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Stew Perry Topband Challenge   2017   Pre-Stew   Claimed Score

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Call: W1NN
Operator(s): W1NN
Station: W1NN

Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 4
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Total:QSOs55Total Score91


Club: North Coast Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2017-10-22 07:33:08
This month marks the 60th anniversary of getting my ticket back in October of 1957. My call then was KN8HVT. To commemorate the occasion, last week I hauled out my old Viking Ranger (a crain would be helpful for this) and Hammarlund HQ-110C and set them up on my operating desk. They take a lot of space! Amazingly they still work after years of just sitting there. The RX is the original radio I purchased in 1958 while still a Novice and has been in its box for most of the last 50 years. I bought the Ranger about 10 years ago from another ham but it is identical to the one I bought in kit form right after I upgraded to a General in 1958. Last week was the first time I plugged the Ranger in and I am so happy that it works. Boy, does that radio get warm! After it's been on for a while, you can't keep your hand on top of the cabinet for more than a few seconds. It could almost provide enough heat for the whole second floor of my house. The consumed electricity per QSO with this station must be about 100 times what the K3 uses. I worked about a hundred stations in the PAQP last weekend and decided to use these old radios in the Pre-Stew this time and see if I could work some stations further away than PA. No problem. I had lots of practice zero beating last weekend so I was ready to go this week. I was pretty much able to work anything I could hear, with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately the receiver, which never was all that good, has deteriorated in performance and there are sections of the band that have some weird noise and blips and were basically unusuable. There is no bandwidth adjustment so you hear a slice of the band about 3 khz wide, making it tough to hear the weak stations, but the challenge was fun and I enjoyed watching the Q total increase. I still have my original Vibroplex bug but I couldn't make the CW sound very good and I can't monitor my CW, so I sent everything with a straight key at about 12 wpm. I even had a few answere to my QRS CQs. The only stations that I could hear but couldn't hear me were K7RAT and N3BB. I think I got a couple of ?? from Tree, but quite a few stations were calling him and then he left, so no luck this time. I have had trouble working him with my barefoot K3 previously, so its probably not the fault of the old radios. Lots of fun plaing with the old boat anchors, but I won't be selling my K3. 73, Hal W1NN