CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008 CX


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 CX

MEA CULPA

The CX Newsletter Editor unfortunately did not include the scores and reports of two participants in the Jan/Feb 2008 CX Newsletter:
K4CHE, Breck, and K3KYR, Jim. This is particularly unfortunate because Breck would have been in fourth place and his report is very interesting discussing blowing fuses, whining dynamotors, and three possible OO cards in the mail. Be sure to check out Breck's great pictures at the end of his report. Jeff made a heroic effort even though he was sick and "feeling like I had been lashed to the masthead of a sinking ship." My apologies to both and a promise to do better.

WHO SAID IT WAS EASY?

The winner this CX, W8KGI, Jim, reported that there was a tornado that knocked out their power at 6:30PM Saturday and power was not restored until 7:30 PM on Sunday. In his own words: "....about 4 pm with the power still out and I couldn't take it any more, so I hooked up my Ten Tec Argonaut 505 to a fortuitously fully-charged 12 volt jumper battery and got on 40 meters from the inside shack. The lights were still out, so I was sitting there with a flashlight in my left hand, tuning the rig, sending and logging with my right. I could hear a lot of guys on 40, and with my mighty 3 watts into the antenna...."

I HAD IT HARD TOO!

In second place N6KN, Rocco, had to work CX from his temporary Colorado QTH instead of his CX Super Station in California. He like others had interface problems: "I found that two nails would fit fairly well into the TS-520 SE accessory socket, so I soldered the ends of an RCA cable to the nails and found that I could control the 30L-1."

OLDEST TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER BONUS AWARDS

The oldest transmitter was a 1934 Collins 30-FX operated by Don, K1DC. The oldest receiver was a 1933 National FB-7 operated by Jim,W8KGI. They were worked by Jeff, K3KYR; Bill, K4JYS; and Rob, K2WI.

PROBLEMS WITH NOT OPERATING ENOUGH

Howie, WA2AWQ, reported: "On first power-up, there was some crackling noises, the heavy smell of ozone, some arcing going on in the final, things going poof in the night." "The hissing and sparks continued for a few seconds more, as some amassed cobwebs crackled in their death throes, 1500 volts sending them into the ozone oblivion." "Never saw the spider again."

YOUR COUNTERPOISE IS HOW BIG?

In the 1937 Jones Handbook (Pg. 39) an antenna counterpoise is described as consisting of "one or more wires in a network insulated from ground which will often reduce loss resistances..." Our CX stalwart Rob, K2WI has the award for the largest counterpoise: 35,000 tons, also known as the battleship USS MASSACHUSETTS. Some folks will find a way to operate CX no matter where they are.

NOTEWORTHY QUOTES

Mike, W7DRA: "...the 'ol HW-16 just keeps twerpin twerpin twerpin along."

John, N2BE: "Remember, heat up a radio and cool-down the climate."

Mark, K3MSB: "Tubes...never leave home without them."

Jeff, K3KYR: "Wow, the QRM was plentiful, with PA QSO Party, FISTS, and SKCC activities..."

Carl, K8NU: "All I could hear were folks in the PA QSo party."

Wilson, W4BOH: "Tried to work the CX today. All I could hear were folks in the PA QSO party."

Editor: Maybe Carl and Wilson need a better receiver or antenna to hear the rest of the QRM.

You can read the individual reports by clicking on the call in the scores table below.


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

Click on the call to read the comments submitted .
SEPT/OCT 2008 CXNAMECWAMSSBBONUSTOTALCOMMENT
W8KGIJim26.3167,0722,00035,388High Total and CW Score; Oldest Rcvr.
N6KN/0Rocco7,05018,8701,00026,920High SSB Score
N2BEJohn11,1722941,78013,246Neatest hand lettered log submitted
K3KYRJeff20,104 1,00021,104
K4JYSBill14,5391,00015,539
K2WIRob8,9761,0009,976Heaviest Boat Anchor
K3MSBMark3,456 1,2904,746
K1DCDon2,3361,0003,336Oldest Xmtr
W8TMPaul975 1,7252,700
WB2AWQHowie1,340 1,340
W7DRAMike410410
W2JEKDon339 339
REPORTS SUBMITTED WITHOUT SCORES
K8NUCarl
W4FRMGrady
K9VKYBrian
SCORES AND REPORTS OMITTED FROM JAN/FEB 08 NEWSLETTER
K4CHEBreck31,22831,228
K3KYRJeff1,1641,164

CX REPORTS

W8KGI - JIM

THE PREPARATION

I've been spending some time the last few days getting things ready for the CX. So far I have all 12 transmitters and receivers inside going, half tuned up on 40 and half on 80. Out in the garage I've got six pairs tuned up on 20 and six receivers and eight transmitters so far going on 40. There are a few rigs that need some help. The Globe King popped a fuse when I switched on the full high voltage, probably the link too close to the plate tank coil, and the final plate current meter isn't reading - a switch problem. I heard some fire inside of the Eldico SSB 100 when I turned it on, so it's due for an inspection as well. The HQ-129X gives me full selectivity on all five positions of the switch, so I have just OFF and 5 working. I can live with that, but a squirt of DeOxit will probably improve the situation. I hung an extra filter cap out the back of the SX43 and connected it to the B+ line at the accessory socket, that calmed down the hum I was getting. I had a shorted cap in the BC454 inside that I found and disconnected. I also had the coils in the FB-7 plugged in backwards. It doesn't work very well when you do it that way, HI.

