What was your very first "shack" setup?

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  1. N9CJT

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    Johnson Viking Adventurer w/xtal for 7120; Realistic DX-160 rcvr; 40m dipole at 15 ft.
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  2. K1KTF

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    As WN1SXH (1974) my first shack was a Drake 2C receiver and Drake 2NT transmitter. I really loved that station operating DX in the middle of great summer sunspot cycles. My biggest regret was selling the pair. Probably one of the dumbest moves I ever made.

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  3. W4OKW

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    First shack was in my bedroom as a teenager. Rig was a 6V6 slatboard and a 6SN7 regen, both from ARRL "How To Become a Radio Amateur 1955. Antenna was a 300 ohm twinlead folded dipole. Made a couple of Qs and then "graduated" to a Six Meter Gonset Comm II, a loaner from our local club. WN2 ???, then K1AST, now W4OKW. Around 1957-58, Six was THE band! Solar peak and IGY.
  4. NL7P

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  5. NL7P

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    I lusted for an EICO 723 as an upgrade from my DX 40.
  6. K4RKY

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  7. WD4ELG

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    Johnson Viking Ranger and Mosley CM-1 receiver. Inverted vee for 40/15 meters. What great memories!

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  8. M0IEQ

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    lets not take too much notice of the nice paddle , as my CW skills are not at an acceptable level... as much as I try...
    best regards to all, I love the old pictures, I really do,,,
    Hopefully catch some of you on the air one day, I am usually working in Germany and then can only get a portable set up when I walk up the local hills, however, it does sometimes work quite well with a inverted V on 40 meters.

    Take care 73

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  9. G8FXC

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    My licence was a British Class B full licence - no-code VHF/UHF with no particular power restrictions. This was close to fifty years ago, so there was no commercial VHF/UHF gear on the market - we had to build our own. I followed the usual path at the time which was to purchase a surplus PMR rig for a frequency close to 2m, strip it down to parts and rebuild it in a suitable chassis, replace the crystal to get it somewhere around the 2m calling channel and realign it. For the receive side, I used a home-made 2m converter connected to a Trio JR500 HF receiver. The original antenna was probably a dipole made out of wire from a pair of coat hangers - I did replace that fairly soon with a four-over-four yagi.

    Martin (G8FXC)
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  10. KB2CRK

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    Drake TR22C and a Heathkit HW-101

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