The 6V6 was switchable from TriTet to grid-plate configuration, which I had never seen but found in lots of old handbooks. It’s a great idea, to get better harmonic output from the expensive (in the old days) crystals and work multiple bands. The exciter has the worst wiring I’ve ever seen in a HB rig, but it didn’t take “long” to find out there was a wiring error in the switching circuit, which prevented the oscillator from working in TriTet mode! Once found, that was easily fixed and some heating of marginal connections had the oscillator running. The 807 stage had no real issues and came right up, once I found enough five pin coils, mostly B&W, to populate the three sockets necessary for operation. If using the TriTet configuration, I’d have needed FOUR! The 6V6 and 807, though only six inches apart, are LINK COUPLED, from the 6V6 plate coil, through four inches of cloth lampcord, to the 807 grid coil. Works fine! There are quirks, of course. The 807 is neutralized, so it takes JCL or JVL type coils, or Bud equivalents. There are jacks for metering osc. Plate, 807 grid, and 807 plate currents. Meters were wildly expensive in the “good old days”, so one meter on the smaller amp has a cord and phone plug to reach any of these jacks. Yes, the 600V 807 plate lead has a phone jack on the front panel! It has a plastic shield, but remains very accessible, should one desire a shock!
I had put off getting the exciter going, being generally lazy, but finally decided I had to see it through for this CX. Once the aforementioned circuitry was understood/cleaned up, there was no real problem hooking up a power supply and getting it to put out about 30W! Then I was ready to connect it to the 801 and check for smoke. The 810 is biased way beyond cutoff, so not having drive is not a problem and but once another five pin coil was found for the 810 grid, I had drive! Oh yes, there are three feet or so between the exciter output and the 810, so I located a piece of authentic, antique, dirty, yellow lampcord to bridge the gap. It worked fine and I had 50mA of grid current!

Not being content with that triumph, I connected the Shifty Signal Shifter to the link on the 807 grid coil and bang, I had a variable frequency rig. In fact, the frequency varied a little at the beginning of every dit and dah! It stayed mostly within CX receiver passbands, however, and I was able to make a few QSOs. I even got an unsolicited email saying I had “some” chirp! I wonder if he thought I didn’t know
So that’s about all that’s fit to tell. I made quite a few contacts, mostly crystal controlled (some chirp with crystal too), with the wooden rig and both receivers. It’s always fun to see if anyone has worse tone than I, and sure enough, they usually do! Once again the old end fed wire zigzagging up from the basement into the trees got quite a few good reports and I had a lot of fun thinking of the old rigs I hadn’t heard since last CX. The woodstove kept the coffee hot and the shack warm and there were no household emergencies (How do you set the clock on the microwave? Why won’t the TV come on? Why is there no firewood in the living room? Etc), so all was well in radioland for another good get together on the airwaves.

QSOs: 108
AGE: 206
Score: 22,248
Novice RX Bonus: 1,000 (Hammarlund Comet Pro)
TOTAL SCORE: 23,248

I hope you can find my chirp in September,
Wilson, W4BOH

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VE7BGP Garry

SOAPBOX: I got to spend a lot of time for this CX Contest on the Phone Portion. It was a lot of fun I got to get 7 rigs up & running on SSB Mode and 2 rigs on FM mode. I was away for the CW mode weekend.

Thanks to Rocco & Stu who also had a lot of rigs on for making it easy to Qualify my rigs.

RIGS
SSB Mode: IC-751A, FT-301D, FT-757GX, FT-767GX yrs, SB-101, TT Argosy & FT-901DM
FM Mode: TR-7400A, FT-767GX

SCORE
AGE OF SSB RIGS: 462
SSB QSOs: 32
SSB SCORE: 14,784
AGE of FM RIGS: 126
FM QSOs: 9
FM SCORE: 1,134
TOTAL SCORE: 15,918

I have a few new Icom oldie toys for the Sept. CX A IC-735 for HF and a venerable old IC-O2AT classic brick HT to play on FM.

73
Gerry VE7BGP

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W8UT Al

Hi Mac,
I think I made a new high (for me) score yesterday. Got 5 rigs qualified. Still could get another 2 ready for next time, they just haven't been used for a while, but are basically cabled up & ready. Hadn't used the HX-500/2-B for over a yr, once the nut holding the knobs got straight, they came up fine. That's a common problem particularly with classic aged hams.

