CLASSIC EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY- FEBRUARY 2014 CX


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for the continuing support in publicizing the CX.
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HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

HIGH SCORES - MORE THAN THREE RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS (UNLIMITED)

Ron, K2RP, jumped to the highest score position from forth place in the last CX with an amazing 543,380 points. His secret weapon? A WOW! AM score of 189,335!
Rocco, N6KN dropped from first to second but with the highest SSB score (196,910).
Mario, N2AK, dropped from second to third this CX but still had the highest CW score (294,410).

Kazu, JA3KNB, returned to CX and came in forth with a respectable 357,980 score.
We will try to schedule some times and frequencies when Kazu and his JA friends will listen for US CX hams.

HIGH SCORES - THREE OR FEWER RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS

This is a new category designed to allow CXers without an extensive collections of boat anchors to compete.

The high overall scorer was John, N2BE, with a very resperctable score of 53,256 garnered through near equal CW and SSB scores.
The second highest was Wilson (WC), W4BOH with a CW only score of 34,370.

The two category format seems to be well received and did not generate any problems so we will continue to do this in the CX.

Click HERE to see the certificates the winners were awarded,


IT WAS FUN!

N2AK: The Winter 2014 Classic Exchange was the best and most fun I ever had in a ham radio event.
K6KN: Conditions were actually pretty good and it was great to hear all the crazy old radios out there.
N2BE: ...this January's CW event certainly did not disappoint.
K9VKY: Once again, the thrill of yesteryear came to be with this year's CX.
NS1W: I participated in CX for the first time this year...it was fun.
W2JEK: was a lot of fun.
W8KGI: I certainly had a good time and I hope to be a little better prepared for the next running.
N2ATB: As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the contest. Participation was very good in both portons.
W5SOC: Total Score: 4,450 ....mmmmm not very good, but fun!
K4JYS: As usual, lots of fun.
VE7BGP: I again had a lot of fun in this year's Jan. and Feb. CX.

BEST CHIRP NOMINEES

K2RP: Biggest kick was using my Conar Twins, the 400 and 500, for 3 CW contacts with K6BZZ. He called me on the phone afterwards, saying "that thing really shouldn't be on the air."
N6KN: Nominated K2RP's Johnson Ranger. "I was especially impressed by the classic chirp of his Ranger."
K9VKYNominated Perry, W8AU, with his 1942 Navy TCS set up. I was suspicious of the TCS because it's the only one I've ever heard that was chirp free, but Perry explained how he corrupted the TCS and eliminated the chirp.
First time I remember giving a "no-chirp" recognition

AH, THE RIGS YOU WORK!

N2BE: Along with the usual cast of characters and equipment, Joel (W3ZT), "King of the Eclectic Electric", came up with yet another unusual rig, a homebrew 125 watt transmitter featuring an HK-54 P.A. tube. That is something most of us have never seen or even heard of before.
W0BVT: The transmitter is a H.B. 807 oscillator modulated by a 6L6 Heising modulator. Output was 5 watts.
N2AK: I surprised a few guys on SSB when I said that my transmitter was a Knight T-60, which I built a vfo for. To make life interesting I also made a sideband adapter in the vfo.
I finally finished a h/b 811 pair amplifier that I started building arounjd 1975. (Still had the "new" RCA tubes in the orange packaging.
WB2AWQ: Hard to believe a 7ft high dipole on 80M will go to the East Coast (N2BE).
NA4VY: Dave described his U.S. Navy Collins URC-32 as 500 watts and 500 pounds.
K9VKYSpecial recognition going to Bob, NQ4R, for his homebrew 6L6-807.
W8TM: My score was not affected by the fact that my logging computer is so old, bought new in 1994, that its battery has died. Might sound like a small problem, but the battery is inside a thick integrated circuit that was soldered into the motherboard.
W0BVTRigs worked were from one extreme to the other: 40 M AM QSOs with W5FRS running 250THs / DRAKE 1Aand then with WD5JKO running a FLEX 3000.

HOW THE "FAT LADY"GOT HER VOICE BACK.

A really great tale of bringing a classic receiver back to life by N2BE.

COMMENTS THAT JUST CAN'T BE CATEGORIZED

K9VKY:I entered the Sick, Lame and Lazy Category with its three station limit.Referring to his earlier hospitalization.
W8TM: unfortunately, there is no bonus for my [perfect-square CW score (86 QSOs and 86 year old gear.)
W8UT: Referring to his late score submission: Well, I filled it out promptly, but then "old fart-itis" set in.
N2BE: Back at the N2BE Climate-Crap Center (C.-C.C.), my fingers are sore from opening cold 807s as I try to interpret ambiguous data and come up with a climate survivalist's forecast (for Boat Anchor Operators).
K9VKY: In an effort to slip an improper score multiplier past this old eagle-eyed editor, he proposed :
"The subtotal is multiplied by the Congressionally Required Elimination of Electrical Powerplants Yesterday (CREEPY) factor which reflects the number of regional coal fired power plants shutdown by the EPA in the last year. The CREEPY factor for this region is five.

MEMORABLE AND UNUSUAL QSOs

W8KGI: Perhaps my most memorable QSO was with W4BOH, Wilson, when we both ran our Meissner Signal Shifters, he paired with his Dad's Comet Pro and I used my FB-7.
N2BE and W8TM Most Unusual: QSO with RA1AIF/MM, Stepan, aboard a ship about to pass through the Panama Canal. He was running a KX-3 QRP 5 watts.


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.

MORE THAN THREE RECEIVER-TRANSMITTER PAIRS

JANUARY 2014 CX NAME CW AM SSB FM BONUS TOTAL COMMENT
K2RP Ron 270004 189335 71,920 - 4,000 543380 High OVERALL and High AM Scores
N6KN Rocco 279,831 7,136 196,910 - 2,000 485,877 High SSB Score
N2AK Mario 294,410 - 180,856 - - 475,266 High CW Score
JA3KNB Kazu 202202 32,490 119,288 - 4,000 357,980
W8KGI Jim 182,789 - 5,976 - 4,000 192,774
N2ATB Tony 41,775 - 23,780 - 4,000 69,555
K3MD John 38,940 - - - 1,000 39,940
K4JYS Bill 26,250 - - - 3,000 29,250
VE7BGP Garry 7,602 - 11,086 2,156 2,000 22,844 High FM Score
WB2AWQ Howie 10,015 - - - 4,000 14,015
W8UT Al - - 10,780 - - 10,780
W7FOX Fox 5,252 1,760 330 - - 7,342

