CLASSIC EXCHANGE NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2014 CX


 

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HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

HIGH SCORES - MORE THAN THREE RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS (UNLIMITED)

Rocco, N6KN: repeated his claim to the top of the scoreboard with an amazing 553,500 points again leading in both CW and SSB catagories.
Ron, K2RP: repeated his claim to second place with 442,248 points including again the highest AM score.
Kazu, JA3KNB: moved up with an impressive score of 314,501.for third place.

HIGH SCORES - THREE OR FEWER RECEIVER TRANSMITTER PAIRS

John, N2BE was highest in this category with a combined CW and SSB score of 37,061
Bill, K4JYS was next with CW only score of 21,260
Brian, K9VKY was third highest with 14,843 points not counting his bogus "BOG" score adjustment.

CERTIFICATES

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JAPAN IN CX

JA3KNB, Kazu is a regular CX participant but is rarely successful in making CX QSOs with US stations. This CX he and W7FOX, Fox had an unscheduled QSO on CW. W8KGI, Jim has worked Kazu several times in the past but on schedule. Jim will try to coordinate with Kazu and encourage him to be on along with his fellow JA CXers to set some times and frequencies so we can try to make CX more international.

UPDATE
It has been arranged by JA3KNB, Kazu Son. and W8KGI, Jim. Kazu will be on the air for CX QSOs and will, hopefully, have other JA CXers with him.

21045 kHz CW between 0000 UTC(0900 JST) and 0100 UTC(1000 JST) on January 19, 2015.
14045 kHz CW between 0100 UTC(1000 JST) and 0200 UTC(1100 JST) on January 19, 2015.


IT WAS FUN! BUT...

N6KN, Rocco: All in all, had a lot of fun in between the smoke and QRM; but I have a lot of repairing to do.
K2RP, Ron: Great time. I'm not getting younger, so number of rigs is down significantly.
W8KGI, Jim: Well as usual I had a lot of fun, but this was a rather strange CX.
N2BE, John: Seriously, the CX is a great event that keeps getting better.
K4JYS, Bill: I went with the three pair category this time. I had plenty of fun! The resulting score was lower, but I met my goal of having a blast.
W2JEK, Don: It was great fun.
WQ8U, Mac: All in all it was a fun CX which included all the anticipated joys and opportunities (code word for problems.)

OTHER GOOD THINGS ABOUT CX

KB5JO, RUSS: My most interesting QSO was with N7EG, Matt who has been "pounding brass" for 72 years! He was a radio operator in WWII and mentioned the requirement then was 100% error free copy. Matt was kind enough to QRS for me and my J-38
N2BE, John: My first CW contact was with K4JYS, Bill who was running a Lysco 500. It had been so long since I heard a "500" on the air, I forgot they made that model. I want to thank Bill for the great wake-up QSO and a chance to heart that "musical" classic once again.
WB2AWQ, Howie: 80 is still my favorite CX band, where I can light up the big ole GO-9. All I need is a PBY seaplane to park it in, and I'd be in radio heaven.

BEST CHIRP

N6KN, Rocco: nominated K2RP, Ron's NCX-3
N6KN, Rocco: then nominated W7ESN, Mark's CE-100V #2 for second best chirp. Rocco says Mark's CE-100V #1 sounded way too normal.
WB2AWQ, Howie: nominated W7ESN, Mark's Viking 2. What a traveler, as it wandered merrily down the band a Khz (you mean Kc Howie) or more as Mark keyed it!
K4JYS, Bill: nominated his own Lysco 600 which chirps about like his '29 Hartley.

MURPHY VISITS

WQ8U, Mac: Soon after getting qualified, my Lysco 600 gave out a short loud hum and then, before I could get the AC off, a loud "bang" followed by the magic smoke escaping from the rig. An original HV can electrolytic gave up in a spectacular way. Who knew they were only good for 65 years? Picture here
N6KN, Rocco: Murphy struck repeatedly during this weekend: the worst problem was when the FTDX-570 accidently keyed when I brushed the Johnson Speedx's shorting bar; this burned up the expensive finals.
Also blew out the FT-101 front end FET when I changed the band switch "hot."

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W8KGI, Jim: Murphy was after me as usual. When I started on 20, the ground-fault breaker that powers my garage gear tripped repeatedly. I finally ran an extension cord to another outlet inside the house and managed to stay on the air. Jim' s motto: CX any way possible!

AWARD FOR MOST INTERESTING OBSERVATION:

N6KN, Rocco: This event is beginning to resemble vintage car races, complete with crashes.

MORE SALMON ANYONE?

WQ8U, Mac: It seemed like every ham in WA was running salmon.
Sorry folks, something "fishy" was obviously going on. hihi.
N6KN, Rocco: At 1720, went to 20 and battled the kazillion Salmon Run W7s.
K3MSB, Mark: Salmon run wiped out CW on 20 then 40 until 0000Z.
WB2AWQ, Howie: Donno what happened to the gang in the mid-section. Big football game? Bad weather? No beer? I know the prop was OK, as I heard lots of Salmon in there.
VE7VGP, Gerry: Salmon Run walked all over CX on suggested frequencies.
And everywhere else. Mac

DRAKES EVERYWHERE!

WQ8U, Mac: Did everyone notice all the Drakes in the CX this time? K4BSK with his TR-3; W8UT with his TR-4; K3MD with his TR-4; WA8KOO with his Drake 2-NT and 2B; W4BOH with his 2B; and on and on....
Probably not surprising though with all those salmon around; there were probably some ducks too. HiHi

QRX FOR ANOTHER RIG PSE

N2BE, John: K2AK, Dee showed me why he is a CX-Rex by working me 11 times out of my first dozen QSOs; all before I could finish my first cup of coffee!
K2RP, Ron: Found W8KGI, Jim on 80 CW and ran about 25 contacts with him switching rigs. (I had qualified all I felt like moving.) I sat at my S-line and relaxed; even had memory keyer set up for exchange. Jim, did it seem you were talking to a computer? hihi
Jim is the guru on multiple rig systems.

AND ON THE OTHER HAND...

