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Old Jan 28, 2012, 11:42 AM
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For all radio geeks (and non geeks too)

A time capsuled century-old homebrew radio station..
http://www.radioblvd.com/DoddStation.html
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 11:59 AM
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Wow. Up in Virginia City, I will have to visit someday.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Very cool! My Dad used to make a lot of those oak boxes and other related stuff for is radio geek friends back in the 60's.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 12:06 PM
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Wow, what a find, and it's great that someone who ended up with it all is going to restore and care for it as a very interesting historical find.

As a HAM myself, I am very delighted to see this story.

Thanks for linking.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 12:22 PM
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I'm a ham too, wonder how many we have here? Good post Oldcoot.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 01:43 PM
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Dang I was going to post my 'antique' station but cant find the pictures.

Old heathkit gear A HW101 and a SB303 with a dentron tuner and G5RV (full sized) antenna up about 80'-0"

I would take pictures now but the shack is a wreck

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Old Jan 28, 2012, 02:30 PM
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Just curious, how many of y'all homebrewed your own rigs starting out?
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Had one of these back in the day. Kenwood TS-520 Used it for SSB operation on the 11 meter band. Great rig!
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Just curious, how many of y'all homebrewed your own rigs starting out?
Never a 'rig' though I have built many antenna and restore the old rigs... well before their price got stupid. Anyhow can read a schematic and trouble shoot old rigs. The new ones pfffft surface mount nuff said.

Also built a lot of things like several kits, a keyer, a QSK switch, SWR/watt meters, the G5RV is made with home made ladder line., stuff like that.

I got my start actually with my dad building the SB303 which I still use but took alot of head scratching and part searching (dual mosfets) to get it to work.

I Started with a Heath DX60B (xtal controlled) rock bound as they say back when they had a Novice class.

Now... I feel old
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Thanks nice find
you cant beat the old valves and the see it feel it electronics of the past.
Even better is the old spark radio that the Titanic had in 1911
Hiss Hiis Hiss Hisssss Hisssss Hissssss

Ralf
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 09:44 PM
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I have to admit that my activities are all served with just one radio which includes a CW key jack. I never put together a shack as such.
My only radio is a fun, portable transceiver that can serve very well as a mobile emergency radio if needed.


http://www.ka7oei.com/ft817pg.shtml
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 09:56 PM
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I am still running my old TS-430S for HF into a 1/2 wave dipole at about 40 feet. Works all of Europe no problem.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 10:18 PM
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How to make your own vacuum tubes (17 min. video).

It looks so easy when you know what you are doing.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Great hobby - been licensed for about 45 years now.

Here's my first station TX & RX (1960's era), CW and AM (screen-grid modulation). The transmitter was a kit.

73's,
Roger
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 10:41 PM
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A time capsuled century-old homebrew radio station..
http://www.radioblvd.com/DoddStation.html
Great link, and good links at the bottom!
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