CLASSIC RADIO EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER September 2002 CX


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HIGHLIGHTS

EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

SCORES

INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

N6KN
Rocco

K2TOP
Rob &
Crew

W8KGI
Jim

K9VKY
Brian

WQ8U
Mac

WB2AWQ
Howie

AA4RM
Marty

K3ZX
Mark

N4UJ &
KE4RED
Gene & Matt

K4IBZ
Bill

KJ6CA
Bob

K6MI
John

K4CHE
Breck

AB1AV
Bill

K2LMQ
Paul

W7DRA
Mike

W4FRM
Grady

N5AIT
Al


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 and from on-the-air observations and QSOs. 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
CX Newsletter Editor

SEPTEMBER 2002 CX HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH SCORERS - HOW IT’S DONE

Rocco, N6KN, who came in second in the February 2002 CX, better than tripled that score with a
CX record of 12,873,684 points. This is based on 86 QSOs and an array of 16 stations with a cumlative age of 1227 years. Click here to see Rocco's winning smile,

The K2TOP Crew came in second this time by fielding an expanded team and array of gear and
having “…our most fun CX party ever…”

Jim, W8KGI, came in third with only 6,272,679 points (See Crocodile Tears Award).



INTERESTING RIGS, QSOs and ENTRIES

CX recorded its first Father-Son team with Gene, N4UJ, and Matt, KE4RED who with their Classic Johnson Ranger and Viking I and HRO-60, “Really had fun.”

Rob and the K2TOP team continued to be noteworthy for reasons in addition to their eclectic stations, outrages claims and high scores. This CX was the stage for team members Peter, WW2Y, the 15m Drake C-line operator and Ingrid, the AN/GSC-T-1 operator, to announce their engagement. See the K2TOP Individual Report for details.

Bill, AB1AV, noted that if he had one more QSO he could have aged his homebrew 600 milliwatt QRP rig by 24.98 years. Some folks really know how to play the rules.

Mike, W7DRA, operated CX with a S-40 - 6AG7/6L6 Xtal rig from a 33 year old tent during the WA State Salmon Run. Click to see the QTH.

Marty, AA4RM, had his “Indianna Jones set-up” of matching “69” rigs on the air - Stancor 69 and RME-69.

Brian, K9VKY, who came in third in the Feburary 2002 CX, had a lesser score this time and felt so badly he chose to report his score incognito. Click here to see his score.

AWARDS

CROCODILE TEARS AWARD FOR DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED

Jim, W8KGI, is blessed with multiple shacks but only one antenna. He forgot to switch the antenna to the correct shack and so only worked three stations in three hours using just a section of shielded 300-ohm line. Jim found the problem and recovered qualifying 14 transmitters and 13 receivers with a combined age of 1,393 years for a score of only 6,272,679. We should all have such difficulties.


MOST DISTINCTIVE SIGNAL AWARD

Howie, WB2AWQ, with his p-p 211 rig and Rob et.al, K2TOP, with the TBW rig were noted for their distinctive signals. However Mac, WQ8U, DX-100 definitely had the best (worst?) chirp.


I WAS DOING OK UNTIL …. AWARD

Breck, K4CHE, reports: I was using a military T-195/GRC-19 running about 150 watts to a doublet fed with open wire line and using a viking matchbox to match it. Noise level in my area was very high but was doing OK until the screen supply for the T-195 went South in a hurrry.


MOST CX-LIKE QUOTATIONS

Rocco, N6KN, let us in on part of his success secrets:
“It was hot! The weather was hot, the equipment was hot, 10 meters was hot, and I was hot!.
Lucky nothing actually fried or melted…”
and
“... all the weird chips and squawks (and there were plenty of those coming out of the speakers - my wife thinks I am completely insane to listen voluntarily to this stuff).”


BEST PET NAME FOR A RIG AWARD

Marty, AA4RM, has a Johnson Viking 500 he has named “Power Slug.”


LAST TO JOIN THE FUN AND LAST REPORT RECEIVED AWARDS

Al, N5AIT, one of the CX founders, "discovered" at the last minute that the CX was going on as he read the CX website at 0300Z. A former Boy Scout, he was prepared and did qualify his Drake Twins before time ran out. Being consistent, his was the latest report received.



WHAT ABOUT CHANGES?

The addition of 160 meters and the highlighting of 10 meter AM were both well received as evidenced by the number of folks working both and even more promising to be there for the next CX. The expanded time also seemed so work well although some of us who are not night owls become a little slower in the wee hours. We will be keeping those changes in for the next CX and looking for other ways to make CX a fun event.


