[AMRadio] Early version Johnson Ranger I

Byron Lichtenwalner w3wkr at verizon.net
Sat Jan 1 10:33:46 EST 2005

Hello Frank
I have an earlyRanger that has a keyer added.  Your right, it is a small
chassie supported by three long standoff and is positioned above the operate
switch.  Since the transformer on the Ranger 1 did not have taps on the
transformer for the negative voltage supply, there were abunch of 10 watt
carbon resistors in a voltage divider to feed the 6al5 to generate the -40
volts for the keyer.

If you considering modifications, look at W3AM and WA2HLR changes.  I have
made those changes and am within a week or so of completing then.  BTW, they
also have a PTT circuit if you going AM

Byron, W3WKR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank" <W7ND at earthlink.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 2:19 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Early version Johnson Ranger I

> Happy New year to all.
> I am in the process of restoring a Johnson Ranger I.  I obtained part of
> manual and a schematic.  That's when I noticed that two of the tubes were
> "missing."  The tubes are the 6AL5 bias tube and the 12AU7 keyer tube.
> My mystery was solved when I learned that the earliest version of the
> Johnson Ranger I used cathode keying and omitted the circuits around the
> 6AL5 and the 12AU7.  I have since downloaded the schematic for this early
> version Ranger from the bama web site.
> I would like to obtain a manual for this early version of the Ranger.  I
> have written W7FG to see if he has them available.  So far, no answer.
> So can anybody help me out?  Obviously I'd be happy to pay for the
> postage and the trouble.
> A second question is whether I should refit this old Ranger to bring it up
> to the later version standard.  Makes sense from an operational
> but what's the feeling about keeping this Ranger preserved as the early
> version.
> Thanks and 73,
> Frank, W7ND
> P.S.  The serial # on my Ranger I is 622.
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