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


Jim, W8KGI came roaring back from his third place last CX to capture not only Highest Overall Score as well as Highest CW Score and Highest AM Score. When he can get both his inside and garage shacks on the air he has an awesome collection of working boat anchors.

Rocco, N6KN came in second again but trailing Jim by just 7% and had the Highest SSB Score. It is interesting to compare Jim and Rocco’s scores. Jim was high in CW and AM while Rocco was less so in CW but high in SSB. Shows you can do well in all three modes.

For a relative new comer to CX and being a DX station, Kazu JA3KNB scored an impressive third place. Great job Kazu.

K6KN, Rocco: “Had a ton of fun…”
N2BE, Ron: “ September CX that I can recall.”
VE7BGP, Garry: “..great deal of fun.”
K3MD, John: “Fun making contacts with the Amexo AC-1T Novice Rig – it was tough.”

Rocco, N6KN working Vasko, 9V1BK in Singapore “long path with warbling signals.”

Greg, NS8O. Designed and built this 160 meter tranceiver.
here to see a picture.

Jim, K8KGI nominated by Ron, K2RP for helping him qualify his newly acquired Navigator.

Paul,W8TM: ...must remember to connect antenna
Donald, W2JEK: must grab the right key and the right headset...
Mac, WQ8U: Too many boat anchors. Click here to understand this.

Al W8UT nominated the Heathkit AT-1 operated by Jim, W8KGI. He reported an RST of 578c but said it was "probably worse than that."
Also it drifted about 2 kc during each transmission but came back to the starting frequency for the next transmission.

It is interesting to hear how some hams view their boat anchors.
Brian, K9VKY reported that John, N2BE and Jeff, K3KYR were mustering their harems.
Jeff, K3KYR views his BA collection much as vintage car owners view theirs.
Rocco, K6NK added to that thought with: "I think that the Route 66 stations had whetted the appetites of many stations to seek out other “event” stations, and somehow the CX classic gear fits into that picture – classic radios fit with classic cars and 50's nostalgia! Wonder if there are any boat anchor mobiles still operating - in classsic '50s cars, of course. Ed.
Howie, WB2AWQ considers his Johnson transmitter collection like the three bears:
Pappa Bear: Valiant with three 6146s
Mamma Bear: Ranger with two 6146s
Baby Bear: Navigator with one 6146.
Anonymous: Will be thinning the herd.
Andrew, GW3OQK "honours" his old Navy rigs by dressing in uniform for them. Click here to see Andrew and his rigs.

"So I grabbed a tooth brush"
John, N2BE's story:
"So I grabbed a tooth brush that I use for cleaning up old radios, and while holding open the trap-door on top of the "20A" and jamming that toothbrush against the relay with my left-hand, I keyed my message to Jim (W8KGI) with the right-hand. It worked somewhat; but alas, Jim still could not copy. Oh well.

"Classic Exchange, what a great way to celebrate my 42nd anniversary of holding the call VE7BGP and getting on the air the 1st weekend of fall '70."
Congratulations Garry! A super way to mark your anniversary!


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 or scrolling below the Scores Table.

W8KGIJim 424,307158,24011,989--594,536High Total, CW, and AM Scores
N6KNRocco 186,4942,409354,506-1,000544,409High SSB Score
JA3KNBKazu 67,14429,645122,210-2,000220,999
K2RPRon 69,26519,17044,646-3,000156,081
K3KYRJeff 97,999----97,999
N2BEJohn 69,9364,1364,256-4,00082,328
K4JYSBill 64,108---4,00068,108
K9VKYBrian 51,282---4,00055,282
VE7BGPGarry 28,100-15,5802,024-45,804
N2ATBTony 14,880-5,5952-2,00022,832
WB2AWQHowie 18,390----18,390
K3MDJohn 12,540---1,00013,540
W8UTAl 5,940----5,940
W8TMPaul 4,482----4,482
W2JEKDonald 2,200---2,0004,200
W7DRAMike 1,173---3,0004,173
NV1XBob 2,800----2,800
NS8OGreg --400-2,0002,400
WQ8UMac 1,380----1,380





On 9/16, I started off “early” at 10 a.m. with the gear in the garage before going to church. A number of guys were on 20 meter ssb including Rocco N6KN, Jim W4UX, and John KB0XSM, and I managed to qualify all of my ssb gear out there, the KWM1, Eldico SSB100, 75A3, B&W6100, NC303, HQ170A, and SB400. Then Rocco and I switched to AM, also on 14270 since the frequency was available, and I qualified the Viking I, Apache, DX-60, AF68, NC303, HRO-50R1, and 75A3 all before leaving for church at 11.

I got back on 40 meter AM about 3:30 and worked a bunch of the Arizona gang for another 26 contacts in the next hour, using the Viking II, Hammarlund 4-20/4-11 pair, Globe King 275, Knight T-150, Lettine 240, SX-28A, HRO-5TA1, HQ129x, BC348R, RME70, SX73, and HQ120. I then moved to the inside shack about 5:15, and still on 40 used the R4B/T4X, and 75A4/CE100V pairs on ssb followed by more AM contacts with the 32V3, DX100, Valiant, and National NTX30/NSM pair and the HRO-50, NC200, SX28, and HQ145.

I dropped out for supper about 6:30 and returned to 75 meter AM around 9. I made 24 contacts there using the DX100,32V3, TBS50, and CE100V (yes, on AM) with receivers HRO, FB7, RME69, and SX28. Finally quit about 10:20, with very little voice left.

I made 19 QSOs on ssb with an age multiplier of 631 for a total ssb core of 11989.
I made 80 QSOs on AM with an age multiplier of 1978 for a total AM score of 158240.