W7DRA/VE7: What I usually do, is decide upon a rig per band, then I have to get a maximum of three rigs up and running at once ... that is two more than I usually have working.
W4BOH, Wilson: Prided himself to using three Meissner Signal Shifters of various vintages to excite his home brew amplifiers. He noted that he had "three Shifters Shifting.

INTERESTING RIGS IN CX

W7ESN, Mark: was using a Hagenuk 1002 (it's really a rebadged EDDYSTONE receiver) still unusual.
W8KGI, Jim Had a "new" receiver on 80, a 1933 National FBX (not the A-model). It replaced an 81 year old FB-7
K2RP. Ron: was using a Geloso 207CR. What is that, you ask?
Sprzedam lampowy odbiornik amatorski AM FM CWSSB na fale krtkie - pasma amatorskie - 14 lamp elektronowych.
Thanks Ron.

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ATTRIBUTION AND DISCLAIMER

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


SCORES SUBMITTED

You can read the individual reports by clicking on the call or scrolling below the Scores Table.

SEPTEMBER 2014 CX NAME CW AM SSB FM BONUS TOTAL COMMENT
N6KN Rocco 231,100 141,800 305,600 - 2,000 553,500 High CW and High SSB Scores
K2RP Ron 190,282 57,684 190,282 - 4,000 442,248 High AM Score
JA3KNB Kazu 167,692 40,432 104,377 - 2,000 314,501  
W8KGI Jim 172,830 - 16,827 - 4,000 193,657  
N2BE John 23,502 - 12,558 - 1,000 37,061  
K3MD John 29,260 - - - 2,000 31,260  
WB2AWQ/7 Howie 24,000 - - - 2,000 27,000  
K4JYS Bill 20,608 - - - 3,000 21,608  
K9VKY Brian 12,834 - -   2,000 14,834 BOG ADJUSTMENT NOT ACCEPTED
See VOTBOG
K3MSB Mark 9,216 - - - 2,000 11,216  
W2JEK Donald 1,368 - - - 2,000 3,368  
WQ8U Mac 2,116 - - - 1,000 3,116  
VE7VGP Gerry - - 2,244 60 - 2,304 High FM Score
W4BOH Wilson 744 - -   1,000 1,744  
W8UT Al 1,344 - - - - 1,344  
W8RT Brad - - - - 1,000 1,000  
KB5JO Russ 400 - - - - 400  
W7DRA/VE7 Mike 160 - - - - 160  

 


N6KN ROCCO

Phone Notes:
Three weeks prior to the Phone CX, I foolishly but understandably bought a large pile of rusty/dusty boatanchors from a local in San Pedro; included were two SR400As, two Swan 500CXs, two Galaxy V's, a G alaxy iii, a TS 900, and much more (all in intact but poor condition). My plan was to spruce up the Swans prior to CX and burn them in during the event. This ended up being a very difficult project, including rebuilding two Swan power supplies, etc. Finally, on Sat prior to the phone CX, I had the two Swans working, more or less. I spent Sat evening tuning up on 75 and found and fixed a problem with one of the 75A-4''s ( poor antenna connection - fixed).

 

The Sunday phone CX began with Ron, K2RP, and Steve, N6NBV on 3835 and later 7262. We qualified "a ton" each of equipment, which made for an enjoyable and relaxed morning. As previously promised, I ran "low power, low fi" AM on several of the SSB transceivers to qualify them on AM. I did qualify three Swan 500 CX's on both modes. At 1630, I had to bail out to handle some unexpected family business. When I returned, I found 10 meters open across the country. I tried several rigs and finally settled on the B&W 6100 with one of the 75A-4" with a Henry amp; I ended up on 28392, because the BW6100 "400" crystal failed (again). Signals of note: Bob, WA9JIB's nice HT37, John (AA5UY) and Judy (AA6UZ)''s TR-7, and multitudinous low power stations with verticals. The 75A-4 did a nice job digging them out of the noise; I really like these receivers and qualified three of them.

 

At 2350Z, I moved up to 14272 and stayed there for the remainder of the event. I spent a frantic hour hooking up a second 32S-3, 75S-3, and Hunter Bandit 2000B amp (why do I always wait to the last minute to do this sort of thing?) Very few CX regulars showed up. I guess everyone was on 40 and 75. Signals of note: Aaron (N2HTL) had a nice sounding HW101, Marc, K7WXK, had a fabulous Eldico SSB100F/P&H LA400 combo plus a GSB-100/R388, and several others had FT101EE's, for some reason. The band was wide open, and many mobiles were worked. Gave up at 0153 to spend the evening with the YL.

 

CW Notes:
Murphy struck repeatedly during this weekend: the worst problem was when the FTDX570 accidently keyed when I brushed the Johnson SpeedX's shorting bar; this burned up the expensive finals and also blew out the FT101 front end FET when I changed the bandswitch "hot." Oh, well, this event is beginning to resemble vintage car races, complete with crashes. Good news! the "new" Hunter Bandit 2000 did a great job with the "smoke tested" 32S-3, no problems at all. Go figure.

 

Began on 40 with Ron, K2RP, and Mark, W7ESN on 40, but the band was cluttered with long skip to the far east and weak west coast signals. Gave up on 40 at 1410 and joined Ron, K2RP on 3045 (with my terrible SWR). Ron and I traded rig qualifications back and forth. At 1610, we headed back to 40; Ron''s NCX-3 gets one of my "best chirp" nominations. At 1720, went to 20 and battled th e kazillion Salmon Run W7s - even off the side of the yagi, there was mucho QRM. I somehow copied W 4BOH, WC, and also Mark, W7ESN with an impressive list of great boatanchors. Mark's No. 2 CE100V gets my second ""best chirp" nomination (his No. 1 CE100V sounded way too normal).

 

Mark, K3MD broke through the Salmon with his TR4 and NC270. At 2310, I moved to 40 and worked a few more regulars, including Howie, WB2AWQ (liked the note on the Millen 90800). Several AF67/AF68's and Viking 1's and 2's were he ard and worked, including Jim''s, W8KGI. All in all, had a lot of fun in between the smoke and QRM, but I have a lot of repairing to do.

