Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5IEI, Oct 13, 2021.
My dream was to be able to legally use a VFO.
I was thrilled with whatever I could get my hands on. I started out using a borrowed Drake 2-NT coupled with a Drake-2B receiver. At the time I was lusting over a friend's HW-101, but once I upgraded I found a Collins
75-S1 / 32-S1 pair at a hamfest for cheap and that was my only HF rig for the next 20 years or so.
While I was never a Novice Class, the Ameco AC-1 could have been my been my first rig if I got my license 20 years earlier...
I started with an HW-8.
"Upgraded" to a Tempo 2020
Dreamed about the Icom 781
I wanted the DX-60B and HR-10B. The OM demurred and said he might help me buy and assemble an HW-16. I was disappointed and appealed to him that I could use the pair on AM when I got my General. He just laughed and opined that AM was well on its way to being dead as a duck in 1969. I also suspected that while he wanted me to get my ticket, he wasn't quite convinced radio would "take" with me and wanted to minimize any possible losses. I thought about the DX-60/HR-10 pair for quite a while...but the HW-16 was very, very good to me.
Stir have mine... Drake 2-NT and a Hammarlund HQ-110
Nice rig, but you should have popped for the '680...
He WAS partly right! AM WAS on it's way out; (but not quite" dead as a duck," even to this day) SSB was taking over!
This was my first rig.
You're in luck! The new issue of QST in the mail today has an article on bringing back a HR-10B from the dead.
It counsels, "Don't electrocute yourself."
Kids these days, with their 13.8 volts.