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Real Radios Glow in the Dark !

This is an interior shot of my Central Electronics 600-L Broadband Amplifier, manufactured circa 1956. It runs a single 813 at 600 watts input. The blue glowing tubes are type 866-AX -- same base as the more familiar 866-A but a smaller envelope. The other tubes are a VR-75 and an 812 which is used as a screen supply regulator.


The Shack

Construction completed May 2011



The Antennas

Hexagonal Beam

6-Band G3TXQ/K4KIO design with modifications by NA4RR

Kit purchased from Roger Rockwell, NA4RR, at www.na4rr.com or www.hexagonalbeam.com

20 meter element at approx. 30 ft



Telescoping crank-up tower, Mil-surplus, built to Corps of Engineers spec.

Purchased on ebay from jbaran33 (John Baranosky) in Wyoming, PA.

John's website: www.goverticalusa.com




CCD Antenna

(See www.ccdantennas.com for design and performance details)

114 ft. long, center fed wire with coupling capacitors every 5 feet or so along its entire length. Although it's designed for only 40 and 20 meter operation when using a 4:1 balun and 50 ohm co-ax, I'm feeding it directly with 300 ohm window line and matching with a Johnson Matchbox which provides a good match on 80-10M. It's oriented horizontally at 32 feet using heavy wall Mil-surplus 4 ft. aluminum pole section supports fastened to the block fence around my treeless yard as shown. One leg runs E-W, the other N-S.




The Operating Position


Switching System





The Work Area





The Neighbors



Callsign History:  KN9VJE, K9VJE (1960); PA9VJE (Summer 1966); W0IHV (1966); W7FE (2000). Active on the air most of the time except for 1967-70 when I was busy soldiering (and eventually soldering).

QTH History:  Rockford, IL -- Ft. Collins, CO,-- Phoenix, AZ, -- Henderson, NV. Temporary stays in La Junta, CO, -- Amsterdam, NL, -- Pueblo, CO, -- Huntsville, AL, -- Bien Hoa/Chu Lai, RVN, -- Futema, Okinawa, -- El Paso, TX.

Married in 1970, 2 over-40 daughters who live in Las Vegas, no grandkids. My XYL and I retired in 2008 and moved to Henderson in 2009.

Obviously my main interest lies in the repair/restoration/operation of vintage tube-type ham gear from 1950-1970, but I have enjoyed CW and phone traffic nets, public service activity, radio clubs, VHF/UHF FM, and digital modes at various times in the past. 

73, Stu. 






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