 

Final Talley : AM 25 q's x 592 = 14,800 pts,
SSB 200 Q's x 1528 = 305,600 pts,
CW 100 Q's x 2311 = 231,000 pts,
1000 for my DX60, and another 1000 for my HRO60,
Grand Total of 553,500 pts.

 

N6KN ROCCO

 

73,
Rocco N6KN

 

 


K2RP RON

Comments: Great time. I'm not getting younger, so number of rigs qualified is down significantly. Next running I hope to have some help moving rigs around.Sounds familiar, where do you get that help?

Even so, I managed to qualify a few that followed me home since January, including a rare B&W 6100 (managed to work 2 others!), an NCX3 (that was my first SSB rig in 1970), a Drake 4 Line and a Geloso 207CR,(Sprzedam lampowy odbiornik amatorski AM FM CWSSB na fale krtkie - pasma amatorskie - 14 lamp elektronowych.) Thanks Ron, we were all wondering about that rig.

Would be great if we had a greater number of participants. It's puzzling, as there are many many people with vintage rigs, but they never seem to use them!

While it''s true there are few CX stations to be had at random, there are many available by prearrangement. For the past few sessions, Rocco, N6KN and I have met early, with a multitude of equipment at the ready with convenient switching, and we manage dozens of contacts and many rigs qualified in a relatively short time. We would both enjoy having a couple of more people join in the fun. We have done this on CW, SSB, and AM with great success.

Another way of increasing activity is to have multiple setups ready to go, easily switched, and when you find another CXer, work him with numerous rigs. Jim, W8KGI, is the guru on this system!

On cw last weekend, I was lucky enough to have it both ways. I qualified many rigs (haven't tabulated the st atistics yet) with Rocco in the morning, and with a few others later on, and then found Jim later in the evening on 80 CW and ran about 25 contacts, with him switching rigs (I had qualified about all I felt like moving!) and me sitting, relaxed, at my S Line giving him multipliers while I ran up the contacts as well. I even had a memory keyer set up for the exchange!

 

So, if there isn't enough activity, it's because you didn't recruit and cajole some of your boatanchor f riends into participating!


	CW-TX	Year	Age		CW-RX	Year	Age
B&W	6100	1961	53	Collins	75A2	1950	64
Collins	32S3	1962	52	Collins	75A4	1955	59
Drake	T4XB	1967	47	Collins	75S3B	1963	51
Halli	HT32	1957	57	Drake	R4B	1967	47
Halli	HT40	1961	53	Drake	Drake1A	1957	57
Heath	AT1	1952	62	Drake	Drake2B	1961	53
Heath	DX100	1954	60	Geloso	207 CR	1954	60
Heath	DX20	1957	57	Halli	SX100	1954	60
Heath	DX35	1956	58	Halli	SX101	1956	58
Heath	DX40	1958	56	Halli	SX25	1940	74
Heath	SB401	1966	48	Halli	SX43	1947	67
Heath	SB401	1966	48	Halli	SX71	1949	65
Johnson	Valiant	1956	58	Hamm'nd	HQ120X	1938	76
Johnson	Viking I1949	65	Hamm'nd	HQ170	1958	56
Kenwood	T599	1970	44	Heath	SB303	1970	44
Knight	T50	1956	58	Kenwood	R599	1970	44
MultiElmAF68	1960	54	Knight	R100	1958	56
NationalNCX3	1963	51	Nat'l	NCX3	1963	51
				Nat'l	HRO60	1952	62
				Nat'l	NC190	1961	53

 

K2RP Summary		
Mode	# QSOs	Age	Score
AM	46	1254	57684
SSB	69	1510	104190
CW	89	2138	190282
NOVICE BONUS		2000
NATIONAL BONUS		2000
			
			
Total		356156

 

Thanks for all!
Ron K2RP

 

 


JA3KNB KAZU

Dear Mac San

SSB and AM Report

>It was only 15 and using 2 ele HB9CV. I managed 18 pieces of gear for SSB and 12 pieces of gear for AM.
I worked Taka/JF3RDE with JP3KMU(novice station)SSB QSOs.moving to AM QSOs. about 2 and a half hours working.
Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States. There is no answer.
After,Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with SSB QSOs.moving to AM with QSOs. about 2 and a half hours working.

SSB Machinery List
1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
4.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976
5.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976) )
6.Drake TR-4 (1966)
7.FT101S (1970)
8.FT101ES(1975)
9.TS-130 (1980)
10.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
11.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
12,Heathkit SB-104A (1978)
13.FT200 (1970)

 

>SSB SCORE
91 QSO s
1147 Total age of gear
SSB Score 104,377

AM Machinery List 1.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
2.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
3.Drake TR-4 (1966)
4.FT101S (1970)
5.FT101ES(1975)
6.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40(1957)
7.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
8.FT200 (1970)

56 QSO s
722 Total age of gear
AM Score 40,432

 

CW Report

It was 15 and 20 using 2 ele HB9CV(15).4 ele YAGI(20)
I managed 24 pieces of gear for CW.and worked TAKA/JF3RDE with 51 CW QSOs.It was about 2 and a half hours working.
Next morning,called CQ in the direction of the United States. I was able to QSO with W7FOX(FOX)AZ.
Afternoon,Tomo/JO3TAP,JA6DOU/3 with 51 CW QSOs 21Mhz.3 QSOs 14Mhz.It was about 3 hours working.
CW Machinery List 1.Collins 75S-3C 32S-3 (1968)
2.Collins KWM-2 (1960)
3.Collins 75S-1 32S-1 (1960)
4.HeathkitHW-8 NO1 (1975)
5.HeathkitHW-8 NO2 (1975)
6.Drake Cline NO1(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
7.Drake Cline NO2(R-4C 1976 T-4XC 1976)
8.Hammarlund HQ100-A(1960) Heathkit DX-40(1957)
9.Drake TR-4(1) (1966)
10.Drake TR-4(2) (1966)
11.FT101S (1970)
12.FT101ES(1975)
13.TS-130 (1980)
14.Heathkit SB-102 (1970)
15.Hallicrafters SX-111 HT-37 (1960)
16.Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978)
17.Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978)
18.FT200 (1970)
QRP Rig 21Mhz
19. HeathkitHW-8 NO1 (1975) 1W
20. HeathkitHW-8 NO2 (1975) 1W
21. Heathkit SB-104A(1) (1978) 1W
22. Heathkit SB-104A(2) (1978) 0.2W

 

CW SCORE
106 QSOs
1582 Total age of gear
CW Score 167,692

SUMMARY

SSB: 104,377
AM: 40,432
CW: 167,692
TOTALS: 312,501
NOVICE RIG: 2,000 Heathkit HW-8
GRAND TOTAL: 314,501

Look forward to the next CX.

