|[AMRadio] Boatanchor Transmitter FS in Salem, OR|
tom at telmore.com
Sun Jul 22 22:53:53 EDT 2007
Brett brings up a good point about age. I'm 43 and always thought I was at
the tail end of the age group that was interested in boat anchors. I figure
in another 20 years or so when I get to be 63 there may hardly anyone left
running AM to talk too. I recently lost a good ham friend unexpectedly back
in March who operated AM here in Anchorage. His XYL called me after the
funeral and said to come get his entire station it was now mine. This
included a Johnson Desk Kilowatt, Collins KWS-1, 75A4 and a real nice HB
rack AM transmitter running a 304TH in the final and 55 foot crank up tower
with 15 and 20 meter beam. I thought this would be really nice to have and
still do but the people I enjoy talking to are becoming fewer and fewer
Thomas Elmore KA1NVZ
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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of Brett gazdzinski
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 5:14 PM
To: 'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Boatanchor Transmitter FS in Salem, OR
Well, there is still a good amount of demand for parts and so on,
but I don't know if most of it gets used.
I know a number of people who have lots of stuff yet have not built anything
for 25 years. The only way you could get any parts out of them
is to pry it from their cold dead hands, and these guys are friends...
As we get older and kick the bucket, I don't see anyone behind us
that is interested in old stuff.
What is the average age of an AM operator?
I would say about 60 or 70 years old...
Anyone know any 20 year olds homebrewing tube stuff?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Geoff/W5OMR
> Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 2:42 AM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Boatanchor Transmitter FS in Salem, OR
> Brett gazdzinski wrote:
> > If its built better then I build, its worth lots more!
> > I think the demand for parts is likely to fall off as
> > everyone gets their flex radio and the kids are
> > more into Iphones and such...
> Oh, I think we're there now, Brett... Thank goodness for people like
> Gary/WZ1M who rewind transformers, Brian who sells crystals, and some
> other guys who mostly stay quiet about parts, and just come up with
> stuff, or have a way of making stuff 'apear' on your shack
> There are a lot of hams that are no longer with us, that were great
> about that. W5PYT was one of 'em, W5MEU was another, R.I.P.
> to the both
> of these fine examples of Hams.
> 73 = Best Regards,
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