CLASSIC EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2016 CX


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

HIGH SCORES THREE OR FEWER RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS

John, N2BE: claimed the top of the scoreboard with an authoritative posting of 83,500 points and leading in both CW and SSB catagories.
Bill, K4JYS: came in second with 15,544 points.
John, W2JEK: is in third place with 8,529 points.
Brad, K4RT: reported the highest AM score with 1,512 points.

HIGH SCORES FOUR OR MORE RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS

Mario, N2AK: claimed the top of the scoreboard with a dominating 739,742 points and leading in both CW and SSB catagories.
Kazu, JA3KNB: came in second with an impressive 418,744 points and reported the highest AM score with 79,904 points.
Ron, K2RP: is in third place with 272,496 points.


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IT WAS FUN!

Bill, K4JYS Sure had a good time again.
Don, W2JEK Had a lot of fun!
Brad, K4RT I enjoyed every CW and AM CX QSO!
Al, K2QUI had such a blast participating in the event that the score does not even matter.
Mario, N2AK The Winter 2016 Classic Exchange was a fun time once again.
When the bands are loaded with old boat anchors, it is a pure pleasure putting them in the log.
Gerry,VE7BGP I had a lot of fun operating CX this season.
Fox, W7FOX This CX was the most fun yet.
Tomo, JO3TAP I was able to get the expectiations and fun. Thanks CX

OTHER THINGS ABOUT CX

Modern receivers don't work very well with boat anchors on CW noted Bill, N9TT
He observes his BC-375 will work on 40. However, unless you know how to put your receiver on WIDE bandwidth, you can't copy it. A Command Receiver can handle it all the time.
Bill did note that he tried running another appropriate receiver, the BC-348-Q, from something other than its dynamoter and it responded by developing a 110 VAC hot chassis. Bandwith isn't the only thing to consider with boat abnchors Bill.
reported in for his first CX. Hope to work you in September Eric.

BEST CHIRP NOMINEES

Brad, K4RT nominated himself as having the worst chirp in CX from his own TX-1. That's worth extra credit!
Fox, W7FOX got the best kind of chirp report on his SB-101: from an OO, W4WJ. Fox, not trying to talk his way out of the pink slip of course, claims that "...if you strain your ears, there is a slight chirp on the first character. Never had any complaints."
Eric, WD8RIF reported that K6KSG's DX-40 had a "nice" chirp.
On the other hand, Rocco, N6KN commented that K6KSG had a "great DX-40." I guess chirp is in the ears of the beholder.

EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES....

It looks like Murphy took another job during this CX and did not visit too many CXers. That's a change and that's good!
Bill, N9TT, reports that Mr. Murphy kept noise level very high and the closeness of W1AW didn't help. His best Boat anchor transmitter, a Knight T-150, suffered a seized-up bandswitch and blown electrolytics. Also, his BC-348-Q had a homebrew power supply failure that caused a 110 VAC hot chassis.
Old timer Al, W8UT, has a broken antenna and needs a tree climber or very long "grabber". We all know that Al is somewhat fumble fingered on the keyboard, so I assume he meant a very long "gabber." CX encourages rag chewing so more operating time should help your problem :-) .
That's not the only Murphy visit for Al. His HX-500 developed a relay problem and his Invader 200 lost high voltage - just as the band opened.
Jim, W8KGI rolled out one of his old standby excuses - the garage was too cold!

JA - US CX IS IMPROVING!

Kazu, JA3KND had CX QSOs with Fox, W7FOX and other CXers.
Shin, JA1NUT had a QSO with Howie, WB2AWQ.
Tomo, JO3TAP was actively looking for US CX participants but did not manage to have any QSOs.

SAGE OBSERVATION

Jim, W8KGI observed that there were many more Kenwood, Yaesu, Icon, Ten Tec, and even Elecraft rigs on the bands. He opined that "It looks like our Classic Gear is getting more modern, even as we age."
Jim definitely knows age. The wire he is currently using for an antenna was left at his parent's house in the 1930s. And Jim says it still has some electrons in it. No Jim, it cannot be used in calculating the age of your gear for scoring!


ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

The CX Newsletter is intended for the enjoyment of CX participants and others interested in the restoration, operation and enjoyment of Classic Ham Gear. This Newsletter was prepared from materials submitted by CX participants, from on-the-air observations, QSOs, and publically posted comments on various reflectors. Editorial comments on Individual Reports are shown in [Italics]. Any errors, omissions, or insensitive comments are unintentional. Please let me know if you have suggestions on improving the Newsletter or the CX website.
Thanks and 73,
Mac, WQ8U

SCORES SUBMITTED

SCORES FOR THREE OR FEWER RECEIVER-TRANSMITTER PAIRS

JANUARY 2016 CX NAME CWAMSSBFMBONUS TOTALCOMMENT
N2BEJohn 40,748-42,752--83,500 High CW and High SSB Scores
K4JYSBill 11,544---4,00015,544 -
W2JEKDonald 3,768-760-4,0008,529
K4RTBrad 1,8821,512--1,0004,394High AM Score
K2QUAl --2,670--2,670-
W2IQKCarl 1,590----1,590-
WD8RIFEric 165---1,0001,165First CX!


