Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello again,
I have added an old Turner Plus Three desk mic to my Yaesu FT-857D.

The project was fun and turned out really well. Since I had the mic and all the parts the price was $0!

You can check it out here:

Dan, N8IE
Hello all,
Took a break from other projects to work on my HW-8 I picked up at Dayton this year.

The radio looks good and was sold as "restored". It was not. This thing was so far out of alignment when the dial was set to 0, it was a good 15Kc below the band edge. Also 15M had a horrible hum that drowned out all signals.

It once had some mods done to it but were removed, not sure if any remain other  than a dial light. Looking at the PC board everything looked good, no obvious burnt or bad components.

So I sprayed all the coils, caps, and switches with DeOxIt and proceeded to do an alignment per the manual, this got rid of about 99% of the hum on 15M.

The final result was good, band edges are on the money, power out is 5W on most bands (it did have the final changed for more power) and the BFO is stable after a short warm up.

15 and 20 meters still have an issue with low volume, going to have to research that. Made 4 contacts, two on 15M with a YU5, and a FG4 plus two state side. All with reports.

Dan, N8IE

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Today I attended the Huber Heights ARC meeting. I must say they are a great group, and Ron N8VAR (a fellow Flying Pig member) belongs to the club.

I have helped them with a VE session in the past, and decided to join the club.
I'm happy to say they voted me in and I look forward to being an active member.

Dan, N8IE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello all,
Went to the OHKYIN Ham Fest on the 21st. Had a good time.
Picked up a couple of sweet deals.

Got this Heathkit QF-1 Q-Multiplier for $3. Added a 12AX7 tube, cleaned her up and it works great.

Next I found a Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter. The face is near perfect. Inside looks great. Will have to repaint the case and replace the paper caps. My winter project.

73 de N8IE

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello all,
Decided to rearrange the shack yet again, LOL.

This time I'm going for a minimalist setup. I've had the pleasure of owning some great rigs over the years, but I'm at a point where too many choices of rigs to operate is taking the fun out of the hobby.

To get a look at my new set go to my web page, click on My Radio Shack. You might have to refresh your cache.

Dan,  N8IE

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Had fun yesterday with my fellow Ham, Daryl, K8FP.
Both our amps were down, his an Ameritron 811-H and mine is an 811.

After some troubleshooting we found his had a bad resistor on one of his tubes that caused it blow, mine was two of my tubes shorted at blew holes in the plates and took out the Grid meter.

Now to get a replacement!

Good times.

Dan, N8IE

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Well Murphy sneaked into my shack and screwed up some of my stuff!
First my FT-101EX T/R relay has gone bad, while an easy fix it has other issues so I put the FT-401B back in line. Like that radio better any way, 28 tubes and near 300W output!

Then two of the three 811's in my AL-811 have small holes in the plates. Had an arc over in the tuner, not sure if the tuner caused it, or the tubes did. At any rate Ameritron is know for using cheap ass Chicom tubes. My friend has a pair, so Saturday I hope to get it back in operation.

So goes the life of a Ham! :-)

73 de N8IE

Monday, July 07, 2014

6M Coast to Coast!

Yesterday 6 meters was open just about all day. Signals were loud, and plentiful.
I worked from NJ to CA.

In all I worked VE2-3-4-5, about 4 XE, and at least 20+ states.

This is the most I've worked on 6 in a LONG time.

Dan, N8IE