 

73
Matsumura Kazuto (JA3KNB)
575-0043 13-5 Kitade-chou
Shijyounawate-City OSAKA JAPAN
TEL:072-863-6667 FAX:072-863-6668
kazu@com-unity.co.jp

 


W8KGI JIM

Mac,
Well as usual I had a lot of fun, but this was a rather strange CX.

I had plenty of AM and SSB gear tuned up on 20 and 40 for the Phone section, but participation at least out here in the Southwest was nonexistent. As usual I opened up on 20 around 10 a.m. MDST. There was absolutely no AM activity to be heard on the band, and while there were many SSB stations there were no other CXers to be heard. I managed to find a very understanding and patient fellow in Rick , NI6AU, and he allowed me to qualify my "summer shack" SSB gear in the garage, NC303, 75A3, HQ170A, Apache/SB-10, B&W-6100, and SB-400. At 10:40 I quit and we went to church.

 

I finally got home about 4 p.m. and opened up on 40 meters. Again there was no AM activity on the band and no CX stations working SSB. There were a bunch of SSB stations working a "Route 66" QSO party, and between W6T, W6J, W6R, W6K (Route 66) and one QSO with W0DSW who was working the Route 66 guys, I qualified the inside shack SSB gear, HRO-50, 75A4, R4B, T4X, CE 100V, and HT-32. I listened in the evening on 75, but again there were no CXers of either the AM or SSB stripe and no AM stations at all. All day long I made only 25 SSB QSOs.

 

The CW section was almost as strange. Again I had a bunch of gear in the garage ready on 20 and 40, and my inside gear tuned up on 80. I got on 20 at about 9:30 a.m. and found only one CXer, Mark, W7ESN, in Washington. At 10 a.m. the range from 14040 to 14050 filled up with guys working two other contests to make things even worse. From 9:30 to 11 I managed only 6 QSOs.

 

After church we went out for lunch with some friends and celebrated her birthday, then dropped by the Sleep Number store to look at their beds. Would you believe you can spend as much as $10K for a bed? And it doesn't even have wheels and a motor! Anyway, I got back on 40 about 5:15 p.m. and there was at least some CX activity. Mark, W7ESN, was on again using a Hagenuk 1002 receiver - check it out! Rocco had a Swan 500CX and a Cosmophone 35 on the air, and Tom, K6LQI, was using a nice-sounding ART-13. But I only worked two stations in the east, Bill K4IBZ in Florida and John, K3WWP, in Pennsylvania, in two and a quarter hours. I quit for dinner a about 7:45 and came back to give 80 a try about 8:15. At first the band sounded almost empty and dead, which is quite unusual for 80 on a CX evening. I worked John, K3MD, in Pennsylvania and then you and Wilson in NC, all with weak signals. How Wilson's Meissner Signal Shifter made it through I still don't know, but it did. Then some of the western stations started coming through. I worked Ron, K2RP, in California a total of 20 times and qualified a lot of my gear. Old time CXer Fox, W7FOX, from Arizona showed up - a little rusty on his CW but it was great to hear him again. Howie, WB2AWQ, was also on from Nevada. I wound up the night talking to John, N2BE, in New Jersey, qualifying my Wn4VIV novice rig in three QSOs. In all I made 70 CW QSOs.

 

Murphy was after me as usual. When I started on 20, the ground-fault breaker that powers my garage gear tripped repeatedly. I finally ran an extension cord to another outlet inside the house and managed to stay on the air. The same thing was happening in the afternoon, especially when I had the Globe King 275 on the air that breaker seems to wait for the CX to give me fits. Maybe it's a combination of too many filaments heating and too much RF in the air. Even when I went to the inside shack, the breaker that supplies that room tripped a couple of times as well and that has never happened before, CX or any other time. I limited my use of the SB-200 afterburner inside, and that helped keep the breaker in check.

 

I had a "new" receiver on 80, a 1933 National FBX (not the A-model). I put it in place of the FB-7. The FBX has a first-generation James Lamb crystal filter with Series and Parallel switched settings. The Series setting gives a sharp peak, while the Parallel setting puts a deep notch in the otherwise broad pass band. I was using the Series setting, and there was just enough backlash in the tuning so that I couldn't just set the dial on a station and forget it like you can on most receivers. I think I like my FB-7 with its Heathkit QF-1 Q-multiplier a bit better - it's easier to tune.

 

So even though things were strange, I had a lot of fun. I hope guys haven't given up on the Phone CX - that would be a shame. Let's keep the filaments glowing and the CX on the air!

 

73, Jim Hanlon, W8KGI

 

 


N2BE JOHN

Hi Mac,
The morning of September 14, the start of the Classic Exchange FONE event, was a chilly one in northwest-NJ. As I dragged myself out of bed, I wondered just how much retro-radioactivity was in store for me on this mid-September date. September, in general, seems to be a very busy month for most people , and any on-the-air radio event" faces stiff competition from a myriad of activities that are compounded by very cooperative weather patterns. With those thoughts in mind, I switched on the equipment that would declare my presence into the surrounding ether and awaited the rush of warming radiance from many glowing filaments.

Only minutes after the start of the FONE event, I hooked up with Dee (N2AK) who showed me why he is an CX-Rex by working me 11 times out of my first dozen QSOs; all before I could finish my first cup of coffee! How does he do that? Later in the day, Tony (N2ATB) joined us; rounding out the South-Jersey assault on 40 meters (HI).