THREE OR LESS RECEIVER-TRANSMITTER PAIRS

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JANUARY 2014 CX NAME CW AM SSB FM BONUS TOTAL COMMENT
N2BE John 27,579 - 25,677 - - 53,256 High OVERALL and High SSB Scores
W4BOH Wilson 32,370 - - 2,000 34,370 High CW Score
K9VKY Brian 10,989 - - 2,000 12,989 "CREEPY multiplier NOT accepted"
W8TM Paul 7,396 - 1,806 - 2,000 11,202
W2JEK Donald 5,100 - 288 - 4,000 9,388
W2SOC Jay 450 - - - 4,000 4,450 SECOND CLASS OPERATORS CLUB STATION
NS1W Sandy 2,519 - - - - 2,519
KB5JO Curt - 400 - - 1,000 1,400
W0VBT Richard - 237 - - - 237
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N2BE John

Hi Mac,
Attached is my commentary for the 2014 Winter CX, plus a footnote I would like you to add to my BC-779-A story that I sent you a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, the C-C.C has issued an alert for extreme weather during the first half of October, this year. Let's' hope that a major [problem for us is not indicated here. On a lighter note, I got the CLEGG Venus going and enjoyed many SSB QSOs with it during the June VHF Contest and Field Day. It's a real performer and a delight to use; well worth the considerable effort o save it. This radio was manufactured about one-hour's drive south of where I now live. Here's to wishing you a great summer.

Enclosed are my log and scoring summary for the winter-2014 Classic Exchange. I think the new three-station-limit category is a really good idea, and I took advantage of it in this event. That resulted in a lot less confusion and set-up time here at N2BE. I found that that allowed me more time for the "fun" part, actually operating. This new category should also encourage smaller stations to participate more effectively.

Kudos also for the new 75 meter SSB frequency, 3840 KHz. That seemed to work out much better than the previous two. Ditto for the new 7250 KHz SSB frequency, as well. In fact, I found the SSB activity to be so robust this time around, I did not even try to switch to AM. Why give up a "bird in hand" to chase one in the bush?

Especially when one considers that there is no longer any place on the 75 or 40 meter bands that one can go to do AM contesting. If you go outside ofthe "AM windows", you will be jammed with carriers and told to move into the AM window frequencies. Inside the AM windows, many AMers are fine with AM but not with any form of contesting. Even the "AM Transmitter Rally" seemed to suffer this year because of the renewed anti-contesting sentiment that has flared up among some AMers. I think it is a shame. Contests and events are a great way to draw new people into the mode. I fear that the F.C.C. is just now waiting for the AM ranks to dwindle a bit, before passing a 3 KHz maximum bandwidth law on all frequencies below 29 MHz. That would be a sad happening.

This past winter was a rough season for most of us. With all of the overcast days, there wasn't even enough sunshine for a "mushroom" like me. The only cure for this, that I know.of, is sitting in front of a big, uncased tube radio and basking in the filament glow. In the absence of a "big rig", several smaller tube radios will suffice. And... that is exactly what I did in this most recent Classic Exchange, in order to chase away the winter "blahs".

I think that adding a 3-station-limit category to our present "unlimited" was a brilliant idea; one which I personally tried out in this winter's event. It took some soul-searching but seemed to be a good direction for me. I decided that the stations used would need to each have good CW and SSB capabilities. With these requirements in mind, I realized that I only had three transmitters that "filled the bill"; I paired each transmitter with a similarly capable receiver, and my three stations were "good to go". Gee ... that was easy (HI).

The Classic Exchange is a double-shift, with overtime (18 hours total for either CW or FONE), of intense retro-radioactivity; gamma rays being optional. . Why do we do this four times each year? Why not? With that said, this January's CW event certainly did not disappoint. Along with the usual cast of characters and equipment, Joel (W3ZT), "King of Eclectic Electric", came up with yet another unusual rig, a homebrew 125 watt transmitter featuring an HK-54 P .A. tube. That's something most of us have never seen or even heard of before. Heintz-Kaufman Ltd. (H&K) was actually an early transmitter manufacturer that started making their own tubes when other tube manufacturers, who also made transmitters, refused to sell tubes to their competitor. H&K went out of business in 1953, but prior to that, two of their employees left them and started their own tube company, Eimac.

Speaking of unusual rigs, like a "Phoenix from the ashes", Double-O-Brian (K9VKY) reappeared at the controls of his PRC-1" CIA spy radio set. Someguys just cannot let go of their night job (HI). The PRC-l had a strong signal here and was keying better than I recall from previous encounters. Some thingsdo get better with age (HI).

Mac, you and Dan (KB9W) had great signals eminating from Johnson "Navigators" another rarely heard transmitter. Mario (N2AK), Perry (W8AU), . and Fox (W7FOX) were three operators showcasing ALL WWII-era military stations: Mario with his ARC-5 tx/rx. combo, Perry with his TCS tx/rx combo, and Fox with an ARC-5 tx and TCS-12 rx, It's nice to have these old rigs still doing what they were originally built for.

Later that night, on 80 meters, Jim (W8KGI) unleashed three low-power transmitters on me: a CBY52209, TBS-50C, and a Meissner "Signal Shifter. Although the power levels were low, band conditions somewhat variable, and Jim was way out in New Mexico, all three transmitters "made the grade" with "room to spare" (i.e., with signal levels as strong as 589 here in NJ). I think Jim's antenna is also working well for him. Speaking of low power, just before my QSOs with Jim, I worked Stepan (RA1AIF/MM) who was aboard a ship that was about to pass through the Panama canal. He was using an Elecraft "KX-3" QRP transceiver and was also hitting the 589 signal-level mark.

In the February FONE event, I was pleasantly suprised with the new SSB frequency choices for 75 and 40 meters. They appeared to be vast improvements. The CX just keeps gitting better! My main challenge in this FONE event seemed to be in trying to keep up with the multiplicity of rig changes conducted by Dee/Mario (N2AK). WOW, he has this qualifying thing down to a science! Every time I heard him, he had a different set-up going; and I would try to QSO with him before he changed rigs again. Tony (N2ATB) seemed to be doing the same thing; and the three of us shared many QSOs together. One QSO with Dee that really stood out was when he was using a Knight T -60 transmitter with a homebrew,solid-state, SSB adapter. Now, that is what I call a RARE rig. It kind of got me thinking about such an addition to my Johnson Adventurer.

I chuckled during a QSO with Dave (NA4VY) when he described his U.S. Navy Collins URC-32 transceiver as "500 watts and 500 pounds". I think all of us can generate a "seaworthy" visual with that description (HI). One thing that I missed in this FONE event was QSOs with our western counterparts. Not one of my QSOs was with someone west of Ohio/WVa. Where were they? I gotta get a 20 meter antenna back up.

