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Real Rados 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

                 May 2011                                                      December 2016                  



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 replaced with 80M full wave loop April 2016                     

   4 supports for 32ft masts, each made from (8) 4ft military heavy wall aluminum tubing sections    




The Operating Position






Replaced EFJ Matchbox with Palstar AT1500-BAL

Replaced Kenwood TS-440 with ICOM  IC-7300 


Switching System

Built in 2002, revised in 2006 and 2011






       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 over the years 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. In November 2016 I acquired my first offshore HF rig since 1982, an ICOM IC-7300.

73, Stu.

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