WELCOME --- K(N)2UPI is my original call issued in 1956--- Member: Quarter Century Wireless Assoc., Antique Wireless Assoc., F.I.S.T.S. CW Club, SKCC, Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS), East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) & Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club (LARC) . e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop is on the left. Here the summers'...........>>
........are peacefully green ............
....and we re blessed with beautiful trees to support antenna wires.
From December thru March the larger projects are put on hold.....
The snowfall for this winter of 2014-2015 is about normal. However low temperature records have been set with no warm-ups in between. The lowest reading here, so far, is -20F.
Emergency power is provided by this gasoline fueled 120/240 volt A.C. generator rated at 5000 watts constant and 6250 watts surge.
With the exception of a few items....here is next years hamfest flea market inventory. Pre-season offers are accepted.
Before becoming a part of the operating collection, or for resale or trade, a piece of gear stops here for repair, alignment and refinishing. Here..... a few of the completed Heathkit projects.
The workshop AM set up is this Heathkit TX-1 Apache transmitter. The receiver is a Hammarlund HQ-145 with the Heathkit HO-13 Panadapter on top.
Single sideband and CW QSOs are made with this Yaesu FT-757GX ...VHF on 2-meters is also available.
Sometimes things get fixed here even by accident :O)
Here a Ten-Tec 505 Agonaut, owned by a friend and local ham is opened up for a little TLC.
On the work bench the T-4XB, with it's AC-3 power supply, is ready for testing. When completed it will be paired up with a R-4B receiver.......... .
....... opened up for inspection, evaluation and cleaning.......
The FRG-7 receiver, with it's digital frequency display, has several modifications including extended coverage below the AM broadcast band, r.f. gain control and Collins mechanical filters. The receiver is quite sensitive with excellent selectivity and stability.
This Johnson Ranger and Hammarlund HQ-145X were once owned by my close friend John (Jack) Roubie K2JDD-SK.
Some pieces await their turn on the bench
An occasional homebrew project can be a lot of fun. This transmitter is a fine example of the construction and design talents of Fran Waggoner (W2PTI-SK) of Watertown, N.Y.
The little c.w. rig uses a pair of 6AK6's to a 2E26 p.a. providing aprox. 15w output. Band coverage is 80-10 meters with a very stable internal v.f.o.
Here is a Heathkit RX-1 "Mohawk" receiver (1958-1963) After a decade of storage, only minimal effort.....
was necessary because the former owner took the time to properly store and repower the receiver slowly using a "variac".
On the work bench is a 1960 Heathkit MT-1 (Cheyenne) mobile transmitter covering.....
80 thru 10 meters on CW and AM using screen grid modulation (no SSB). An external power supply is required. (6/12/2010)
Found at a local hamfest this R.L. Drake 1964 R-4 receiver was lacking the S-meter. A replacement from a National NC-188 does the job. (6-12-2010)
A light weight vintage station for portable operation on AM & CW consisting of the Drake R-4 receiver and Heathkit MT-1 Cheyenne mobile transmitter...
The Cheyenne's AC power supply was built from the remains of a scrapped Heathkit DX-60 plus a 12 volt d.c. 4 amp supply. The 12 volt d.c. supply provides power for the P.T.T. relay.
Another Cheyene MT-1 just completed and ready to find a new owner.
Having followed me home from the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse (RAGS) Hamfest  this Ten-Tec Century 21 is an excellent QRP to 30 watt CW rig. Simple to operate and easy to transport it makes a very effecient portable transceiver.....
Another Ten-Tec Centuy 21, this one with the frequency calibator. This fine rig is only in need of a little cosmetic work.
Fully functional...it's a definate "keeper".
...along with the "21" came this 1957 Heathkit DX-20 transmitter. The rig is complete and will be given a full restoration. Perhaps it will be used by someone to re-create their original Novice station or later.
The initial inspection and evaluation is completed.
