Friday, January 29, 2010

My First Boat Anchor

A good friend of mine, Fred, W8FDD, gave me a wonderful National NC183D receiver.  I hope to get it on the air soon.  The caps in it still work, but are weakening and will need replaced.  Here are some pictures of this radio.

Monday, January 25, 2010

SKCC 4th Anniversary Event Sweep

Last night I completed my K3Y sweep.  The Straight Key Century Club is celebrating our fourth anniversary by activating the K3Y special event call.  Each call area is represented /0 through /9, /KL7 and /KH6). I was able to finish off all sections for my 12 section sweep!  I am now attempting to work as many sections as I can using 5W.  I am giving the OHR500 a good workout.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Straight Key Night 2010

Another Straight Key Night has come and gone and it was fun as usual.  Many great fists and some nice sounding old radios on the air.  My first contact was with N8TI up in Michigan on my favorite band, 160M.  Enjoyed a nice chat with him.  Second contact was on 80 with KY4Z in Kentucky.  It was pretty late so I decided to head to bed.  The next morning I operated K3Y/8 for three hours and worked 29 contacts.  Most were SKCC members.  Afterwards, I just started calling CQ SKN and worked 6 more stations on 20M.  My vote for best fist was Frank, KA4JQZ.  I could copy his code all day.  Also, N6KN's Collins was wonderful to listen to.
I used my HiMound HK-802, My 1936 Martin Junior, and my 1946 Blue Racer Deluxe (in the picture).

A fun time!!