Ham radios I owned and operated

At one time I was super active in Amateur “Ham” Radio and there’s a very small part of me that misses that time. Here below is a list of radios that I used to own and operate. Starting with the oldest and finishing with the newest. Speaking with someone at church brought up these memories and it’s good to see someone there with similar taste.

Heathkit “Hot Water” HW-101: Novice and Tech Plus licenses, Morse Code and one band for Voice, tuning for each band, tube radio


Yaesu FT-301D: Same as above, but less tuning on this radio. While I had this radio, I built other smaller QRPp radios from scratch and picked up smaller kit radios from friends.


Elecraft K2 (60-hours build): I built it from a kit, it was fun, it had the lowest noise floor of any radio out there (i.e. could pull out those contacts when the more expensive radio nearby couldn’t hear them), not car mobile friendly


Kenwood TM-V7A: Dualband VHF/UHF radio


Icom IC-706MKII: Exchanged Elecraft K2 and sold a wood table I made from scratch, so I could buy this HF mobile radio for the car and I picked up an external tuner for it with Hamsticks. I still have this radio sitting on the shelf but I have not used it for three years.

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