September 2003 CX


















Rob & team









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Thanks and 73,
Mac, Mac, WQ8U



The prospects for the September 2003 CX started out looking really good. We agreed with Dale, KW1I, the AMI honcho, to hold the CX concurrent with AMI’s Discovery Weekend and to extend the CX to cover the entire weekend instead of the usual Sunday only format. It was hoped that these additional days and hours along with the concurrent AMI activity would allow more folks to get their classic gear on the air and have fun operating them.

We also had unusual pre-CX publicity on the GB and other reflectors which seemed to bode well. Miguel, EA8IT said there would be a number of classic rig operators from EA land looking for CX contacts. Conrad, WS4S; Don, N3RHT; John, K4KWM; Greg, KG4MMY; Lee, WA3FIY; Scott, WA9WFA; and a number of others posted e-mails of their plans for which classic gear they would have on the air. Mike, KW4HF, posted the CX announcement on the Boatanchor Bulletin Board. Also, CX got double publicity in the September issue of QST with an article about CX with photos of a number of CXers and their rigs and in the August issue of ELECTRIC RADIO with a summary of the February 2002 CX and details of the this CX. Thanks to John, K2TQN "OLD RADIO" columnist in QST and to Ray, N0DMS, the Editor of ER. There was lots of good pre-CX publicity, enthusiasm and interest.

Unfortunately, the best laid plans do not always work for everyone. The CX was a mixed event depending on whom you ask. Rocco, N6KN, had 185 QSOs, including 33 on AM, on his way to an all time CX record high score and Brian, WA5UEK, worked 40 AM QSOs. On the other hand, Nick, KD4CPL, Marty, AA4RM, and others had difficulty finding AM CX QSOs.

To complicate things, there was severe competition for specturm from the Texas QSO party and the CQ WW RTTY contest as well as the quirks of Mother Nature’s propagation.

Jim, W8KGI, and others observed that the longer operating periods seemed to spread folks out making it harder to find CXers. As Mark, K3ZX, said, he was “scratching for QSOs” and Al, W8UT, was “underwhelmed.”

On the other hand, Bill, K0ZL, “loved the contest”; Jim, K4AXF, reported: "Man, was CX ever a blast!" and Rocco, N6KN, experienced this: "I went to 14275 with the B&W 6100/R4A (the SX 115 died unexpectedly). It was like a DX pileup; I think the QST article helped; lots of folks were hunting for CXer's. It seemed like the entire country dragged out their craziest old radios to work the B&W 6100."

The bottom line seems to be a modestly successful CX since many folks got their classic gear operating, put it on the air, and experienced operation as it was at times when that gear was in its prime. And, a greater number of hams were made aware or reminded that Classic Radios are still fun. Good job fellow CXers!

The next CX will be Sunday February 8, 2004 (Week after Super Bowl). The hours will be longer than last February’s CX to give every band and both coasts reasonable windows. Hopefully this CX will be more fun for more CXers; if not, we will try tweaking it some more.



Rocco, N6KN, who came in second last September decided he would not let that happen again and turned in an unbelievable CX record score of 32,896,903. Rocco took advantage of the AMI Discovery event and logged 33 CX AMI QSOs along with 127 SSB and 25 CW QSOs. Reading his report gives you the real feeling of fun CX can have. AWESOME!!! Click here to see Rocco's feeling about his CX experiences.

Howie, WB2AWQ, was second in September with 2,687,850 points which just edged into second place by 1.5%! Howie did this with an array of classic rigs including a TBW "Pumper- Thumper" and a 90Watt push-pull 211 Hartley!

Brian, WA5UEK, came in a close third with 2,647,535 points. Brian put on an impressive array of rigs including a real classic Gonset G-76 and big gun Collins KW-1 and Johnson 500.



Jim, W8ZR, is a long time ham with a very impressive array of classic gear as well as some expensive rice boxes. He does amazingly well in keeping his day job at Miami University from interefering with his ham life. He recently had an article in QST on a very sophisticated antenna tuner he designed and built.

Is all that what makes Jim noteworth to the CX crowd? NO WAY! Howie, WB2AWQ, Brian, K9VKY and others noted that Jim's FPM-200 had a "most distinctive" note - maybe T 7C. Others observed that they missed hearing him. CXers have their perspectives well tuned.

Glen, K9STH, who had a quadruple cardiac by-pass earlier this year, used a 1929 Brent Daniels lighthouse transmitter for this CX. The story of the rig is in Glen's
comments .

