[TenTec] In praise of older technology

Jerry Haigwood jerry at w5jh.net
Sat Feb 22 19:29:37 EST 2014

I once worked a Cuban station on CW who was using homebrew tube equipment. 
He was drifting pretty bad (probably just turned his radio on) and he had 
nice chirp.  Over the period of about a half hour we drifted through two 
other QSOs (as in "excuse me but we are coming through").  ;-)  He was easy 
to follow because of his nice sounding chirp... I still like the sound of a 
little chirp.
On CW, my Scout used to do the same thing but it would abrutly jump back to 
the frequency where I started after I turned it over to the other person.
Jerry W5JH
"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Bryce" <prosolar at sssnet.com>
To: "Ed Purvis" <wa4njy at yahoo.com>; "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" 
<tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] In praise of older technology

Oh that’s a hoot!

Last fall, I had an old Drake TR-3 on the air. Those three 12JB6’s were 
screaming, plopping out almost 200 watts into the antenna.

Long story short. I answered a guy’s CQ on 40 SSB. We exchanged the usual 
stuff—told me he had a IC7800— and that I was drifting up at 12 cycles. I 
asked him about his radio.
He told me it had dual receivers, pan adapters, USB interfaces and a 21 inch 
monitor. I asked if that thing had RIT.
He said it did. There were in fact three RIT on each band along with dual 
watch thingiees.

I ask him to turn it on, so he could follow me ‘round until this thing got 

Kinda got po at me for asking him to do that. Maybe he thought it’s wear his 
radio out?

Mike Bryce, WB8VGE
 the heathkit shop
SunLight energy systems
J e e p

On Feb 22, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Ed Purvis <wa4njy at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I had a Flex owner tell me I was 13 hertz off frequency.  I should have 
> asked him to help me convert that to cycles so I could adjust my radio.
> Ed

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