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18 May 2017

Dave's National NC-303


Another good meeting out at AJ7O's Corona de Tucson radio shack where we saw his NC-303 and other goodies as usual.  Too bad N7YW - Billy and K0ETD - Ron couldn't make it.  Lunch was good too!  There the pictures are in no particular order.

So, W1KSZ - Richard wasn't satisifed with his little 2015 Mercedes Hard Top Coup/Convertable, oh no, he had to go and buy this thing, a 2017 model with every bell and whistle imaginable.  I told him he had about as much use for this as he would a mistress.  Oh well. 


28 April 2017

W8VG - George

Finally completed 811A linear project. Painted panel to match other HB gear and did some final adjustments to rf tank circuit. Now using it to beef-up my 6 watt PW rig (5763 modulated by 6AQ5s). Does 45-50 watts carrier with full modulation when I hit the "panic button" during a PW QSO. Thinking about my next project--may build cab for it--but also have a few boatanchors awaiting some TLC as well. No shortage of projects!


27 April 2017

KJ7USA - John

Worked KJ7USA on 7.293 this afternoon and realized that he's not in the gallery.  John in active duty Navy at Pt. Magu and will retire in about 3 years, he says!  Then, he's heading for Arizona.  I see a National, a Heathkit, a HQ-170 & a HQ-180 and of course, the Valiant.  Looks like he's pretty well equiped.


12 April 2017

It was that time again.  We had an AM meeting at AJ7O - Dave's place and after checking out his 75A-1 and other acquisitions, we had lunch at . Yeah, it's all good.  We had a guest today, K6WSC - Bill who lives on East of Dave about 4 miles showed up and got to eyeball all of us oldtimers.  N6YW - Billy and myself were invited to his QTH after lunch to check his shack.  Maybe we'll make an AMer out of this DX Contester!  Who knows?  Anyway, we had a good time as usual.


8 April 2017

W7YAZ - Frank

Guess what!  Our man, K3YAZ - Frank, decided to join the 7-Land group, found the call W7YAZ available on the list and applied for and, voilá, he received it yesterday!  Good deal, Frank.  Now to learn to say it.  He only messed up once this morning on the 3725 group!


28 March 2017

The RST Hamfest was a success and we had a good turnout of AMers.  WB7AM - Bob motored down on his bike and we finally had an eyeball with him.  Here's a link to the hamfest if you haven't seen all the pictures.

Here is my only acquisitiion from the hamfest, $15 and I might have got it for less, but...  It's Shure KMart Special with a noise cancelling mike you can still buy the head for $130.  Someone had built a preamp for it, and maybe it was used for that.  I replaced the defunct element with an electret capacitance mike and it needs some tweaking still.  Anyway, I like it!  Guess what the screens are for on the shelf back there.  It's to make it Kai Noah proof.


15 March 2017

Here's that T-150 of K3YAZ's that now has a new home.  W1KSZ - Richard picked it up today at our Corona de Tucson meeting.  We had a nice group today with WA1KNX - Deano coming to Dave's at the last minute and then W7MD - Doc Damon showed at Argenziano's for lunch.  We had a good time.  How about the lamp that Frank made for Dave...nice!

W1KSZ - Richard, WA1KNX - Dean, K3YAZ - Frank, AJ7O - Dave, N6YW - Billy, W8VG - George
W1KSZ - Richard, WD7F - John,  K3YAZ - Frank, AJ7O - Dave, N6YW - Billy, W8VG - George



6 March 2017

A while back, K3YAZ - Frank had horse traded with me and ended up with a nice HQ-145 I had picked up at the RST Swap Meet a couple years ago.  He tweaked it and installed one of those after market frequency displays that has the Hammarlund logo and fits where the clock fits since it didn't have a clock.  He said he was thinking about selling it, so I bought it back and it works great.  Then, Frank came over the other day and aligned my HQ-180 and I decided to change my shelves so I could get it off the rolling box and off the floor.  There it is, paired with my Valiant and it's working good too. Thanks Frank!  I think my corner of the room (the blivit) is maxed out.)


15 February 2017

KN7MUT - Buster

Meet KN7MUT - Buster, Protector of the N6YW Residence.  There is a great pup!  Anyway, N6YW - Billy has, over the last several weeks, been remodeling his shack and decided to have an open house today.  In addition in seeing his new shack, we were treated to pizza and drinks. He showed us his collection of the Collins Operators QSL cards and we were given a royal tour of the place, including his overly filled garage where he displayed some of his junk.  There were a couple of his special line of guitar amplifiers called "Red Jones". They were very nice, indeed.  If you're interested, make sure you are well heeled enough to stand the freight, as I said, very nice. And don't forget the "Pajamas".  Look for the special Antenna Paint, a product that is pretty hard to find on the market these days.  I don't think even MFJ handles it.  Very rare indeed.


