Boat Anchor Net
The Finest Hour of Ham Radio
Every Wednesday at 6:30PM Central on 3.870 MHz
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KL7CD Net Report - June 16, 2021
Weird conditions tonight. Left coast AM stations right on frequency were strong. Regardless, a pretty good night. Boatanchor count for tonight is as follows:
Solid state = 5
Kenwood = 10
Collins = 2
Heathkit = 1
Central Electronics = 2
Swan = 1
So we had 20 check ins including Net control operators on 21 rigs (one check-in on 2 different rigs).
It was fun.
The radios next to me are the 20 meter Vintage SSB Special radio set I built in 2009. Directly above those is a four band SSB transmitter built around 1970. I've always enjoyed "homebrewing" my own equipment, starting with a 6AG7/1625 novice transmitter circa 1961. Since 2009 I have homebrewed several vacuum tube SSB radios and writing associated articles for Electric Radio magazine. You can see all of my radios at kg7tr.com.
September 17, 2020: My latest 80 meter transceiver project has been going well. Tx and Rx circuits are working great, so now it's down to T/R switching and metering incorporation. I have even successfully implemented a 7360 for the Tx mixer. My previous homebrew experiences with that tube were 50 years ago and were not good. But now that I understand it better, it is working as advertised.
September 29, 2020: My 75 meter transceiver is now completed. I'm calling it the HB-75. In the next few weeks I'll be drawing up the schematic and writing a Tech Description. When done, I will post them on my website at kg7tr.com.
This is my go-to station for Boatanchors Unlimited each Wednesday evening. "The finest hour of ham radio for the week". From left to right Hallicrafters SX-117 rcvr, HT-44 xmtr and matching speaker/power supply. I usually operate with the rcvr vfo controlling the transmit frequency so it operates like a transceiver. Amplifier is a Heathkit "big green box" SB-220. Operating table is homebrew and contains more Boatanchors.
Here is my "Kenwood Museum" T599D/R599D/SHURE444/S599, SP230.
In the old Motorola rack TS-830S GOLD/VFO230/SM220/AT230/MC-60/30L1
See y'all Wednesday night
73, JAY KM5QS
The Central Electronics 10A, 5 watts, drives an old Knight Kit CW transmitter, converted to a one tube amplifier, delivering 30 watts to an L4B. The station transceives with a Drake R4 receiver using a transceive adapter that I built. About 400 watts of SSB were transmitted to the net.
My basement room is getting crowded with the Drake TR-4C, AC-4 and W4. The Hallicrafters SX-99 is a sweet sounding receiver. A new addition of the Kenwood 830S for a hybrid. A Heathkit SB-1000 and SA-2060 tuner rounds off the boat anchor gear with a smooth Kilowatt. The boat anchor radio bench is my handiwork as well.
This is my Yaesu FTDX-560 "project" radio. It’s near perfect in appearance, but needs a complete electrical restoration. It will be awhile before it’s done. Some day, I’ll check in to the boat anchor net with it.
The “Boat Anchor” setup of KK5DR.
YAESU FT-102, (3x) 6146B finals, 12BY7A driver. 190watts out. YAESU MD-1 desk mic, SP-102P speaker/patch.
250’ long, balanced feed, Double Zepp, up 60’.
George WB5TXW and his Collins S-line boat anchor station. From Left to right on the bottom, power supply, 30L-1, 32S-1, 75S-3, speaker cabinet, all Collins. 1st shelf on the right the 51S-1, Collins, and a couple of modern radios.
C4 console, TR-4, R-4B T-4XBTwins, CC1 Converter Console, TC-2 and TC6 Transverters, MN-4 MN-2000 Tuners, MS-4 Speakers/ Power Supplies and the early L4 (not L4B) serial # 0000019, all this gear came from original owner Wally Gafford WB5DTW now SK. Also there's C Twins and a TR-4C from another SK.
Wally WB5DTW (SK)
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