|[AMRadio] Friday evening -- Pacific AM 3825|
jpl15 at panix.com
Fri Jul 29 12:25:34 EDT 2005
On Fri, 29 Jul 2005, John A. Lorenc wrote:
> Hey Paul and everyone else on the reflector,
> A few people have asked about my setup (I think) and so here it is. Sad
> to say, I don't have any vintage equipment yet (aside from a heathkit
> receiver), but for AM I'm using a Yaesu FT-897 pumping 100W (usually) into a
> Hustler 6 Band vertical buried in the ground outside the house.
At least I hope you left the tip of it sticking out of the grass - jeez
I guess you have to dig it up every time you want to tune it...? Sure
does do away with the 'ground radial' issue. How'd you dig the hole -
call in a bore well company?
Slightly more seriously - I am a few more HV ceramic caps away from
having my AM station back on the sir - usually on 80M, 3880 or
thereabouts. I was using my old Kenwood TS430S, but I had the chance to
sell it and did so ro boatanchor restoration cash. I'm using a Johnson
Valiant, R390A (R390 on the way), R388/51J-4, with a top-of-the-fence loop
of some 400', fed with ladder-line back to a Dentron SuperTuner.
One of the vexing problems I've encountered is deliberate QRM - and
outright malicious jamming, from folks who are "mode bigots" - they seem
to feel that even the tiny AM windows are somehow an afront to their
concept of spectrum allocation - and of course there are a few AMers who
try and retailate - sigh.
"Why can't we all just get along???"
Let's hope that with the rise of AM and Vintage Radio Stations - this
unfortunate abuse of Hamdom will subside.
Cause otherwise I'm firin' up my friend's Gates BC1 and cranking the
'Plate' control al the way over to the stop....
Also - building a KW amp is a fine intermediate project - the skilss
involved are mostly mechanical and layout - the circuit itself is not at
all complex - you sould have a very fine time with it, and to me, there's
nothing more satisfying than using a piece of gear on the air that you
built up from scratch...
I look forward to some nice AM QSOs with you - as soon as I get the rest
of the caps stuck back in this Valiant - she's been on her side on the
bench for a month now....
John KB6SCO Carson City, NV
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