On 9/23, I again started off in the garage for an hour before going to church and made 22 contacts on 20 CW with Paul KC7NBM, Rocco K6KN, and Mark W7ESN, using the Viking I, Apache, AF68, T150, Lysco 600, DX60, and SB400 transmitters and NC303, SX28A, HRO-50R1, 75A3, and HQ170A receivers. Got back on 20 about 2:15 and made 19 more QSOs using the B&W6100, DX20, AT1, AF68, and Apache transmitters, the 75A3, RME70, BC348R, and NC303 receivers and the KWM1 transceiver. I switched to 40 CW at 3:50, and working until 7 still from the garage I made 33 more contacts using the AF67, HT20, Globe Scout 680, Globe King 275, Hammarlund 4-20, McMurdo Silver 701, Adventurer, Globe Chief 90Lettine 240, and Collins 32RA transmitters with the NC303, HRO5TA1, RME70, HQ129x, HQ120, SX73, SW3, SX28A, and 75A3 receivers.

I then moved to the inside shack on 80 CW and made 50 contacts using the Millen 90800, CE100V, Valiant, DX100, 32V3, ’41 Meissner Signal Shifter, T4X, NTX-30, TBS-50, and CBY52209 (BC457) transmitters with the HRO50, NC200, 75A4, SX28, HRO, HQ145, R4B FB7, RME69, and BC454/BC453 receivers.

In all, I made 127 CW QSOs with an age multiplier of 3341 years for a total CW score of 424307.

The grand total for all modes is then 594536. It was a blast!

Jim, W8KGI


CX Prep: In the Jan/Feb CX, I reported on how it was to operate with a crashed tower and beam plus one jury-rigged 40-m inverted V. It was a different story this CX. I managed to replace the ruined 52-ft tower with an HG-70 HD that I miraculously found in Denver, my second QTH. Perhaps I should post the picture of that tower being lifted into position over the Palos Verdes house after transport. That tower is over 25 years old – can I count it for the CX multiplier? (just kidding). I also rebuilt the Mosley “bent boom” yagi (another multiplier?) and restrung the 40 and 80 m inverted Vees. So – how would it all work for the CX? Answer – see results:
Nice try Rocco but without proof of moved towers and bent booms as bonus cannot be considered. Ed.

SSB CX: I spent most of the event parked on 14270, +/- 3 kHz, trying to find clear “holes” between the QRM; several CX regulars popped in an out with additional stations to be qualified. Many thanks to them and some “newbies” who patiently allowed us to move from rig to rig, shotgun style. The pileup's were pretty deep at times: I think that the Route 66 stations had whetted the appetites of many stations to seek out other “event” stations, and somehow the CX classic gear fits into that picture – classic radios fit with classic cars and 50's nostalgia! Wonder if there are any boat anchor mobiles still operating - in classsic '50s cars, of course.I used amplifiers with two stations, the KWM-2A and the Drake C twins. These were employed when needed to keep the poachers away, but all the other vintage transmitters here were at 50-100 W.

As usual, lot's of folks dug out their pet vintage rigs and fired them up. John, N2BE, sounded great on his NCX-3 (I need to dig mine out and install it into the operating network) and his GSB-100/NC303. Jim, W4UX, had a nice sounding HT-37 paired with a 2B. John, KD0SXM, had an HT-32/75A-4 combo; it was nice to hear the HT-32 – my HT32B was qualified, but it now has a bad bandswitch and needs attention. Jim, W8KGI, had his BW6100 on the air, and I am sorry that I did not manage to work him with my own BW6100. On a whim, Jim and I decided to qualify some AM stations on 14270 in the middle of the SSB QRM – my neighbor, Joe, K5KT, also participated in this madness. After the heterodynes died out, I had qualified the DX100/NC300 and Valiant/75A4, and Jim had qualified several stations, including his DX60. Then I went back to SSB and stayed there until the band died. I loved hearing Brett, KC9VFG's Swan 400 and Matt, K7PKG's Swan 350. I worked Mark, W1MAD, as he was “car ferry” mobile from VT; that's a first for me.

SSB rigs used: KWM-2A/2KD-5; BW6100/75A-4; HT32B/SX115; Gonset GSB-100/R4A; TR4CW/RIT;; Swan 500 CX; KWM-1; Hallicrafters FPM-200; T4X-C/R4-C/SB-220; NCX-5; SB404/SB301; FT-101; NCX-5.

AM rigs used: Valiant/75A-4; DX-100/NC-300

CW Report. Started out on 40 with W8TM, before the band folded to the east. Moved to 20 and called CQ CX patiently. DX Dept: Andrew, GW3OQK, and I barely missed a CX contact; he heard me (See WA3OQK E mail), and I heard someone calling, but I could not pull him out of the noise. What a pity! I will be listening for him next CX; he has a wonderful vintage station. It would be great if more of us tried to work both Andrew and Kazu (KA3KNB)during CX. Ed. Vasko, 9V1BK, and I managed a CX contact, long path with warbling signals. Many regulars showed up. W8KGI and I exchanged a lot of QSOs back and forth; CA to NM on 20 proved to be a reasonably reliable path. Finally moved to 40 at 2200. W8KGI's Lysco 600 sounded stable, with good keying, by the way. Mark, W7ESN had a lot of gear on the air; in particular, his Morrow twins and HB 30-W transmitter sounded wonderful. It was easy to hear Howie, WB2AWQ and his SB-102 in NV from here; it's almost ground wave. Ron, K2RP also had a ton of stuff active; his HW7 and HW8 were easy to hear from this QTH. We both used our Valiants and 75A-4s for one QSO. Tom, K6LQI had his Navy GF11 on the air, and it was strong here, as usual. Had a ton of fun, as usual, and it was nice to hear some new gear from some of the regulars.