SCORES FOR FOUR OR MORE RECEIVER-TRANSMITTER PAIRS

JANUARY 2016 CX NAME CWAMSSBFMBONUS TOTALCOMMENT
N2AKMario 503,500-236,242--739,742 High CW and High SSB Scores
JA3KNBKazu 176,44079,904158,400-4,000418,744 High AM Score
K2RPRon 137,0167,070124,410-4,000272,496 -
W8KGIJim 186,190-5,213-3,000194,403
N2ATBTony 98,280-59,920-4,000162,200-
N6KNRocco 123,652-6,555-3,000133,207-
WB2AWQHowie 32,640---3,00035,640-
VE7BGPGerry 12,700-19,328-2,00034,028-
W7FOXFox/Chris 24,5481,6803,200-4,00033,428-
K3MDJohn 17,501-312--17,813-
JO3TAPTomo 10,5121,8482,520--14,880-
N9TTBill 4,439---2,0006,439-
W8UTAl --2,544--2,544
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K3KYRJeff No Report
K3MSBMark No Report
K9VKYBrian No Report
N8DLDenny No Report
W4BOHWilson No Report
W7DRA/8Mike No Report
W8TMPaul No Report


COMMENTS

N2BE JOHN

Hi Mac,
My "Classic Exchange" CW event began promptly at 9:07 AM EST as I managed three quick QSOs with Mario (N2AK). Mario was running through his impressive Ten-Tec collection: "Omni C", "Omni 6", "Corsair", "Argosy", and "Scout". I don't know of anyone else with such a Ten- Tec collection. It seems to me that Ten- Tec would be a very collectible line of equipment, too. Ten- Tec is American-made; they have an excellent reputation for quality and service; their future as a company now seems somewhat uncertain; and a lot of their equipment is now all "ancient", pre-SDR stuff. It all makes me feel ... OLD! (HI)

Speaking of old, the oldest equipment I worked in the CW event was WWII military issue. Perry (W8AU) had Navy "TCS" gear for both transmitter and receiver; Mario (N2AK) did the same with a pair of ARC-5s; while Dave (WB9WHG) paired an ARC-5 transmitter with a BC-34B receiver. There were a couple of "hybrid" stations as well: Fox (W7FOX) paired a homebrew 1625 transmitter with a BC-34B receiver, and Bill (N9TI) dug up a BC-375 to go with his SX-101. For sure, there appears to be an increasing interest in WWII radio restoration and operation on the bands these days.

Another category worked in the CW -CX were the homebrews; not kits but the "roll your own" stations. Alan (W4AMV) ran a homebrew transmitter using Motorola "IR-series" MOSFETs (50 watts) with a homebrew superhet. receiver. Carl (W2IQK) ran his 200 watt homebrew 805 transmitter with a homebrew 14 tube superhet. receiver. Fox (W7FOX) used a homebrew 1625 transmitter. Ralph (WBBDQT) covered the distance with a homebrew 6C4 osc./5763 P.A. transmitter "pushing" a small amplifier to give him 30 watts of power. My hat is always off to those intrepid souls who collect parts and drill, blast, and solder their way to a new piece of equipment. I was very surprised to work only one QRP station throughout the entire CW event. That station was a Heathkit "HW-B" operated by Don (W2JEK). I worked Don's QRP set-up twice; once on 40 meters and again on 80, with 599 and 589 signals, respectively. The CW-CX is an excellent opportunity to drag out those classic QRP Heathkits (i.e., HW-7, HW-B, and/or HW-9), homebrew 6AG7 oscillators, or "Tuna Tin" transmitters. Try 40 meters between 11 AM and 2 PM (local time) and/or 80 meters around 8 or 9 PM (local time).

One of my favorite things to do in the Classic Exchange is to make contact with that "other world" of CXers that lies out towards the "Left Coast". You know, the ones that we "Right Coasters" tend not to ever hear from during the event but know that they were there when we read the newsletter. Well, it's all about being in the right (. .. or should I say "left", HI) place at the right time, and this CX was better for me on that account than most. I caught up with Mark (W7ESN) on both 20 and 80 meters; and his fellow Washington state citizen, Randy (W70S), on 40 meters. By the way, Randy was running a rare Harvey-Wells "TBS-50A" transmitter. The "A" version is almost never seen, or heard on-the-air. Great going, Randy.

I found one of my favorite westerners, Howie (WB2AWQ), putting out great signals from Nevada on both 20 and 80 meters. I caught up with two notorious Californian CXers, Rocco (N6KN) and Ron (K2RP), on 20 meters. After making two QSOs with Rocco, one of the final-PA tubes in my Hallicrafters "SR-160" quietly died. I didn't know that when I tried to return to Rocco, after he switched to a different rig. He called me, and I called back; but he couldn't hear me. If band conditions were a little bit better, he would have heard my oscillator's bleed-through. He's done that before; but not this time. Sorry, Rocco. STUFF happens! I later retuned my limping "SR-160", and with only one tube working in the final, used it that way for the rest of the day. Finally, last but not least, Fox (W7FOX), popped up out of the 80 meter background noise to give me two QSOs from Arizona. All-in-all, it was a great "safari" hunting for game westerners.

While operating SSB in the Classic Exchange, one soon notices that none of the equipment worked is older than about the mid-1970s. There is a good reason for this. The first commercially-made (ham SSB equipment showed up at about that time. Before that, you had to "roll your own", and that was no simple task. I have often thought that a really "cool" CX project would-be to find an early SSB construction article from the 1940S and build it. Better yet, find an actual homebrewed 1940S SSB transmitter at a hamfest that could be restored. Such things do/did exist, but I am not going to try "holding my breath" while waiting for one to show up (HI). .

Speaking of commercially-made SSB equipment, this Fone-CX seemed to be a showcase for such made by the Heathkit company. One need not go any further than the Classic Exchange to appreciate the huge impact that this company had on amateur radio. In just this one SSB-Fone event I QSOed with the following Heathkit gear: HW-12, SB-104A, HW-101, HW-100, SB-200, SB-301, SB-401, SB-300, Apache, Mohawk, SB-10, SB-101, SB-200, SB-220, and SB-400; Many of these models were showcased by more than one operator. If this event was renamed "The Heathkit Reunion", that would not be a misnomer by anyone's estimate.

One memorable QSO was with Dave (NA4VY) who was running a restored 1960 Navy "URC-32" SSB transceiver. In a previous Classic Exchange, Dave had described this rig as "500 watts and 500 pounds", HI. Two QSOs later, I was talking to Brown (N1NZR) who had heard me talking to NA4VY and was excited to hear that someone had restored an "URC-32", since he was in the very process of restoring one himself . He was going to contact Dave so the two could collaborate on their projects. Score one big one for the Classic Exchange in bringing these two historical restoration enthusiasts together. Brown, by the way, was using a different Navy transceiver for our QSO; a General Dynamics "URC- 35".

