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


CX had its very first contestant log from Japan, JA3KNB, Kazu! While he did not work any US stations during CX, Jim, W8KGI, has had QSOs with him since the CX. We look forward to seeing hearing more JAs in CX and seeing more DX in the logs.

FLASH: Kazu will be working US stations during the January CX. Look for him between 0000Z and 0100Z (7-8PM Eastern time) January 29, 2012 on/around 21.135 Mc.

Jim, W8KGI, returned to the top of the score board with both the highest total score, 319,885
which was higher than the January/February 2011 top score; and the highest CW score, 245,373.

Ron, K2RP, captured second place overall, 241,990 and had the highest SSB score, 82,745 and highest AM score, 59,590
This was a personal high for him in all three modes!

Rock, N6KN, dropped to third place overall, 158,388; but just missed the highest SSB score with 80,080

N8OFS, Andy, operating from the famous caboose, had the highest FM score, 2,873. He topped the other FM operator, VE7BGP, Gerry, by just 17 points - 1 QSO!

".......... than Imelda Marcos has shoes."
Can you guess what Howie, WB2AWQ is reporting? To find out if you are right, see the end of this section.

"Try as I might, I still couldn’t catch Jim, W8KGI! Maybe I can arrange for a power failure at his place so I can win this thing in my lifetime!" K2RP Ron

Jeff, K3KYR reports: This is where Murphy paid his visit. The G5RV was laying on the ground, with one of the support ropes worn through from rubbing on a limb, bring my CX activities to an abrupt end.

John, N2BE, reports: "I was using an “ice cold” Harvey-Wells “TBS-5OD” and matching frigid VFO. Bill, K4JYS, was a real sport about chasing my slowly warming rig as it rapidly moved up- band, whenever I sent."

Ron, K2RP, has mastered something we could all use. "...the HW101 blew some smoke on the CW weekend. Got all the smoke put back in for SSB."

N2AK, Mario running a HT-37 and S-38B receiver combo. Thanks to Bill, K4JYS for noting this.

MOST UNUSUAL QTH Perry, W8AU, was operating WW2LST which is the call sign for the World War II landing ship, LST325, out on its summer cruise. Perry was using an original RBC receiver and TCS-12.
Brian, K9VKY, noted that the TCS obviously needs to have some work done on it - it does not chirp like all the others.

From John, N2BE: Here’s to hoping you have many “boatanchors” to hug this winter...

VE7BGP GERRY: It was a great deal of fun working all the great oldies on those 2 Sundays.
N8OFS ANDY: WOW, what a really ReAlLy REALLY fun Contest...
K4RT BRAD: This was my first CX and I enjoyed it.

Howie, WB2AWQ/7 nominated Jim W8KGI and Rocco N6KN for the “But wait, there’s more!” award for their skill and forwardness in changing rigs. Both can change rigs out faster than I can change shoes. And both seem to have more rigs than Imelda Marcos has shoes.


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


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

W8KGIJim 245,37351,21619,269-4,000319,885Highest Total and CW Scores
K2RPRon 97,29559,95082,745-2,000241,990Highest AM and SSB scores
N6KNRocco 70,4886,82080,800--158,388
N2AKMario 116,850-682--117,532
K3KYRJeff 74,001----74,001
K4JYSBill 40,894---1,00041,894
N2BEJohn 30,2262,2951,568--34,089Neatest hand lettered log submitted
K9VKYBrian 21,944---3,00024,944
VE7BGPGerry 6,080-8,6492,856-17,630
N2ATBTony 10,119---2,00012,119
WB2AWQ/7Howie 8,100---3,00011,100
N8OFSAndy -8331,7002,873-5,406Highest FM Score
WQ8UMac 2,295----2,295
W8TMPaul 972-1,215--2,187
K4RTBrad 350-1,800--2,150
JA3KNBKazu --950--950
W7DRAMike 323----323




Hi Mac,
How did the CW CX go for you? Mine was the usual combination of fun and attacks from Murphy.

I got back home from church and lunch and turned the 20 meter gear out in the garage at about 2:30. The first thing that happened, repeatedly, was that my ground-fault power breaker proceeded to pop off on a very regular basis. I finally found a power cord configuration that would work, running an extension cord through the laundry room and into the outlet in the hall for part of the load, and I contacted Ralph, VE7XF, at 3 pm. Wonder what the code says about that? No, you know, the Electrical Code, not Morse Code. Ed. I had three QSO's with Ralph and then nothing. I had a bunch of rigs tuned up on 20, but I didn't manage to get any of them qualified for lack of anyone to talk to.

