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18 July  2018


It's been about two and a half months since I attended an AM meeting.  We met at AJ7O - Dave's and, of course, had lunch at .   WA1BZQ - Bruce and AB7IC Tom rode down with me and received a boat-anchor tour from Dave.  In addition to that, KH6ITY - Larry came along with W7YAZ - Frank.  We had a pretty good time.  And by the way, N76YW took several of the photos and some pretty good ones at that! Well, except for that self-portrait...


2 May  2018


Good news!  Our man Don has returned from Texas and is in much better shape than the last time we saw him.  Looks like he whipped most of his medica issues and is ready for battle.  Welcome back, Don!!


So, a few of us me down in Corona de Tucson and visited a while while Billy set up Dave's Viking II and a Drake R-4 receiver to boost Dave's little pipsqueek AM signal he's been running since the BC-610 has been feeling ill.  After, we visited for a some good eating and would you believe it, , W7MD - Doc, mananged to show up, you know, where's there's food, right Damon?


15 March  2018


I'm sad to report the loss of WA1KNX - Deano', one of our AM group who has been fighting health issues for the past few years.  We're going to miss him and his amiable ways.

Four of us managed to meet at AJ7O - Dave's place to deliver a radio and pick up another followed by lunch at  .  W7MD - Doc showed up at lunch so there were five to have a memorial lunch in Deano's honor.  


24 January 2018

Had another short meeting down at AJ7O - Daves place.  W7YAZ - Frank brought his telescope for N6YW - Billy so that he could do some star gazing.  Then, of course, we had lunch at . What would you expect?  You're there, you can't pass up that great food!  And, oh yeah I forgot, W8VG - George showed up for the food!  


10 January 2018

AA0RQ - Bill 

There is AA0RQ - Bill and lifelong friend of W7YAZ - Frank's who is visiting.  Bill is a CW OP, but we had him on the air on 80 AM yesterday morning.  After checking the log, I found Bill  was already in the AM Gallery.  We worked back in November and I had  already put him in there with a picture I snagged off of QRZ.   We had a good time at AJ7O - Dave's and lunch, asusual at Italian restaurant.  W7MD - Doc Damon didn't make it until lunch, but he made it.  Nice lookin' Skyrider, huh?


27 December 2017

...And you're here because?

AJ7O - Dave's BC-610 had a problem so N6YW - Billy, W8VG - George and I went over and, with Billy's expertise on those hunks of iron, managed to get it back on the air.  It would appear that it has a bad fuse holder. George was returning the OSHA-non-compliant monster tuner he had modified to make a bit more accomodating on 160.  Anyway, we finished up at the Italian restaurant, as usual. 


6 December 2017

KI7RSR - Edward

We had another great meeting at AJ7O - Dave's place.  One of his neighbors is a new ham, KI7RSR - Edward.  Edward is the guy that K7IOU - Dave and I visited a couple years ago and came home with a pick-up truck load of tubes, literally.  He is an electronics guy and specializes in Audio mostly, but he has a troth of treasure at his QTH.  Anyway, welcome to Amateur Radio, Edward, and maybe you will be an AMer when you grow up! And, as usual, after the meeting, we had a sandwich at great Italian place and headed back home.  It was fun, as usual. Well hell, at least I got W7YAZ - Frank in the group pictures and then, there was W7MD - Doc Damon and WA1KNX - Deano, who showed up for lunch, of course.

W1KSZ - Richard

W8VG - George tutors N6YW - Billy

W8VG - George & AJ7O Dave

N6YW - Billy

WD7F - John

Porcia is reigning over!

W7YAZ - Frank

Porcia, no?  I dunno', curious none-the-less.

WA1KNX - Deano

W7MD - Doc Damon

THIS ONE, should handle it, don't ya' think? George built this for Dave!



12 November 2017

Did you make the Oro Vally HamFest?  If not, you missed a good one.  The AM group had a good time, as usual.  Here's a link to a bunch of pictures.


The other day I ran into this on You-Tube here: and I sent the link to Dave. He ended up making one and he says it works great!  His looks a little different, hey, what ever works!


18 October 2017

Those darned cats will get anywhere if you let 'em!  Won't they, Dave?  Anyway, we did it again.  We had the largest group of AMers ever to show for our monthly AM is King meeting.  This time it was at AJ7O - Dave's QTH in Corona de Tucson and we had 14 of us, counting Don.  We had the pleasure of welcoming KA7ISV - Jan all the way from Mesa and K6PYP - Scott from here in Tucson, both for the first time at our AM group meeting.  We had a nice visit and then retired to the Italian joint there in Corona de Tucson and had a great lunch! We had a new server, Ann, who did a fine job of handling the whims of 14 old farts, right Dave?  Wish you could have been there! Showing the calls of the folks for this meeting! 