The 40m fone freq. is OK in the morning, but by mid-PM the foreign BC gets in there above 7250 and nite-time up there is bad. I just went down below a bit and CQ'd, had some ragchews. Listened on 75 in the afternoon, not much propagation then, didn't try in the evening. I did most rigs on 40m, some QSO's on 20 in the PM.

Thanks for keeping a good event going. .

RIGSDrake B TwinsDrake TR-4CWHallicrafters HT-32Hallicrafters SX-115Collins KWM-2AHammarlund HX-500Drake 2-BTotal Age: 505 years

W8UT CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
-
-
-
AM
-
-
-
SSB
23
505
11,615
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
11,615

73,
Al, W8UT
www.boatanchors.org
www.hammarlund.info

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much
worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
Ratty, to Mole

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KE1B Rich

Nice to see the bonus for using Harvey-Wells gear. In my case, the Harvey-Wells T-90 was also my Novice rig, so I get a “double bonus”. I believe I had only one “Harvey-Wells-to-Harvey-Wells” QSO, with Jim W8KGI, who was running a TBS-50 transmitter.

Out here in California, there is very little CX activity on AM, especially on 80 meters. The recommended frequency of 3870 is an all-night AM ragchew net. I was able to cut in to get a couple of folks to give me “credit” for the QSO, but they really didn’t want to bother with lots of short contacts. (You know those AM guys!) I tried calling CQ above and below the recommended frequency, but with no response.

On CW, this is about the only event where people give REAL signal reports (not just “599”). There were lots of “rough notes” (T5/6/7), and quite a few “chirp” (C) designations. I have to be careful not to put the Harvey-Wells on an active band (particularly 20 meters) if there is any serious contesting going on, as the key clicks will wipe out the entire band for my near-neighbors! The phase noise is bad enough, even without key clicks.

Here are “then and now” pictures of me using the Harvey-Wells in 1968 (it was an old rig even then), and again during CX (the Heath HR-10 is on my right, with the Kenwood TS-530s also visible between them. The receiver in the older picture (partially visible on the right) is a Star SR-550. I don’t think I have ever seen another one anywhere!

Equipment used:
Harvey-Wells T-90 transmitter
Kenwood TS530s transceiver
Heath HR-10 receiver
Icom 7600 receiver

KE1B CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
50
173
8,650
AM
2
63
126
SSB
-
-
-
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
8,776
NOVICE RIG HARVEY WELLS T-90
-
1,000
HARVEY WELLS TX HARVEY WELLS T-90 - 1,000
HARVEY WELLS RX
-
-
-
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
10,776

Rich KE1B

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W8TM Paul

Except for some QRN on the phone weekend, there were no particularproblems during this CX. A bad audio report caused by a cantankerousVOX was fixed using the standard rig-slapping method, which works farbetter with vintage gear than with modern stuff. Ah the beauties of BAs! Editor

There is one QSO in my CW log and another one in my SSB log that I didnot count for CX score because I didn't get rig info. The CW QSO wasmy first with Mac WQ8U, whose signal dropped into the noise before Icould copy his rig data. On SSB, I couldn't coax rig info from KN5WDM,who apparently wasn't aware of the CX. I logged them both, but didn'tcount them in my score.

For this CX my equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (built by mein 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and an inverted vee fedwith ladder line. The SB-301 is 45 years old and the SB-401 is 39years old, for a total age of 84 years.

Even though it doesn't count for score, I thought that I'd mention thevintage computer that I use for logging and keying. It's a 1994Pentium 60 running DOS and TRLog; in personal-computer years, it'solder than my Heathkits are in real years. Some CXers try using things like that as multipliers. Read K9VKY Brian's input above.

My logs are attached, one for each mode. My score grid follows.

W8TM CX SCORES

MODE
# OF QSOs
COMBINED
AGE OF GEAR
SCORE
CW
88
84
7,392
AM
-
-
-
SSB
33
84
2,772
FM
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
8,776
NOVICE RIG -
-
-
HARVEY WELLS TX - -
HARVEY WELLS RX
-
-
-
GRAND TOTAL
-
-
10,164

73,
Paul W8TM

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WQ8U MAC

I was better prepared for this CX than I was for the last one. I managed to get several of my malfunctioning boat anchors back into operating condition.
I was able to qualify the following:
Drake T-4X and R-4A
BOGS and NC-300
Navigator and 75A-4
Harvey-Wells TBS-50C and HRO-50.

I did an check out of the rigs I was planning to use. As part of the preparation, the week before CX, I also checked the SWR on all my antennas and felt sure they would perform when needed. (Remember that last sentence. It has signifncance later.)

