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!
I acquired some new HiFi components for the shack recently:
Marantz 2240 Receiver
Emotiva TA-100 Receiver
Tascam CD-200IL CD Player
Topping E30 DA Converter
Emotiva Airmotiv B1 Speakers
Sennheiser HD-599 Headphones
I found this old CB QSL card on Ebay. It was an old CB buddy of mine, circa 1977. I was all of 16 at the time. Saw it and couldn't resist getting it.
It is now 2021! Let's see what new and exciting ham radio things I can get involved in!
The PreciseRF HG-3 Magnetic Loop has been installed, with an RCA TV-type rotator. It works like a champ! Still can't compete with my vertical on certain bands.....
Received the PreciseRF HG3 Stepper Mag Loop pro antenna, at a selling price new of $1,295.00. Here it is below. It will be erected and installed soon and will post photos soon.
Here is the WP2J Club Station.....an Icom IC-7300 HF SDR Transceiver and Icom Sp-38 External Speaker
I found a ham selling a brand new Icom 7300 and Icom SP-38 external speaker, so the WP2J club purchased them and will be set up in the new station as soon as the tables arrive. Here they are still in the box. Photos will be posted once the radios are set up.
I ordered a 7' conference room table and a 4' desk for the ham station. Will post new pics once it has been set up.
I found a completely restored and refurbished 1946 Hallicrafters S-40 Receiver on Ebay, and it is on its way. I sold my National Receiver to make room for it. Here it is:
I scooped up a used MFJ-898 Automatic Antenna Tuner on the ham forums. It will handle 1KW comfortably. Here it is below: