Greetings again Vintage Sidebanders. Hamfest season is already starting and the juices are starting to flow. Have been doing back exercises for two weeks in anticipation of hauling some behemoth home from the next flea market. Here's today's boatanchors and operators.
Duane is Hallicrafters net control and turns the frequency over to us at about 2:00 Central time. Curiously Duane was using an Icom. Somebody had better sell him a first rate Hallicrafters. Just kidding Duane.
Sonny checked in with a Cyclone 3 and a TH7 Antenna. Nice station and nice signal too. I have never seen one of those rigs.
Benton, from near Chicago, played his B-Line from among his bunch of radios. Good to hear you today. It's great when the skip is in.
Bob, from Miles City MT., checked in with his Alda 103. The only one that has ever checked in on the net. I'd better revise the intro now that Bob has found and played one of those one the net. Good work Bob.
Al, checks in with us pretty often using one of many of his radios. Al often shows off one of his Drakes. Thanks.
Frank, from FT. Lauderdale, was lamenting the drought of boat anchors at the hamfests. They just don't seem to be showing up any more. We share your sorrow Frank.:
Don, from Harlingen TX., had just got done tuning up his GPR-90 and was extolling what a really good radio it is. Apparently its only shortcoming was the broadness of the passband on SSB. Yes, Don did put a 6BE6 product detector in it.
Mike, from Mo., used an HT 44 and SX 117 and 811 amp combination. Sounded good and was surprised that the copy was so good from so close. Thanks Mike.
Lynn, from near San Antonio, and soon to be mobile of the Amazon Queen on the Amazon River checked in with his perennial big signal. Hope to hear you on the Amazon Queen and thanks for all the help too, Lynn.
Manson, resident Swan enthusiast, played his 700CX today. Good copy today, could really hear that sweet old Swan.
Marv, from Comfort Tex., checked in with his T4X and R4A. Is Comfort TX. as inviting as it sounds??
Stu, from Corning NY., played his ultra reliable Swan 350, or maybe it should be called a Swan 800 because that's what he gets out of it. If there are any doubters he can do it for yours also. Stu is a goldmine of tech expertise.
Dennis checked in with a nice signal today. He is working on his Hammarlund HXL 1. what a rare beauty. Good luck.
Pete played his 200V, SB200 and Mckay Dymek receiver through Wilson system beam. Great station Pete.
Greg, transplanted Nebraskan, from near Atlanta, played his HT 37, 51J4 and Lazy H antenna. The rig is definitely working Greg.
Al, from N.C., plays a variety of fine old stuff. He also fixes a variety of fine ole stuff. Good work Al
Chet always puts in a fine signal with his quad antenna. The SB 200 doesn't hurt anything either. Thanks Chet.
Hal checked in on his TR4 today using a long wire. Good to hear you Hal and nice signal.
Bob, from Tempe AZ., played his HX 50, 75A4, 3-500z and unusual Bobtail Curtain antenna. Great station and sounded great also. Thanks Bob.
That brought us to the end of the net today and once again the vintage radios sounded good or better than the "state of the art stuff". Good to hear you all and look for you next week or Wed night at 7:30 CST on 3893.
Best 73 de Andy WB0SNF
Another Sunday afternoon and what a nice bunch of old radios and operators we had today. Unfortunately Lynn, K5LYN, wasn't with us. The lucky dog was on his way to a DX-pedition on the Amazon Queen on the Amazon river today. Hope we can hear him next Sunday. Here's who joined in today.
Sonny, from Wisc, checked in with his Marauder and HQ 180. A really nice sounding Xmtr Sonny. Thanks.
Al, from N.C., played his HT 32 and SX 101A. One of many stations Al has "brought back".
Al, checked in with his "like new" Swan 500. Great audio and potent signal from open wire dipole. See you later Al.
Frank played his C-Line and L4B combined with a new beam antenna and really put in a potent signal today. Thanks Frank.
Bill put in his usual big signal today using his S-Line. Good copy Bill.
Bob filled us in with all the details of the Rapid City hamfest. Unfortunately is included the shortage of vintage gear. Bummer Bob.
Mack from El Paso, played his Heath station today. Good copy and always good to hear you Mack.
Milton, from San Antonio, was looking for a parts rig Heathkit frequency counter. No luck yet but keep trying Milton.
Benton, from near Chicago, played yet another of his Drake B-lines. He has got a new digital dial that he says works just great. It was a new kit and he says it will do everything they say it will. Check with Benton for where to get it.
Mike checked in with an Icom 706 but he has several Heathkits being restored including, an SB 100, DX 100 and SB 200. Good luck with the Heathkits.
Mike checked in with the Swan Twins. We are starting to hear more and more of them so the Swan group is doing a good job of getting them on the air.
Pete, from New Jersey, joined us with a very deluxe 200V and Mckay Dymek receiver. Nice rig and nice signal Pete.
Wayne, from Baltimore, was using an FT 102 but he has a SB 102 and HW 16 also. Thanks for the check-in also.
Hal checked in with one of his many Drakes, a TR4C. Nice signal from down southeast Hal.
Bill, from ND., played his national NC 500. He says it has been a very reliable radio for him and it sounded just great. Good to hear you Bill.
That brought the net to an end for this Sunday. One of the most interesting things was the digital dial kit that WB5TWC recently acquired. It has its own presets for different if frequencies so it is easy to use it with different rigs. It would be a real aid to some of the old "wiggly dial" radios.
Lynn, K5LYN has headed for the Amazon for his Dxpedition of the river. It sounds like so much fun I can hardly stand it. We hope that a bunch of the net regulars can work Lynn on the net in a couple of weeks.
Hope you all have a good week and best 73 de Andy WB0SNF
Hi folks. After becoming incredibly behind I am going to slip in a few streamlined net reports to catch up. So checkins for this week were:
Best 73 de Andy WB0SNF
Here's the fine folks who checked in today:
K7TNJ, BOB (With a different rig)
Thanks for all the checkins fellas, 73 de Andy, WB0SNF
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