This was my first NA Sprint win! Conditions and activity were down, but slugged it out with decent first and third hour rates. Always an honor to compete with the sharpest group of CW contest ops in the country.
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 …..
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.