[Boatanchors] Receiver Technology

George Babits gbabits at custertel.net
Sun Jan 16 14:40:54 EST 2011

Speaking of converters - -look at the old pictures of ham stations in the 
late 1940's and 50's QSTs.  One of the things you will see is a lot of RME 
HF-10/20 converters ahead of a  fairly decent receivers.  Those converters 
are really something.  I hooked one up ahead of a BC-224B (12 volt version 
of BC-348) last fall and the DX really jumped out of the noise.  I was 
somewhat astounded.  Now I know why my "mentor,"  Pete W0JYW, used one ahead 
of his HQ-129X back in 1957.  RME's VHF-152 is a pretty hot (relatively) 
converter as well.

  As for ARRL and QST, they both serve a purpose, but there is little of 
interest to the builder or boat anchor fan.  That is probably where the rub 
is.  We need to remember that they did pretty much "save" amateur radio 
after both WW-I and WW-II.   I'm an avid boat anchorite and builder so QST 
has nothing for me.  Oh well; such is life.

Keep the filaments lit,

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