Ray, N0DMS the Editor of ER Magazine was noted by several folks for his 20 tube homebrew receiver.

Mike, W7DRA, has always been on the fringe with his rigs and QTH during CX. He has operated prior CXes portable during WA salmon runs and been operating from a tent given to him by his XYL. However this CX he had a different situation: "The main rig with be the 87 Honda, as I have to pick up my sister from Tacoma."

Al, N5AIT, a co-founder of CX and long time CX Newsletter editor, shared the following:
"The end of an era... For the first time since the very first "NX," precursor of "CX," I was not on at all for the event. I have had a few where I got in only toward the end, but always enough to qualify something. Guess this time I go for the "Best Excuse" award: we had the house fire, all my equipment is boxed up somewhere while they finish repairing the house (hoping to be moved back before the end of this month (Dec) - but I have said THAT before!), and we are living in a furnished apartment about a 40 meter dipole's distance from high tension lines which run across the back of the place - with no trees within a block. The antenna at the school radio station came down just before CX and I still have not had the time or opportunity to get it back up. Guess that about covers it. I hope you had lots of activity and heard some new old stuff - or maybe put some of your own on the air. Guess I could use the old "Wait 'til next year" statement... but as one of the Cubs fans just observed after they beat out Atlanta, "This year IS Next Year!" So will be aiming for the next CX - as always! "


Carl, K8NU, a long time Columbus OH ham and master of banjo, guitar, base and software developed a very nice CX logging program which is available for download FREE at
While there is no rigid log format requirement for CX, unlike some other events, this program will really make things easier for recordkeeping and scoring. Try it -- you'll like it!


As mentioned earlier, the September CX was run concurrently with the AMI Discovery Weekend to increase opportunity for classic contacts. From the comments it is not clear that this really added significantly and may have had an adverse impact due to the other events the same weekend and dilution. In the Feburary 2004 CX we will move back to a Sunday/Monday event with slightly extended hours to allow operation in all bands and on both coasts.
However, things can always be improved. Please let me know what you think and any other ideas you have for making CX more fun.
Mac, WQ8U
CX Newsletter Editor




Here, finally, is my summary for the Sept CX. I began the AMI portion of the Friday evening when Dale, KW1I, called me direct as I was sitting in front of the Apache wondering what band to try. He gave me my new AMI number (1465) by phone, because I had requested it before the AMI/CX weekend. I almost fell out of my chair when he phoned!

I totalled 33 AM contacts during the AMI (pre CX) part of the weekend, operating very casually. Fifteen AM was fun Saturday morning on 21.400. W0HUR was very strong with his Globe Champ 300A. On 40, I was happy to work several locals on 7.292, including a brave WA6TJN with his DX60B. Later on 15, W1CKI had an outstanding signal with his Globe King 500A, and W0HRO called with his Pacemaker (sounded great on AM). I handed out my new AMI number and took care to obtain all the CX information from the AMI participants, so the qso's could count in CX.

I began the CX portion of the weekend at 1707 UTC; there was some confusion about the starting time, but I used the Electric Radio announcement time - I cried when I saw that the CX website had the start at 1300! Oh, well - next time, I will learn to visit the website just prior to the event.

Twenty CW was pretty slow at 1700; there were Texas and PA QSO party stations all over the band. I moved to 21380 SSB, since 10 was DEAD (even for us). Conditions were excellent. Bill, W0IYH, sounded wonderful on his HB S/S station. Went back to 20 CW at 1848 and worked a bunch of the CX regulars, including W8KGI, AA4RM, K2TOP, K3ZX, and several others. By this time, I had qualified most of my own stations and decided to maximize the QSO count.

I went to 14275 with the B&W 6100/R4A (the SX 115 died unexpectedly). It was like a DX pileup; I think the QST article helped; lots of folks were hunting for CXer's. It seemed like the entire country dragged out their craziest old radios to work the B&W 6100. I called "CQ Boatanchors, CQ Classic Radios, or Anything Else". The "anything else" dragged out a lot of strange rigs, as well as a ton of FT 101's, etc. I worked things I have never heard of before. W8ZEP managed to hear me on his homebrew tube regen! It was pretty wild, and I had an open frequency most of the time.

I finally went to 40 CW at 0319 and managed to work you, Mac, and two others, but it was already late, and I missed a lot of people who I usually pick up on 40. Well, 20 was just too good to leave early!

