What was your very first "shack" setup?

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  1. KB2BK

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    No pictures, sorry. In 1977 I ran a Heathkit DX-60B with a Lafayette HA-350 receiver. The antenna was a random wire. Later on, after upgrading from Novice class I got the HG-10 VFO to match my transmitter. Even after getting my general class, I kept pounding the key.
     
  2. AB2YC

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    HW-101, Speaker, Station Monitor & Pan adapter

    I bought from a Chief when I was in the Navy for $275
     
  3. WA4BRL

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    July 1971 -- equipment borrowed from my school's amateur radio club
    WW2 surplus BC348 receiver (pulled from a B-17 bomber)
    Knight Kit T-50 transmitter from the 1950s
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    Here it is about six months later. I had just finished building the Heathkit DX-60B at roght.
     
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  4. ZS6BV

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    When I was nine years old I found a dusty old National Receiver in a store room on the farm. I never found out how it came to be there, but using encyclopedias and books from the library I fitted an earth to a water pipe and a long wire up the roof gable. ZS6BGX was our neighbour with a Log P and I monitored his QSO's as well as many others from all over the world. It stopped working one day and it went back into the store room and later to the junk pile. Wish I still had it today.
     
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  5. WN1MB

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    Imagine that! Long before the Internet. Whilst present day Extra Class licensees seek help and hand holding here to fabricate simple dipole antennas. </rant>
     
  6. WW2PT

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    Just found these. My first shack was SWL only, but I spent almost as much time listening to the ham bands as I did broadcasters. DX-160, Bearcat III scanner (VHF lo/hi, crystal controlled), and a Patrolman-3 that I listened to 2m ham repeaters.

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  7. WN1MB

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    Is that a set of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelf above the radios in the center and right hand phots?
     
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  8. KP4SX

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    Those look like World Book Encyclopedias.
     
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  9. G8FXC

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    Well, I don't have a picture of it, but it was a Trio JR500 receiver with a home made 2m converter on the front end and a home made 2m AM transmitter built from recycled bits of a Pye PMR rig. The transmitter was initially crystal controlled, but I later built a VFO which was horribly unstable - over the course of a QSO, I could traverse half of 2m!

    Martin (G8FXC)
     
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  10. WN1MB

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    Thank you for that correction - my fuzzy memory fractionally failed me! heh.

    My parents bought the World Book Encyclopedias and subsequent World Book Year Books for me and my sisters. I fondly remember not only using those books for various school projects and such, but also simply for general reading. What a great resource.
     
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