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There really isn't
anything to compare with working "real radios that glow in
the dark" whether it's on 160 meters on a fine cold winter
night, or any band any time where you might find fellow ya-emmers!
good old days ride again - if you were there in them days,
they're back! - and if you weren't, well, the magic is there, as
good as ever.
sounds from the ancient files of W1UX Radio! (WAV format, 80K)
In 1957, it wuz
And in 1960, it
wuz like 'dis:
here's our "roll around" highly portable HF station for
use in the downstairs workshop.
is the secret. Keep the casters greased, and the cables long!
a few years on 75 meters will do for ya, ain't it? It's all in
the attitude! Watch out, kids, they say the effect may not be
view of the " Iron Room"
Operating Position for the AM Studio at W1UX Radio. The R390A is
a Stewart Warner which was a total junker, cannibalized over the
years, and restored to A-1 operation by Rick Mish of Toledo,
Ohio, in early 1999. The rx to the right of the 390A is an ex
RCAF CR-91A made by RCA/Canada. It's a later version of RCA's
famous AR-88.The board is a Yamaha ProMix 01 liberated from our
pro audio production duties. It feeds broadcast-quality audio to
the various rigs here in the "Big Iron Room" and
occasionally still goes out on field gigs. Some of thescopes are
Tektronix 465 family - remember the old Radio Maxim, "One
can never have too many oscilloscopes" !!!
floor ballast, from left to right:
The rig with the call "W1UX" on it is a fine homebrew
rig from the early 60's, providing a very popular lineup for an
AM Kilowatt at the time.This very professionally built unit
features a pair of 4-400A's in class C, modulated by a pair of
810's. The modulation transformer is a Stancor A-3899,and the 810
grids are driven by a backwards configured Hammond 50 watt hifi
audio transformer (30-30,000 cy.) with proper resistive loading -
the Hammond is driven by a Dynakit Mark IV mono hifi amp running
a pair of EL-34's, and driving the Dynakit is a YAMAHA PROMIX 01
Digital Mixing Board which is loaded with DSP, including
parametric EQ and many dynamic optionsincluding various
compressors. Prior to coming to Killingworth to live, this fine
rig was at K1VYU in Westbrook, CT. Ron did a lot of restoration
work on the rig, including a really nice startup and control
circuit. RF driver for this rig is a Johnson Ranger I.
The AN/FRC-1 transmitter is the smaller one to the right of 4-400's
rig. See below for fuller description.
P. Secola's ancient adage regarding boatanchor rigs running more
than 125 watts:
IT'S NOT A FLOOR BASED UNIT, RIG OR AMPLIFIER, IT'S JUST A GIRLY
MAN RADIO!!! Desk top transmitters are OK for JN's, but
eventually one has to graduate to a REAL radio - married to the
floor by the Laws of Gravitonics!
to the other extreme: This late 1930's design BC-474A, an early
WW2 Jeep HF radio: after 1942 it was replaced by more modern gear.
There are not many on the air - this one incorporates a 4 tube
transmitter - screen modulated 6V6 running about 4 W output - and
a 4 tube receiver. The power supply is external, and we fire it
up frequently on the OLD MILITARY RADIO NET , which meets every
Saturday morning 0500-0700 Eastern time.
a closer shot of the RCA receiver.
a closer look at a really fine addition at W1UX:
AN/FRC-1 transmitter made for the United States Navy in 1943 by
Marine Services Inc. of Wilmington, California. It consists of a
single 813 modulated by a pair of 811A's. Contains very heavy
iron, both power supply and mod transformer - nicely restored by
former owners and currently undergoing more work here for high
quality audio operation on 160, 80 and 40 meters. The rig is on
casters and even incorporates its own single conversion receiver
- that's the deck visible just below the RF deck. Each deck
slides out on rails with bearings, with Jones and HV plugs on
rails at back - a few seconds and each deck is out for checking
over. (This is a nice mobile setup, since it only weighs around
350 pounds - certainly ideal for shipboard use!) and it generates
a 250W carrier on all bands with 100% modulation. The rig was
also designed to work MCW. The pictures are taken from original
1942 manual - the shack pictures show the rig shortly after we
modified it for operation on 160 (by adding some switcheable
inductance and playing with the padder capacitance to restore the
original 1943 circuit!) The FRC-1 works very well on 160, 80, 75
and 40 meters. Its original coverage, including the built in 9
tube superhet receiver - Deck #3 - is 1500 to 12500 kilocycles (that's
kcs., not kHz.)
(The RF deck
as it originally appeared in 1943, and is it currently appears
again in 1999 after some additional restoration.) Much of the
earlier restoration work was done by Fred KC4MOP.
Ah yesss.... it all began, ayuh, back
in those halcyon days at the very dawn of radio, with a single 6V6
on 40 cw, xtal controlled of course, with a fine old National NC57
receiver.... and an FL8B audio range filter in the line to the
pair of cans.... then on to an 807 modulated by a pair of 7C5
loctal base toobs!! Ye Gads, then came the big day: a single 814,
resplendent in its majestic solitude, modulated by a pair of 807's
(wow, real plate caps, mom!) and with the crowning glory of a
pair of 866A mercury vapour rectifiers generating that
faaaaaantastic flickering blue glow on the walls & ceiling in
time with the modulation.... extra neat to operate with the
lights out at night! Major big time, eh wot? While I am known to
operate with one sideband suppressed on occasion, and I do enjoy
CW and RTTY, I do work mostly "Angel Music" on 160, 75
REAL radio is
a very serious business as you can see!
additional snapshots of operating positions at W1UX, click here. Views are free of charge.
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Hawkins - WA2WHV Ragtime midi
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Gee. Ma, when I grow up, can I have one of
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Joplin "Magnetic Rag" 1914)
And here's an
important essay on
the nature of time!Transit wormhole HERE!
Updated on August 9th, 1937 by Yves A. (Al) "Al" Feder