Speaking of the 20 meter antenna, I temporarily sacrificed it to install a 3/8- . wavelength (50 foot) vertical for 40 meters in its place, last fall. Throughout the fall and winter, I compared the vertical to a dipole. The vertical had 32 radials; 1/4-to-3/8 wavelengths long, each. The dipole was at 50 feet high and had a balun at the feed point, which gave it the classic dipole radiation pattern. I was . trying to see if the vertical could outperform the dipole for CX, even though I live in a hardwood forest and have very rocky soil. The results were very straightforward. In its favored directions, the dipole always equaled or outperformed the vertical, In its unfavorable directions, the dipole, usually, slightly underperformed the vertical. Because of many trees and poor soil conductivity, I rate the 50 foot high dipole as the better all-around OX antenna, by a slight margin. However, for more local communication purposes, the dipole is vastly superior to the vertical. At N2BE, the dipole will stay up, while the vertical will be replaced with a 20 meter antenna.

This last winter was an interesting one for this northwest-NJ area. We ended up in somethlnq of a "sweet spot" compared to many places across the USA. Overall, we had what I would call an "oldtime winter"; nothing extraordinary if compared to winters that occured more than 15 years ago;extremely low temperatures, snowfall was average, and only December and February turned out to be slightly colder than average. We were lucky here, as I know that many areas had a much more extreme experience.

I have been buried lately in a new project, here at N2BE; restoring a CLEGG "Venus" 6-meter transceiver. I am sure you have worked on corroded "cellar puppies"; radios that several people have worked on and given up on; radios with horrific mods. and workmanship done on them; and radios with incorrect parts installed. Well, this CLEGG has all-of-the-above. What a mess! It does keep me off of the streets, though (HI). I am hoping to have it going for this, already started, CX season.

Back at the N2BE "Climate-Crap Center" (C-C.C.), my fingers are sore from opening cold 807s, as I try to interpret ambiguous data and come up with a climate survivalist's forecast for 2014. There is no easy way to say that a new steamy, swirling, stinker(ie. extreme weather) has been detected. That is, the "C-C.C." is expecting yet another round of dynamic-dumper carnage to arrive on October 08 (+/- 5 days) of this year. As usual, this alert is mainly for the Eastern Coastal States. The "C-C.C." is hoping that its track will make this only a "dnve-bv" event by keeping most of the storm out at sea and away from landfall. However, be mindful that a more inland track (see last year's predictions) is definitely possible. Make preparations to protect your antennas.

Thank you, Mac, for your efforts in making the Classic Exchange the premier event in its class, and a major event across all classes. If you run for the U.S. Presidency, I WON'T vote for you ... because we can't afford to lose you.

- 73 -
N2BE

N2BE John M. Bogath 17 Meyers Rd. Sandyston, NJ 07826-5112


How The "Fat Lady" Got Her Voice Back by John N2BE

We participants in the Classic Exchange all share a common bond; we love old radios. That leads us to collect and accumulate them. Many of us collect these radios specifically to use them and find out which ones we like best. When we finally find that "best" radio, it earns the titie of "keeper" and remains with us through "thick-and-thin". This is my story of one such special radio.

It was a cool and overcast day a few years ago when the UPS truck backed down my driveway. The driver stepped out; and "gee-ee-zz", he was as big as the truck he arrived in. He had two packages for me. One was about seventy pounds and the other forty-some pounds. He held both out to me in the palm of one hand. Did I say that this guy was huge?! I thanked him and lugged my prizes into the house; all-the-while mumbling that the NFL must be on strike.

Once inside, I unpacked my treasure. From the larger box, I wrestled an enormous, World War II, Howard "BC-779-A" receiver free from its packing; which included and empty "V-8" bottle and three of great-granny's 1930s throw pillows. Unusual packing for a piece of electronic gear, but nevertheless effective. I marveled at the iron maiden that was now fully visible before me; and I do mean "iron". A magnet will stick to most parts of this receiver. Moving over and unpacking the smaller box, I pulled out a very husky little power supply that appeared to be capable of powering a decent-sized transmitter, instead of just a receiver. I stared at the two for a while. This was "BIG" !

A "SC-779-A" is an SP-200-n-series receiver originally designed and built by the Hammarlund Manufacturing Company. It is also called a "Super Pro". The "200"-series started in October 1939 and continued to be manufactured until 1945. It was arguably the best communications receiver of its day. There were several models of these "SP_200"S to choose from, based on frequency coverage. My "BC-779-A" was the military equivalent of the civilian'.'SP-200-LX"; which in addition to covering 2.5 to 20M cy, also covered 100 to 400K cy. This one was built by the Howard Radio Company because Hammarlund was too small to meet the order demands made by "Uncle Sam" in WWII and had to subcontract out some of their manufacturing work. The U.S. Army work order for this receiver was issued out of Philadelphia in 1942.

Despite its age and the probable considerable use that this "Super Pro II has had, it was in quite good shape. It had been coated with an anti-fungal varnish, and that concerned me since I would need to clean connections for the' new parts I was going to install. That concern turned out to be ill-founded, however, because the varnish was brittle and could be quickly scraped off to leave shiny and easily soldered connection points .. The front panel's paint job was the worst cosmetic casualty this radio had, but it told an interesting story. You see, this radio was originally ordered to be built for the U.S. Army, but the panel was painted a battleship gray. Ooops! (HI) Also, the panel showed corrosion in spots through large areas of missing paint and into its nickel-plated, steel panel.

Now, nickel is pretty tough and the only things that I can think of that might have corroded through it and into the underlying steel are acid or SALT WATER. The third "strike" came when I noticed that the term "U.S. Army" was deliberately scratched out on the front-panel's J.D. tag. Aaaah-HAH! Esprit de corps!! This radio ended up in the Navy. When I started removing the damaged gray paint from the panel, I came upon the original Army-green color underneath; with its Material Work Order number on it in bright yellow paint. My radio may have served in the Army during WWII and then later in the Navy during the Korean War; Anyway, I completely stripped all paint off of the panel and repainted it silver-gray; so it now looks like an Air Force radio. I wanted to keep it interesting, HI.

I won't go into extensive detail as to how I electrically restored this radio since, if you are reading this, you probably already know your way around radio restoration. As an interesting note: R23, R28, and R37 should all have been 5OK ohm l watt resistors. However, no doubt due to the urgent rush going on at Howard Radio in 1942, 10 Kohm l watt resistors were mistakenly installed in these three positions. When I checked them, they read 173K ohms, 118K ohms, and 2.4Meg ohms, respectively. And ... the receiver still worked well enough that a problem was never recognized through two tours of military duty and an unknown number of civilian hams afterwards! In addition, apparently lightning blew out the first RF stage in this radio and the antenna was then connected directly to the second RF stage; bypassing the dead first stage. The ham that I bought this radio from was using it for regular CW net skeds, in this condition. Talk about "above and beyond the call of duty"!