My initial pair was the TBS-50C and 75A-4 on 20 meters. I was using a 40 and 20 meter fan dipole. I could hear several CXers, including N6KN, N7UVH and WD5DWC but could not get any responses to my calls. The TBS-50 with the Bandmaster VFO was drifting (not chirping - drifting!) when keyed so I moved it out and replaced it with the Johnson Ranger. It did not load as expected so I assumed there was another problem with it that I had not found. I then replaced it with the Johnson Navigator and switched to 40 meters where there seemed to be more activity. The Navigator loading was unstable. That should have been a clue.

I did manage to contact Wilson, W4BOH who lives nearby. He gave me an RST of 539! The light went on in my head and I checked the SWR; it was >10 and not stable. It had not occurred to me to check the antennas again since the recent snow and ice storm. Leaving the warmth of the shack (BAs serve many purposes.) I braved the weather outside. Yep, there was a small wet tree branch touching the antennas and moving with the wind. So much for those antennas. The 80 meter dipole was not impacted so I could still operate on 80 but there was no activity in the early afternoon. I shorted the coax on the 80 m dipole and dug out a Johnson Matchbox and low and behold that configuration had a reasonable SWR and the Navigator loaded as it should. So after two hours of CX I only one QSO; time to get busy.

I decided to use my old dependable Drake Twins since they are well integrated, easy to operate and reliable QSO producers. The first QSO was W4BOH again who verified that the signal was stronger. Next I connected with CX regular John N2BE for a good long rag chew. Another CX regular, Tony N2ATB completed the qualification of the Drake Twins so I moved onto the Navigator and 75A-4. I could hear Jim W8KGI but could not connect with him. I did connect with another St. Xavier alum Paul W8TM in Cincinnati.

When I returned from dinner 80 meters had opened up so I was able to quickly qualify the Navigator and 75A-4. Since the bonus rig was Harvey Wells next I put up The Bandmaster and HRO-50. The VFO drift did not seem to be as severe on 80 which is the natural output frequency of the VFO. My first contact with this pair was W8TM again. Paul deserves special recognition for following my signal as it drifted up during my transmissions. After hearing his comments I decided to retire the Bandmaster until I could find a crystal near the CX frequency.

I put the BOGS and NC-300 up next. This pair worked fairly well and produced enough QSOs to qualify. What is a BOGS you ask? I inherited it from Al Stephens when I took over the CX Newsletter from him. Somewhere in its life before Al got it someone decided that the “New restyled” “New forward look” of the WRL Globe Scout 680 wasn’t all that good and so painted the transmitter with a Burnt Orange color. Thus you get Burnt Orange Globe Scout (BOGS).

I really wanted to get the Bandmaster qualified so I searched and found a crystal for 3.5465 mc, just up from the CX target frequency. So the TBS-50 and the HRO-50 went into action. I connected with Art, K4TP, almosty immediately. He had gotten rid of most of his “good old stuff” and was using a TS-830S. He had been active in earlier CXs when he lived in the Durham, NC area using a Meissner VFO that had a very distinctive chirp. W4BOH appeared again this time using a Comet Pro and the exciter portion of the homebrew wood rack rig from the 1930s. Earlier he was using the whole rig producing 350 watts of RF. Several more quick QSOs put this pair on the score sheet.

The activity on 80 was waning so I decided to pull the switch on what had been a challenging and fun filled day. Now where did I put that chain saw?

SCORE:
QSOs: 16
Age of rigs: 448 years
Score: 7,167
Harvey-Wells bonus: 1,000
Total Score: 8,167

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K3MSB Mark

Winter 2013 Classic Exchange

RIGS
B&W 5100B / SX-101A Mode: CW
T-19 / BC-454-B Mode: CW

SCORE:
QSOs: 22
Age of rigs: 262 years
Score: 5,764
Novice TX (B&W 5100B) bonus: 1,000
Total Score: 6,764

Had a blast Mac !!

73
Mark K3MSB

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KB9W DAN

CX Noteworthy: Worked N3A. The special event station for the Presidential Inauguration, Washington DC.

RIGS:
Johnson Viking 2
Heathkit DX-20
Collins 75A4

Total age: 175 years
QSOs: 24 CW
SCORE: 4,200
Novice Bonus (DX-20): 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 5,200

KB9W
Dan
Amery, WI

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W2JEK Donald

Mac,
Here is my log for the CW portion of the Classic Exchange. I had no phone contacts.

Had a good time. Have to get some of my other radios on the air next time.

