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




N6KN Rocco again claimed the top score with a 731,168 points! He was also the high CW and SSB scorer!
N2AK Mario reentered the top three with a score of 389,147.
JA3KNB Kazu was again in third place with a score of 249,492 and the high AM score.



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


N2BE John returned to the top of this category with a score of 56,744.
W4BOH Wilson moved to second place with 30,850 points.
K4JYS Bill dropped to third place with a score of 26,824 points.



The scheduled times and bands for Japan-US QSOs apparently worked but was not used by many CXers. N6KN Rocco and JA3KNB Kazu were able to have QSOs on 20 and 15. Rocco's observatiion tells the whole story about scheduling: "I never would have heard him with my yagi pointed east."


We will try to schedule this again for the next CX. Check the CX website in September for specifics.



N6KN Rocco subimitted this: "Best Chirp nomination goes "hands down" to Mike, WA1JAS, with his BC 191, which was an honest 599C - an impressively "unique" keying note."


W4IBZ Bill repiorted that W4BOH has a very chirpy,drifting Meissner Signal Shifter. Wonder which one it is. He has three or four.


N2BE John opined: "John (K3MD), who was running an NC-270 and an ARC-5 with a really Horrendous (capital "H" here) chirp. This chirp sounded like it was starting down in the CW DX-zone and ending somewhere up near the Fone frequencies.
Is there a category for classic broadband; or would that be called "spreading-spectrum"?! (HI)
In any event, John sure has my vote for "Best Chirp"; possibly "Best Chirp Ever" !!!"



N2BE John reported: I caught up with Ed (WIHNJ) who was operating the original station equipment from the famous hospital ship, "SS Hope". This MacKay Marine equipment is now housed within the former WCC (largest US ship-to-shore marine coastal station, at one time) building at the Chatham Radio Museum in Massachusetts."
Thanks to Ed the operator of the museum station W1NHJ. And thanks to John for encouraging him to work more CX stations.
See Ed's report at the end of the newsletter.


And on the other hand...
Ron K2RP's Knight T-50 brought back memories to WB2AWQ Howie. I had one of those T-50s once � it was a great all-band (at once, including TV channels 2 thru 7 ) transmitter that the non-ham portion of my family hated. Hadn�t heard one of those in years till my QSO with Ron.



N2AK Mario: The Winter 2015 Classic Exchange was a fun time once again. Seeing the glow of my 811 hmbw amp is sure a hoot!


WB2AWQ/7 Howie: Had no unforeseen issues, no surprises, no smoke, so I guess you�d call it a success!


K4IBZ Bill observes:
Yes,we seem to be a rare breed of hams who have fallen in love with these antique time machines.
....the smell of warm plate transformers, dust burning off ancient vacuum tubes and the sweet smell of heated wax dripping off capacitors.


W7DRA/8 MIKE (who should be a novel writer): It was a cold and dark windy night when i arrived in Centerville..................the weather had been hard on my DX20 as it only worked on 40. 40!.......... a second rate band, but what could i do?




Be sure to read N2BE John's report from the CLIMATE CLASSIC RADIO and ANTENNA PRESERVATION CENTER at the end of his CX report.




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.

N6KN Rocco 354,528 - 374,640 - - 2,000 731,168 High OVERALL and High SSB Scores
N2AK Mario 229,779 - 159,368 - - - 389,147  
JA3KNB Kazu 113,925 38,594 94,973 - 2,000 - 249,492 High AM Scores
K2RP Ron 106,176 1,197 115,240 - 2,000 2,000 226,613 -
W8KGI Jim, 167,884 9,468 8,417 - 2,000 1,000 188,769 -
N2ATB Tony 41,952 - 17,724 - 2,000 - 61,676 -
K4IBZ Bill 47,520 - - - 2,000 - 49,520 -
WB2AWQ Howie 25,897 - - - 1,000 - 26,879 -
VE7BGP Gerry 4,108 - 10,290 - - - 14,398 -
N2BE John 27,880 - 28,864 - - - 56,744 -
W4BOH Wilson 29,850 - - - 1,000 - 30,850 -
K4JYS Bill 25,842 - - - 1,000 - 26,842 -
K3MD John 18,865 - - - 1,000 - 19,865 -
W8UT Al 5,909 - 8,341 - - - 14,250 -
K3MSB Mark 3,120 - - - 2,000 1,000 6,120 -
W2JEK Donald 1,624 - - - 1,000 1,000 3,624 -
W7DRA/8 Mike 3,325 - - - - - 3,325 -
WQ8U Mac 1,890 - 270 - - - 2,160 -
K6KSG Dick 600 - - - - - 600 -




CW Notes:
I had repaired most of the damaged rigs from the last CX prior to this weekend and had installed seven coax switches for each "group" of rigs in the shack. Began preparations Saturday by cleaning up workbench and parking the newly refurbished Galaxy V on it. I knew that I needed to do something about the 8O meter SWR, so I installed a Murch transmstch in the line to flatten it out - this worked out very well, with one unexpected exception. I tuned up many of the older rigs on 3845, planning to work K2RP there early Sunday morning. The "good" SWR enabled me to load the FPM-200 fully - and it (or the power supply) blew up under load. So - it's parked until I figure out what happened. The good news, rig-wise - my "smoke tested" 32S-3 Bandit 2000B combo worked great, as did my newly acquired "flame kissed" TS-900 (the front panel plastic looks exactly like a charcoal briquette.)