CW rigs used: Ranger II/Desk KW/2B; Valiant/75A-4; T4X-C/R4-C/SB-220; SR400A; FT 101; KWM2-A; FTDX570; Swan 500 CX; KWM-1; DX-100/NC-300; TR4CW/RIT; Apache/NC-155; Gonset GSB-100/R4A; HT32B/SX115; BW6100/75A-4 #2; DX60/SB303; SB404/SB301; Hallicrafters FPM-200; 32V-2/R390A; NCX-5; FT1-1E.

Total Score: 423 QSO's, 554,409 pts

Lot's of fun, as usual!

73, Rocco “Rock” Lardiere N6KN

JA3KNB Kazu Dear Mac San

The 2012 September Classic Exchange was the second challenge for me. It was only 15 and using 2 ele CQ.

To see some of Kazu's BA collection
click here

SSB AM Report I managed 17 pieces of gear for SSB and 11 pieces of gear for AM. I worked Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with 36 SSB QSOs and one of good partner Taka/JF3RDE with 36 SSB QSOs.moving to AM ,Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with 7 AM QSOs ,Taka/JF3RDE with 21 AM QSOs. It was about a half and 3 hours working with changing the order to all machines. Next morning, I was very happy to have a SSB QSO with WA6UIM Barry San from NV. And I worked Tad/JN3DRX with 48 SSB QSOs,moving to AM 21 AM QSOs.

1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3
2.Collins KWM-2
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1
4.Drake Cline NO1 (R-4C T-4XC )
5.Drake Cline NO2 (R-4C T-4XC )
6.Drake TR-4
10.Heathkit SB-102
11.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37
12,Heathkit SB-104A
121 QSOs
1,010 Total age of gear
SSB Score 122,210


1.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C T-4XC )
2.Hammarlund HQ100-A Heathkit DX-40
5.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C T-4XC )
6.Drake TR-4
7.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37
49 QSOs
605 Total age of gear
AM Score 29,645

CW Report
It was only 15 and using 2 ele CQ. I managed 20 pieces of gear for CW.and worked Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with 42 CW QSOs.It was about 3 hours working. Next morning,I worked Tad/JN3DRX with 14 CW QSOs. One machine fails this time and TAKA/JF3RDE was not able to participate CW for a business trip .

1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3
2.Collins KWM-2
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1
5.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C T-4XC )
6.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C T-4XC )
7.Hammarlund HQ100-A Heathkit DX-40
8.Drake TR-4
12.Heathkit SB-102
13.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37
14,Heathkit SB-104A
56 QSO s
1,199 Total age of gear
CW Score 67,144

HammarLund HQ-100-A
Heathkit DX-40

AM 29,645
SSB 122,210
CW 67,144
BONUS 2,000
TOTALS 220,999

Look forward to the next CX.

Kazu San, it is always a pleasure to have you in CX. Perhaps more of us can have a QSO with you next CX. Ed.

Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
TEL:072-863-6667 FAX:072-863-6668

K3KYR Jeff

The Sept 2012 CW CX went much better for me than January '12 and Sept '11. Several stations were worked more than once, however a total of 37 contacts were made with just four stations, ie: K9VKY Brian; N2ATB Tony; N2AK Mario; and N2BE John who led with 13 qso's.

As usual its as much fun listening to other folks vintage rigs as using my own and I guess thats what its all about. There are some great collections out there and the CX events allow us to showcase them much as vintage car owners do with their "drive-ins" and rally's.

For this event I was able to qualify 18 stations with a total age of 1661 years while making 59 contacts, for a score of 97,999 pts.

Thank you Mac for all your efforts in planning these events and recording their outcomes.


Equipment used follows:
DX 60A, HR 10
HW16 #1
DX20, NC 109
HW16 #2
HT 40, S 85
T 150, HQ 110A
Eico 720, HQ 110C
AT-1, HE 80
T 60, SX 140
DX 40, NC 125
Ranger 2, HQ 170
Yaesu Twins FR 101, FL 101
DX 60, HR 10
HW 8
HW 7
C 21
TS 530SP


Attached my log, summary, and requisite photo of the HB 1625 rig with the SX25. I'm honored that you took my suggestion!
Ed. Note: Ron suggested the homebrew rigs be featured and to get more pictures. Thanks Ron.

To see Ron's rig
click here.

Almost everything worked this year, except my brain! Forgot about the Novice station bonus. Did use one of my Novice transmitters, but forgot to use the receiver! Also spent some time between the phone and cw events finishing an ARC-5 VFO conversion so that I could use my CE 20A on CW. Worked great. Forgot to use it!

Wish I could have worked a few more on AM and qualified a couple of more AM rigs. Problem was, the AM frequencies here in the west are dominated by round tables, and it can take more than a half hour for your turn to come up (lots of long winded guys), then to get a report from each of the group takes another half hour, and half of them forget to give you the report. They are not generally as cooperative as the non-participating SSB and CW group, and grouse about how they hate contests. Makes me feel like I'm bothering them, although I know most of them from vintage nets! But almost everyone on SSB and CW is interested in what we're doing. Ed. Note: Invite them to join in and submit to the newsletter.

Thanks go to W8KGI, Jim, for all the CW contacts. He helped me qualify a bunch of rigs, including my newly acquired Navigator. Good op with good ears!

And of course, many thanks to Mac for all the efforts to organize this twice a year. See you all in February!

Ron K2RP


Hi Mac,

In one statement, this was the best September-CX that I can ever recall.

Two things that I feel contributed most to this were the excellent short-skip propagation that characterized 40 meters for most of the day in the CW event, and the absolute driving enthusiasm from several of our regular participants as they "fired up" and qualified a dizzying array of classic stations.

During the CW event, I had at least four different QSOs with each of these five stations^ K3KYR (Jeff), N2AK (Mario), N2ATB (Tony), K9VKY (Brian) and W8TM (Paul). Tony (N2ATB) was the "Return Champ" with 13 QSOs ! Brian (K9VKY) had some of the most interesting, to me, equipment such as: a 1929 TNT oscillator at one watt input, a WWII "PRC-1" spy radio, and a Collins "KWM-380". I chuckled when Jim (WT2W) described his rig as a "very old K3" (Elecraft).