I may have some candidates for oldest transmitter and receiver, depending on what I actually get on and qualified. The old receivers are SW-3 and FB-7, 1933, HRO 1934, RME-69, 1935, and NC-101X, 1936. I have a letter from the fellow who sold me the SW-3 that says it was originally purchased in 1932, but it is a Vintage 2 model and the usually accepted date for those guys is 1933. Transmitter wise, I've got the NTX-30 and Collins 32RA running, 1938 and 1939 respectively, and the 1940 Meissner Signal Shifter. I probably won't get all of that stuff on the air, but it's fun to fuss with it and get it all ready.

THE REAL WORLD OF CX

POSTED BY JIM ON A BA REFLECTOR
Y'all,
I just woke up and realized that the phone (AM, SSB and FM) section of the Classic Exchange is running this Sunday, September 22, from 9 a.m. Eastern Time to 3 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday morning. You can get more information at the CX website at http://qsl.asti.com/CX/sept08announcement.html
Hope to see you there,

THE RESULT OF A LATE REALIZATION

Well I worked the AM phone CX for several hours, but there wasn't much activity out this way. A few guys knew what the CX was, but only W7FOX was actively working the contest. When I got home from church, I started by tuning up and listening on 20. All day long with periodic visits to 14286 I never did hear an AM signal there. I went up to 7290 and managed to work Gerry, K0GPX, in North Dakota at 11:13. My next QSO was with Bob, NA7RH, in Arizona half an hour later. I ran through three tx/rx pairs with him, and then some of the "locals" started to show up on 7293. I worked George, W8QBG, in Mesa, AZ; Chris, W7FOX, with his trusty home-brew 1625's modulated by 807's, and Damon, W7MD, with his beautiful Globe King 500B, both also in Arizona. I even got over the Sandia Mountains at one point with the Valiant and worked Tom, AE8O, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I wound up a little after 3 pm getting a call from WA0JRD, but the ssb qrm was so heavy that we were not able to complete the contact.

I tuned up on 3885 after Kathy and I got home from church and supper in town. There were a few west coast AM'ers on, but they weren't working the CX and ssb qrm was so heavy that I didn't bother to try breaking in.

So I had a total of 16 completed contacts.

The equipment I got on and qualified included my receivers HRO-50 (1949), NC200 (1940), SX28 (1940), and NC101X (1936), and my transmitters Valiant (1956), DX100 (1955), and NTX-30/NSM (1938). I also got the 32V3 on for one QSO.

My total score for the AM mode is 7072.

I'm looking forward to the CW CX. There should be much more activity, and it should be even more fun.

A STORY OF REAL DETERMINATION

This will be my report for the CW CX. I will also attach copies of my log for both the phone and cw CX.

I was really ready for the CW contest. Out in the garage I had the Viking I and Viking II, the Apache, HT-20, T-150 and AF-68 ready to go on 20 along with receivers HRO-5TA1, HQ-170A, SX-73, HRO-50R1, 75A3, and SX43. For 40 I had tuned up the Globe King, AF-67, DX-20, Globe Scout, Adventurer, Lysco 600, Collins 32RA, DX-60, and Globe Chief, with receivers SW-3, SX-28A, HQ-129x, BC348, NC-303 and RME70. Inside the 40 meter lineup included the NTX-30, BC459, 1941 Meissner Signal Shifter, DX-100, 100V and T4X for transmitting and the FB7, BC455, SX-28, NC173, HRO-50 and R4B for receiving. The inside gear ready to go on 80 included the TBS50C/D, A54, CBY52209 (BC457), Millen 90800, Valiant and 32V3 for transmitting and receivers RME-69, NC-200, BC454, HRO, NC101X and 75A4.

However, we had a little tornado around Stanley, NM that knocked down the power transmission line feeding Sandia Park around 6:30 pm on Saturday. The power company didn't get power restored until 7:30 pm on Sunday! So I was a little behind the curve for the CX.

I managed to wake up without benefit of alarm clock at 6:22 a.m. so I made it to my 7:30 mass where I sing and play the guitar. The lights were still out when I came home with four bags of ice to load into the refrigerators and freezer to help keep our food in decent shape.

Early Sunday afternoon I went to a picnic put on by the NMRCC (New Mexico Radio Collectors' Club). I had a good time, helped out by a large piece of carrot cake to help me forget what I was missing. I got home about 4 pm with the power still out and I couldn't take it any more, so I hooked up my Ten Tec Argonaut 505 to a fortuitously fully-charged 12 volt jumper battery and got on 40 meters from the inside shack. The lights were still out, so I was sitting there with a flashlight in my left hand, tuning the rig, sending and logging with my right. I could hear a lot of guys on 40, and with my mighty 3 watts into the antenna I managed to work Gerry, K0GPX, in North Dakota with five different pairs of rigs, followed by Leo, WA6MTZ and Mike, WA6UIJ in California, Paul, W8TM in Ohio, Rocco, N6KN booming in from Colorado, Himself, WQ8U from North Carolina (well I counted it as a qso since I sent my info and received yours), and finally Don, K1DC in Massachusetts with his beautiful Collins 30FX and NC101X. I'll be treating my Argonaut with a bit more respect after that experience!

