WA9WFA

Classic Ham Radio

Welcome to my WA9WFA Classic Amateur Radio web site. I first learned about ham radio in 1965 and finally got my Novice license in 68.  I've been licensed ever since then.  Around 1995 I was bit with the tube bug and fell back in love with classic tube transmitters and receivers from my Novice days.   Over a 10 year period I acquired a large collection of vintage Collins, Johnson, Drake, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Heathkit, Knightkit, and more.  I really enjoyed actually owning those radios that I could only dream about as a kid.  Of course along with a big collection comes a big mess. Around 2007 I started selling off my collection and since then I've sold off nearly all my tube gear except for one tube AM, CW station and one tube SSB station.  During this time I also dabbled in 1929 era radio by building and putting vintage 1929 designed transmitters on the air.  These are the ones with the big copper tube coils, no crystal, and a lot of wobble and 'charm' on the air.  My remaining vintage boatanchor station consists of a Johnson Viking Ranger 1, Heathkit HA-14 KOMPACT KW amplifier, Drake 2B with 2BQ speaker/Q-multiplier, and a World Radio Lab's Duo-Bander 84 SSB transceiver.  These radio's are a pleasure to own and operate, and if I am fortunate enough to recapture some of the excitement of my ham radio youth, then the experience is that much sweeter!  My new interest is building radios.  I've built a 12 tube dual conversion ham receiver, and more recently a 3 tube Novice receiver.   Enjoy the photo's and the walk down memory lane. 73, Scott WA9WFA

My current vintage 1960's tube CW and AM station A photo of my Johnson Viking Ranger 1 transmitter, Drake 2B receiver with 2BQ speaker, Heathkit HA14 Kompact KW amplifier
World Radio Labs DuoBander84 40m and 75m SSB tube transceiver Photos of my WRL DuoBander84 tube transceiver that is one the air, vintage 1966 era. Includes WRL power supply
Three Tube 80 Meter Regenerative Receiver Photos of a three tube 80 meter regenerative receiver built in the 1929 style and using some 1929 hardware
Mate For The Mighty Midget Superhetrodyne Receiver Some photos info on this Beginner and Novice Receiver from QST April 1966 by Lew McCoy
National SW-3 Thrill Box Photo's and information about the classic National SW-3 short wave receiver from the early 1930's
US Navy QSL Cards From Naval Stations That I Operated
A few QSL cards from my Navy days operating from WA6NKC US Naval Training Center San Diego, WA6UIL Naval Station San Diego, WB6GUI Terminal Island Naval Station Long Beach, but missing K6NCG Treasure Island San Francisco
Some Pictures of Radios I've Owned - Collection #1
Photos of my equipment over the years.  I sold all this gear off in the big radio sell-off.  It's gone now but the wonderful memories remain! 
Some Pictures of Radios I've Owned - Collection #2 Some more photos of my equipment over the years.   I sold all this gear off in the big radio sell-off.  It's gone now but the wonderful memories remain! 
Some Pictures of Radios I've Owned - Collection #3 Some more photos of my equipment over the years.    I sold all this gear off in the big radio sell-off.  It's gone now but the wonderful memories remain! 
Some Pictures of Radios I've Owned - Collection #4 Some more photos of my equipment over the years.    I sold all this gear off in the big radio sell-off.  It's gone now but the wonderful memories remain! 
1927 Era Self-Excited Transmitter Photos and information about my 1927 era ham transmitter build with copper tubing coils.  I've made hundreds of contacts with this transmitter on 80 meters
Drake 1-A Receiver Photos and information about the classic Drake 1-A receiver, Drakes' first SSB receiver with band pass tuning.  This revolutionary radio was 1/2 the size of typical radios at the time, and it looks like a rural mailbox
Micamold XTR-1 Transmitter Photos of a simple three tube transmitter from the late 1940's, schematics, Micamold advertisement, parts list, my station photo, and Giles Crabtree's original 1948 XTR-1 station photos and station description
Gross Radio CW-25 Transmitter Photos and schematic about my 1935 Gross CW-25 transmitter manufactured by Gross Radio Inc of 51 Vessey Street, New York City.
Gross Radio CP-100 Transmitter Photos of my 1935 high power Gross CP-100, a 100 watt CW transmitter manufactured by Gross Radio.  I paired this beauty up with a mid 1930's National NC-101X for some sweet 1930's QSO's on 80 meters.
EF Johnson Equipment Photos of some of my favorite radios manufactured by EF Johnson in Waseca Minnesota.  Photos include the Ranger 1, Ranger II, Pacemaker, Navigator, Courier, Viking Desk KW
Collins Stock Certificate A great scan of a gorgeous Collins Radio Corporation stock certificate.  Print it out on your color printer and hang it on the wall.  I used Corel Draw to add my name onto my personal copy.
Amateur Radio Postage Stamp A great scan of a set of beautiful ham radio stamps issued in the 1960's.  Print it out on your color printer and hang it on the wall
Collins Gold Dust Twins Photos of the Collins Radio "Gold Dust Twins", KWS-1 Kilowatt SSB transmitter and 75A-4 matching receiver
Collins Users Conference I recently came across a few photos that were taken at the Collins Users Conference in October 2001 sponsored by the Dallas Posse
ARRL American Radio Relay League I am proud to be a Life Member of the ARRL and I highly recommend that you join and support Amateur Radio through this non-profit organization.  The ARRL is our only voice to the FCC and US Government
Electric Radio Magazine Information about a great radio magazine that is devoted to classic tube radios.  This monthly magazine is still being produced every month (as of 2020)
Scott's Ham Magazine Articles A short list of my ham magazine articles over the years.  I wrote my first article for QST in 1983 and won the Cover Award for that article. 
Ameco AC-1 Transmitter Photos of a simple two tube 5 watt Novice transmitter kit from the 1960's
Vintage QSL Cards Here are some vintage QSL cards from the 1920's and 1930's.  Cards from that era are fascinating to read
Milwaukee School of Engineering 9SO - W9HHX QSL Cards and Station Photos Great photos of the Milwaukee School of Engineering ham radio station from the 1920's and 1976, plus several MSOE QSL cards from the late1920's through 1978
The Great Radio Sell Off My story of selling off my large radio collection over 13 years from 2007 to 2020.  Not for the faint hearted :)
My Homebrew HBR-13 Dual Conversion Superhet Receiver from 1965 QST I built the HBR13 receiver from the 1965 QST magazine
My 1949 Willys Jeep CJ-3A Some photos of my vintage 1949 Willys CJ-3A Jeep
Last updated January 02 2022