I was feeling very optimistic when I finished rebuilding the "BC-779-A" and its power supply. I hefted a single 30-inch tall, stereo speaker over to the receiver and hooked it up. A 20 foot piece of wire, strung around the room, served as an antenna. I turned the receiver on and tuned the shortwave bands for a signal. Soon I came upon a northern European station that announced it was featuring old-time, popular American songs in their broadcast. I waited ., .. and the music started. It was none other than Kate Smith singing "God Bless-Arnenca". Well, the floors shook, and I thought the front of that speaker cabinet was going to blow clean off. I had Kate Smith in my lap: the FULL KATIE! WOW!! The audio quality and quantity rivaled that from a good stereo set-up. There was a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat. This old veteran still has the "right stuff" ..

Since that first introduction to this REALLY made-in-America "Super Pro", it has given me very useable performance on SSB, very good performance on CW, and absolutely sublime performance on AM SWBC. In fact, no other receiver that I have ever owned or used matches this receiver's performance in the AM mode. This is the receiver that is listened to most at this QTH. Everything about this "BC-779-A" is BIG, and its very notable presence demanded that I give it a name. So I named her the "Fat Lady". It's perfect; and goes well with my other name for her, "KEEPER".

N2B2 FAT LADY PIX NOTES
The "Fat Lady" occupies a considerable amount of shelf space in this picture. She is basking in the early morning sun. Notice that you can clearly see a DAYLIGHT zone, a GREY zone, and a zone of DARKNESS across her face; much the same as with planet Earth. I told you that this radio is "BIG"! (HI)

If yo look at the I.D. tag in the center of her front-panel, you can see where "U.S. Army" is vigorously scratched out, in the upper-right corner; just above BC-779-A.

Oops! I forgot to mention that this receiver has the best noise limiter for AC power-line noise that I have ever used. The first time I used it, I thought the receiver had gone dead. I had this S7-to-S8 wailing noise screaming out of the loudspeaker when I turned the "limiter" on: NOTHING; not a "peep". WOW! It also causes almost no distortion on audio when in use. SWEET!

- 73 -
John
N2BE


W4BOH WILSON

PICTURES OF W4BOH LAND OF MAGIC. Worth a few minutes to see this collection.

RIGS (Not the old rack mounted amplifiers):
Drake 2B
Hammarlund Comet Pro
Signal Shifter
Collins 310B
Heathkit SB-401
National HRO

CW SCORE
QSOs: 83
AGE: 390
Score: 32,370
Novice rig (Comet) 1,000 The Comet is 82 years old, it was not new when Wilson was a Novice!....or was it?
Collins rig (310B) 1,000
TOTAL SCORE 34,370


K9VKY BRIAN

Hello Mac and all the CX Raiders--
Once again, the thrill of yesteryear came to be with this year's CX. I missed the September 2013 CX due to hospitalization, but was pleased to be back, albeit in a limited state. Because of those limitations, I entered in the Sick, Lame, and Lazy Category with its three station limit.

Conditions in western Pennsylvania were good on 40 and 80 Meters, and that's where the effort concentrated. The bands went short during the mostly daylight operation, and nothing was worked beyond 500 miles. With the 1 1/2 watt 1929 UX-210 TNT and 12 watt PRC-1 transmitters, though, going short was probably a necessity. Nonetheless, 27 great contacts were had, with special recognition going to Bob, NQ4R, for his homebrew 6L6-807, and to Perry, W8AU, with his 1942 Navy TCS set up. I was suspicious of the TCS because it's the only one I've ever heard that was chirp free, but Perry explained how he corrupted the TCS and eliminated the chirp.

The rigs were:
1929 UX-210 TNT
National HRO-5
PRC-1 Spy radio (transmitter and receiver)
Heath DX-60
Hammarlund HQ-140x

In crunching the numbers, I came up with 27 Contacts x 407 Age Multiplier + 1000 Heath Bonus+1000 Novice Bonus which gives a Subtotal of 12,989. The subtotal is multiplied by the Congressionally Required Elimination of Electrical Powerplants Yesteryear (CREEPY) factor which reflects the number of regional coal fired powerplants shutdown by the EPA in the last year. The CREEPY factor for this region is five. Therefore, the final score is necessarily skyrocketed by five, bringing the CX Total Score to 5 x 12,989 or 64,945.

Until next time, here's to happy times on the bands for the CX Raiders, and keep those filaments glowing.

Brian K9VKY


W8TM PAUL

My equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (built by me in 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and an inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 46 years old and the SB-401 is 40 years old, for a total age of 86 years. This time, the Heathkits get me a bonus as well.

My score is not affected by the fact that my logging computer is so old--bought new in 1994--that its battery has died. That might sound like a small problem, but the battery is inside a thick integrated circuit by Dallas Semiconductor that was soldered into the computer's motherboard. So the part is both hard to buy and hard to install--when a watch battery could have done the job equally well. But the computer seems to run OK with a dead battery, provided that I set date and time whenever it is started. Thanks, Gateway 2000! Paul, don't you know Bill Gates wants you to buy a new computer every 2 to 3 years? Plus look at the bright side, that battery was not going to come loose.

Since I was the guy who inspired last September's gripe from the AMers about 40 meters, I thought that I would make some commments about their claim to an AM window from 7280 to 7300 kc.
(1) The ARRL band plan at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/conop.pdf shows 7285 kc as the QRP SSB frequency. So the complaining AMers are ignoring the ARRL band plan.
(2) A 20 kc window on 40 meters is a double-digit percentage of the total 40 meter phone band, 11% or 16%, depending on license class. Are AMers really that big a minority?

No one owns any frequency, especially not someone who ignores the published band plan. But of course, it isn't the job of the CX to enforce the ARRL band plan, so I was happy to QSY to the new suggested frequencies. Nevertheless, my activity on/near 7250 kc managed to attract a (sideband, not AM) jammer--but that's the way it is on 40 meter phone.

My logs are attached, one for each mode. Because I was unable to get complete data from W0YBS during our second CW QSO, that QSO was not counted for my score. My score grid follows.

SCORING
CW
QSOs: 86
AGE: 86
Total CW: 7,396

SSB
QSOs: 21
AGE: 86
Total SSB:1,806
Heathkit Bonus: 2,000
TOTAL SCORE: 11,202

Obviously, I used just one receiver-transmitter pair for score class.

Unfortunately, there is no bonus for my perfect-square CW score (86qs and 86 year old rigs)

Most unusual QSO: RA1AIF marine mobil near the Panama Canal running KX-3 QRP 5 watts!

