[AMRadio] Average OP Age was BA Tr FS

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Mon Jul 23 14:50:30 EDT 2007

At 56, you should be able to handle boatanchor stuff, that is how
you stay young...

I find its better to break things up into manageable pieces,
the mod and power transformers go on the floor in the bottom
of a cabinet, or on their own rack mount shelf.
The big 40UF 5000 volt caps go on the floor also.
The RF deck gets broken down into an RF only deck, and a control 
deck (with the transformers and so on).
mod deck and power supply deck(s) are separate.

The racks have chassis supports (angle aluminum from home depot)
so I can slide the decks in and out.

A Viking 2 is not heavy, at least not till you have to carry it
1/2 mile to your car at some fest...

Real men pump iron, the others use hand trucks...
Bismarck said something about blood and iron, so he likely
ran AM...

The guys with the broadcast rigs are in a whole nother class...



> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of DOXEMF at aol.com
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 11:08 AM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: [AMRadio] Average OP Age was BA Tr FS
> Brett,
>   I'm 56, have enough parts to build the fine AM rig that was 
> my dream as a kid but now am rapidly loosing the physical 
> ability to handle the heavy stuff.
>  May actually have to give up on boat anchors and build a 
> Class E rig simply because of the weight and efficiency.
>  Could get on the air now if I could put the VKII on the 
> bench and replace/repair the roller ind. but can't even think 
> of picking it up to get home from storage let alone dissasembling it.
>   Also with the cost of electricity rising Ham Radio BA style 
> is not a Free service for those with limited budget.
>  I love glowing tubes but the operating cost is getting 
> tough. No longer use a tube stereo system for that reason.
>   The young guys with little to no Vac tube know how are 
> tough to break into the BA side of things. It's near 
> impossible to find a modern bench or handheld meter that can 
> be used for 1KV + voltages even.
> No shortage of meters here but who even can calculate the 
> shunt or series resistor for an analog meter nowdays.
>   From some of the questions I see posted by newbys on 
> several Ham forums I have to wonder how they ever passed the test.
> It's the 40 somethings and older who seem to still be capable 
> of HB work, thats for sure.
> 73,
> Bill,
> KB3DKS/1
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