About 6 pm with the lights still out and CX activity on 40 meters fading, I quit and went to slice some cold chicken for supper with Kathy. The power finally came back about 7:30, so I warmed up some water on the stove and cleaned up the accumulated dishes from Saturday and Sunday, and I finally got back to the inside shack and 80 meters around 8:45. I worked Mike, AI8Z and Rocco, N6KN, both in Colorado, right off, followed by Ken, W7EKB in Idaho. I had pulled the FB7 down to use it on 80, hoping that it might wind up being the oldest receiver on the contest (1933), and I was switching in other receivers and transmitters as I could get them warmed up and on frequency. About 9:30 I hooked up with Paul, K2LMQ down Route 66 in Kingman, AZ, and he had an amazing collection of gear to put on the air. In the next hour and a half Paul put on the following equipment, Viking I and SX88, Drake 2A, TBS50D and 75A4, Clegg Interceptor with Clegg All-Bander Down Converter (a receiver), Swan 500C, G76, TCS12, ART-13 and SP600. In between Paul's rig changes I worked Mike, W7DRA in Nebraska, and I finished the evening off talking to John, N2BE in New Jersey. About 11:30 I quit, went to take a very much appreciated hot shower (loosing power cut off the well pump and the water heater), and hit the hay.

I managed to get the FB7, NC200, 75A4, NC101X, HRO, and RME69 receivers qualified on 80 along with the Central Electronics 100V, Valiant, 32V3, TBS50C/D (it started live as a C but was field-modified to a D by adding the crystal mike speech amp), and CBY 52209.

So with all of that activity, I managed to make 34 qso's and to accumulate an age multiplier of 774 years for a score of 26,316. It didn't go quite the way I had planned, but I still had a lot of fun.

Wait till next time!

Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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N6KN/O - ROCCO

THE PREPARATION

Mac,
Will be at my Colorado QTH for the CW portion, same as phone. Managed to have a pretty successful phone weekend - will report later.
Picked up a trove of boatanchors last weekend in Denver, including two 75A-4's and an R 274. Hope to have some of this on the air next weekend, although time is limited. Will be using my 80 m dipole fed with open wire again. Will hit 40 as hard as I can. Hope to hear you!

SSB CX

I happened to be in Denver for both portions of the CX this fall, and I knew operating would be a challenge. My only antenna is an 80-m doublet fed with open wire line and a Murch tuner. So I went to QRO to make up for lacking a beam at the bottom of the sunspot cycle.

I lacked interface plugs for all of my available SSB transceivers. I found that I could hear a lot of stations without switching the amp in and out of the line, accepting the ~40 dB loss on receive through the amp in the transmit mode. If I did not hear you, there was a reason!

I made a lot of contacts with this kludge. Out of desperation, I found that two nails would fit fairly well into the TS-520 SE accessory socket, so I soldered the ends of an RCA cable to the nails and found that I could control the 30L-1. Receive perked up for the obvious reason. I found that there were a lot of stations looking for special events stations that weekend, and business was booming with the vintage stuff.

Stations worked of note include: K3MSB with his HT-37 and SX-111, which heard me on my 4-ft mobile whip driving back from the airport; N3XVU, Mike, with a good sounding Swan 350; Rich, KC2MK on his Allied 2517 (whatever that is); Butch, WA4WKL, whose SR-2000 sounded great (very sorry I was not at my home QTH - I would have had my own SR-2000 on the air); Bill, WA3VSS, on a Galaxy V (have one of those, too - will have to haul it out next CX). There were two Atlas 210's, several S-Lines, and many other vintage rigs on the air. Total QSO's - 111, all but one on 20 SSB. This shows that even with a mediocre antenna, you can have a lot of fun just calling CQ Classics and Boatanchors. They just come out of the woodwork if you are persistent.

Total SSB score - 111 qso's x 170 CX = 18,870 pts

CW CX

Began the weekend on Saturday with a serious boatanchor acquisition run to a local sale (a really incredible pile of vintage equipment and parts). Spent most of the day hauling select goodies back to the house, piling up parts and radios. Picked up several hundred tubes plus a nice HRO 50A, 75A-1, and 75A-2. These joined the two 75A-4's and SX-73 picked up two weeks earlier. While scrounging for the manuals for these, I found a few surprises, including an original KW-1 manual. (Now there's something you don't see every day; wish the transmitter had been there, too). So I felt pretty good about the new acquisitions and have some interesting reading ahead.

Sunday was occupied with family obligations until late in the afternoon, unfortunately. I managed to interface the "new" FT-101ZD with my 30L-1 amp, with the idea that the external receiver output from the FT-101 could be used with some of the new pile of boatanchor receivers. I finally managed to get on 40 late in the afternoon and picked up some of the regulars. I quickly qualified the TR-7A and FT-101ZD. I pulled one of the 75A-4's out of the pile and just plugged it in after wiping off some of the thick dust. Twisting the main controls helped to clear many years of sitting around, and soon I was listening to the QRM on 7045. Happily, this receiver had a CW filter, which was a nice surprise. These receivers were built like battleships, and I still prefer them above all others for overall performance. I had no mute control, so my own signal was pretty loud on transmit. At least I could tell if I was on frequency. Quickly qualified the 75A-4, and R4-B, and R-4, and a 75S-3. I tried to haul out the R-274/SX-73, but it needed a special AC cord, and I just ran out of time.

Stations worked of note include; Leo, WA6TMZ, and Mark, K3MSB on their B&W 5100's; Rob, N1EPL, with his TBM-7 and RBC2 (really strong, consistent signal out here in Colorado on 40); Mike, W7DRA/0, with an HW-16 (nice to hear you again, Mike - esp as we were both /0); and, of course, W8KGI who was loud on 40 with his battery operated Argonaut (a true S-9 in Denver, Jim!) and later with several big vintage rigs after his AC power was repaired.

My time was very limited, as was my selection of vintage rigs at my second QTH in Denver, but it was very challenging to try to get some of the newly acquired tube stuff on the air, and I had a lot of fun. Oh, yes, Mac, WQ8U gets "best chirp" nomination on his Viking 2! Really a great sound!