Clean-up of this 58 year old transmitter is rather straight forward and easy. A major concern is that it appears the power transformer had over-heated at one time, creating a black gooey mess, making it necessary to replace some wiring.
The transformer checks out OK...all power supply related caps are replaced along with resistors and fixed capacitors found out of tolerance.
A decision has been made not to repaint the cabnet. Repainting to cover the few nicks and scratches would detract from the original appearance. The cabnet bottom sports rubber feet of higher quality than the originals. .
Now completed...looking and working just great....a welcome addition to the collection of early Heathkit transmitters.
A Ramsey Electronics 80 meter receiver and QRP TX Series VXO transmitter with a WW-II J-38 key made by the Lionel Corp. Sold in kit form both were nicely built and modified by Randy (K2CAZ) (3-19-2011)
Things are not always as they seem. This novelty AM-FM solid state radio sports immitation vacuum tubes. By using LED's it provides the station with pleasant background music and a touch of "The Golden Age of Radio" atmosphere.
Take: 1 - variable L/C circuit + 1-signal diode+ 1-earphone, add antenna & gound =
the First Solid-State radio receiver...aka: "The Crystal Set".......
.....and it requires no external battery power :O) This is a Model CR-5 (#138) by Paul Howes.
My all Heathkit Novice/General station. AT-1 transmitter, VF-1 vfo, AR-2 (Top) & AR-3 receivers, QF-1 Q-Multiplier, AC-1 antenna coupler and AM-2 s.w.r./power meter. In those days the antenna was switched from receiver to transmitter using a single pole-double throw (SPDT) knife switch. Leaving the switch open, the center post could be connected to a second knife swich to ground the antenna.
In 1957 B.R. (before repeaters) 2 meters was the only band a Novice could operate in the phone modes. Upper right is the Heathkit HW-30 "The Twoer" AM transceiver.
Many transmitters were often modified to enhance operation. With this early Heathkit AT-1 the original "iron vane" meter has been replaced with one having D'varsonal movement. A variable capacitor (upper right) for pi-net output, panel mounted A/C line fuse and A/C power pilot lamp are the obvious external features.
This recently found Heathkit AR-2 was my first attempt at kit building (where I learned what not to do). AR-2's, such as this example, in good condition and unmodified are considered a rare find. Production: 1953-56.
Hallicrafters SX-99 (1958)My first "out of the box" commercial receiver
Top: The LaFayette KT-200 (1962) was sold as a kit. The factory wired version is known as the HE-10. Bottom: Collins 75A-2 (1952)
Top: Hammarlund HQ-180c (1960)Bottom: Hammarlund HQ-170c (1959)
Heathkit DX-100 (1957) This transmitter, was literally rescued within 15 seconds, of being fed into a Automobile Shredder as evidenced by the "battle damage" to the right side of the panel.
Top: Heathkit TX-1 Apache Transmitter (1960)Bottom: Heathkit SB-300 (1964)
The Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk Receiver, shown in the work bench photos, now completed and.......
......paired up with it's matching TX-1 Apache Transmitter.
Lower: Stromberg-Carlson SR-402 Receiver & amplifier. In it's former life this receiver provided background music for the terminal building of a local airport. The 2 units to the left are pre WW-2 Navy aircraft transmitters.
Lower right: Hammarlund HQ-110 (1958) Center: Hallicrafters S-53A (1952) Upper: Hallicrafters HT-18 vfo/exciter (1947) Upper left: Heathkit 2 & 6 meter "Lunch Boxes" (1961)
The original HW-29 "Sixer" had several design problems resulting in only a few hundred units sold. Heathkit was quick to correct the errors and the resulting HW-29A like this unmodified example soon entered the market.
The first Heathkit "Benton Harbor Lunchbox" was the 11 meter CB-1. Lunchboxes operating on 2,6,10 and 11 meters were a target for "owner improvements" usually in the form of a switch to select crystals or an external crystal socket. Unmodified CB-1's like this are considered rare.