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EQUIPMENT REPORTED USED: TRANSMITTERS and RECEIVERS

TRANSMITTERS


B&W: 5100, 5100B, 6100 (2)
CE: 100V (2)
Collins:30L1, 310B3, 32V2, 32V3(3), KWS-1
Drake: T-4X, T-4XB(2), T-4XC (3)
Elmac: AF-67, AF-68
WRL: Globe Chief 90, Globe King 275, Globe King 500B
Hammarlund: 4-20
Heath: APACHE (2), AT-1 / VF-1, DX-20 (2), DX-40 (2), DX-60 (2), DX-100 (3), SB-200, SB-201, SB-301
Home Brew: Hartley p-p 211, 0.6W (SS), 1929, 6AG7/6L6 (Xtal), 6L6 (Xtal)
Hallicrafters: HT-17, HT-20, HT-32B, HT-37
Johnson: Adventurer, Challenger (Xtal), Desk KW, Navigator (2), Ranger (4), Valiant (3), Viking I (3), Viking II
Kenwood: T-599D
Knight: T-60 (2), T-150
Millen: 90800/90881
Stancor: 69
Surplus: TBW

RECEIVERS:

Collins:51J4, 75A-2, 75A3 (2), 75A4 (3), 75S-3 (2), R-388, R-390A
Drake: 2B, R-4A, R-4B (3), R-4C (2)
Hallicrafters: S-40, S-40A, SX-101A (2), SX-111, SX-115 (4), SX-28, SX-28A, SX-43, SX-73, SX-88
Hammarlund: HQ-100, HQ-129-X (2), HQ-170A (2), HQ-180, SP-600 (2)
Heathkit: HR-1680
Home Brew: 1932 Sprhet, 1934 Doerle
Howard 435A, 438
Kenwood R-599D
National: SW-3, RCB, RCR, HRO, HRO-50, HRO-50R1, HRO-60 (3), NC-173, NC-300 (2), NC-303 (2), NC-80X
RCA: AR-88
RME: 45, 69, 70, 6900
Surplus: RBB, RBM

TRANSCEIVERS:

Collins: KWM-1, KWM-2A
Drake: 2-C, 2-NT, TR-4C
Hallicrafters: SR-150; SR-400 Cyclone
National: NCX-3, NCX-5
Surplus: T-195/GRC-19
Swan: 350

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

Code Training Unit AN/GSC-T1 (see K2TOP)



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SCORES

STATION

OPERATOR

SCORE

N6KN Rocco 12,873,684
K2TOP Rob and Crew 6,562,408
W8KGI Jim 6,272,679
K9VKY Brian 1,964,928
WQ8U Mac 1,443,785
WB2AWQ Howie 1,239,194
AA4RM Marty 282,304
N3ZX Mark 171,190
N4UJ &
KE4RED
Gene & Matt 96,750
K4IBZ Bill 38,220
KJ6CA Bob 9,396
K6MI John 7050
K4CHE Breck 2700
N5AIT Al 1836

NOTE:
K2TOP was a Multi-Op CX participant. The Crew: Peter WW2Y, his Fiance (announced during CX) Ingrid, her daughter Jackie, Jack K2BMI, Jeff WB2WCO, John N2NU, Al N3FRQ, and host Rob K2WI.

N4UJ and KB4RED, Gene and Matt, were our first CX father-son team.
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REPORTS

N6KN, Rocco

It was hot! The weather was hot, the equipment was hot, 10 meters was hot, and I was hot!. Lucky nothing actually fried or melted - someone in the house had purloined two of my three big fans, so the one left over was just not sufficient to push air though the shack. I opened the window and door to the garage and then opened the garage door to get some circulation. I received many inquiring looks from neighbors passing on the sidewalk listening to all the weird chips and squawks (and there were plenty of those coming out of the speakers - my wife thinks I am completely insane to listen voluntarily to this stuff). [Sounds like a perfectly normal CXer to me.]

I spent Sunday morning trying to clean the relay contacts on my KWM-1. It helped a little, but I think that I will need to clean out all the bad silver mica's. Anyway - it put out 100W on 10, so I declared it operational. Having learned what a terrible rig the KWM-1 is on CW, I tried something new and different.

Ten meters opened up after an entire summer in the doldrums. I decided On a different strategy this year - I turned on and tuned up six SSB stations on 28.498, based on the fact that the KWM-1 was limited in where it could go in frequency. All were quickly qualifed with the help of some patient guys who were old enough to know the brand names. They were all delighted to help out, and two of them moved up to the AM portion later after they figured out what the CX was all about. This was accomplished in 37 minutes. All sigs were strong.

Then I moved to 10 am on 29.070, my usual hangout for CX. Signals were really, really strong - first QSO was with Gary, WN9U, on his modified Viking Messenger 1, who was an easy S7. I used the Ranger II and Desk KW in low power mode, and it was easy to keep the QSO's rolling along. Notable rigs: another Messenger 1, dragged out by John, KB4CRT, plus a Lafayette 625 at WB0LXV. When the band is open, it's open. W3HM, Howard (yes, THAT Howard) called in with his 32V-2, and I was happy to fire up my own in return. [So where is your Howard receiver Rocco?] He liked the audio on the Ranger II and 32V-2 but was less impressed with my DX 100 and Apache. I worked W6VZI in Huntington Beach with his Valiant and a disconnected antenna (he called later to explain - we thought it was pretty amusing). And it was a pleasure to work Mark, K3ZX, on his B&W 5100B - it's great to be able to see some of the folks I work on the CX website.

20CW was next. Mac WQ8U was first, followed by the usual group of suspicious characters. I was happy to hear Mike W7DRA; the Washington State Salmon Run QSO party was just up the band from the CX frequencies, and I wondered if I would hear him. K9VKY and N7TM were both strong. VE7XF, Ralph, was a real standout with his mighty EICO 720. I missed a lot of regulars on 20 due to an unexpected visit from some relatives, who just wanted to chat. [Given Rocco’s score, he needs more relatives to give the rest of us a chance.]

40CW was tough, as usual. At sundown, I heard WQ8U and others with good signals, but they did not hear me. Finally broke through to AA4RM,and most of the regulars, but it was not easy, even with the Desk KW (I ran it in the low power position, as usual, because I don't want to wipe out the local front ends). Howie, WB2AWQ, was strong with his Swan 350. The band was wide open and very quiet. I worked WO1W in RI with his 4W QRP signal. As usual, by the time the band opened wide, most of the midwest and east coasters were probably up on 80 CW working each other.

I heard W8KGI and K2LMQ on 80 CW, but I just ran out of time to work them. Not a peep out of anyone else on 80 - I have too much line noise on that band.

Final score: 86 QSO's, 16 stations qualified, for 12,873,684 points, a new record for me. [And a record for CX - Absolutely awesome Rocco!] Maybe this is the year that I can overtake 'KGI. This may be the last gasp of this sunspot cycle, but you ever know.

I really would like to see a Saturday phone-only portion of the contest, starting earlier. It would encourage folks to meet on their AM or vintage SSB equipment, and this is a good way to advertise the event. I had several folks who were startled to hear my calling CQ CX - they had not realized this was the weekend - that always happens. Waking everyone up on Saturday would encourage more contacts on Sunday, especially after the guys dig out the old dusty rigs in the closet. I heard many, many apologies from guys who were running new solid state rigs - no need for that, actually, and we need to encourage them as much as possible. This is a fun event, and we should try to make it grow!

73, Rocco N6KN

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Wall O Radios, N6KN, Rocco
Main Desk, N6KN, Rocco
Other Wall O Radios, N6KN, Rocco
Nintendo Jammer / Ch. 2 Wiper Outer, N6KN, Rocco
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K2TOP, Rob and the Crew

The Crew: Peter WW2Y, his Fiance(announced during the CX!) Ingrid, her daughter Jackie, Jack K2BMI, Jeff WB2WCO, John N2NU, Al N3FRQ, and host Rob K2WI. [Congratulations to Peter and Ingrid. Now, when will she get her license (Ham that is)?]

This was our most fun CX party ever, with a considerable expension of crew and equipment. To make it more fun for the girls and to increase our score, I made up a couple of new rules: 1)A code-practice device may be qualified by a never-licensed person who can send their name in code from memory by the end of the CX 2)A Medium Frequency receiver may be qualified by a never-licensed person who can correctly identify 3 Air Navigation beacons during the CX.

10m: We got the antenna half assembled. Maybe next time.

15m: We used the Drake C-Line and the dipole that was put up in the half hour before the event by Rob, Peter, and Ingrid. This is my "modern station". Peter made all the contacts on 15. Year multiplier=50
5 countries, 3 states/provinces, 12 RX/TX

20m: Our "workhorse" station consisting of a Millen 90800/90881 Transmitter using a crystal from a BC-610. Receiving on a National RCR, a gov. issue version of an NC-240cs. Rob logged on an old mill, others scribbled. Dipole(or should I say Hertz?) antenna at 50feet. Year multiplier=55+57
High Voltage filter capacitor in B+ supply shorted just before signing with VE7XF, putting us off the air for a bit
16 states/countries, 28 RX/TX

40m: This station was a little funny. I hope the RBC's feelings weren't hurt by being matched with the junky DX-40. [Not many hams are this sensitive to the feelings of older gear.] We could really hold our heads high with a chirp like that(Not). This is where we will get Worked All OOs. Hertz antenna at 60feet. Year multiplier=43+60
14 states/provinces, 41 rx/tx

80m: Our combination of a Westinghouse US Navy TBW transmitter putting 200w into a Marconi antenna with a Westinghouse US Navy RBM got us started until the band got crowded. Then we put the RCA Navy RBB on which was an improvement but even so as the band filled up later I still had a tough time separating stations. Year multiplier=60+60+60
5 states, 10 rx/tx

160m: Yeeeeehaaaa! our first CX where we could run 160 and we didn't lose power(our best excuse). Jack's Viking Ranger performed swimmingly. That's a geat thing about Johnson, they put 160 in most of their transmitters. We started with a Hallicrafters S40A receiver and later switched to the RBB after the 80m transmitter konked out. We worked a couple locals and down to GA and worked W8KGI in New Mexico 6 times with ease. [Maybe it was easy for you but think of poor Jim down there trying to remember what rig to bring up next.]There's a big continent of stations in between there we could have worked. Jim really gets out on the low bands, in past CX events we have made multiple 80m contacts. He probably thought I couldn't hear him well but my delayed responses were due to spacing out and forgetting that I was supposed to respond to what I was hearing. I am not a night owl! Year multiplier=42+54
4 states, 11 rx/tx

LF: Ingrid and Jackie logged 3 Navigation beacons on the Federal Telegraph US Navy RBA. (CAUTION, OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM) Year multiplier=60

Audio: Ingrid could send her name in code by memory on the AN/GSC-T-1 code practice unit.(CAUTION, OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM) Year Multiplier=60
[We should all be so creative!!! Good job!]

total QSOs=68
total states/provinces/RX/TX=146
Total Year multiplier=661
Score= 6,562,408
One of K2TOP's younger operator, Grace, with her dad WW2Y, Peter
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W8KGI, Jim

Well I had a lot of fun, some frustration, and I almost set myself up for the "Best Excuse Award." So what else is new? [No freebies Jim, you have to earn your awards.]

I started off on 20 meters and things were pretty active. I made 20 QSO's in three hours, all in North America. None of my signal reports were particularly outstanding, the best was a 589 from Paul, K2LMG, next door in Arizona on my Elmac AF68. But that's pretty much what I expected because I was running modest transmitters, the Knight T-150, Elmac AF68, Globe Chief, and Viking Adventurer with no linear amplifier. Then I switched to 40 where there were several pretty strong signals coming through, and try as I might even with 200+ watts coming out of the Globe King I couldn't raise any of them! To make things even more interesting, the ground fault breaker that supplies power to my garage shack would trip out at random moments and throw my whole station off the air! I finally got frustrated after an hour and a half of no luck, and I went inside where I fired up my 100V and HRO-50 and started immediately to make QSO's. It occurred to me about the middle of the second QSO that I had not shifted the antenna feed line from the line going to the garage shack to my inside shack, it was already connected to the tuner for the inside shack! I had been making all of my QSO's on 20 by loading up a section of 300 ohm, shielded line that runs inside the house from the garage to the inside shack with no antenna connected to it!!! It did pretty well on 20, but it wasn't getting out on 40 other than getting into the power line and tripping that breaker. [Sounds like Jim has the beginnings of another article for ER - about his stealthy antenna] So I finished out three QSO's with the HRO and 100V and then switched the antenna and my attention back to the collection in the garage.

After that things went a bit better. My McMurdo Silver 701 was putting RF out somewhere, but it wasn't in 40 meters. Other than that, the other and receivers that I had assigned to 40 meter duty went OK. The DX-20 had not liked being on 20 meters, perhaps sensing my antenna problem before I knew about it, so I had swapped it with the Adventurer. But the DX-20 did its job on 40 OK. Even the little Howard 438 that I'd had on the bench last week to replace its crystal phasing capacitor that had broken apart worked like a champ. Those Howard receivers don't understand that they were just cheap little guys and they keep on going anyway. I went down to 80 about 8 p.m., and things ran pretty well there. I managed to qualify even my lower powered Hammarlund 4-20 and my 10Y Hartley, thanks in no small part to Paul again in Arizona who could hear even the weakest of them at 579. I had decided to use the RME-45 on 80, and would you believe it wouldn't stay still on 3545? It has a few worn spots in the dial gears, and at a few select frequencies it will "relax" to another dial position about 5 Kc. away. Turns out 3545 and 14045 are at two of those spots! The three tube regenerative SW-3 was easier to use than the RME-45. About 10 p.m. with an hour left I went inside again and fired up the Valiant and 75A4 on 160. The only person around was K2TOP way off in New Jersey calling CQCX on 1810 Kc. I worked Jack half a dozen times with the Valiant, DX-100, 75A4, NC-80X (its CX baptism), R4B, and SX-28. Unfortunately I couldn't coax the T4X into loading up on 1810, so I had only two transmitters on 160- not enough gear to get the receivers qualified. But at least I added the DX-100 and Valiant to the qualified list.

So I wish that a few more guys would try 160 in the last hour of the CX next winter. If I can work New Jersey from New Mexico, there must be sufficient propagation available to make it a good band for us. "Come on down" guys, and let's put the "top band" on the CX map too. I plan on being there for the upcoming, Winter 2003 CX, and this time I'll have at least one more transmitter available. My Viking I, HT-20, AF67 and Globe Chief are all supposed to work on 160, so I should be able to mount a better effort there.

For the statistics, my final score was a mere 6,272,679 points. My age multiplier was 1393, with 14 transmitters and 13 receivers qualified. 4 other receivers were on but not qualified. Gear I had on the air included:

Receivers qualified: SW-3, HRO-50, NC303, SX28A, SX43, SX73, RME-70, RME-45, SP600, HQ170A, HQ180, 75A3, Howard 438

Receivers not qualified but on: 75A4, NC80X, R4B, SX28

Transmitters qualified: Knight T150, Globe Chief 90, Globe King 275, Elmac AF67 and AF68, Johnson Adventurer, Valiant and Viking I, Central Electronics 100V, Hallicrafters HT-20, Heath DX-20 and DX-100, Hammarlund 4-20, and a 1929 style Hartley with a 10Y tube.

So thanks, Mac, for putting the CX, the web page, and then Newsletter together for this running. It was a great time!
73,
Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

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K9VKY, Brian

As always, I had a good time with the Classic Exchange. It's great to hear the old rigs out there still stirring up the ether, and hooking up with old friends and new ones as well. The showing here for the Fall 2002 CX was paltry compared to the efforts in the past, and I have to put a paper bag over my head to report the (biting my lip) score of 1,964,928. [Brian’s reporting of this score has been photographically documented - See below.] The rigs mustered were the up and running gear that is already in place as the queens on the shelves were not pressed into service. They included: Apache, 75A4, KWM-2, KWS-1, 75S3, 32V3, 75A3, 310B3, 75A2, Navigator, and Valiant.

Getting adventurous, first-time CX contacts were made on 10M AM fone as well as on 160M. T hough just able to qualify their operation this year, it was better than the skunking of last year on those bands. It was also neat to hear some of the Eastern European stations wanting to get into the fun as well, and I sure hope the word further spreads amongst our DX friends for future workings of their mostly homebrew gear.