RIGS:
Harvey-Wells TBS-50C
Hallicrafters S-76
Johnson Ranger I
Drake 2B

QSOs: 9
AGE: 224
Score: 2,016
Harvey-Wells Bonus: 1,000
Novice TX Bonus: 1,000 (Harvey-Wells TSB-50C
Novice RX Bonus: 1,000 (Hallicrafters S-76)
TOTAL SCORE: 5,016

73,
Donald W2JEK

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VE3AUI Bill

Great fun! Love the sense of humor, too. Since I use this gear all the time, the CX is not so much of an unusual operating experience for me, but I like hearing all the old gear come on the air.

There were plenty of rotten signals. I think the newer guys must put out that kind of sound thinking it will sound normal to old farts like us. My first QSO was in April 1956.

CX was great fun. I run my Ranger and NC 300 almost every day. And if I can get on the CX fone show, I will fire up the 813/811 half KW AM transmitter. Also Drake TR3 available.

CW CX
Classic equipment used in the 2013 CX at VE3AUI:
Johnson Ranger, 1953, 60 years old
National NC 300 1955 57 years old

Multiplier: 117
Total CX CW QSO's : 38
Score: 4,446

PHONE CX
This is my phone score for the CX in February:
40 AM: Equipment:
Ranger,
NC 300,
Home brew 400 watt transmitter (made in 1952).
This comes to a total of 179 years, as I figure it.

Number of QSO's on 40 AM is 10, times 179 equals 179080 AM: Equipment:
Drake TR 3,
Drake R 4B,
Total of 116 years, times 9 QSO's equals 1044

Thus, my Total FONE CX Score is 1044 plus 1790 = 2834.

TOTAL SCORE: 7,280

I heard enough bad behavour and lousy language on 80 meter voice during the CX (NOT from CX participants) to last me a life time. If I never go on SSB (and some AM) again, it will be too soon!

73,
Bill VE3AUI

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K1DC Don

Hello Mac,
Attached is my log for the CW portion of the 2013 Classic Exchange.

Was looking forward to putting this antique station on for the phone portion but didn't get back from the Orlando Hamcation in time.

Attached photo shows my 1934 Collins 30-FX transmitter (211 tube in the final) which runs 100w of chirpy CW from a reproduction VFO of the thirties era.
The receiver used is a 1936 National NC-101X.

Lots of fun hearing that old gear and looking forward to next year's CX.

Transmitter: Collins 30FX (1934)
Receiver: National NC-101X (1936)Combined age: 156 years!

QSOs: 19
TOTAL SCORE: 2,964

73,
Don, K1DC
Dothan, Alabama

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W0VLZ Niel

RIGS:
Drake T4XB
Drake R4B
Eico 723
National NC-270

AGE: 198
QSOs: 8
OPERATING SCORE: 1,584
NOVICE BONUS: 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 2,584

W0VLZNiel

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KB5JO Curt

Picture of KB5JO's fine classic station:

RIGS:
Globe Scout 65
Drake 2B
Eico 723

AGE: 161
QSOs: 11
TOTAL SCORE: 1,771

KB5JO Curt

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KX7L Charlie

Mac:
Here's my results (a little late, but that's me) for the January Classic Exchange.

Didn't make it on for the phone weekend - just a little too much going on that weekend, but I had great fun on the CW evening. Heard some great signals, and suprised myself with the "reach" of my AN/GRC-9's 8W signal on 40m.

I even managed to record a few of the QSO's. I sent out the .wav files to the guys I captured. It's always fun to hear what you sound like "out there". Best chirp (worst?) has to go to KE1B with his Harvey Wells T90 - no synthesizer in *that* radio :-).

Equipment used:
Military AN/GRC-9, ca. 1956 (same age as the operator) That's great Charlie; however, your matching age cannot be included in score. HiHi
5-8W output into my 160m Inverted ell.

SCORE
QSOs: 8
AGE: 114 years
SCORE: 912

Charlie Panek
KX7L@amsat.org

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AK4YN Jim

Mac,
Here is my humble submission. I enjoyed the event and look forward to next yr.

My Rig is the Eico 753 transceiver I built in 1966 when I was 16 years old. I had just gotten my General license and traded in my Knight Kit R55a and T60 for the Eico kit. I had one of the few 753’s that I knew of that worked pretty well. I used it for a few years on 80, 40 and 20 with many QSO’s.

It has been in storage most of the yrs since. A few months ago I got it out and started restoring it. It still has a few bugs, but works.