About 4 pm I got going on 40. Participation was light there as well, but with the aid of 11 receivers and 10 transmitters that I had working on that band I made 7 QSO's with Paul, KW7D in NM, 23 QSO's with Ron, K0ETD in AZ, 5 QSO's with Ron, K2RP in CA, and 5 QSO's with Rocco, N6KN in CO. I got one QSO out of the Collins 32RA and then the final amp quit working, and the SX73 which had been hearing signals just fine on 20 refused to work on 40. To compensate, the SW-3 came to life on 40 and worked just fine on three contacts with Ron.

I dropped out for a quick bite of supper just before 7, Kathy had fajitas with the trimmings ready and waiting for me. About 7:15 I returned to the inside shack where I had 11 pairs ready to go on 3545. Activity was a bit better there. I ran 9 contacts with Mike, AI8Z in CO, then 8 QSO's with John, N2BE in NJ. 10 QSO's with Perry running WW2LST from IL, a quick two contacts with Jim, W8ZR up in Santa Fe, 3 QSO's with Charlie, KX7L in PA running an AN/GRC9 transceiver, 3 QSO's with Howie, WB2AWQ from his new QTH in NV, one with Nelly, WB6AAJ in CA running an NCX3, and finishing with 9 QSO's with Ron, K2RP again. The 32V3 decided to quit sometime after 9 pm, but by thenI had already made 4 QSO's with it. I pulled the switches just after 11 when the band had emptied of CXers.

All totalled, I qualified 22 receivers and 21 transmitters. My age multiplier added up to 2757 years. That times 89 QSO's gave me 245,373 points. I did qualify two military receivers, my BC348R in the garage and BC454/BC453 inside, and one transmitter, the CBY52209 (Navy BC457), for 2000 bonus points. And I operated my recreated Novice Transmitter (6AG7/6146) and my original novice receiver, HRO-50, for another 2000 bonus points, so my total score for CW is 249, 373.

I made a point of tuning up some of my lesser used transmitters on 40 this time, so I had fun using them this time around. In the garage, I qualified the following receivers, NC-303, SX-28A, HRO-5TA1, HRO-50R1, 75A3, HQ170A, BC348R, HQ120, HQ129x, RME70, and SW3, and transmitters, Globe King 275, McMurdo Silver 701, Elmac AF67, Lettine 240, Bob Higgy;s homebrew 6J5/6L6, Ivo Depenbrock's Flea Power 6J6 xtal osc/power amp, 1929 style MOPA with a 10 Hartley and 10 power amp, Hammarlund 4-20, Globe Chief 90, and Knight T150.

In the inside shack I qualified receivers HRO-50, 75A4, NC200, BC454/BC453, RME69, SX28, HRO, NC101X, FB7, R4B, and Howard 490. The inside transmitters were my Central Electronics 100V, Wn4VIV novice rig, Valiant, DX100, 32V3, CBY 52209, TBS50C/D, NTX30, Millen 90800, Meissner Signal Shifter, and T4X.

I just got the 32V3 fixed. The connector to the PTO had developed an open, and the VFO quit working. It was fun lifting the rig off he shelf and onto a repair table out in my "office," and even more interesting getting it back into the shack. I finally took the 100V off the shelf as well so that I had an esier job getting the 32V3 back into place. But they are now both back in place and working, so my next job will be to tune up for the phone event this coming weekend.

Hope to work you on AM or SSB.
Jim, W8KGI


Well I had a lot more fun yesterday on the Phone CX that I was anticipating.Typical CW guy.

We got home from church and lunch alittle before 3 pm. I had prepared earlier by tuning up my one working ssb transmitter in the garage, the B&W-6100 on 14270 and also getting the KWM-1 ready to go. The Eldico SSB-100 has some yet unidentified problem(s), and the SB-400 came up with a shorted HV filter cap, so even though I had the 75A3, NC303, and HQ-170A ready to receive SSB, I didn't have great hopes for a lot of QSOs. I had also tuned up four AM transmiters, Viking 1 and 2, HT-20, and Apache, and I had the SX-73, HQ129x, HQ120 and SX28A ready to accompany them. The vertical antenna is back together, and that was tuned up on 20. For 40 I had the Globe King 275 ready on 7290 as a "lead rig" with lower power rigs including the Elmac AF67, Knight T-150, DX-60, Lettine 240 and Hammarlund 4-20/4-11 ready in case I found someone who might be able to copy them too. Receivers ready for 40 were the HRO-5, HRO-50R1, RME70 and BC348R. I also had some of the inside-shack gear ready to go on 75. The 268 foot Zepp was my antenna of choice for those two bands.

I got on a few miunutes after 3 and worked W6P in Saint Louis, a Route 66 special event station. Then Rocco, N6KN called me and we went on a marathon that lasted for nearly three hours. I qualified all of my SSB gear and pulled the HQ129x and HQ120 over to do duty on ssb as well, while Rocco qualified his KWM2A, B&W-6100, HQ170, HT32B, SX115, FPM200, NCX5, Swan 500CX, FT101E, Drake C line pair, SB301/401, FTDX570, SR400A, TR4CW, GSB100 and R4A. Whew! We also worked KE1B, Rich, KU5I, Jim, and N7ODM, Bob, during this ssb rig run. Then Rocco switched over to his Valiant and 75A4, and I got back at him by qualifying all of my AM pairs. Rocco also qualified his 32V2, R390A, DX100 and R388 during this run.

