Category Archives: Contesting

W8CDX 2017 Field Day

Video courtesy of Mike, WA3TTS

We had a lot of fun putting up another 1930s style station this year for Field Day 2017.  The station was 100% homebrew, with the transmitter and receiver being based on articles in the August and May editions of QST respectively.   The link coupled tuner was based on the 1936 ARRL Handbook.  The power supplies were based on standard designs from that era as well, using 866s in the amplifier supply and 83s in the buffer and oscillator supplies.  The bias supply used a type 80 rectifier and a 874 regulator (late 20s tube) for -90V bias. Continue reading W8CDX 2017 Field Day

2016 PA QSO Party @NO3M

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This year I decided to relax a bit and fire up some of my 1930s replica homebrew gear.   My plans to build a new exciter were sidelined, so I used whatever was available, including part of what used to be the 2016 Field Day transmitter for 40M and my 160M 203A transmitter for 80M and 160M.

For a receiver, I used my recently finished 1934 “De Luxe” Superhet, built according to an article in May 1934 QST.

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NO3M #4 – NCJ North American Sprint – Sept 2016

The preliminary results are posted on the NCJ website for the Fall NCJ Sprint:

Top Ten Scores
Call 	Score	Bnd Chgs Qs Lost 00Z	01Z	02Z	03Z
N9RV	16,368	154	 1	 100	91	76	74
N2IC	16,330	150	 0	 110	85	80	80
N6MJ	15,557	2	 4	 92	88	64	87
NO3M	15,510	144	 4	 116	76	76	62
N6TV	15,134	105	 5	 101	83	70	68
N5KO	15,088	119	 0	 93	89	75	71
N5RZ	15,087	106	 2	 94	89	68	70
K4RO	14,993	126	 4	 99	79	82	59
N4OGW	14,664	108	 0	 103	72	73	64
K0EU	14,628	102	 4	 98	75	76	69

73 until the next Sprint in February! – NO3M