[AMRadio] 40 meters

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Sat Nov 22 22:44:21 EST 2008

I got my Novice ticket in 57. The 40M Novice segment in those days was 7050
to 7200. I don't remember a problem with SWBC. We would operate from after
dinner until about 11PM on weekdays and later on weekends. And it seemed

In those days phone was AM. SSB was the new kid on the block. A lot of
people in those days were running ARC-5s. Rich people had DX-100s and
Rangers. And you had to be rich to have a SSB rig in those days or you built
your own. And a lot of people did just that.

Bob Macklin
Kent (Seattle), Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett Gazdzinski" <Brett.Gazdzinski at verizon.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] 40 meters

> I sure wish I had saved my old log book.
> I remember 40 meter round tables getting to be 7 or 8 people at once, with
> people coming and going all day, and there being 3 different qso's on 3
> different frequencies at the same time, till the broadcast came in.
> The page in the log book would have long lists of calls that came and went
> over time, many people were regulars every weekend.
> I know there must be hundreds of calls I dont hear anymore, where did they
> go?
> I have my old card file, with hundreds of people I have not heard for many
> years.
> Did they all just chuck the ham hobby?
> Some interesting stuff in the card file, like KF9KU, Gill, in Millwalkee
> Wisconson running a ranger, or Jeff,W4OMX in Virginia who used to run
> Gonset G76, K4HOL, Ralph, North Carolina, with a globe king, why dont i
> hear Globe kings anymore?
> What happened to Herb, K2JVM in pen yan?
> Bruce, WA3JVJ used to be on with his 'wall of sound' but took his antenna
> down to put siding on his house and never got on again, the wall of sound
> has been silent for about 15 years...
> What happened to Bill, W3DUQ?
> I hear Bill, W8VYZ on 40 meters often, he sounds like he is about 120
> old, and has always sounded that way for the last 30 years!
> The way things are going, I am surprised there is much of a market for old
> AM gear, and dont hear many people running the old stuff.
> Brett
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