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In 1995, CQ Amateur Radio magazine published a Collector’s Edition commemorating its 50th anniversary with “a nostalgic look back over a half century with CQ, The Radio Amateur’s Journal.” In its 72 pages, appearing in the middle of the January edition and printed on retro paper stock, history is parsed into decades: 1945 to 1952, 1955 to 1964, 1965 to 1974, and 1975 to 1984, 1985 to 1994 and 1995. Some of the “chapter” headings are “CQ is Born,” “Single Sideband, Sputnik, and JFK;” “Transistors, FM, and Vietnam;” “The Computer Moves In,” “The Decade of Downsizing,” and “Amateur Radio: The Next 50 Years.” The histories are beautifully organized and provide a great synopsis of the growth of amateur radio over five decades. The magazine is in near-perfect condition and is a must-have for radio historians, collectors and everyone between.
We are very fortunate to have come across this 1949 edition of The Radio Amateur’s Handbook. Doing the arithmetic, it turned 60 years old this year. For its age, it is in pretty good condition. All of the pages are present and accounted for. The binding has been reinforced by 73 Radio Row’s technical staff. For radio amateurs who like rigs that glow in the dark, this handbook is an excellent addition to your reference library. As its Table of Content shows, this 26th edition covers the gamut of amateur radio, showcasing the technology of its time. An accompanying photograph shows the legendary 6L6 beehive-coil crystal-controlled transmitter for 40 meters. A classic, it has been copied and duplicated dozens of times over the decades. Note, too, that this edition includes lots of pages dedicated to vacuum tube characteristics and a huge number of tube pin-out guides. A collector’s item, for sure.
If you’re into homebrewing and 2-meters, ARRL’s VHF/UHF Antenna Classics is for you. Yes, the book touches upon 6 meters, 432 and 902 MHz as you can see in the photograph showing the Table of Contents. But the vast majority of attention is given to antennas for 2-meters. All kinds of antennas! There are about 20 projects devoted to 2 meters – from portable quads and beams for trail-friendly operation, fixed-station arrays, mobile antennas, dual-band J Poles and much more. Six meters has four projects, all of which sound very interesting. The book is in near-perfect condition. It contains articles that appeared in QST from 1980 to 2003. If you are just getting started on 2 meters or are an old hand looking for new ideas, VHF/UHF Antenna Classics may just be for you. By the way, $14.95 in 2003 U.S. dollars is worth almost $21 today. And remember, SHIPPING IS FREE.
“VHF/UHF Handbook” (1998) is a Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) publication edited by Dick Biddulph, G8DPS – an excellent desk reference for the new radio amateur and the seasoned VHF/UHF veteran. Just getting started on the frequencies above 50 MHz? This book is an excellent place to start. VHF/UHF propagation? Equipment? Antennas? All are covered. Also: EMC (ElectroMagnetic Capability), late ‘90s Data Modes, ATV, Satellites, Repeaters, Test Gear and Station Accessories. There are circuits for experimentation, VHF/UHF antenna pattern plots, a smorgasbord of station accessories and much more. It is beautifully indexed, making zeroing in on a topic of interest a snap. The cover has a bit of wear along its edges. But otherwise, this copy is in like-new condition. Here is the VHF/UHF operator’s chance to get this excellent RSGB publication without having to deal with shipping charges or money exchange.
“The Hot Water Handbook, HW-8 Recipes” came out in 1985, being compiled and edited by Fred Bonavita, W5QJM (SK). Its 21 pages cover a range of improvements and modifications to this popular multiband QRP CW transceiver from Heathkit. Included are instructions for anti-audio motorboating, installing an Inboard Active Audio Filter, Four Watts for the HW-8, 30 Meters for the HW-8 and lots more. An accompanying image shows its Table of Contents, giving the full picture. The list of writers includes some of the biggest names in QRP in that era. The plastic cover and binding was in such poor shape, we re-packaged this historic manual into fresh plastic sleeves for protecting each page. We have also included a second copy of the manual’s cover if the owner would like to affix it to the cover of the folder. 73RR is very happy to have found this copy and may be obtaining several more.
This 1982 ARRL Radio Amateur’s Handbook is in pretty darned good shape considering its age of 36 years. From appearances it has made more than a few trips from the bookshelf to the workbench, to the station desk and so on. But its binding is solid and all pages are present and accounted for. The Table of Contents runs the reader through the myriad subjects touched upon. From HF, VHF and UHF Transmitting to FM and Repeaters, Wave Propagation and High-Frequency Antennas. There are chapters on Construction Practices, Transmission Lines and VHF/UHF Antennas. This is a wonderful desk reference that reflects upon the state of amateur radio almost 40 years ago. It is a nice collector’s item that, in many sections, is as relevant today as it was in the early 1980s.
“The Wireless Age” is one of the very earliest radio communication magazines, running monthly from 1913 to 1925 when it was absorbed by Popular Radio Magazine. The magazine was initially published by the Marconi Publishing Corporation, with early mastheads listing it as “incorporating the Marconigraph,” an even earlier publication. One disc covers October 1913 to December 1917. The other; January 1918 to December 1922. They offer a look at the emergence of wireless in the United States. It covers amateur and commercial radio of the era, both feature and technical stories. It contains a ton of advertising from the time and certainly captures the excitement of the growth of radio communication. You’ll even see how publications such as “The Wireless Age” hung on during the years of World War I.