I started my second day (Tuesday) of the Fone event at 0908 EST, on 40 meters, with John (K3MD) who was running a Drake "TR-4". Then, right after that, my A.C. power failed. When the power came back on a couple of hours; later, 40 meters seemed to have been abandoned, so I moved to 20. That turned out to be a good idea.

I can remember CXs when my best Fone DX was Ohio; about 400 miles. Even though conditions for this Fone-CX weren't "super", I was able to work "rare" DX such as Mike (W0IH) in MN, Fox (W7FOX) in AZ, Jim (W8KGI) in NM, Bob (WA0SHK) in IA, and Luke (AD0K!) in CO. And ... it was fun !

While out shopping around this area, I made a couple of "finds" that should be of interest to restorers of classic radio equipment. The first item is Hillman bonded Neoprene washers. What ?!? ..... yes. Have you ever put off mounting that rig with a pristine front-panel into a rack-mount cabinet because you feared that the finishing washers on the mounting screws would dig into its paint (they will)? Well, you need these bonded washers. A thick Neoprene washer is bonded to a domed steel washer. Arrange the Neoprene side towards your panel. These can be used with or without finishing washers. Getthe 1/4-inch (hole size) by 5/8-inch O.D. variety. I paid $5.58 for a plastic tub with 75 washers in it. I believe both Lowes and Home Depot carry them.

Another "goodie" was found at Wal-Mart. Imagine working on a boatanchor chassis with the typical three inch depth underneath. If you are inspecting, wiring, and/or soldering down near the bottom of this depth, you know how hard it is to get proper lighting onto what you are looking at. Overlying wiring and components cause shadows to be cast all over your work area. Even using two overhead light sources is often marginal, at best. Here, to the rescue, are the Workchoice "Mini LED Work Lights". For $4.88, you get two of these little wonders which are not much bigger than a large postage stamp. Are they bright? You betcha! Don't look directly into one or you'll be stumbling around like someone just popped off a flashbulb in your face (the manufacturer cautions against looking directly into one of these; but I just had to, HI). Are they convenient ? You betcha! They have a magnet on the backside that can stick 'em to a chassis, screwdriver, vise-grips, or a large alligator-clip. Batteries are included and should last about one hour and 25 minutes.

It's still too early in the year for the N2BE "Climate-CRAP Center" ("C-C.C.") to give its annual severe weather prediction(s). However, very limited preliminary data suggests no major storm threats along the mid-Atlantic coastal areas until about early-September. Our CRAP (Classic Radio and Antenna Preservation) advice is given to help classic radio enthusiasts keep their radios dry and their antennas up. Wet radios and downed antennas do not perform well in the Classic Exchange, HI.

The new subterranean division of the "C-C.C." had a big surprise this past Christmas when my telluric (underground) monitoring meter pinned itself off scale. It had never done that before. The next day (December 26), I turned on my CLEGG "Thor 6" transceiver and was greeted with 50 MHz QSO bedlam. Stations from everywhere were coming in. I made several AM fone contacts as far out as Texas. Too bad the CLEGG "Venus" was on-the-bench for repairs, since the SSB mode was really "hopping" (literally). I didn't realize just how much until I read "The World Above 50 MHz"tcolumn in April's "QST". Six meters was open from W2-land to New Zealand! Imagine the electro-magnetic conditions that generated that event; conditions I was able to tellurieally monitor. I am now theorizing that if a ham in the northern-hemisphere and a ham in the southern hemisphere are both getting extremely high telluric readings, then a TEP (Trans Equitorial Propagation) path probably exists between them. How cool is that?! Well, the CLEGG 'Venus" is now repaired, and I am getting ready to install a second telluric monitoring system that will be optimized for TEP discovery, as well as for storm monitoring. In the meantime, many thanks to Jon (K0JK) for the great "QST" coverage of a terrific six meter happening.

MODE QSOs Ages Score
AM - - -
SSB 128 334 42,754
CW 122 334 40,748
BONUS -
BONUS - -
BONUS NOVICE - -
BONUS NOVICE - -
Total 83,500

With that, Mac, I will conclude my literary ramblings and get this mailed, so you can do what you do so well (i.e., publish the CX Newsletter). Then we can all thank you once again for all the memories.

I hope to hear everyone back on-the-air this coming fall. Enjoy the summer.

73
John
N2BE


K4JYS BILL

Sure had a good time again.
Tnx Mac and others for the efforts and contacts..
73
de
Bill K4JYS

EQUIPMENT USED:

VIKING 2 (1952) 64 YRS
SX-71 (1950) 66 YRS

HW-16 (1967) 49 YRS

DX40 (1958) 58 YRS
HQ100 (1956) 59 YRS

TOTAL YEARS: 296

TOTAL QSOs: 39

POINTS: 11,544

BONUS POINTS: NOVICE XMTR DX40 (1,000 PTS)
RCVR HQ100 (1,000 PTS)
HEATHKIT HW-16 (2,000 PTS)

TOTAL BONUS PTS ---------------4,000 PTS
TOTAL SCORE----------------------15,544 PTS


W2JEK DON

Had a lot of fun!
73
Don Younger
W2JEK

CW Radios: Harvey-Wells TBS-50C
Hallicrafters S-76
Johnson Ranger I
Drake 2B
Heathkit HW-8

CW QSOs: 12
AGE: 314
Score: 3,768

SSB Radios: YAESU FT-840

SSB QSOs: 20
AGE: 46
Score: 920

Novice Bonus: TBS-50C and S-76: 2,000
Bonus rig: Heathkit HW-8: 2,000
GRAND TOTAL:8,688


K4RT

I enjoyed every CW & AM CX QSO!

