What was your Novice dream rig ?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5IEI, Oct 13, 2021.

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  1. W9JEF

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    Johnson Viking I. W9OMT / W9JO (SK) had one. The first manufactured rig I ever worked on (replaced the 4D32 final screen resistor).

  2. KP4SX

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    I never worked a Novice that had one of those.
  3. KA2BLG

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    I always wanted a Kenwood TS-830S. It came out right around the same time as I was first licensed. As a young teenager there was no way in the world it was going to be something I could afford.

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  4. N5AL

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    I was a 14 year-old adolescent as a Novice. When reading through those old ham radio magazines of the day, the antenna ads were much more interesting to me than the radios.
    I dreamed of having a beam antenna. I eventually did get a used Mosley TA-33 Jr., that another ham sold me for $40.

    The Dream:

    The Reality:
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  5. W9JEF

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    The Johnson Viking I was introduced in 1949. As I recall, Joe bought it used.

  6. WN1MB

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    Got you beat on that one: took me 48-1/2 years before I pulled the trigger on a bug. Bought a '64 Vibroplex Original Standard. Love it.
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  7. N2UHC

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    I really wish I had, because I've been wanting to get on 6m for a while now.
  8. WA9SVD

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    The TS-680 IS a nice rig, and one of the few HF radios with 6Meters available when it was still in production, (and when I bought it.) I only see two drawbacks: the 6 Meter output was only 10 Watts, not the 100 Watts for the other HF bands, and the "slide" pots get a bit flaky if not exercised frequently. I would have to occasionally "exercise" the slide pots to get them to work, but it was the want/need for more power on 6 Meters that led me to get a TS-570S(G.) 100 Watts on 6 Meters (vs 10 watts in the TS-680) makes a HUGE difference!:rolleyes:
  9. W7HV

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    I have 1953 Vibroplex. In the mid 60's getting a Vibroplex was unimaginable so I set my sights on a Lafayette (HiMound) bug that was $29.99 back then. I couldn't afford that either. I do have one now, as well as a similar vintage SpeedX bug.
  10. W3SY

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    And shirt pocket "shacks."
  11. W3SY

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    You absolutely win The Internet today. Well played, sir. Well played.
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  12. W3SY

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    I bought a Navy surplus bug-like key from John, WA3MNU when I was a 13 year old Novice. Don't remember what I paid for it., but MNU bragged to anyone who would listen about how he ripped me off for that old bug. What a gigantic Delta India Charlie Kilo Hotel Echo Alpha Delta.

    Was actually a nice key. Kept it for years until I eventually switched to a keyer. Not fancy and pretty like a Vibroplex, but I used it to hum along at 30+ wpm.

    Glad WA3MNU was proud of himself for cheating a 13 year old kid. Or did he...?
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  13. N2EY

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    If it was military surplus, it was probably a J-36. They were a licensed copy of the Vibroplex Lightning Bug. Many were made by Lionel.

    Here's the irony: Because they were surplus and inexpensive after the war, and only made for a few years, many were hacked up or simply tossed. The result is that they are now much rarer and bring high prices as collector's items.
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  14. N2EY

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    My Novice dream rig was homebrew.
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  15. WA9SVD

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    I got you beat (?) on the antenna, (but I DO like your dream "antenna holder...":D) I was able to pick up a 3 element Hy-Gain 6 Meter beam, still SEALED (with staples) in the box, for $5.00 at a "Hamfester's" ( Chicago Illinois area) swapmeet, around 1968. It's STILL in use today, although I HAVE added an additional director.
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