What was your Novice dream rig ?

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  1. W5IEI

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    That you never could afford at the time.

    While my Swan 350 worked well and served its purpose, man, that Icom 751A was soooo pretty in QST ads.
    I have 2 of them now, both high SN and all mods and repairs.
    My instincts were correct,
    Excellent rig ?
    How's about you ?
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  2. KL7AJ

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    Johnson Adventurer and SX-100
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  3. K0MB

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    Heathkit SB-101
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  4. SM0AOM

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    Here, 60s/70s Novices were limited to 10 W and crystal control on 80/40/15 m, and were also supposed to build at least their transmitters. There were the occasional Drake 2-NT and Eico 723 in the hands of Novices, but they were very uncommon.


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  5. WA9SVD

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    Dream? Collins...:rolleyes:

    Reality? Inherited DX40 and SX99:(.
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  6. N7WR

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    Back in my Novice days (1958) there were no transceivers. It was separate transmitters and receivers. My Novice station was a Heath DX 20 transmitter and Heath AR-3 receiver with QF-1 Q Multiplier. My dream rig which I could not really have used until my General upgrade in 1959 was an HQ 110 receiver and DX 100 transmitter. Never got those but I have had several "dream rigs" over the many decades since
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  7. KP4SX

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    When I was Novicing rigs like Swan 350 and SB-101, etc were out of the question because they were VFO controlled.
    I coveted an HT-40/SX-140 because I liked the look :)
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  8. W4HAY

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    Considering at the time I was running a homebrew 6AG7 transmitter and either a 2-stage homebrew regenerative receiver or a BC-455 Command receiver...
    Most, if not all, transmitters of the mid-'50s could be crystal controlled. It wasn't for the Novices, but for the nets. Without crystals, they'd be all over the place.

    I learned early in life to keep my dream wishes a little bit realistic. There was no way in Hell a pony was going to magically appear under our Christmas tree.


    ETA: The dream did come true after I went to N.C. State College as these were exactly what the ham club station had. They also had a homebrew 500 Watt amp, which usually acted like it belonged in Dr. Frankenstein's laBORatory whenever someone tried to fire it up.
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  9. SM0AOM

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    Especially if the transmitters were built around the infamous Geloso "signal shifter".

    It was before my time, but heard OT:s telling stories about AM nets in the 40s using crystals
    that were ground to exactly the same frequency and then mailed among the participants.
    A few Morse nets in somewhat more recent history also used the same approach.

  10. K1APJ

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    Well, during my "window shopping days," when I was using some pretty sorry homebrew and re-purposed stuff, I was torn between the DX-60/HR-10 and the HT-46/SX-146. But once I got on the air and met some other hams with "real" gear I decided the 2-NT/2-C/2-CQ was for me. Dreamt about that station for 40 years but finally pulled the trigger. NO regrets! This is my CW position.

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