Some modifications were far more extensive, This "Tower" is equipped with a superhet receiver.......
and uses a nuvistor R.F. pre-amplifier.
The unique little A.M. rig is the handiwork of Jack Roubie (K2JDD-SK).
The GP-11 Vibrator Power Supply provided mobile operation for any of the Benton Harbor Lunchbox series.
Sometimes just finding a way to neatly display the gear becomes a formidable challange.
In the Studio One location of K2UPI Radio is this Heathkit DX-60 and HG-10 vfo. Both are the second of three identical vfo/transmitter combinations.
From top to bottom....a DX-60A, DX-60B (early version) and a DX-60B (late version)
Heathkit introduced the DX-60A model, in the mid 1960's, as a means of reducing production costs. The most outstanding difference is the surface mounted meter replacing the original recessed illuminated type.
The circuit design, tube line up and chassis layout is generally the same in all "60" series models with only minor changes incorporated.
As part of the operating station this "A" model now makes the DX-60 series collection complete. Sincere thanks to my long time friend Bud (W2GLN) for making it available
A Heathkit model DX-60A transmitter is often confused with this example of an early DX-60B. The DX-60A and early "B" used the same style meter. Found at a hamfest fleamarket, and now operating correctly, the driver stage bandswitch in this unit may eventually be replaced because of errors made during original construction.
A 1942 EC-1 Echophone Commercial 6 tube receiver produced by the Hallicrafters Corp. According to reports Hallicrafters did not want a receiver of this caliber associated with the Hallicrafters name.
This 1950's era Johnson Viking Adventurer, just purchased at the 2011 Rochester, NY hamfest, is ready for "on the air" tests.
The interior is in immaculate condition and all tubes appear to be original.
The Johnson 122 VFO makes a nice companion for the Adventurer.
A 1950-60's E.F. Johnson 275 Matchbox with the optional "Directional" (v.s.w.r.) meter.
A basic 1950's Novice Station consisting of the Echophone EC-1 Commercial receiver, Johnson Adventurer transmitter and Johnson 275 Antenna Match Box.
Just made for each other. The Eico 720 transmitter (1958-1964) and 730 Modulator. [7-17-2010]
This second Eico 720/730 rig (completed 12/12/11) operates as if it were new. The interior and exterior of the 720 is pestine as is..............
the 730 Modulator. All tubes in the 730 appear to be original and bear the Eico label. The rig was formerly owned by our friend Warren "Cookie" Cooke (WB2NOG) who is now a "Silent Key."
Another rig in the 100 lb.+ class is this Gonset GSB-100 CW, AM & SSB (phasing) transmitter. Manufactured from 1958-62.
The lower level of a 7ft x 19in. relay cabnet houses a Hammarlund HQ-100 and Hallicrafters SX-110.
This Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter covers 80 thru 6 meters in the CW and AM modes. Making a nice companion for the SX-110, power output is in the 50 watt range using a 6DQ5 for the P.A.
The next level is shared by a beautifully restored Hallicrafters SX-71 (1949-1955) found at the Rochester, NY 2012 Hamfest, along with a Allied Knight T-150A CW-AM transmitter using screen grid modulation.
This Allied Knight V-44 vfo is very stable and is equipped with an internal power supply. A handy accessory for any number of factory assembled, kit form or home brew transmitters.
This Scott Radio Laboratories Model SLRM is said by some to be the heaviest AC/DC receiver on the planet. Weighing 55 lbs it has 12 tubes and is single conversion. The lower unit is a General Dynamics R-1051B/URR receiver (1981) original cost to the tax payers $25,250.00
The top level holds a 1938 Hammarlund HQ-120X receiver along with a 1958 WRL Globe Scout 680A CW-AM transmitter.
Here's where it all started....item #1 of the collection. Found at the Cortland, N.Y. Hamfest in the 1980's this 1959 Heathkit DX-40 still looks and operates like new.....