Rig with the worst chirp: The worst chirp I heard was that of my own TX-1 transmitter on 40 meters. My apologies to those of you who were willing to listen to it and have a QSO.

Following the CW CX, I put the transmitter on the bench and was able to eliminate the chirp.

73, Brad K4RT

Station:
Transmitter: 1959 Heathkit TX-1 (57 years old)
Receiver: 1947 National NC-173 (69 years old)
Antenna: Inverted-V
CW Key: 1953 Vibroplex Standard bug
Mic: Astatic D-104


MODE QSOs AgesScore
AM 12 126 1,512
SSB
CW 7 126 1,882
BONUS Heathkit TX-1 1,000
NOVICE Heathkit TX-1 1,000
Total 5,394


K2QU Al

I did not bother to compute my score. (Computed by editor.) I had such a blast participating in the event that the score does not even matter.

What was really neat was that on Sunday eve, a bunch of guys showed up on 75m - it was like a magnet. Not everyone knew about the CX event, but they heard us talking about the old radios and just generated a lot of interest.

So, I am just sending in my log just as documentation of my fun.

By the way, on the second day of the SSB CX, band conditions here in NJ were pretty crummy - but at least on the first day conditions were good.

RIGS:
Heathkit HW 12
Kenwood TS-830S
AGE: 178 Years
QSOs: 15
SCORE: 2,670

73,
Al, K2QU


W2IQK Carl

My log for the cw portion:
11 contacts on 40,
4 contacts on 20.
Worked the following:
kb1cl, w8kyd, ka2das, n2be, kd2jc, k3kyr, w3bbo, k4bsk,
w8km, n6kn, w7os, w7fox, kd4rj, n6kn, ki5wg.

My station-all hb tube gear, 805 and 813 final amps, hb exciters, hb14 tube rx.

There was NO CX action on the phone days on 40 20 or 15.
I called CQ CX occasionally but no returns.
What happened to the AM guys ??

73-
Carl W2IQK

SCORE:
QSOs: 15
AGE: 106
SCORE: 1,590


WD8RIF ERIC

This was my first participation in the Classic Exchange.

My Heathkit HW-16 has an unstable receiver so I used my Elecraft K2 as receiver and sidetone monitor, performing T/R manually with a two-position antenna-switch; I keyed with a homemade cootie-key.

K6KSG's DX-40 had a nice chirp.

If I had remembered the Novice Rig bonus I would have tried to make some 40m QSOs with my Heathkit HW-7.

All QSOs 80m CW
Transmitter: Heathkit HW-16 + HG-10B VFO
(age average of production from 1968 to 1978: 43 years)
Receiver: Elecraft K2 (age: 12 years)
Mode: CW
QSOs: 3
Age of gear: 55 years
Score: 165
Novice Rig Bonus
HW-16 :1,000
TOTAL: 1,165

73,
Eric, WD8RIF



FOUR OR MORE TRANSMITTER RECEIVER PAIRS


N2AK MARIO

The Winter 2016 Classic Exchange was a fun time once again.

The down side however it is now a 4 day event. When the bands are loaded with oldboat anchors, it is a pure pleasure putting them in the log. When you are the only one out there, it can be a long lonely time.Funny how with 4 days of operation I can still mess up and only get 2 QSOs with my favorite receiver an NC-303. Even with computer logging and checkingI still never seem to make a complete sweep with my old radios.

Tony N2ATB and John N2BE were my best partners in crime. Both of them seemed to always be there. I wish I could convince John to put more than his favorite 3 setups on the air. He has some nice stuff but I'd love to hear more than 3. In all seriousness both Tony and John were real troopers. Tony is a realCX nut! He keeps getting more and more radios. (Thank God!) He is a cw man that has a flair for contests and that makes him a real gem to work. One thing is true, if you work 40 CW, you know Tony.

This was the third year I was able to use my ARC/5 4 pack. It has a tx/rx for80 and 40m with a common enclosure/ps. It's neat to think that gear was built before I was born. These are highly modified by me and don't sound too bad on the air.I would like to improve the tuning rate on the 80m receiver. Also, the 80m transmitter goes into oscillation when the T/R relay is in receive. I temporarily put a 1K resistor across the transmitter tank circuit which tames the beast.I fixed-up a Kenwood TS 530S that was a basket case. It is a nice hybrid rig. But in need of a lot of work. It is old enough to qualify as a boatanchor but new enough to seem like modern rig.

Having just passed my 71st birthday, It occurred to me that I may not live forever. That brings up the disturbing question of what would become of all this great ham gear from the past. My answer is that it is my heirs concern! If they are willing to take my cash estate assets, then the rigs are part of the deal. (I should put in my will that they must see that all go to a good home or no cash will be disbursed!) So for now, I'm not slowing down. But, I may go for some lighter radios as I continue to build my collection. (in retrospect, I just got a nice GSB 101 quad 811 amp for a song that doesn't fit the 'lightweight description. What the heck, I'm going for it anyway. )

To summarize, I show 190 CW QSOs with a total age of 2650 years, and 134 SSB contacts with age of 1763 years . This produced a total score of 739,742.

The Classic Exchange is a very unique event in that it keeps alive the technology of the past as well as the skills of the people who use it and brings radio gear back from the grave.
Also, there's a wonderful gang of very nice hams keying the rigs and yacking on the mics.

Thanks for all you do in making it a great part of our lives.