Near the end of the day, I was trying to qualify my tenth station in the event, a Central Electronics "20A" (5 watts) and National "NC-173", on 80 meters. Mac, you were my second QSO with it, and I was having increasingly worsening problems with the 20A's keying relay. After our QSO, I called several CQs and finally WB6QCS responded. I sent my information, as the relay continued to get worse, but the "WB6" never came back to me. Later, I heard and gave Jim (W8KGI) a call; hoping to make him my third and qualifying "victim" with that rig, HI. Jim, however, was having problems copying my 5 watt, poorly-keying signal all the way out in New Mexico. While resending my information to Jim, the relay quit keying completely. I wasn't going to let Jim "off-the-hook" that easily (HI); so I grabbed a toothbrush, that I use for cleaning up old radios, and while holding open the trap-door on top of the "20A" and jamming that toothbrush against the relay with my left-hand, I keyed my message to Jim with the right-hand. It worked somewhat; but alas, Jim still could not copy. Oh well ... how's that for a "Best Failed Effort", Mac ? (HI) Winner!

I was, however, determined to seek out another victim and qualify that rig; and I did. Hans (WAIUFO) heard my calls for help and responded. The toothbrush-aligned transmitter was keying a little better, and we had a nice, but strained (at my end), QSO. My only regret is I would have liked to ask Hans about his call's suffix (i.e., "UFO"). I sensed a real story there and would have liked to hear it; maybe next time with a better functioning transmitter.

The FONE event for me was highlighted by six SSB QSOs with Rocco (N6KN) in CA. In two of the QSOs, Rocco managed to come up with two Hallicrafters transceivers, an "SR-400A" and "FPM-200", that were seldom heard back when they were new in the 1960s; never mind today. Nice ones, Rocco ! At the AM homebrew end, Kim (KE3SX) was running a great sounding pair of 4-400s modulated by a pair of 810s and driven by an Eico "720" with the "722" vfo. His receive end also was classic with two receivers doing the job: a National "HRO-7" and a Hallicrafters "SX-101".

[On a sad note: I have learned that Kim became an "SK" on November 12, due to a massive heart-attack. He was well-liked and will be missed by many.]

Not to be outdone, Carl (W2IQK) had an equally great sounding 805 homebrew transmitter modulated by 4-65s. The receiver, also homebrew, was a 14-tube superhet. Great sounding stations ! One odd thing about this FONE event was that my SSB score was slightly higher than my AM score. I don't think that had ever happened before. Perhaps if I can get a current project, a beat-up 1939 Stancor model "60-P" transmitter, going soon; I'll be able to enhance that sagging AM score by this winter's CX. Despite being a "vomit pile" of parts, as much of my equipment was at one time, I consider the "60-P" to be a real treasure and well worth the considerable effort to restore it to operational condition. At least it doesn't have any keying relay in it HI.

WARNING: Have salt shaker near-by when reading the following two paragraphs.
I sincerely hope that all of the East Coast "CXosaurs" emerged safe-and-sound in the wake of "Sandy". My reference to this upcoming extreme weather event, in my winter 2012 CX report, as our "Halloween Scare" was unfortunately somewhat prophetic. The N2BE "Climate-Crap Center" ("CCC") was completely overwhelmed by the total lack of calls resulting from the storm, I guess people stood outside with snow shovels in hand and just got blown away. I was expecting more of a snow event than another "Irene". After all, a storm like "Irene" doesn't occur once in 30 years; no less two years in a row ! That's unprecidented. Also, by late-October, thoughts start turning towards winter weather and snow storms here in northwest-NJ It did snow plenty in some areas, though; but the main story was one of "Irene 2". The "CCC" ,however, did correctly "nail down" the date period for this extreme weather, once again. I am calling it a victory and encourage all to stay tuned for my next extreme weather warning, which should appear with my winter 2013 CX results. The new "watch" is on!

As I promised, I have changed my brand of cold-807s. Just mid-way into my second new "cold one", a tremendous realization hit me. If one maps out the worldwide power-grid on the surface of a globe, a thick ring or belt, that is roughly on the equator, will be seen, This ring is actually a horrendous degaussing loop that is neutralizing the Earth's innate magnetic fields. Those fields generated by BA power supplies DON'T directly aid Earth's magnetic fields, as previously thought. Instead, they indirectly support them by cancelling out the degaussing power-grid fields. They are inductively reactive relative to the power-grid and are out-of-phase with it, resulting in the cancellation of the latter. I am sure glad I finally got that one "straight". The new cold-807s happen to be an expensive brand; so I guess I got what I paid for, HI.

Mac, I could continue writing at this point but my fear is that if I ever put this down, it will sit for a while and not get sent in (i.e., another form of procrastination, HI). The weather now is nice outside, for November, and I have many projects beckoning. So, I will wish you/yours and all the CX gang a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. And ... thanks to you for keeping the CX electrons flowing.

Hallicrafters HT-46; Drake 2B
Johnson Challenger; Howard BC-779-A
Harvey-Wells TBS-50D; Hammarlund HQ-120-X
National NCX-3
Johnson Adventurer; Hallicrafters SX-24
Gonset GSB-100; National NC-303
Heathkit CX-100; Collins R-390
Central Electronics 20A; National NC-173
Heathkit HW-7
Homebrew 2N709 VFO/2N697 PA (150 mw); Hammarlund SP-200

CW: 62 QSOs x 1128 Years = 69,936
SSB: 154 QSOs X 304 Years = 4,256
AM: 11 QSOs X 376 Years = 4,136
Novice Bonus : 1,000
Homebrew Bonus: 1,000
Homebrew photo Bonus: 1,000
GRAND TOTAL = 81,328

John N2BE


In this CX, all the rigs worked without a hitch. Most of my contacts were on 40 meters, with only 3 on 80 meters. I was able to qualify more rigs this year and that really helped increase the total points. I guess the most modern rig I worked was a Flex 3000 (K1CCS). W3ZT was running his CIA-RTB, at 12 watts again…must be a neat little rig. Wilson, W4BOH, made several appearances in my log with his shinny, new FT950.