..... One of four DX-40's, this rig and two others, are in original condition. The previous owner(s) of another DX-40 was unsuccessful in making modifications for push-to-talk (PTT) operation resulting in panel and mode switch damage. Although, not in original condition, fortunately it is now repaired and in good operating condition. Replacing the front panel and "mode switch" will complete it's restoration.
A first edition (1946) Hammarlund HQ-129X with added 100kc calibrator (toggle switch lower left) plus Q-Multiplier power and input connections.
A very nice addition to the station is this 1957 Hammarlund HQ-150. The audio quality of this fine receiver is exceptional.
R.L. Drake's 2-C triple conversion and 1st hybrid tube/transistor receiver. (1966-1973)
With the help of some good friends, these fine Hammarlund receivers (HQ-100C & a 2nd HQ-170C), followed me home from a local amateur radio club auction. [1-28-2010]
Top: Hallicrafters S-20R Sky Champion (1939-45) 4 band 9 tube receiver. Bottom: Hallicrafters SX-25 Super Defiant (1940-46) 12 tube receiver with a PM-23 5k ohm speaker. The original white meter and dial scales are made of a photosensitive material that changed color with age.
Built on a scrapped out Heathkit DX-20 transmitter is this home brew QRP CW rig using a 6AG7 oscillator and 5V4 rectifier. It produces 5 watts output on 40 and 80 meters. Deserving it's own name I call it a WHIZ-BANG 5000-B Mk II. (At least the name gives it a touch of class :O)
A recently repainted and lettered National SW-54 Receiver. Relettering was done using "lacquer sticks". An easy solution to a sometimes aggravating problem.
Top to Bottom: National SW-54, Hallicrafters S-38C, Hallicrafters S-38E and Hallicrafters SW-500/S-120. Better suited to shortwave listening these radios served as "first receiver" for many new hams, in the 1950's & 60's, when novice stations were supported by newspaper routes and part time jobs.;
In time a young "ham" may have considered upgrading his listening device to something like this Hallicrafters S-85. The "85" was a 4 band 8 tube receiver manufactured from 1954 to 1959.
Hallicrafters S-119 "Sky Buddy II" / K (1959-1964) A 3 tube commemorative receiver celebrating the 100th model since the S-19 Sky Buddy". Also the 1st receiver kit (K) offered by Hallicrafters.
Housed in a nicely built home made wood cabnet this model is considered scarce. Tube compliment: 6BE6 osc/mix, 6BA6 i.f./bfo, 6CM8 1st audio/audio output. Diode detector/silicon diode rect.
The Old Man's favorite portable short wave radio. A 1956 Zenith Transoceanic "Wave Magnet" Model T-600 (6T40 chassis) receiver. It has now found a home with our son and his family in northern Virginia.
A 1923 “Freed-Eisemann NR-5 Neutrodyne” Receiver (No. 051E) Now in fine working condition, this radio was saved from destruction in a upstate N.Y. landfill compost pile, thanks to the concern of Mr. Joseph Kovarnik, Erieville, N.Y.
This Special Purpose receiver is a Heathkit DF-2 Direction Finding Receiver. Covering the AM Broadcast band along with the 200-400 KHz NDB band, this unit is transistorized and operates on 6-9 volts DC. Thank goodness for GPS! :O)
A “Supreme Model 85” Tube Tester circa 1935
A “Boonton Measurements Corp.” Model 59 Grid-Dip meter. (circa 1947)
A Frequency Calibrator like this Bud Radio Inc. Model FCC-90B was a useful tool in the vacuum tube receiver days. It provides a strong, stable signal, every 100 kc to pinpoint upper and lower band limits.
Using a 35W4 rectifier and 50C5 oscillator, the cylinder on the right houses the 100 kc. crystal. The well ventilated chassis effeciently dissipates internal heat.
In the main shack, fom left to right, is a beautiful Drake R-4B receiver and matching MS-4 speaker. Above is a Kenwood TS-830s. On top is an Icom IC-735. The 735 now being used for it's excellent receiver can be set up in full tranceiver status within moments for potable operation.