73,
Mario / N2AK

RADIO GEAR USED IN CX

CW MODE
ARC-5 Rx 40m
ARC-5 TX 40m
ARC-5 Rx 80m
ARC-5 TX 80m
Atlas 210X
Central Electronics
COLLINS 310B
COLLINS 75A4
DRAKE T4XB
DRAKE T4XC R4C
DRAKE TR4C
Eico 720
HALLI FPM-300
HALLI S 38B
HALLI S 108
HARVEY WELLS TBS 50D
HQ 129X
HQ 170
HT 37
HMBW ACORN TUBE
HMBW XCVR 5W
Heath DX60B
Heath HR10B
Heath HW100
Heath HW101
Heath Apache / Mohawk
KNIGHT T60
NC-303
NC-173 RCVR
Hmbw 1961 60W Xmtr
SB 401 SB300
SB-104A
Swan 350
TenTec Omni C
TenTec Omni 6
Ten Tec Scout
YAESU FT101F

Total 2650 years
CW Score = 190 QSOs X (2650) = 503,500

SSB MODE
Atlas 210X
Central Elect 20A
DRAKE T4XB
DRAKE T4XC R4C
DRAKE TR4C
Hallicrafters SR160
Hallicrafters HT 37
APACHE/MOHAWK
HW-100 45
HW-101 45
KENWOOD TS 530S
NCX 5 XCVR
NC-173 RCVR
Swan 270
Swan 350
SB 401 SB300
SB-104A 40
TenTec ARGOSY
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
YAESU FT 101F
Total 1763 years

CW Score = 190 QSOs X (2650) = 503,500

SSB SCORE = 134 X (1763) = 236,242

GRAND TOTAL : 503,500 + 236,242 = 739,742


JA3KNB KAZU

CW Report
It was 15 and 20 using 2 ele HB9CV(15)/ 4 ele YAGI(20).
I managed 24 pieces of gear for CW
This time JA CW QSO WINDOWS do not come out good results. 21 MHz the signal from the United States could not be verified at all.
14Mhz strong QRN and QSB was able to QSO with W7OS, and W7FOX. We were also able wonderful experience this time. Thanks to the US fellow.

Sunday ,TOMO/JO3TAP with 67 CW QSOs and TOMO/JA6DOU/3 with 33 CW QSOs.
Tuesday,TOMO/JO3TAP with 5 CW QSOs and TOMO/JA6DOU/3 with 3 CW QSOs.

SSB Report
It was only 15 using 2 ele HB9CV(15). .
I managed 20 pieces of gear for SSB.and worked .
Sunday ,MASA/JP3KMU,TOMO/JO3TAP,TOMO/JA6DOU/3,TAKA/JF3RDE with 120 SSB QSOs. .

AM Report
It was only 15 using 2 ele HB9CV(15). .
I managed 15 pieces of gear for AM and worked
MASA/JP3KMU; TOMO/JO3TAP; TOMO/JA6DOU/3; TAKA/JF3RDE with 88 AM QSOs.

CX Machinery List (2016) CW
1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
3.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
4.HeathkitHW-8 NO1 (1975)
5.HeathkitHW-8 NO2 (1975)
6.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976) 7.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40 (1957)
8.FT101ES(1975)
9.FT200 (1970)
10.Drake TR-4 (1966)
11.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
12.TS-130 (1980)
13.FT101S(1975)
14.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
15.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960) 16.Hallicrafters SX-99(1955) *HT-37
17.Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978)
18.Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978)

TOTAL: 1,604 years
QSOs CW Sunday = 102
QSOs CW Tuesday = 8
Total CW QSOs = 110
Age of CW gear qualified Sunday = 1,604 Years
Age of CW gear qualified Tuesday = 0 Years
Total age for score computation = 1,604 Years
Combined Sunday and Tuesday CW score is then 110 x 1,604 = 176,440

CX Machinery List (2016) SSB
1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
3.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
4.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
5.FT101ES(1975)
6.FT200 (1970)
7.Drake TR-4 (1966
) 8.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
9.TS-130 (1980)
10.FT101S(1975)
11.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
12.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
13.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) *HT-37
14.Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978)
15.Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978)
TOTAL: 1,320 years
QSOs SSB Sunday = 120
QSOs SSB Tuesday = 0
Total SSB QSOs = 120
Age of SSB gear qualified Sunday = 1,320 Years
Age of SSB gear qualified Tuesday = 0 Years
Total age for score computation = 1,320 Years
Combined Sunday and Tuesday SSB score is then 120 x 1,320 = 158,400

CX Machinery List (2016) AM
1.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
40 X 2 = 80 2.Drake *T-4XC Collins 75S-1
56 X 1 = 56 3.Drake *T-4XC Collins 75S-3C
48 X 1 = 48 4.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40 (1957)
56 + 59= 115 5.FT101ES(1975)
41 X 2 = 82 6.FT200 (1970)
46 X 2 = 92 7.Drake TR-4 (1966)
50 X 2 = 100 8.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
40 X 2 = 80 9.FT101S(1975)
41 X 2 = 82 10.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
56 X 2 = 112 11.Hallicrafters SX-99(1955) *HT-37
61 X 1 = 61 TOTAL: 908 years

MODE QSOs AgesScore
SSB 1201,320 158,400
CW 110 1,604 176,440
AM 88 908 79,904
BONUSNovice Rig TXHeathkit DX-401,000
BONUSNovice Rig RXHeathkit HW-81,000
BONUSHeathkitSB 102 1,000
Total 414,744


Look forward to the next CX.

73
Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
TEL:072-863-6667 FAX:072-863-6668
kazu@com-unity.co.jp


K2RP Ron

AM contacts getting harder to make. There are a few AM roundtables, but they seem to attract long monologues, so it takes an hour to get through the rotation, and half the people forget to exchange the information!

CW and SSB are easier and quicker to qualify rigs.
On CW I managed to qualify 19 Transmitters and 17 Receivers.
On SSB, 8 Transmitters, 11 Receivers, and 8 Transceivers made at least 3 contacts each!

I really like operating them! Some in place and switched, and the lighter ones get set up with a coax switch, like the SSB transceivers and novice type cw rigs. I keep the heavy iron on steel garage type shelves, with the power cords plugged into a switched outlet strip and the antenna and control wires fed out the back. I have a six foot table perpendicular to the shelves so all I have to do is put one or more receivers on the table, and I'm on.
Right now the rack has a Viking I, HT32, DX100, Warrior, Marauder and Valiant.

