[AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 125, Issue 1


Wade Staggs tvman1954 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 1 20:19:45 EDT 2014


*In defense of the Heathkit HW and SB Rigs. I have never seen one that
needed a RIT Control. Every Properly Aligned Rig of this vintage that I
have ever owned, transmitted and received on the same frequency. Look at my
QRZ Page, see that Scratchy Apache ... Heathkit TX0-1 ? I can promise you
that it will Drift a Lot more than my Restored SB-101. Sorry to disagree
but, you just can't lump my Poor Mans Collins in there with the Swan,
Galaxy and other such Junk....*
*                                                           73 Guys from
Wade/KJ4WS*


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> Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:41:39 -0500
> From: "Donald Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
> To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 124, Issue 25
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> >>>I always thought Swan radios were rather low quality. However, didn't
> they once make a transceiver called something like a Swan 600 that boasted
> 600 W PEP input? In keeping with tradition, I understood that it wasn't
> very
> good, either.
>
> Kim N5OP>>>
>
> Ah yes, one of the 'sideband for the masses' transceivers that appeared
> around 1963, along with the Galaxy, Heathkit 'Hotwater' rigs and others.
> Poor quality and flimsy construction. Drifted all over the place, and I
> remember they didn't have RIT, aka 'clarifier', and sometimes a SSB QSO
> would 'waltz' all way across the band as each op re-adjusted his receiver
> to
> make the other station  sound best to his ears, but that also shifted his
> transmit frequency, and next over, the other op did the same thing, so they
> would keep moving a few hundred Hz up or down the band each  transmission
> as
> the QSO progressed, occasionally ending up out of the band .
>
> Unfortunately, many hams of  that era swallowed the ubiquitous peer
> pressure
> and propaganda that one had no choice but to abandon AM and convert to SSB,
> and trashed high quality, solidly built homebrew or commercially
> manufactured AM transmitters to replace them with that crap, often
> regretting it afterwards.
>
> Sometime in the early 1970s, a local ham I had talked to many times on AM
> during the 1960s, called me one day on slopbucket and wanted to know if I
> had a plate transformer I could sell to him, to use in the power supply for
> his homebrew 'leen-yar'. I asked him why he didn't use the plate
> transformer
> from his old AM rig, which ran a pair of 100THs modulated by a pair of 805s
> and put out a couple thousand volts. The whole thing was built in a 6'
> rack. This guy hadn't built it  himself, but acquired it from an old timer
> who had gone SK. He replied that  he had hauled the old AM rig to a field
> in
> the back of his farm and dropped it into a  sinkhole.  I replied too bad,
> he
> wasn't about to  get his hands on any of my stuff for any price, so he'd
> better look elsewhere.
>
>
> Don k4kyv
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> Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:11:43 -0400
> From: WA?STX/4 <AAR7IR at Hotmail.Com>
> To: "'Donald Chester'" <k4kyv at charter.net>,     <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 124, Issue 25
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> Don,
>         He deposited it in a sink hole!   That is a very sad story.
> --... ...--
> John, WA?STX/4
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: AMRadio [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Donald
> Chester
> Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2014 1:42 AM
> To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 124, Issue 25
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> >>>I always thought Swan radios were rather low quality. However, didn't
> they once make a transceiver called something like a Swan 600 that boasted
> 600 W PEP input? In keeping with tradition, I understood that it wasn't
> very
> good, either.
>
> Kim N5OP>>>
>
> Ah yes, one of the 'sideband for the masses' transceivers that appeared
> around 1963, along with the Galaxy, Heathkit 'Hotwater' rigs and others.
> Poor quality and flimsy construction. Drifted all over the place, and I
> remember they didn't have RIT, aka 'clarifier', and sometimes a SSB QSO
> would 'waltz' all way across the band as each op re-adjusted his receiver
> to
> make the other station  sound best to his ears, but that also shifted his
> transmit frequency, and next over, the other op did the same thing, so they
> would keep moving a few hundred Hz up or down the band each  transmission
> as
> the QSO progressed, occasionally ending up out of the band .
>
> Unfortunately, many hams of  that era swallowed the ubiquitous peer
> pressure
> and propaganda that one had no choice but to abandon AM and convert to SSB,
> and trashed high quality, solidly built homebrew or commercially
> manufactured AM transmitters to replace them with that crap, often
> regretting it afterwards.
>
> Sometime in the early 1970s, a local ham I had talked to many times on AM
> during the 1960s, called me one day on slopbucket and wanted to know if I
> had a plate transformer I could sell to him, to use in the power supply for
> his homebrew 'leen-yar'. I asked him why he didn't use the plate
> transformer
> from his old AM rig, which ran a pair of 100THs modulated by a pair of 805s
> and put out a couple thousand volts. The whole thing was built in a 6'
> rack. This guy hadn't built it  himself, but acquired it from an old timer
> who had gone SK. He replied that  he had hauled the old AM rig to a field
> in
> the back of his farm and dropped it into a  sinkhole.  I replied too bad,
> he
> wasn't about to  get his hands on any of my stuff for any price, so he'd
> better look elsewhere.
>
>
> Don k4kyv
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