Homebrew Vintage Gear

These are some of the Spark Gap and 1920's era rigs built by other vintage amateur radio enthusiasts.


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Check out the these Spark Gap Transmitters!







Here's Carl Nord's (WA1KPD) Homebrew TNT Transmitter. It runs a 45 tube and has coils for 160, 80 and 40. This design came out of the 1932 handbook and was replicated as closely as possible. The rig has been on the air in the Dec 99 AWA contest. See Carl Nord's site




 WOW! Another Homebrew transmitter by Carl Nord. This one is from a 1930's QST. Uses a 46 driving a 10 driving a 203






Niel Wiegand, W0VLZ's Tuned-plate-Not-Tuned-grid or TNT transmitter using a pair of 45's. This rig was built for 40 and 80 meters CW running about 10 watts. See W0VLZ's 6L6 Transmitter or visit his web site at W0VLZ's web page.




The next few pictures highlight some of the rigs my friend Eddy Swynar - VE3CUI has built.


This one is a 2x245 amplifier.




Hartley Transmitter




Regenerative Receiver.





Rick Weber, W9QZ has built this beautiful 1929 vintage transmitter utilizing a Hartley oscillator and '45 vacuum tube. See more at Rick's Amateur Radio Station Site.





Another great looking rig by Rick Weber, W9QZ. This one is a 1929 vintage regenerative receiver built from plans in an old ARRL Handbook. Chassis components of bakelite and aluminum are new. Almost all electronic components are from the 1929 era.






Pete Sables sends us information on his receiver known as the Distance Getter.

The idea of a Distance Getter receive goes back to 1932. If you were lost on a desert island, could you build a radio to get news. The only thing you had was a selection of valve. You did also have wire but only for the coil. The valve used in this project is the PM2 and only 2 volts for the heater. Perhaps one could get that voltage from a crate of lemons.;-) But then you only needed 65volts for the plate!





Here's a 1930's TNT by K8LKC using a 6SN7. The circuit from the 1930 radio handbook calls this a single control transmitter.



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N4GG's Beautiful Spark Gap Transmitter