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1957 is when the disease first started with a National SW-54 short wave receiver and a 6V6 one tube crystal oscillator for a transmitter. I made Morse Code contacts with both ends of NY state on the 80 meter Novice band, but that band was BUSY, especially on a broad tuned beginner's receiver. Then in the next year, I added a Globe Chief 90 CW/AM transmitter at 90 watts. The Novice CW band was limited to 75 watts Morse Code by the F.C.C. and if you dared to run 90 watts, the government men in black would be there in an instant to haul you away! Next in 1961, I switched over to a Hallicrafters SX-101A and HT-32B SSB units. A TA-33jr was the antenna.

If you missed it, that’s an 833A AM broadcast tube on the wall. Two for 1KW RF and two for modulation on AM Broadcast. Nice lights with a soft orange glow on the plates. (WFLR 1570, My first job.)

Later, after college, marriage and a mobile home near Syracuse, things got crowded. A year later, a lot more crowded with our first daughter. Ham Radio got the back bedroom closet and the daughter got the second bedroom.
That's a home built Vidicon TV Camera for getting into HAM TV on 432Mhz.

In Buffalo/Niagara Falls, (1966) the mobile rig was a Heathkit HW-12.

Moving and changing jobs again, we ended up buying an old farm in Oswego. Ham radio continued there for another ten years with SSB, UHF TV and a two meter repeater. That' a TH6DXX on a 50' tower in photo #5.

As years passed, job changes and another hilltop site in Oswego, another 70' tower and more radio fun. The ham radio era saw the beginning of the internet era and it was time for me to retire, so I sold the KWM-390 and the Alpha 77DX. It was fun talking with the guys down at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica while I had it and one of my co-worker's sons was in the service down there. Good for an occasional phone patch. The beam is a Mosely TA-33 and the tower is a Rohn 25 fold-over at 70 feet. Rotator is Ham-M. An 80 meter inverted V sits under the tri-bander.

I still have the tower, but for all practical purposes, the internet has replaced the need for it except for a dooms-day windmill or whatever.
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I have never owned a KWM-380 but have had the pleasure of operating one. One of the best available in the late 70's.
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Harry, is the time on your clock a coincidence or support for the 1010 international net?

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I remember the 10:10 club, but I didn't participate. The sun spots were right for a full 10 meter band opening back then.
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Hmmm... Harry... Did your SX101A have a slight dent in the top cover, right hand side edge such that the cover didn't quite lay flat? If so... I got it here...
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In the late 80's sunspot cycle I picked up 10:10 #42658........PD
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Hmmm... Harry... Did your SX101A have a slight dent in the top cover, right hand side edge such that the cover didn't quite lay flat? If so... I got it here...
No dents, precious well cared for equipment. If I recall correctly, I did have to replace the transformer on the transmitter with an original.
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1958- I was just starting high school!
My receiver was an old tube TV set that I modified tuner.
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I learned Morse code back in 1996 for my Advanced ticket on a beautiful SX-101A loaned to me by one of the members of the local club. I spent many winter nights listening to W1AW code practice sessions. I had bought a mint Swan 270B Cygnet from another member but the Hallicrafters was much nicer to use for CW listening with the better filtering. I recall two things about the SX-101A - the amazing craftsmanship and quality of it and the amazing weight of it!

I've not been active in probably 20 years (kids, etc.) and sold the Swan, but still have the old straight key, a nice Vectronics tuner, and my trusty HTX-202 which still works perfectly on it's 3rd rebuild of the battery pack.

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The find of the day: My WRL Radio Receipt for the GLOBE CHIEF 90.

Our government should stop printing free money. How do you like the inflation on this one? The price went up $2.55 during the order! NO SALES TAX! Ship 27# for $2.56.

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