To see some of Bill's Novice and home brew gear
click here.

EICO 720 - 1958
GLOBE SCOUT 65 – 1954
CONAR 400 - 1965
DRAKE 2B(#1) – 1961
SX-100 - 1955
CONAR 500 - 1965
DX40 – 1958
TS440S – 1986
LYSCO - 1950
HQ110 – 1957
NC125 - 1950
DX60B – 1967
DRAKE R4C – 1973
HB 6AG7 - 1950
75S3 – 1961
DRAKE T4XC – 1973
HW16 – 1967
EICO 723 – 1960
ELMAC A54H - 1952
HQ140X – 1953
DRAKE 2B (#2) - 1961
VIKING 2 – 1952
HQ170 – 1958
SX101A - 1959

TOTAL SCORE: 1364 YRS X 47 QSO’s=64108
HOME BREW XMTR – 6AG7 – 1950 (1000 PTS)

So, kudos, again, Mac and your sidekicks for a super CX….

de Bill K4JYS


Hello Mac and the CX Crusaders--

Once again the CX was a wonderful time to not only fire up the old gear, but to renew some acquaintances and meet some new friends as well. Conditions were good on 40 and 80 Meters, and they carried the water for the Fall 2012 effort. Both bands went short fostering QRP contacts without interference from the western QSO parties. Sadly, the higher bands yielded no contacts at all. I listened for Kazu, JA3KNB on 15 Meters, but it was no cigar. Hopefully we can hear Kazu during the winter get together.

John, N2BE, and Jeff, K3KYR mustered their harems of equipment, and both had multiple entries in the log. Jeff was the only guy worked who had a half way respectable chirp with his Lafayette T-150. (I'm told that the T-150's designer deliberately built in a number of flaws to get even with the management for a lack of promotions within the company!). Anyway, Jeff was standing tall with his 579C note.

My thanks to all the guys who cranked up their hearing aids to copy the homebrew 1929 TNT transmitter
click for photo . It was fun to put the thing on the air again, and a challenge to keep it reasonably close to its initial frequency. The Type 10 tube put out a whompin', stompin' 1 1/2 watts to the antenna which was at rest. Not having the wind blow the antenna up and down helps keep the transmit frequency stable which has been a problem in the past. My favorite contact was with John, N2BE, where we ran QRPp to QRPp and both had honest 589 signals.

The Players included:
TX: Viking Navigator, Ranger, Ranger II, Valiant, Collins 32V2, 32V3, 32S3, and the stalwart 1929 TNT (Homebrew)
RX: HRO-5, NC-183D, HQ-140X (Novice receiver), Collins 75A2, 75A3, 75A4, 75S3
Xcvr: AN/PRC-1 Spy radio set, TS-520, TS-530, KWM-380

For the numbers, there were 42 contacts with an age multiplier of 1221 for a sub-total of 51,282.
Claiming the bonus points of 1000 (Novice), 1000 (Homebrew) and 2000 for the HB photo brings us up to 55,282.

We multiply that number by the Anthroprogenic Global Warming Eradication Factor of 9, where the AGWEF equals the number of candles blown out on my grandson's birthday cake that day. Thus the Grand Total for the September 2012 CX is 497,538. (Would you care for some more Kool-Aid, Mac...?)
Unfortunately for Brian, the eagle-eyed CX Newsletter Editor has detected his attempt at enhancing his score with GWG (Global Warming Garble). Grandson accepted, multiplier not accepted. Sorry Brian, try again in February.

Here's hoping everyone had a grand time with the CX, happy hunting on the bands, and keep those filaments lit.

Brian K9VKY


Hello Mac
Here is my CX log for the weekend participation in Classic Exchange recently. It was a great deal of fun working all the great oldies on that Sunday.

I got to spend a lot of time for this CX Contest.The Phone Portion was a lot of fun I got to get 7 rigs up & running on SSB Mode and 3 rigs on FM mode. On CW mode I got to get 8 rigs on line and 7 qualified. Classic Exchange what a great way to celebrate my 42nd anniversary of holding the call VE7BGP and getting on the air the 1st weekend of fall '70.
Congratulations Garry! A great way to mark your anniversary!

Gerry VE7BGP


SSB Mode: IC-751A, FT-301D, FT-757GX, FT-767GX yrs, SB-101, TT Argosy & FT-901DM
448 yrs X 35 QSOS =15,680
FM Mode: TR-7400A, FT-767GX & FT-208R
184 yrs X 11 QSOs =2,024
CW Mode: FT-301D, FT757GX, HW-8, FT-767GX, TT Argosy, SB-101 & IC-751A
452 yrs X 23 QSOs 10,396

N2ATB Tony

Note: Equipment used for both SSB and Phone portions of contest was a Kenwood TS-520S (34 years x 2 = 68 years), a Kenwood TS-830S (32 years x 2 = 64 years), a Ten-tec Argosy (32 years x 2 = 64 years) and a Kenwood TS-440S (26 years x 2 = 52 years) for a total of 248 years.

QSOs = 60
AGE = 248
TOTAL = 14,880

QSOs = 24
AGE = 248
SCORE = 5,952


TOTAL SCORE = 22,832

WB2AWQ Howie

Hi CXers!