I had to admire Don's (KBlZHU) courage in running QRP-FONE power (5 watts) with his Yaesu "FT-817"; on both 40 and 75 meters, and on a contest weekend. Without a doubt, the FONE event radio that impressed me the most was Dee's (N2AK) Hallicrafters "FPM-300" (Hallicrafters last radio). Where did he ever latch on to one of hose; in a poker game with Rocco (N6KN)? (HI)

While the FONE event seemed a bit "tamed" because of nice weather and many competing activities, the CW event was all classic Classic Exchange. Morse code signals were popping up all across the noise-floor, With CX contact information flying up-and-down all over the 40 meter band. My first CW contact was with fellow CXosaur Bill (K4JYS) who was running a very scarce and very chirpy (Best Chirp heard, Mac) Lysco "500". It had been so long since I had heard a "500" on the air that I forgot that Lysco even made that model. I thank Bill for the great wake-up QSO and chance to hear that "musical" classic once again. That first QSO with Bill was a tip-off as to what was to come. Another transmitter that caught my attention was Joel's (W3ZT) Globe Champion "165". I have not heard oneof those on-the-air in many years, also. In fact, I am presently slowly restoring one of these myself, for use on AM.

Some other very noteworthy pieces of equipment worked were: Harold's (KB0ROB) 1929 MOPA with an 80lA PA (25 watts); Jim's (W8KGI) Millen 90800; Brian's (K9VKY) "PRC-1" radio; WC's (W4BOH) "Signal Shifter" plus 810 amp combo; Mac's (WQ8U) Lysco "600" with Howard "435A" pair; Mark's (K3MSB) military "SCR-274N"; Alan's (W4MQC/1) two homebrew transmitters: 6T9 (5-6 watts) and an 1958 xtal-controlled, with plug-in coils, 609 PA; and Frank's (AA2XB) classic novice station of the 50s/60s: "S-20R" and "AT-1". Although from differen t eras and technical design, all of these transmitters and receivers had one thing in common; despite age, they all still communicate. They are not just old boxes on a shelf; and that's what all this "craziness" is all about.

 

Later that night, on-80 meters, I was starting to copy some of our far-western participants. I heard and called CX-regulars K2RP, W7FOX, and W7ESN; without success. However, through QSB and increasing QRN (storm), I was able to copy and work Jim (W8KGI) in NM and Howie (WB2A WQ) in NV. I usually am able to work Howie, and that seems to amaze him since his antenna is only 8 feet above the ground. But I think that despite its low physical height, his antenna's electrical height is probably close to a quarter wavelength, or so. I say this because dry desert sand with a low organic content is probably a fairly good insulator, not conductor. That would put Howie's real signal reflection plane many feet below the surface, and in effect, raise the apparent height of his antenna so it produces a lower vertical radiation angle. Silica, the main component of sand, won't absorb too much of that signal so enough of it is able to wing its happy way to NJ. Thanks for the QSOs, Howie; despite whichever way your signal gets here (HI).

 

The "C-C.C." (Climate Crap Center) has been busy doing what it does best; retiring cold-807s. Well, someone's got to do it! (HI) Anyway, the "C-C.C.'s" storm warning for approximately October 08 ( +/- 5 days) of this year was a "hit and a miss". No major storms hit the eastern-USA-at all; and I am very glad for that. Antennas stayed up, and "boatanchors" stayed dry. There was no significant storm activity this hurricane season either before or after the first half of October. However, during the first half of October, all hell did break loose. The largest storm. of the year was raging in the Pacific; Hurricane Fay threatened Burmuda; and Hurricane Gonzalo stomped through the French Carribean. Clearly, the "C-C.C." had correctly predicted the most dangerous storm period, even though the dangers stayed away from the East Coast mainland. I had earlier noted that I didn't see any storm as a major threat to north-NJ. Perhaps, a blend of expensive and cheap cold-807s will help me to better predict more finely delineated alert levels in the future. (HI)

 

In the meantime, the CRAP (Classic Radio and Antenna Preservation) Center has been watching an intense kinesis in our upper atmosphere. Although the Center is not sure of the timing, we may be headed for a much more mild (i.e., warmer) upcoming winter than is currently expected. Could this be due to failing geo-magnetic flux fields heralding a renewal of global warming? Don't take chances! Make sure you get plenty of BAs warmed up for the winter-zors CX. We may have to save the planet; again! I'll see you all then ..

 

RIGS:
Hammarlund HX-50
Hallicrafters SX-115
Gonset GSB-100
National NC-303
Hallicrafters SR-160
Total age: 322 years

 

CW SCORE:
QSOs: 73
SCORE: 23,506

 

SSB SCORE:
QSOs: 39
SCORE: 12,558

 

BONUS: 1,000 (NC-303)

 

TOTAL SCORE: 37,064

 

Mac, thanks for the nice CX award certificates. Not only do they look great on the shack wall, but they nicely cover up all the marks left by tossed, empty, cold- 807s, as well. (HI) Seriously, the CX is a great event that keeps getting better because of the unselfish efforts of people like you. THANKS MUCH!!

 

I have been busy with many projects here in NJ. I had to get a "new" car. It is actually a 12-year-old Chrysler "PT Cruiser"; which seems "new" since it replaces a Mercury "Tracer" that is 16 years older than it, HI. I like its styling. It looks like a 1930s sedan (i.e., a classic, of course)and has plenty of room for transporting boatanchors, HI.

 

I have my old single-811A linear amplifier (1963 ARRL Handbook) on the bench for reconditioning. I have a HT-32, signal Shifter, SP-200SX, and NC-100XA also waiting for some attention. So many rigs needing TLC, so little time.

 

I also, finally, have all the parts needed for an 4X150A linear amplifier, which should be a big help when propagation conditions go downhill.

 

I hope to hear you on in the Winter 2015 event.

 

Happy Holidays to all.
73,
N2BE
John

 

 


K3MSB MARK

Well it was a lot of work getting my SCR-274N system on the air for the September CX festivities, but of course it would have been easier if I had picked up the restoration pace a few months earlier!

I was hoping to get at least 3 QSOs on 80 and 40 (each) to qualify both pairs of transmitters and receivers, and I was absolutely delighted to make 32 QSOs overall, 15 on 40M and 17 on 80M, before all was said and done when I pulled the switch at 0353Z.

I found that I had a rather nasty buzz on my 40M signal, and I think I have that worked out now. Both receivers were using their dynamotors. The 80M receiver had a nasty hum from its dynamotor, so I pulled out one of my HP-23 Power Supplies to power the receiver for the last few hours of the contest.