CW score = 25 qso's x 282 mul = 7050

Total N6KN score = 18,870 + 7,050 = 25,920 pts

N6KN/O, Rocco

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N2BE - JOHN

Hi Mac,
Boy time flies! Here we are in the holiday season already, and I haven’t sent in my log information for the September/October CX yet.

I had my usual problems in the FONE portion of the CX; I cannot find the CXosaurs. I stomped all over 40 and 75 meters with little success. Then I listened on 20 meters, and there was Rock (a CX-Rex), N6KN, finishing up his 100th QSO with half of the FONE-CX yet to happen … Arr-rrr-gH! And…I didn’t have an antenna for 20 meters. I say “didn’t” because the following week I pounded in a vertical for that band. I hope to be enjoying more CX-FONE QSOs beginning with the January/February event.

Editor's Note: The term "CXosaurs" and "CX-Rex" were coined by John in the Jan/Feb 2008 CX after observing several of the CX high scoring regulars (N6KN and W8KGI) and the similarity of their behavior to that of the "T-Rex". Below is John's latest contribution to the images of the CX.

I had my “DX-100” all fixed up and ready to aid the cause, but couldn’t fit it anywhere in the “South Shack” (corner of the master bedroom)> It would have crushed anything I dropped it on, anyway. That problem, too, has since been resolved by making a place for it in the “North Shack” (spare bedroom). The highlight of the FONE contest for me was several QSOs and a FB ragchew with Ron, VA3RLG.

The CW-CX was much more eventful for me. Early on, I was able to hook up with Jeff, K3KYR (another CX-Rex), who activated six completely different stations during our QSOs. This guy is a whole contest all by himself! Right after that, I put my mighty Heathkit “HW-& on 20 meters and had my first ever CX QSO on that band. It was with Bill, KD4GPV, running only 25 watts with his TEN-TEC “Century 21”. We ragchewed and Bill didn’t seem to have any problem copying my 1.2 watts output at all. Then, back on 40 meters with my Johnson “Challenger”, I was called by Jan, PA3CJP, who wanted to get in on the action. I believe Jan is my first European CX QSO. A short time later, I hooked up with Bunky, K4EJQ, who is a perennial CXosaur and fellow American-made, old-radio enthusiast. We shared three QSOs and one great ragchew.

Rounding out the CW highlights was QSO with CX-Rex Jim, W8KGI on 80 meters. He was receiving me on an RME-69, which was the oldest piece of equipment I had worked in theis entire CX. Curiously, the RME-69 is a contemporary of the Hallicrafters “SX-24” that I was using to receive Jim on. We were on 80 meters, he in NM and me in NJ; the band was crowded; the skip had considerable QSB on it; and yet Jim was still coping my 20 watt signal on his late 1930s receiver.

JOHN GIVES US INSIGHTS INTO CX AND GLOBAL WARMING

Think about it. On a more serious and dire scientific note, I have been closely observing the high positive correlation of CX activity with ANTI-global warming. It is now clear to me that the immense CX activity in September and October of this year effected tremendous geo-magnetic flux changes in the Earth’s ionosphere. This, in turn, pulled on our polar magnetic fields and caused cold polar air currents to migrate towards the equator. The result was a snowstorm in late-October and a very cold November. Remember, heat up a radio and cool-down the climate. Most of all, however, help keep Al Gore off my TV set!

Rigs:
SBE Model 34 transceiver (1965)
Johnson Challenger (1959) and National NC-303 (1959)
National NCX- transceiver (1962)
SSB multiplier: 178
AM multiplier: 98
CW multiplier: 399
SSB Score:1,780
AM score: 294
CW score: 11,172
TOTAL SCORE: 13,246

Finally, thanks Mac for the fun, insanity and chance for global rescue.
73
John, N2BE

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K3KYR - JEFF

Mac and CX gang,
I want to send this while Sundays events are fresh in my mind. Wow, the QRM was plentiful, with Pa. qso party, FISTS, and SKCC activities at same time as CW CX. Some stations from other events answered my cq's and I had trouble getting some of them to reveal their station equipment as they were more involved in their own contests.

My goal was to qualify 9 stations, but fell one short due to other activities. Most of my operating took place from the garage radio room, 6 stations; with final two from the house.

The ages of all equipment was garnered from: Pensons "Heathkit Guide to Amateur Radio Products", and Raymond S Moore's Communications Recievers and Transmitters books.

My Equipment:
Heath DX 60A/ HR 10; 1965/1961
Heath HW 16; 1967
Heath DX 40/NC 109; 1958/1957
Heath DX 20/NC 270; 1957/1960
Eico 720/HQ 110; 1958/1957
Yaesu Twins FL101/FR 101; 1977/1977
Knight T 60/Lafayette HE 80; 1961/1963
Knight T 150A/HQ 110 A; 1963/1962
Total age of equipment 718 X 28 qso's = 20104pts.

Stations worked:
WA8SHP: FT 1000 MP
N1EPL: Navy TBM7 (800 lbs) RCA RBC 2; worked 4 times
K1DC: Collins 30FX/NC 101X; worked 2 times
WA1SKQ: SB 101/75A4
N3FTO: 100W Rice box
N2BE: HW 7; worked 4 times
N2BE: Johnson Challenger/NC 303; worked 6 times
N3NZ: 100W Rice Box
WF3M: IC 756 Pro 3
W9EBE: TT Argonaut 5; 5 Watts
WJ3E: FT 897; 5 Watts
KA3MJG: MFJ; 5 Watts
K8YLL: TT Scout
K3QIA: Rice Box
WA3KVN: Rice Box

From the list above you can see that I worked N2BE John, a total of 10 times, N1EPL 4 times, and K1DC 2 times. Due to other contest activity and very heavy qrm, I did the majority of operating around 7060 +/- . All contacts were made on 40 meters except the very last one on 80. I am already looking forward to the next CX.

