[AMRadio] Life in the mid to late '30s

QED Consultants qed at hughes.net
Wed Jun 11 07:03:07 EDT 2008

The HQ120 would be an interesting rx, if it has not be restored, expect to 
replace every capacitor and likely some resisters that have changed value. I 
did bid on an old restored HRO on ebay. it went for some big bucks, I think 
around $1200.  be very careful around any  tx voltage when you home brew, it 
is difficult to not have exposed voltage when building and testing.   there 
is no such thing as a slight electrical shock. I got into 450 DC from a 
finger to forearm abt 1954 and have never forgotten it.  shut it off, pull 
the plug ground everything and ground everything again.    I use the so 
called "chicken stick" a flex conductor perminatly attached to the chassis 
and then an insulated rod to hold the other end as you touch stuff.    There 
are only two types of Hams, those who have been bit and those who are going 
to be bit! Have fun Bernie W8RPW
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "JT Croteau" <jt.n1ese at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
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Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Life in the mid to late '30s

> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 2:12 PM, QED Consultants <qed at hughes.net> wrote:
>> I was assuming he was a younger ham, other wise he would not have posed
>> the question.
> You are correct, I turn 36 later this month.  When I had asked the
> question, I had good idea of the commercial rigs at that time.  Most
> of them were receivers and there were very few transmitters.  I had
> assumed that most folks built their own transmitters but wasn't sure
> how many built their own receivers as well as there seemed to be a
> decent selection of low-end to high-end receivers available along with
> some mid-range receivers by 1939.
> I have a 1936 handbook on the way along with a complete set of QST's
> from 1934.  I've pretty much decided I will be building my own
> transmitter unless something like a Utah UAT-1 falls in my lap.  Still
> trying to decide on what to do for a receiver.  I have a line on an
> early HQ-120X for a fair price that is tempting.  It is complete
> although it has had some minor mods done to it.
> -- 
> JT Croteau, N1ESE
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