[AMRadio] Ah, the Smell of a "Real Radio"

Jim Miller WB5OXQ wb5oxq at grandecom.net
Mon Feb 5 23:07:05 EST 2007

Nothing like the smell of dusty tubes warming up!  I had a HQ 180 for a 
while and they are great radios!
WB5OXQ, Jim in Waco.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Duke, K5XU" <k5xu at jam.rr.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
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Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 9:36 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Ah, the Smell of a "Real Radio"

> At our Jackson, MS fest this weekend, a longtime friend had several
> receivers recently acquired from a local estate.
> One of them, an HQ170, was my dream receiver as I was studying for my
> license and listening to the bands on a mid 60's model Zenith receiver
> beginning at age 11.
> I wound up with a 1968 vintage HQ110-A/VHF as my Novice station receiver,
> but I've never owned or operated an HQ170.
> The 170 didn't sell, and my friend needed some work space to catch up on
> some
> other projects. So, he sent it home with me with instructions to keep the
> capacitors formed for him.
> Other than asking where we would put anything else in "your room," my wife
> said nothing. So, yesterday afternoon while she was at the grocery store
> just after the Super Bowl party shoppers had gone home, I cleared a space
> atop an old sewing machine cabinet, and fired it up.
> Mind you, my wife has only seen a few boatanchors, in other people's 
> shacks,
> and most of them viewed while turned off.
> Upon her return I called her in to have a look. From the door, she saw me
> standing in front of the HQ170, leaning slightly forward, and breathing
> deeply while grinning from ear to ear.
> "My Goodness! What's that smell?" she asked.
> "Real radios just smell that way," I said. "If they don't, then they 
> aren't
> working."
> "okay," she said. "It even looks like a real radio."
> Life is indeed good!
> Mike Duke, K5XU
> American Council of Blind Radio Amateurs
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