BOATANCHOR RADIO AT W1UX!


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There really isn't anything to compare with working "real radios that glow in the dark" whether it's on 160 meters on a fine cold winter night, or any band any time where you might find fellow ya-emmers!

Yes, the good old days ride again - if you were there in them days, they're back! - and if you weren't, well, the magic is there, as good as ever.



Some sounds from the ancient files of W1UX Radio! (WAV format, 80K)

In 1957, it wuz like 'dis:

 

And in 1960, it wuz like 'dis:

 

 

 

 

And here's our "roll around" highly portable HF station for use in the downstairs workshop.

Mobility is the secret. Keep the casters greased, and the cables long!

 


 

Amazing what a few years on 75 meters will do for ya, ain't it? It's all in the attitude! Watch out, kids, they say the effect may not be reversible!



               















































 

A quick view of the " Iron Room"

Main Operating Position for the AM Studio at W1UX Radio. The R390A is a Stewart Warner which was a total junker, cannibalized over the years, and restored to A-1 operation by Rick Mish of Toledo, Ohio, in early 1999. The rx to the right of the 390A is an ex RCAF CR-91A made by RCA/Canada. It's a later version of RCA's famous AR-88.The board is a Yamaha ProMix 01 liberated from our pro audio production duties. It feeds broadcast-quality audio to the various rigs here in the "Big Iron Room" and occasionally still goes out on field gigs. Some of thescopes are Tektronix 465 family - remember the old Radio Maxim, "One can never have too many oscilloscopes" !!!

 

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The floor ballast, from left to right:

1. The rig with the call "W1UX" on it is a fine homebrew rig from the early 60's, providing a very popular lineup for an AM Kilowatt at the time.This very professionally built unit features a pair of 4-400A's in class C, modulated by a pair of 810's. The modulation transformer is a Stancor A-3899,and the 810 grids are driven by a backwards configured Hammond 50 watt hifi audio transformer (30-30,000 cy.) with proper resistive loading - the Hammond is driven by a Dynakit Mark IV mono hifi amp running a pair of EL-34's, and driving the Dynakit is a YAMAHA PROMIX 01 Digital Mixing Board which is loaded with DSP, including parametric EQ and many dynamic optionsincluding various compressors. Prior to coming to Killingworth to live, this fine rig was at K1VYU in Westbrook, CT. Ron did a lot of restoration work on the rig, including a really nice startup and control circuit. RF driver for this rig is a Johnson Ranger I.

2. The AN/FRC-1 transmitter is the smaller one to the right of 4-400's rig. See below for fuller description.

Remember P. Secola's ancient adage regarding boatanchor rigs running more than 125 watts:

IF IT'S NOT A FLOOR BASED UNIT, RIG OR AMPLIFIER, IT'S JUST A GIRLY MAN RADIO!!! Desk top transmitters are OK for JN's, but eventually one has to graduate to a REAL radio - married to the floor by the Laws of Gravitonics!

 

 


 

Now to the other extreme: This late 1930's design BC-474A, an early WW2 Jeep HF radio: after 1942 it was replaced by more modern gear. There are not many on the air - this one incorporates a 4 tube transmitter - screen modulated 6V6 running about 4 W output - and a 4 tube receiver. The power supply is external, and we fire it up frequently on the OLD MILITARY RADIO NET , which meets every Saturday morning 0500-0700 Eastern time.

 

 

 


 

Here's a closer shot of the RCA receiver.

 

 

Here's a closer look at a really fine addition at W1UX:

The AN/FRC-1 transmitter made for the United States Navy in 1943 by Marine Services Inc. of Wilmington, California. It consists of a single 813 modulated by a pair of 811A's. Contains very heavy iron, both power supply and mod transformer - nicely restored by former owners and currently undergoing more work here for high quality audio operation on 160, 80 and 40 meters. The rig is on casters and even incorporates its own single conversion receiver - that's the deck visible just below the RF deck. Each deck slides out on rails with bearings, with Jones and HV plugs on rails at back - a few seconds and each deck is out for checking over. (This is a nice mobile setup, since it only weighs around 350 pounds - certainly ideal for shipboard use!) and it generates a 250W carrier on all bands with 100% modulation. The rig was also designed to work MCW. The pictures are taken from original 1942 manual - the shack pictures show the rig shortly after we modified it for operation on 160 (by adding some switcheable inductance and playing with the padder capacitance to restore the original 1943 circuit!) The FRC-1 works very well on 160, 80, 75 and 40 meters. Its original coverage, including the built in 9 tube superhet receiver - Deck #3 - is 1500 to 12500 kilocycles (that's kcs., not kHz.)


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(The RF deck as it originally appeared in 1943, and is it currently appears again in 1999 after some additional restoration.) Much of the earlier restoration work was done by Fred KC4MOP.

Ah yesss.... it all began, ayuh, back in those halcyon days at the very dawn of radio, with a single 6V6 on 40 cw, xtal controlled of course, with a fine old National NC57 receiver.... and an FL8B audio range filter in the line to the pair of cans.... then on to an 807 modulated by a pair of 7C5 loctal base toobs!! Ye Gads, then came the big day: a single 814, resplendent in its majestic solitude, modulated by a pair of 807's (wow, real plate caps, mom!) and with the crowning glory of a pair of 866A mercury vapour rectifiers generating that faaaaaantastic flickering blue glow on the walls & ceiling in time with the modulation.... extra neat to operate with the lights out at night! Major big time, eh wot? While I am known to operate with one sideband suppressed on occasion, and I do enjoy CW and RTTY, I do work mostly "Angel Music" on 160, 75 and 40. 

REAL radio is a very serious business as you can see!

 

For some additional snapshots of operating positions at W1UX, click here. Views are free of charge. And if you act NOW, you will receive, ABSOLUTELY FREE, a copy of Charles H. Cadwalader's "How to do quick and easy hot glue repairs to your American Five" but HURRY! The last editions are GOING FAST!!!!


 




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Meter animation was designed and Copyright by Jim Hawkins - WA2WHV Ragtime midi file courtesy of Warren Trachtman.
all rights reserved.


Gee. Ma, when I grow up, can I have one of these?

 

 

MidiW.S. Trachtman used by permission.

(Scott Joplin "Magnetic Rag" 1914)

 

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 Last Updated on August 9th, 1937 by Yves A. (Al) "Al" Feder