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15 December 2016

Yeah, we did it again.  We motored (as they used to say in the home town newspaper in the gossip column) down to Corona de Tucson for a pre-Christmas meeting with AJ7O - Dave at his QTH and then went over to Argenziano's Italian place and had lunch.  As Gordo used to say, "If you REALLY like Mexican, I mean REALLY like Mexican food, come to Gordo's Cafeteria", only in this case it's Italian food and it's actually very good, unlike Gordo's.  Anyway, we had a good time of it, as usual.  Meeting N6YW - Billy and myself at the door was Dave in his Santa cap and in good spirits, as you can see.  We had K0ETD - Ron, W8VG - George and K3YAZ - Frank.  WA1KNX - Dean met us at the restaurant.  We thought that W7MD - Doc Damon was gonna' make it, but he had medical appointments to deal with.  Hey, W8VG - George presented me and Billy with some home brew Christmas beer.  Good deal!


14 November 2016

Yes!  The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest was a success and what made it better was the fact that we had a good AM operator turnout.  As you can see, N6YW - Billy had things under control.  If you want to see all of the pictures from the event, here's the link:

It's true. As N6YW - Billy says, "AM is KING!"   Here's a few pictures of the guys that are primarily AM operators.  We always have a good time at these events & all of us went to the for lunch after.  Heck, Billy even serenaded us with his git-tar!  If you missed it, you missed a good one, you shoulda' been there!

 Ladies & Gentlemen: Find of the Fest
by N6YW - Billy


30 October 2016

ART-13 Radio Transmitter by Collins

BC-348 Radio Receiver by Collins

KM4RC - FiFi, the B-29 stationed out of Addison Texas, is on static display today.  W0GZV - Loney has set up a portable set of B-29 radio equipment for operation and display at the site of Fifi.  I have made several contacts on 20 Meters, specifically 14.267 MHz, AM, however, there is a contest today and operators on SSB are not into protocol under the circumstances.  W5XJ - Grant is calling CQ from there and is getting no takers.  I can hear that he managed to contact W7KDL - Richard in Phoenix.


6 October 2016

We had a nice meeting at AJ7O - Dave's QTH and later a lunch at Argenziano's.  It was good.  We had a chance to meet Dave's guest, Don , an avid photographer and someone who's gaining an interest in amateur radio. It was good to see long lost KC6ASA - Kirk too.


3 August 2016

We almost made it a month since last meeting, however, K3YAZ - Frank was delivering a radio to AJ7O - Dave and so we had an impromptu meeting and lunch at, where else, Argenziano's Italian place in Corona de Tucson. When I walked in, this 1939 two band receiver was playing music of the era from Green Valley.  What a nice old art-deco receiver.


15 July 2016
W0FD - Mike

I heard Mike calling from up in Colorado and went back to him.  I don't know where everyone else was this morning.  The only one on was XE2/W7ISJ - Joe.  Anyway, Mike and I had a couple of QSOs over the next hour or so.  Here's a shot of his shack with his Home Brew 813 rig...K0ETD, how about that?   This morning, I talked to him on his rice box and later, his Johnson Desk Kilowatt.  I hope conditions stretch out to Mack, Colorado again soon. Mike is getting set up after moving recently from Gunnison, CO.


10 July 2016

WA6JKN - Kevin

As you can see, several of us, minus AJ7O - Dave who managed to get some kind of virus, gathered over at W8VG - George's QTH for an Eyeball QSO and to look at any new toys the George might have acquired since the last time.  WA6JKN - Kevin and his son Adam  drove all the way from California to vist.  We had a good time and afterwards had a sandwich at Dickie's BBQ place.  Sorry if you missed it.



16 June 2016

AJ7O - Dave

It has almost been a month since our last meeting over at W8VG's place, where does the time go?  We got a look at a new IC-7300 SDR rig that Dave received not so long ago and a couple of other pieces of antique hardware.  We had a good time and topped it off with a visit to the Italian restaurant in Corona de Tucson and all is well.  Oh, check out the VFO that Dave got from K0ETD - Ron for his BC-610.  Very nice job!


27 April 2016

K6HSG - John

Well, we did it again.  A bunch of us motored down to Corona de Tucson to see AJ7O - Dave  and help him with his latest acquisition.  Somehow the case on his newly acquired NC-300 had been dented in the corner just enough to keep it from being removed.  With a hammer and a piece of wood, N6YW - Billy whacked it just right and we got it apart.  In celebration, we went to Argenziano's Itailian restaurant and had a nice lunch!  I'm telling you, if you like Italian, you'd really like his little place converted over from an old Circle-K.  Try the Italian Philly Cheese Steak!  Mmmmm!

We also got to have an eyeball with K7HSG who came over with K7EWE - Jim.  He lives way over there not from from Jim.  We'll look forward to hearing more from John.


12 April 2016 

Took a trip down to visit AJ7O - Dave   in Corona de Tucson Sunday afternoon and after checking out his new NC-300 (no photo yet), I stopped over and saw W1KSZ - Richard whom we haven't heard much from since he sold his Valiant.  Anyway, he had purchased a new CW key and he twisted my arm and insisted that I buy his Vibroplex Vibrocube.  This guy weighs six (6) pounds and you don't push it around.  I actually made a couple of CW contacts on 20 mtrs with it.  Gee, maybe I'll get up about 1:30 AM in the mornings and work 40 CW with Dave.  Nah...I'm kidding.  You should see the beautiful chrome plated paddles that Dick made for his new key.  Man!  They're pretty!


28 March 2016

Look who went to the RST Hamfest this past Saturday.  I used his picture for the iPhone/Android friendly link to the hamfest.  Click on his picture and it'll take you there.  We had a great time there and you'll see lots of pictures and especially the AM group at the bottom.  Afterwards, we had lunch at the Itailian restaurant in Corona de Tucson and then went over to AJ7O's QTH to take a look at his latest behemoth acquisition described previously. Some of these guys are not so active, but, they're AMers, OK.  The last two pictures were taken by W7KDL - Dick.


20 March 2016

Earlier this week, AJ70 - Dave
came over and visited and then we went over to N6YW - Billy's QTH and loaded up a very nice BC-610 (not this one), and took it all the way to Dave's QTH in Corona De Tucson where it is now residing and sounding like the huge hunk of iron that it is.  Before we left, Billy dug into a box and said "Here, add this to your mike collection!"  Well!  It turns out to be a beautiful Turner S22X Crystal Mike.  I brought it home and this morning I installed a cable and got it on the air.  According to the critics, it sounds very nice with the DX-60.  Thank YOU, Billy!


14 March 2016

Been having lots of fun on 15 AM and I've had several QSOs with KD4UMU - Dan in Shepherdsville, KY. He has some nice equipment and a great signal into Tucson.  Anyway, here are a few pictures I stole from his QRZ.  Get on 21.430 or so and work him.  How aobut the effect of a little ice on a log-periodic?


29 February 2016

There's N6YW - Billy up on K7CMS - Bill's tower hanging a new 40 meter dipole and coax.  Bill has been off the air for a few years and it's time he got back on.  Anyway, it went well, as you can see via the analyzer, however, the band conditions weren't very good for a first test.  We hope Tucson Bill will be back on the air often.  We checked it out with his Ranger II and a 75A3.


21 February 2016

I attended the Yuma Hamfest on Saturday and took a few pictures. (Click Above)  I actually had an eyeball with WB6YEC - George of Lemon Grove, CA.  That was pretty neat and now he's in the gallery, as he should be. 


19 February 2016

K3YAZ - Frank came over Wednesday and brought along his Double Barreled DX-60 and VFO for me to play with and he took one of my  home with him to try out some HE-MAN MODULATION. I'm lowering my standards and actually using some GIRLY MODULATION now.  I managed to reposition the equipment in my blivit and shoehorned  the DX-60 and VFO in as you can see.  It works great.


13 February 2016

Here's the shack of a 15 meter AMer, KD6OS - Ralph from Porum, Oklahoma.  I think this pic was taken a few years ago,  Here's what he looks like now as stolen from his FaceBook page.  Anyway, he's has a pair of Desk Killowatts there among a bunch of other goodies.  I said I'd come and get one of those Johnsons, but he says I was welcome to come and visit, but he didn't think he was ready to part with one of those bad boys.  Oh well.


5 February 2016

Well, looks like WD4PLI - David has posted a new picture on his QRZ and here it is.  See that nice KW-1 in the background?  I like it!  Hey!  That's a KWS-1 on the right.  Man!  He's got it all!


21 January 2016

The Tucson AM gang was well represented at a meeting at the luxurious W8VG studios.  George and his XYL - Karen were great hosts and we had a good time wondering around in George's "shack?" and eyeballed a new home brew transmitter and his new Alinco DX-R8 that K3YAZ - Frank snagged from EBay. Then there was the Lysco transmitter that Ron brought that came from W0TDH - Tom in North Carolina.  I'm not sure what Ron is gonna' do to it for Tom.  Dave - AJ7O and Karen had quite a discussion on cat maintenance.  I really didn't pay much attention to that.  I like dogs!  We had K0ETD - Ron, KC6ASA - Kirk, AJ7O - Dave, N6YW - Billy and yours truly.  After rummaging around in the garage there, we moved in to the house for a group picture.  Then it was on to have a sandwich at Dickie's BBQ at Oracle and Ina. And then, here comes K7EWE - Jim!  A good time was had by all!


8 January 2016

You've probably heard of W0VMC, the "Voice Modulated Carrier", the voice of AM and here he is.  I have a QSO with Robert quite often, mostly on 15 meter AM.  He known world wide for his activity on the AM band and has a real talent for restoring heavy metal.  As a matter of fact, he was responsible for the big T-368 that K7IOU picked up last year and you can see it below.  He was featured on Ham Nation #140  and you can see it here: I just can't say enough about this guy!

That is a 20V2 that he restored and converted for another ham and, as you can see, it's a beautiful piece.  WOW!  I believe I'd find room for this one in the living room if I had to.  Robert has one that he modified with a pair of
4-1000s modulated by a pair of 4-1000s.  See it below! I don't mind saying that this guy is a class act!