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DonTom
11-07-2006, 07:32 AM
I see some mention of ham radio, repeaters and such in this section. Are any of you guys hams?

73, DE AA6GA (ex-WB6YYO <back in the 1960's>)

Eric
11-08-2006, 06:41 AM
I'v e seen some guys doing this on the top of the mountain at an overlook (I run past it on my jogging route, so I see them and they see me - and both have no ideee what the other thinks he's doing!)

MikeHalloran
12-20-2006, 10:12 PM
Ex KN2TPI here. I was 13 years old.

Most ham chatter then consisted of guys talking about the radio they were using.

Since I didn't have money for a radio of my own, I didn't have much to talk about.

DonTom
12-20-2006, 10:28 PM
"KN2TPI here. I was 13 years old."

What year was that? Are you sure that your call wasn't WN2TPI? Or is that one of the newer callsigns and not novice? I was WN6YYO as a novice around 1965 or so.

"Most ham chatter then consisted of guys talking about the radio they were using."

Yes, a lot of them were into their radio or proving that it works, such a contests, DX, etc. Not too much rag chewing unless it was a small local group on 80 meters or something like that. I like these computer QSO's a lot better. I was mostly on CW when I was active on HF. Most of that was in the 1970's.

"Since I didn't have money for a radio of my own, I didn't have much to talk about."

I always built my own transmitters. Mostly from TV sweep tubes & other parts from televisions I would find at a junk yard. The only problem was getting a decent receiver.

-Don-

D_E_Davis
12-21-2006, 09:07 AM
I always built my own transmitters. Mostly from TV sweep tubes & other parts from televisions I would find at a junk yard.

Since you built your own, did you run a "California kilowatt"?(g)


The only problem was getting a decent rceiver.

The best receiver then, and for many years, was the WW II surplus BC-348.

DonTom
12-21-2006, 01:14 PM
Since you built your own, did you run a "California kilowatt"?(g)

Yes, up to a full KW, legally, using four 872B's in grounded grid.

The best receiver then, and for many years, was the WW II surplus BC-348.

That thing drifted too badly for SSB or CW. I had a cheap Lafayette radio receiver that worked quite well. I cannot remember the model number of that thing, but it was reasonably stable. Later, I had a Hellicrafter's SX-117,
-Don-

D_E_Davis
12-21-2006, 07:51 PM
Yes, up to a full KW, legally, using four 872B's in grounded grid.

I guess you're too young to catch my reference(g). In the thirties and forties so many hams weres so over-powered that the term "California kilowatt" became slang for a kilowatt drive to the grids of the final.



That thing drifted too badly for SSB or CW.

That I didn't know. Although I had a Class II license for many years, and enjoyed talking about ham gear, I never even considered getting a ham license as I felt learing Morse was a complete waste of my time and effort.

MikeHalloran
12-21-2006, 08:17 PM
It was 1957, or maybe 1958. I'm pretty sure it was _K_N2TPI.

My Dad had a big Hallicrafters receiver, but it was pretty much 'off limits', ... because I was known to take things apart and redirect the parts. He was still pretty steamed about me disassembling his working Edison phonograph for the gears.

DonTom
12-22-2006, 06:19 AM
I'm pretty sure it was _K_N2TPI.

Was that a novice class callsign? And if so, would they have given you a K2TPI callsign when you upgrade? I don't have a clue how they did things in 1957. I was 8 years old then.

-Don-

MikeHalloran
12-22-2006, 04:54 PM
I understood they would just remove the N when I got a more advanced license. I really didn't care much for the TPI part, because I couldn't think of any cute mnemonic to go with it. No matter; I found other things to do.

DonTom
12-23-2006, 03:07 AM
I understood they would just remove the N when I got a more advanced license.

So it was a novice class! That explains it all. It also tells me that you're from either New York or New Jersey.
-Don-

MikeHalloran
12-23-2006, 06:39 PM
Upstate NY.