Mark has one of the more complete ARC-5 radio systems running in CX. Only the "hard core" even try it with dynamotors. This picture shows his tremendous set up.

Power output here was around 30W and the antenna is an HF-2V on the ground with 32 radials. My matching network is a band dependent series capacitors to a 4:1 UNUN and then the antenna.

Let's see, notable QSO:

My farthest DX was working Mark W7ESN in WA on 40M with the ARC-5s! I did hear Rocco N6KN on 80M last Sunday night but was unable to contact him for an 80M west coast QSO.

Working Bill K4JYS running a Lafayette Starflite transmitter and Mark W7ESN running a Hagenuk RX-1002 receiver; I had never heard of either of those radios and had to look them up. Bill gave me a 599C and added "ur a bit wobbly" !!

Worked John K3MD who was using an ARC-5 transmitter!

Scoring:
40M TX/RX : BC-459A / BC-455B
80M: TX/RX : BC-696A / BC-454B

Equipment Age: 72 x 4 = 288 years
CW QSOs: 32
Score 32 x 288 = 9216
Military RX/TX Bonus: 2000
Total Score = 11216

I had an excellent time even though I had to rest my ears fairly often - I'm running stock selectivity on the receivers (greater than 10 KHz) and I need to tighten that up next year. I'm looking forward to the Winter 2 014 CX and Lord willing I'll be banging away again with the SCR-274N!

73
Mark K3MSB


WB2AWQ HOWIE

Hi CXers,
This was a strange CX propagation-wise, or possibly participant-wise. 28 of 32 QSOs were with stations on or near the west coast CA, WA, AZ, NM, and BC. The other four were with NY and NJ, way across the country, NY on 20 and NJ on 80 meters, with my mighty 7 foot high 80M dipole. John N2BE persisted yet again, and we completed two solid QSOs under challenging conditions. Dunno what happened to the gang in the mid-section. Big football game? Bad weather? No beer? I know the prop was OK, as I heard lots of Salmon in there from all over the place, plus a centennial something or other. 40 meters was the QSO winner, with nearly half of the total, while 80 had 14, and 20 just three.

I managed to get 11 pieces of gear on the air, ranging in age from 30 years (a Kenwood TS-440S, the youngest radio in my shack - boy, if that isn't some commentary) to 76 years, my venerable HRO. No failures, no smoke, aside from the smoke from wild fires in California blanketing the Reno area.

 

Aside from the propagation, the signal of note had to be Mark W7ESN's Viking 2. What a traveler, as it wandered merrily down the band a Khz or more as Mark keyed it! Here's where some of those barn-door receivers come in handy. There were some very interesting pairings: (sounds like we're talking wine and food here, not radios) W7ESN with a Morrow TX/RX set, and some HB TX and RX, W8KGI with a CBY55209/BC458 and National FBX, W7FOX with a T20/ARC-5 and BC-348R, and N2BE with an HX50 and SX115.

 

Most popular rigs I worked were the Nationals, from some of their earliest, W8KGI's FBX and NTX30, to the later offerings, NC303 and HRO60. The mil stuff was also well represented. Only one each Viking, Heath, and Hallicrafters. While 40 meters had the most activity, 80 is still my favorite CX band, where I can light up the big ole GO-9. All I need is a PBY seaplane to park it in, and I'd be in radio heaven. Besides the GO, my favorites? The Viking Invader, the very neat Millen 90800, and my ORIGINAL Novice receiver, a BC-348Q.

WB2AWQ HOWIE We may be starting something of a trend here, somewhat akin to "a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind"..... Great Mike! Howie

 


RIGS USED	DATE		MULT	YEARS
SWAN 350	1964		50 X 2	100
SB-102		1974		40 X 2	80
TS-440SAT	1984		30 X 2	60
GO-9		1940			74
BC-348Q		1943			71
HRO		1938			76
MILLEN 90800	1946			68
NC-125		1952			62
R-4B		1967			47
SX-101A		1959			55
INVADER		1957			57
TOTAL RIG YEARS				750
					
					POINTS
QSOs	32	x	750		24000
BONUS	NATIONAL RX	HRO SR		1000
BONUS	MILLEN TX	90800		1000
BONUS NOVICE RX		BC348Q		1000
TOTAL POINT				27000





 

See ya all in Feb!
WB2AWQ/7 Reno NV>

 

 


K4JYS BILL

I went with the three pair category this time. I had plenty of fun, made a goodly bunch of contacts and wasn't so worn down from all the work changing rigs. The resulting score was lower, but I met my goal of having a blast.

W4BOH was again the dominate station and I worked him a number of times. It was great to work Mark, K3MSB, on his nice SCR274N setup. I worked a couple of HX-50s which has given me a nudge toward working on a couple I have under the bench.

Mac, WQ8U, had the best sounding Lysco 600 I've heard.
Bill, soon after our QSO and and getting it qualified, my Lysco 600 gave a loud hum and then a "bang" and the magic smoke came out. Check here for the picture of an old 4 uf 600 V capacitor partially blown out of its can. - Mac
I ran my Lysco on 40 mtrs and it chirps about like my '29 Hartley, speaking of which, I worked Harold, KB0ROB, on 80, running his '29 Hartley which sounded almost like a rice box.

K4JYS EQUIP. USED:
LYSCO - 1950
DX40 - 1958
VIK 2 - 1952
NC-125 - 1950
HQ100 - 1956
SX71 - 1950
TOTAL YEARS: 368
TOTAL QSOs: 56
BONUS POINTS: NOVICE XMTR DX40 (1000 PTS)
RCVR HQ-100 (1000 PTS)
NATIONAL NC-125 (1000 PTS)
TOTAL BONUS PTS ---------------3000 PTS
TOTAL SCORE: 368 YRS X 56 QSOs (20608) + BONUS (3000) = 23608

Tnx Mac and helpers for another great CX.

73
de Bill K4JYS

 


K3MD JOHN

Salmon run wiped out CW on 20 then on 40 until 0000Z.
HT37 had primary go open at 1800Z.
The rigs all worked before CX, except the ARC-5 specially rebuilt HP-23B had open ground (hi hi).

