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Author Topic: Your first transmitter ever???  (Read 32334 times)
ONAIR
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« on: March 15, 2016, 02:26:33 PM »

OK gang, what was the first transmitter you ever used for Ham, or any 2 way radio communications???  Smiley 
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 02:31:31 PM »

OK gang, what was the first transmitter you ever used for Ham, or any 2 way radio communications???  Smiley 

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G3RZP
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2016, 02:34:40 PM »

Homebrew, ECO with EF50 pentode (not well known in the US) - 6L6 Dblr to 7 MHz - PA with an 807. 1700 volts on the 807 plate, 700 volts on the screen, about -300 on the grid, driven with a 6L6G, about 220 watts DC in and 150 or so out. 807 glowed a nice red colour.........being RCA, it lasted a long time!

First real DX was KV4CI......Got me hooked on DXing....
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DL8OV
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2016, 03:07:38 PM »

It was a KW2000 but I can't remember if there was a letter after the model number. After that it was an FT101E. Both of these rigs were owned by my local radio club, I was only 16 or 17 at the time and the cost of a new transceiver was way beyond my income.

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SWMAN
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2016, 03:12:18 PM »

 I had a pair of Loyds Space Phone Walkie Talkies in the early 60s that my dad bought me. After that came a Heathkit DX 60 in the late 60s that I built. Dad bought me that also. Good memories.
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ONAIR
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2016, 03:12:44 PM »

Mine was actually a 100 milliwatt Lafayette walkie talkie!  Wow was I beyond thrilled when somebody "out there" heard me, and actually answered back!!!  Smiley
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AF7JA
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2016, 03:25:34 PM »

I am pretty sure it was a motorola CB radio (yes, they made them).
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W6DDU
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2016, 03:50:21 PM »

ARC-5 in 1964 Cameron Mo. home brew power supply.
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WX7G
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2016, 05:27:09 PM »

A Drake 2NT in 1969 along with the Drake 2C receiver.
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KS2G
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2016, 06:28:47 PM »

E.F. Johnson "Messenger II" on 11-Meters in 1962.
Heathkit HW-16 when I became a ham in 1977.
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KX4OM
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2016, 07:07:09 PM »

Heathkit DX-20.

Ted, KX4OM
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KR4BD
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2016, 07:09:23 PM »

Heathkit DX-60B which I built along with HR-10B, HG-10 and Heathkit 1410 keyer.  

I sure do miss the fun of building kits that really worked!
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WW7KE
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2016, 08:08:36 PM »

First ham transmitter (1970):  Heathkit DX-60B.

First transmitter of any kind (1964):  Sears Trans-Talk 600 "One Mile" (yeah, right!) walkie talkie.  Transmitted on CB Channel 14, and received all 23 channels at once (super-regenerative receiver).  Being kids, we had no idea why some people we called couldn't hear us. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2016, 09:17:29 PM »

1956.... Heath AT-1 transmitter.....damned near killed me on my very first contact!
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2016, 09:56:05 PM »

A set of Sears walkie-talkies in the mid 1960s.  I can still remember the smell of new electronics from that era.  My first ham radio was a Heathkit HW-16.  I still have the paper log of those first contacts from 1975.
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