What was your Novice dream rig ?

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  1. N3AWS

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    Whatever the guy on the other end of the QSO was using!
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  2. WD4ELG

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    I was just damn happy I was on the air with my Johnson Viking Ranger and Mosley CM-1 receiver. I always dreamed of Drake TR4C when I had my novice ticket, but that was so far out of my meager budget....and I enjoyed what I had and made the most of it.
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  3. DL4QB

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    YAESU FT 757 GX II !!

    I never owned the TRX, but in age of abt. 13 i dreamed of it but not enough money, no way at those times.
    Today i could of course buy one...but that would only be a historical thing.
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  4. K5MIL

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    That was my dream novice station but far beyond my reach in 1962, but I did just fine with my Heathkit DX-60 transmitter and Lafayette KT-200 receiver. I now have my novice dream station.

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  5. N2EY

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  6. VK4HAT

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    Elecraft K4
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  7. W5BIB

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    1961 - I drooled over a Johnson Ranger & Drake 2-B/2BQ & Johnson T/R Switch.

    I ended up with a Globe Scout-680, NC-173 & a DPDT Knife Switch & still have RF burn scars on my finger-tips ! :eek: (My Mom used to holler in & ask "What's That Smell?") :confused:

    Fifty(50) years later (2011) I finally got my Johnson Ranger along with a SP-600-JX-17, HQ-129X (Red Letter Version) AND a R390-A - (I had a couple of Drake 2-B's, but, I sold them for lack of room)
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  8. KB1CKT

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    Elecraft K2, although I was in not able to get on HF at the time. Not sure I had a dream rig once I got on HF regularly; maybe a Ten Tec Corsair around then.
  9. K3PI

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    My novice station was pure junk. An HR-10B and Multi Elmac AF-68. The HR-10B did train you to be a good cw operator however as you had to really concentrate- as you would never hear less than 5 stations at the same time.

    I just wanted to eventually upgrade so I could get something with a VFO

    My first reliable radio came 6 years later. A brand new TS-520S. A miracle. It had the most amazing thing called RIT!
  10. W4HAY

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    One not so outrageously inaccessable receiver for the Novice was the BC-348. It was built like a tank and saw service during WW2 in the B-17 bombers, among with other platforms.
    It did require some modification, though, primarily removing the dynamotor and installing a homebrew AC supply in its place..

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