This CX marks the first time in a number of years that I actually operated some phone for CX. Mind you, it was just for a few brief moments, but what the heck! I managed to get in about 15 minutes around 3 PM local here in NV. Jumped on 20M with my Swan 350, and promptly worked Rocco (who else???) N6KN, and managed to complete a QSO with John N2BE back in NJ. Conditions were not good for the long haul at that time. I didn’t hear any other stations, in fact I didn’t hear Rocco working anyone else, so I went down to 40M, where I heard a couple of CXers on AM. They were weak, but I would have been able to make a go of it. Decided to wait until they broke off due to the weak signals. But these two guys just rambled on and on and on…….soon I had to leave the radio room. Howie, I think I know why you don't work much AM HiHI. Ed.

The following week, I had CX loaded into the schedule, at least for some of the afternoon and evening. I started around 2:30 local on my SB-102, again on 20M. I did listen on 15, and heard nothing. Not so sure about the 15M frequency, it’s kind of out in left field. There were other, non-CX stations down in the normal CW portion below 21050 though. Back to 20M, first QSO was with a guy right here in Reno, KA6JLT. He wasn’t working CX, but he was QRP. Worked a handful of the regulars, then as 20 quieted down, I went to 40M, on the Swan 350. Activity on 40 was fair, not what I expected though. First 40M QSO was with K6KPH, Mike, at the key of the Radiomarine Historical Society setup in Pt Reyes CA, also known as Coast Station KSM and ex-KPH. They rank as the heavyweights for me in this CX, with a Henry HF5000D commercial transmitter, and a Kenwood R5000 receiver. Not to mention those neat, and very effective wire antenna arrays that made KPH such a powerhouse on the marine bands. Around 5PM I broke out the Viking Navigator and NC-125 for a few contacts. Also put my Howard 435A (how many of YOU have a receiver namesake?) receiver on line, and made one more contact, but unfortunately the Howard (receiver, that is!) is not so great, so I didn’t qualify it.

40 worked well until around 6 PM local, when I broke to take the XYL out to dinner. On our return at 8:30, 40 was pretty quiet, so it was on to 80M, where I brought out my favorite, and the biggest gun in my CW arsenal, the GO-9, and my ORIGINAL Novice RX, a BC-348Q. There were not a whole lot of CXers on 80, but those of us who were there kept up a steady stream of rig changes, so activity was easy to find, especially with the likes of Jim W8KGI, Ron K2RP and Paul K2LMQ. My rig changes included a Viking Invader with an SX-101A, and my HRO WW2 receiver. Next CX I’ll have some HB stuff – TX and RX - up, but it’s still packed away and in need of some reassemby.

Noteworthy contacts besides K6KPH included two real QRP ones, with AE7CG Loren running an MFJ Cub transceiver at 2W, and Gerry VE7BGP running a Heath HW-8. Given the not so hot bands, they were doing pretty well. W7ESN Mark had two different HB TX and RX setups going, both of which sounded FB. Larry W9CC was running the very rare NTX30, but his signals were extremely weak due to propagation. While using my Navigator, I worked N6KN on his Valiant. Now the Valiant is the Papa bear, with 3 – 6146’s, then there’s the Ranger or Mama bear with 2, and the Navigator is the baby, with just one 6146. Didn’t hear any Rangers though, very unusual for CX. W7ESN had a new receiver name, for me at least, a Hagenuk (German) RX1002. I had an Invader to Invader 2K QSO with Ron K2RP. Pete W6WVZ was running an ARC-5 setup complete with dynamotors. You could hear the whine in his signal. Very cool. And not the wine in his sending? Ed. And Charlie, KX7L was running an AN/GRC-9 transmitter-receiver. So, with my mil stuff, and Paul K2LMQ’s R-388, the military generation was well represented.

All in all this was not a bad CX for me. See ya all in February!

Reno NV


40 meters main band
20 meters dead.
Fun making 3 contacts with the Ameco AC-1T Novice Rig - was tough!

Drake 2C
National NC-270
Hallicrafters HT-37
Ameco AT-1T
TR-4 6AQ6 Homebrew (40 M glowbug)

33 QSOs X 380 yrs = 12,540
Homebrew Bonus: 1,000
GRAND TOTAL = 13,540


Hi Mac,
Nice to see you, if only briefly, at Shelby.
I've att. a .pdf file of my log/score sheet for the latest CX.
Good fun, thanks for keeping this going.

Once again, I had a sr. moment (or week), and missed the SSB weekend this time. But did get more rigs qualified on CW than I have before. Didn't think enuf about the bonus for HB, or I would have gotten out the old 35-T rig that W2UAS built in the late 30's. I did use & report on that one in Feb., 2006. Just for info, see it at: Maybe next time.

If there's an award for "most interesting signal" or something like that, here's my nomination: "most interesting signal" was the AT-1 of Jim, W8KGI. I gave him 578c, it was probably worse than that, plus it drifted abt 2 kc during each transmission, but came back each time, so didn't have to chase him across the band. I wkd him 4 times in 10 min., he changed rigs between each.

I called Wilson, W4BOH, about 8 times on 40CW abt 8:15 PM, but couldn't get him to hear me. He was 599 hr, maybe the ricebox FT-950 he was on was deaf ;-) I'll ask him.

Drake B-twins 1968, age 2x(2012-1968)=2x44 = 88
TR-4Cw 1964, age 2x(2012-1964)=2x48 = 96
HT-32 2012-1957 = 55
SX-115 2012-1961 = 51
KWM-2A 2x(2012-1959) = 2x53 = 106

TOTAL age = 396
TOTAL QSO’s = 15
BASE score = 5940 no bonuses
Final Score = 5940

73, cu at Benson,
Al, W8UT

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


A prior commitment limited my participation in the phone CX to just a couple of hours, during which time I wasn't able to find anyone to QSO. That's too bad. Good try though. So the rest of this report pertains to the CW CX only.