A few minutes before 6. we finally decided to switch to 40 meters. I never did hear Rocco down there, but I did find Larry, W0OGH in Arizona and a little later Ken, K6CJA and Dave K6QL in Califirnia and Bill, KG0LV in Nebraska. Between them I managed to qualify every one of my 40 meter rigs and receivers. Even the Lettine 240 and the Hammarlund 4-20 with about 10 watts out made it through. I was amazed! I haven't had a phone QSO with them in years!

I finally quit for dinner about 7:30, feeling more than a little hoarse. After some great leftover fajitas, I turned on the 75 meter gear in the inside shack only to be greated by a 9 plus 20 noise level. I heard no AM activity at all around 3880 or anywhere else on the band and no ssb activity on 3870. I called Q on both frequencies for a while but got no returns that I could hear. So I called it quits for the evening and went to watch the football game with Kathy.

My SSB score, for 48 QSOs and an age multiplier of 402, amounted to 19,296. My AM score, with 44 QSOs and an age multiplier of 1164, amounted to 51, 216. Adding those to my CW score of 249,373 from last week gives me a total score of 319,885.

Now I can go and fix all of the gear that broke during the CX or that didn't make it on line and get ready for the next running in January or February.

Jim, W8KGI

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 44 1,164 51,216
SSB 48 402 19,296
CW 89 2,757 249,373
FM - - -
BONUS -   4,000
TOTALS 181 - 319,885


Hi Mac…
First, my thanks again for running these events. They’re the highlights of my “Boatanchor Year.”

Decided this time to get as many rigs on the air as possible for greatest multiplier. Was able to qualify 35 different pieces of equipment total for both days. This doesn’t include keyers, antenna tuners, VFOs, etc.

Transmitters (14):

Central Electronics: 20A
Gonset: GSB100
Hallicrafters: HT32 HT40 Heathkit: DX20, DX35, DX40, DX100, SB401, Marauder
Johnson: Viking I, Adventurer, Valiant
WRL: Globe Chief 90

Receivers (15)

Collins: 75A2, 75A4
Drake 1A, 2B
Hallicrafters: S40, SX100, SX101, SX 43
Hammarlund: HQ120X. HQ129X, HQ140X, HQ170
Heathkit: SB303
Knight: R100
National : NC109

Transceivers: (6)

Heathkit: HW12, HW22, HW32, HW100, HW101
Swan: 140

Due to limited space, I spent a lot of time moving these around, but for the first time I planned well in advance and had all the cables and accessories in place. It all worked well enough for 3 QSOs each minimum, except the HW101 blew some smoke on the CW weekend. Got all the smoke put back in for SSB. That's amazing Ron. Very few of us can get the smoke to go back in. HiHi

Try as I might, I still couldn’t catch Jim, W8KGI! Maybe I can arrange for a power failure at his place so I can win this thing in my lifetime!

See you all next month!

Once again, a great event! I put in a big effort to qualify more rigs. Got 28 qualified on CW, 19 each on SSB and AM, with minimum of l problems. Had a few more ready, but I ran out of steam!

Usually take some photos, but XYL had camera at an event on one Sunday, and I forgot on the other one!

Still, nice to see more people and more sunspots. Set new personal records on all 3 modes!
Thanks again for all you do!

K2RP, Ron

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 55 1,090 59,950
SSB 67 1,235 82,745
CW 61 1,595 97,295
FM - - -
BONUS -   2,000
TOTALS 183 - 241,990

N6KN Rock

Here is my CX report, a bit earlier than usual for me:

CW notes:
Drove a Subaru full of boatanchor TXs from Calif to my Colorado QTH two weeks before the event. My work schedule was very hectic; we launched a NASA rocket very early Sat morning before the CW CX, so I spent the rest of that Saturday in a daze, moving receivers and transmitters, soldering in TX/RX relays, etc.

Sunday morning, I tried 40 to lead off and found lots of CX regulars, including John N2BE (nice TBS note), K2RP (great HW-100), W8TM (Heath SB301 and SB401), and WB2AWQ (SB-102). Signals were good using the 40 m ground plane. Went to 20 at 1552. N2BE's CE20A was strong into CO (wonder if it was barefoot), and ditto for his NCX-3, a favorite rig of mine. Jim, KG0PP was solid on ground wave from CO with his TR7. Gerry, VE7BGP, and I had a pipeline that afternoon, and even his DX60 was 599. It was especially nice to run into Chuck, KR6C; turned out I gave him his Novice exam back in '78, and we shared some nostalgia and Southern Cal gossip. Went back to 40 at 2242 and heard lots of great vintage stuff. Rich KE1B's Harvey Wells T90 sounded great. Jim, W8KGI, had his usual pile of stuff on the air; I liked the T150 the best.

