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Although this 1970 edition of the ARRL Radio Amateur’s Handbook is almost 40 years old, it is none-the-worse for wear in its classic content. It is a great snapshot of hobbyist electronics during the transition from vacuum tubes to solid state technology. As the accompanying pictures show, the front and back covers were hanging on for dear life. Thanks to specially-applied binding tape, the covers are as solid as when this handbook first hit the bookshelves – if not more solid. It covers everything from 1970s technological and construction techniques to SSB and code transmission; high frequency and VHF/UHF receivers and transmitters, and antennas for all bands. Except for its outer appearance, this handbook is in beautiful condition. Its technical coverage runs about 600 pages, with an additional 100+ pages of indexes and reference material. ARRL handbooks of this era are becoming extremely hard to find.
“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.
Here are a couple of extremely rare items from QRP ARCI from who-knows-how-many years ago: commemorative “eyeball QSOs” and pin-on QRP ARCI buttons. There are 5 “eyeballs” and 5 QRP hat pins, which , of course, can be pinned onto anything - your lapel, shirt, etc. The “eyeballs” are stamped with the international organization’s logo and 1961, K6JSS, commemorating QRP ARCI’s founder, Harry Bloomquist and the year the club was launched. The pins are made of wood with the club label, and have a sturdy mounting pin on the back. These are great items for QRP clubs and or an individuals, alike. They are fantastic items for QRP history buffs. They are no longer in production.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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 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.
We’d never seen this one before, but “Using Your Meter”, by Alvis J. Evans, is a really nice desk reference as a tutorial on how to get the most out of your digital volt meter (DVM) and Volt-Ohm Meter (VOM) multi-testers. It covers the basics in both theory and practical applications, focusing on voltage, resistance and current. An accompanying photograph shows the breadth of its contents. And, as you’ll see, it describes uses for the radio amateur and DIY’ers who delve into home appliances, lighting, automobiles and tool-control circuits. This copy is in like-new condition and is 176 pages in length. Evans is a former associate professor of electronics at Tarrant College in Fort Worth, Texas.