As usual, my equipment was an SB-301 receiver (built by me in 1967), SB-401 transmitter (likewise in 1974) and an inverted vee fed with ladder line. The SB-301 is 45 years old and the SB-401 is 38 years old, for a total age of 83 years.

The equipment performed well this CX, with only a few operator-induced glitches (gotta remember to connect the antenna!) The transmitter's VFO hasn't functioned for several years, so I must transceive with no RIT, which can make off-frequency QSOs challenging. But old gear should have some limitations, right? That's part of the fun Paul.

My log is attached, and the score grid reduces to one line.

Mode: CW
No. of QSOs 54
Total gear age 83
Score 4,482

73, Paul W8TM


Dear Mac,
Here is a copy of my log for the CW portion of the September Classic Exchange. I did not have any voice contacts.

I use 2 keys, 2 headsets and 2 foot switches for the rigs and have a coaxial antenna switch.
Got to remember which one to use - sometime grab the wrong key. HiHI
Donald, you are not alone in forgetting which switch or which key. A sign of a real CXer!

Harvey-Wells TBS-50C
Hallicrafters S-76
Johnson Ranger I
Drake 2B

10 QSOs X 220 Years = 2,700
Novice TX Bonus: 1,000
Novice RX Bonus: 1,000


For pictures of Mike's great looking home brew gear
click here

RIGS: NC 183/Bc453; ARC5 VFO, AF-67 driver, three parallel 810s
Number of QSOs: 3
Age of rigs: 121
Score: 363

RIGS: RAL-7; 6AG7/807 MOPA
Number of QSOs: 3
Age of rigs: 125
Score: 375

RIGS:HRO 60; ARC5 VFO, 6AQ5/6L6, 805
Number of QSOs: 3
Age of rigs: 121
Score: 363

BONUS: 3,000


Great contest and to hear the old rigs back on the air.
Looking forewart to next CX - hope to have Novice rig up and running.

14 QSOs X 200 Years = 2,800

Bob, NV1X


Hi Mac,
Here are my log and comments!

Comments: I was surprised at the lack of participation by the ham community at large. Seeing that we are an aging bunch, I figured that there would be a lot of folks on. I only found a few on 40 SSB and AM. They were some very nice fellows and had wonderful rigs that sounded great.

I managed to scare up a few contacts on 160 with my homebrewed rig that I have pictured
Band conditions were very decent and I wish more would have become involved. Maybe on the CW portion of the contest we’ll see more!

Rig: Homebrew 160 Meter SSB/CW Transceiver 23 Years Old- 100 Watts - 6146 in output stage - Solid State - Finished in 1989 – I designed everything including SSB and CW crystal filters (5 MHz), transceiver functions, input to output! It took a year to build in stages. The chassis was an old DX 35 that had been scrapped out. I got 5 hours of credit for it at Ohio University in 1992 in an Industrial Technology 490 Special Projects class.

Great looking rig Greg!

Number of QSO's: 1
Equipment Age: 20 SSB
Number of QSO's: 6
Equipment Age: 50
Score: 300
Bonus: 2,000 (Homebrew rigs)

Greg Weinfurtner-NS8O
40192 State Route 689
Albany OH 45710


Well this CX was bound to happen, only I did not know it would be so soon or so abrupt.

Let me start from the beginning. I retired over 13 years ago and set about building a multi BA station so I could be in the same league as W8KGI and N6NK in the CX. Plus I have always had a nagging desire for some of those rigs I could only dream about when I was in high school. Now was my time. Rigs came in and I worked with and on them until they were operating enough to be in CX. I built a QSK system, patterned after the W8KGI system described in Electric Radio Magazine, Issue 90; October 1996 so I could quickly switch transmitters and receivers and have a full break-in system. Things were coming together very well.

I also took over publishing the CX Newsletter, built a web site for CX and wrote several articles about Boat Anchors and the CX that were published in Electric Radio magazine. Retirement was good ;-)

These pictures shows part of the BA collection. Life was good.

Then came the move to North Carolina nine years ago. Moving near grandchildren has its benefits but it does have adverse impact on BAs. Our 0.4 acre city lot in the heart of the historic district put some serious limitations on antennas. Fortunately the house has a fair sized room on the far side of the garage (can’t hear radios inside the house) so there was potential.

I resurrected the QSK system from Ohio, started reactivating rigs and got some wire antennas up so things were looking up. One of the benefits of having a number of BAs is redundancy. If a rig stops working, just bring another one on line. Implied in that process is fixing the non-working rigs. Remember that for later.

Just before this CX I remembered that my HRO-50 R1 had a problem with the RF Gain control so I put it on the bench and spent the free time I had over two weeks trying to fix it. Replacing resistors whose values had changed and swapping tubes did not solve the problem. With CX hard on my heels, I put it back in its case and decided I could still work CX with an RF Gain Control that went from full at “10” to zero at “9” on the knob. Most CX QSOs require full RF Gain anyway….

Sunday morning I powered up the old reliable Drake Twins (T-4X and R-4A) which came to life after a little tweaking of the side tone controls. (Don't you just love those SSB rigs which are circuitiously adapted to incorporate CW instead of good old straight cathode keying.) The Drake Twins are my go-to rigs for most of my operating. Along with the Heathkit SB-200 they make operating a pleasure. I got the Collins 75A-4 on line with fine results and the HRO-50 R1 was also doing OK.

Things are looking good so now onto transmitters.
My Viking Valiant is usually a reliable work horse so I turned on the AC and….nothing! I found a note on top of the case reminding me that in the CX last Winter the Valiant had blown a fuse. I had not gotten around to investigating and fixing the problem.

No problem, there is a Heathkit DX-100 right next to the Valiant that would do the same job. The DX-100 did show its dial lights but that was all! Checking the DX-100 folder in the file, there was a note that during CX several years ago it was working fine and then gave some sad sounding AC tone transformer grunts and stopped working – totally. I had sort of forgotten about it but no big problem – there are lots of other transmitters.