73, Paul W8TM
Discover something new.


MODE: CW
QSOs: 87
AGE: 48
SCORE: 4,176
HEATHKIT: 2,000
TOTAL SCORE: 6,176


W2JEK DON

Dear Mac,
Here is my entry for the January / February Classic Exchange, log sheets enclosed.

Was a lot of fun. Hadn't used the HW-8 in a couple of years so was glad to see it working so well.

MODE: CW
#QSOs: 17
AGE: 300
SCORE: 5,100

MODE: SSB
#QSOs: 4
AGE: 72
SCORE: 288

NOVICE RIG 2,000
HEATHKIT RIG 2,000

TOTAL SCORE: 9,388


NS1W SANDY

Hi Mac --
I participated in CX for the first time this year.
I did CW only, an image of my log sheet is attached.

I think my score is 2519: Age of equip:
Viking II 1952 62
Drake 2A 1960 54
Valiant 1956 58
HQ170 1959 55
total age of equip (multiplier) = 229
11 CW QSOs
Total Score: 11 x 229 = 2519
(no novice/heathkit points)

I like the EFJ gear. I also have a navigator that I use.

I'm currently getting a millen 90800 exciter going, which I will pair with a SW-3, so it will be all James Millen designs. Pretty good age multiplier too. (last night the 90800 "crushed" a 40 meter ft-243 xtal, guess it was designed for heavier duty ones :) )

Thanks for organizing things, it was fun.

73 de NS1W


KB5JO CURT

RIGS:
DRAKE 2B
DX-60

MODE: AM
QSOs: 4
AGE: 100
SCORE: 400
HEATHKIT: 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 1,400

General Logging
02/09/14      KB5JO          09
15m  AM  02/09/14  2026  WX3K        59          59    PA  STEPHANIE 
( EICO 720/730/HQ-170)
40m  AM  02/09/14  2103  W5FRS      59          48    TX  DENNIS 
(250TH/Drake 2A)
40m  AM  02/09/14  2132  KD5OEI      59          59    TX  PATRICK 
(Tucker)
40m  AM  02/09/14  2133  WD5JKO    59          59    TX  JIM 
(Flex 3000)
Rigs worked were from one extreme to the other: 40 M AM QSOs WITH W5FRS running 250THs / DRAKE 1A and then with WD5JKO running FLEX 3000.


W0BVT RICHARD

Greetings Mac,
Attached is a picture of my Classic Exchange station used during the event today. I hope you enjoy the picture Mac, I thought at the very least my rig might qualify in the "exotic" or unusual category...hi, hi

It is really neat! Thanks for sharing. That's pretty unusual using an 807 as an oscillator.

The transmitter is a H.B. 807 oscillator modulated by a 6L6 Heising modulator. Output power was 5 watts. I use a regulated D.C. power supply for B+ and monitor the output with a bench scope. Channel 1 of the scope feeds a frequency counter. The Receiver is a Drake 2A and the antenna is a 75 meter dipole on a 75 foot tower.

Plate voltage to the 807 was 250 volts at 50 ma., or 12.5 watts input. Given 5 watts output that computes to 40% efficiency. Not bad for a modulated oscillator transmitter.

Stations worked:
(1) At 8:55 AM CST on 3885 khz. I was called by K0VUW and received a 5/9 +10 db signal report. He reported using an FT-2000D for his station.
(2) At 8:58 AM CST on 3885 khz. I was called by N0JZ and received a 5/9+ report. His station was an R390A and Viking Valiant.
(3) At 8:59 AM CST on 3885 khz. I was called by W0QBX and received a 5/9 +15 db signal report. His station was a Viking II and NC-303.
We continued to enjoy a QSO for more than an hour but no more stations called in. I eventually switched to my H.B. 813 transmitter and HQ-160 receiver, studio "A". I'm pictured on the cover of the Feb. 2010 issue (Nr. 249) of Electric Radio using that station.

3885 khz. is no stranger to us, we are all part of the group "MOKAM" that meet 9 AM (M through F) for just a friendly rag chew. We often have 15 to 20 stations in the round table.

SCORING MODE: AM
QSOs: 3
AGE: 25 + 54 = 79
SCORE: 237

Thanks for all you do!

Rich...w0bvt


W8UT AL

Hi Mac,
Well, I filled it out promptly, but then "old fart-itis" set in. So, anyhow, here it is. No particular comments this time except, I only worked BOH once, but it was late, and on 75m, which I've never found much activity at that time. He managed to scare up a few guys that he'd already worked and were changing rigs.

As you can see, I took a holiday for several hrs in the PM, WX was nice and XYL and I went to do some work on the "new" old boat.

I had hoped to use a few more rigs, maybe next time.

RIGS
Drake B-twins 1968, age 2x(2014-1968)=2x46 = 92
Drake TR-4CW 1964, age 2x(2014-1964)=2x50 = 100
TenTec Triton 4, age 2x(2014-1975)=2x39 = 78
Hallicrafters HT-32 2014-1957 = 57
Hallicrafters SX-115 2014-1961 = 53
Collins KWM-2A 2x(2014-1959) = 2x55 = 110
TOTAL AGE = 490
TOTAL QSO's = 22
BASE score = 10780
Final Score____10780__

Thanks for doing it all.

cu at RARSfest,
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



OVER THREE RECEIVER -TRANSMITTER PAIRS



K2RP RON

Great fun to meet up with Rocco, N6KN early morning on both Sundays. We both qualified rigs at a great rate, and spent a couple of hours doing it. Besides Rocco, I got quite a few points from Mark, NU6X and Dick, K6BZZ in AZ and George, WB6YEC and Steve, KF6SYD in CA. Lots of others, of course, but these guys especially spent a lot of time with me as I changed rigs.

Look At Those Rigs!

On CW, I managed to qualify 2 transceivers, 21 transmitters, and 23 receivers for a total age of 2674. On AM, 12 transmitters and 22 receivers for a total age of 1993. On SSB, 3 transceivers, 6 transmitters, and 10 receivers, for a total age of 1159.

In total, I qualified 50 different pieces of equipment, from 15 different manufacturers plus one homebrew:
Central Electronics, Collins, Conar, Drake, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Heath, Homebrew, Johnson, Kenwood, Knight, Multi Elmac, Mosley, National, Swan and WRL.
How do you have room for all those rigs and time to keep them running?

Biggest kick was using my Conar Twins, the 400 & 500 for 3 CW contacts with K6BZZ. He called me on the phone afterwards, saying "that thing really shouldn't be on the air!" So I nominate myself for worst chirp. (Think I have it under control now). Another one I never qualified before was the Hallicrafters S41G, a predecessor of the S38 series. Conditions on 75 AM were good, and it pulled in everyone in the group on 3870.

