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“Golden Classics of Yesteryear” is a great collection of vintage rigs, circuits and keys from amateur radio's romantic past. Dave Ingram, K4TWJ (SK), brings his deep historical knowledge of radio and telegraph keys to harken back to the original fun and excitement of radio amateurs of yesteryear. This special collection is chock full of rig views and easy-to-build circuits along with photographs and drawings of famous receivers and transmitters from such legacy companies as National HRO, Collins, Heathkit and more. It is 60 pages and has a copyright of 1988. Except for light wear on the back cover, it is in excellent condition. The only source we could find for “Golden Classics” today is in the UK, where it is commanding $20+ U.S., plus shipping.
Harry D. Hooton, W6TYH (SK), has a lengthy resume of excellence in professional electronics, radar engineering and management at the corporate level. In the Sams books publication of “Amateur Antenna Tests and Measurements”, he tells radio amateurs how to achieve the highest antenna efficiency possible through simple tests and measurements. In its 192 pages, Hooton covers antenna basics, RF transmission lines, impedance measurement and matching procedures, system design and orientation procedures and useful accessories to assure you’re getting the most out of your antenna system. There are, as well, appendices covering areas such as coaxial cable data, air-wound coils, and more. Except for some wear in its pages and binding, the book is in really good condition considering its age - 40 years!
"Reflections III" is the world renowned antenna and transmission line reference book by M. Walter Maxwell, W2DU (SK) - with decades of experience in this field. This edition combines all of the content of "Reflections" and "Reflections II" and builds upon it. Accompanying images show the content of this remarkable work. With the subtitle "Transmission Lines and Antennas," it looks at this niche of amateur radio from every conceivable angle. At 420+ pages, it is considered by many radio amateurs as the authoritative work on antennas and transmission lines.
“200 Meters and Down – The Story of Amateur Radio” is without doubt one of the finest documentary histories of wireless and ham radio ever written. If you are not familiar with its author, Clinton B. DeSoto, W9KL, here’s your chance to meet him. The book, first published in 1936, was born out of a series of pieces DeSoto wrote for QST. An accompanying image of the Table of Contents shows the depth to which W9LK went in chronicling our hobby’s development. It gives tremendous insight into the trends and events that brought us to the place we are today. Except for some slight wear showing on the front and back covers, this copy is in excellent condition. Every radio amateur should have one.
The NorCal SMT Dummy Load was a popular surface-mount-technology (SMT) kit introduced in late 2005. It was a great starter kit for builders new to this emerging homebrew technology. It will handle 10-watts of key-down RF power for up to 1 minute. At 5-watts key down it is good for 3 minutes. It is 50-ohms impedance, provides its readout via a digital volt meter and is good through 150 MHz. Click here to see a pdf copy of the manual. A chart in the manual provides a graph for translating your DVM DC voltage readings to RF output power. This kit was expertly assembled and has been fully checked out by 73RR’s technical team and works beautifully. It was bench tested using a Yaesu FT-817: 5 watts, showed 22 VDC on the DVM; 2.5 watts, 15 VDC; 1 watt, 10 VDC; and 500 mW, 7 VDC. This is the original, classic version of the kit and is no longer produced.
“Small High Efficiency Antennas: Alias the Loop” written in 1985 by Ted Hart, W5QJR (SK), is a deep dive into the practical use and theory of the Loop antenna. It was published by W5QJR Antenna Products. Accompanying images give an overview of its 100+ pages. “Alias the Loop” is jammed with valuable information for radio amateurs taking their first stab at a loop configuration and for the old-timer, as well. Among Hart’s achievements is taking second place in an ARRL antenna design contest. His winning loop for 14 through 30 MHz is one of the featured designs appearing in this book. Related pictures show the book’s condition, with normal wear-and-tear for a publication more than 30 years old. After publication, the author did updates and revisions using cut-and-paste. It is quaint and remarkable. “Alias, The Loop” is quite rare and a collector’s item.
“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 yellow folder. 73RR is very happy to have found this copy and may be obtaining several more.
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.