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Get a CNC Milling Machine ~ Amazon is your Friend!

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Get a CNC Mill! 2/2/2021 The Swan MB-80A Having to sit in the shack for long periods,  the mind often plays tricks on your well being. About a month ago I spotted a 1970's Swan MB-80A which was is single band solid state transceiver (80M) on eBay. It was dirt cheap. There is a MB-40A currently on eBay going for $350. The A series could do probably about 60 watts out and has absolutely no frills. Thus the mind challenge! In their initial product announcement in the early 1970's, Swan had three models the MB20, MB40 and the MB80. These were 15 watt units. I immediately placed an advanced order for the MB20. About a month later I got a letter telling me that the MB20 would not be produced due to technical difficulties. I was crushed. Later on I did order an MB40. As I found out later some of the early models used 10.7 MHz Crystal Filters from Tyco while the later ones I think used 5.5 MHz crystal filters. The one I recently bought has a 10.7 MHz crystal filter. It was obvious the

2021 ~ A Troubleshooting Mystery --- Finally solved! The Not So Obvious.

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 The Mystery of the Ten Tec Triton II! January 29, 2021 ~ Troubleshooting Aid January 28, 2021 ~ The ALC Fix! Fixed! But First: Cycle 25 is Hot as a Pistol, so Get Ready with a 10 Meter SSB Transceiver! I was first licensed in 1959 during Sunspot Cycle 19. It was a magic time when "skip" on 10 meters enabled globe spanning QSO's with modest power levels, crude equipment and less than optimal antenna's. The Heathkit "Tener" Benton Harbor Lunch Box was a $39 AM transceiver that opened the wonderful world of DX and Cycle 19. Yes it was a regen receiver and crystal controlled transmitter.  Funny story I ran the Tener Mobile and took this YL to a Drive In  Movie. While awaiting the movie, I turned on the rig and immediately made a contact with California from just outside Pittsburgh. She though that was so cool and also thought I was pretty cool to be able to do that. Back in 1959 (sans a beret) I realized at the age of 17 that Ham Radio could be and was a Chick

2021 ~ Flash the Plastic and Buy a Rig!

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January 21, 2021 Trump is OUT. Now America is Great Again! Keep an eye out for the Sedition Caucus (A group of Four  Senators). Will they Survive the next Election cycle ? January 17, 2012 Shirt Pocket SSB Transceiver January 11, 2021 Presentation by g0fuw and n6qw to the  Radio Society of Great Britain Tonight at 8 Webinar When You know Stuff, You can do Stuff! Pete N6QW   2021~ My Hobby Takes a U Turn! The New Normal ~ Flash the Plastic! Buy a Rig!  Just Operate and Work Contests! Homebrewing may be Dead! 73's Pete N6QW

2021 -- The Dawn of New Projects

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  Some Old Boat Anchors ~ They Live Again! Updated 1-05-2021   Preview of Rigs yet to be seen: Swan 120, Drake TR-4, Ten Tec: Triton II, Triton IV (544), Omni C (546), Galaxy V, WRL Duo-Bander, Atlas RX110. Swan 240 ~ State of the Art in 1963!   The SBE-33 SSB Transceiver WRL Duo-Bander 84------    Yaesu FT-101EE KWM-2  National NCX200 and NCX3 Look at what was leading edge 60 Years ago, so we can see and appreciate what we have now! Pete N6QW