CW Rigs: 32S-3/75S-3;T4X-B/R4-B;TS-820S; 32S-1/75A-4; TR4; TS-900; TS-520SE; HT-40/R4-B#2; FT-101ZD; HT-44/R4; HT-46/SX73; 75A-2.

SSB/AM notes:
Flew back to Palos Verdes for this one. My son was visiting from Oregon, so my time was very limited. I had decided Saturday to work on pulling the flaky rigs and installing working radios in their place. This worked out well. I ended up on 14270 plus/minus a couple for the entire event. I quickly ran into Jim, W8KGI, and we went nuts qualifying rigs together for more than two hours. I think our BW-6100 to BW-6100 qso may have been a CX first (my memory is not that good). My Hallicrafters FPM-200 was exceedingly well behaved and easy to qualify. My apologies to those who might have heard us and were trying to break. I quickly ran through a long pile of SSB rigs and then Jim wanted to move to AM. I did, which was more challenging; I can't believe Jim heard my 32V-2 through the heavy QRM or that I heard his HT-20 at this end on the R-388. Going back to SSB at 0030, I ran through a long list of CX regulars plus a lot of newcomers. Brett, W0BLD, had a wonderful Swan 270B on freq. Rog equaled that with a Swan 400 a few minutes later. Gene, N4UJ's S-Line sounded great, as would be expected. There were a lot of folks who just called in to participate and hand out points, and it was nice to chat with the new folks to explain CX craziness.

SSB Rigs Qualified: KWM-2A;BW6100/HQ170;HT32B/SX115; FPM-200; NCX-5; Swan 500 CX; FT101E; T4XC/R4C; SB401/SB301; FTDX570; SR400A; TR4CX/RIT;Gonset GSB-100/R4A

AM Rigs Qualified: Valiant/75A-4;32V-2/R390A; DX100/R388

Sure was fun!
Snail mail to follow with calculations, etc.

Rocco "Rock" Lardiere

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 20 341 6,820
SSB 80 1,001 80,080
CW 72 979 70,488
FM - - -
BONUS -   1,000
TOTALS 172 - 158,388

N2AK Mario

Band conditions weren’t great on 40m, but I still was able to make 75 QSOs. My largest number of CW contacts was with Jeff K3KYR with 17 Q’s . Jeff K3KYR was right up there with 15 and Tony N2ATB had 14. I enjoyed working Joel W3ZT with his CIA spy radio. I had 4 contacts with Earl K4BSK and also 2 with Mac WQ8U. Brian K9VKY also had a spy radio (PRC-1) and we made 3 CW QSOs together.

Phone wasn’t very good either and not many ops for that part. I only had 11 QSOs on the phone portion. Also, I was jumping around and never did get enough contacts to qualify more than one rig. I’m sure that wont happen in the JAN. CX !

To summarize, I show 75 CW QSOs with a total age of 1666 years, and 11 SSB contacts with age of 62years . This produced a total score of 117K , not too bad.

It looks like the bands are starting to really rock with the effects of high sunspot numbers. It sure would be nice to have great conditions for the WINTER CX.


ARC5 xmtr 40m
ARC5 rx (with 40m cnvtr)
Collins 75A4
Drake T4XB R4A
Hallicrafters S38B
Heath DX 60B
Heath Apache / Mohawk
Hmbw 1961 60W Xmtr
Hmbw 5w Solid State Xcvr
SB 401 SB300
Swan 270
Swan 350
TenTec Omni C
Ten Tec Corsair
Ten Tec Argosy
Yaesu FT 101F


Total 1558 years
Total 75 QSOs
CW Score = 75 QSOs X 1558 = 116,850


TenTec Omni C


Total 62 years
Total 11 QSOs
SSB Score = 11 QSOs X 1558 = 682


CW 116,850
SSB 682
TOTAL 117,532


Another Classic Exchange has come and gone, along with another visit with Murphy, with more on that later. I managed to qualify 15 stations and made 51 contacts. Along the way and on the other end there was a variety of new and vintage gear, with 5 E.F. Johnson transmitters, and 3 Swan transceivers.

The New Jersey boys were out in force, with me working N2AK Mario 16 times, N2ATB Tony 9, and N2BE John 3. K4BSK Earl, was very active providing me with 5 contacts, and Brian K9VKY 3 more.

Mac I heard you twice as 40 was lengthening out, but never able to cut through the qrm.

Back in June I had an Amish man built a storage shed 400 feet behind my house, making it available for our clubs field day operations along with an additional shack for me, with 3 stations set up and powered by an AC generator. A G5RV was installed and all was fine until I went out in finish up with those three stations to wrap up the CW CX. This is where Murphy paid his visit. The G5RV was laying on the ground, with one of the support ropes worn through from rubbing on a limb, bring my CX activities to an abrupt end.

