CLASSIC EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY- FEBRUARY 2014 CX
Thank you to ELECTRIC RADIO MAGAZINE and Ray Osterwald, N0DMS, ER
for the continuing support in publicizing the CX.
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
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
||High OVERALL and High AM Scores|
||High SSB Score|
||High CW Score|
||High FM Score|
THREE OR LESS RECEIVER-TRANSMITTER PAIRS....................................
|JANUARY 2014 CX
||High OVERALL and High SSB Scores|
||High CW Score||K9VKY
||"CREEPY multiplier NOT accepted"
||SECOND CLASS OPERATORS CLUB STATION|
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
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
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 -
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
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 -
PICTURES OF W4BOH LAND OF MAGIC.
Worth a few minutes to see this collection.
RIGS (Not the old rack mounted amplifiers):
Hammarlund Comet Pro
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
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
PRC-1 Spy radio (transmitter and receiver)
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.
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
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.
Total CW: 7,396
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.
TOTAL SCORE: 6,176
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.
NOVICE RIG 2,000
HEATHKIT RIG 2,000
TOTAL SCORE: 9,388
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
TOTAL SCORE: 1,400
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
40m AM 02/09/14 2132 KD5OEI 59 59 TX PATRICK
40m AM 02/09/14 2133 WD5JKO 59 59 TX JIM
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.
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, hiIt 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.
(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.
AGE: 25 + 54 = 79
Thanks for all you do!
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
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
Thanks for doing it all.
cu at RARSfest,
"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much
worth doing as simply messing about in boats"
Ratty, to Mole
OVER THREE RECEIVER -TRANSMITTER PAIRS
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
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
CW Total: 270,074
AM Total: 189,335
SSB Total: 79,971
Novice Bonus: 2000
Heathkit Bonus: 2000
GRAND TOTAL: 543,380
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
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?
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.
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.
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
,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
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
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.
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.
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)
13.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
14.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
15,Heathkit SB-104A (1978)
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)
10.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
11.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
12,Heathkit SB-104A (1978 )
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)
6.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40 (1957)
7.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
45 QSO s
722 Total age of gear
AM Score 32,490
AM TOTAL: 32,490
SSB TOTAL: 119,288
AM TOTAL: 202,202
NOVICE RIGS: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL: 357,980
*The log will send the attachment.
Look forward to the next CX.
Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GRAND TOTAL 69,555
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.
AGE: 590 yr
NOVICE RIG: 1,000
TOTAL SCORE: 39,940
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.
CW SCORE: 7,602
CW SCORE: 11,086
CW SCORE: 2,156
BONUS RIG: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL: 22,844
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.
NOVICE RIG: 2,000
TOTAL SCORE: 4,450.....hmmmmm not very good, but fun... !
Jay W5SOC / WB5UDA
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!
ARC-5 / BC-348
HB2 / 51S1A
VIKING I / SX-100
ARC-5 T-19 / TCS-12
VIKING I / SX-100
HB2 / 51S1A
TOTAL SCORE: 7,342
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