My latest project, converting an old Navy transmitter.

I know it looks pretty bad here. My friend Ken (KC8JTX) is busily cleaning it up, and re-painting the exterior. This is a Model ET-8019 made by the Radiomarine Corp.

Actually this rig came back to haunt me. You see when I was in high school, I was a member of an Explorer post that was into Amateur Radio. There was a big room full of WWII surplus gear. This particular rig was our "pet" project. However we were having too much fun going "camping", (Gee whose rig are we gonna bring? What kind of antennas are we gonna use? -- Tents? Food? Aww just bring what you can find!) we never finished it. That was over thirty years ago. One day my old Scoutmaster called me up (K8OVP) and told me that he still had this rig sitting in his garage,(since the Explorer post has since dis-banded) and would I be interested in it. Of course I said "YES!!" All I need to do is come up with an input circuit, fire it up and see what smokes!

These are the final output tubes. A pair of 813's next to Ken's HT. We've come a long way, haven't we?

Here is the RF deck. When its up and running, it will have an output of about 700 watts.