All in all, I had a lot of fun and gave a CX qso to a long list of CX neophrytes.
Final totals:
< AM score: 2,125,365 (33 QSOs)
SSB score: 28,107,513 (127 QSOs)
CW score: 2,664,025 (35 QSOs)

Grand total for N6KN = 32,896,903 (new record for me, even without the AMI portion) 16 stations qualified (My KWM-2 croaked! The last rig I expected to die! But the "flakey" KWM-1 worked great!)

Rocco, N6KN

Click HERE to see Rocco and his shacks.


Hi Mac Jim Marty and gang -

This CX seemed strange, starting earlier (I like it!) than usual. 10 meters was dead, but 15 was open although I couldn't raise a single CX station, either CW or phone. 20M phone was a nightmare with the Texas QSO party, so I went down to CW. At least there we could weasel in between the RTTY stations cluttering up the place on the CQWW contest, and mix it up with the TQP boys. In fact, my first three QSOs were with TQP entrants. Guess there's no need to submit my score to them.....but I did work England (G4IBH) in all that comotion, and he was listening for CX. On 20 I qualified my newer rigs - Kenwwod TS-440, and an old Ten Tec Argosy 2 which I usually use mobile.

After enough of that racket I went down to the relative quiet of 40M, and cranked up a Drake T4XC, coupled with the reliable SX101A. 40 proved to be THE band to be on for CX, producing the most QSOs, although fewer states than 80. I also qualified my recently aquired and restored fairly rare Viking Navigator (one sweet little rig), and a National NC-125, and the venerable Swan 350. Whilst on 40, before even hearing the callsign I instantly recognized a familiar, friendly, chirpy, somewhat AC note as that belonging to none else than the Hallicrafters FPM-200 of Jim W8ZR. It's alive, and as "unique" as ever! Ya gotta love that rig Jim! Later on on 40, I worked W8ZR again, this time with a REAL boatanchor, his Collins KWS-1. Some paperweight!

On to 75 meters AM, with my Dad’s Gonset G-76. A fistful of stations courtesy of the Antique Wireless Assn Sunday afternoon AM net, and some good conversation, with guys using all manner of heavy hardware - 100-TH’s, 4-400’s, a 3-1000Z, and an army T-368 among the notables. My G-76 was a veritable peanut whistle among them, but performed admirably.

Back to 40 meters, with the Navigator, and now one of my favorite receivers, an old HRO, for one QSO, then I decided to be brave (or stupid) and put the Navy TBW transmitter I had been working on for the NJ Naval Museum on the air on 40. First QSO was unique - with Jack at K2TOP, also using a TBW. His receiver, an RAL is another of my favorites, a real performer despite being a TRF radio from the 30s. After a few QSOs I put the TBW and HRO down on 80, where the signal was slightly better, although never a “T-9”. Among the QSOs on 80 was another real heavyweight, (the rig, not the op), Don K4KYV and a pair of HF300’s. While the TBW was fun, I needed to continue the pollution of the ether, so I unleashed the Beast, my homebrew 90 watt 1929 push-pull 211 Hartley oscillator along with a HB 1932 superhet receiver.

Some great rigs worked this year - the “Note of Distinction Award” must again go to W8ZR’s infamous FPM200, while the heavyweight belongs to his KWS-1. Some notable rigs - W2CQH and his BC230 and National FB-7, N0DMS (ER Editor) with his HB 20 tube RX, and that killer HF300 amp of K4KYV.

The highlight for me, though, was having not one, but TWO TBW to TBW QSO’s with K2TOP. Two “Pumper Thumpers” as Rob calls them, (you have to hear the terrific machine gun-like sound of the huge keying relay on a TBW) going at it, it doesn’t get much better!

Scoring - 50 QSOs times (71 rigs plus 28 states) times 543 CX years = 2,687,850. Good CX, hope to see you all next Fall.

Howie WB2AWQ

Click here to see pictures of WB2AWQ's rigs.



Hmmm.....there was lots of AM activity in and around God's Country (Texas) all weekend. I made 40 AM contacts on 75m, 40m and 15m using Johnson 500, KW-1, G-76 and FT-101ZD.

Hello Mac, Although my grandsons (ages 2, 4) were with me, I still managed to operate this weekend. As usual, I wanted to use more equipment than I actually did but I just ran out of time. That my Valiant's final would not quit oscillating, my SX-140 was dead and my DX-40 would not put out any power didn't help matters. Ain't this old stuff great? As I say after every CX, I hope to have my equipment better prepared next time.

