[AMRadio] RE:Finaly got the "Dream Rig"

Bob Peters rwpeters at swbell.net
Thu Jul 24 09:53:41 EDT 2008

We are probably getting off track here but I worked in Maine at WPBC-FM
and WHOU- AM/FM in the late 70's. Both beautiful music format from a
company in RI that programmed the tapes. Did Morning drive on PBC in
Bangor Maine were it took no one over 5 minutes to get to work  LOL But
it was an early gig...

Bob W1PE

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Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:41 AM
To: mkhess at kias.org; Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] RE:Finaly got the "Dream Rig"

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 9:08 PM, M. K. Hess <volim63 at gte.net> wrote:

> At my old station I used to lay on a few coats of car wax whenever I
was bored.... Is it only me? :-)

I was at the other end, Mike. I drove the microphone at an old FM
station that ran a surplus GATES military transmitter driven by a ten
watt exciter. No chrome or glass, just a light Navy gray monolith.
Used to enjoy tuning it up for more PO on Sunday night, which made it
prone to over-modulating which knocked us off the air. Recycle time
was only a few minutes, but I finally stopped messing with it and
stuck to playing with the knobs in the studios. Recently found our old
Collins 212B console at a hamfest and hauled it home. It was easy to
spot as it was painted electric blue and had a HB perfboard in place
of the original pres and program amps.

One thing to keep in mind with running a converted BC transmitter is
that it is intermittent service, not full-strap 24/7. Cooling
shouldn't be a problem, though proper ventilation and a decent blower
or two are always a plus. Was working on the 300G last night and is
amazes me how much air the two-squirrel blower moves.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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