Re: QRP & Novice Rig Round Up - It's a Hoot!
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Wish I still had my Novice rig. it was a 6V6 xtal oscillator built
on two strips of 1x2 wood, from an idea in an issue of CQ magazine of
about 1951 or 1952 vintage, IIRC. But I built it about 1956 - when I was a
bona fide Novice.
The receiver was a Heathkit AR-3 I built in the Fall that year, after
working in an auto-wrecking yard all summer to raise the cash. I
got 90 cents an hour, and my father took half for "room and board".
I'll never forget the first time I heard my own call sign coming back to
me pursuant to a CQ. I was KN6ZGQ at that time. (My present call is a
"used" one I asked to be assigned when the original OM passed away.)
Then the first transistors became available the next year. I got one,
a CK722 from Raytheon, for $2.40, with a refund of $1.40 because the
price had dropped while my money was in the mail.
That transistor was so fascinating that I became a builder more than
an operator, and have always been that way ever since. Electronics
became my lifetime profession. Even got an advanced degree in EE, and
a medal while I was in the military back around 1967 for "solving" a
"electronic intelligence" problem all branches of the military had been
spending MILLIONS of dollars on every year -- a problem most any experienced
radio ham could have handled same as I did.
So I have a whole lot I owe to our "hobby" - perhaps the most useful,
beneficial and valuable hobby anyone could ever engage in.
May the Novice Roundup last forever !
73 - Bob, K6KL
On Monday, February 20, 2017 12:16 PM, "Bry Carling af4k@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:
Thanks Bobby! jump in and join the fun, QRP friends.
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