EICO 723 - It's Working!

Larry McDavid lmcdavid at LMCENG.COM
Sat Jan 26 17:36:36 EST 2008

Sometimes stories are interesting to hear and make you feel good about 
being a ham.

Some 50+ years ago as a newly-licensed Novice, I built a 6146 CW 
transmitter right out of the ARRL handbook. I bought all the parts from 
a local electronics parts supply house. It did not work. I worried over 
it for several days but finally took it to my elder, who originally got 
me interested in ham radio.

He took one look in the tank circuit and said, "That's the wrong RF 
choke!" I said it was what the sales person at the electronics store 
sold me from the parts list.

Turns out the choke I installed was a 2.5 microhenry rather that 2.5 
millihenry choke. Me? I was so young I had no idea it was the wrong 
part! But, I sure learned a valuable lesson and even yet today remember 
this episode whenever I see an RF choke!

Incredibly, my mentor, W5BVF, is still alive back in Galveston, Texas.


Alan W. Fremmer wrote:
> Fellow Collectors/Restorers,
> The amateur radio community is the most selfless group of individuals I  have 
> ever had the pleasure meeting, none more so than the folks on this  list.
> My thanks to all the guys who responded to my query re: an inoperative EICO  
> 723 transmitter.

Best wishes,

Larry McDavid W6FUB
Anaheim, CA  (20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, near Disneyland)

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