Ready for Novice Rig Roundup?

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by AH7I, Feb 18, 2021.

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  1. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    Novice Rig Roundup 2021

    Every year I've put off until the last minute and then hit a snag. This year, something's gonna have to blow up or let out too much smoke. I'm ready!

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  2. KI4ZNV

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    My 6L6 has good emission and is ready to go!
     
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  3. K1APJ

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    This year, I'm going De-Luxe!! But I'll try to stay with xtal control. And a mechanical key, either a bug or a straight key. Sadly, I don't have a vintage straight key any more.

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  4. K1APJ

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    Curious if anybody plans on using an AMECO AC-1. For all the chatter I don't think I have ever heard one!
     
  5. AD5HR

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    Guess I'll set up the Don Mix 6C4- 5763 rig, short out the Mod. transformer
    secondary, and plug in the straight key.
    It's been on A.M. since built one weekend in Jan. 2008, so now I have an
    excuse to try it on A1A.
     
  6. K1APJ

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    The 1971 ARRL handbook version of that was my first rig. Never put it on AM. Worked far better than most of my friends' "one-tube wonders."
     
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  7. AD5HR

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    I built the rig as a kind of dare/challenge from a couple of
    A.M. oriented hams in the area, to prove I could build an
    A.M. transmitter completely from my "junk box".
    Spent a Saturday digging through the crates for the parts.
    and Sunday with the soldering iron. By Sunday P.M. at 4:30,
    I was doing on-air testing with one of the hams.
    12AX7 speech amp, 6C4 driver to a pair of 6AQ5s in PP. into a
    cute little U.T.C. S-18 mod. transformer.
    The only maintenance in 13 years was replacing the very tired
    5763 I had scrounged from an ancient Moto. VHF rig.
    To check into the Texoma AM Traders Net on Saturday
    mornings, I run it into the old SB-220 for about 70 watts
    out.
    I get compliments on the audio every time I use it.
     
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  8. KE4OH

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    Drake 2-B, Heathkit HX-11, a bag of crystals, Vibroplex straight key, and a Gonset Monitone. Ready to go! Don't have an 80m antenna right now, though. With any luck, I'll have one up before the festivities begin.
     
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  9. N8YX

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    As a Novice I was all over the place from a homebrew MOPA rock-bound 40M transmitter and HQ-100 clear through a TS-830S with just about everything else in between; this in a span of 8 months.

    What shall I run from the period...
     
  10. G3YRO

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    Curious why you bothered with a push-pull modulator on a low power rig?

    My first AM/CW rig was homebrew, using an ECF82 (VFO/Buffer) into a 5763 PA . . . Modulator was a 12AX7 into a 6BW6.

    The 6BW6 being in Class A sounded really nice, and I just used Choke Modulation, which has the added advantage that you can't over-modulate !

    Roger G3YRO
     

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