Mac, if you want a copy of my paper log I'll send via snail mail. A big thank you for the time and effort put into this.
73,
Jeff k3kyr@arrl.net

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HERE to see one of Jeff's operating positions showing a Knight T 150A on left with HQ 110 A VHF RX in middle and Lafayette HE 80 rx on right and T 60 above. That calandar on wall is 1960, and note the steel phone on left. The desk is from as old NY Central RR office.

Click HERE to see another operating position with old grey Heathkit gear.

Click HERE to see another operating position with green Heathkit gear.

K3JYR Jeff

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K4JYS - BILL

Hi Mac,
Here's the scoop for the '08 CX. I only worked the CW portion and about half the stns. I worked were using modern gear. Seems like the number of vintage operators was down, at least going by my log. It was a blast as usual. Thanks for you and your helpers efforts....

73 de Bill K4JYS

Stn Wrkd: Transmitter; Receiver
N9SKN: Sierra 4 watts; Sierra
K1DC: Col. 30FX; NC101X
K1DC: Col. 30FX; NC101X
K1DC: Col. 30FX; NC101X
KE4RUN: TS570D; TS570D
N1EPL: TBM7; RBC
W4IT: TR4C; TR4C
W4IT: TR4C; TR4C
W4IT: HW16; HW16
W4IT: HW16; HW16
AB8EL: K2; K2
N8NLE: TS570D; TS570D
W4NSN: TS520; TS520
W4NSN: TS520; TS520
K4JRS: FT102 FT102 W3NP: Ranger 1; SX88
W3NP: Ranger 1; SX88
WA1SKQ: SB101; SB101
K0NG: s DX40; NC173
K4EJQ: Viking 2; Drake 2B
K4EJQ: TenTec Cent. 21; Century 21
K4CZI: IC735; IC735
K4CZI: IC735; IC735
K1FT: TenTec; Ten Tec
KE4RUN: TS570D; TS570D
K3CXB: TS140S; TS140S
WB8APR: Ranger; Drake 2B
WB3T: Rockmite 2W; Rockmite
N1GKE: TS450S; TS450S
KB4WJA: Omni 6; Omni 6
W1XP: IC756; IC756
MODE: cw
NUM QSO'S: 31
TOT. EQUIP. AGE: 469 years
SCORE: 14,539

EQUIPMENT:
VIKING 2/ SX-100
AF-67/HQ170
LYSCO 600S/HQ-140X
*HOMEBREW 6A6/HQ-120
*6A6 OSC FROM SEP. 1935 "RADIO" MAG.

Bill K4JYS

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K2WI - ROB (Operating N1EPL)

A Heavy Metal CX, by Rob Flory K2WI

Although the forces of nature would bring several K2TOP members into the area, I was not, so the usual operation was not feasible. I was on a family trip to Massachusetts, so an alternate location would have to be found. Those familiar with my habitual migrations will know that this was a no-brainer. What better than a location already stocked with vintage equipment and a host of vertical antennas mounted on a 35,000 ton counterpoise?

Three decks below the main deck on battleship MASSACHUSETTS is the compartment known as Radio II, where the main transmitters of N1EPL are found.

The receivers and frequency meter were powered up first and the clock was set by CHU after it was wound. After throwing a few switches to provide power, the START buttons were pushed on the TBM transmitters and the compartment came alive with the whine and roar of the motor-generators. REAL radios have rotating parts, you know. Set frequency meter, beat master oscillator to frequency meter, dip doubler, apply low B+, dip IPA, dip second IPA, dip plate, tune antenna inductance, tune antenna capacitance, adjust antenna coupling, apply full B+, check loading, repeat for second transmitter. It took a half an hour to make the first contact on 40m. Silly me, I moved up the band from the nominal frequency, but everyone else went down(into deeper QRM with the DXers, PA QSO party etc.) There were also a bunch of people calling CQ SKS.

I wasn't disclosing my location other than MA, but my second contact K1DC knew where I was. He had the oldest transmitter(Collins 30FX) I worked by almost a decade. It was about the only one I heard with a distinctive CX sound.

After two hours, the Chief showed up and I had to get to work. We needed to make new radials for the TBS set, which is to be used on 6 meters AM. In addition to a nearly complete set of functional radios, the ship has a complete machine shop and it was fun to put the lathe to work.

When work was done, I returned to the air at 2230, this time on 80m. My first contact there was Rich WA1SKQ, who having operated at N1EPL before, knew where I was. An hour later I had my only contact with a full military station, Howie's GO-9 and BC-348Q at WB2AWQ. The GO-9 sounded great! Marty AA4RM figured out who I was. I guess there can only be so many Robs who are Navy radio fanatics operating in the CX. I finished the CX on 40m with a few contacts each with Rocco N6KN/0 and K0GPX, plus a few others.

Rigs:
40m TBM-7, RBC-2 each 66 years old
80m TBM-4, RBB-1 each 66 years old

34 QSO times 4 times 66= 8976 points

I think I can claim the "heaviest transmitter", and surely the "heaviest counterpoise" honors.

73,
Rob, watching the kids playing on the beach while I enjoy the lingering aroma of the ship on my clothes as much as my coffee's.

