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Subject:  Re: Should I Really Join Facebook? Date:  9/17/2012  10:49 AM
Author:  RetiredVermonter Number:  17843 of 20599


I first started with an old Heathkit AT-1 transmitter kit in the 50's, an old surplus ARC-5 3-6 MHz receiver, and a "coupler" made by winding enamel covered wire on a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper, with clip leads and an old variable cap from a broadcast receiver. Pretty crude, but I had fun! In those days, too, of course, there were no VFO's so each transmitter crystal gave you ONE frequency to send on! I had three 80-meter Novice band crystals -- a big deal!

Over the years, I went to a Heath DX-100 transmitter, Hallicrafters receiver, etc. Now I just use an Icom IC-746 transceiver and an all-band wire antenna in the trees -- ample to contact people anywhere I choose from up on this ridge. (I have a KW amp, but never use it.)

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