|[AMRadio] Best Heathkit AM Transmitter|
kc8jx at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 13 14:50:20 EST 2007
Best Heathkit AM Transmitter
The original comment was regarding Best Heathkit AM Transmitter. Best is a very subjective
term, as we have all seen. References to Vikings and/or Valiants or other manufacturers digress
from the original comment.
Ive owned many Heathkit AM transmitters. DX-100B, Apache, Marauder (HX-10), and DX-40. If one
were to ask what was the largest seller, that would certainly fall to the DX-60 series. If one
adds the DX-35 and DX-40 to that, these screen modulated transmitters were the best selling
Heathkits. One could say these were primarily CW transmitters...a case can be made for that. But
they did have AM capability.
It seems no olde transmitter is immune from modifications
some require extensive changes
(Johnsons, my experience) others relatively little
.to sound good to a purist in todays world.
The HX-10 with no factory modifications remains a great choice for those who like CW, SSB and AM
all in one very stable unit; though its not plate modulated AM. The DX-100B I have, required some
modifications though very little to sound teriffic. I like its variable loading capacitor setup
much better over my Valiants or other similar units....or the DX-100. This is just my personal
Returning to the exact comment, if one wants the best Heathkit AM transmitter, and if that
comment refers to plate modulated AM, then your choice would be the DX-100/DX-100B or Apache.
Neither of which require as much modification to make them sound excellent as needs to be done to
other manufacturers transmitters (my individual experence).
73, Larry KC8JX
St. Joseph, Mi
Owner: Valiant, DX-100B, HX-10...and others
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