K2WI

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K3MSB - MARK

K3MSB Configurations:

	TX	Age	RX	Age
A	HT-37		43	SX-111	43
B	B&W 5100	55	BC-342-N	65
C	B&W 5100B	53	SX-101A	43
September 21/22 2008 – SSB

K3MSB
Config.	Band	Station	Name	State	TX		RX
A	20	N7NKO	Dean	WA	IC 746 PRO	IC 746 PRO
A	20	AI0M	Stan 	MN	TS-480 SAT	TS-480 SAT
A	20	N6KN/m	Rocco	CO	FT-100		FT-100
A	20	WB6RWT	Bob	OR	TS430S		TS430S
A	20	W5JO	Jim	OK	FT-1000MP	FT-1000MP
A	20	WI7F	Jerry	WA	IC756		IC756
A	20	KB6OLL/7	Kyle	WA	FT-100	FT-100
A	20	WA7JT	Joe	WA	IC-746		IC-746
A	20	K9DIG	Nancy	ND	IC-746		IC-746
A	20	N6KN/0	Rocco	CO	TS-520SE & 30L1	TS-520SE 
A	40	N6KN/0	Rocco	CO	TS-520SE & 30L1	TS-520SE 
A	40	W5JO	Jim	OK	FT-1000MP	FT-1000MP
A	40	W0CXX	Jerry	IA	Orion 2 + Amp	Orion 2 
A	40	KE0HG	Gary	IA	IC-756P3	IC-756P3
A	40	K8CYK	Dick	AZ	TS-820S		TS-820S

October 12/13 2008 – CW

K3MSB
Config.	Band	Station	Name	State	TX		RX
B	20	K5CZ	Ed	TX	FT-840		FT-840
B	20	W9BYH	Bill	WA	Icom 707	Icom 707
B	80	K4EJQ	Bunkey	TN	Viking 2	SX-99
B	80	N1PEL	Rob	MA	Navy TBM4	Navy RBB1
B	80	WA2VMO	Bob 	NYC	Drake TR-4	Drake TR-4
B	80	W4BOH	WC	NC	TS-450		TS-450
B	80	W2JEK	Don	NJ	TBS50C		S-76
B	80	W8KZW	Jeff 	MI	Marauder	Drake 2B
B	80	W9CC	Larry 	IN	TS-830S		TS-830S
C	80	WA9VLK	Vern 	WI	Jhnsn AdventurerNC-303
C	80	N4UJ	Gene	GA	32S3		75S3B
C	80	WA2VMO	Bob	NYC	SB-400		R-4C
C	80	W3NP	Dave	WV	Ranger 1	SX-88
C	80	WB8APR	John	MI	Ranger 1	Drake 2B
C	80	WA4BNO	Dick	NC	SB-102		SB-102
C	80	N6KN/0	Rocco	CO	FT-101ZD	FT-101ZD

Score

Mode	QSOs	Age 	SCORE
SSB	15	86	1290
CW	16	216	3456
Totals	31	---	4746



73
K3MSB, Mark

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K1DC - JOHN

Most memorable QSO was with CO7HG who gave me a 587 RST with chirp.

Transmitter: Collins 30-FX manufactured in 1934 (74 years old)
Editor's Note: This is the oldest transmitter used in this CX.

Receiver: National NC-101-X manufactured in 1936 (72 years old)
Editor's Note: Close but W8KGI's National FB-7 was the oldest receiver - 75 years.

40 meter CW: 16 QSOs
Total score: 1,898
K1DC, Don

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W8TM - PAUL

This Classic Exchange differed from my previous efforts in two ways. First, I had more QSOs on phone (23) than on CW (13). And second, my CX rig is no longer my everyday exciter--i.e., I now have to reconfigure my station for the CX like everyone else, instead of simply using my everyday rigs. There might have been yet a third difference, my first CX DX, if I had not lost G3CWW on 40 CW.

The paucity of CW QSOs was caused by the Pennsylvania QSO Party, which pretty much took over 40 meters--my favorite band--here in the East until that Party ended on Sunday evening.

Thanks to a pocketbook loosening, my venerable Heathkits have finally been supplemented with a more modern rig for everyday use, making my SB-401 no longer the only SSB transmitter that I have ever owned.

For this CX my equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (1967), SB-401 transmitter (1974) and 40-meter inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 41 years old and the SB-401 is 34 years old, for a total age of 75 years.

My logs are attached, one for each mode. My score grid follows.
Mode    No. of QSOs    Total gear age    Score
SSB         23              75           1,725
CW          13              75             975
Totals      36                           2,700

73, Paul W8TM

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WB2AWQ - HOWIE

Hi gang,
My CX participation this year was severely limited due to my XYL’s ongoing illness. Progress is good now, so hopefully we’re near the end of story on that.

I did, however, manage to put in about 90 minutes. I chose, given my limited time, to limit my operations to one setup and one band, and chose, naturally, my GO-9/BC-348 combo, which has for some time been my mainstay 40/80 CW rig. On first power-up, there was some crackling noises, the heavy smell of ozone, some arcing going on in the final, things going poof in the night. I killed the power, snooped around the GO-9’s final deck, noted nothing seriously amiss, just a small spider climbing around. I powered the GO-9 back up. The hissing and sparks continued for a few seconds more, as some amassed cobwebs crackled in their death throes, 1500 volts sending them into the ozone oblivion. After things settled down, the GO-9 performed flawlessly as expected, the 803 final keeping things nice and toasty in the shack. Never saw the spider again.

First QSO was the topper, N1EPL – Rob – tucked away aboard the USS Massachusetts, hiding behind a TBM4 and and RBB. I dunno if the TBM makes the oldest rig, but certainly one of the heaviest in this CX, the transmitter and MG set contributing nearly one ton, or 0.33% to Big Mamie’s 35,000 tons! The TBM sounded grand.