Click HERE to see these and some of John's other fine gear.
Fun?

K3MD Rigs
6MJ6 Homebrew (See July 2014 CQ, p. 42): 25 years
Drake 2C: 49 years
HT37: 56 years
Drake TR4: 100 years
ARC 5 on 80: 70 years
ARC 5 on 40: 70 years
NC-270: 152 years
Glowbug 40 6AQ6 Homebrew: 25 years
Total: 498 years
BoNus points
Novice TX: 1,000
NC-270: 1,000
Score = 70 x 428 = 19260 + 2000 = 38860


K9VKY BRIAN

Hello Mac and the CX Crusaders--

Yet another fun filled CX has come and gone with excellent conditions on the 40 and 80 meter bands of choice. A tip of the hat to Mac for finding a CX Sunday with minimal contest QRM-- especially avoiding the RTTY feeding frenzies that tend to wander into the CW sub-band. Having said that, we can now look forward to the upcoming winter time effort in January.

Again CX fell on my grandson's birthday and so operating time was limited, but the Three Or Less category was tailor made for light hitters like me in such circumstances. Thanks to whomever it was who came up with that good idea. Mustering for the day were the following rigs with an age factor of 414:

1929 TNT oscillator (UX-210)
1945 National HRO-5 (National Bonus)
1944 AN/PRC-1 Spy Radio Set (TX and RX)
1955 Viking Ranger
1954 Hammarlund HQ-140X (Novice Bonus)
Special thanks go out to Mario, N2AK, Bill, K2LML, and John, K3MD, who endured the TNT oscillator's QRP signal and got that peanut whistle qualified for me. As far as scoring goes, again it will be as a rear echelon commando with three rigs on CW only. (I haven't found a way to avoid getting hypoxic with a bag over my head while operating 'phone, so that mode isn't used).

Looking at the numbers, there were 31 contacts with and age multiplier of 414 and 2000 bonus points for the National HRO-5 and Novice receivers. 31 x 414=12,834+2000 gives a subtotal of 14,834.

SCORING ADJUSTMENTS
To that subtotal the little known and seldom used BOG (Birthday Of Grandson) bonus is added. In this case, the 11 year old grandson had been living 4018 days (which includes three Leap Years) on CX Sunday. Adding the BOG of 4018 to the subtotal of 14,834 yields a Grand Total of 18,852. All calculations are certified as being made with a vintage Y2K compliant Ticonderoga #2 pencil.

Brian, if you had done those calculations with a genuine KayPro or Apple II or similar machine, they would have counted. However, given your dependence upon such primitive and reliable tools as the #2 casts doubt upon the veracity of the BOG (VOTBOG). Sorry, better luck next time.

That's all for now gents. Keep those filaments glowing throughout the year, and here's to our wonderful hobby.

Brian K9VKY


W2JEK DON

Dear Mac,
Here is my entry for the September 2014 Classic Exchange. Log sheet enclosed; I only operated CW in Class I using two receiver-transmitter pairs.

It was great fun. Tried to get my TEN-TEC PM 2B QRP rig going but found it needs some work - maybe next time.

Glad to work you Mac.

RIGS:
Harvey-Wells TBS-50C
Johnson Ranger I
Hallicrafters S-76
Drake 2B
Total Age: 228 years

SCORE:
QSOs: 6
AGE: 228
Score: 1,368
BONUS: 2,000 (Novice rig: TBS-50C & S-76)
TOTAL SCORE: 3,368

73
Don W2JEK


WQ8U MAC

PHONE SECTION What a disaster for us on the East Coast. The Worked All Europe (WAE) contest had all the big European guns pointed this way. Talk about QRM! Sorry folks.

 

I am usually a CW operator so using the AM and SSB settings on my rigs is always like a new experience. I finally got several AM contacts, one of them complements of my neighbor W4BOH Wilson. Also managed to turn that into a SSB contact. Things just didn't go very well. For reasons yet to be determined, the noise level on 40 meters was well above S 9 + during the daytime. Not too many signals rise above that. Needless to say I didn't manage to qualify anything. Wait until next week!

CW SECTION
Oh what a difference a week makes, almost. I started on 20 meters in morning only to find, it seemed like, every ham in WA was running salmon HiHi. CX has co-existed with them before but this time the SR was loud, numerous and all over 20 meters CW. Again, sorry folks something fishy going on here.

In spite of the Salmon Running all over the band, my first (incomplete) QSO was with my old friend Jim, W8KGI, in NM. Jim was running his DX-60 aided by his SB-200 so he was punching through the QRM; unfortunately my barefoot HW-101 just didn't quite have it in NM.

Since I had more important QSOs to make, I didn't go fishing but instead moved to 40 meters. There started an unusual series of QSOs with CXers running Drake TR-3 and TR-4 rigs. In sequence they were: K4BSK TR-3; W8UT TR-4; K3MD TR4; N2AK TR-4. WA8KOQ, Wink, broke the sequence with his Drake 2-NT and 2B. It figured with all those fish around there would be lots of Drakes (and Ducks too). (groan)

K9VKY, Brian, a CX regular had a good sounding Viking Ranger running when higher priority QSO stepped in, his grandson, so he went QRT for a while. Guess he didn't do CW. Two regular CXers here in NC were putting out booming signals. W4BOH, WC aka Wilson, was running one of his three Meissner Signal Shifters aided by his home brew 813 amplifier. K4JYS, Bill, said he was having lots of fun in CX with his Viking II and SX-71; that's understandable, they are both very classic boat anchors!

Inspired by Wilson, I then brought up my Meissner Signal Shifter � doesn�t everyone have at least one? That was paired with my novice station receiver, the Howard 435A. Unfortunately the Signal Shifter was unwilling to put out more than a few watts so I replaced it with my Lysco 600. Next QSO K4JYS, Bill, accused me of using crystal control since the signal from the Lysco sounded so good. I was using the VFO which is reasonably stable and produces a nice quality CW signal when warmed up for a long while. The Lysco transmitters represent to me the simplist commercial boat anchor transmitters. VFO or crystal controlled; AM or CW; and unshielded or TVI proofed in four models all described in a 12 page User�s Manual including schematics and parts lists. Let�s see the rice box that can claim that!

