<<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!>> I built my first transmitter mostly from parts from a TV chassis I bought from a thrift store. I was on 40 meters and I had two or three crytals as I recall. That was about 1970. My ideal at the time was the Viking Ranger transmitter. Still is, really! I thought that was about everything you could want in a low power HF transmitter.Seattle Pioneer
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