When I heard about the Classic Exchange from QST, I was excited about making a few contacts with it.
That's great Jim. Glad you could join in the fun.

I am in the process of putting up some antennas in my covenant restricted neighborhood. For CX, I only had a quickly erected 40 meter inverted v , using a 12 ft. paint roller extension pole for the center support. The weather during the SSB weekend was stormy and the QRN was really bad here. Anyway, that’s my excuse! You get a pass on that one because of the creative antenna support.

RIG:
Eico 753 Transciever

SCORE
CW QSOs: 3
Phone QSOs: 3
AGE: 2 x 47 = 94 years
TOTAL SCORE: 564

Thanks for putting on this fun contest.
Hope to hear you on in the September CX.

73’s
AK4YN Jim

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KC9GQ Rich

Mac,
I participated in the Jan, 2013 CX using a restored High-C Hartley built by my father 82 years ago.

The details about the rig and its restoration are in a terrific article written by Rich and published in the Dec, 1998 edition of Electric Radio Magazine starting on Page 30. He tells the story of a restoration beginning with a wooden frame, a Fanstock clip, a bundle of wires and memories.

I tried to get my RME-69 running but the Hartley took all of my attention and I wound up using my Drake TR-7 (the primary state-of-the-art radio here at KC9GQ) for reception.

Come to think of it that TR-7 is drifting into "classic" territory - think it was built in 1969 so age is 44. That just occurred to me as I write this, just as it occasionally crosses my mind that my normal transportation - an '88 Land Cruiser - would qualify for copper plates.

Hadn't thought of it before, perhaps CX should include a special category and bonus points for operating mobile in a classic car. Hmmmmm.

My antenna is a HB folded Hertz with a HB balanced tuner, but I got lazy and used store-bought ladder line.

RIG:
Restored High-C Hartley (1931)
Drake TR-7 (1969)
Total age: 126
QSOs: 4
TOTAL SCORE: 508

Two QSOs on 20 meters and 2 QSOs on 40 meters - 4 watts output on 20 M; 2 watts output on 40 M.
Then the band went away and I followed suit. I figure my score is a big 508 with tons of fun.

Just wish I had known about the H-W angle before I sold my Bandmaster! BTW I have a nice QSL from Mr. Harvey.

73
de Rich, KC9GQ

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WB9WHG Dave

Hi Mac,
Well, a modest score for this old-time op! Three contacts -

RIG
GRC-9; 8 watts out
Age: 51 + 51 Years
QSOs: 3
TOTAL SCORE: 306

Next time will be better! We moved recently, and - I only had the one 40M xtal for my GRC-9!TNX & 73,
Dave Parker
WB9WHG

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W7DRA/8 Mike

I was at my daughter's home in Ohio and I worked both CXand WES. I was rockbound both 80 and 40, with a ARC-5 RX with the bfo made intoa second detector with an outout freq of about 250 KHZ, which was fedinto a BC-453, which makes a really good double conversion receiver so tospeak.

somehow I want to get to Dayton and buy a real receiver something likean SX99, or an S76 - but no luck. arg! Just think what I could do with a new receiver like an SX28 orSX99.............................

But I can't see any problem with a DX-20, a few rocks and the ARC-5 RX setup.....really. I could buy my grand kids lots of hamburgers with themoney to get a new receiver............
From the looks of your grandsons, you might need as much as a 75A-4 costs to feed them.

The antenna was an off center job fed with 300 ohm twin lead at least 200feet long.


I could not find the CX log but to the best of my ability at remembering,I worked about 1346 contacts on 80 and 40, with a sum total of 1,234,899points. Not that this is verifiable because of the loss of the log.

Prepare for suspicious excuse.
After about4 hours of interrogation (which included a full cavity search performedby the lovely Miss Barbara), Homeland Security took the log away from mefor evidence before I boarded the plane back to Seattle.

I think they were looking for the pie!
When you have a QSO with Mike, ask him about the pie.

mike w7dra/8

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N8DL Denny

Darn ! I will be in Florida during the CW CX. I was looking forward to the CW CX but we are now going down South at the end of Jan with 3 other couples. That was the only time we could all get it together.

I have added more 1950's tube gear to the Radio Room and it would have been nice to fire up some of it on the CX. I hope there is a super turn out this Jan.

Bob WA8ADH and Paul W8TM and I were talking about a W8GYH alumni gathering on 40 or 20 mtrs. It's been too long since the last time we did this.

73
Denny N8DL
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K3MD John

Must miss CX due to trip I have to take.

73,
John K3MD

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