The Johnson Viking II on the shelf about the Valiant and the DX-100 and the Viking II worked last I remembered. I powered it up and, after some tuning around with the 75A-4, found a raspy signal above 7.1 Mc. First problem was the VFO was set at 7.050 and, when turned, did not change the frequency of the received signal. Could it be that my good old Viking II had developed some kind of self oscillation? Yep! The Buffer showed current and did not respond to tuning the “Buffer” control, except to vary the frequency. Looking in the folder, there was a note from several years ago the Viking II was acting strangely with spurious signals – and chirping. Another one got away.
Seems like a pattern developing, hmmmmm.

So what now? Next to the Viking II is a B&W-5100B that does not see much use because the internal T-R relay has a mind of its own. This transmitter has a special place in my heart because back in the dark ages when Jim, W8KGI, and I were in the Cincinnati Jesuit high school there was a Home Coming parade at half time of the football game and each school organization was encouraged to build a float. The St. Xavier High radio club (W8GYH) built a very large replica of the B&W 5100 (complete with strange meter position) using a wood frame, chicken wire skin and a huge number of blue, black and white Kleenex tissues stuffed into the chicken wire to produce what actually looked like an oversized B&W-5100 on the flat bed truck. Inside it we had an audio oscillator, amplifier and speakers, complements of the physics department, and Jim Hanlon (W8KGI) who was then W4VIV. He was sending out various messages in Morse code keying the gear as the float rolled down the sideline of the stadium. Neither Jim nor I remember why but we both remember that he had to key the 110 VAC. Oh, you wonder, how did it get AC power to do all this? Lots of long extension cords managed by the other members of the club, including another future CXer – Marty, AA4RM (sk) and myself. Back to the CX, the B&W 5100 did not want to switch to transmit no matter how much I pleaded and tapped it. So much for that transmitter for now. CX had already started and I only had the Drake Twins on the air; that's not going to produce much of a score. But not to worry, there are other transmitters.

Fortunately I inherited the “BOGS” from Al, N5AIT, an original CX participant and the previous CX Newsletter Editor. What’s a BOGS you ask? Somewhere in its past life a Globe Scout 680 received a coat of burnt orange paint. Who knows why, but it did. The transmitter was still OK inside, and as long as you didn’t look at it too much, it was acceptable. Well Al needed some way to easily refer to it on CW so he tagged it “BOGS” – Burnt Orange Globe Scout. The BOGS sits on the top shelf above the Viking II along with its Heathkit VF-1 VFO. I turned it on and got only pilot lights. That seems to be happening more lately. Looking in the folder for the BOGS, I found notes that during the CX years ago it stopped generating a signal. I’m not sure why it didn’t make it to the bench, but unfortunately, it did not. Not to panic, remember the redundancy benefit of multiple BAs.

Also on the top shelf is a Lysco 600. It is a fine and noble old rig which is a model of simplicity. The Users / Instruction manual is only seven pages long and includes four models of the rig, a parts list and schematic. In those days, that was all hams needed. With the way things had been going, I decided to just look in the folder before trying to power up the transmitter. According to the notes in the folder, the Lysco had been doing well in an earlier CX when the signal developed an instability and bad chirp. To see if perhaps it had been worked on and no notes made, I turned it on; nothing had changed. Somehow it didn’t get the attention it needed to since that CX. So on to the next rig; time is running out, I'm missing the 20 meter window.

My Novice station was a Heathkit AT-1 transmitter and Howard 435A receiver. Years ago I acquired both rigs (not my originals, unfortunately) and got them on the air with a Heathkit VF-1. Lots of fun! However, the morning of this CX the AT-1 did not want to do anything – nada! There was a note in the folder that it just died and, unfortunately, let out some magic smoke. Wish I had gotten back to it but so many rigs and so little time.

But wait, there’s more! Unfortunately the Command Set transmitters were never reactivated after the move. The Harvey-Wells Bandmaster TBS-50C I bought at a hamfest several years ago had been seriously modified; I was not told that by the seller. I know, caveat emptor; but the seller seemed like such a nice guy selling the gear for some widow of a SK. It was put on the "get-to-sometime" list and, unfortunately, forgotten.

The good news is I have more than one Bandmaster. I just got this one at Shelby this year - complete with power supply and matching VFO. That is one slick looking pairing. The bad news is I had not gotten it out of the box is came home in and time was running out. By this point I had resigned myself to having only the Drake Twins in the CX and started looking for QSOs. My first contact was Paul, W8TM, a Cincinnatian and alum of the same high school as me and Jim. Paul was not part of the B&W 5100 float building which was good because he was probably in the second grade about that time.

More CX regulars appeared next: John,N2BE noted above for his tooth brush modification to a Central Electronics 20A and Brian, K9VKY, who is notorious for his attempts to insert bogus score modifiers. This CX it was the: "Anthropogenic Global Warming Eradication Factor.” Great QSOs; both are always interesting.

I did manage to work Jim, W8KGI, who only ran seven or eight sets of gear past me while I was in a rut repeating “Drake T-4X and R-4A.” He is a magician with those rigs. Some other CXers entered the log and the evening ended with a QSO with a local CXer, W4BOH, Wilson. He is a very interesting fellow but sometimes says some unusual things in a CW QSO. I think he said he was going to get someone to do a knee job on his XYL. I don’t know what she did or didn’t do, but it must have been pretty serious. After all, if she is laid up, he is going to have to chop, split, and bring in the firewood and cook. Ever since he got that fancy pants modern FT-950 he has been a different person. Hardly ever hear him on the old Collins 310 or the HRO or the wooden rack rigs anymore.
(P.S. She had knee surgery and is doing fine now.)

The bottom line was a relatively small score: 1,380 but a really great time.

Now let me think, there is something I am supposed to be doing…….