Activity seemed good but the pace of those operating the CW and SSB contests made it difficult to exchange rig types and QTHs with them so I missed a few. Such is life.

Per a comment in Electric Radio about this CX, I have included contacts made on Saturday in my log and scoring. I hope this is correct.

I have attached some pictures from my two shacks if your interested.

G-76 transceiver (42 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:30 am
Johnson 500 transmitter (45 years old) and NC-300 receiver (48 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:40 am
KW-1 transmitter (50 years old) and 75A4 receiver (48 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 4:50 am
FT-980 transceiver (20 years old) on 75 meters AM Saturday 5:40 am
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Saturday 11:30 pm
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Sunday 4:00 am
Johnson 500 on 75 meters AM Sunday 7:00 am
Yaesu FT-980 on 40 meters AM Sunday 10:30 am
Yaesu FT-101ZD (23 years old) on 15 meters SSB Sunday 4:00 pm
Yaesu FT-101ZD on 15 meters AM Sunday 4:30 pm
Yaesu FT-101ZD on 40 meters CW Sunday 5:30 pm
Yaesu FT-707 (23 years old) on 40 meters SSB 6:00 pm
My equipment age (2x42+45+48+50+48+2x20+2x23+2x23) = 407 years
AM - 40 QSOs x 8 states x 20 transmitters = 6400
SSB - 3 QSOs x one state, two countries x 1 transmitter = 9
CW - 6 QSOs x 4 states x 4 transmitters = 96
6505 x 407 = 2,647,535 points

Brian K. Harris, WA5UEK
Plano, TX

Click here to see pictures of Brian fine collection of classic gear.




This Fall's CX was a good bit more leisurely for me than usual, due to my boss having a retirement party right in the middle of things (how inconsiderate of him). I took four and a half hours out to attend the party, and I quit about 10:30 pm local time to get a few hours sleep before I had to get up at 5:15 the next morning to go to work. (No I'm not bidding for the "best excuse award.") So this time I just concentrated on having some fun.

I listened for AM activity Saturday evening and around noon time on Sunday. The only guys I ran across were having a round-table QSO on 14286 Saturday night. They didn't know anything about the AMI event, but they were kind enough to give my all-Hallicrafters station (HT-20 and SX73) a report. So I managed to rack up a giant score of 1020 points on AM.

On Sunday I started off on 20 CW about 1 pm local time. Rocco, K6KN, was barreling in and Jeff, K2TOP, was also active early. Later on after 2:30, Glen K9STH, Brian K9VKY, Jim K5MU, Tom K6AA, Andrew W7AAW, and Harold KB0ROB came on. Thanks to them all I was able to get 8 pairs on and qualified including the DX-20, Viking Adventurer, Elmac AF68, HT-20, 75A3, HQ-180, SX73 and SP600 from my shack in the garage and the 100V, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, T4X, 32V3, R4B, RME69, NC200 and 75A4 from my inside shack.

After my boss's party I tuned up on 80 CW. I worked Dennis W5FRS, Tom K6LQI, Jay N9CIQ, George W3ANX (in PA with my type 10 Hartley and SW3!), and of course Mac WQ8U to finish things off. I ran the Globe Chief 90, Hartley, AF67, NC303, HQ-170A and SW3 from the garage on 80.

My CW score amounted to 1,929,375. Adding the AM score, my grand total is 1,930,395.

So thanks to you, Mac, and also to Howie for doing all of the hard work to keep the CX on the air. Let's do it again in February!

Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

Click HERE to see Jim and his shacks.

P.S. It seemed to me that the number of guys who showed up for the CX this time was a little on the light side. At least one of the guys I worked said as much. It's not too unusual for me to have to dig a bit for QSO's on 20, but 80 meters later at night is usually full of guys working the CX and this time they were few and far between. Maybe we diluted things too much by the number of hours we called the contest for?



I have attached a composite photo of 3 views of the 1929 Brent Daniel Lighthouse Service transmitter that I used for a few contacts during the September 2003 Classic Exchange.

Click here to see Glen's transmitter

The coins in the photo are to give some idea as to the size of the unit.

It uses plug-in coils of the type of base that I "just" happened to have a complete set that cover from about 100 KHz up to about 30 MHz. The transmitter did not have any tubes or coils when I got it. However, it is in basically like brand new condition.

The transmitter was built on 12 September 1929 and is serial number 74. Obviously, there were a "fair" number built (at least for the time and considering the use). It is designed for crystal control although I used a Heath VF-1 VFO since I didn't have any crystals that would work.

