The Island Hunters ARC has found KQ1RP too long and difficult to understand as a QRP station. Therefore, the club has applied for WN1C as a new, shorter callsign. The club will also be using the NOS Yaesu FT-101 I picked up a few short months ago (below), along with the Logikey Model K5 Keyer.
I picked up a new and unused LDG MC-101 Meter for the Yaesu FTDX101D. It arrived today! Here is a photo of it:
I recently purchased a UbitX V6 QRP Rig w/ Upgraded Display (photo below) for use as the KQ1Rp Station. The Ten-Tec 509 is simply too drifty for my tastes. Will post a new photo of the setup when it arrives.
Here is a photo of my NOS Yaesu FT-101, along with the FV-101 VFO, SP-101PB Landliner Phone Patch/Speaker, SP-101 Speaker, YO-101 Scope, YC-601B Digital Display, YD-844 Microphone, and Shure 444 Microphone. Also see the old school fluorescent desk lamp and Siltronix FS-301 Watt Meter.
After replacing one capacitor that exploded after a full power-up, I'm about to bring up my FT-101 on a variac with a dim bulb tester made out of a Yellow Jacket 2177-N Outlet Strip as described in this article: https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/dim-bulb-tester-build-one-in-five-minute.386791/. Will keep you all updated!
Just received a nice example of the original Yaesu FV-101 External VFO to go with my FT-101. . Thanks, KC2Y!
Within the last few days, I have purchased several Yaesu FT-101 accessories. Shown here is a NOS Fan and a mint SP-101 Speaker. Other accessories are on the way and photos will be posted upon receipt.
Here is a YouTube video on my new NOS Yaesu FT-101. It was sold to me New Old Stock (NOS). Take a look and make up your own mind. I apologize for the low audio.
Here is an idea I had for better receive audio quality, in lieu of a $200 Yaesu SP-101 speaker....a Fosi Audio T20- Tube Amplifier and some Klipsch Reference Speakers. I connected it to the Yaesu FTDX101D through its AF Line Out jack. Nice stereo effect with the two receivers....and most importantly, nice rich audio.
This Yaesu FT-101 is brand new, NOS, obviously by its exterior AND interior condition. The seller tells me his uncle bought it to get into ham radio decades ago, but put it away in the box with the plastic and never used it. Truly! A true time capsule......
I got a lead on someone selling a NOS, New in the box, unused Yaesu FT-101 (circa 1970) transceiver. As you can see, it appears to be still in the plastic! I contacted the seller, and scored it! It is on the way. I will post an unboxing video as soon as possible after it arrives.
The KQ1RP Station has arrived! A Facebook friend, Chris Nigh, W6LXH, offered to help me get this from a local Craigslist ad in his area of Oregon. It's the Ten-Tec Argonaut 509 and the Model 208 CW Filter. It came to $200.00 total. I consider it a real bargain. It's near pristine on the face.
The Ten-Tec Argonaut 505 QRp Rig w/ Ten-Tec CW Filter has arrived! It will be used for the KQ1RP QRP Station:
Well I decided to make a huge change in my main HF rig....I am swapping the rig I have treasured for three years now...my Flex 6400-M....for a Yaesu FT-DX-101-D. The decision was difficult in one way but easy in another. I prefer Yaesus, having had the 101ZD for decades....and now with my 1000D here as a backup.....I figured the best next move would be to get a hybrid superhet-SDR rig, and the 101D is heralded as top of the line! The transaction was made with N4CBS. I am very excited! Here is a photo:
I have purchased a new-to-me QRP rig for the KQ1RP club......a Ten Tec Argonaut 540 with the optional Ten-Tec external CW filter! Here is a photo of the two together, in very nice condition for its age.
I recently swapped the Icom 7300 for a Yaesu FT-1000D (shown below) from a local ham, WT1T. I also purchased, for the ham club KQ1RP, an Emtech 8020 5W CW QRP Transceiver, the 20 meter version (also shown below), along with a Trac CMOS Electronic Keyer.
Our club station (Island Hunters ARC) is going QRP! We have applied for callsign KQ1RP, and we should receive it by next week. The Ten-Tec Triton IV will be the official club station! Below is a KB3IFH prototype of our new club QSL card we plan on procuring.
I found a fellow ham selling a Ten-Tec Triton IV (544) Digital HF Transceiver, so I snatched it up for use as my (hopefully) exclusive CW transceiver. I also found another ham selling the Ten-Tec 262G External Speaker/Power Supply. Ten-Tecs are king on CW! Having had three over the last several years, I am looking forward to this!