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Sunday, February 21, 2010

RF Amp

Most of my 30s vintage transmitters are in the 10-20 watt range. It would be fun to have a little more power, especially with my 10 watt Meissner Signal Shifter / VFO. According to the specs two Taylor TZ20s in push-pull can be driven with 5 watts to about 110 watts input or 85 watt output. This sounds like what I'm looking for.

As usual any project starts with sorting through parts and then doing a preliminary layout before taking a drill to the metal.

Friday, February 5, 2010

1929 and 1930 Stations

Lots of times questions get asked about what sort of rig to put on the air as a 1929 station. What were hams really using? Do the back page ads in QST really reflect what was on the air?

As I went through my old issues of the AWA OTB/Journal I found Bruce Kelley's comments on 1929 equipment in the May 1994 issue. He summarized 1929 and 1930 QSL card information from W1NE. He saw that Hartley oscillators and the 210 dominated the transmitter scene and almost 90% of the receivers had no RF stage. I found two 1930 QSL cards in my collection and added those to Bruce's tabulation. I've posted this data at .

If you have similar 1929 or 1930 QSL data email it to me and I'll add it to the summary.