It puts out between 4 and 5 watts if I "push" it! Considering the simplicity of the circuitry it probably would make it up to 20 meters if I really tried. However, I felt like I was "pushing it" to make it to 40!

The Brent Daniel 1929 Lighthouse Service transmitter uses plug-in coils and is in like-new condition. It runs about 5 watts output. The Lighthouse Service became part of the United States Coast Guard not too long after this transmitter was manufactured. Due to its condition I doubt if it ever was in service. It was built on 12 September 1929 and is serial number 74 (according the the nameplate).

Anyway, my rheumatoid arthritis has been pretty painful the past several weeks so I didn't operate as much as I probably could have. Also, activity was down. Don't know if it had to do with several other contests going on at the same time including the AMI contest and the Texas QSO party.

Again, if you need the log in something different than Excell, let me know.

Glen, K9STH


K9VKY_ Brian

The Fall 2003 CX effort was another minimal effort on this end having only three hours available to show the flag. As always, though, it was great to hook up with the guys and renew acquaintances. Special salutes go out to Reinhard, DL7VZF, with his homebrew 300 watter and to Jim, W8ZR, with his FPM-200 and its melodic T 7c note. ( I hope we aren't striving to set a precedent for the future with everyone putting out T 9 signals ! )

Anyway, let me put the bag over my head (again) and report the rather paltry score of 251,826 coming from the following pieces of Cedar Rapids iron. 32V3 75A3 KWS-1 75A4 and an S/line. Here's hoping we are all around for the 2004 CX parties, and keep those filaments burning.




Indeed squared. KW-1, haurumpppph. I USED A COSMOPHONE 3 times on 20 ssb to qualify it. With God & W8UT as my witness. But no AM stuff out here at all.

Ran a KWM-1* & a G-76 thru a 20m quad for pile 'o 20CW contacts. Even qualified 32V3 & 51J4 on 20. 20, 20, 20... it stayed open 'til 9P plus. CW sigs. great. Did make a couple 'o 40CW contacts ~0300Z & then went qrt.

One note & that's on G76. It's 6DQ5 final was running away key-up. Took a bit to go figger but a 6DQ5 change-out fixed her (right gender?) A G-76 on 20CW is an operating challenge. .5 khz on the VFO 'dial' is .0014 radians. Convert that to angles units mavens.

In spite of the AM absence, I had some fun

In the winter dealy, let's meet on 40 & wring all these stations out on AM I've got 5 to bring up & no question our region can run off & hide in the points picture.

Example: Nick's 6 stn.s X 3 contacts ea. is a bunch. Combine that with my 5 each working his 6 3 times x 3 & you start numbers that look like a factorial experiment


BTW, one of my things is a TCS running into a Henry 2KD 'active tuner' (tnx 'oid). Another is a RS-6 stupid quad sardine can blivot w. a SB200 providing "shoes for the baby.

Marty *ran it (KWM-1 & G-76) Monday & worked F5BBD @ 28.507. MUF's really been up there. One guy privatley wrote he heard an outa-window weak SSB signal calling the 'M1 on 14057. Guy thot he sed rogue's handle was Powers. But perhaps he was talking about signal strength.



Poor planning - that’s all I can offer as an excuse for letting myself get trapped into a weekend trip on CX and AMI Discovery weekend. One would think a CX organizer would have it marked on the family master scheduling calendar but since it wasn’t, it got preempted. To mitigate this as much as possible, I got the rigs all tuned and ready to go on the air prior to leaving on the trip so when I got home all that would be needed was to throw the switch. Prior CXs have shown me that around 0000Z, the place to be is 40 M CW so that was the starting point with a plan to move to 80 M and then to 160 M if I could keep my eyes open.

The airline gods smiled on me and the flight landed in Dayton International right on time (Dayton qualifies as “International” because the BA Concorde once landed there and it gets flights from the Cincinnati Ohio airport, which is really in Kentucky.)I raced home, ran up to the shack, flipped on the power and settled in to work some serious CX. Unfortunately, the CQ RTTY contest was going full bore and the 40 M CW and was a disaster. So much for planning! I retreated to the kitchen for dinner with the XYL to wait out the RTTY noise makers.

AT 0000Z 40 M CW returned to being a usable band with only the usual Canadian SSB, Mexican SSB and miscellaneous noisemakers in between the CX participants so I started back on my plan.

