|[AMRadio] : ART-13?|
w8au at sssnet.com
w8au at sssnet.com
Fri Oct 24 14:10:28 EDT 2014
H have to agree with Lee, despite being an ardent MIL collector and
user. As a 16 year old, along with a ham school buddy, we started
on a Friday evening after dinner, to build a DX-100 that had been
ordered by a handicapped friend. By 5 a.m. on Saturday morning we
had it completed! (only defect was a bandswitch wafer 180 degrees
off, which we corrected). We weren't looking to break any
construction record - just thrilled to be assembling the foremost
product of it's day, with an all copper chassis yet. We "burned in"
the rig a few weeks prior to giving it to it's owner. What a joy to
operate it! With a borrowed dynamic mike from the High School
audio/visual shop, we had a great time on 15 meters AM, in addition
to CW on 80/40. By the time I was older and had money, it was no
longer available as a kit.
OK... now, 57 years later, in helping a family dispose of their ham
father's gear, I see in a dusty basement corner under a bench a
DX-100! Covered in dust, unused for decades and needing a bath (who
knows what else?). I load it in the van with the other gear and
prepare it all for our regional hamfest. But I have to find out if
the forgotten icon still works. It's on the bench now.. Anyone
have a DX-100B cabinet with the top lid? ;-)
At 12:26 PM 10/24/2014, L L bahr w0vt wrote:
>What an ignorant remark! The DX-100 was a masterpiece. I am not
>knocking the ART-13, but for ham use the DX-100 was one of the most
>successful ham transmitters ever produced. It probably outsold every
>other ham transmitter in it's class. Today it is still prized by
>many. When new it sold for around $190 and has extremely well built
>transformers. 6146 finals in it are almost an industry standard. A
>DX-100 is much more usable on ham bands then an ART-13. Put the ART
>in a museum or use it as a parts rig.
>"The DX-100 and an ART-13 are not comparable. That's like trying to
>compare a Yugo to a Top of the line Mercedes."
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