Following is a list of the gear I used during this event:

Heath HW 16

Heath DX 60A
Heath HR 10B

Heath DX 20
Hallicrafters S 40B

Eico 720
Hallicrafters S 85

Hallicrafters HT 37
Hammarlund HQ 110C

Heath DX 40
National NC 109

Heath DX 60
Heath HR 10

Ten Tec Corsair

Johnson Ranger 2
Hammarlund HQ 170

Knight T 150A
Hammarlund HQ 110A

Heath MT-1
Heath MR-1

Knight T 60
Lafayette HE 80

Heath AT-1
National NC 125

Heath HW 8

Heath HW 7

15 stations qualified

1451 years X 51 q's = 74,001pts

Many thanks to you Mac for all your efforts in tying all this together for us.



I wasn't disappointed this year either, I had loads of fun. I think I worked Mario, N2AK, at least 16 times.
I also worked John - N2BE, Tony - N2ATB, Earl - K4BSK, quite a few times as well.
Mario should win a prize for the oddest or most unlikely combo..a HT-37 and S-38B receiver.

My pile worked well, with no problems. I added a few more rigs this year, even the TS-440S is 25 years old.
I made most of my contacts on 40 meters,with only 4 on 80 meters to qualify the TS-440S.

Good to work you, Mac, and thanks for you and your helpers for keeeping the CX organized.


EICO 720
Drake 2B





Viking II

Multi-Elmac AF-67

Knight T-50

Knight T-60


QSOs: 46
SCORE: 40,984
BONUS: 1,000 (Novice TX: DX-40)
TOTAL SCORE = 41,894


Hi Mac,
Does the Classic Exchange “brass” ever chase derelict participants around with something like a Wouff Hong? (HI) If so, I am probably a candidate, for being so late with my latest CX results. I’ll cut you a break and won’t get too “windy” with this.

I started the CW event enjoying three 40 meter QSOs with Bill (K4JYS). I was using an “ice cold” Harvey-Wells “TBS-5OD” and matching frigid VFO. Bill was a real sport about chasing my slowly warming rig as it rapidly moved up- band, whenever I sent. Later, on 20 meters, both Jim (KGOPP) and Rocco (N6KN) copied my “barefooted” Central Electronics “20A” (about 2 watts). Nice job, fellas. I currently have no power amplifiers here, so all of my rigs are used at stock power levels, if I am lucky (HI). A couple of medium power linear amplifier projects have been in the plans, however. Speaking of QRP, one of my very “bestest” QSOs in this event was with Pete (VE2PID). It was my 1.2 watt Heathkit “HW-7” with his 4 watt Elecraft “KX-l”. We successfully QRP-QSOed for 23 minutes on a very busy 40 meter band, with near solid copy both ways.

Towards the end of the day, I caught up with Jim (W8KGI) on 80 meters. Jim proceded to give me a “tour” of his amazing on-the-air classics museum. Storm static was building, but I was able to get solid copy despite many lightning crashes. How many people know that a “CBY-52209” is the Navy equivalent of an “ARC-5” transmitter? I wondered if I had copied that one right, HI. My favorite from Jim’s museum that night, however, was the “way cool” Howard “490” receiver he had paired with that Navy transmitter. I do not think I have ever worked anyone before with one of those. What a great classic “boatanchor”!

Mac, I did hear your call flash by at least once, while in QSO with Jim, but I thought you were in a QSO adjacent to us. I apologize, as I didn’t realize that you were trying to break in. My main concentration, at that time, was in not losing any numerals or letters, sent by Jim, to the numerous static crashes.

Since last winter’s CX, I installed a new 40 meter dipole over the radial ground system for my 80 meter vertical. The new dipole is about 50 feet off to the side of the vertical. With a homebrew “L-match”, I can tune up this dipole as a vertical ‘T’ antenna on 160 meters. The two antennas do not noticeably interact during any combination of band use. This CX event was my first venture onto 160 meters, and it was an interesting one. There was only one signal on the entire low end (CW section) of the band. Oh Brother ‘ So, I called him with my 2.8 watt Central Electronics “20A” and the closest of two crystals that I had for the low end of that band. He came back with “QRZ ?“. I called again. He came back with “QRZ BE ?“. Oh Boy !! I called again, and he said “SRI”; no copy on his end (sigh !). Then, I tuned up my trusty “DX-lOO” and worked him (YAY !!).. It was Agelos (SV3RF) in Greece! Not bad for a first QSO on 160. He gave me a 559, and I gave him a 569. We were both having problems with storm static. I wasn’t sure he got all of my information, or if I got what he was running (I think he said “Icom”). It was not a valid CX QSO, but it WAS REALLY COOL (HI). The antenna works

My first QSO in the FONE-CX was a special one. It was with Ray (W2XC), who was running the same transmitter as me, a Harvey-Wells TBS-50D. I can only hope my TBS-50D sounded close to half as good as his did. As you might guess, QSOs using these late-40s to early-50s transmitters, at both ends, are not too common today. That was “special”. Thanks, Ray. Conditions on 40 meters were great for low power AM transmitters, and I just wish more CXers had been there to enjoy that.

Several ops told me that they were going to operate 75 meters that night, and it looked like 75 was going to be THE PLACE to be. However, once night came, 75 was full of signals but no CX activity was heard. Numerous CQs yielded nothing. My entire time on that band was rewarded with just two QSOs, both with Dee (a.k.a., Mario; N2AK) who was exercising a TenTec “Omni C” and a Swan “270”. I responded to Dee with my “HT-46” (Hallicrafter’s last transmitter) and my “workhorse” National “NC-303”.

Mac, as I recall, both CX Sundays were fairly free of other contests/events this time, and that was a good thing. However, from a number of comments made by other hams, both CXers and not, the dates were possibly too early in September, since many people had other plans in effect at that time. It seems that September is the re-beginning month for many activities that take a hiatus for the summer. Perhaps, late September and October would be better for CX participation; just an observation.

I won’t go into any heavy analysis here as to how current radio frequency flux levels may impact this upcoming winter’s weather. Instead, I will just say that while I don’t believe this coming winter will be as severe as last year’s was in many locales, I do NOT think that skiers will be complaining much or that a lot of people will be asking “Where’s winter ?“. (HI)

Keep up the good work fellow “boatanchor” fans. Make the best of it. Hug a “boatanchor.”

Here’s to hoping you have many “boatanchors” to hug this winter, Mac; and as always, many thanks for all you do to keep this great event happening.

Season’s Greetings to All.
- 73 -


TBS-50D -- HQ-120-X
Johnson Adventurer -- SX-24
HT-46 -- NC-303
Johnson Challenger -- Howard BC-779-A
CE 20A -- NC-173
DX-100 -- R-390


TBS-50D -- hq-120-x
Johnson Callenger -- Howard BC-779-A


NCX-3 HT-46 -- NC-303

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 9 255 2,295
SSB 8 196 1,568
CW 61 1,595 97,295
FM - - -
BONUS - - -
TOTALS 51 - 34,089


Hello Mac and the Gang:

I got off to a late start in the CX since I had to visit my daughter, grandson #3, and meet his new kitten, Megatron. I was pretty well confined to 40 and 80 Meters, but that didn't dampen the fun and enthusiasm for CX. Except for some sporadic thunderstorms passing through, conditions were pretty good and we didn't have to contend with the California QSO Party as in years past./p> Multiple contacts were had with Mario, N2AK, and Jeff, K3KYR--the latter pulling out the stops in firing up his Benton Harbor iron. Some fine rag chewing contacts were had as well, with almost an hour rattling along with Perry who signed WW2LST while aboard the LST325 on its summer cruise. Perry was using an original RBC receiver and the only TCS-12 I've ever heard that did not chirp. The TCS obviously needs to have some work done on it. Brian - you truely understand BAs. HiHi

For the numbers, I had 26 contacts and came up with an age multiplier of 884. To that I added an additional 3000 for the Novice and military bonuses which brought the sub-total to 25,984. The sub-total is multiplied by the number of lives my forementioned grandson's kitten can expect to see (9, of course), giving a grand total of 233,856.
Brian, sorry to advise you but the "9 life multiplier" does not become effective until the feline is an adult and killed one mouse (or keyboard if no mouse if available) Sorry. Mac

26 QSOs X 844 years = 21,944
Novice and military rig bonus = 3,000


The list of equipment used includes:
TX: Navigator, Ranger, Ranger II, 32V3, Valiant, and 32V2
RX: HRO-5, HQ-140X, 75A3, NC-183D, 75A4, 75A2
Xcvr: AN/PRC-1, TS-530

As always CX proves to be a grand time meeting old friends and new who share our interest in radios that glow in the dark. Here's hoping everyone had an equally good time, and we'll meet again soon.

Brian K9VKY


Hello Mac

Here is my CX log for the weekend participation in Classic Exchange the past 2 Sundays.
It was a great deal of fun working all the great oldies on those 2 Sundays.

I again had a lot of fun participating in this Classic Exchange. I added 3 great Yaesu Classic & Vintage Rigs to my collection of rigs and I got to use them all for this Classic Exchange.

They are:
a 2 Meter All Mode Portable FT-290R,
FT-301D first all Solid State from Japan and
a nearly mint FT-901DM I had a lot of fun using in this CX.