Frank, I gotta ask, what in the hell were you doing in that picture of me that KA7ISV - Jan took at the restaurant?


AJ7O - Dave

N6YW - Billy & AJ7O - Dave

WQ5Q - Kelly

W1KSZ - Richard

N6YW - Billy & WQ5Q - Kelly

W7LB - Larry

K0ETD - Ron & W7YAZ - Frank

W8VG - George

K7EWE - Jim

KC6ASA - Kirk

W7YAZ - Frank & WD7F - John

Richard's new Old Boat


8 October 2017

Fifi was at it again this weekend with an airshow setup of their ART-13 and BC-348.  I managed to work Loney - W0GZV and WA5SWC - Gary on set up day, 5 October and all three days on 20 meters (14.286) and 40 meters (7.295) too.  I passed the word, however, as far as I know of our group, only W8VG - George worked him Sunday morning on 40.  You guys are slipping. 


20 September 2017

 L-R: WQ5Q - Kelly, AJ7O - Dave, W7YAZ - Frank, W8VG - George, N6YW - BIlly, W1KSZ - Richard, WD7F - John and K0ETD - Ron.  The picture below is the same except Don is replacing WD7F.

We did it again!  This time we met at W8VG - George's QTH and a great time. WQ5Q - Kelly came down from the San Tan Valley and afterwards we headed for Baggins for a sandwich.  WA1BZQ - Bruce showed up at Baggins, couldn't make it to George's in time.

WA1BZQ - Bruce


17 September 2017

W0LTL(SK) - Mike Zonnefeld
24 October 1944 - 28 August 2017

Mike had been having some medical problems over the past few years with the onset of Parkinson's, however, he had been carrying around an inoperatable pulmonary aneuryism for years.  Lillian said he had trouble getting from the car to the house and she had to help him.  He went for a nap and when she went to wake him, found him.  He had sat up, put on his glasses and took one step toward the bathroom and that was it.  Sorry to see Mike go, but if you're gonna' go, that's the way to do it.  W0LTL (SK).  RIP, Mike.


15 August 2017

This meeting at AJ7O - Dave's in Corona de Tucson was the largest group weve had.  Welcome to WQ5Q - Kelly Brown from up in San Tan Valley and his brother from another mother, W7LB - Larry from here in Tucson.  We had a great time of show -n - tell plus a nice lunch at our favorite Italian place.  You just don't get much better than that! W7MD - Doc Damon and W1KSZ - Richard managed to show up for the lunch.  And Billy gave us a serenade on a guitar...take a look here:

What, Kelly?  Are you trying to show some 'RESISTANCE' so us?  Hey! We ain't DUMMYs you know.


8 August 2017

Finally!  The girl from called and said the case for the Globe King was finished.  I went down and picked it up and had to help them put the casters back on it.  Amanda, the owner and painter, did a fine job on it.  It's not as silver as the spray can hammertone was, but it's very nice and it should be tough as hell.  I pushed the drawers in and hardly made a mark.  I'll tell you one thing, if it doesn't move, they can powder coat it.  I highly recommend the place.

Gave the cursory check and didn't have any modulation.  Then, after I smacked myself in the forehead, put the 811 modulators in there and guess what?  It works!



25 July 2017

Here's that 75A2 that W1KSZ - Richard has been working on for a hundred years (it seems like).  Looks pretty good, right?  He'll be getting rid of it now, probably, huh, Richard?


24 July 2017

Pictures and comments by W8VG - George This baby is a fantastic home brew project by my neighbor Ron K0ETD. Very buzzardly open rack style transmitter--RF deck on top and power supply/modulator on bottom. RF deck is 6AG7 osc driving 6146. Modulator is pair of 5881s. 80/40 bandswitching -- puts out abt 60-70 watts carrier. Finished in professional-looking hammertone with nice white labels. Ron loaned it to me for a couple days so I could put it on air and he can check it out--we're abt 4 miles apart as crow flies. Not mine to keep but he'd better get over here quick to pick it back up as I'm having too much fun! Hihi! Definitely some inspiration for my next home brew attempt.


2 July 2017

Been a while since I posted anything.  No news is good news, right?  Well, here's the bad news.  My near 70 year old Globe King 500's modulation transformer finally gave up the ghost.  I'd been babying it for three years or more but, it finally ran out of lives.  It's at Gary Brown's and here's his pictures of the damage.  Hope to have it back in a week or so!


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 (SK) - 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)

KA7ISV - Jan (Mesa, AZ)

K6PYP - Scott (Tucson, AZ)

K3QEP - Bob (On Left (Escondido, CA)

W1LYD - Brian (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

AA0RQ - Bill (Pine, CO)

Reserved for an AMer!