12 January 2017


We did it again?  We had another meeting down in Corona de Tucson at AJ7O's QTH and ended up with a fine lunch at the Italian joint there.  Don and W7MD - Doc showed up a bit late, but we had a good time, never-the-less. Don has retrieved a couple of pices of antique funiture that belonged to his father & grandfather.  I just had to take a picture.


10 January 2017

I was reminded by N6YW - Billy, that K6QL - Dave in Poway, California is a silent key some time back.  We're going to miss Dave and the QSOs on his AM gear.  RIP Dave.  Sorry to see you go!  Sign the Guest Book!


7 January 2017

I had a nice QSO on 40 with N0GXM - Scott up in Sedalia, Colorado this morning and looking at his QRZ site, I found a couple nice pictues of his mobile setup and this 1/2 picture of him and his equipment.  I asked him to send me a suitable picture for the gallery, but in the meantime, I though I'd have a bit of fun with this one. See the gallery!


15 December 2016

Yeah, we did it again.  We motored (as they used to say in the home town newspaper in the gossip column) down to Corona de Tucson for a pre-Christmas meeting with AJ7O - Dave at his QTH and then went over to Argenziano's Italian place and had lunch.  As Gordo used to say, "If you REALLY like Mexican, I mean REALLY like Mexican food, come to Gordo's Cafeteria", only in this case it's Italian food and it's actually very good, unlike Gordo's.  Anyway, we had a good time of it, as usual.  Meeting N6YW - Billy and myself at the door was Dave in his Santa cap and in good spirits, as you can see.  We had K0ETD - Ron, W8VG - George and K3YAZ - Frank.  WA1KNX - Dean met us at the restaurant.  We thought that W7MD - Doc Damon was gonna' make it, but he had medical appointments to deal with.  Hey, W8VG - George presented me and Billy with some home brew Christmas beer.  Good deal!


18 November 2016

We had a get-to-gether down Corona de Tucson yesterday and did a bit of work on Dave's grounding system and nearly resurrected Billy's Valiant II.  And, of course, followed it up with lunch at the Italian joint there.

W8VG - George Eveland Presents

Yesterday evening our man George gave his excellent presentation at the club and it went over very well.  I guess the Army DID teach George a thing or two, after all !


14 November 2016

Yes!  The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest was a success and what made it better was the fact that we had a good AM operator turnout.  As you can see, N6YW - Billy had things under control.  If you want to see all of the pictures from the event, here's the link:

It's true. As N6YW - Billy says, "AM is KING!"   Here's a few pictures of the guys that are primarily AM operators.  We always have a good time at these events & all of us went to the for lunch after.  Heck, Billie even serenaded us with his git-tar!  If you missed it, you missed a good one, you shoulda' been there!

 Ladies & Gentlemen: Find of the Fest
by N6YW - Billy


30 October 2016

ART-13 Radio Transmitter by Collins

BC-348 Radio Receiver by Collins

KM4RC - FiFi, the B-29 stationed out of Addison Texas, is on static display today.  W0GZV - Loney has set up a portable set of B-29 radio equipment for operation and display at the site of Fifi.  I have made several contacts on 20 Meters, specifically 14.267 MHz, AM, however, there is a contest today and operators on SSB are not into protocol under the circumstances.  W5XJ - Grant is calling CQ from there and is getting no takers.  I can hear that he managed to contact W7KDL - Richard in Phoenix.


6 October 2016

We had a nice meeting at AJ7O - Dave's QTH and later a lunch at Argenziano's.  It was good.  We had a chance to meet Dave's guest, Don , an avid photographer and someone who's gaining an interest in amateur radio. It was good to see long lost KC6ASA - Kirk too.


3 August 2016

We almost made it a month since last meeting, however, K3YAZ - Frank was delivering a radio to AJ7O - Dave and so we had an impromptu meeting and lunch at, where else, Argenziano's Italian place in Corona de Tucson. When I walked in, this 1939 two band receiver was playing music of the era from Green Valley.  What a nice old art-deco receiver.


15 July 2016
W0FD - Mike

I heard Mike calling from up in Colorado and went back to him.  I don't know where everyone else was this morning.  The only one on was XE2/W7ISJ - Joe.  Anyway, Mike and I had a couple of QSOs over the next hour or so.  Here's a shot of his shack with his Home Brew 813 rig...K0ETD, how about that?   This morning, I talked to him on his rice box and later, his Johnson Desk Kilowatt.  I hope conditions stretch out to Mack, Colorado again soon. Mike is getting set up after moving recently from Gunnison, CO.


