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“Heathkit – A Guide to the Amateur Radio Products” is a meticulously-written book with pictures and histories of every product in its ham line. Author Chuck Penson, WA7ZZE, painstakingly dug into the stories and backstories of everything from the company’s renowned AT-1 Novice transmitter, to the HW-7, 8, and 9 solid state QRP transceivers to the five-band SB-104 SSB-CW transceiver. Full pages are devoted to each product. A table of Product References details where Heathkit items were referred to in the pages of QST, CQ and many other publications. Many are reviews. NOTE: The previous owner of this book was a sloppy coffee drinker. As such, some pages bare the stains of his or her clumsiness. The stains are light and do not detract from any page’s legibility. “Heathkit” includes a comprehensive history of the company and several useful references. This First Edition was published in 1995; 248 pages.
Back in the mid-1990s a 75-meter SSB transceiver designed by Derry Spittle, VE7QK (SK), quickly became all the talk of the QRP kit-building crowd. Only 10 of the original Epiphyte (1) kits were made. In 2000, the NorCal QRP Club kitted the improved Epiphyte 3 with a run of just 100. They sold out in less than a day. We came across two packages of PC boards and parts – one for the original “1” and one for the “3”. 73RR is listing these as partial kits because parts appear to be missing from each. Documentation containing complete parts lists is included. For complete details and specifications for the Epiphyte 3, look at the manual at the NorCal Manuals website, https://bit.ly/2URCaM4. This is indeed a rare find. If you missed the original runs or would like to work on kits you might have only heard about, now is your chance.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
You will journey to a time before VHF repeaters, small handheld transceivers, “appliance” operators and when megahertz was expressed in 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.