Now the bad news. Just after the third QSO qualifying that pair, the Lysco gave a loud hum for several seconds followed by a "bang" and the magic smoke was released from a HV can electrolytic. Not bad for a first failure on a 65 year old transmitter. It will be back for the next CX.

After dinner I fired up the old reliable Drake Twins on 80 meters. There was K3MD, John, with a very clean sounding ARC-5 transmitter. So many of those rigs chirp it is good to hear one with such a fine sounding signal. Good job John! Had the pleasure of working K9VKY, Brian, who was running his famous PRC-1 "Spy Radio" which he says can tune into almost any "antenna". Glad the authorities have not picked him up yet for operating that rig. (grin)

W4BOH, Wilson appeared with another Meissner Signal Shifter followed immediately by yet another Signal Shifter; and then another. Amazingly they all sounded pretty good and did not exhibit the characteristic of their nick name "Signal Drifter."

Several unusual rigs showed up. N2BE, John, was running a Hallicrafter SR-160, a 54 year old 17 tube transceiver. Take that you rice boxes! KB0ROB, Rob, was getting a good signal out of his 1929 MOPA. K3MSB, Mark, was running a full Command Set, the SCR-274N which had a chirp free good sounding signal.

I ended the night with a rare 80 meter contact with W8KGI, Jim, in NM. He was putting a fine 469 signal into NC with his Central Electronics Multiphase 100V helped, of course, by his Heathkit SB-200. Even though he was using his original novice rig HRO-50, he could only give me a 339.

All in all it was a fun CX which included all the anticipated joys and opportunities (code word for problems). Can't wait until next CX in January!

73
Mac
WQ8U

WQ8U SCORE RIGS:
Heathkit HW-101
Howard 435A
Lysco 600
Drake T-4X
Drake R-4A QSOs: 22
AGE: 278 years
SCORE: 2,116
NOVICE: 1,000 (Howard 435A)

TOTAL: 3,116

73
Mac
WQ8U


VE7VGP GERRY

Hello Mac
Here is my log for the recent Sept. 14 CX. I did not do as well as in February. Nice WX; Poor band condx.

CW last weekend was very disappointing to say the least.
Salmon Run Washington State QSO Party walked all over CX on the suggested Frequencies.

You are not alone Gerry. Lots of CXers said there was something "fishy" about the CW CX this year. � Mac

RIGS:
FT-757GX
FT-897D
IC-751A
FT-897D

SSB SCORE:
QSOs: 17
AGE: 132
SCORE: 2,244
FM SCORE:
QSOs: 3
AGE: 20
SCORE: 60
TOTAL SCORE: 2,304

73
Gerry VE7VGP


W4BOH WILSON / WC

I'm starting on 20.

Not much turnout and I'm tired.
Besides, I heard Hanlon W8KGI say your signal WQ8U was better than mine...must be something wrong with his antenna!
You were running about 3dB more power, so maybe that's it, or your new end fed is good...

Three Shifters shifting. Wilson is very proud of this trio of Meissner Signal Shifters. Click HERE to see pictures of Wilson's "Land Of Magic".

I used the 811 with the big modulator on AM for the phone part of CX.
I used the 811 to drive the big amp above for the CW part.
I didn't use the xtal osc, but drove the 811 with external exciters, a Collins 310-B and a Meissner Signal Shifter.
I even used a piece of vintage lamp cord and a bare bulb, to give a more old time feeling. Age of lamp cord is NOT allowed in the age summation. Nice try Wilson.

73,
Wilson
W4BOH


W8UT AL

Hi Mac,
Things kinda slow here this time, I didn't make the fone wkend at all, and only qualified 2 rigs on CW.

By evening I don't feel much like battling QRM, so just had one QSO with the Invader 2000 and SX-101A. But that should be good for QSO points anyway. Life is too short for QRP - right Al?

The 3 rig category is for me, glad for that change, and everything else as-is suits me except maybe a 1-rig category. Then we'd use the oldest one for it all, I guess.

Click HERE to see several of Al's classic rigs: HT-32 and SX-115.

SCORE

RIGS
Drake B-twins 92 yrs
TR-4CW 100 yrs
Invader 2000/SX101A Had fun but did not qualify
Total age: 192
QSOs: 7
TOTAL SCORE: 1,344

Thanks for keeping things going.

73,
Al, W8UT


W4RT BRAD

I made one Classic Exchange-Fone contact.
The QSO was with Dick WA2ROC in North Carolina on 40M AM on 14-SEP-2014 at 1354 Zulu.
running a 1959 Heathkit Apache TX-1 transmitter for 55 points plus 1,000 bonus points for
running a National receiver, a 1947 National NC-173 for a total of 1,055 points.
Power about 115 watts carrier to an inverted-L.

73,
Brad W4RT

Sounds like you have a great BA station Brad. I am sorry to tell you there must be three contacts with the same gear to qualify for contact points.
It is not necessary that they be with other CX participants, but you must still send and receive the required data.
However, you still get the bonus points for getting that fine old NC-173 on the air (I'm biased, I also have an NC-173.)
Hope to work you in the January 2015 CX; watch the website for details.
www.classicexchange.org
Mac


KB5JO RUSS

My most interesting QSO was with N7EG. Matt has been pounding brass for 72 years! He was a radio operator in WWII and mentioned that requirement in WWII was 100% error free copy. Matt was kind enough to QRS for me and my J-38.

Operated with a Heathkit DX-60B and a Drake 2B for CX for 4 CW QSOs, total age 100 years, 400 total pts.

Click HERE to see his neat shack.

KB5JO RUSS


W7DRA/VE7 MIKE

what i usually do, is decide upon a rig per band, than i have to get a maximun of three rigs up and running at once...................that is two more than i usually have working.

Four contacts, two with W7ESN, rig HW16, what is that? 40 years old? total score 160.

next CX.......80m sx71/ARC5 (why? it has not been operational in years)

Click HERE to see Mike''s shacks - ranging from one extreme to the other! and Lovely Carol at the key, not someone from Smith's Comely Escort and Limousine Service

mike w7dra/ve7