Topband: Spring Stew Perry in a few more days

James Rodenkirch Rodenkirch_LLC at
Wed Mar 2 13:37:48 EST 2016

I'll be lookin' for ya as a QRP contestant, Bill....GL getting that Atlas up and runnin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

71.5/72 de Jim R. K9JWV

From: Topband <topband-bounces at> on behalf of Bill Cromwell <wrcromwell at>
Sent: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:28 AM
To: topband at
Subject: Topband: Spring Stew Perry in a few more days


Somebody mentioned the Stew is coming 'round again so I finally
remembered to look it up. It will be here a week from Saturday. I have
been 'on a roll' at my workbench getting the old radios operational
again. I am going to flog myself attempting to have the station ready to
get on the air with a patched up antenna (frost is still in the ground).
My Atlas 180 is coming along pretty well. I stopped using it about
twenty years ago (where did the time go!) and it has deteriorated just
sitting on the shelf. Magic? It is receiving pretty well now. Most of
the transmitter is trying to work now. It wouldn't even think about it
last week. No RX. No TX. Nada. I printed a copy of the voltage charts
and I'll use that to isolate the trouble. I can see that somebody in the
past made some "improvements" or at least some repairs. I suspect a
broken wire or a solder joint. Maybe one of those pesky electrolytic
caps. At high volume the RX audio is "raspy" and I have been ignoring
that - keep the volume down to just my garage.

And the DX-100 is wanting to work. It would be great to have both
available. The Kenwood R-599 has 160 on it and works as well as it ever
did. Just needs a TX to go with. The matching T-599 does NOT have Top
Band. What's up with that? I do have a real life aside from ham radio
(like most of us) so I will have to *focus* to be on 160 in time for the
Stew. I hope to see you on the air - *soon*.


Bill  KU8H
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