Started on 7045 at 6 am - 40 was open up and down the coast. Mark, W7ESN and I traded qualification contacts - he obviously has a lot of boatanchors, and some of them are unusual. I heard and worked W8ZR's FPM-200 - the note is very characteristic - too bad mine was toasted. At 7 am, Ron, K2RP and I met on 3845, but the band was terrible between us, so we moved to 40. That meant that I had to retune most of the rigs that I had spent Saturday tuning on 80 - nuts. That said, Ron and I managed to plow through a pile of rigs at both ends. My apologies to anyone who heard us and could not break in - that would have been fine if they had, by the way. I liked Ron's Heathkit Marauder the best. At 2000, tried 20 and immediately worked WC, W4BOH and his souped up Signal Shifter. 20 was wide open, and there was very little QRM - this was a big improvement in scheduling! No more Salmon Runners!


Signals of note: Carl, W21QK, had a great note from his homebrew 200-W transmitter; Mark's second CE- 100V had a great chirp, but his 32V-2 had that soft early Collins keying sound. The band was very good - I had a call from Matti, OH3PE, over the pole, with good signals both ways.


At OOOOZ, I found Kazu, JA3KNB, on 21045 with a decent signal from his Drake C Line. I quickly worked him with four of my own rigs. The band was not good, but it was open. At 0100, I found Kazu again on 14045 and worked him with the "high power" B&W 6100/30L-l (600W) station - signals were not as good as on 15, but he was easy to work. Thanks to Kazu for suggesting the times and frequencies - I never would have heard him with my yagi pointed east.


Moved to 40 at 0115 and found the band open to all over the country. Nice to hear Mark, K3MSB, on his B&W 5100B (I was using my B&W 6100). Best Chirp nomination goes "hands down" to Mike, WA1JAS, with his BC 191, which was an honest 599C - an impressively "unique" keying note. John, N2BE, had good strong signals out here from his HX50 and Gonset GSB100. At 0410, I tried 80 - for once, the power line noise was less than usual, and I heard and worked several east coasters, including Bill, K4IBZ, on his Globe Scout Deluxe - very nice! I ended the contest with - who else? - Jim, W8KGI, with his TBS 50.


SSB Notes:
Avoided disaster - after the CW CX, I lowered tower to install new 160 traps on 75-m inverted V and found a 50% dislodged center pin in main tower wire rope bearing. If it had popped out entirely, the 70-ft crank-up would have been scrap. After several days of work, I installed new stainless steel sheaves and cotter pins on all critical pulley positions. Also, every HF antenna needed feedline checks and resealing due to the salt air. I raised the tower an extra 5 ft to 60 ft (it usually sits at 55 ft). All antennas checked out nominally.


Began on 7250 with Larry, WB6QKO, and Ron, K2RP, at 7 am local. We qualified several rigs during the morning hours and had breaks from Dick, K6BZZ, John, K6KOI (TR7), and Lee, WB6SSW (CE200V/HRO- 60!). Ron and I ran through our respective piles of rusty radios, and by 1900Z, almost all of my SSB rigs were qualified. I went to 10 m and found the band wide open across the country. I stayed there (~28430/28438 kHz) for the afternoon and worked the pileup; being on top of the 10-10 contest helped generate activity, so the scheduling was good. Notable signals: Ray N9SND (Swan 700 CX), Casey KXON (PRC2200 and whip), Mike WD5CVN (HW 101), and Russ KE8AHF (Siltronix 10-11!). Many QRP and "challenged" antenna stations made the grade - the noise level was very low. After dinner, Ron K2RP and I worked a few SSB/AM qsos on 3852, and that was it. Great CX, as usual- it's always fun when 10 is open. We really need a new CX frequency there, however - perhaps 28470. Yes, I know that some 60's rigs need an extra crystal to drop below 28500 - but a lot 10 m operators stay between 28300 and 28500. Anyway, 28430/28440 worked well for me.


CW: 144 qso's x 2462 yrs = 354,528 pts.
SSB: 210 qso's x 1,784 yrs = 374,640 pts.
Bonuses: DX60 and HRO-60 2,000 pts.
Grand total: 731,168 pts.




The Winter 2015 Classic Exchange was a fun time once again. Seeing the glow of my 811 hmbw amp is sure a hoot!


Tony/ N2ATB produced 25 CW QSOs and 27 on SSB. John N2BE was there for 25 CW and a whopping 35 on SSB contacts. Paul /W8TM worked me 3 times on SSB. I was happy to hear some newcomers to CX and I hope that continues.


Here on the East Coast, the SSB portion was very lightly populated. The big hero for me was John/N2BE, who was there all the time. He did QSY to 80m at night but unfortunately not many others were there. I did work Mac WQ8U from NC several times and also John K3MD from Pa. Hope this low turnout for SSB was a fluke.


This was the first time I was able to use my Heath twins, the Apache/Mohawk for both CW and SSB on CX. I picked up an SB-10 adapter for sideband and it works very well � but I just use it on 40m since it has a ton of controls to switch bands. The twins are a real nice example of late 50's Heath design.


This was the second 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. It's neat to think that gear was built before I was born.


My new (to me) SX-25 and Collins 310B for a gem to use � and just look at! They represent mid 1940's radio design, a period of time I really enjoy. They are built like tanks. A friend just delivered a Gonset GSB-101 to my garage. Next yearI hope to exceed the signal Wilson puts out with his 310B and hmbw 813 amp.


I fixed-up a Hallicrafters FPM-300 for this CX and it's a neat hybrid rig, like the TS-520. It was in need of a lot of work but considering it was the last xcvr that Hallicrafters ever made, I think it was worth it for me. I also have a TS-530 that is in need of some repair, but I did get a few (non-qualified) QSOs with it. Next year it will be a workhorse. .


