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What was your Novice dream rig ?

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

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  1. WA4BRL

    WA4BRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    This was my dream Novice rig -- all Knight Kits:
    R-100A Receiver, T-150 Tranxmitter, S8A Speaker, and P2 SWR/Power meter.

    I was inspired to get into Amateur Radio by this sketch in the 1965 Allied catalog so you might understand the shape of my dream station.


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    I never did get that whole rig as a high-school Novice. I acquired the R-100A used and paired it with a Heathkit DX-60B i built. I collected this rig in the picture after I retired.
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  2. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was licensed in 1977, and as a Tech going in. I started with an HW16/HG10B Vfo as did many.

    My "dream rig" was a Collins KWM-2. I did discover a KWM-1 under a fellows workbench covered with sawdust.
    Pretty sweet a fixer-upper. 3 years later, with fix and move up, I had a full KWN-2a/amp/station control.....

    MCW tho... Soon got into MARS and worked that for several years (was an AD AF type)
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  3. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    For a hollow-state rig, I will cast a vote for the Johnson Adventurer.

    For solid-state, the Ten Tec Century 21 or 22.
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  4. W9LRM

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    Kenwood TS-940 it seemed like everyone had one at the time around here....
  5. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think the big "generational shift" happened in the 1970s.

    Here's why:

    Before the 1970s, the Novice license was a one-shot, non-renewable, CW-centric license with a short term and all Novice transmitters had to be 75 watts, crystal controlled.

    (Yes, until about 1968 Novices had 2 meter 'phone. But that turned out to be a trap, because it distracted from the goal of getting a General or Advanced).

    Then in the 1970s we saw a bunch of changes:

    - Crystal control no longer required
    - Power level increased from 75 watts to 250 watts (input)
    - License was no longer "one shot" - you could get another by passing the tests again. Then it became full term renewable.

    These changes were significant because:

    - The 75 watts and crystal control requirements caused rigmakers to produce simple rx and tx aimed at the Novice. The end of those restrictions meant a Novice could start out with a typical SSB/CW transceiver. The simple rX/tx market was doomed by the change.

    - Making the license retakeable and then renewable removed the pressure to upgrade before 1 or 2 years was up.

    You can see the difference when you see what different folks here considered "dream rigs".

    73 de Jim, N2EY
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2021
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  6. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    What I really dreamed of was that I'd have a proper workbench with a good set of basic tools and test gear, and would build my station from scratch.

    For a Novice station, a band-imaging 80/40 receiver with converter for 15 meters, and a simple 6AG7/807 MOPA for transmitting. Plus a pile of crystals.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  7. W4NNF

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    Oh, for a pile of crystals! :)
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  8. N4FZ

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    In 1977, Dad bought us a Yaesu FT-101EE and it served us very well!
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  9. KP4SX

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    Was he or you a Novice?
  10. N4FZ

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    Both of us were. We took our Novice tests together. I became WD4PJT and Dad was WD4PJU. Great memories of that day! Dad, Gene Sr. and my bird dog Duke are my Avatar picture.
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