The LYSCO 600S and its mighty 20 W was paired with a contemporary 75A2.

Here is his newly restored LYSCO 600S which was used in its first CX and his great looking 75A2.

MODE QSOs Ages Score
AM 14 505 7070
SSB 66 1885 124410
CW 66 2076 137016
BONUS SB401 1000
BONUS SB303 1000
BONUS NOVICE Adventurer 1000
BONUS NOVICE R100 1000
Total 272,496
Mac, thanks for all you do to keep this event alive. The addition of Tuesdays make it even better!

See you in the fall!

Ron K2RP


W8KGI Jim

Mac,
It's high time I got this off to you.

For a number of reasons, Kathy being sick and needing some help, the Phone section running on Valentine's Day, and only one other CX station being heard on Phone Tuesday, I was not as active this time as I have been in the past. Still I did manage to get on, connect with a good many friends, and have a good time. The garage was COLD, so I limited my activity out there to an hour and a half on 20 CW and later about 40 minutes on 20 SSB.

Kathy got sick on Christmas morning and spent several days in the hospital starting on New Year's morning, so I didn't spend any time at all getting things tuned up in the garage. I just walked out, saw what rigs and receivers were left from the September CX tuned up for 20 CW, flipped on the switches and low-and-behold they worked! The same thing happened with SSB gear, everything worked even the Apache and SB-10.
Someone was looking after me!

Also all of the inside gear worked, and between 40 CW on Sunday and 20 and 80 CW on Tuesday I managed to get all twelve pairs inside on the air and qualified./p> The gear being used by the fellows I worked is interesting, as I look over my log. Quite a bit of it was made by Kenwood, Yaesu, Icon, Ten Tec, and even Elecraft. I was heard on only one pre-war receiver, Howie, WB2AWQ was running his HRO. And the only WWII surplus gear I worked was Howie's BC458 and Jerry, W8AU's TCS, and Tom, K6LQI's GF11 and TBW. It looks like our Classic Gear is getting more modern, even as we age, HI.

Probably not many are running classic antenna wire either. My antenna wire originally came from an uncle who left Fort Thomas in early 1942 and drove himself and his wife and their earthly possessions to Palo Alto, CA in his Studebaker, at 45 mph all the way to conserve gasoline so the family story goes.

He was an ME and an SWL. (I remember seeing his big, black Hallicrafters receiver in a closet - maybe the inspiration for my closet shack. I'm pretty sure it was an SX-18 with that image rejection circuit. He explained it to my brother Bob (W4RXK) and me one time, and I must have been paying attention. Not bad for a three-year-old!

He left his antenna wire with our Dad, and it resided in our basement until Bob and I got it out and made it into a 134 foot center fed Zepp with 67 foot tuned feeders in about 1950.

So I think my antenna wire dates from the later 1930's. Haven't worn out the electrons yet. HI HI

So anyway, thanks for a nice party. I look forward to the next running in the fall when, hopefully, both the weather and the health here will be better.

73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

MODE QSOs AgesScore
SSB 13401 5,213
CW 86 2,165 186,190
BONUSNovice Rig TX6AG7/61461,000
BONUSNovice Rig RXHRO-501,000
BONUSHeathkitDX-100 1,000
Total 194,403



N2ATB Tony

I participated in both the CW and Phone portions of the January/February Classic Exchange. As always, I enjoyed the contest.

I ran eight transceivers, two transmitters and three receivers.


MODE QSOs AgesScore
SSB 107560 59,920
CW 120 819 98,280
BONUSNovice Rig TXTS-520S1,000
BONUSNovice Rig RXTS-520S1,000
BONUSHeathkitDX-60A 1,000
BONUSHeathkitHR-1680 1,000
Total 162,200


Note: Equipment used for both the Phone and CW portion of the contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (37 years x 2 = 74 years), a Kenwood TS-830S (35 years x 2 = 70 years), a Kenwood TS-440S (29 years x 2 = 58 years), a Kenwood TS-130SE (35 years x 2 = 70 years), a Yaesu FT-101EX (39 years x 2 = 78 years), a Drake TR-4C (42 years x 2 = 84 years), a Ten-tec Argosy (35 years x 2 = 70 years) and a Yaesu FT-747GX (28 years x 2 = 56 years). Equipment used only in the CW portion was a Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter (54 years), a Heathkit DX-60A transmitter (51 years), a National NC-98 receiver (61 years), a Heathkit HR-1680 receiver (39 years) and a Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver (54 years). The total age of the gear used is 819 years for CW and 560 years for SSB.

The new two day format worked well for me. I look forward to the next CX in September. Thanks for sponsoring this fine event.

73
Tony (N2ATB)


N6KN Rocco

CW Notes:
Prep: I utterly failed to fix the two Henry 2K amplifiers that had seemed so promising to use on CX this year. Anyone has the High Voltage 8-H choke sitting around?

Anyway, I began on 7045 early Sunday morning and found Dick K6KSG with his great DX 40 in Colorado, followed by several qso's with Ron K2RP, and Jim, K9JM. with a nice sounding Ranger. Fox, W7FOX was strong in here from AZ with his Viking 1 and 1625's. I finally moved to 20 at 1928Z and picked up several of the regular CX suspects, including WQ8U, Mac, Mario, N2AK, Gerry, VE7 BGP, John, N2BE and Jim W8KGI, not to mention several casual CX operators. Went back to 40 at 0023Z and worked W7OS with a nice Harvey Wells TBS 50 good choice for this event, Rick. Finally picked up Tom, K6LQI, down the hill from my QTH, with his GF11 and R4.

SSB note:
I knew my operating time would be very limited, but I did exchange contacts with Ron, K2RP, and Sam, N5FO, who I usually work on 7155 SSB in the mornings. John, K6KOI, had a nice sounding Argosy, and I even heard Ron K2RP's GSB-100 and other fine sounding radios. Called it quits early to watch TV with the YL.

As usual, I enjoyed this low key, fun operating event and look forwards to the next one!

