Radio Shack Views, including some
updated on March 22, 2019.
VU2ESE visits W7ZOI Shack.
W1FB and W1DX
(how I knew them...)
50 Years of Direct
Conversion (Some more
history.) (22 March 2019)
Lunch with K7QO
W7ZOI, Then and
W7ZOI in 1957.
The gear in the above photo is pretty common for a novice, or
post-novice station of the era. The Viking Adventure kit
transmitter was driven by a remotely-tuned VFO built from a
description in the 1954 ARRL Handbook. The receiver is
a four band outgrowth of the "SSB Q-5er," which consisted of a
crystal controlled converter ahead of a BC-453 Command
Receiver. The Novice Q-5er and the SSB Q-5er were
creations of W6TNS as published in CQ Magazine. A
National NC-46 receiver provided general coverage listening in an
era where there was a lot to be heard. My
antennas were simple low dipoles or a vertical of one sort or
This is the shack as it appears in January, 2019.
The station in 2016 and later generates a power similar to the
Viking Adventure shown above and is still mostly CW, but is now
all solid state. Much of the present station is
homebrew. Click on the station photo below for more
The antenna photo shows rotary dipoles for 15 and 10 meters.
This antenna seems to also function on 17 meters when the
transmatch is used. The array is 28 ft up on a push-up mast
that is rotated by hand.
Our homebrew gear is built in another corner of the
basement. A view of the lab/shop is shown below.
The lab is dynamic in that it changes frequently, depending upon
the experiments being done. The photo shows the main
lab oscilloscope, a Rigol DS1052E. The 'scope
moves between rooms, depending upon the needs. Two spectrum
analyzers and a VNA (N2PK type) are included in the
lab. Out of view we also have an HP4342A Q-Meter
and an old analog Tektronix oscilloscope. We
have recently added a microscope facilitate SMT work.
Some other history.
While on a 2013 trip to Florida, we
spent a couple of days with John Lawson, K5IRK, and his wife
Carol. John and I collaborated on a receiver project,
the "Progressive Receiver." (QST, Nov, 1981) Click on
the receiver photo for a shot of John and me with the receiver.
(John is the one with the hair.) John tells me that
the original receiver still works just as it did in 1981.
John replaced all of the electrolytic capacitors to achieve this
status. Guess even our 1981 solid state homebrew
receiver has reached boat-anchor status.
A major ham experience in my past was my participation in EME.
I helped Fred and Susan Telewski, WA7TZY and WB7BST, with a
station for 432 MHz. Their EME station was first put on the
air in November 23, 1975, so we could work a group at the large
dish at Stanford University. We devoted an all-night
session to the project, finally making a contact at 5
AM. I returned the next morning in daylight to
get a photo of the antenna before it was moved to Fred's back yard
where it did not irritate the neighborhood. (The photo
below was by Fred.) The antenna was a 128 element extended
expanded co-linear (bed spring) on a polar mount, an outgrowth of
a QST paper by Joe, W6FZJ. (Remember him?) Great fun
-- many thanks to Fred & Susan.
WA7TZY, WB7BST, and W7ZOI in
1975. I now have a color version of this photo on the wall
of the shack.