To summarize, I show 99 CW QSOs with a total age of 2321 years, and 88 SSB contacts with age of 1811years . This produced a total score of 389.147. .


See you in September! .


Mario / N2AK
Medford, NJ




Dear Mac San
Thank you for your continued support for us at all.


CW Report
It was 15 and 20 using 2 ele HB9CV(15).4 ele YAGI(20)
I managed 23 pieces of gear for CW.and worked
It was about 4 hours working.


Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States
. I was able to 4 QSOs (21Mhz) and 1 QSO (14Mhz) with ROCCO/N6KN CA.
It was Great Experience for us.Thanks ROCCO.


CX Machinery List(2015 Jan)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)
12.TS-130 (1980)
13.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
14.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
15.Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978)
16.Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978)
17.FT200 (1970)
TOTAL 1,519 years


75 QSO s
1519 Total age of gear
CW Score 113,925



SSB AM Report It was only 15 and using 2 ele HB9CV.
I managed 20 pieces of gear for SSB and 14 pieces of gear for AM.
and worked TOMO/JO3TAP,TOMO/JA6DOU/3,MASA/JP3KMU,SSB QSOs.moving to AM QSOs with MASA/JP3KMU. about 3 hours working.


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


After,TOMO/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with AM QSOs. about 1 and a half hours working.


CX Machinery List(2015 Feb)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)
9.TS-130 (1980)
10.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
11.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
12.Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978)
13.Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978)
14.FT200 (1970)
15.*Drake T-4XC Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960)
TOTAL 1,301 years


73 QSO s
1,301 Total age of gear
SSB Score 94,973



CX MACHINERY LIST (2015 February) AM
1.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
2.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
3.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40(1957)
4.Drake TR-4 (1966)
5.FT101S (1970)
7.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
8.FT200 (1970)
9.*Drake T-4XC Collins 75S-3C (1968)
10.*Drake T-4XC Collins 75S-1 (1960)
TOTAL 839 years


46 QSO s
839 Total age of gear
AM Score 38,594




75 QSO s
1519 Total age of gear
CW Score 113,925


73 QSO s
1,301 Total age of gear
SSB Score 94,973


46 QSO s
839 Total age of gear
AM Score 38,594


NOVICE RIG: Heath DX40 and Heath HW8
Score 2,000


GRAND Total 249,492

Look forward to the next CX.
Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
TEL:072-863-6667 FAX:072-863-6668




Hi Mac..
Thanks again for all you do.


Was able to qualify lots of rigs with Rocco, N6KN. Always lots of fun working with him and his great collection. Had the opportunity of visiting him shortly after the CX.


Not as much time or energy as I usually have, but gave many rigs a good workout. AM activity virtually nil this time. The 10-10 contest and open band gave me quite a few contacts on 10 meters, which can be a challenge for some vintage receivers. I used my SB303/401 for 10 meters. These are the units I built in 1970 or so, and kept all these years! Still working great.


My Valiant, HRO60, and GSB100 were out of service shortly before the contest, and the Globe Chief blew a fuse during the cw session, but everything else made it through!


Click HERE to see Ron's many stations.


K2RP	Summary		Winter 2015	
 	QSOs	Ages	Score	
AM	7	171	1197	
SSB	86	1340	115240	
CW	56	1896	106176	
BONUS	R100 RX		1000	
BONUS	BW 6100		1000	
Total			226613	


ClickHERE for pictures of Ron's many stations.


See you in the fall!
Ron K2RP





As you can see, I had a good time on the CW portion of the CX. I started off about 4 pm on 20 from the "summer shack" when we finally got back from Church and lunch with friends. I hadn't had time to try out gear and fix things that weren't working earlier - just had to turn things on and use what worked.


I neglected to qualify the 75A3 and HRO-50R1 because I wasn't watching my log carefully enough, and I also got on but did not qualify a few other pieces of gear (Adventurer, HQ170A BC348, and AT1) as 20 wound down and as it was getting pretty chilly in the garage. About 6, I went inside and fired up on 40 - made 18 contacts there, amazingly all six pairs that were tuned up on 40 worked. I quit for supper around 8 and made a fire in the wood stove to keep Kathy warm. Got back on 80 around 8:40 and worked there until midnight. Contacts were a little sparse at first, but things soon got going, and I eventually made 37 QSOs and got all six pairs qualified there as well, plus I pulled up some of the gear from 40 for more fun. I managed a two-way Meissner Signal Shifter QSO with Wilson, copying him on the FBX and NC-173.


Altogether, I qualified 17 transmitters (DX-100, Valiant, Viking I, HT-20, Apache, DX-20, 100V, BC459, NTX-30, T-150, T4X, 32V3, Millen 90800, CBY52209, 1941 Meissner Sig Shifter, HT-32, and my Wn4VIV novice rig) and 16 receivers (NC303, SX28A, HRO5TA1, HQ-120, HRO-50, NC-200, HRO, BC455, R4B, RME69, 75A4, SX28, NC-101X, FBX, NC-173, and BC454) on 20, 40 and 80, filled three log pages with 76 QSOs, and had a very good time.



