Sunday, April 20, 2014

Here is my second operating position.
Features a complete Yaesu FT-401B station and a Yaesu FT-101EX.
For keying the FT-101 I use a Vibroplex 1938 Lightning Bug.

Here is a picture of my new setup featuring my Knight T-150 TX and Knight R-100A.
I use this almost exclusively on AM on the top portion of 40M

Hello all,
Been a while since I posted. Trying to get back into Radio. Been in a funk and have not been doing much on air.

I have updated the shack (go to my web page for pics) and been working with Ham Radio Deluxe. It's a bit over whelming but it's a nice piece of software.

Since my last post I have been om AM a lot with my Knight Kit T-150 and R-100A. Great folks around the top of 40M.

More to come, I hope. :-)
73, Dan N8IE

Friday, June 28, 2013

Nice opening on 30M last night. Worked ES7AX in Estonia using my NORCAL 38 Special @ 5W into an inverted vee!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Another new rig to the shack!

Well today I pulled the trigger on a Allied Knight T-150A on e-Bay.
Going to have to sell a couple of my other rigs to cover it, but that's the name of the game. This will look beautiful next to my Hallicrafters SX-122.

I'll post a picture when it arrives.

73, Dan N8IE

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hello all,
Had three nice QSO's last night. This is the first time in a while I had the time to relax and do a little hamming.

First Q was on 40M with my Knight T-50 and V-44 VFO using the Halli SX-122 receiver. Had a nice chat with a gentleman from Hannibal, MO.

Next was two Q's on 30M using the NORCAL 38 Special 5W QRP rig. Talked to a gent in CT and one in NY.

Nice evening, hope for another tonight!
Dan, N8IE

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hi gang, sorry to post this late but it's been a very hectic year for me.
I managed to do a partial visit to the Dayton Hamvention 2013. I've been having anxiety and panic attack issues.

I did manage to pick up a few items, a 1957 ARRL Hand Book for $7, a AT-11 Auto Tuner for $20 (this is perfect for ST-857D and HF9V), last item found was a jar packed with FT-247 crystals all in the 80 and 40M bands, picked this up for #10.

A big thanks to Daryl, K8FP and Jimmy, N8NSN for keeping an eye on me and helping me through it.

Dan, N8IE

Hello all! Well again we visited the Milford Hanfest in Cincinnati, Oh. This year was a great turn out, and for once I sold everything I took. I also came home with a few goodies. I found a nice cheap 3-way coax switch for my TS-857D, a Wii game, and a near perfect Hallicrafters SX-122 for $20!

The seller said it was in his barn for a few years but works great, he was not kidding.

After a little cleaning she works like new, and it has very few blemishes on the face and case.

There were lots of good deals, and the typical over priced vintage gear. All in all it was well worth the trip.

Dan, N8IE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

GCARA and the Mound swap meet

Hello all, Well it's the end of the hamfest and swap meet season. Two weeks ago it was the GCARA Hamfest in Cincinnati, Oh. It's always a nice little tailgate style hamfest. I sold out my stock of batteries and charges along with a few other goodies. Saw a few old friends and the weather was very nice.

I had a couple things follow me home too. :-) First was a nice looking Heathkit Marauder. Looks very clean albeit the PO is low, second was a very clean Knight T-50 transmitter. This little radio works great and is a good candidate for restoration. I also picked up a nice lighted magnifying glass with parts holders.

Last weekend was the first swap meet at the Mound ARC Club House. There was about 12 or so people showed up and man did I hit the jackpot! First i picked up a small general purpose tube tester for $5! Next was a Drake 2-NT transmitter for $20, this little radio not only looks clean it works fantastic. Next I got my hand on a Johnson Viking 122 VFO, looks a little rough but that can be fixed. I also found a little home brewed code oscillator, this will make a nice station monitor for the CW setup.

So now I have a pile of fresh stuff to clean, repair, restore, and pack to Dayton in the spring. :-)

73 Dan, N8IE

Monday, September 10, 2012

Findlay Hamfest 2012

Well another Findlay Hamfest is in the books. This one was one of the best in recent years, the weather was cool, and a bit damp for camping out Saturday, but you could not ask for a better day Sunday. A cloudy start but they soon parted and the sun cam out and a beautiful day was on! I brought several items to sell and actually sold about 75% of my items. But for me the best was my friend Daryl, K8FP spotting this for me:

A bit rough looking, but it was only $30 and it works perfectly! Now my 50's vintage station is complete. I'll try to clean the face up a bit but honestly I only care how it works, not how pretty it is. Picked up some goodies to make a mobile multi-band antenna for the camper, and a few odds and ends. Findaly is always a favorite of mine and I get to camp out with family and friends for a night. Life is good! 72, oo Dan, N8IE