Center stage is a fully loaded Yaesu Ft-767GX (left) next to the reliable Kenwood TS-520. The 520 has a Fox-Tango 250 hz CW filter.
A very nice recently acquired Icom IC-745 sits above the Kenwood.
Further right is an Yaesu FT-920 along with VHF/UHF monitors and a 144/440 Mhz transceiver.(Icom 208H)
This Kenwood TS-450SAT was found at the Berryville, Va. 2015 hamfest. A wonderful event that I'm looking forward to attending again next year.
Here is a portion of the primary AM operating position..........
Any receiver may be selected to use with any transmitter resulting in some interesting combinations :O)
A FINAL DELICATE ADJUSTMENT TO COMPLETE ANOTHER PROJECT
OTHER THINGS THAT OCCUPY MY TIME..........
THIS TOO..........(Mouth Almighty" microphones are optional)
"LIFE IS GOOD with my Mrs." (52 yrs married).
Still not ready for retirement, I am serving as the Pastor of a beautiful old historic country church......
in the hills of Southern Onondaga County.
OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE A SPECIAL BLESSING AND IT SEEMS THEY GROW UP MUCH TOO QUICKLY. (Don't forget...."Grand children are God's reward for not strangling your kids when they were teenagers!!" :O)
So remember, as important as "Ham Radio" may seem, it's still "Just a Hobby!"
our faithful station mascot.........
ever on the alert to fend off intruders
"THE OLD MAN" At the Rochester, N.Y. Hamfest - AM'ers Gathering in 2004. (photo courtesy of Dave Payne - KA2J)
Ten years later at the Cortland N.Y. Hamfest 2014
Back in 1958, when the Old Man was a Kid, we demonstrated Ham Radio at a Boy Scout Jamboree.........
Using National and Hallicrafters receivers, a Globe Chief 90 transmitter and the ever present Vibroplex bug, we held the interest of the local news media.
So.....If the bands are dead, the radios are broken and everything you touch seems to turn into "you know what" >>>>>>
keep on smiling..... And please remember.....when poking around in a powered up Boat Anchor >>>>>>
.......KEEP ONE HAND IN YOUR POCKET!!...............
These QSL cards with W8 prefixes are from Central New York prior to WW-2. Cards with a prefix of W2 are from New York after WW-2 and calls with K2 prefixes were issued in the 1950's
At one time a generous supply of these promotional QSL Cards were packaged with each new Hammarlund receiver.
Some pre WW-2 cards were printed commercially........... (Nov. 25, 1936) Note: Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are listed separately from Canada
and many were hand drawn or typed. (Dated July 29, 1935)
QSL cards not only confirm contact between stations, but represent and express the true spirit of Amateur Radio...by sharing ideas and making friends throughout the world.
This S.W.L. card from Berlin Germany is dated Sept. 3, 1937. Public use of radios, even for receiving, was highly restricted and regulated during the "Hitler" era. With that in mind............
(all the good folks who brought us WACO and RUBY RIDGE) LET US THANK GOD THAT WE LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY. PLEASE REMEMBER OUR VETERANS AND THANKS FOR STOPPING IN.....
Until we meet again....this is K2UPI Radio....your AM-FM and CW Voice of Rattlesnake Gulch >>>>>>
...where the sun shines on the roof and the moonshines in the cellar....nestled between the beautiful Oneida Lake southern shore and the northern edge of the Great Cicero Swamp. (Insert) "Sleep well, Your Rattlesnake Gulch Air Force is on Guard. (yours truly, front seat, 40 years ago :O)
YOU SAY MY ANTENNA TOWER JUST FELL ON WHAT?!!!!
OH WELL........just another one of those days >>>>>>>
.... AND AS FOR YOU............HAVE A NICE DAY :o)
THE HAM OL' TIMER SEZ