Rigs used on CW:
Heathkit DX-60 HR-10
Heathkit SB-101
Yaesu FT-301D
Yaesu FT-901DM
Yaesu FT-757GX

CW SCORE: 16 QSOs x 380 Years = 6,080

Rigs used on SSB:
Heathkit SB-101
Yaesu FT-301D
Yaesu FT-901DM
Yaesu FT-757GX
Icom IC-751A

SSB SCORE: 27 QSOs X 322 Years = 8,694

Rigs used on FM:
Kenwood TR-7400A
Yaesu FT-208R
Yaesu FT-290R
Yaesu FT-767GX

FM SCORE: 12 QSOs X 238 Years = 2,856

TOTAL SCORE = 17,630

Gerry VE7BGP>

N2ATB Tony

Hi Mac,
I participated only in the CW portion of the September 2011 Classic Exchange. A local hamfest kept me out of the phone portion.

This is the fourth time I have worked CX and I enjoyed it even more than the prior ones.

This time I ran four radios again. It was lots of fun even though the band conditions were poor and I look forward to the next CX in January 2012.

Thanks for sponsoring this fine event. Attached are my log and score summary.

Summary of CX Results for N2ATB

Equipment used:
Kenwood TS-520S (33 years x 2 = 66 years) NOVICE RIG
Kenwood TS-830S (31 years x 2 = 62 years)
Yaesu FT-101EX (35 years x 2 = 70 years)
Kenwood TS-440S (25 years x 2 = 50 years)
Total: 248 years.


QSOs: 44
AGE: 248
SCORE: 10,912

Tony N2ATB


Hi CXers!
September propagation conditions were not as good as those in February here in the high Sierras. 20 was spotty, and distances reached on 40 and 80 were not as great. Wintertime conditions had not yet arrived, the sunspots were not in gear yet, and summer noise was still present. But being in CX makes up for all that. Only made 15 countable QSOs, but all were great.

I nominate Jim W8KGI and Rocco N6KN for the “But wait, there’s more!” award for their skill and forwardness in changing rigs. Both can change rigs out faster than I can change shoes. And both seem to have more rigs than Imelda Marcos has shoes.

I was a bit limited for time, as has been the trend lately for me, but managed to qualify the trusty SB-102 (which also did yeomans duty this year at Field Day, making over 200 QSOs on 80 and 15 CW), and my favorite transmitter, the GO-9, along with my ORIGINAL Novice RX BC-348Q, and my prize sharp HRO, and the pleasurable Viking Invader coupled with the desktop heavyweight SX-101A. I tried to get my Swan 350 going, but after just one QSO it was suffering some serious VFO drift, which I later found to be a broken wire making intermittent contact. It is now up and running full tilt, over 200W out on CW and rock solid, so it will be a force to be reckoned with in January.

here to see Howie's great rigs.

The antenna situation here remains much the same – a dual band 80/40 dipole just 7 ft high on a fence, and a stealthy 20/15/10M vertical wire array hidden in a 13 ft tall tree, but this year I did 40M on my own version of the “near-end-fed dipole” which appeared in QST some months back. It was just 6 ft high on another fence, but held its own. Working distance is a challenge with such antennas but I’ve managed to go over 5000 miles on 80, 10,000 miles on 40, and over 9000 miles on 20 15 and 10 with 50 to 100 watt power levels.

It was nice to work Jim W8ZR after several years of his absence in my logs from CX, although I missed the distinctive note of his old Halli FPM-200. Mike, W7DRA rates the most unique rig award, with his ARC5/AF67/805 final rig. He has a couple of unique rigs in his lineup. Not pretty looking, but VERY functional! Mike and I QSO occasionally on 80M, and in particular because of him often running crystal control, I make a habit of tuning well up and down the band when I’m on there.

And in case anyone has been listening of late, be sure to check out 10 and 15 meters this coming CX. Those bands have been wide open and hot lately during daylight, and 10 in particular should prove nice for the AM crowd around 29.0 Mcs.

Hope to see ya all in Jan/Feb!

Howie WB2AWQ/7


WOW, what a really ReAlLy REALLY fun Contest...

I was N8OFS/P,
Broadcasting Live and Direct from the BIG Caboose at the beloved AC&J Railroad in Jefferson Ohio Ashtabula County...

Equipment consisted of:
the 17 year old Kenwood TS-60 6 Meter mono-bander to 29.4ft of LMR-400 to the "DOMINATOR" 5/8 wave Vertical Ground Plane at 29.5ft to the radials...
The Antenna is supported by a 8ft Shakespeare Heavy Duty Marine Mast bolted to the roofwalk of the Caboose...

Click on links to see Andy's unusual shack:
N8OFS station inside caboose
N8OFS Caboose
N8OFS antenna on caboose

All QSOs were with local members of the beloved Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club, no E-skip, and no /mobiles just driving thru town...

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM 7 119 833
SSB 10 170 1700
CW 0 0 0
FM 13 221 2873
TOTALS 30   5406

Andy N8OFS GOT6???