My votes for Most Distinctive Note on the Signal Award go to the pair of 211s run by Howie, WB2AWQ, and the Navy TBW run by Rob, K2TOP. Congratulations, guys, on REAL radios. (And ,Mac, I'd like to know how you managed to get the T-9 note on your Heath AT-1--shame on you!!) Here's hoping everyone enjoys the upcoming winter radio conditions, and that we can eke out one more season on 10 meters.

Brian K9VKY

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WQ8U, Mac

I got more rigs on the air this year (Murphy was obviously busy elsewhere) but my score only increased by 3%. Why? Because I had my “newer” rigs on; these are the ones which followed me home from hamfests this year: 75A4, DX-100, NC-173. All great classic gear. The Heathkit AT-1 is still the all time favorite - this, with the Howard 435A receiver, were the type rigs I had in 1955. Almost everyone I worked with the AT-1 remembered having one. K4KYV, Don, said he even modified his to add 160!

At start time I began on 10 and then on 15 but could not raise any CX activity so I moved to 20 CW with the 75A4 and Heathkit DX-100. The band was good with a number of the CX regulars already in the swing: Sandy, W5TVW; Howie, WB2AWQ; and Rob K2TOP. After qualifying those rigs I moved to the HQ-129-X and Viking Valiant and again QSO’d with Howie who had also changed rigs; he complemented me for no longer having a chirp (That DX-100 still needs some work.). I rounded out 20 with the NC-173 and Viking Navigator. I had my fist QSO with Rocco, N6KN who worked through several rigs before the band shifted quickly and DX QRM became a problem.

Next I moved to 40 CW and qualified the venerable Heathkit AT-1, now with a VF-1 and AC-1, and Howard 435A. K4KYV, Don, even gave it a 589 from TN - but he was using a 75A4 and a generous S-meter. Next up were the HRO-50R1 and Viking 2. I ran into Jim, W8KGI, the “Albq. BA switchboard” who went through three rig pairs in short order. While working Jim another St. X High alumnus and CX cornerstone came on freq, Marty, AA4RM. I rounded out 40CW with my old Drake twins, T-4X & R-4A. K4IBZ, Bill in FL, demonstrated that he has a fine stable of classic gear by going through six rig pairs in short order - Jim and Rocco may have some competition coming. Fortunately I QSO’d with Al, N5AIT, who was making a “show the flag” appearance but unfortunately did not have the BOGS on.

With me and 40 fading, I moved to 80CW with the Drake twins and found the die hards: Sandy, W5TVW; Howie, WB2AWQ; Mark, W3ZX; Jim, W8KGI; and Marty, AA4RM. What a way to finish a CX! Great celebration can’t wait for February 2003.

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WB2AWQ, Howie

Sept 22 found the upper bands strangely quiet, although propagation was there. Heard only two AM ers on 10M, and they were engaged in a lengthy QSO. Heard some good DX stuff on 15M, but only one CX station, K2TOP, and he was all but unreadable. Seems we didn’t try the higher freqs much this year!

20M was good, but only on CW, with K2LMQ from Arizona and VE7XF from BC coming in well, along with a handful of other CX stations. I did some 75M AM work this year, courtesy of the Antique Wireless Assn Sunday 4:30 PM AM net on 3837, which help my totals a bit, but the star bands were 40 and 80M, as usual. Some notable stations I missed were Marty AA4RM, Jim W8KGI, and former CX honcho Al N5AIT. However, I DID work the present fearless leader Mac WQ8U on 20, 40 and 80. Some of the more intriguing QSOs: Bob W2ZM, head of the AWA net, running a pair of 813s on 75 meters AM, not one, but TWO Johnson Desktop KWs, W2ICQ and Rocco N6KN (I didn’t know there were two in existence!) Rob, one of the ops at K2TOP running a DX40 with an RBC Navy receiver, and John, another op at K2TOP running a TBW - an extraordinarily handsome transmitter - and an RBB Navy receiver. Many of those Navy types have no direct frequency readout, so you have to have separate calibration capability, which detracts from the desire to change frequencies too often! [If it was too easy it wouldn’t be fun.]

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Best overall QSO was with Bill K4SJY on 80M who was running an 01A TNT (tuned, not tuned) self excited oscillator from 1929. The 01A is capable of a watt or two at best, and I copied Bill perfectly from NC through the 80M crud, on of all things, a regenerative receiver! [They say it’s not just the equipment, it’s how it is operated that makes the difference.]

Johnson was the best overall manufacturer showing (ya gotta love those desktop KWs) [Right On!!], with Collins and Hammarlund making a respectable bow as well. Heath did rather poorly this year. Where are all the Greenies?

For my own equipment, I started out with my “cheater” rig, a Kenwood TS-440 trying to work the upper bands, and used it to qualify on 20CW, as well as on 75 phone, then switched to a Drake T4XC and SX101A back on 20. On 40, a rockbound Knight T-60 with the SX101A did well, then dinner and some time with my ailing Dad intervened for a few hours. Evening brought on 80M, where I have my favorite toys. The ultra-reliable push-pull Hartley with the 211s and 90 watts of “distinctive” output produced QSOs as far away as Louisiana (W5TVW). Listening on 80 was done with a very nice looking HRO, a HB 1932 superhet, and much to my delight, a repro of the 1934 Doerle Twinplex regenerative receiver, a 1 tube (#19) battery powered job with which I copied, among others, K4SJYs 01A TNT rig, then back up to 40M to qualify my Swan 350. I did not get a chance to fire up my single HV-18 Hartley on 160 as I had planned, as about 11:30 PM the eyes just didn’t want to stay propped up any more. Oh well, February is not far off!