Only disappointments were that my GSB100 is still sick, and haven't had time or strength to work on it. My perennial problem is a wire antenna, whose performance on 20 is very weak, so didn't make any contacts on that band. I heard that there was some AM activity on 10, but was running well on 40 and didn't get to try it.

Since the contest, I've been able to get 2 more transmitters on the air: A B&W 6100 and a Knight T50. I'll be sure to have them on next time.

Great fun. Thanks to Mac for all the planning and hard work putting the results together!

SCORING CW
QSOs: 101
AGE: 2,674
CW Total: 270,074
AM
QSOs: 95
AGE: 1,993
AM Total: 189,335
SSB
QSOs: 69
AGE: 1,159
SSB Total: 79,971
Novice Bonus: 2000
Heathkit Bonus: 2000
GRAND TOTAL: 543,380


N6KN ROCCO

Preparations:
I took my own advice and attempted to tune up the rigs on Saturday, one by one. Several failed in many devious ways. Antenna relays were especially unreliable this time. I had spent two months refurbishing a Cosmophone 35, and that was ready to go, along with a KPA-500 amplifier (so people could hear the Cosmo). I had been working on various switching schemes to allow easy switching between rigs, and it mostly worked as planned. I think my CW CX multiplier was a personal best for me 2,521 I suppose I should calculate the weight of that pile Nice try Rocco but that won't be a multiplier this time. The Heathkits were more reliable than others, for some reason. Because you built them?

Some of Rocco's rigs

CW Notes:
Ron, K2RP, and I qualified a large pile of rigs on 40 to kick off the event, beginning early. I was especially impressed by the classic chirp on his Ranger (there IS a fix for this, Ron, and I tried it on my Ranger II, and it works, IF, that is, you WANT to eliminate the chirp). Bob, W0YBS, had a great signal into southern CA with his HX50 and joined the group, which really helped with qualifications. Fox, W7FOX, managed to break in with his HB 1625 rig, which sounded great, as usual. Mike, K6LQ, had his wonderful Conar 400 on the air, which was strong in Palos Verdes. Finally move to 14045 at 2225 and worked several regulars, including W4BOH, W8KGI, W7ESN, W7EKB, and others. I gave up at 0201 and had dinner with the spouse. Is that why you and Hanlon have such great scores - you have dinner with your XYL?

AM Notes:
Ron, K2RP, and I schemed to meet on 3840 early Sunday morning, and we were joined by Ron, KB6WBO, Glen, WB6RLC, and Dave, WJ6W. We were swapping back and forth between AM and SSB, which was confusing. KB6WBO had an unusual Harris 350K transceiver, which is the first one of those I have worked really wonderful to hear it.

SSB Notes:
At 9:30 local, I had to bail on the 75-m action and meet with a contractor. That led to lunch with the spouse. Ah Ha! - another score enhancement event! I almost gave up on the CX, but I decided to listen a bit in the afternoon and found 10 meters wide open, which was a nice surprise. I tried 28502.5 and then moved to 28437. The suggested CX SSB frequency, 28600, was in the middle of a barren desert, activity wise in this case, lower in the band was the way to go. I think 28470 would be a good choice and consistent with 14270 on 20. In any case, I was very popular on 10 SSB and had a pretty good pileup going for a while. There were a lot of older Kenwoods on the air. Ricky, KI4VIS, sounded great on his SB102/Warrior. Dave, WB8LKI, managed to be heard on his KWM380. Lou, WA6EEE, was loud with his Swan 270B, and ditto for Richard, KB6ZOG with a TR3. The band was open to the Pacific, so I switched to bidirectional mode on the Steppir, and picked up VK2FJC, JA1KIH, and several others. In particular, Own, ZL2OPB, sounded wonderful with his FT101B. I finally moved to 20 when 10 died and worked it until it, too, died.

Conditions were actually pretty good, and it was great to hear all the crazy old radios out there. I deliberately did not try to qualify too many rigs on SSB and instead concentrated on just making QSOs with a few shack favorites I mentioned the CX website, and I think several people were interested in making other CX contacts - I hope they did.

Final results:
CW 111 QSO's x 2,521 yrs = 279,831
AM 16 QSO's x 446 years = 7,136 pts
SSB 203 QSO's x 970 yrs = 196,910 pts
Heathkit Bonus: 2,000 pts
Grand Total: 485,877 pts
Details to follow by Snail Mail


N2AK Mario

,B.The Winter 2014 Classic Exchange was the best and most fun I ever had in a ham radio event. I did almost all my daytime operating on 40m and switched to 80 in the evenings. I didn't hear much CX on 20 and above here in NJ.

By biggest partner in the contest was Tony/ N2ATB with 26 CW QSOs and 22 on SSB. John N2BE was there for 28 CW and 8 SSB contacts. Paul /W8TM worked me 7 times on CW and 4 times on SSB. I was very happy to hear some new CX ops that seem to be enjoying the event. I surprised a few guys on SSB when I said that my transmitter was a Knight T60, which I built a vfo for.I bet they were. To make life interesting, I also made a sideband adapter in the vfo. I have recently fixed-up a Heath SSB adapter for my Apache, but it wasn't ready for prime time for the CX.

This was the first year I was able to use my ARC/5 4 pack. It has a tx/rx for 80 and 40m with a common enclosure/ps. That thing is a gold mine of CX points. I also enjoyed the benefits of adding an audio amplifier into my rig selection box for my basement boat anchor shack. It makes it a pleasure to not have earphones for all of the 7 rcvrs it is attached to.

I recently fixed up an old SX-25 and a little while later, my friend Ted W2TAG found a Collins 310B for a great price. I made the pair up into a mid-40's station and they were a lot of fun to operate. Wilson/W4BOH runs the same Collins 310B but he has an 813 amp that makes his signal very potent. Maybe next year I'll add a 4-125 final myself.

One secret weapon I have is a 40m wire beam facing West. On the East coast, I find this antenna gives me close to an S unit advantage over my Windom. Also, a year ago, I finally finished a h/b 811 pair amplifier that I started building around 1975. (Still had the "new" RCA tubes in the orange packaging) That little gem sure puts some punch into my Central Electronics CE-20, so the other stations can hear me a bit more easily.

In the Fall, I'll explore making some AM contacts. John/N2BE is a heavy duty semi-local who is loaded with AM gear. Tony N2ATB also has a number of AM radios . We should be able to have some fun with that mode.

To summarize, I show 118 CW QSOs with a total age of 2495 years, and 104 SSB contacts with age of 1739 years . This produced a total score of 475,266, my best CX performance ever!

