Hallicrafters

06 Jun 19
Watchmen and Crossroads

I spent this morning at an antique radio swap. It would have been a good opportunity for any locals to pick up a nice vacuum tube receiver for their commo preps. The museum will be holding more of them throughout the year, so Nutmeg State readers take note! I’m always being asked by readers “Is […]

29 May 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

World Famous W9DXX at her station I can appreciate the very fine effort that Ham Radio Operators put into their stations in the 1920’s and 30’s. Most were home brewed, but in the 30′ that (just barely) started to change – some started purchasing National, Collins, Hallicrafters, Hammarlund and other manufactured gear – and judging […]

26 May 19
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The Begali HST III Totally by accident, and because the KWS-1 doesn’t have a keyer built in, I tried to go the “nostalgia route”, but all roads led to failure – until yesterday where the “logical conclusion” in this journey ends up with a Begali HST III sideswiper “Cootie” key – more on this below. […]

23 May 19
Uncle Bob's Pix

This Cinderella stamp is from 1925.  KDKA radio in Pittsburgh went on the air in 1920 and WBZ in Boston came on soon after in 1921 – they did a remote broadcast from this expo.  Surprisingly, there were many radio stations on the air in ’25, enough to spur a lot of interest in receivers […]

21 May 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Surly Pack Rat Bike I don’t like rats, so I was glad when I saw that there is a bike called the Packrat. But this post is not about bikes – but about pack rats. I am not one – and after my divorce – when I learned its best to travel as lite as […]

20 May 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The Begali Intrepid Bug / Paddle – absolute genius! When I purchased this key used, I did not really understand it – I thought it was a Bug, and a weird one at that. Its actually two keys in one – a single lever sideswiper paddle and a bug. Another genius Begali Swedish Pump Key […]

24 Apr 19
What Colours Do You Hear?

Throughout the EP there are multiple characters who produce diegetic and non-diegetic voices. The first is the person who is heard tuning their radio during ‘Senses Intertwined’; their voice is not heard until the very end of the work, but the sounds created by their actions are the first thing heard by a listener to […]

15 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Mercury Wetted Relay The Hallicrafters HA-1 “TO Keyer” uses this relay as a main component in the keyer. Its an odd bird for sure – liquid mercury makes the contact in this relay. I was able to find replacement parts – but they are $120 or so NOS. Looking at the schematic – yeah, this […]

14 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

I will take the HA-1 “TO Keyer” apart today and test the tubes and make a list of what caps I will need to order to recap. While I was under the house getting the two bolts to add the fans to the MFJ-267, an attempt to deliver the KWS-1 happened – and I didn’t […]

08 Apr 19
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The keyer, as expected – in great condition, however, I will recap it and also test the tubes. And, look what followed me home: The surprise? A Central Electronics MM-2 “Multiphase RF Analyzer” – which is a 3″ CRT based oscilloscope. This model has the capability of monitoring both the KWS-1 transmitters waveforms as well […]

07 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The three microphones L-R are the Astatic D-104, probably the #1 mic that hams used with the KWS-1, the Shure 51B “Sonodyne” – used mostly by recording artists like Nat King Cole, Turner 99 – the oddball of the three, I don’t know what it was used for in its day. The three keys L-R […]

07 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

Mushrooms. No particular reason why I used this photo except it looks cool. My friend Tony, K4QE wrote a nice note to me regarding this blog, and it occurred to me that the Pursuit, the Journey and the Rewards are the best reasons to have a hobby. I like the word “Maker”, and I’m sure […]

02 Apr 19
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This Bug has serial number 124407, which dates to 1943 – during a very busy WWII time I wanted a good representative version of a Vibroplex Bug – just so I could use it with the Collins KWS-1 (if I ever get it back – hi hi). There is a great PDF available on the […]

02 Apr 19
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Hallicrafters 1959 Christmas Advertisement Hallicrafters seems to be one of the first “mega” advertisers. They had quite a bit of gear – many models – and obviously had a big advertising budget. I had OT Elmers who thought Hammarlund made better gear, and everyone knew that Collins was the best of the best. However, Hallicrafters seemed […]

01 Apr 19
Top Band Chordal Hopper

The Hallicrafters TA-1 “TO Keyer” This tube based keyer was first sold in 1960 – which was about 5 years after the Gold Dust Twins were first released. I’ll have one next weekend – and it will be a lot of fun – especially because it has a monitor, and will be cool to hear […]