Total 31 QSOs, 23 band-states, 56 band-rigs, and a CX multiplier of 506 years makes for 1,239,194 points. Think we need a two-day CX, how else can I beat the likes of AA4RM and W8KGI?

See ya all in Feb!!!
Howie WB2AWQ

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AA4RM, Marty

Mac this oughta be fast enuf. [Great job Marty, keep it up.]

Ran my text-based linux (unix) computer program against the Log file & got some 280k points & 401 years of eqpt.

Lotta qrn down here in the south with one hurricane past & 'isidore'then coming in. Especially bad for W5TVW on gulf coast. [Sandy was active in the CX]

Most memorable deal was making a long run of contacts with a Viking 500. The thing had blown a rectifier recently & I was using the 'power slug' as a table. [Only a true BA collector can envision such things.] Looking down into 811As while keying it. Made me nervous but it sure made a 40M sig. Folks wouldn't let up calling.

Most fun was making 20M contacts on Stancor 69 that was doubling to 20M in it's HY69 final. 15W out but w. good antenna it got everywhere. That and it's mate the RME69 was an Indianna Jones set-up if ever there was.

Now I have to note there's a guy who's name escapes me who Wrote a extra fine VisualFoxPro CX scorer. We checked each other's code & found both consistant. His appears much better than mine since mine's for "text mechanics."

Best & tnx
Marty


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K3ZX, Mark

Hi Mac, Jim, Marty, and Howie --

Good to work you guys last night. Didn't make as many contacts as the last time, but had a good time, and that's what it's all about, isn't it? [ABOLUTELY!]

Conditions on 80 were not good, heavy static crashes. I had a poor time on 40; heard OH, MI, and NJ, but they were just too close. I figured I'd pick them up on 80M, which I did. Other stations in the South were really weak up here.

Qualified my 5100B, SX-101A, HT-37, SX-111, HQ-170, and HQ-129-X. Mac, I'll send you the log, score, soapbox, and updated shack photo shortly.

I still think one of the CX's should be a weeklong affair like the old Novice Roundup. Probably the winter event. I could get into spending 2+ hours every day for a week on the radios.

Again, Mac, Jim, Marty, and Howie, thanks for sponsoring this event !!

73,
Mark K3ZX

K3ZX Equipment: TX: B&W 5100B (1956 Age: 46) Hallicrafters HT-37 (1963 Age: 39 ) RX: Hallicrafters SX-101A (1959 Age: 43) Hallicrafters SX-111 Mk 1 (1963 Age: 39) Hammarlund HQ-170 (1960 age: 42) Hammarlund HQ-129-X (1946 Age:56) K3ZX CX Multiplier = 46 + 39 + 43 + 39 + 42 + 56 = 265 Total QSOs = 17 K3ZX Score = 17 * ( 9 +5 + 9 + 15) * 265 = 171,190

Soap box:

Had a great time, but was disappointed in the number of vintage stations that I worked. The bands were full of signals, but I did not hear a lot of CX related activity.

The HT-32 Mk 1 had some problems, so I was unable to get it on the air this time. For the Winter 2003 CX, I hope to have my DX-100B finished, and have the SX-28A also on the air. [We’ll be waiting for ‘em.]


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N4UJ, Gene and KE4RED, Matt

Equipment used:
Transmitters: Johnson Viking Ranger (1955), Johnson Viking 1 (1949)
Receiver: National HRO-60T (1952)
Total # QSO’s: 15
Total Points: 96,750

Operators: Gene, N4UJ; Matt, KE4RED
Comments: One of the most unusual father-son activities! Really had fun. (N4UJ)
[Great - hope you both do it again in Feb 2003.]

Gene Blackburn
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K4IBZ, Bill

Dear Fellow Classic Radio Operators:
Thank you for the many enjoyable contacts. It was good to hear those great radio products from the past that were restored and placed on the air by all those that participated in this event.

I was only able to work a total of 20 stations, this was due to getting a late start under very poor band conditions on 40 meter cow. [Bill, I’ve checked and you are the only one on record operating a cow on 40. Actually Bill is a much better CXer than typist ;-)]

I would like to highlight a few of the impressive stations I was able work, despite the handicaps I faced.
1. (KG0LD) Bill, in Lincoln, Nebraska was operating a Johnson Viking Adventurer xmtr. And an Army Surplus BC-348 rcvr., which brought back wonderful memories of my Novice station of 1963. I explained to Bill, that he was operating my very first station as a Novice.
2. (WQ8U) Mac, in Dayton, Ohio was very patient with me for taking the time to listen for me, as I put six of my classic stations on the air. He listened tentatively as I placed the following classic rigs on the air: [Jim, W8KGI, trained me, I can listen to bunches of stations in a row.]
a. Heath kit- DX-60 xmtr. And Heath kit HR-1680 rcvr.
b. National NCX-3 xcvr.
c. Kenwood TS-520 xcvr.
d. Kenwood TS-520-S xcvr.
e. Drake TR4-C xcvr.
f. Kenwood T -599D xmtr and Kenwood R-599-D rcvr.
3. (KC8JX) Larry, in St. Joseph, Michigan was operating a very clean sounding Drake-2NT xmtr and drake 2-C rcvr. Combination.
4. (K5KS) Kerry in N. Mexico had a very nice Collins 32V3 xmtr. And 75A3 rcvr.

Alright, here we go with my experiences as I hit the air-waves with my classic rigs.
I must say that I didn’t make any multipliers, so I’m not even going to try to submit any score. The following classic rigs were placed on the air from (K4IBZ)
1. Hallicrafters HT-17 Tx. Circa 1947 and a Collins R-388 rx. Circa 1946 were used to work K7UA, Ken in Seattle, Washington and W4NTI, Dan in Aniston, Alabama.
2. A 1953 vintage Johnson Viking Adventurer tx and Drake 2B rx. Circa (1964) was used to work Fred in Ft Myers, Florida and (WB0TUA) Deric in St. Louis, Mo.
3. A home brew 6L6 xtal power oscillator at 2 watts out and my Collins R-388 were used to work N4UJ M, Matt in Atlanta, Georgia.
4. Heath kit DX-20 tx circa (1957)and Hammerlund HQ-100 rx circa 1957 was used to work KG0LD Bill in Lincoln, Nebraska.
5. Knight T-60, 1960 vintage and Drake 2B were used to work W5FRS, Dennis in Dallas, Texas.
6. Heath kit DX-40 circa 1960 and Drake 2B rx were used to W5PRF , Dick in Oklahoma.
7. Drake 2-NT (1970s) and Drake 2-C (1960s) were used to work W5CVI, Ron in Houston, Texas and VE3OU, Ern in Ontario, Canada.
8. Heath DX-60B (1963) and Heath HR-1680 rx (1970s) vintage were used to work WQ8U Mac in Dayton, Ohio.
9. A National NCX-3 (1968) vintage transceiver was used to work WQ8U Mac in Dayton, Ohio.
10. Kenwood TS-520 circa (1974) xcvr was used to work WQ8U Mac in Dayton, Ohio.
11. Kenwood TS-520-S circa (1976) xcvr. Was used to contact Mac WQ8U in Dayton, Ohio. 12. Drake TR-4C (1968) xcvr was used to work Mac WQ8U in Dayton, Ohio.
13. Kenwood T-599-D xmtr. Circa 1975 and matching Kenwood R-599-D rcvr. Were used to work WQ8U, Mac in Dayton, Ohio.
14. Yasue FT-7 QRP 10 watt version, xcvr circa 1970 was used to work Larry, KC8JX in St. Joseph, Michigan.
15. Yasue FT-707 (circa 1981) xcvr was used to work K5KS, Kerry in New Mexico.
16 My final entry was my Ten-Tec Century C-21 xcvr. Circa (1974) was used to contact K0AL, Al in Iowa.

That is my report: I regret that I didn’t have the information I needed to make a good showing in this years CX QSO Party. Maybe I will do better next time. [Bill, you did great. The idea of CX is getting classic rigs on the air again and having fun with them. Bring them all back in Feb.]

73
Bill (K4IBZ)


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K6MI, John

Sep. 22 2002
0400z N1VM 3.8mc. AM to ssb Victor, Kerman, CA TS-820
0430 NI6Q AM Brian CA CE200v-Johnson Desk, also RME-6900
0445 N6PY am Bill, Palmdale, CA 32v3-75a1/75a4- Viking II
0445 W9FTJ Willis, Lake Havasu, AZ Ranger-R388
0450 KF6RIP Vic, Oakland, CA, dx100-r71a

K6MI rigs: 73A4 and 32V3 to inverted vee.
5q's x (13 + 2) x 94 = 7050 pts.

I've been trying for years to get in the exchange, have lots of old radios, but just haven't got them hooked up. Was ready this time with the 75a4 and 32v3, but didn't find anyone all weekend to talk to untill Sunday night. Hope to be ready next time with more radios. [You need to get some of Rocco’s CA magic.]

John, K6MI

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K4CHE, Breck

Reference the Sept Classic Exchange, I had not planned on sending in anything due to a power supply failure but I did work three stations on 80 CW
1928 K4JY
2001 K2TOP
1946 K9VKY

I was using a military T-195/GRC-19 running about 150 watts to a doublet fed with open wire line and using a viking matchbox to match it. Noise level in my area was very high but was doing OK until the screen supply for the T-195 went South in a hurrry. [Hope it hurrrys North again by Feb 2nd.]

73
Breck Smith, K4CHE

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N5AIT, Al

Mac,
Been out of town at our prospective in-laws' place in Columbus, Ohio (daughter Susan getting married there next June), and in clearing out the bunch of e-mail I got your reminder.[Al, just remember you don't have to hock all your boat anchors to pay for the wedding - save some for the next CX.]

OK! CX September 2002! I was out of town earlier that weekend and did not think to check for CX, expecting it to be the LAST Sunday in September (there WAS one more, after all). That evening I was clearing out the e-mail and thought I'd check out the CX web page which I had not yet seen -- and discovered that CX was going on right then.[Better late than never.]

So at about 2200 local time I got to the radio position and turned on whatever was in the operating position, figuring I'd at least get on and get qualified. As it turned out it was the Drake twins, the R-4XB and the T-4XB, two of my all-time favorite pieces. I tried 20 just in case... then switched down to 40 where I managed to qualify the rig. Three QSO's, but good ones: Marty AA4RM with one of his Big Rigs (Viking 500 and PRO-31 - I'd sure like to play with one of those a bit); Dennis W5FRS in Texas with a home brew xmtr and a 2-B, and of course ending the session working you with a similar rig, the T-4X and R-4A (I had that combo new back when I was WA7QAP, stationed in Montana with the Air Force).

