[AMRadio] Anyone Want To Do Some Welding?

David Knepper cra at floodcity.net
Wed Jul 28 09:49:42 EDT 2004

Looks like a great project for these heavy boatanchors.  The dolly should
come with a hoist to pull these heavy units up in the air for attachment to
the dolly!

Just kidding.

Dave, W3ST
Publisher of the Collins Journal
Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
----- Original Message -----
From: "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2004 11:43 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Anyone Want To Do Some Welding?

During my long-awaited and far too short vacation this month, I dropped in
on Morry, K3DPJ. He's been fighting through a lot of health problems but
seems to be in good spirits. Morry is a mechanical and electronic wizard who
has done precision work for a glowing list of clients. For fun, he built
steam engines and boilers from scratch. His workmanship is incredible.

Morry is also an active ham, boatanchor restorer and quite knowledgeable
about hollow state and solid state repair. Like many of us, he's got a lot
of projects going on at once. One of these is a rebuild of a Gonset HF amp
using 4 811As in a grounded grid configuration. But I wasn't so much
interested in the Gonset as I was in the rig holding the amp's chassis.

Morry built himself a thing to hold almost any chassis and allow it to be
rotated into several different, convenient positions. The thing is
simplicity itself. It starts with a $29.95 engine dolly from Wal Mart.
Bolted onto that is Morry's chassis jig which is welded together out of
ordinary steel angle iron and square tubes. The chassis is held on by some
sort of machinists clamps that he showed me--I forget the brand name but 3
of them held that Gonset chassis like glue. The width of chassis that can be
accommodated is adjustable.

If a person could weld, and has a way to cut and drill the steel, I am
guessing it would take maybe an hour to build one of these and something
less to turn out copies. Morry said that he would be willing to produce some
drawings in AutoCAD if anyone was interested. But he doesn't have time to
devote to building them himself.

Well, boo hoo--I can't weld and have none of the tools necessary to do this.
But I want one of these. So I thought I would throw the idea out to the
list: If I get these drawings from Morry, is there anyone on the list who
might also want one and who could take on the welding and cutting work?

73, Don Merz, N3RHT
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