The Johnson NC-173 and Venerable BOGS (Burnt Orange Globe Scout 680) were first on the air. Mark, K3ZX, was the first QSO with one of his stable of B&W 5100s. A few QSOs later I worked Dennis, W5FRS, and Steve, W8TOW both running fine sounding homebrew rigs. The best homebrew in that series had to be Ray, N0DMS, with his 20 tube homebrew receiver. The last BOGS QSO was with CX heavy hitter Rocco, K6KN.

I switched to the heavy weight rigs next - Collins 75A4 and Johnson Viking Valiant - both real boat anchors. Rocco, N6KN, reappeared along with CX old timers Marty, AA4RM, and Howie, WB2AWQ as well as Glen, K9STH with his stable of Collins gear and a most unusual 1929 Brent Daniels transmitter.

Next up were the National HRO-50R1 and Johnson Viking II with 122 VFO. Among QSOs with this pair were Jeff, K3KYR who was using a crystal controlled rig - it pays to tune around. After qualifying that pair I decided to try 80 M CW.

The rigs of choice were the Drake Twins R-4A and T-4X. I finally ran into the winner of the last CX and long time friend, Jim, W8KGI who gave me an RST of 349. Jim must have been really tired, he didn’t even try to run a bunch of rigs from his big stable. It was getting very late and the effects of the long weekend activities and travel caught up with me plus CX QSOs were geting hard to find on 80 so I didn’t get the Drakes qualified or get to 160.

All in all, it was a lot of fun even though I didn’t get to operate any AM or as many hours as I would have liked. Wait until next CX - the Sunday after the SuperBowl - it is on the calendar already.

Mac, WQ8U

Click here to see pictures of WQ8U.


K0KP _ Rex

Hi Mac
This is K0KP at Fish Lake, Fredenberg, Minnesota.

Here are my results for this years CX Contest.
My score: 18,240
My rig: Swan 350 circa 1965
Band: All QSOs 40 Meters
Mode: All QSOs SSB
Number of QSOs listed: 10

73 - Rex K0KP



Hi Nick et al,
Well, I also was underwhelmed with the turnout. I did hear Nick, KD4CPL, John, K5MO, on 40 AM abt 2:45PM, b4 things started, but I didn't have the Invader 2000 tuned up there, it was on 20, and you guys left. I made 1 QSO with it on 20 SSB, then in the evening took it to 40m AM figuring you guys would be there. But nothing but lots of BC stns, no CX to be heard. & didn't hear any CX on 75 nr 3880, just a few guys non-CX ragchewing. I went back to 20 with the HT-32/SX-115/GSB-101amp, made a total of 5-6 QSO's. A west coast guy was wkg quite a few back east, most that I couldn't hear. He said CW CX activity was fairly strong. There are a cupla guys that get on abt 14288 AM fairly often. I think they may have been there Sun. nite.

I had thought I might get the "new" little Sonar SRT-120 fired up, but didn't get at it soon enuf. (I got it from N4QY at Shelby.) Need to lash up a 600v p.s., HP-23 is too high V. (does anyone have a schematic for the Sonar??)

I usually have gotten the Stancor ST-202 on 40 CW, but didn't have the enthusiasm this time I guess.

Al, W8UT
New Bern, NC
BoatAnchors appreciated here



Hi Mac,

Man, was CX ever have a blast! Even though my nearest frequency crystals were 10 kcs below 7045 and 14045; thankfully, some of the guys were tuning around and gave me 10 QSO's. I was using a Johnson Adventurer and my homebrew NRQ-62 receiver (built from ER plans by Bruce Vaughan NR5Q , "Ultimate Regenerative Receiver").

I made 10 QSO's during a four-hour period. Several excellent classic rigs were represented: WA3RLT with his HQ-170 and B&W 5100; K2TOP's Ranger and AR-88B; W8ZR with his FPM-200; and K2QR's HW-8. This was my first year and I had a great time. I'm going to order a few crystals for next year.

I had 10 QSO's in 8 states, using one receiver and one transmitter with a total of 65 CX points for a total score of 6500.

Click here to see a shack photo taken during a trial run one week before CX weekend.

See you next year,


Jim Stoneback K4AXF

Strasburg, VA



I made a few contacts on 15 Meter SSB only and this report is for cross checking. I claim no score. I planned to run my 1950's AM rig and HRO-7 on 160 but had antenna problems so no contacts at all there.

