My Rigs Through the Years
45 Years of ChangeMost of the pictures shown are catalog renderings and not the actual radios I have owned and used.
WNØPXT / WAØPXTMy novice (WNØPXT) setup was all borrowed from my Elmer, WØFIT, Don Franz (sk).
The next step up was the first transmitter I ever owned...
One of the lesser known features of a 500C was a toggle switch on the back of the RF deck.
I chose a phasing-type design since the "golden component" of that design (a B&W audio phase shift network)
The receiver was an RME 6900 which still ranks as the receiver with the most buttery-smooth tuning knob I've ever layed hands on.
Transitioning to WB8RGZ.
Electronic Center in Minneapolis was the source of my 1st brand new rig, also my 1st transceiver, a Henry Tempo One.
The Tempo One is an Americanized version of the the Yaesu FT-200 and was a great little rig.
Heavy Metal in an Apartment.I have been on RTTY almost from the begining, thanks to a borrowed Teletype Model 19 provided by Minnesota Army MARS.
Having left all the heavy metal behind in Minnesota, I aquired a new beast that came to live in my apartment.
I wrote the code myself to convert the 8-bit characters of the computer to the 5-bit Baudot code used by the TTY machine.
Ironically, it was the experience of writing this "device driver"
I wrote a "reversed" driver that took the 5-level Baudot code coming from the demod
A slight flirtation with OSCAR.I thought it would be cool to try my hand at a little satellite work.
OSCAR 6 used a 2 meter uplink paired with a 10 meter downlink.
The world was not yet flooded with inexpensive 2 meter all-mode rigs yet.
As it turned out, that was MORE than enough to do the job.
Turns out, a Ringo vertical was enough antenna and didn't have to track the satellite.
K8RC Returns to HFOwning a home of your own gives you much more flexibility in antenna arrangements.
I returned to HF at my newly-built QTH on the east side of Cincinnati in 1978.
The antenna was my original HF doublet that I had used since my novice days,
fed with twin-lead and an antenna tuner.
The Big RigThe DX bug bit me, big time. So in 1984 I started working on my dream station.
When the dust settled, a decent HF station emerged.
I had spent several thousand dollars, making Larry, N8CHL,
The DXing was good.
From High atop Mt. Airy.A new life with my new wife, brings me to where I am today.
The tower and tribander are gone.
But my new QTH returns me to my roots on the high ground of Mt. Airy on Cincinnati's west side.
A serious shift in the technological paradigm came to my shack in December 2014 with the installation of a FlexRadio 6300.
If you haven't taken a look at one of these marvelous machines you are missing out on the greatest advance since transistors started replacing firebottles.
The very least you can do is read about it.
An Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier gives me a nice 600 watts without any hollow-state devices.
Mature maples provide an ideal support for the wires of an Alpha-Delta DX-LB Plus fan dipole for 160-10 meters.
Restoring the PastMy current project is the restoration of a vintage "winged-emblem" Collins station.
Special RigI just had to mention one more rig.
Back in 1970-71, one of the many things I did to earn money for college was
I was contacted by Ralph, WØFCO(sk), of the Handiham System who wondered if I would be
A Heathkit HW-16 was purchased and assembled, antennas were strung and Jerry could, once again, "leave the house" via ham radio.
When Jerry "graduated" to a Conditional General class license, WBØDFG, I built a Heathkit HW-101 for much-easier SSB operation.
I could never sell it, only give it away.
For the many years that I have had that HW-16, I would fire it up occasionally to re-form the electrolytics and it always operated just fine.
True to his wishes, I gave away Jerry's rig a couple of years ago to an organization that mentors young people into amateur radio.
See you on the air...