[AMRadio] 144 Mhz. AM


peter A Markavage manualman at juno.com
Fri Nov 5 01:40:24 EST 2004


He has a 6 meter AM repeater too.

W4AAB wrote - "I wonder when the VHF contests went from AM to SSB?"

The contests didn't change, the operating equipment did. There's no rule
that says you can't operate AM during a VHF contest. If "spark" was
legal, you could even use that mode.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 22:13:27 -0600 "Crawfish" <crawfish at surfmore.net>
writes:
> I was thinking JCL, but put in an R. Did he have a 6m AM repeater 
> also? I
> have been reading on-line about WA6TDD, one of the first 2m 
> repeaters in So.
> California. It started out on AM. Wish I could remember the guy in 
> Little
> Rock , AR that was on 145.35 with a kW on 2m AM back in the '70's. A 
> friend
> of mine worked him with an FT-221 from north AL. I wonder when the 
> VHF
> contests went from AM to SSB? Those FAA rigs seem like the best way 
> to get
> on 2m AM.
> 
> Joe W4AAB ( QRV with a Gonset Communicator I)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: peter A Markavage <manualman at juno.com>
> To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 1:25 AM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] 144 Mhz. AM
> 
> 
> > It's 145.25 and the call is K1JCL. It's always fun to operate 2 
> meter AM
> > during some of the VHF contests. Drives the SSB guys crazy trying 
> to tune
> > you in.
> >
> > Pete, wa2cwa
> >
> > On Wed, 3 Nov 2004 22:31:49 -0600 "Crawfish" 
> <crawfish at surfmore.net>
> > writes:
> > > I believe K1JCR in CT has a 2m AM repeater on up there.
> > >
> > > Joe W4AAB
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: <k0ng at inebraska.com>
> > > To: Discussion of AM Radio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>; Byron 
> Tatum
> > > <bjtatum at ev1.net>
> > > Cc: <AMRadio at mailman.qth.net>
> > > Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 6:44 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [AMRadio] 144 Mhz. AM
> > >
> > >
> > > >
> > > > Hi Byron: 144.400 is still legal but you wont make any friends 
> 10
> > > KHz
> > > down.
> > > > Their FM receivers are lots wider than our AM receivers, in
> > > general.
> > > > I have ground some crystals for 144.320 and 144.360 MHz ( one
> > > calling and
> > > > one working freq.) Remember though, most AM receivers are 
> tunable
> > > so you
> > > can
> > > > work "cross frequency" if you can get their attention. I too 
> have
> > > a TV-7
> > > > FAA Tx (had 2 and gave one to a friend).
> > > >
> > > > I have worked Texas many times before on CW and SSB, 
> especially in
> > > the
> > > > summer but we usually have a few openings in January or Feb. 
> Let
> > > me know
> > > if
> > > > you hear anything or would like a schedule.  Good luck on AM.
> > > >
> > > > 73 DE Charlie,  K0NG  ..
> > > >
> > > > Quoting Byron Tatum <bjtatum at ev1.net>:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello-
> > > > >     I am getting my 2 meter antenna system back up and 
> running.
> > > One
> > > thing I
> > > > > have played around with is surplus FAA AM gear that can be
> > > operated on
> > > > > 144.400 Mhz. Although I made only pre-arranged contacts in 
> the
> > > past I
> > > was
> > > > > curious if there are any reports of 144 Mhz. activity in 
> the
> > > Houston,
> > > TX.
> > > > > area ?
> > > > >     I have crystalled up several different pieces of 
> equipment
> > > on the AM
> > > > > calling freq. of 144.400 Mhz. I have heard that this 
> calling
> > > freq.
> > > cannot be
> > > > > used in some area due to interference from other modes. I 
> guess
> > > I will
> > > find
> > > > > out soon but I thought I would ask.
> > > > >     Right now I am working on a surplus FAA airband 
> transceiver,
> > > it is
> > > solid
> > > > > state and crystal controlled, but appears will do nicely for 
> 144
> > > AM.
> > > Hate to
> > > > > invest in crystals I can't use! This unit is the TRX-102, a 
> 1972
> > > era
> > > design
> > > > > that has a good sensitive receiver and about 5-7 watts 
> out.If
> > > others are
> > > > > interested I have written down the conversion info.
> > > > >     I do have a few nice tube-type 50 watt plate modulated 
> AM
> > > transmitters
> > > > > that cover 144 Mhz easily, these are the TV-6. They have a 
> 4X150
> > > final
> > > > > modulated by a pair of 6146's. These units are beautifully 
> built
> > > with
> > > all
> > > > > sealed transformers, about 3' tall rackmount, about 130 lbs. 
> I
> > > have one
> > > set
> > > > > up on 144.400 that easily puts out 50 watts of nice sounding 
> AM.
> > > I
> > > believe I
> > > > > have 2 or 3 checked out and wrapped up in protective 
> coverings
> > > in my
> > > > > shop.Have a full manual for it too.Have an extra tube-type
> > > receiver
> > > {RV-12}
> > > > > that does fairly well when crystalled and tuned on 144 Mhz.
> > > > >     Anyway, I would like to find some AM friends for 144 
> Mhz, my
> > > antenna
> > > > > system will be high performance { pair of 18 ele. yagis at 
> 100'}
> > > so will
> > > have
> > > > > 250 mile plus range.
> > > > >     Thanks, Byron WA5THJ, located in Alvin.

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