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Licensed in 1958 As K9VYE and KN9VYE ... acquired an FCC general Radiotelephone license in 1966 ...Moved to Michigan in 1977 and was required to change calls at that time and was issued W8MDV...Got the Extra class ticket in 1985 with 100% on the 20 WPM code test required at that time ... Used W8MDV until 10/20/2009 When I was granted W9RAS by the FCC ... work on HF SSB and CW ... I work a lot on 6 and 2 meters CW,FM,SSB and AM ... Work on 6 meters SSB / AM boat anchor nets with a Harvey Wells bandmaster TBS-50C runs about 9 watts AM output with a 300 VDC supply , a BC-348 WW-II Receiverand home brew 417-A 3 tube converter built out of what was in the junk box It has cascode 417-A tubes in it given to me by Chuck K9JKG in 1959 and I was surprised it receives really well.... 

Latest  project  November 2013 to spring 2014 (long project ) 

At the  Fort Wayne Indiana hamfest 2013 I bought a very beat up partially gutted ARC-5 Transmitter 6-9 mhz BC-459) and a receiver a BC453 beacon receiver rebuilding and repairing these and making the power supplies ,receiving converter and a hetrodyne VFO was a long involved process it all works great now with only 1 switch to flip for transmit or receive . 

Take a look at the youtube videos of some of these rigs just go to youtube.com and search for Robert Sumption  all the videos will then pop up . 

Note the Photo of me much younger at the bench in my office at work at Heathkit in the Amateur radio Lab area ...This was the start of the assembly of the very first heathkit SS9000 Synthesized solid state digital tranceiver with WARC bands ...NOTE the GREY front panel this was a front panel for the SS8000 the same rig without WARC bands that was never produced...The front panels were made by an outside vendor and had not arrived when this photo was taken so I started assembly with that front panel the SS9000 panels arrived a few days later andI then just changed the front panel to the brown one with the WARC bands marked on it ...This is the only photo I know of taken of the construction of the very first prototype SS9000 it was snapped by a coworker (I wishI could remember his name ) using the Heathkit labs polaroid scope camera with the scope adapter taken off ...This photo is dated November 1981 ...

Pictures : Two are of of the home brew 6 meter SSB rig ...This has a lot of Heathkit in it note the Heathkit SSB filter ...Other pictures ...1929 Ford touring car or Phaeton my other hobby , The little 1 watt 6 meter beacon as it was being tested and the shack picture of course ...THE beacon photo was taken before the frequency was selected to be 50.063 MHZ so it has the frequency 50.077 in that photo on the beacon ...


One of the  projects is the "New 160 to 6 meter 250 watt linear" from the 2011 ARRL handbook . I bought this on Ebay the project had been started by another Amateurwho acquired all the parts and built a nice case for it . I am sure that just acquiring all the parts for this was a huge project in itself however he had not completed the amplifier and there was much to do to get it working . When I worked at Heathkit we would have said "THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS KIT" It took me many many hours to get it operational. 


W9RAS Home brew 6 Meter beacon2N2222 50 mhz Xtal Oscillator, 2N5770 buffer, 2N3904 driver into a PT-6619 final downrated to less than 1 watt for maximum reliabilitytested on a frequency of 50.077 then 50.0615 keying switch is a 2N3906...AS of 08/01/2010 The beacon frequency was again moved to 50.063 toprovide separation from another beacon in Auburn Indiana on the same frequency ...At the same timethe home brew lawn chair squalo antenna for the beacon was moved up on the tower to a height of 80 ft above ground ...The ID itself is a 8 pin dip chip unit from K1EL ...All in a 6"X 5" X 2" box ...Antenna is a home brew squalo made from an old lawn chair I bought at goodwill for 75 cents ...Please report hearing the beacon send an email to this email address mooo46@yahoo.com ...You can also report the beacon to Beaconspot.com THANK YOU 73!


The other Hobby is the antique car a 1929 Ford Phaeton shown here with me driving in the 2014 memorial day parade Cassopolis Michigan .






The LAST QSL card from my employment at Heathkit below


The present QSL card  below



Life is Short get out and DO something ! Help someone in the Ham tradition be a good "Elmer"  ...




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