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First contact for 2008 with a vintage radio station.

January 2, 2008

The ARRL runs a straight key night that starts a 7:00pm Eastern on New Year’s Eve and runs for 24 hours. This is not intended to be a serious contest, but instead a tribute to past amateur radio operators and participants are required to use a straight key and are encouraged to have rag-chews (that is long conversations) and even use vintage gear. I decided to participate for my first contact of 2008 and had an excellent contact with Eric, KA2BSK, who had entered into the spirit of the event.


Eric was using an old Hallicrafters SX-101 receiver and a HT-32 transmitter. His station’s signal was solid and I was very impressed at the quality. There was no drift at all and he could receive my 5W (from the Elecraft K2) well enough with the receiver to give me a 559 report. Eric put up with my slow code and we chatted for quite a while. Eric informs me he had restored the HT-32 to working order only a few days before.

The photograph above shows Eric operating the vintage station during the straight key event and was provided by him.

Thanks go to Eric for the FB QSO and a great start to 2008’s log.

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