[AMRadio] Receivers

w9gt at comcast.net w9gt at comcast.net
Wed Sep 19 10:24:56 EDT 2007

Hi Frank,

Yes, those were the days!!!  I probably had more fun as a novice for that first year than I have had in all the years since.  What a cool experience as a 14 yr old kid.....having my own radio station and actually talking with other people with equipment that I built/haywired myself!!

Hope we will see you and John, and others from Chicago-Milwaukee areas at the Ft Wayne Hamfest again this year.  We are planning to get together again at the ACME Bar & Grill for lunch and eyeball QSOs.  Sure enjoyed it last year.

73,  Jack, W9GT

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: "Frank J. Mercurio" <w9fm at sbcglobal.net> 

> Jack, 
> your comment about the Zenith reminded me of the first receiver I used 
> as a newly licensed ham in 1957. It was an RCA model 8K console that I 
> pulled the chassis out of and set on the desk. I fabricated a Masonite 
> front panel and added a bfo and a Heath QF-1 q multiplier! Next, in 
> 1958 or so I "graduated" to a Heath AR-2! After that, I used a home 
> brewed rx! 
> Presently, we have the following: R390A, 75A4, 51J4, Racal RA6790/GM, 
> Sylvania R1414/URR, BC348, and an HRO-500! 
> That old RCA was fun to work with ... finding a choke to sub for the 
> speaker voice coil, replacing that wet electrolytic can that sprayed 
> its guts out one time in the middle of a qso ... ah! the memories! 
> 73, Frank W9FM (on AM) 
> w9gt at comcast.net wrote: 
> > It might be interesting, however, to note that my first "ham" receiver was an 
> old Zenith 7S363 console that I pulled the chassis out of and set on the 
> operating table. I utilized a another little ACDC radio along side the Zenith 
> for BFO to copy CW by heterodyning the local oscillator in the Zenith IF. 
> Crude, yes...but it worked and I had a lot of 
> > fun with it as a novice. "Modern" receivers include a couple of ICOM 
> transceivers, but they just don't have the classic sound and ambience of the 
> boatanchor stuff. 
> > 
> > 73, Jack, W9GT 
> > -------------- Original message -------------- 
> > From: sbjohnston at aol.com 
> > 
> > 
> >>> what sort of receivers are in use in the AM community? 
> >>> 
> >> 
> > 
> > 
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