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 Post subject: Show off your vintage station!!!
PostPosted: Jun Tue 30, 2020 6:07 pm 
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How about some boat anchor pictures?? This is a work in progress as I am slowly restoring the radios one at a time. The SX-28 will be the next big challenge, followed by the coax, interfacing and additional wiring.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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The main operating bench. ARC-5 radios need to be gone over and set up for operation. The Hallicrafters and Navigator rigs are all operational.

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Here are my operating positions.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Entirely too neat and organized so far. I may have to start my own thread, "Show off your mess!"

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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well, if it is ok to have a Kenwood TS-830S in the shack, then here is mine.

It is not as clean as this anymore.... the G3 iMac is gone too.

yes, lots of Gonsets :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
PostPosted: Jul Wed 01, 2020 1:42 am 
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My Vintage Receiving Station:

Hallicrafters S-37 "UHF"
Hallicrafters S-36A "VHF"
Hallicrafters SX-28 "HF"
HH Scott 310-DR FM
(Crown D75 Monitor Amp)
Hammarlund SP-600 JX-17
Hallicrafters SX-42

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Sorry for the fuzzy picture. It was taken 25 years and 3 cameras ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Pete, I like your speaker on the HT-32 Rack.
You certainly have enough ARC-5s to work on.
Two signal slicers?
What is the little EFJ box setting on the R-23
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Norm, nice mix of radios there. How do the Collins and Drakes compare?
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Hi geoff, bring it on I'd like to see your collection.
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Steve, in addition to Gonsets, it looks like you're a bit of an RME fan as well. Is that an RME-84 on the shelf? It looks pretty nice.
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Dave, only the one pic? You gotta get busy with the camera.
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This is my mess.

First off, is a pic from many years ago showing the "National" bench collection. That was my first NCX-5 with its optional external VFO, I've had 5 or 6 of them since. Next is a NCX-500, and an NCX-3. On the bottom an NC-300 and an HRO-60.
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Another old pic with the Gonset GSB-100 transmitter and National NCL-2000 linear amp.
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A somewhat contemporary pic showing my 160/80/40 meter band switched ARC-5s, with their controller setting on the TCS Tx/Rx at the bottom, and an SX-101 at the far right.
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The tractor shed Storage cabinet and Queue. In the mix are a couple Atlas 210/215s, a Johnson Thunderbolt and Hallicrafters HT-33A linears, a RME-4350, and a Meisner "EX" Signal Shifter, plus several others.
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Inside shelves with a few more radios.
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My second set of Gonset "Twins". I like these littel radios, the transmitter has good audio and the receiver is a great AM radio. Below is a good working Ranger, and my refurbished National 240-D.
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A somewhat rare Hammarlund HQ-215 with all three filters, and the Valiant paired with the 75A-4.
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A compact little station with a Gonset "Commander" and S38-C
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Hallicrafters HT-45 Louden boomer Linear, and it's supply under the bench, with the HT-44 exciter and SX-117 receiver. These can be operated as separates or in Transceive mode using the receiver's VFO.
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A 40's Hammarlund 4-20 transmitter and 4-11 modulator, along with an HQ-129X receiver.
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Another Hammarlund transmitter/receiver. These are from the 60s, a HX-50A, and an HQ-170.
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...And, if you aren't Bored to tears yet there are several more, HERE

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Thanks for starting this thread, Pete!
Steve's set up looks very orderly.
Those are some wonderful station photos, Mike.

The Drake C-line and the Collins S-3 stations don't compare. Apples and oranges. The TS 830S is my main operating position and I only work 20 meters. The KWM-2 is a great radio--hot and good power, but like most old radios--it shines not so much because of anything inherent in the design, but that radio just came out really well. I have a KWM-2a and another KWM-2 that aren't as nice. I have found that true for other brands as well. Some radios just work beyond their expectations and others not so much.

I am currently working through the garage collection and connecting as many radios up as possible to speakers and coax fed out the front so I can go from radio to radio turning them on and listening. Here are few more radio stacks.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Norm, why is the DX100 down at ankle-level? It at least needs to be at face height :lol: All my boatanchors are in the garage, and all I have for an antenna out there is a wire running across the rafters. Needless to say, I don't transmit out there except into a dummy load.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Mikeinkcmo wrote:
Pete, I like your speaker on the HT-32 Rack.
You certainly have enough ARC-5s to work on.
Two signal slicers?
What is the little EFJ box setting on the R-23
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...And, if you aren't Bored to tears yet there are several more, HERE



Wow, some serious collections, and all appear to be very neat and tidy! Some of you guys are going to need engine lifts to move that stuff in a few years, LOL.

Mike, the little box is a Johnson Signal Sentry. If you look close there are two of them (one is hiding on the main station desk as well.) They sample RF, and produce a sidetone and mute headphone audio whenever RF CW keying is sensed. Pretty simple circuit, but they require an external PS. I really haven't found a need for either one, although they may get use with the ARC-5 setup, if I live long enough to finish those projects.