73,
Rocco N6KN

MODE QSOs AgesScore
SSB 23 285 6,555
CW 76 1627 123,652
BONUSNovice RigDX-60 1,000
BONUSHeathkitSB 301/401 2,000
Total 133,207



WB2AWQ Howie

Hi CXers,
Got started RELATIVELY early (at least for me) around 2130Z. Started on 20M which seemed to be fairly busy, with decent propagation. 11 contacts coast to coast, plus one DX contact with good friend Shin JA1NUT, who was embarrassed at running a Yaesu FT2000 while I was running a Swan 350. 40 meters was open but funny, at times seeming to shut down, but it produced 14 QSOs, all here out west.

80 meters, my favorite CX band didn't do so well in quantity, but I worked Perry W8AU twice, one of those times on the GO9 which I got from him about 9 years ago while Perry was running a nice sounding TCS (gotta love a Navy to Navy QSO), and one with John N2BE, a good haul for me on 80M with my 7 ft high dipole.

I managed to qualify 14 radios, not bad for me, And it seemed this go the military radios had a strong presence, with a total of seven different mil radios worked: an R388, BC459, BC455, GF11, TBW, BC348, and TCS. The last qualifiers were my Viking Invader and SX-101A, for which I got the third QSO on Tuesday on 20 meters, with a local ham here in Reno, W6XF. He wasn't formally part of CX, but he was using a 35 year-old Tentec Omni C.

I vote Rich K6LQI for having the neatest chirp, from his GF-11. The little WW2 rig could probably be heard over a 5 Kc range with a really quick shift, which my HRO and BC348, both with filters off, nicely accommodated! The GF-11 was also the most unusual rig I heard. First time for me.

Had a couple of newcomers, at least for me: Rod KA7CCQ with a TS-140, and Scott N6FMF with a TS-530. Always nice to hear new voices.

I've asked this before, wonder if there's somewhere we can post replies: How many of us use our classics regularly, and don't leave them on the shelf till next time? I do! Most of them! Daily or nearly so.

33 QSOs, times 988 CX years, makes 32640 points, plus a Novice rig bonus (BC-348Q), and a Heath double bonus (SB-102) makes 35640 points, probably a high for me. Stay on your toes Jim, I'm gaining on you!

Photo of BC-458A, National HRO and keyboard used in CX. (behind them are the GO9 and BC348Q). click
HERE to see his gear

See you all in September.
Howie WB2AWQ


VE7BGP Gerry

I had a lot of fun operating CX this season I didn't have a chance to work any FM Mode contacts Sunday was Valantines Day this year.

I had a great time on CW & SSB this time. Having the Tuesday sessions are also great.

I had fun with both Heathkits I own the SB-101 on both CW & SSB I have a CW filter in my SB-101 a great old rig to use on CW.
I again was able to get my fun littie HW-7 with 2 1/2 watts to qualify - thanks Rocco.

73
Gerry

SSB:
Rigs:
SB-101
FT-301D
SB-101
FT-301D
FT-901DM
FT-101Z
IC-720A
FT-757GX
IC-735
IC-751A
FT-897D

SSB SCORE:
QSOs: 32
AGE: 604 years
SSB SCORE: 19,328

CW
Rigs:
SB-101
HW-8
FT-301D
TT Argosy
FT-757GX
FT-767GX
IC-751A

CW SCORE:
QSOs: 25 AGE: 508 years
CW SCORE: 12,700

MODE QSOs AgesScore
AM
SSB 32 604 19,328
CW 25 508 12,700
Heathkit Bonus 2,000
Total 32,028



W7FOX Fox

February 2016 Classic Exchange Score Card W7FOX Christopher Fox Douglas My thanks to the guys who keep this ball rolling, my favorite operating activity.

This CX was the most fun yet, and I like having Tuesday to continue CX'ing.

I don't have unlimited space in my shack/darkroom so I set up my novice transmitter, yup I still have it, a T19/ARC-5, a TCS 12 receiver, Viking 1, and SX100 on the work bench. I would like to expand into the garage so they can be left out and used all year. Too many projects.

Most unusual rig for me was an RCA SSB-1 Mark llA, marine transciever that I got working. This was commercial equipment that the Navy started using in the late 50's when it got interested in single sideband. More robust Navy equipment followed soon after. It is normally crystal controlled, but I adapted my SSB-2 DDS vfo to it, and got very nice signal reports. The wide 3.2 kc mechanical filters make for natural sounding audio.

I tried the JA windows, but only worked Kazu, who was barely audible on 20 meters. Both 15 and 20 sounded completely dead. Maybe we could make the windows a little earlier?

Got an OO from W4WJ who said my SB-101 had frequency instability and chirp. If you strain your ears, there is a slight chirp on the first character when the VOX relay closes, and drift is still less than 100 cycles per hour as written in the original spec. I've never liked hearing the VOX relays clattering while on CW, so by depressing the PTT switch before sending, the chirp is gone. I usually prefer CW on my homebrew QSK rig with a pair of 1625's. Never had any complaints.

Ron K2RP and I had a 2 by 2 Viking 1, SX100 AM QSO.

Seems like I heard lots more AM and SSB CX stations this time, though it was spotty, sending endless CQs with no replies, then a flurry of activity. Go figure?

I've never considered myself a collector, I just buy something that catches my eye.
Here is a list of equipment used during this CX:
Homebrew pair of 1625's 25 years old
Viking 1 67
T19/ARC-5 73
T20/ARC-5 73
Collins 51S-1A 57
SX-100 61
TCS-12 73
BC-348R 73
SB-101(1) 47
SB-101(2) 47
FTdx100 50
RCA SSB-1 Mark llA 56

I included some pictures of the shack and antenna system.
CLICK
HERE to see pictures of his rigs, antenna, and set up.