I ended 10 QSO’s later, having visited a nice array of gear ranging from very mod (Yaesu FT897) to QRP to W3NP’s Lysco 600, and W2JEK’s TBS50.

Short but very sweet, CX marked my first real time on the air since mid-March. What a way to return to the airwaves!

Score: not worth tallying.

Experience: priceless.

73, Howie WB2AWQ

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Click HERE to see the interior shot of GO-9 final amp. Spider was on the buss strap on the final tank cap. Probably dust on the floor now.

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W7DRA - MIKE

my score for the oct cx:

worked: k2mlq, wb8apr, n6kn, (again), k4ejq, w8kgi. got w7ekb but i was too weak to make a valid contact. (5 contacts)

rigs: R46, VIKING I, SX88 (WOW!!!), RANGER, DRAKE2, FT101, 75S3, ARC5 TWINS (9 rigs)

my rig: hw16, 41 years old

score: (5 contacts)x(9 rigs)x(41 multiplier)=1845 points.

good to be back in cx

the 'ol HW16 just keeps twerpin twerpin twerpin along.........

73
W7DRA - MIKE

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W2JEK - Donald

Here is my entry for the Fall 2008 CX.

I only operated in the CW portion; used my Harvey Wells TBS-50C and Hallicrafters S-76 for 3 QSOs. Also had one QSO using my Heathkit HW-8 but could get two more needed to qualify it.

My Johnson Ranger I had a keying problem and the Lafayette AHE-30 has a hum problem. This after I bought a 3 position coax switch at a hamfest so changing rigs would be easy. Murphy struck I guess. Hope I have better luck next time.

Score:
Harvey Wells TBS-50C; age 57 years
Hallicrafters S-76; age 56 years
Three QSOs
Total Score 339

73
Don, W2JEK

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K9VKY - BRIAN

Mac--
I must protest the prohibition of tree age in factoring the CX multiplier. You guys have prohibited total mass of the radios, smoke density, number of equipment fires, PA tube bulb temperatures, and now this. It is an outrage, and I feel disenfranchised!

73
Brian, K9VKY

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W4FRM - GRADY

Just a note to say that I was looking forward to the CX Exchange party but a family “reunion” came along at the same time and I felt obligated to attend it instead to the CX Exchange.

Please include me in any mailings which reports the activities of the “exchange.” My station has all been homebuilt over the past 50 years, with the exception of the BC-312 receiver, which I use a a tuner to dry my SSB adapter. I may have sent a photo in earlier years. Bought the BC-312 in 1946 and it has been my station rx ever since. Have added didgital readout and circuitry for stabilizing the mixer oscillator. My activity is limited to 40 meters and my antenna is a NVIS dipole – 8 ft. above ground. See Nov. 2005 Electric Radio for the NVIS antenna.

I was licensed in 1938 – moved to Rochester NY in 1947 and became W2VVC. Was first active SSB station in US, as far as I know, on 75 meters in 1948. W3ASW in Harrisburg, PA and W0MNN in Kansas City had daily skeds on 75 meters, but were not rag chewers with the 75 meter hams.

73
Grady, W4FRM

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K8NU - CARL

Tried to work the CX today. All I could hear were folks in the PA QSo party. Can't do 80 tonight unfortunately.

73,
Carl Yaffey K8NU
Banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro lessons.
Pro Tools recording studio.
carl_yaffeyNO_SPAM@yahoo.com.
614 268 6353, Columbus OH
http://www.carl-yaffey.com
http://www.grassaholband.com

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K3KYR - JEFF

K3KYR, JEFF Jan/Feb 2008 CX report

Mac and CX gang, I'm in agreement with the 9/21-22 phone and 10/12-13 cw weekends.

I really look forward to these event's and wish I hadn't been so sick for the last one, pneumonia. My meager report follows.

I had been feeling terrible for over a week, and finally gave in by calling my doctor Friday morning Jan 25, arriving home later with enough meds to make a drug dealer proud. As instructed I began taking them that day with hopes of being in tip top shape for the scheduled CX in two days.

Sunday morning arrives and with lots of vim and vigar, or so I thought, I preceded to warm up 7 or 8 stations situated in 3 radio rooms, allowing for others to be powered up later.

Got a nice wood stove fire going out in the garage, downed a cup of coffee, and ate a light breakfast. CX world here I come.

Well it took an hour and twelve minutes for reality to set in. After qualifying two stations with 3 contacts each, I was feeling like I had been lashed to the masthead of a sinking ship.

      
DX 60/HG 10/HR 10            1960 & 1961=95 yrs
     1/27    1452z    k3md   599 599    IC 735
     1/27    1514z    k4jys  579 579   Lysco 600C  HQ 140X                                                                             
     1/27    1522z    ae4gm  599 599    HW 16
 
 HT 40/ HQ 110C                 1960 & 1957=99 yrs
     1/27    1545z    n2ak   439c 559   HB 15W      NC 303                                                                            
     1/27    1551z    n2ak   599  599   DX 60       NC 303
     1/27    1558z    n4hcq 599  579    TS 2000
 
                    total years 194x6=1164 pts
 
    During the phone event on 2/10 I experienced horrible conditions
    and only worked one station while using one of my DX 60/HR 10
    stations:
     2/10    1737z    n9oo    54  54   Millen 90801  75S3

  
Thank you Mac for all the time and effort you expend for the rest of us.