One Sideband Slicer is mated with the HQ-150, along with the HC-1. Obviously that is an either/or deal. The second Sideband Slicer works with the Q5er, which was modified to upconverts back to 470 kc to work with the second Slicer. The combination gives really good CW selectivity. That will be mated with the SX-28. I love the R-12 speakers, there are two on the bench, one each side. I'd love to find a few more for the vintage gear.

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 Post subject: Re: Show off your vintage station!!!
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Here is a much smaller collection.

John VE3PMA


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My modest AM station, followed by the disorganized chaos of my usual operating position in my tiny shack.
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I operated Field Day on my Ten Tec Omni D this year, with my K3 as back-up (my usual rig) in case the old Omni D failed.
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Sorry for the mess, but I just don't have the room to spread out right now. I have a Kenwood TS-830S with VFO and station monitor in there too, along with a Collins S-line and some Heathkit SB-xxx as well.

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Gosh Norm, you've got a pretty impressive inventory there, and a substantial flock of drakes. I notice your SP-600 looks to be "in process", or is that a parts unit? Do you use the CE-20 often?
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That, or a couple pounds of C4, and a few feet of Fuse. :wink: Thanks for the information on the Signal Sentrys, I'd heard the name before but never had seen one.
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John, very nice looking collections, given some time, you'll find more treasures to add. I have an NC-98. I bought it because my father and I had one in the 50s, and used it with a Gonset converter and modified DX-35 on 6 meters.
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Chris, nice AM station, and although it looks a bit busy, your main Ops bench is pretty well equipped too.
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Hi Bill, you've got a few somewhat unusual receivers in the CM-1 and 2B, but what is the receiver at the upper left end of the shelf. It looks familiar, is it a Lafayette, or Trio?

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Mike,
That is a Lafayette KT-200 that was offered in kit form. It was my first communications receiver that I used for a while with my novice station.
Does placing those units on their side give them "side" band capability?

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Mike, Thanks for the compliment. I never set out to be a collector. I would find a rig that I liked at a hamfest, restore it and play with it for a while then sell it. There are a few that I wished I had kept ( Hallicrafters SX-115, Hammarlund HQ-140 ). I grew up in Massachusetts and had a soft spot for Nationals so they often were kept. I also have an NC-57 that works very well. There is a Hallicrafters SX-101A and a Hammarlund HQ-160 awaiting repair. I will likely stop with these. The SX-101A is the receiver that I used over 30 years ago to copy CW from W1AW for my code test. It was working well until a lightning hit on my R5 vertical zapped it. No physical damage but the fault is a very elusive one. It still has the original capacitors.

The KWM-2 has been getting a lot of use on 80 M lately. It puts out 100 watts and gets very good reports with the D-104, which I can also use with the Drake T-4X.

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From the clutter of my listening station/workbench shelf:

S-38B (not working, needs a new cord)
SX62
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SX-42
Kuhn Electronics VHF Receiver

The plug board is my antenna coupler. I can hook up a receiver in many ways with it.


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Mikeinkcmo wrote:
Steve, in addition to Gonsets, it looks like you're a bit of an RME fan as well. Is that an RME-84 on the shelf? It looks pretty nice.


Thanks Mike, yes I have a soft spot for RME. My first RME was a VHF 2-11 which I could never get to work. I ended up parting it out and used the power transformer to restore my first Zenith console. The chassis was soon used to build a Novice transmitter, but it was never completed as I found the Heath HW16 you see on the shelf :D

The one you see is definitely and RME 84 which looks identical to the VHF 2-11. I still feel guilty taking that beast apart, but at the time seemed the most logical thing to do.

I also have an RME 4350A which I want to pair up with my Johnson Viking Valiant. My plan is to put that AM station where the small refrigerator is. That Espey R-366/TRR-5 on top of the refrigerator has long since been traded off ...

Norm, John, Its really nice to see all the Drakes. I finally own one Drake. Just a receiver, but what a receiver it is! The R8B. One of these days I'll have a TR7 :D

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I like John's KWM-2 paired with the 75S-3. I hadn't considered that set up, but now may give it a try. I have a 30L-1 that I have always wanted to get into service. It has been restored.

Bill has a nice KWM-2 station.

Mike, the SP-600 has all the parts there, it just needs to be assembled again. I do have one that I restored a few years ago.

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...Does placing those units on their side give them "side" band capability?...

You bet, but flipping from one side band to the other ain't easy.
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Norm, that's a nice looking super pro, even if it is having to hold up an example of the ever present R-388, another good old radio. I just happened to think I own a pair of 4B drakes, I used them for a while quite some time ago. They're nice radios, maybe I'll hunt them down and put them back on the ops bench for a while.

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