The phone version of the CX was a very different story, at least from out here in New Mexico. I got on 20 from about 9 to 10 am before Church. There were no AM stations of any stripe on 20, and no CX stations on SSB. I finally got an answer to my CQs from AH6V in Hawaii at 9:38, and I managed to qualify my B&W-6100 and SB-400 but no receivers before I had to leave. I got back on 20 a little after 4 and once again there was no AM activity at all and no one working the CX on SSB. I finally gave up trying to squeeze an SSB contact out of guys who were working DX or other contests about 4:30, and I went inside where it was warm to try 40 meters. There were no CX stations on either SSB or AM, but there were three regional guys from Colorado and Arizona in an AM roundtable up on 7293, and they kindly let me join in and qualify four pairs (100V on AM!, 32V3, T-150, and NTX-30/NSM transmitters and HRO-50, 75A4, NC-200 and SX-28 receivers). Around 6 I tried 40 SSB. 7250 was clobbered by an SWBC station, so I called CQ up five and wound up working fellow CXer, W7FOX! Chris, or Fox as he is known on CW, was the only actual CX participant I worked all day. Between Chris and three other stations I eventually made 13 SSB QSOs on 40 and qualified the hard-working 100V, T4X, HT-32, HRO-50, R4B and 75A4. My last contact was with Mike, N4ILK in North Carolina running a TR4CW barefoot - Mac you've got to get a decent antenna up! I quit around 8 pm and went into the living room to enjoy the fire and to watch Downton Abbey with Kathy.


January/February 2015 CX Summary, W8KGI			
Mode	Number of QSOs	Total age of gear used to make QSOs	Score
AM	18		526					9468
SSB	19		443					8417
CW	76		2209					167884
Totals	113							185769
Novice Rig	HB 6AG7/6146	HRO-50	2000
Bonus Rig	B&W-6100		1000
Grand Total							188769 
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI




Hi Mac,
I participated in both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February 2015 Classic Exchange. As always, I enjoyed the contest. Participation was fair in the CW portion and poor in the Phone portion.


I ran six transceivers, two transmitters and three receivers. It was fun but I was disappointed in the lack of participation in the Phone portion. 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 (36 years x 2 = 72 years), a Kenwood TS-830S (34 years x 2 = 68 years), a Kenwood TS-440S (28 years x 2 = 56 years), a Yaesu FT-101EX (38 years x 2 = 76 years) and a Drake TR-4C (41 years x 2 = 82 years).


Equipment used only in the CW portion was a Heathkit DX-60A transmitter (50 years), a Heathkit HR-1680 receiver (38 years), a National NC-98 receiver (60 years), a Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter (53 years) and a Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver (53 years).


Equipment used only in the Phone portion was a Ten-tec Argosy (34 years x 2 = 68 years).


The total age of the gear used is 608 years for CW and 422 years for SSB.


MODE	Number of QSOs	Total age of gear used to make QSOs	SCORE
SSB	42		422					17,724
CW	69		608					41,952
TOTALS	111		
NOVICE RIG	TS-520S	TS-520S					2,000

GRAND TOTAL							61,676


Tony (N2ATB)




A great time was had by all in this years Classic Radio QSO Party. I had worked a total of (44) CX st-ations Twenty four (24) on 40 meters, sixteen (16) on twenty meters and four on eighty meters.


I was not able to get all sixty-eight (68) of my classic rigson the air during the allowed time. I did manage to get sixteen (16) of them on the air with 3 contacts per rig.


I found I was' working the same stations over and over, who had multiple rigs like me. Yes,we seem to be a rare breed of hams who have fallen in love with these antique time machines.


After the smeil of warm plate transformers, dust burning off ancient vacuum tubes and the sweet smell of heated wax dripping off capacitors. I totaled my up my score and found I did fairly well with a total score of 49,250 points.


If you would like to view some pictures of my shack please go to U-TUBE and search K4IBZ SHACK VIDEOS. There is a slide show and a recent video posted by my friend (K4AHO).


Here is a list of the rigs I was able to actually get on the 
air from my QTH. 

1. Kenwood TS-520 Circa ---- 1975---40 yrs old 

2. Kenwood TS-520 Circa-----1977----38 yrs old 

3. Kenwood T-599-D Circa-----1974----41 yrs old 

4. Kenwood R-599-D rx. Circa---1974--41 yrs old 

5. Swan Cygnet Model-260-Circa --1968--47 yrs old 

6. Ten Tec Century -21 --Circa---1976--39 yrs old 

7. Heath DX-20 --Circa--1957---58 yrs old 

8. Heath DX-40 --Circa--1957---58 yrs old 

9. Heath AT-1-- Circa--1955---60 yrs old 

10. Hallicrafters SX-100 rx.---Circa--1957--58 yrs old 

11. Lafayette HA-350 ----Circa--1964--51 yrs old 

12. Globe Scout Deluxe tx.--- Circa--1960---55 yrs old 

13. Home Brew,tx. single 6146 (MPO) Master Power Oscillator

crystal controlled 22 watts RF Output from 1963 A.R.R.L 
Handbook (55 yrs old). 

14. Home Brew tx. single 6V6 crystal controlled (MPO) .Master 
Power Oscillator circuit based on AMECO AC-1 diagram (59 yrs old). 

15. Johnson Viking Adventurer tx. --Circa--1953 -- 62 yrs old 

ORIGINAL NOVIGE STATION (2,000 point bonus). 

16. BC-348 Army Signal Corps rx. WW2 Vintage (75 yrs old).


The above listed item 15 and 16, the Johnson Viking Adventurer transmitter and the BC-34B Army Signal Corps receiver, were my original novice station giVing me 2000 additional bonus points to add to my score.


I worked N2BE the required 3 contacts and each time I worked N2BE he was on a different rig thus making it possible to score the addition 2000 bonus points to my final score.