73,
Jeff k3kyr

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K4CHE - BRECK

CX 2008 notes JAN / FEB

37 CW contacts with total years of 844
total score 31,228

This years CX CW event was great and activity really did pick up in the late afternoon and evening. Much better than last year. Many thanks to WQ8U, N5AIT,W8KGI and AA4RM for keeping the event going all these years. A great event for and I quote from the CX web site: The CX is a great no pressure contest. “The object is to encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of this older "Classic" equipment

I especially enjoy putting some of the military equipment on the air. Since the CX puts a lot of the projects I have been working on the air I have posted some photos and the link is below.

Early in the event I worked a couple of AWA stations as they were having their contest at the same time.. I started off on 40 CW with my Wireless Set No. 19 and milked several contacts with non CX stations and a few AWA stations. I was impressed with a email from KZ8G one of the NON CX stations who worked me on the Wireless Set and stated: Thanks for the great QSO! “It was fun tuning your "yooping" CW signal up and down using the RIT on my TS 830S!” Well I guess the WS No.19 does indeed yoop just a little tiny bit.

I then fired up the GRC-109 with my latest external solid state VFO. The little VFO ran off of internal batteries and it had been through several meets this last year and the voltage was getting a little on the low side ,so as I keyed the transmitter I had to tune the VFO to keep it on frequency. Those dag gone dollar store batteries only lasted 6 or 7 months. My internal antenna relay modification on the GRC-109 worked great.

Then I switched over and plugged in the HV supply on the Navy GO-9 and immediately blew a fuse. I did not know that those 4 prong plugs ( the ones with two big pins and the two small pins) would fit into 4 pin socket upside down. The diodes (K2AW’s) on the HV supply did survived, they are great diode packs. After the HV crisis I got on with the Navy GO-9 and RBJ setup and qualified it on 40 , this was the first time I had tested the new power supplies and had the HV for the 803 final set to “medium” on the Variac. Prior to the CW CX contest I had covered up the power supplies with a red milk crate as the power supplies were still in the testing phase and not mounted in the G0-9 rectifier cabinet. I stole the idea of the milk crate from somewhere but can’t remember who it was.

Following K2WI’s and KA3EKH’s advice I was keying the screen voltages with a relay, it interesting listening to the relay clicking and klacking while I was using a special home brew key which also was making a nice clanking sound. The evening before the contest I was testing the GO-9 and noticed that the 40 meter second harmonic on 20 meter was only about 20 db down so I am sure someone heard me on 20 while I was on 40 but there is no CX rule that say you can not transmit on two bands at once. Oh well probably get some sort of FCC violation but what can they do, they can’t send me back overseas.

I then gang banged NS3E on 40 CW and changed equipment several times for some easy contacts.

Question: Why is it that on 40 meters everyone has to stay around 7040 when we have the whole band. And no one will dare tune up 10-1 Kcs above 7040.

Then I went over to the “Flight Deck” (note 1) , the Collins 18S-4 dynamotor was having start up problems getting up to speed, I quickly checked my power supply combination of a parallel l 50 amp Lambda and a 15 Amp Solo, both lights were “on” but the dyno was slow, oh so slow, so managed to get the dyno up to speed by clicking several times but only made a single contact. It would take about 5 seconds to click the dyno up to speed. Later found that one of the “On” lights was the “blown fuse” light on the Solo. duhh I then fired up the 32RS-1 that I modified for CW and worked with it for a while. Note 1: the term “Flight Deck” and the use aircraft style equipment bays to house and display WWII aircraft radios was coined by Mike Hanz at AAFRADIO.org.

Early in the evening I turned on my Fitzgeralds Junk Yard KWM-2A (salvaged from an Aluminum scrap pile from Dover AFB) and listened and listened and listened on 80 meters but did not hear anything, so thought it was strange. So sent out several CQ’s, still nothing. Then while tuning around what I thought was “3585” I heard New York VOLMET transmitting weather so then realized that I was out of band and one crystal position low. The new York frequency is 3485. duhh Probably get another FCC violation. Number 2?

Finally got the right band switch selection on the 2A got on 80 CW and heard lots of stations and worked W8TM with several of my stations including the PRC-47 and the Viking Ranger and the 32RS-1, but did not qualify the 32RS-1.

Then 80 meters got fairly busy with CX activity and it was easy finding the K2TOP multi-operator station as I could hear it on every receiver in the shack, most of them were not connected to an antenna and just had the lead ins connected running to the CX equipment switches.

I then turned on the ART-13 and hooked up the new APN-4/ART AC supply, thought I would run it instead of the dynamotor as I was having 28 volt power supply problems. My ART-13 lost position 3 on the VFO so had to improvise and use Position 4(3.6Mc) and crank it all the way down past 3.600 to 3.580 Kcs and thus managed to get it slightly below it design bottom frequency of 3.600. So then I had to go down to 3550 with the junk yard KWM-2A and grab K2TOP and drag him up to 3.580 so I could use the ART-13/BC-348 combo. He remarked that he thought it was a little strange but followed me up anyway.

Question why do we all have to hang around 3550 when we have the whole band its just like that 40 meter thing.

Later worked K2TOP again with the Russian R-104M and then switched over to the Navy GO-9 , seem eerie as I sat using the goose neck lamp for light and working Rob’s TCK/RBB combination and my using a Navy GO-9 and RBJ, two Navy WWII combinations klacken away using skills and mode that just about completely disappeared. Eerie.

Then got Rob to listen for the Wireless Set on 80 and could hear him loud and clear over most of the band, I guess the WS-19 receiver is a just a little wide. But he could not hear me. Next day I looked at the output of the WS-19 on 80 and it looked like a Christmas Tree so guess I had multiple spurs. Oh well guess that is FCC violation number 3.

Click here to visit Breck's web site and see the great pictures of the gear he used in the CX.

73,
breck k4che

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