Thanks & 73,
Mario / N2AK
Medford, NJ


JA3KNB KAZU

Dear Mac San
The 2014 Jan Feb Classic Exchange was a challenge after a long time because it was not able to participate last year.

CW Report It was only 15 m and using 2 ele HB9CV.
I managed 22 pieces of gear for CW and worked TAKA/JF3RDE with 48 CW QSOs.It was about 2 and a half hours working.

Collins 32S-3 power-down start to the brink. It can be seen that the gain is small, it was repaired immediately.

Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States. I was able to QSO with W9ETE.

Afternoon,Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3,Toku/JA3ENN with 94 CW QSOs.It was about 3 and a half hours working.

48+94 CX Machinery List(2014)CW
1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
4.HeathkitHW-8 NO1 (1975)
5.HeathkitHW-8 NO2 (1975)
6.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
7.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
8.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40(1957)
9.Drake TR-4 (1966)
10.FT101S (1970)
11.FT101ES(1975)
12.TS-130 (1980)
13.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
14.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
15,Heathkit SB-104A (1978)
16.FT200 (1970)

QSOs: 143
AGE: 1414
1414 Total age of gear
CW Score 202,202

SSB AM Report
I managed 18 pieces of gear for SSB and 12 pieces of gear for AM. I worked Taka/JF3RDE with 39 SSB QSOs.moving to AM with 21 QSOs. about 1 and a half hours working.

Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States. There is no answer.

After,Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with 65 SSB QSOs.moving to AM with 24 QSOs. about 2 and a half hours working.

CX Machinery List(2014)SSB
1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
4.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
5.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
6.Drake TR-4 (1966)
7.FT101S (1970)
8.FT101ES(1975)
9.TS-130 (1980)
10.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
11.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
12,Heathkit SB-104A (1978 )
13.FT200 (1970)

104 QSO s
1147 Total age of gear
SSB Score 119,288

CX Machinery List(2014)AM
1.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
2.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
3.Drake TR-4 (1966)
4.FT101S (1970)
5.FT101ES(1975)
6.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40 (1957)
7.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
8.FT200 (1970)

45 QSO s
722 Total age of gear
AM Score 32,490

SCORES
AM
QSOs: 45
AGE: 1147
AM TOTAL: 32,490
SSB
QSOs: 104
AGE: 1,147
SSB TOTAL: 119,288
CW
QSOs: 143
AGE:1414
AM TOTAL: 202,202
NOVICE RIGS: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL: 357,980

*The log will send the attachment.

Look forward to the next CX.

73

Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
TEL:072-863-6667 FAX:072-863-6668
kazu@com-unity.co.jp


W8KGI JIM

Mac,
It was indeed good to hook up with you on the CX. The HW-101 sounded good - too bad you couldn't use the amplifier on 80. I was using a crystal-controlled DX-60, barefoot at the time, but as I recall I bumped it up with the SB-200 for our contact. You should have some words with your alarm people about that problem on 80.

I had a good time and made 77 CW QSOs. I didn't have time to get all of the rigs running as my HT-32 was soaking up all of the TLC I had to donate to radios, so I just put on a selection of what would work. I ran six transmitters and seven receivers out in the garage on 20. At 5 pm local time the entire segment between 14040 and 14050 exploded with guys working DX, and I was getting cold to boot, so I transferred inside. I ran six transmitters and seven receivers again on 40, quit for some supper around 7 pm, and then came back to 80, again inside, where I ran four transmitters, five receivers and finished off with the Triton IV. There were a lot of Heathkits on the air. I worked four HW-16's, two HR-10's and SB-401's, and one each SB101, HW101 (yours), SB300, SB301, DX60 and even an HW8 run by Gerry, VE7BGP way off in British Columbia. I contributed an SB400, DX-20, HR-10 and DX-60 of my own.

Perhaps my most memorable QSO was with Wilson when we both ran our Meissner Signal Shifters, he paired his with his Dad's Comet Pro, and I used my FB7. I had another Harvey Wells two-way with Rich, KE1B, again, Rich using a T-90 and I using my TBS-50.
I didn't adhere strictly to the 3 QSO rule, but I shortened my "rig runs" quite a bit and as a result I think I worked a lot more stations.� At any rate I had a lot of fun.

On phone I was not as active. I started around 9:30 am local time out in the garage, but despite the fact that all of the gear out there was working for the CW CX, I couldn't get a signal from any of my transmitters into my antenna relay! I finally gave up and moved inside around 10, and I worked W7OL, WA5ZOV and VE7BGP on 20 with the HT-32 and 75A4. I usually find Rocco on 20 SSB in the morning, but I didn't hear him this time so pickings were slim. I quit about 11 to go to church, where I must admit my mind occasionally strayed to what might be the problem with my garage gear, at least during the homily. I thought it might be a bad cable between the transmitter selection switch and the antenna relay, and I was close. That cabling runs through a little, single 811A amplifier, and the bypass switch in that amp had quit, so I was getting nothing through it unless the amp was turned on.

Finally got home from church and lunch a little after 4 pm. I heard no activity, SSB or AM, on 20 so I switched to 40 again using the inside gear. There was no 40 meter AM activity, either CX or the regulars who usually populate 7293 out here, so I listened on 7250 SSB and ran across Mike, K6ZSR and Mark, NU6X who were running vintage gear and talking about the CX! I worked them both for about half an hour, with all three of us switching off various pieces of gear. Mike had an HT32B/HT33 pair that matched well with my HT32/SB200 as well as a Heath HW104, and Mark had a B&W6100/75A4, HQ-180A, RME6900, and Signal One CX7A that were booming in here from Arizona. We finally said 73 close to 5 pm, and I couldn't scare up any more CX contacts after that. The foreign BC station was also coming up on 7250, so I pulled the switch and went to have dinner with Kathy.

My score was 182,798 for CW, 5976 for SSB, 2000 for Heathkits (DX20, DX60, SB400 and HR10) and 2000 for my Novice Transmitter (HB 6AG7 6146) and Receiver (HRO50), for a total of 192,774. I certainly had a good time, and I hope to be a little better prepared for the next running.

73,
Jim, W8KGI


N2ATB Tony

Hi Mac,
I participated in both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February 2014 Classic Exchange. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the contest. Participation was very good in both portions.

I ran six transceivers, two transmitters and one receiver. It was lots of fun and I look forward to the next CX in September.

Thanks for sponsoring this fine event.

Equipment used for both the Phone and CW portion of the contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (35 years x 2 = 70 years),
a Kenwood TS-830S (33 years x 2 = 66 years), a Ten-tec Argosy (33 years x 2 = 66 years),
a Kenwood TS-440S (27 years x 2 = 54 years), a Yaesu FT-101EX (37 years x 2 = 74 years)
and a Drake TR-4C (40 years x 2 = 80 years).