MOST UNUSUAL RIGS: The unusual rigs I made contact with were owned by W4BOH a very chirpy,drifting Meissner Signal Shifter, a Eico 753 also known as the Drifty (53) known as THE DRIFTY (53),owned by AK4YN but his was rock solid stable.
What really stood out and impressed me were the three rigs owned by N2BE a hallicrafters SR-160 xcvr, Gonset GSB-100 tx , and a Hammerlund HX-50 tx. All of these extremely rare rigs were stable and had a good cw note.
Job well done by John (K2BE) of New Jersey.






Hi CXers,


This winters� CX found me under the weather, nonetheless I managed to get most of my CX gear on the air, including one that I was making mainly for the Novice Rig roundup, a 1939 era MOPA using a 42 oscillator and a pair of 807s in the final. It still had a couple of bugs to work out, as it got some T8 tone reports. It was, however, my highest QSO producer. 20 meters was the high band producer for me this time, and even made one QSO on 15 meters, with Jim KG0PP, who was running a TS-530S. Just like last time though, it seems all my QSOs were from here out west, or on the east coast. The heartland was silent!


Had no unforeseen issues, no surprises, no smoke, so I guess you�d call it a success!


Notably absent (almost) in my log this year were the mil rigs. Only worked one, Tom K6LQI with an ARC5.


Noteworthy rigs I worked were Marek W7ESN with a Morrow pair MB565 and MB6, and Ron K2RP with a Knight T-50 and an R-100A. I had one of those T-50s once � it was a great all-band (at once, including TV channels 2 thru 7 ) transmitter that the non-ham portion of my family hated. Hadn�t heard one of those in years till my QSO with Ron. Also, tried (in vain) to make a Millen 90800 to Millen 90800 QSO with Jim W8KGI but he disappeared too fast following the last of our QSOs. (Jim cheated with his Millen though, he had an SB-200 pair of shoes on it.)


Despite a fever, aches, and all that other winter time crud, 29 QSOs times 893 CX years plus a 1000 point Novice rig bonus I managed 26897 points. Missed the phone session due to the XYL being in the hospital.


See you all in September!


Reno NV




SOAPBOX: I had a lot of fun operating CX this season I didn't have a chance to work any FM Mode contacts but had a great day on SSB the Second Sunday.


 SSB: 7 Rigs: SB-101; FT-301D; FT-901DM; FT-101Z; FT-757GX; IC-735; IC-751A
                 96 +    78  +    74   +   72   +   62     +  58  +    50   = 490  years x   21 =10,290
 CW : 4 Rigs: SB-101; FT-301D; FT-901DM; TT Argosy   
                  96 +    78  +    74   +    68   =  316 years x  13 =   4,108

CLAIMED-SCORE:          10,290  +4,108     = 14,398 Points

NAME: Gerry Pement
ADDRESS: 5430 Big Bear Ridge
ADDRESS: Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K2
ADDRESS: Canada 





The warmer wx has me resurfacing into a more active mode; not that the winter had me down� and-out. There are just more options available now for me to get into trouble with, HI. This winter was productive in that I finally got my oid (1963) homebrew, single-811A, linear amplifier refurbished and back on-the-air. Initial AM contacts, using it with my Central Electronics "20A" exciter, showed it to still be a real performer.


Another item that was restored this winter is a Hallicrafters "HT-18" vfo. This particular unit has a yellow dial-pointer and an "AB" prefix to its serial number, which I understand indicates a very early production model (probably late-1947). Anyway, it sports an 6L6 output tube that is run in class-A (no doubt to eliminate loading-down of the power-supply when it is keyed). Class-A amplifiers run very hot, and after studying the situation, I decided to solid-state the tube rectifier (another source of considerable heat) and go with a choke-input power-supply filter. The latter would not only improve supply regulation but would also reduce the B+ voltage and plate dissipation of the 6L6 output tube (i.e., more heat reduction). As a result, my B+ dropped from the usual 365 volts to 312 volts. The 6L6 now runs a bit cooler at about 13.5 watts input; and when keyed, the B+ does not drop even one volt (How's that for regulation ?!). On-the-air, this little "HT- 18" keys beautifully and is very stable (I adjusted the PA output to match a 50 ohm load). My first QSO with. it on 20 meters netted me a "599" from JY4NE (Jordan). That's with 2.6 watts of QRP output power to my new 3/8-wavelength vertical! I'll take it, HI.


Definitely, my biggest project of this winter was getting the WRL "Globe Champion 150" going. This was Leo Meyerson's (WOGFQ) first transmitter offer from his new "World Radio Laboratories" company (previously "Wholesale Radio Laboratories"). This was the first transmitter to carry the new WRL logo on it; a globe of the Earth with an antenna tower sticking up out of it. Little is known about these transmitters. To me, it looks like it was probably introduced first in 1947, since the "Globe King 275" came later and appeared in the 1948 ARRL "Handbook" ads (which were very likely submitted in late-1947). In any event, the "Champions" were WRL's medium power transmitters. Think in terms of a 140 pound "DX-:100" here; only no vfo, only one xtal position, and you need four plug-in coils for every band you want to operate on (160 to 10 meters). This was "primitive" stuff! ( ... but very COOL, HI) I now have this beast up-and-running and may do a more detailed write-up on it in the future.


Every once-in-a-while, a new product comes along that will make a good replacement for an old radio part. While resurrecting a Globe "Champion 150" transmitter (the first World Radio Laboratories product to sport the now famous "globe with an antenna tower sticking up out of it" logo), I needed a few of those large, 115 VAC panel lamps. My "DX-lOO" uses one; the Globe "Champion 150" uses four. I was at Wal-Mart and checked out their Hardware Department's electrical isle. What l.found there was a very good LED replacement. Incadescent replacement bulbs use four watts of electricity, get hot, and can emit light frequencies that can fade colors (or frequency dial markings 0. The LED bulbs require only 0.9 watts of electricity, remain cool, and emit light frequencies that should not harm colors or dial markings. As I remember, they were less than three dollars for two bulbs. What's not to like?! I bought four; and they are cool (literally) .


