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Heathkit Adapter and Coax Cable Kits

Create your own versatile adapters.

Heath Company Benton Harbor Ml 49022 (800) 253-0570 Price Class; HCA-3001. $80: HCA-5001, $70

to pamper yourself, the next step ¡s to pick up I he HCA-5001 Coax Adapter cabie kit. This kit consists of 20 three-foot RG-58 cables with a variety of mixed and matched connectors on each end The styles are the same as IfSted above, with noSMAs, and with a couple of lest clips thrown in These connectors are the same high quality as the adapter set, and the cable is a flexible, easy-to-work-with type. And it's bright yellow, so you can tell at a glance if someone at another bench has "borrowed" one of your cables, Heathkit even throws m two wall racks so you can keep i rack of things.

Once you ¡have the Heathkit adapter AND cable kits, there'll be no RF job you won't be able to tackle. This part of the job will become so easy you may have to hunt around to find something ELSE to complain about! fffl

Larry Antonuk W89RRT has written numerous reviews on test equipment and electronics books, He currently works as a project manager for a land mobile service snop tr Keene, New Hampshire. He enjoys home-brew projects, experimentation, and instrumentation. Contact him at P.O. Box 4521 Marlborough NH 03455.

Photo B. The HCA-5001 coax cable kit

It's happened to everyone at least once..

You're right in the middle of some complex (and highly important) test procedure, like measuring desense on a 2 meter repeater at the same time you're keying up a 440 repeater into a dummy load. You have one more cable to hook up, but you need a PL-259-to-N adapter. You reach into your tool box, and. . . hmmm. You were sure you had one more of those. Oh well. you can just screw together this BNC-to-N, along with this noh that won t work. Let s see, maybe if \ no, not that either, It doesn't matter how many times you dump out that coffee can full of flea market RF adapters, you don't have what you need. You just "can't get there from here. r The test has to be postponed (or altered, or fudged) until you get the proper equipment.

The HCA-3001 RF Adapter Kit

At some point, having the right tool for the job becomes important, it's either a necessity, or it's simply worth it in order to eliminate

^^^^^headaches. The right for the RF chnician is availa-le from Heathkit,

Photo A. The HCA -3001 RF adapter kit.

The HCA-3001 RF adapter kit is a product that should be found under every raaiohead's Christmas tree. This kit consists of two dozen adapter ends and six center pieces, packed in a zippered. leather-like case An actual adapter is made by screwing the ends (say, one female UHF and a male N) to each end of the threaded center piece, This produces an adapter that is slightly longer than the average adapter, but much more versatile. The kit contains male and female W, F. RCAT BNC, UHF. SMA. TNC, and Mini-UHF adapter ends. This means that you can get from one to another of any of these styiesT making up an adapter that Amphenol never even thought of! Yon can now go from a temafe F to a female SMA =n one two-inch adapter, not the seven-inch conglomeration that you have to link together now.

The adapters all have Teflon™ insulation and gold-plated center pins One of the nicest features is the fact that the adapters aif fit in their individual slots in the case You can tell at a glance if any of the components are missing, eliminating the left it at the site' syndrome.

The HCA-5001 Coax Adapter Cable Kit

Once you've used the RF adapter kii for a while, you'll come to appreciate the pleasure of using just the r=ght tool for want

The Worlds of Gus Browning W4BPD

Tribute to a DX pioneer:

by Jack Parker K5CVD

Gus Brow nine W4BPD has become Li silent key. To older hams, especially those in love with DX. that call means a lot. It rang through the airways from Maine to Mexico, from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, Using over a hundred different calls from as many countries, the gentle southern 'country boy" opened the door to country after country for the OX fraternity, He left behind friends of every race, color, creed, and social status. He was Elmer to commoners and kings, and one of the truest friends the Amateur Radio Service has ever known. In a word, Gus Browning W4BPD was special.

Gus was born on November 25, in Elloree. South Carolina, the third child of a ptx>r farm family. His early life was filled w ith hardship, but as Gus put it, "We were a poor but happy family. No one ever told us we should be unhappy!"

An Early Love

At the age of 16. Gus discovered the magic of radio, and it became a passion that would possess him for the rest of his life. Through the years Gus would travel the world seven times through hundreds of countries, and bring new countries to amateur radio and amateur radio to the world.

Guss love affair with radio began one afternoon in front of an appliance store in Winter Park, Florida. In the show window stood an RCA Model 111 A radio tuned to KDK.A, As Gus described it, the sights mid sounds slopped him in his tracks.. He had to have one!

The price tag on the radio was tar beyond Gus*s finances, but he would not be put aside. For the next several months he searched through every Radio News he could find. Finally, he found a "pictorial" (schematic) for an L.M. Cockaday two-tube radio. As was the case with his attitude coward poverty and unhappiness, there w as no one around to teil Gus how tough a building job he had chosen for himself. With the same persistence that would later take him around the world seven timest Gus began collecting money and parts for his first radio. Jt took a year of assorted odd jobs* then weeks of wiring and soldering. Finally, ihe big day arrived. It proved to be one of the saddest days in Gils's life.

First, a couple of important facts. The

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Gus Browning W4BPD , 1908-1990.

house Gus and his family lived in was without electricity. The L.M. Cockada) radio was pow ered by two types of batteries: i ,5 volt A batteries and 45 volt B batteries. In his excitement to fire up his new radio, Gus mixed up the two battery types and applied 45 volts where he should have applied 1.5 volts, Scratch one tube!!! In Gus's words . .they say I cried all that night and the next day over my calamityIT1

Cms had no money for another tuhe, but his aunt came to the rescue and in a short time the new tube was in hand, This time he applied the correct voltages and the sounds of KDKA filled the house with "Dallas." Gus's father said to his wifeH "It plays!"h

Wrong Code

In 1925 Gus was working for the Lowell Electric Company in Orl&ndo, repairing radios and electrical appliances. He had read about amateur radio and had begun working toward a license. At the same time his oldest sister was irying to get a job with Western Union and found she had to learn Morse code. She and Gus worked together, and within six months they both were copying *. 15 or 16 words per minute." His sister Lorena went to Western Union to take the code test, only to discover that she had learned ihe code on a door buzzer that sounded nothing like the clicks and thumps of a Morse "sounder/* She was heartbroken and never attempted to learn the code again.

Gus was also faced w ith a letdown, as he and his sister had learned American Morse Code, riot International Morse Code! But Gus would not be stopped. Two hard years of shortwave listening later, with a lot of help from Clifford Wolking (now W4BNF), Gus passed his license test and became NU4ADB. Gus was on his way,

A Ham at Last

Gus's first transmitter was a push-pull pair of 301A tubes with a filament power of 0.5 amps at 5 volts. Since there wras no electricity in his home, Gus scrounged second and third-hand batteries to power his home-brew-rig, It was often disconcerting for him to watch five hundred volts drop to fifty volts when the transmitter was keyed. According to Gus, . .working DX was a joke!1*

W4BPD at his operating position in 1951. Much of his station was home-brew* 48 73 Amateur Radio Today * November, 1990

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