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The NorCal Sierra multi-band QRP CW transceiver was a kit designed by Wayne Burdick, N6KR, and sold by the club in 1994. Unfortunately, it had a limited run and is no longer available. Offered here is a NorCal Sierra Starter Kit. It includes the Sierra’s high-quality printed circuit board, 8:1 vernier drive main tuning capacitor, a couple of small board-mounted air variable capacitors, band module mounting socket and some parts for the kit’s renowned brush-aluminum enclosure. This package includes a copy of the kit’s original manual, which includes a comprehensive parts list and where each component was purchased. Many are garden-variety that you may already have on hand. Please note that this package DOES NOT INCLUDE the plug-in band module boards required for band selection. But they are out there if you poke around for them. If you’re stumped on finding a part, let us know and we’ll do our best to help.
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 get a courtesy, 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 features devoted to 2 meters – from portable quads and beams for trail-friendly operation, fixed-station arrays, mobile antennas, dual-band J Poles and more. Six meters has four projects, all of which sound very interesting. The book is in near-perfect condition. It contains articles from QST from 1980 to 2003. Check out the many examples of articles accompanying this listing. If you are just getting started on 2 meters or are an old hand looking for new ideas, VHF/UHF Antenna Classic may just be for you.
In an August, 1995 review in CQ magazine, Peter Carr, N4PC, sung the praises of the S&S Engineering PC1 Programmable Frequency Counter after assembling the kit and employing it in tandem with his Ten Tec Argonaut 509 QRP transceiver. “The unit works flawlessly,” he said. Carr was quite pleased to report the PC1’s measurement was to one-tenth of a kilohertz. He noted that “the instruction manual is very well written and provides excellent detail on the construction and programming of the unit,” adding that “parts placement is very logical, and never do you find yourself in an awkward situation for placing or soldering parts.” This kit includes a beautiful enclosure and all parts are through-hole – no surface mount components. A full copy of the construction, alignment and operation manual is included in this package. Accompanying photographs show this kit’s superb quality. This counter sold for about $100 in 1993.
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 solidly reinforced by 73 Radio Row’s bindery. 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, this rig 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. An added bonus: Classic illustrations by artist Phil “Gil” Gildersleeve - a famed QST contributor for many years. This is a collector’s item, for sure.
The St. Louis Tuner QRP Transmatch Kit was a joint project of the St. Louis QRP Society and the NorCal QRP Club in 1996. The production run was limited and we feel fortunate to have come across an unbuilt version – quite rare. Sometimes, club produced kits are missing parts. In that case, contact us and we’ll help you to find a replacement. The circuit is a basic T-match covering 80 through 10 meters. It includes a bi-directional watt-meter with FWD and REF power shown on two 200 micro-ammeter front-panel meters. There is a built-in dummy load. A switch on the rear panel can be toggled for balanced and unbalanced antennas. It is a very versatile tuning unit built in a beautiful pre-drilled cabinet.
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 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.
The ARRL Antenna Book has long been a go-to reference for antenna enthusiasts and experimenters. This 20th edition, published in 2003, is “the ultimate reference for amateur radio antennas, transmission lines and propagation.” It is well suited for the beginner and old timer alike. Its 28 chapters run the gamut of antennas, antenna theory, easy-to-build HF and VHF/UHF antennas, feedlines, propagation and more. An image of the book’s Table of Contents shows you just how deep the Antenna Book digs. And for whatever environment you might be in – open land to apartment/condominium living. It weighs just over four pounds and is one-and-three-quarters inch thick. Except for one small smudge on the book’s outer pages (when the book is closed) it is in near-perfect condition. This is a reference book with a shelf life of many, many years. It sold for $39.95 in 2003 which is equivalent in purchasing power to $54.55 today. FREE SHIPPING
“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.
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.
“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.
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.