MODE QSOs AgesScore
AM 8 210 1,680
SSB 16 200 3,200
CW 38 646 24,548
BONUS Heathkit SB-101 2,000
BONUS NOVICE T19/ARC-5 1000
Total 32,428



K3MD John

Limited op time due to VHF Contest. Exhausting!!!

Qualified everything but 80 meter ARC-5 80. "New" rig is 1933 handbook 3 tube supehet with regen IF redone with miniature tubes and 455 kHz IF.... picked up on EBay for $50.
N3ZI DDS VFO works great... does not drift or chirp. Used this with the Knightkit T-60 and the homebrew 6MJ6 transmitter.

SSB got wiped out by WPX RTTY (1,400 Q,) and solar flare Tuesday K index 5

CU in Sept

73,
John K3MD

MODE QSOs AgesScore
AM
SSB 3 104 312
CW 37 473 17,501
Total 17,813



JO3TAP TOMO

We had been expected to JA CW QSO WINDOWS. But the condition was not good.Next time will be better!

There was a problem in this contest for me. FT101 not good,So It ended with CW only. Repair is necessary for next CX.

I was able to get the expectations and fun.Thanks CX!

CX Machinery List(2016 Jan)CW
FT991, FT817, FT2000D, FT101B(1973)(43y)
TOTAL 86 years

CX Machinery List(2016 Jan)SSB,AM
FT991, FT817, FT2000D

..........................................
SCORE SUMMARY

67 CW QSOs(Sunday)
5 CW QSOs(Tuesday)
86 Total age of CW gear
CW Score 6,192

45 SSB QSOs(Sunday)
0 Total age of SSB gear(Sunday)
SSB Score 45

33 AM QSOs(Sunday)
0 Total age of AM gear(Tuesday)
AM Score 33

GRAND Total 6,270

. JO3TAP
Tomonori Sakata
3-7-1-806,Honjouhigashi,Kita-ku
Osaka-city,Osaka 531-0074
Japan
Tel 06-6374-2440
tomosakata@yk2.so-net.ne.jp


N9TT BILL

Mr. Murphy kept noise level very high and the closeness of W1AW didn't help.

My best O.T. transmitter, a Knight T-150, suffered a seized-up bandswitch and blown electrolytic.
The BC-375 will work on 40 BUT unless you know to put your receiver on WIDE bandwidth, you can't copy the wide chirp. (A command receiver can handle it.)
My novice receiver, a BC-348-Q, developed a 110 VAC hot chassis due to a failure in the homebrew power supply.

CW Score
QSOs: 9
AGE: 271
Score: 2,439
Novice rig: Homebrew pair of 7C5s: 1,000
Bonus rig: Heathkit AT-1: 1,000
GRAND TOTAL: 4,438


W8UT Al

Hi Mac,
Here's my log for the Feb 16 fone CX. Not very big. Didn't have any luck Tues., and not a lot on Sun. Gave up on the CW session, frustrating rig problems. Maybe next time?? General motivation is low lately, and easily turned off.

I have 6 stns always wired up, might only need coax or pwr line plugged in, plus 1 or 2 more easily set up on the workbench, so plenty of eqpt, just no stamina.

40m CW on Sun. AM always seems busy, but I don't know what/where else. Don't get on 80/75 lately, antenna broken, need a tree climber or very long "grabber".

Al, W8UT RIGS:
Hallicrafters SR-2000
Collins KWM-2

SSB SCORE
QSOs: 12
AGE: 212
SCORE: 2,544

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

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

------------------------

Anybody going to be on?

This is an e-mail inquiry by Al to a number of regular CXers and the responses he received

Sent by Al, W8UT Monday, February 15, 2016 7:38 PM
Subject: CX on Tues
Hi guys,
Is anyone within range of eastern NC on 40m going to be on CX tmw?

I was away much of Sun., but did get 2 rigs qualified. I'll like to get other tmw, would rather find some CX activity rather than explain it to random folks.
I think I listened for guys on Tues. once, didn't hear much.
I qual. the SR-2000 & KWM-2 on 20m ystdy, have the Inv2000/SX-101 and HX500/2B ready on 40 SSB, and could get the SR-2000 fired up agn if anyone wants to hear it on 20. I'm not much for early stuff, but after 9AM, or in the PM would be nice.

tnx, 73,
Al, W8UT

--------------------------------------------- On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 1:56 PM, Al wrote:
Hi folks,
Here are the replies I've gotten, as of 8:45AM Tues, tnx. I hope to see you shortly. I'll be on around 7260 by 9:30 ET:

---------------- On 2/15/2016 8:07 PM, John Thompson K3MD wrote:
I will be on 7260 in morning and 3.860 PM.
Missed Sun. due to WPX RTTY contest.
WN3V just fixed my TR-4.
I fixed my 2-C today.... bad 12BE6.
My HT-37 works FB. Hopefully... it is very quirky. Receivers also have HQ-100A, NC-270, NC-300.
Hope to see you.

--------------- On 2/15/2016 8:19 PM, JAMES HANLON W8KGI wrote:
I'm hoping to get on. I had only about an hour to try something on Sunday.
When I listened on 20 there was a lot of activity but no one was working the CX,
and the noise level on 40 was 5 dB over S-9 thanks to some lights in the kitchen that I was definitely not going to be able to turn off!

--------------- On 2/15/2016 9:00 PM, Wilson W4BOH wrote:
I'll monitor when I can, busy. Feel free to call, 919 732 4711.

--------------- On 2/16/2016 5:24 AM, Mario Dianora N2AK wrote:
I plan to be on 40M starting at 9AM and switch to 80 after the sun goes down.
See you then.

--------------- tnx, 73,
Al, W8UT
------------------------

The best laid plans of mice and men and hams......
Al wrote: I tried 9:30-10:30 ET, band was OK, but my eqpt wasn't.
HX-500 had a relay problem, Inv2000 had no HV.
I quit for a while, but a bit later things were almost silent.

2 rigs only this time, maybe 10 QSO's. Wait 'til next time.

73 all,
Al, W8UT


8/16/16