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The main position after installation featuring a fully restored Yaesu FT-101 E station and the Flex Radio 5000A that drives the Bauer 707. The other two operating positions are being worked on and should be finished soon.


"Life is too short for QRP"

My name is William (Billy) Yates. I reside in Tucson Arizona.

I enjoy collecting and restoring rare vintage radio equipment like Hammarlund, Signal One and other interesting gear.    

My primary focus is AM, and operating vintage SSB equipment.  My professional career has been connected with Music, Recording and Engineering. I am a Guitarist and performer with decades of experience on the road and in recording studios having performed with numerous national acts. I have been the owner of 3 recording studios over the last 30 years, currently semi-retired from the music industry. I build and repair tube type guitar amplifiers, amateur radio linear amplifiers, and radio related equipment by hand.

The new radio shack renovation has begun and all but one or two rigs remain on the air until completed, sometime in 10/16.

The Collins ART-13 paired with an RCA R-320/FRC receiver is an outstanding performing station.

Among my favorite radio related activites is being involved with the AM International (AMI) where a great group of very knowlegeable individuals can be found having a nice evening of relaxed discussion and radio fun. A pleasant family of people commited to enjoying the hobby. Restoring vintage equipment is the most satisfying part of the hobby and the biggest challenge to date was restoring a Collins ART-13 auto tune transmitter, including building the power supply system from scratch. I even wrote an article about the project for the Collins Signal magazine. It was quite fun and informative to meet the challenge of bringing back to life a piece of communications equipment that wasn't designed for Amateur use and have it perform remarkably well.

My current station consists of three AM, and three SSB operating positions:

The Bauer 707 AM Transmitter ready for action!

My main AM operating system is a Bauer 707 transmitter modified for 160, 75 & 40 meter operation. This is exciter driven with a Flex 5000A SDR transceiver which serves as the receiver system. This IS my main station during times when conditions require extra muscle, and to remind the idiot "Southern Moss" SSB ops that the AM sub band segments are for AM. Broadcast quality audio is in full effect at all times and serves as a "polite" reminder that a carrier and 2 sidebands will always put the SSB LIDS attempting to jam us into the pileup where they belong. Amplitude Modulation is here to stay!

The T-368-E/R-390 station alongside of the famous W8QBG "Band Cleanser"

The number two system is a beautiful Barker & Williamson T-368-E transmitter paired with a Collins R-390/URR receiver. This is frequency agile up to 20 meters and serves as a back up for the Bauer 707.

The number 3 system is a fully restored Collins ART-13 transmitter paired with an RCA R-320/FRC receiver. These are among my favorite pairings considering the lineage and historical significance. The ART-13 has been modified for use on 160 meters as well. The performance of the RCA R-320/FRC (AR-88) is truly wonderful.

A recent addition to my AM Military Collection, is a complete GRC-19 station. It's fully operational and will be utilized as the backyard "Party Cave" rig! Currently being used in the garage. This beast came from my friend Dennis Duvall W7QHO.

The Stromberg Carlson T-195 Transmitter & Stewart Warner R-392 Receiver, AKA "The Angry 19"


Some words about the AM sub band segments and gentleman agreements:

There seems to be some confusion about why we have sub bands. It's simple. This allows anyone to operate a desired mode in a specific band area, such as ATV, RTTY, PSK, CW etc. This also includes AM and while this is a logical conclusion that makes sense, it is quite obvious that certain groups of careless SSB morons take great pride in attempting to thwart others from pursuing the usage of these sub bands, especially AM. For some reason aside from ignorance and lack of respect, these imbeciles feel it's their right and honor to occupy these sub bands at will, especially during any QSO or net activity that involves AM. This has become the norm and while most of these LIDS don't bother me I find it a shame and an embarrassment that a few flies in the soup attempt to ruin the fun for many. After years of attempting to be courteous about this problem which included direct contact and negotiation in good faith, to no avail, we AM operators "Carry On" and ignore them. The conclusion is simple... you can't battle stupidity. A carrier and two sidebands always win.

I own and operate a linear amplifier built by the late Clif Kurtz N6ZU. It's named "The Final Final" (serial# 263) as it was the very last amplifier he built. It's built like a tank. It operates a single 4-1000A running 5000 volts on the plate, 80-10 meters. Several articles were written about this beast and it was my honor to have become it's current custodian. It has performed very well for the last 2 years. It easily runs the limit when needed. I also utilize various modern day equipment which changes from time to time. When I operate from our mountain cabin retreat in Northern Arizona, I use a Yaesu FT-950 into a 135' ft. doublet mounted at 45' ft. fed with ladder line. It's amazing what 25 watts of carrier at 6000' ft. elevation can do for a signal.

There are a variety of transceivers that I enjoy using. My favorites are the Yaesu FT-1000D with the rare blue display. It's loaded with filters and is an absolute joy to use and is my go to transceiver. The venerable Icom IC-775 DSP fully loaded with all it's accessories is also an excellent performer. Both of these are paired with an Alpha 78 linear amplifier that I restored for a client who decided I should have it and am glad to own it! (12-23-15) My Icom IC-7800 developed some serious problems in the power supply after having the finals repaired at the factory. The cost of repair is ridiculous, so I decided to be rid of that problem altogether. Great radio but a real white elephant. The newest rig on the horizon is the Icom IC-7300. This radio has really stirred the attention of the radio community and will serve on all fronts for my portable operating. I cannot wait!

Several vintage projects are being completed as of this writing that include 2 ART-13 transmitters being restored and supplies being built. A complete ground up restoration of 4 receivers are also planned for the Winter months ahead.

1936 Hammarlund SP-10 (very rare), 1937 Hammarlund SP-100X (very rare), 1939 Hammarlund SP-200LX (rare 10 mc. model) and 1938 National NC-100XA. These will require a lot of time and effort to complete but will certainly be worth the effort. They will be faithfully brought back to original factory specifications. Those are my prime projects that should be finished by spring of 2017.

Earlier in 2016, I was granted permission by Fred Lloyd AA7BQ to create the Amplitude Modulation Forum on QRZ. This is a tremendous honor that includes some of the most noteworthy individuals in the AM community and promises to be one of the best forums of it's kind due to the quality of it's participants. Creating and moderating the content and encouraging participation is a very satisfying activity and I look forward to anyone with an interest in AM to drop by, have a look and get acquainted. Please check it out!

Also, check out my website: www.n6yw.com where you can get a glimpse of what has been through my various collections,
and on facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/N6YW/295381383854565 & www.facebook.com/groups/amodgroup/
Also, my business web pages: www.redjonesamplification.com & www.gcraftamp.com

Thank you for dropping by!

73 de Billy N6YW

Among my favorite transmitters in use here is the Johnson Viking Ranger.

With my lovely wife!

On a gig with the ES-175

A beautiful Tucson sunset captured with my iPhone. The painting like quality occured after zooming in.



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