I was wondering if I was actually going to get this typed up and mailed before the April 30 deadline. I was moving right along with it and then the weather broke; the wind, rain, and cold temperatures stopped and we were blessed with two beautiful days in the 60S. I literally dove into the back yard to take advantage of the calmness to get an arrow into the air and up/over the anchor tree for my new 80 meter inverted-"L" antenna; before the budding leaves could obscure my target. As I sit here now, the antenna wire is up a good 50 feet in the air and 70 feet across the flat-top. My next project will be to fabricate the "L"-match to tune it with. This new antenna should significantly improve my 80/75 meter signal; while not interfering with other antennas due to its off-resonance dimension. I can't wait to "test drive" it. But first, here's a few words about the latest episode of my favorite on-the-air event.


My first four QSOs in the CW event read like a "Who's Who" in the Classic Exchange. They were with Tony (N2ATB), WC (W4BOH), Bill (K4JYS), and Jeff (K3KYR). At times, during the morning hours, the CX QSOing was so intense that I couldn't raise anyone I called because a stronger signal got in there first. There wasn't even a space available to call "CQ-CX"! It was a great start to a great event.


In the early afternoon, I hooked up with another "Who's Who", John (K3MD), who was running an NC-270 and an ARC-5 with a really Horrendous (capital "H" here) chirp. This chirp sounded like it was starting down in the CW DX-zone and ending somewhere up near the Fone frequencies. Is there a category for classic broadband; or would that be called "spreading-spectrum"?! (HI) I guess John was going for "Worked All OOs"; or is that "OH, OHs"?! In any event, John sure has my vote for "Best Chirp"; possibly "Best Chirp Ever" !!!


By early evening, I caught up with Ed (WIHNJ) who was operating the original station equipment from the famous hospital ship, "SS Hope". This MacKay Marine equipment is now housed within the former WCC (largest US ship-to-shore marine coastal station, at one time) building at the Chatham Radio Museum in Massachusetts. I had first met Ed a couple of weeks earlier during the "ARRL Straight Key Night" event. He explained that he was showcasing the marine station so hams could hear it in operation. I suggested that he try the Classic Exchange in a couple of weeks. He would be sure to make many contacts then with people who could really appreciate what he was doing. The rest is history. If you want to see what this extra-special station looks like, go to "WIHNJ" at the "" website callsign-lookup function. Thanks, Ed, for the great opportunity to hear and work that station. It sounded "VY FB OM".


I worked WC's (W4BOH) Meissner "Signal Shifter" (with amplifier) several times during the event. I enjoyed seeing the picture of his three "Signal Shifters" in the last CX newsletter. No two looked alike. They appeared to have been all made by different manufacturers. Add to that the fact that my "Signal Shifter" (a 1946, early-"EX" model) doesn't look like any of his, HI. I find that to be amusing.


Jim's (W8KGI) 1933 National "FBX" was the oldest receiver that I worked or heard-of during the event. The oldest transmitters look to be ARC-5s run by K3MD, N2AK, AE6C, and W8KGI; and Meissner "Signal Shifters" run by W4BOH, K4JJW, and W8KGI. The realization that these radios were considered to be "old" in the early-1960s is a sobering thought. For sure, considerable effort has been expended to keep this equipment going; and I think we all can appreciate that. One interesting thing I noted in this CW -CX is that I worked only two stations that may have been operating equipment that was less than about 25 years old. It looks like the classic spirit was very alive-and-well throughout this event.


One of my favorite contacts of the Fone event was a Hallicrafters "SR-160"� to-"SR-160" QSO with Dee (N2AK). These very early 1960s, SSB transceivers are rarely heard on the air these days, even though they are still fine performers. Dee hauled out and operated many other rarely heard pieces of equipment such as: Central Electronics "20A", Hallicrafters "FPM-300", and a National "NCX-5". Dee and Tony (N2ATB) live close to each other and are about 85 miles due-south of my QTH. Forty meters has, in recent years, cooperated in returning their strong, high� angle signals to this location. It has been a real classic "party" being able to work them and their collections of classic equipment. However, I fear that propagation conditions are slowly changing and soon our signals will be once again going over each others' heads. But for now, the "party" continues on.


I noticed that Fred (VE1FA) was very active on SSB from Nova Scotia. He was putting out a very commanding signal with his Collins "KWM2A". Phil (AF8H), in WV, had a great signal with a rare, low-power SBE "model 33" transceiver. This radio was the first in a series of ahead-of-their-time radios featuring bilateral circuitry (i.e., circuits that work one way on receive and in the opposite direction for transmit). AI (W8UT) was running a not-often-heard Johnson "Invader 2000" with apparently good results.


Well, another Classic Exchange has come and gone; like the tides at the Jersey shore. We have once again showed the world the adeptness of older communication technologies; even if we may have horrified some listeners in the process (HI). Thanks to you, Mac; that "tide" will return once again in September. In the meantime, I wish all CXers a good summer; ... see you all in the fall.


