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Vintage Radio collector and user. Active on CW, SSB, but also on AM: it's so much fun!

Here are some of the radios that I used over the years:  Below are a Hallicrafters SX-28A with Central Electronic B Slicer and MM2 monitor scope, a Hallicrafters BC-610D Transmitter with BC-614D speech amp for AM.     Vintage SSB setup: Central Electronics 20A and CE458 VFO. 4x1625 linear out of a 1955 QST article..

Other radios can be also seen in these pictures... (circa 2008)

Wire antennas, Johnson KW tuner, ladder line.

 

Playing also with some fine military equipment like this Wireless Set 19 from WW2:

Recently restored is this Wireless set 52 made in 1944 by Marconi of Canada.  ( to the right in the photo below) This unit is quite rare in it's complete form especially in the US.  Covers 1,75 to 16 MHz and has an 813 on the final.  It is is a delight to operate, especially on CW.  This unit took 8 months to restore.  Finding the accessories was quite difficult.  To the left, in the rack, is another Marconi receiver, the CSR 5A.  Below is a Home brew linear amplifier with built in scope to watch that AM signal..  Between the rack and the WS 52 is a Wireless 18 MK3 that works great.. 

 

Below is a Wireless set 19 MK2 and a Wireless set 62 MK2 (the upper one..)

Also pretty rare is this WW2 BC 178, as I operate with Lancelot the parrot and Scott the Great Dane...

And these more familiar ART13, BC348 and BC375...  and another Wireless set 19 to the left.

I am active on "FELDHELL", a mode invented in the 30's by Rudolph Hell.. I use the original WW2 machine that can be seen below. Several computer applications exist, today, to be active on that nostalgic (and effective) mode.

 

In 2009, restoration of a  Western Electric1939 broadcast TX:

This Broadcast unit used to be at KIEV, Glendale, CA in the 40's

 

Collins 233D autotune transmitter, circa 1950, 2 to 16mHz, finals:2x450tl modulated by another pair... Was used at Western Airlines in Sacramento, CA. I acquired this unit in 2006. It was recently purchased by the Rockwell Collins Club Museum in Cedar Rapids. It is being restored mostly by retired employees of the plant, and will be on display/use at the club. This one is definetely saved!

 

In SSB, I frequently used a Signal/one CX7-A transceiver from 1969, paired with a Henry 2K-Ultra linear:

Or this nice CX7-B with same linear:

 

Also a CX711A: (By now, you would have guessed that I love Signal/One units!) This one is paired with an Alpha 70V linear amp. That was the first model built by ETO in the early 70's and it is vapor cooled! I have to make sure that the pint of water is still in there when I use the amp (In fact, there's a warning light that comes on if the water level is low...) See below... And of course, it is a full break-in amp.

 

Above is the front panel of the Alpha 70V linear showing Coolant warnings "Level" and "leakage" HI!

 

Here is a photo of the inside of the 70V linear:

 

 

Here, one of my favorite set up: Hallicrafters SX-115 receiver HT-32B transmitter, HT33B linear made in 1961:

Also seen in the photo below, Hallicrafters SX-42 (far right):

Check the AMI West coast Web site at: www.ami-west.com for a lot of real fine pictures and links...

Also, check the NI6Q channel on Youtube.com to see some of these radios on the air..

Thanks for looking! Talk soon.. Vy 73,

Keep'em glowing!

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