Antique and Vintage Radios of 985 Users

  • One of the many aspects of ham radio is the repair, restoration and operation of vintage/antique equipment.  Here you will find some pictures of antique and vintage receivers, transmitters and transceivers belonging to 985 users.  These are either current or Operator’s previously owned stations, in non-restored and in operational condition, non-restored and awaiting restoration, or restored and in operational condition.

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Heathkit Station – AF3Z

My Heathkit station is made up of the same models that I built and used in the late ‘60s, but they are not my original pieces of equipment. I sold them long ago…
DX-60 transmitter, from the early ‘60s.  CW and AM; 80, 40 20, 15, and 10 meters; puts out about 50 watts.  It is crystal controlled unless you use an external vfo with it.  The final amplifier is a 6146 vacuum tube.
HG-10b vfo.  This is the matching VFO for the DX-60.  Probably a few years newer than the transmitter.   It covers 6 and 2 meters in addition to the other bands.
HR-10 receiver, matches the transmitter and is also a good 55 years old.  All knobs, no menus 😉 and covers the same bands 80 – 10 meters.  The receiver has no narrower filters to use; it has a crystal calibrator that puts out a signal every 100 kHz that you can turn on to ‘calibrate’ the dial, helping you to know ‘where you are’ on the band.
They use all tubes except for some rectifier power supply diodes.  Operating with separate transmitter and receiver is a bit of a challenge after all these years.  Transceivers handle keeping the receiver and transmitter on the same frequency, turning the transmitter on and off, and muting the receiver during transmit, etc.   With this style of operation, just answering a cq isn’t easy.  I’m still learning how to get the transmitter tuned the frequency of the calling station I’m hearing on the receiver.  But, it’s all good, it’s all fun!


The transmitter in this picture is a Johnson 500 and the receiver is a Hammarlund HQ-129X.  W3GMS


Heathkit Station – N3RBN

Top left HG-10b VFO, Top Center HW8 QRP transceiver, MFJ tuner, top right HW16 CW transceiver, bottom DX60 AM/CW transmitter, HR10 receiver.  


FT-101E – KC3CIB

Original tubes, caps, etc…   FT-101E in operational condition. Still has plastic on front panel.

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Dad(Mario WB2OMV and Rob WB2OMW 1965ish

From Left to right was a home brew 40 & 80M transmitter; power supply with mercury vapor tubes on the bottom, modulator and driver stage is the middle, and finals on top of the rack.  Next one to the right, on top, is the ARC5 used as the VFO for the rack.  A Gonset Communicator IV with D104 mike, a CDR rotor control and then we had a Halicrafters SX-71 General Coverage Receiver. The HF used a wire and the stacked J beams rounded out the VHF portion.



My 1960’s Ham station consisted of:

On the left is a Knight Kit T-60 transmitter. Sitting on top of it is a Knight Kit P2/SWR Power Meter. On top of the SWR Metter are crystals. In front of the T-60 is a Lafayette bug.

To the right of the T-60 is a Knight Kit V-44 freestanding VFO.

To the right of the VFO is a Lafayette HE-30 receiver with matching speaker. On top of the receiver is a Heathkit HD-20 100 KC crystal caliber and an external BFO

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I came across another photo of Dad(Mario WB2OMV) & I’s  basement shack. On the left is a 40& 80M transmitter with Mercury Vapor tubes. The Arc 5 was the VFO. Complete with the famous D104 mike. That is a rotary phone on the right, Dad loved to build speaker enclosures.
Outside was a 30’ crank down, fold over  tower. Plain functionality was the keyword.
73 Rob W3OMW,  former WB2OMW