Hammarlund HX-50
Hallicrafters SX-115
Gonset GSB-100
National NC-303
Hallicrafters SR-160


SSB: 28,864
CW: 27,880
TOTAL: 56,744






"Climate - CRAP Center" or "C-CC"

In my fall-2014 CX letter, the N2BE "Climate-CRAP Center" ("C-CC") alerted you to a "kinesis", a "boiling" atmosphere due to an underlying warm weather pattern, that was expected to moderate the horrifically severe winter that the National Weather Service was predicting for 2014-2015. Here at the "C-CC", it was observed that only the month of February fufilled the NWS's prediction, and that the causes of the "kinesis" were indeed successful at moderating the months of December and January. The underlying presence of this warming pattern was heralded by the considerable storm static on our lower-frequency bands in December and January and the widespread occurrences of "thunder snow" in February. Many a cold-807 has since met its demise in the face of this small, partial victory (HI). However, the fact that the kinesis is still alive, although somewhat weakened, is seen here with sobering concern. If this kinesis should persist up to the time that hot weather (about 80 degrees F, or higher) returns, the "CRAP Center" believes that very stormy (strong thunderstorms: heavy rain lightning, hail, wind, and tornadoes) weather could become commonplace. We have already seen this happen in this current spring season when daily temperatures rose above the norm. Be ready to apply protective measures to equipment and antenna systems ! You know; "An ounce of prevention ... ", If this scenario presists, we could also be 'in for a very hot summer to go along with all the storms. Be sure to stock up on cold-807s !!


As for the 2015 hurricane season, your "C-CC" is following up on very early signs that October may once again prove to be the most critical month. It is a little too soon to "pin down" a date or even to determine just how serious any threat might be to the U.S. East Coast. As of now, I wouldn't worry about hurricanes getting in the way of your summer vacation plans. It's more likely that a tornado, spawned by a kinesis-related storm, will be of greater concern. In any event, your Climate-CRAP Center will remain vigilant and pass on any new information of concern (burp !).


I have to get going now on my log and commentary for the winter-2015 cx. It looks like my total score will be a little better than that of winter-2014. The radios and the ops just keep getting better with age. I'll drink to that, too.

Many thanks.
-73 -
P.S. - "Cold-807s" around here are usually mean Yuengling "Black & Tan".



Click HERE to see the old beauties in Wilson's "Land of Magic"'
Hammarlund COMET (88 yrs)
Heathkit SB 303 (38 yrs)
Drake 2B (54 yrs)


QSOs: 75 Score: 29,850
Novice Bonus: 1,000


COMMENTS: Another great CX. I really like the three-rig category. A lot of fun can be had and don�t have to worry about all the rig-switching work. I stuck it out on 80 mtrs longer this time, which added a goodly number to the score. The most interesting rig I worked was the McKay Marine of W1HNJ at the WCC museum station.


EICO 720  - 1958       	 DX40 - 1958        	VIK 2  - 1952       
DRAKE 2B - 1961     	 HQ110 - 1957      	SX71 - 1950       
BONUS POINTS: NOVICE XMTR - DX40 (1000 PTS)                                    
                      TOTAL BONUS PTS ---------------1000 PTS

TOTAL SCORE: 354 YRS X 73 QSOs (25842) + BONUS (1000) = 26842 


Thanks again to Mac and all his helpers for a great CX


73 de Bill K4JYS




I just listened casually on 40.
Recovering from CW sprint, was team captain for FRC. That is tough contest!


Will play in WPX RTTY, then ARRL DX CW, big effort. By Sept. will buy a mic plug for TR-4... lost my old adapter hihi


6MJ6 HB: 25
Drake 2C: 50
GT37: 57
TR4: 102
ARC 5: 40. 41
ARC 5: 80                         
AC1T: 52
Glowbug 40 6AQ5: 25

Total: 393

CW only... usually do not op SSB weekend
Score 393 x 48 = 18864
Novice rig (AC1T)  = 1000
Total 19,864

Pix.. no change from earlier years hi hi

Best wises as always,
John K3MD




Hi Mac,
Here's my CX CW log. Used (by choice this time, not cuz I got tiered) the 3-rig category.


I tried to work you and BOH around 5PM on 40m, but neither of you heard me, probably each's rcvr was blocked by the other guy's signal. One of you had just worked my neighbor, K4JJW, in his first CX. I hope I got him hooked, he's a CW man, might not get on the fone secn.


cu on fone? I've got the Invader 2000 ready, you oughta hear that.


Hi Mac,
Here's the log for fone. Once agn, I wonder where everyone is after supper. Sun. nite is always a wasteland for CX it seems to me. CW is better than fone, but not much. I tried to get 2 more QSO's with the TR-4Cw, couldn't find anyone on any band, so it didn't qualify (but I counted the 1 QSO).


Thanks for keeping the CX going.


Al, W8UT


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




Hi Mac
I didn't have a lot of time to spend in the CX in January.
The 40M TX in the SCR-274N went belly up when I got on the air! Fortunately, the 80M transmitter worked OK, and that told me the problem was isolated to the actual 40M TX and not somewhere else in the system. I�ll try to have that back on the air for September.


I was delighted to work Dick WA4BNO and Denny AE6C, both running ARC-5 transmitters!


Gear	                        Year	Age
B&W 5100B	                1955	60
Hallicrafters SX-111 Mk 1	1965	50
SCR-274N 80M TX  BC-696A	1940	75
SCR-274N 80M RX  BC-404A	1940	75
Total Age		               260

Mode	# QSOs	Age	Score
CW	12	260	3120
Total	12	260	3120
Novice Rig	B&W 5100B	SX-111	2000
Bonus Rig	B&W 5100B		1000
Grand Total			6120


Looking forward to the September 2015 event!


Mark K3MSB




Hi Mac,
Here is my entry for the Classic Exchange. I just operated in the CW event on Jan. 18, 2015.