On 21,370+- I used my Hallicrafters FPM-300 vintage of 1972. With it I used a Sure Desk Mike and the antenna was a Hy-Gain TH3 Mk-3 of about 1969, but not put up here until 1980.

My contacts -- 1. 1733Z N6KN, Rocco, Palos Verde, CA, 5x6. He used three rigs, NCX-5, SR-150 and TS-520SE.
2. 1810Z KD5CQX, Reggie, Vicksburg, Miss. 5 8/9. His rig was a Kenwood TS-520SE.
3. 1824Z KG4UVU, Paul at Marietta, GA, 5x9. Rig was a Drake TR4-C and a D-104 mike.
4. 1934Z WB4BYQ, Rich at Opalika, AL, 59+. His rig was a Yaseu FT-101. Also has a Heahkit and a Swan 350.

Sam Beverage, W1MGP, on North Haven Island off the Coast of Maine.

I will attach and insert a picture showing my FPM-300 and my all band homebrew AM Rig driven by WRL 150 VFO. HRO-7/R receiver. Both Mikes are Sure. The arrangement is different now but the rigs and the opr. are as shown!

Click here to see Sam's shack.

Sam, W1MGP



I was very disappointed in the CW turnout, as well, especially since the CX's are very high on my things-to-do list. Spent the preceding weeks getting the new antenna tuned properly and getting a bunch of stations set up and ready to go. Last CX, I qualified nine stations from here and had set up more for this time.

Unfortunately, the turnout was unusually poor. Also, it's a lot different out here in AZ than it was in NY, in that there's virtually no 40m activity during the afternoon. At 1730 local time, all I could hear was two weak East Coast stations on 20m, and nothing on 40m or 80m. It didn't pick up much at all, so I threw in the towel early.

Hopefully, the February CX will bring out more activity.

We should be thinking about having an informal CX night now and then during the winter months.

Paul K2LMQ



Hi, I was disappointed by the lack of activity on 10 meters, as the band was wide open most of the day. We did work one station in Utah. We spent an hour shouting at a French station with no luck. Trying to fight the QRM and the solder-to-talk monopoly on 20,40, and 80 was not too appealing as we were having too much fun on CW. I quit early to play with my kid so I did not try 160AM as I had hoped. We had a great time on CW working all sorts of rigs that you could tell were not "recently-built radios of Japanese origin". 73, Rob K2WI Host of K2TOP 73,

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73 Mark K3ZX (Airville PA -- Grid FM19ts )

Hi Mac --

How'd you make out ?

I was scratching for enough QSO's to qualify all my radios. Got a lot of non-CX replies to my CQ CX, and that helped. I think a lot of folks think we're LIDs that can't send CQ DX correctly. Maybe we should change it to CQ CEX next time !!

80 Was really dead; usually it's hopping.

I'll get my stuff sent to you soon.

73 Mark K3ZX



Lots of long qsos that went on forever and they didnt seem much interested in the exchange. One comment was "thats not what AM is all about. We dont do that here". Had 5 AM stations ready to go but didnt make one CX contact. tried 75,40,20 and 15. 10 was dead here. I did hear W5D but a net ran him off before I could make contact. He said he was going to eat and be back later but never heard him again.

Maybe the guy was right. The contest type of operating may be a slopbucket thing. Guess I should have tried CW, but I could do that with modern gear and who would know the difference. But throw the switch on a T-3 or a KW-1 and they DO know the difference. By the way, I did hear a new ( to W9CTO) KW-1 on the air. Congrats, it sounded great.

John Page K4KWM
Hollow State since 1953



Sept 29 was the Classic Exchange date, right?? You coulda fooled me.

Here in the Southeast both 40m and 75m AM were devoid of Exchangers. And of course I have never ever heard an AM station on 20, although I understand some westerners operate there. Was everybody on 10? - I took a listen once or twice but heard nada.

So was it my hurricane-damaged antenna or something else?? - Several years ago I recall some great Classic Exchange AM roundtables of 10-12 people all operating a different rig whenever the roundtable would come back around to them - several times I had 7 transmitter/receiver pairs on the air. This time I had 3 combos warmed up (Ranger/NC-303, Valiant/SX-88, and Johnson 500/NC-303), but no one to talk to excepting locals John K5MO (32V-2, 75A-1) and John K4OZY (32V-3, R-388, GPR-90).

I did hear some more AM'ers in the mid-atlantic and northeast but they were ragchewing with no mention of the CX.

