[TenTec] In praise of older technology

Steve Berg wa9jml at frontier.com
Sat Feb 22 20:12:30 EST 2014

As part of my collection, I have Drake 2B receiver and a Gonset GSB100 
phasing exciter.  One night I wound up in a round table with a bunch of 
HiFi SSB aficionados 0n 40 meters.  These guys were running advanced 
equalizers and high-end microphones. Then had the latest Oriental 
Transceivers. They even had audio spectrum analyzers to check out each 
others signals.  So, I asked for an evaluation, and they were quite 
complimentary.  So, they asked what I was running, and I told them a 
1957 vintage phasing exciter with a D104 mic.  They were amazed!  Sure, 
it drifts, and it is hard to get it right on frequency by zerobeating 
the receiver BFO with the carrier on the exciter.  But it is a lot of 
fun to use.

Steve WA9JML

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