“Weekend Projects for the Radio Amateur” was a book published by the ARRL in 1979 and was wildly popular at that time. Consisting chiefly of reprinted articles from QST, it is chock full of simple building projects addressing Receiving, Transmitting, Test Equipment, Accessories, Power Supply, and Miscellaneous projects as shown in its Table of Contents. Each one uses easy-to-obtain components and simple parts placement. This is the original: Volume 1. Dozens of photographs help to illustrate the utility of each circuit. Edited by Marian S. Anderson, WB1FSB, its contents was contributed to by some of the great names in homebrewing: Lewis McCoy, W1ICP (SK), Doug DeMaw, W1FB (SK), Jerry Hal, K1TD, and Robert Shriner, WAØUZO (SK), to name a few. The book’s binding is solid. It is somewhat dog eared and a bit discolored, but in remarkable condition considering its age: almost 40 years.
Here’s an item that is a piece of low-power-enthusiast history: Vol. 1, No. 1 of the popular “QRP Homebrewer”, published by the NJ QRP Club, in its unopened plastic wrapping. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of this quarterly journal which ultimately moved from print to CD. It is quite rare. An enlarged view of the magazine’s index accompanies this item. Pictures of the cover and inside pages were taken from another copy of the Fall 1999 edition we happen to have here. As you will see, contributors include some of the best names in QRP: George Heron, N2APB; Doug Hendricks, KI6DS; Joe Everhart, N2CX; Gary Diana, N2JGU; and Seabury Lion, AA1MY. Particularly poignant are contributions by Ron Polityka, WB3AAL, who became a Silent Key recently. Since this copy has never been removed from its packaging, we are pretty darned sure this collectors’ item is in great condition.
The ARRL in 2015 decided it was time to help oldtimers and newcomers alike to better understand the oscilloscope. Paul Danzer, N1II, wrote “Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs: Add a ‘Scope to your Ham Shack!” (2015) to take the lead on this front. This oscilloscope primer is in a smaller format than we’re used to seeing from the League. The book measures 7.25 X 8.75 inches, but no matter. Its Table of Contents leads you through eight chapters of everything you need to know to begin using a ‘scope in the ham shack. “Oscilloscopes” is in like-new condition. At the ARRL, it retails for $22.95 PLUS SHIPPING. We are happy to offer it at a significantly lower price, with no charge for shipping.
With the increasing popularity of vintage transmitter operation, here’s a Grid Block Keying Adapter that allows CW operators who love their solid-state keyers to use them with many tube-based rigs with low negative voltage keying. It was produced in the late 1990s by Jackson Harbor Press with the caveat that it will not work with rigs having cathode keying (positive high voltage). If you have a vintage, commercially-manufactured transmitter or transceiver and aren’t sure how it is keyed (grid block vs. cathode), Google the name and brand of the rig. The specifications should tell you which keying circuitry is in your radio. The kit offered here is in its original packaging and includes documentation. It is suitable for beginners with some soldering experience. This version of the Jackson Harbor Press Grid Block Keying Adapter is believed to be no longer in production.
Back in 1997, Embedded Research, maker of the TiCK series of CW keyers, extended the design of the very popular Pixie QRP transceiver to include a TiCK. So, TiCK + Pixie = Tixie. The "TiCK" chip is a microprocessor-controlled keyer in an 8 pin package). We happened to find a Tixie PC board - copyright 1997 - in perfect condition. If you missed out on the earliest runs of this great transceiver, now's you chance to snag the PC board for one.
You will journey to a time before VHF repeaters, small handheld transceivers, “appliance” operators and when megahertz was expressed as megacycles with this 1968 edition of the “The Radio Amateur’s V.H.F. Manual” published by the ARRL. Its subtitle is “Principles and Practice for the World Above 50 Mc.” The manual’s 300+ pages cover every aspect of VHF operation - station, transverter and antenna construction, and takes a peek into the frequencies at UHF as well. The accompanying photographs give a sample of the breadth of topics covered. Be sure to check out the Table of Contents. There is a look at the history of VHF operation, dating to 5-meter operation in the 1920s. The subsection headlined “The Modern Era” is anything but – now 50-years later. The book is in very good condition for its age and is long out of print.
This jet black Altoids-style box, so popular for QRP projects, includes a double-sided copper PC board ground plane and two experimenter component boards from N1SYZ – one for point-to-point component wiring; the other for multiple 8-pin DIP ICs. Each board is pre-cut with rounded corners to fit perfectly in the Altoids-style box accompanying them. There have been literally hundreds of QRP rig and accessory projects which have been designed to fit into Altoid boxes. This four-element package is perfectly suited for the experimenter or builder who wants to make the next big Altoids tin project. The box here appears to be in great condition with excellent hinges. The lid locks tight.
The ARRL’s Emergency Communication Library v.1.0 is a great DVD for all groups who provide emergency communications during tough times, or those groups that would like to. Included are PDF documents and PowerPoint presentations, the ARES Field Manual, the ARRL Public Service Communications Manual, APRS software, WinLink 2000 software, a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) video, PowerPoint viewer and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This library is parsed into four sections. If your amateur radio club or EmComm group is looking for information to use and develop skills, this CD is for you. The ARRL’s Emergency Communication Library v.1.0 CD is in its original, sealed packaging. We are unable to determine its publication date, but rest assured many of the fundamentals of EmComm are covered here.
Here is a great trail-friendly field accessory: the All Weather Radio Log Book for Portable / Mobile operators. From Andrew Stevens Associates ASA) in 2007, it is waterproof , rugged and almost indestructible. You can write in it with pens, pencils, markers – just about anything. Once the QSO data is logged, your notes are there forever. No running ink or erasure. There are 7 QSOs per page and about 50 pages. We’ll do the arithmetic: Room for about 350 contacts. The All Weather Radio Log Book measures just 5-inches by 3-inches. It is three-eighths of an inch thick and spiral bound. It will easily fit in your hip pocket. Entries include DATE, TIME ON, CALL , FREQ, TIME OFF AND COMMENTS. This is one-rugged amateur radio log that will is the essence of utility for the radio amateur who likes to operate outdoors.