Ah yes, here it is - The best seat in the house, the K4KU operating position!|
I have accumulated the following gear over the years (not all of which is visible in the photograph):
2 element GemQuad up 65' and numerous dipoles
Several computers and packet stations
"Sufficient" 2-meter gear
Classic (or "old") gear including:
Allied Knight T-60
BACK WHEN RADIOS WERE BEAUTIFUL!
Hallicrafters SX-110 Hallicrafters SX-111
Top: Drake 2-NT transmitter Bottom: Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter
Do you folks know what these are? (Of course you OTs do!)
ANSWER: These are crystals (they are all turned upside down). Back in the 50s and 60s Novices were not permitted to use VFOs - our transmitter frequency had to be crystal-controlled. In those days most of us were lucky if we had one or two crystals per band (we had CW-only privileges on 80, 40 and 15 meters). I have accumulated these over the years. It was a big incentive to upgrade in order to get away from being "rock bound" and to have the freedom of using a VFO.
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