So, in military terminology, I "showed the flag" for this CX. I did make it, even with a minimal score: three QSO's to qualify the rig, worked in before closing time. I just GOTTA pay better attention next time! Maybe after June you can get your priorities back to important things like ham radio and CX.>

Let's see.... 3 QSO's times (3 xmtrs + 3 rcvrs + 3 states) times CX multiplier... that's 3x9x68 = 1836 points. At least I was there! Now for the next one I gotta get my "new" 75A-4 on the air.... and maybe the National NC 303 that has been languishing in the basement altogether too long. And of course get the Harvey-Wells Bandmaster back in business since it traditionally belongs in CX. At least the Burnt Orange Globe Scout made it - glad to have put it into a good home where it would be properly appreciated.

Well, like the old Brooklyn Dodgers, wait until next year -- or as it would happen now, next month!

73, Al N5AIT
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AB1AV, Bill

Well, I was trying to participate in the NJQRP Homebrewer's Sprint Sunday evening, but my only two contacts sounded as If they were in your contest -- they asked lots of questions about my rig! It's a homebrew transceiver with a pair of VN10KM MOSFETs as PA, producing only about 600 mW on a 9v battery. As far as I know it's unique. It's still on a breadboard. [Not exactly a classic Boat Anchor, but it is a home brew.]

But apparently if I had made one more contact I could have Added 24.98 years to its age!

-- Bill AB1AV


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K2LMQ, Paul

Here's my info on the last CX event:
First off, working the CX from Arizona is significantly more difficult than it was from New York. [And the AZ PR people probably said it was like paradise - guess they’re not hams.] Here, there is virtually no 40m activity during the day, and things don't really get rolling until about 6:00pm, AZ time, which shortens our CX enjoyment time significantly. Also, I needed to run up to 200w, to be heard with a decent signal. [You’ve got a great array of rigs to run it.]

Had a total of 29 QSO's:
80m--11 QSO's. Rigs qualified were a 5100B / HA-10 combo.
RX's were NC-303 and HQ-170A.
40m--9 QSO's. Rigs qualified were a Globe King 500B (Xtal) and a Viking 500.
RX's were HRO-60 and SX-88.
20m--9 QSO's. Rigs qualified were a Viking I / SB-201 combo and a Challenger (Xtal) / 30L1 combo.
RX's were an AR-88, SP-600 and SX-115.
Antenna was an Inverted 160m G5RV with the apex at 70'.

Highlights included working VE7XF on all three bands and the multitude of W8KGI's different setups. [Jim thanks you for hearing him while using his new stealth antenna.]

Thanks for your efforts and those of everyone else on the CX. See you all in the next CX.

73's de Paul K2LMQ


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KJ6CA, Bob

Just to rpt that I did work a few of the gang in the fall classic radio exchange.
VE7XF Ralph in B.C , K2TOP Peter , W8KGI, K9VKY, K4JY Bill, W7DRA/7,

I was using a B&W6100 Txmtr , and a NC300 rcvr. all on CW. Didn’t hear much on AM fone out here in CA.

Yes a B&W6100 not the 5100. kinda different , great old txmtr.

BOB KJ6CA


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W7DRA, Mike

The Announcement:
let be known that i will be using the famous (?) rig i used for the 1998 ARRL DX test as W7DRA/C6A
it uses a 6AG7 xtal, 6L6 final, now modified (more turns on the tank coil) for 160 meters
9pm pdst (0400 UT) will find me on 80m cw, looking for people to move to 160...........

i will be operating as a dx pidition in the tent my first wife bought me in 1965, i pulled it out last week and she said " you still have that yucky old tent??!!" i told her "you still have me dear............." [CX does not comment on domestic issues, no matter how tempting.]

mike

The Results:

glad you put 160m on the docket, i got out my s40 and 6AG7/6L6 xtal rig, and made one contact! everybody should tune around more in cx activities.................

was dxpiditioning for the washington state salmon run [Something sounds fishy about this.] and was using my modern set, an hw16 with a push push pair of 811As to get on 20 meters, and a cheap heath rx

total: 10 qsos, 15 rigs not bad for an evening on the air............

thanks
mike

my wife bought the tent in 1969 for me to operate field day, boy been a few years....................

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W4FRM, Grady

Listened several times on 7290 between 3 and 10 PM using my Panasonic Portable. Heard several AM & SSB stations but nobody calling for “Classic Exchange.” Didn’t fire up my rig to call CQ since my station is about 20 miles away from the Pigeon Forge QTH. Did not tune any other freqs.

Enclosed are some shots of my station. [See in Rogues Gallery] Main station receiver since 1946 is a BC-312 which I have modified to add a digital readout and B&W 370 Slicer. Exciter is home brew using 3 807s. Final has 6 813s in parallel.Only have and antenna for 40 meters at this time. The AM capability on my exciter is inoperable since I added an XTAL filter to it - only SSB and CW now.


W4FRM, Grady's shack
W4FRM, Grady's 6 p-p pp 813 FINAL<
W4FRM, Grady's much modified BC312 and HB Exciter
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