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  1. AA4OO

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    Sometimes using an older transceiver that's missing most of the features of modern rigs can be a welcome return to the basics of the hobby. In this video, HamRadioQRP author AA4OO sends out his call and enjoys a CW QSO using a 1977 TenTec Century 21.

    Listen in on two Vibroplex Bug key operators as they chat about their rigs and keys...


    So lower your power and raise your expectations...

    Richard, AA4OO
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2016
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  2. KA8SYV

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    VY FB!

    In the early 1980s, me and my buddy, KA8SYX, used to ride over many a mile of West Virginia's country roads to get to his uncle's farm ... away from the RF noise to use his TenTec Century 21.

    We got permission to string up a long wire and operate from a ramshackle camper trailer on his uncle's Appalchian farm.

    We drank beer, enjoyed the low noise HF conditions, and practiced our CW on a Radio Shack straight key and a Nye Viking to make QSOs with Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Carolina amateurs.

    Good folks, good times ...

    Magic RF

    vy 73 de ka8syv

    Frank in West Virginia

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  3. KA8MNP

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    Very nice video, brings back memories circa 1981, got my novice ticket and had very little money but managed to get a Century 21 from Henry Radio in Butler MO. Worked a bunch of stations with that little radio and an el cheapo vertical and a Radio Shack key. Quickly built up my code speed and passed the General Class license exam. Of course I just had to have a fancy new radio that I could "talk" on. Still short on money so the Century 21 had to be traded in. Guess what? I suddenly realized just how much I liked CW. I miss that old Century and have had numerous radios since but nothing to match the thrill of calling CQ for the first time and getting an answer.

    Anyway, I still like making as many CW contacts as I can, hope to see you guys on the air some day.

    73 from Randall

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  4. KC2SIZ

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    I love the C21...and the C22 for that matter. They always remind me what's great about this hobby.
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  5. K9UR

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    owned several C21's over the air. in 1979 there was a book called "all about amateur radio" and it featured the C21 in one section of the book for beginners and setting up a station. that was the rig that I wanted for probably 7 or 8 years... Good radio 40W out, self contained, and 2 frequencies for every signal. Good stuff.
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  6. KA1LWR

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    Just love it....lots of fun..
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  7. KI5WW

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    Had one. Nothing but good times. Wish I had one today with the pto slippage fix already addressed. That was a harder fix than I anticipated.
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  10. N3ADF

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    C21 was my first rig in 1979. I still have it and the Ameco K-4 key I got at Lafayette Radio . Great rig with the direct conversion receive so you could just adjust the RIT to either side of zero beat to eliminate QRM. Still use it for Straight Key Night & Novice Rig Roundup. SKCC-6459S FISTS-15404 Jim-N3ADF
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