10 July 2016

WA6JKN - Kevin

As you can see, several of us, minus AJ7O - Dave who managed to get some kind of virus, gathered over at W8VG - George's QTH for an Eyeball QSO and to look at any new toys the George might have acquired since the last time.  WA6JKN - Kevin and his son Adam  drove all the way from California to vist.  We had a good time and afterwards had a sandwich at Dickie's BBQ place.  Sorry if you missed it.


16 June 2016

AJ7O - Dave

It has almost been a month since our last meeting over at W8VG's place, where does the time go?  We got a look at a new IC-7300 SDR rig that Dave received not so long ago and a couple of other pieces of antique hardware.  We had a good time and topped it off with a visit to the Italian restaurant in Corona de Tucson and all is well.  Oh, check out the VFO that Dave got from K0ETD - Ron for his BC-610.  Very nice job!


KB7GAI - Wally (Tucson, AZ)

W7MD - Doc Damon (Vail, AZ)

K7JEB - Jim (Phoenix, AZ)

K3TYE - Joe (Tucson, AZ)

K7CAX - Max (Phoenix, AZ)

WD7I - Harvey (SK)

N7IOK - Clyde (SK)

K7EWE - Jim (Marana, AZ)

N7WEK - Floyd (Oracle, AZ)

K7BDY - Martin (SK) (His Gates BC-250GY)

K0ETD - Ron (Oro Valley, AZ)

W1KSZ - Richard (Vail, AZ)

K3YAZ - Frank (Tucson, AZ)

KF7IYP - Mike (Vail - Sonoita, AZ)

N7SEP - Barry (Tucson, AZ)

WD7F - John (Tucson, AZ)

N7WB - John (Oro Valley, AZ)

AJ7O - Dave (Corona de Tucson, AZ)

WB7AM - Bob (Mesa, AZ)

K6QL (SK) - Dave (Poway, CA)

W6TSJ - Tom (Laguna Niguel, CA)

K6BZZ - Dick (Maricopa, AZ)

KC6ASA - Kirk (Tucson, AZ)

W7KDL - Richard (Phoenix, AZ)

W0OGH - Larry (Gilbert, AZ)

K7IOU - Dave (Gaylord, MI )

N7RK - Dave (Phoenix, AZ)

K3IAN - Jim (Los Lunes, NM)

KD6GN - Carter (Tucson, AZ)

KB7OCY - Henry (Black Canyon City, AZ)

W5WVI - Jon (Mesa, AZ)

W7ISJ - Joe (Tucson, AZ)

W0LTL - Mike (Tucson, AZ)

K6CJA - Ken (Hesperia, CA)

KE7TRP - Clark (Chandler, AZ)

WA1HLR - Timtron (Scowhegan, ME)
"Hey man!  You're piss weak!"

KK3AM - Randy (Inverness, FL)

N8JDO - Ron (Holland, MI)

W8VG - George (Oro Valley, AZ)

W7YCN - Pat (Shelton, WA)

KH6ITY - Larry (Tucson, AZ)

WD4PLI - David (Burbank, CA)

W7NGA - Dan (Friday Harbour, WA)

W0TDH - Tom (Cullowhee, NC)

W7CPA - Randy (Phoenix)

W8OF - Jim (Marana)

N6YW - Billy (Tucson)

KA1TDQ - Jon (Phoenix)

KD7EQ - Gary (Scottsdale)

NA7RH - Bob (Scottsdale)

W0VMC - Robert (New Richmond, WI)

K1GUP - Jerry (Carmel ME)

N5YRJ - Steve (Mission Viejo, CA)

N5RK- John (ElPaso, TX)

KW7CD - Cornell (Tucson, AZ)

KD6OS - Ralph (Parum, OK)

WB6YEC - George (Lemon Grove, CA)

K7CMS - Bill (Tucson, AZ)

KD4UMU - Dan (Shepherdsville, KY)

WB6QKO - Larry (Santa Monica, CA)

W0PKZ - Hank (Moab, UT)

WA1KNX - Dean (Tucson, AZ)

WA6JKN - Kevin (Gilroy, CA)

W0FD - Mike (Mack, CO)

WJ6W - David (Tarzana, CA)

W7QHO - Dennis (Glendale, CA)

W0GZV - Loney (McKinney, TX)

W6POO - Jim (Palm Springs, CA)

KF7TLL - Bruce (Black Canyon City, AZ)

N0GXM - Scott (Sedalia, CO)

W6OM - Ron (Costa Mesa, CA)

K6KMN - Doug (Lancaster, CA)

W7LB - Larry (Tucson, AZ)

KJ7USA - John (Camarillo, CA)

WQ5Q - Kelly (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Reserved for an AMer!