Show and Tell

I have used a lot of equipment of over the last 50 years.

When I get new equipment I usually sell my other stuff to make the purchase otherwise I would have a house full of stuff.

In the table below I highlight the radios and accessories that have helped me to reach out to other hams all over the world. Items in red boldface are currently being used in my shack. This the equipment I have used since I have been licensed in 1971. My recollections may not be in chronological order but the equipment is factual.

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Archer Space Patrol Walkie Talkies. 1965


Archer Walkie-Talkie Base Station. I modded it from 9V with “C” batteries to 12V with 2 lantern batteries in series. 1967

Polycomm Pro, 23ch TX and tuneable receive. I bought my cousins CB radio. He was getting out, I was getting in. My last CB before getting my Novice ticket in 1971. 1968

Hallicrafters S-38E
One of my Elmers lent this receiver to me to listen Short Wave broadcasts, CB, and Ham radio stations. I was hooked! 1969
Lionel J-38 Straight Key

KnightKit T-60 transmitter.
This is my first Novice transmitter that I picked up at Radio Expo in Grays Lake for $25 and a handful of crystals to put me on 80/40/15m. 1971

HeathKit GR-54 General Coverage Receiver.
Picked this gem up from a friend (WB9EEA/W0EEA for $35. My first Novice SW receiver. You got to start somewhere. Not much on selectivity. The hunt for a suitable receiver was underway. 1971


Alled A-2516 Tried several receivers.
As a Novice you try everything until you find something you like that will help with receiving. This thing was horrible! Microphonics galore! You just tapped lightly on the table and you could hear the rapping with your headphones plugged in. 1972

Lafayette HA-800 General Coverage receiver. Not much on sensitivity. 1972

Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter. 1972

Hallicrafter HA-5 VFO. 1972

HeathKit DX-60B transmitter. 1973

HeathKit HW-16 “transceiver”. Xtal controlled transmitter with built in receiver. Was able to transceive with the HG-10B VFO when Novice were permitted. 1973

HeathKit HG-10B VFO. 1973

Drake 2-C receiver.
Loved this radio. Wish I purchased it first. Would have saved me a lot of headaches later. 1973

HeathKit HW-17
By this time I passed my Technican Class license in 1974 so I bought a 2m radio from Mark Kuntz, a member of the EARS club. This was similar to the HW-16 in that it was xtal controlled TX and tuneable receive. This radio had come with a modification that allowed it to transmit FM (via 6 crystals and FM modulator) and with “slope” tuning of the receiver you could listen to people on repeaters and simplex. 1974


Hammarlund HQ-160 receiver. 1976

Hallicrafters HT-37 transmitter. AM/SSB/CW
When I passed my General in 1976 I bought this transmitter and the HQ-160 receiver. Now I was able to to do some serious DXing! 1976
Vibroplex Standard Iambic keyer paddles on a pink granite base.

Hallicrafters HT-44 TX. AM/CW/SSB 80-10m. You could transceive with the matching receiver SX-117. 1977

Hallicrafters SX-117 80-10 receiver
This is my favorite combination so far. Fantastic radio but both units and the speaker/PSU took up my entire desk. Back in ’77, 10m was open 24 hrs. 1977

Hallicrafters PSU/Speaker. 1977


Radio Shack DX-150B
I was off the air for a couple years while I lived the apartment life but at least I was on my own finally. I used this receiver to keep tabs on the bands with a long wire antenna. 1985


Kenwood TS-180S 160-10m +WARC bands
My first real transceiver with great sounding filters. 1984

Kenwood PS-30 PSU. 1984
Kenwood AT-180 ATU. 1984
Kenwood SP-180 speaker. 1984
Bencher BY-1 Keyer paddle. 1984
The TS-180S did not have a built-in keyer so I purchased this combo from MFJ a MFJ-422X combo keyer and BY1 paddle. The keyer slid onto the BY-1 base as 1 complete unit.

The Commodore C-64 computer. 1983
This computer opened up a lot of doors in amateur radio. From sending X.25 Packet, to sending RTTY with the proper interface. Good times. I learned to program is BASIC whit this computer.

AEA Dr DX This was a cartridge for the Commodore 64 made by AEA that let you simulate working a CW DX contest using a hand key or keyer. This was fun back in 1984.

AEA PK-64 the first interface for the C-64 to come from Advanced Electronic Applications. Extremely noisy due to 36 pin flat cable going between the PK-64 and the C-64. 1985
Kenwood TS-440S/AT
After I got my Extra in 1987 I bought this present for me in 1991.
Kenwood SP-23. 1991
AEA PK-232 I had 2 versions of this. The PK-232 and the PK-232MBX. The MBX version added a packet mail box. 1986

AEA PK-900 Multi Mode Controller.
You could connect to this on 1 radio and go out on another. 1994

Kenwood TS-790 My 1st V/UHF All Mode radio. I had it for a few months but wanted more power.
1997

Swan 1200ZX HF 80-10m amplifier about 800w out. My friend Glenn gave me this amp as he was getting out of the hobby due to him having small children and no time for radio. 1995

Icom 756PROII My 1st radio with HF and 6m. I am now an official 6m addict! 2002

Icom 910H My 1st high power V/UHF All Mode radio 2m/100w, 70cm/75w. 2003

Bencher BY-4 keyer paddle. Still my favorite key. 2003
Wm. M. Nye Company Master Key. This is different from the J-38 in that the wires are connected to the base and the upper part of the J-38. In the Master Key the upper part actually closes a small microswitch in the base of the key. The feel of the keys knob is great and the base is weighted just right. 2006
Elecraft Transverters. I built 3 transverter kits for 144/222/432 and I could see any activity on those band from the spectrum scope on my 756PROII. 2007
TE Systems 1410G 5-10w in/160-200w out depending on current available. 2007
TE Systems 2210G Sold this after I was done contesting on the 220 band. 2007
TE Systems 4310G Used it with my M2 440-18 yagi but now selling it with antenna as I don’t use 432 for contesting any more. 2007

Amp Supply LK500ZC Legal Limit amp. I had a friend install a 220v line in my basement radio shack.
2014

Icom IC-7000. Sold the tranverters and replaced them with a small radio, the Icom 7000 which would do HF/50/144/432. 2010

IC-9100 My 756PROII got hit by lightning so I had it repaired and then bought an IC-9100. 2013

IC-7600 my current HF and 6m radio. Love my 7600! 2015
Elecraft KPA500/KAT500 combo. Made these 2 pieces of equipment as kits! 2016

Remote Rig RRC-1258MkIIs. Remote control of my radios via hardware. 2015

IC-7100 My IC-9100 lacked a Voice Message Keyer for contesting so I sold it and got the IC-7100. 2017

Vibroplex Standard keyer paddle. Bought this at Hamvention in 2018.