My KWS-1 – built in 1958 – with 700 watts on most bands that I would work 3Y0I, who needs a linear?
When I purchased the Gold Dust Twins – and specifically the KWS-1, I only thought about it as a nostalgia / living history purchase and “whim”. The deal fell in my lap – both the 75A-4 and the KWS-1.
After using the rig now quite a few times on the air – including Field Day, I realize that the rig is perfectly suited for working Bouvet and the 3Y0I Team. Split with a separate transmitter and receiver is of course no problem, and its amazing how far ahead both rigs were back in the 50’s. They truly hold their own against modern rigs – and in comparison with the Icom IC-7300, the Gold Dust Twins show that they are still fully capable after all of these years. This is yet another small “epiphany” of sorts, and I love it when my preconceived notions are challenged.
I’m betting on a 40 or 20M QSO – and most likely CW with 3Y0I
In 1958, the Functional programming language LISP was designed and deployed
During Field Day I got the D-104 microphone that I refurbished (cleaned completely and replaced the mic element) working, and it works great. HOWEVER, my bets are on CW – especially after being reminded what great CW operators 3Y0I has. A small subset of their team were recently on DXpedition – and they have really great CW ops – and I always admire that in a team.
The Begali HST III – which key will I work 3Y0I with?
With the UrbanBeam up 50′ now – and with 700 watts on the KWS-1 – I am a lot more confident about working 3Y0I than I was before (from my home shack). I have a Plan B – but doubt I will use it now.
The AB-577 does make a big difference!
I guess even being a “Dormant DXer”, I still can get excited about the two last places on earth that I need DXCC wise. I don’t have that “daily burn” I used to – but its still there – buried down under my present Ham Radio activities. I am pleased that I have other fun things to bide my time – because I do understand how some DXers have just closed shop after they make Top of Honor Roll. I can understand how that (to some) would be THE Ultimate goal that is equaled by no other.
I won’t let that happen to me – maybe there is some existential reason that I didn’t just work all of the entities in succession – with VK0EK being my last (I missed FT5GA and 3Y0E – so I did have a crack at working them all within 15 years).
I have a gut feeling that the bottom of Cycle 24 will be shorter and not as painful as the bottom of Cycle 23 was . . .
VK0EK could have been my last entity to work, but “something” got in the way – and in an odd way I am thankful for that. I am enjoying work right now more than I ever have – so my thoughts on retirement have vanished. As long as I love working as I do – retirement day will have to wait.
But Ham Radio will be with me as a sort of old friend – no matter what – it has turned out to be a lifelong friend and Avocation. It will be there as a trusted friend when I do retire – and I bet that continuing to copy CW by ear will be a great way to stay fit mentally – its quite a good mental challenge to copy CW without paper and pen.
OK – onward to Bouvet – with 3Y0I in (hopefully) Autumn 2019!