What CX experience did you other boatanchorites have?? What kind of interesting gear did you operate or work?

73 & Have Fun,




Pre-CX Plan:
I'm planning on using an Elmac AF-67 I just got perking .. that along with the TCS should annoy some folks on 80 and 40 anyway. Receiving will be handled with the SRR-13, R4A or maybe even the SP-400.

CX Experience:
I didn't make any contacts in the CX. I got the gear ready and had some family obligations come up that ate most of the weekend, but I did spend a couple of hours looking for stations on AM Saturday night and didn't find anyone working CX. Conard, WS4S



The end of an era; For the first time since the very first "NX," precursor of "CX," I was not on at all for the event; I have had a few where I got in only toward the end, but always enough to qualify something.

Guess this time I go for the "Best Excuse" award: we had the house fire, all my equipment is boxed up somewhere while they finish repairing the house (hoping to be moved back before the end of this month - but I have said THAT before!), and we are living in a furnished apartment about a 40 meter dipole's distance from high tension lines which run across the back of the place - with no trees within a block.  The antenna at the school radio station came down just before CX and I still have not had the time or opportunity to get it back up.  Guess that about covers it. I hope you had lots of activity and heard some new old stuff - or maybe put some of your own on the air. Guess I could use the old "Wait 'til next year" statement... but as one of the Cubs fans just observed after they beat out Atlanta, "This year IS Next Year! So will be aiming for the next CX - as always!





>'s a lot different out here in AZ than it was in NY, in that there's >virtually no 40m activity in the afternoon...

All same here in BC.

I disagree with the 3 QSO minimum, as sometimes in the past I have not been able to manage 3 QSOs with a particular rig/band, in spite of CQing and calling others. Obviously a different situation in the eastern part of the continent.

I didn't have much time available, and was able to get only one rig on, and only on 40m CW Sunday evening. Missed a lot of the regulars. It was fun nevertheless, as always.

>We should be thinking about having an informal CX night now and then during >the winter months.

A great idea for those of us who can't always make the two scheduled dates per year.




Loved the contest... never had a roundtable contest exchange before... was very co-operative.

Will be more active next event.





Dear Mac,

A small group of lovers of vintage radios are very interested to be active during the CX Contest. We are very fond of repair and overhaul the old AM Tx and Rx units and many times we use them specially in the 40 and 80 mts band. Personally I got a groop of the AM goodies that have been recuperated by myself and prepared to use the wide band !!. You can see in the attached photo a rather good combination of those receivers and transmitters like 32V3/75A-1; Apache/ Mohawk; Viking Valiant/ 75A4; DX100/ Eddystone 840

All the members of the group are located in the EA8 Zone. I wonder if you can address to the rest of Classic am LOVERS our intention to participate in the event with our old guns specially in 29 MHz 21 Mhz and 14 Mhz in order that they can be prepared and advise.. The other bands are not fully compatible !!!!!

Pls let me know your comments at your convenience

Miguel Hernandez C.

Click here to Miguel's shack.



I'll be using my Hallicrafters SR-160, and my Johnson Challenger / Hallicrafters SX-32 combo.

Greg Gifford / KG4MMY



So what rigs will you good folks be putting on the air this weekend? I'll have 2 homebrew rack transmitters ready to go--one on 80M and one on 40M, plus the 32V3/HQ-180 setup if I can get the 32V3 dial to stop hanging up.

The one rack is a band switching 80/40M transmitter with a 250th in the final with a 6146B driver and 6AG7 oscillator. Modulation is handled by a pair of 5514's being pushed by 6B4G's. I'll keep this rig on 80 meters and use the 75A2 for receiving. The other rack uses plug-in coils and puts about about 100 watts. It has an 812 final driven by a pair of 807s and the old 6AG7 oscillator. This modulator is an older design--809s pushed by 45's. I am keeping this set up for 40 meters with a 75A4 for receiving duty.

I'm sure my lack of operating experience will be all too visible. But I am hoping to annoy all of you in Discovery mode this weekend.

73, Don Merz, N3RHT



the main rig with be the 87 honda, as i have to pick up my sister from tacoma. Mike



I'll be using a Johnson Ranger 1, Johnson Viking Courier and a Drake 1A receiver. 73, Scott WA9WFA



On 26 Sep 2003 at 12:02, Merz Donald S wrote: > So what rigs will you good folks be putting on the air this weekend? Most likely a SB301 and SB401. Hope to work lots of list members. 73 de Lee, WA3FIY