Most Often Needed Radio Diagrams

A neat book of schematic diagrams that I purchased from Antique Electronic Supply in Tempe, Arizona One part of history that is as practically useful – and now pretty much an art form – is to go back in time and study how circuits were designed – mostly with tubes – but also during the solid state days when discrete components ruled the day….

Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, Rest in Peace

One of the rarest entities on the West Coast was Monk Apollo, Mt. Athos and SV2ASP/A I made Honor Roll with a really crummy QSO (and funny – see below) QSO with (sort of) the Good Monk on 40M SSB – New Years Evening, 2013. This was 11 years (or one solar cycle) from when I started chasing DX and DXCC seriously. I busted…

KWS-1 K101 Relay

I’m starting to think that I have a similar problem that another fellow said he had – which is that one of the relay’s had dirty contacts which left his rig not showing output. I don’t know if he had no output in Tune or Operate mode. It might be worth opening up the bottom cover and checking out the relay and also to…

KWS-1 Report

I put about 6 hours into testing the KWS-1 yesterday and another 2 today I’ll record the important metrics here – because I can then compare these to others who have the KWS-1: VFO INJ Test point – 600 mv Peak to Peak and 3.25 mhz with the dial tuned to 3.5 mhz XTAL – on 40M – 4 mhz, which matches what Howard…

KWS-1 Debug: Day 1

L – R: Siglent 1202X-E, KWS-1 with MFJ-267, Fluke 117, Hickok 533A. Not shown – Heathkit IG-102 Signal Generator Nothing better on a gorgeous Spring day – (after an especially intense work week) to have some nice coffee and then to get crackin’ on getting the Collins KWS-1 transmitter back on the air. I’ll do it – damn it!   The simple, but effective…

The $60 Test Equipment Cart

For $60 on Amazon, I found the perfect metal rolling cart that is thin enough to fit in my shack and will hold my test gear. When I test the KWS-1 and other gear, sometimes it will be in the shack and sometimes it will be in the garage, where I have more space. Last December – January, I redesigned the shack around the…

HA8RM

Big fun on a Friday night – HA8RM solid 579 this late in the “DX Season”. . . . 100 watts on my end to a pair of phased verticals

RCA Tubes

Its nice to see an advertisement (1959) when there were manufacturing plants in many of the Northern NJ cities – this was before they fell into hard times. I remember taking the PATH train from Harrison, NJ in the 70’s into NYC to go take my General Class Ham Test – in front of Finkelstein. Back then, Harrison was a dump, and most of…

KFAT, KPIG and Americana . . .

I really enjoyed this book (thanks again Ed – AG6CX). I was very skeptical – how in the world could it take 600 pages to describe a radio station – and even a pop culture musical genre? Well, I was actually sad when this book was over – I felt it could have gone on for who knows how long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjgFaKQEuIM Railroad Earth is…

40M Half Square? Hmmmm

I finally went outside with a tape measure – and there is no real way to do a 40M Bobtail or 5 element Bruce. However, a 40M Half Square vs. a 4 element Bruce are so close that I would go with the Half Square. The big benefit here is that I get one antenna that can be multi banded instead of having 2…