WQ8U Mac

I finally got to the shack around 2 PM and started on 20 meters. I started with the Johnson Valiant and Collins 75A-4. I did not hear much except QRN and non-ham QRM so I shifted to 40 meters. There was Brian K4JYS having a small pile up! I jumped in and found out that my reed-relay / sand state homebrew QSK system was acting up. This system is patterned after a design by Jim W8KGI published in the October 1996 issue of Electric Radio Magazine. I could not use the old reliable Vibroplex bug because the system was not following the “dits” as it should. This is an RF problem and is not quickly fixed (unless you can find the missing ground immediately). I started using the J-38 straight key and found out how long it had been since I used it – the old fist was AWOL. Never the less I did connect with Mario N2AK, his protégé Tony N2ATB. Bill K4JYS – who had a nice sounding Knight T-50 running and Rick WW3DE who is in DE – where else would he be?

I took a break and tried to clean up the QSK system to no avail so I went back to the J-38 and made a non-CX contact with W6P which is a Special Event station in honor of the old Rt. 66. This was fun because we had just been on Rt. 66 in AZ and NM several weeks prior while attending the 50th wedding celebration of Jim W8KGI and his charming XYL Kathy.

Wilson W4BOH called on the land line and I reminded him this was CW CX Sunday – he jumped into action and was my next QSO. Next Brian K9VKY showed up with a real classic station: Johnson Ranger and National NC-183 – both great rigs. Brian made some comment about my fist and/or my age so I decided maybe a change was needed. I switched to the Ten Tec Jupiter since it is self contained and worked fine with the bug. Ran into Mark K3MSB a long time CXer with one of his hallmark B&W-5100s; great transmitter!

Ralph VE7XF from BC was running a good sounding Valiant. Then Rocco N6KN appeared with some of his Collins gear from his CO QTH. Must be nice to have two great shacks like that – of course Jim W8KGI has the same thing but his two shacks are in the house and in the garage – a little closer together than Rocco’s.

After a number of other QSOs with both new and old time CXers I was called by Perry (W8AU)operating WW2LST which is the call for an actual refurbished World War II landing craft. It is normally moored near Evansville, IN but is now on a cruise and was in Peoria, IL. Perry could not pass up the chance to needle me about operating a Jupiter in the CX….

I moved up to 80 meters to hear only John N2BE and Jim W8KGI. Jim was running through is collection and John was patiently responding. After a number of futile attempts to break in I listened around the band and decided it was probably time for bed. Pleasant dreams of clean crisp CW from various BAs filled my night after a fun CX.

All CW
VALIANT – 1956 - 55 YRS
75A-4 – 1955 – 56 YRS
TOTAL AGE: 55 + 56 + 12 + 12 = 135 YRS
QSOs: 17
Mac WQ8U

W8TM Paul

My QSO totals during this Classic Exchange were unfortunately small. For whatever reason, I had difficult copy on several occasions and made fewer QSOs than I had hoped for. The length of this report reflects the paucity of QSOs.

For this CX my equipment was as usual an SB-301 receiver (built by me in 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and a 40-meter inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 44 years old and the SB-401 is 37 years old, for a total age of 81 years.

My logs are attached, one for each mode. My score grid follows. I had no bonus points.

MODE Number of QSOs Total age of gear used to make QSOs SCORE
AM - - -
SSB 15 81 1,215
CW 27 81 972
FM - - -
TOTALS 27   2,187

Paul W8TM


Attached is my CX log for Sept. 2011 in PDF. I hope I have calculated my score correctly. Let me know if you have any questions.

COMMENTS: This was my first CX and I enjoyed it. Thank you for providing a fun operating event.

In the CW CX, I used my Swan 500CX and HW-101 transceivers, keying with a 1953 Vibroplex bug.

For SSB contacts I used just the HW-101 and Shure 444 mic.

The antenna is an inverted L.

On CW, the HW-101 was a little slow to key for the CW speed I like to use, and I believe I have found a fix for that.
That's good Brad, you should be the limiting factor in your shack - I know I am HiHi. - Mac

SSB CX was fun, but I had less time to devote to operating over the Sep 17-18 weekend.


150 years X 12 QSOs = 1,800


70 years X 5 QSOs = 350


I hope to work more of you next time.

Brad K4RT


Click here to see Kazu's rigs, tower and friends. Logs for Classic Exchange "CX" this Autumn.
September 18, 2011 - SSB -  from JAPAN  JA3KNB



Drake TR4
Collins KWM 2


5 QSOs X 190 years = 950

My best regards.


Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou

W7DRA Mike

worked on 80meters CW:
wb2awq, n6mql, k6tob, kx7l,
with an arc5 vfo and an af67 keyed exciter, with three 805s in parallel (600w) to a full wave inverted L.
Rx was an SX71 and Q5er.


232 points!

good times