Harvey Wells TBS-50:  Age 64 years
Hallicrafters S-76:   Age 63 years
Johnson Ranger I:     Age 54 years
Drake 2B:             Age 51 years
Total Age:               232 years
Number of QSOs:            7
Score                   1,624
Novice Rig Bonus        1,000
Hallicrafters Bonus     1,000
Grand Total             3,624


My father Charles Younger W2ND (SK) used the Harvey-Wells as a mobile rig along with a Gonset Tri-Band converter, Dynamoter and Master Mobile Antenna. An employee of WABC, he rented it to them to use in Washington, DC for Pressident Eisenhower's Inauguration in 1953. He built an AC power supply for it.


I use it with a Hallicrafters HA-5 VFO and the S-76.


Donald Younger W2JEK




It was a cold and dark windy night when i arrived in 
Centerville..................the weather had been hard on my DX20 as 
it only worked on 40. 40!.......... a second rate band, but what could
i do?
wait until morning and put up an antenna (for you antenna buffs, a 
240 foot dipole off center fed 85 feet from one end with 300 ohm 
twin lead) why 240 feet you say? that is as long a piece of wire 
i had. why 85 feed you say? that makes the feed line come off 
at a right angle to the garage
get the dx20, bc453, bc455, antenna tuner, key etc, and go in and 
get warm. the bc455 single unused 12sr7 diode as the mixer driving the
after wrapping myself in a sleeping bag and a blanket, i started 
operating Sunday morning about 10am.
now if this were the CQ-contest web site and i said i had worked 
such a massive number of stations rock bound in so little time, there
would be a knock on the garage door and a polite bearded man asking to see 
the log. to preclude this i have (in the flavor of complete 
transparency)  included a copy of the much massaged (and rewritten in 
ball point pen) log sent to WQ8U. 


Mike is not kidding! To see a picture of him operating this CX. click here


mike w7dra/8




This CX was much better than the last several in that I did not having any catastrophic rig failures. That's the good news. The bad news was between DX swarms, QRM and competition for time from the XYL, I only managed to qualify two transmitter/receiver pairs. It was still a lot of fun though.


I started after lunch and found nothing on 10 meters. There was a monster DX pile up on 20 meters around the nominal CX frequency and no CX activity on either side. 40 meters was much better with a number of the usual New Jersey CX participants: N2ATB, N2AK, N2BE. My Hillsborough neighbor, W4BOH Wilson, appeared running one his many Meissner Signal Shifters.


Those transmitters have generally gotten a bum rap being referred to as Signal Drifters. Given adequate warm up and a little TLC occasionally they work just fine. Maybe not to the satisfaction of Rice Box operators with their digital, take no prisoners filters, but that's their problem. The Signal Shifters are, generally, a fine match for classic receivers.


I was using my old trustworthy Drake Twins: T-4X and R-4A and a sagging dipole suspended between a military surplus aluminum mast and a twenty foot, four inch diameter bamboo trunk harvested from a neighbor's bamboo patch. In Hillsborough? Yep, just two block up the street. That stuff is really hardy and aggressive. I live in the Historic District where the Historic Police are on the lookout for things that might disrupt the "historical environment." The mast blends into the tree line and you don't notice the bamboo until you get close.


As the afternoon wore on more non-NJ CXers appeared including another North Carolina regular K4JYS, Bill with a good sounding Viking II. Those are great old transmitters and still worth having even though the TVI problem they were so heavily designed to avoid is no longer with us. W4BOH appeared with a different Signal Shifter, I think he has three or four of them. W7DRA/8, Mike, was heard operating his chirpy rock bound DX-20 from his daughter's place in my old area, Centerville, OH.


After dinner I connected with N6KN, Rocco. He said he had made four QSOs with JA3KNB, Kazu in Japan.


I put the Drakes aside and started the Heathkit HW-101. First up was K4JJJ, Dick another Tar Heel state ham, who was running a Viking Ranger. Nice solid transmitter. N2AK, Mario, part of the NJ CX community, was next up with his Ten Tec Argosy. K4JYS, Bill, connected with his Eico 720, a rig which is not that common. It has a very unusual tube line up including a GZ-34. What, you don�t remember that? 80 meters was a reasonably good place for CX QSOs aside from some lid continuously sending dits near the CX activity.


All in all, it was a very enjoyable day of CX CW.


The phone portion of CX was not quite the same although many of the same CXers were there. I got the Drakes to work together and drive the transmitter from the receiver � almost like a transceiver hihi. Mario, N2AK was there with his Swan 270 and then his Swan 350. John, N2BE with his rarely heard Gonset GSB-100 was the next contact. The band seemed rather busy and I couldn�t hear any more CXers so I called it a day and went to dinner with the XYL. At least I got one receiver / transmitter pair qualified.


QSOs:	10
AGE:	189
CW SCORE: 1,890
QSOs: 3
AGE: 90


Things will be better in September!




Transmitter: Heathkit DX-60
Antenna: Hustler 6BTV with 60 radials


QSOs: 5
AGE: 120
SCORE: 600




Hello Mac,


On Straight Key Night, I was running a vintage shipboard radio console that we have at the WCC museum here on Cape Cod.


I worked John N2BE, and he encouraged me to put the rig on for the cw cx, which I did.


Now, this rig isn't a piece of classic ham gear that we all remember, so I am not sure what some of the other CXers thought about it, but John seemed quite enthusiastic.


Anyway, we gave out a few cx qsos and I am submitting a spreadsheet as a checklog.


If you check out W1HNJ on qrz, you can see the beast.


Ed, k1ggi