Equipment used only in the CW portion was a Harvey Wells TBS-50D transmitter (61 years),
a Heathkit DX-60A transmitter (49 years) and a
Heathkit HR-1680 receiver (37 years).
The total age of the gear used is 557 years for CW and 410 years for SSB.

SCORE
CW
QSOs:75
AGE: 557
Total: 41,775
QSOs: 58
AGE: 410
Total: 23,780
NovICE: 2,000
Heathkit: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL 69,555 73,
Tony (N2ATB)


K3MD JOHN

RIGS
Ht-37
Drake 2C
ARC-5 (40)
ARC-5 (80)
HB 6MJ6
AC-1T
Dtrke TR-4
NC-270
Knight Kit T-60
Glowbug 40: 6AQ5

T-60 and AC-1T quit, ripped apart, then OK.
AC1, both ARC-5s chirp; ARC-5 non-keyed VFO with 105 regulated on VFO
HT-37 nice rig but high maintenance.

MODE:CW
QSOs: 66
AGE: 590 yr
SCORE: 38,940
NOVICE RIG: 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 39,940
Multi rigs


VE7BGP GERRY

Hello Mac,
I again had a lot of fun in this years Jan. and Feb. '14's CX. I again got a couple of oldies given to me Yaesu FT-ONE and a wonderful FT-101Z I had a lot of fun with.

I again had a lot of fun operating CX this season I obtained a few new rigs to get points a couple of nice oldie Yaesu Classics an FT-101Z and a FT-ONE both in very nice shape.

I was able to work the W1AW/5 in Oklahoma twice with my HW-8 on cw the op would not give me his name and rig he went on to the next qso, It's ARRL - no comment. then the Pile-up started just down from 14.045. RIGS
SB-101
FT-301D
FT-901DM
FT-101Z
IC-735
IC-751A
TR-7400
FT-208R
FT-767GX
HW-8
SCORING
CW
QSOs: 21
AGE: 362
CW SCORE: 7,602
SSB
QSOs: 23
AGE: 482
CW SCORE: 11,086
FM
QSOs: 11
AGE: 196
CW SCORE: 2,156
BONUS RIG: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL: 22,844


W5SOC JAY

2nd Class Operators Club in Nemo, Texas

W5SOC only made a total of 5 QSOs. K4BDK, W7UOX, W5FRS, AE5VB, and W8KGI.

Just happened to run across a mention of the event on the web 'bout half way thru, then the band got really noisy with RTTY, FB, etc.

Equipment on this end is a full Heathkit HW-16 Station set up specifically for the 2nd Class Operators Club W5SOC call sign. (Pix enclosed...) Running a fine 40 watts out into an inverted Vee at 40 foot. The frequency counter is a stand-alone battery powered addition just acquired this week.

The station was operated by Jay aka WB5UDA...

Just a note, the band above 7.100 was empty.

I am able to claim an additional 2000 points as this is the same station I used as a Novice... has been in storage for 25 + years....
I got it out for the last SKN Jan 01,2014....
Glad you got it out to play.

SCORING
MODE: CW
QSOs: 5
AGE: 90
SCORE: 450
NOVICE RIG: 2,000
HEATHKIT: 2,000
TOTAL SCORE: 4,450.....hmmmmm not very good, but fun... !

73,
Jay W5SOC / WB5UDA


WB2AWQ HOWIE

Hi CXers,
My time was once again a little limited by outside obligations, but what else is new? I found CX conditions a little spotty this year, both in terms of propagation and in the CX activity, but that could be because I missed the really prime CX operating window in the afternoon. Started off with some morning QSOs using the trusty SB-102 with W0YBS and a relatively uncommon HX-50, and NE7Y/M who was using a Kenwood TS-50. Then out of town for several hours. Back on with one QSO on the now-seasoned Millen 90800, with Ron K2RP. No other 40M CX heard or worked from that point on.

Down to 80M, it was now evening, or at least dark. Time for the GO-9, the Swan 350, the Millen again, and my youngest radio, a Kenwood TS-440SAT. 80 was by far the most productive, and once again I managed to work John N2BE way back in NJ, this time on the Swan. Hard to believe a 7 ft high dipole on 80M will goto the east coast (and much farther, especially westward). How about NVIS DX?

Most interesting setup worked was W0YBS''s all Hammarlund setup HX50 and HQ170. And a little strange, didn't hear too many distinctive signals this year. Either we're getting better at keeping these oldies working up to snuff, or they just improve with age...Don't we all Howie?

This fall I should have one more RX on the line, a Drake R4B, which I bought to go with my currently-down T4XC. The R4 is a nice receiver, but why would they put controls (a switch and a crystal socket) on the side of it? It's from Ohio - don't ask.

Scoring 10,051 QSO points, Novice, photo, and heath bonus 4,000 points, total 14,051 points.

The Heath SB-102 that gave me 2000 bonus points. Taken FD 2013, Hard at work, with a National Velvet Vernier in place of a cracked Heath dial. Works better than the Heath.

See y'all in September!

Howie WB2AWQ


W7FOX Fox

CW RIGS
ARC-5 / BC-348
HB2 / 51S1A
VIKING I / SX-100
ARC-5 T-19 / TCS-12

SSB RIGS
SB-101

AM RIGS
VIKING I / SX-100
HB2 / 51S1A

SCORE
MODE: CW
QSOs: 13
AGE: 404
SCORE: 5,252

MODE: SSB
QSOs: 3
AGE: 110
SCORE: 330

MODE: AM
QSOs: 8
AGE: 220
SCORE: 1,760

TOTAL SCORE: 7,342


K4JYS BILL

As usual, lots of fun. W4BOH was again in the log the most times.
I'm late getting the log in, and the Sep CX is not far off. Looking forward to it.

K4JYS EQUIP. USED:
EICO 720 - 1958
DX40 - 1958
DX60B - 1967
VIK 2 - 1952
AF67 - 1953
T4XC - 1973
HW16 - 1967
DRAKE 2B - 1961
HQ110 - 1957
75S3 - 1961
SX71 - 1950
HQ140X - 1953
R4C - 1973
TS440S - 1986

TOTAL YEARS: 625
TOTAL QSO's: 42
BONUS POINTS: NOVICE XMTR DX40 (1000 PTS)
HEATHKIT HW16 - 2000
TOTAL BONUS PTS ---------------3000 PTS
TOTAL SCORE: 625 YRS X 42 QSOs (26250) + BONUS (3000) = 29250

Tnx again, Mac, for all your work.

73 de Bill K4JYS


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