|AA8V - GREGORY P. LATTA|
|Sorry I couldn't get on more often!|
|AB2RA - JANIS CARSON|
|My first NRR, had a great time. Called AF4K twice on 40, sorry did not get to work him. Used DX-40 with VFO at 50 watts to dipole. Heard some activity on 15, but did not have station running soon enough. Heard many QRP stations well. Pics of DX-40 on wireless-girl.com, vintage, transmitters. I think that qualifies as one novice transmitter.|
|AD4XX - JIM OHERN|
|This is the 3rd NRR and it is the third time I have tried to get some contacts. It is the FIRST time I have submitted my log. I have enjoyed the QSOs with rigs much older than I am, and I am 56 years old! I look forward to NRR 2018 as I will have a real NRR rig by then.
73 - Jim, AD4XX
|AF2Z - DREW KOWAL|
|For NRR week I used my Century/21 exclusively. This is my original ham rig, purchased new in 1979 and still going strong. It was good to hear all the CW action on 7100-7125; plenty of contacts made there despite the digital and SSB sigs and no filters, etc. to help. I had lots of fun; be back next year. A tap o' the key & 73 to all!|
|AG5M - RICHARD A. MEZNARICH|
|Novice Rigs here: Heathkit AT-1, DX-40, DX-60B, HR-10B, HW-16, HW-99, HW-101, HX-1681, Ten-Tec C-21, C-22, Knightkit T-60.|
|AH6EZ/W7 - DICK ILLMAN|
|NRR was a blast from the past! It was interesting to hear older operating skills (tuning around for stations) versus newer operating skills or newer radios with perhaps just RIT. I wish I had more crystals. Used DX40, T60 on tx and Collins 75S3B on receive.|
|AI6II - MIKE RANSOM|
|I didn't get as much time in as I had planned, but thoroughly enjoyed the contacts I made. Used my Collins 32S-3 / 75S-3B station running 100 watts to a Myantennas 130 foot endfed. Lots of fun.
73 ..mike AI6II|
|AK4JA - BOBBY DRUMMOND|
|This is my first Novice Rig Roundup and it's been a blast! I have truly enjoyed the experience and it's been a flat out hoot to work stations participating in the NRR. To hear some of the older rigs back on the air, especially to hear some of the ones with a little chirp or less than perfect note, others with some drifting VFOs or to work duplex or to call CQ NRR and remember to tune several KHz up and down around your calling frequency reminds me of some of my favorite times in ham radio. Thanks to all that made this NRR a success and I'm already looking forward to next year's NRR. 73 de AK4JA|
|CF7MM - MARK MATTILA|
|Call used for NRR 2017 is CF7MM.|
|K1FT - DEKE LIGHTFOOT|
|What a blast, more activity than last year. Switched radios last day to Drake twins, should have done that 5 days earlier! Lots or chirps, whistles, clicks, and rasps to know what was going on. Great to work all the NRR gang, hope those without numbers will get one. 73, Deke K1FT|
|K1OA - SCOTT GINSBURG|
|Wow was that fun! Really gave the HW-16 and HG-10B a workout this week. Enjoyed every minute. Was awesome hearing all the old radios, especially the multitude of great sounding HW-16 Novice rigs. Thanks to all the folks who made this happen and looking forward to next year's NRR!
|K2YWE - DAN ZEITLIN|
|Dan Zeitlin, 1036 Skyview Dr, Annapolis, MD 21409
Globe Scout 680. Xtal and VFO
Globe Chief 90. VFO
HB 6146 Osc XtaL
WRL 755A VFO
Mackay Marine 3010C Receiver
B&W 380 electronic TR Switch
40m FW inverted delta loop w/ladder line feed
80m 1/2 wave dipole
15m 2 el yagi
Speedx 310 St key, Champion and Std Deluxe bugs, sideswiper|
|K3KY - DAVID SINCLAIR|
|This was a fun contest! My first year. I'll be back next year. I got pretty good towards the end, but my old brass bug gave me that authentic 'Novice swing'. Thanks to all for putting up with my so-so fist. Knight T-60 did surprisingly well for me. Next year may run an authentic HB tube radio- if it qualifies for Novice rig credit.
It was a bit hard running crystal controlled. May want to run a VXO next year *if* it would qualify for Xtal controlled. Used my main rig, a Yaesu FT-1000D for receive... 40m sloper dipole did all the work... I had one contact on 80m with a local (thanks, Curt!) but my cobbled together 10ft diameter hardline magloop was *not* making waves...
BTW it would help greatly if the rules were clearer about 'operating class'. I would have made a few more contacts in the 9 day contest period had I known that I could run in more than one class and just get less points for non-Novice non-crystal QSO's. I made two or three with my 1000D for 2 points instead of 5 points. In any case, was surprised at how many contacts I did make... I stayed committed to running Novice power, crystal control, and an authentic Novice Tx for more points, as I was doing a fair amount of business anyway.
73, David K3KY|
|K4AEK - JAMES SCHLIESTETT|
|Lots of fun, should do it twice a year. Been off CW for about 50 years, but now I remember how much fun it is. I'm rusty, made a lot of mistakes, but I'm coming back.
Xmtr: Globe Chief 90, Rcvr: Heath HR-1680|
|K4ALE - BEVIN ALEXANDER|
|Rig is a Drake pair: T-4XC  and R-4B  turned down to under 60W to an 80m doublet up about 55 feet. Key is a Brunell Sideswiper. My DX-60 went dark on first day, so I had to go "Big" this weekend--no operating during the week for this un-retired ham....Much fun.|
|K4BSK - EARL BRINSON|
|Enjoyed so many QSO's with my old Heathkit Apache and HQ-120.|
|K4IBZ - BILL PARDUE|
|I really had a blast hearing all the Novice Rigs from the past. It takes me back to my youth and my happy novice days. Those were the days of crystal control and 1 year to upgrade to General. Most of us looked forward to passing our General and getting on the air with a VFO.|
|K7DD - MICHAEL BAKER|
|Man, has this been FUN! Improved my straight key sending a ton, got my bug to slow down to something workable, heard chirps, drift, buzz, AC Hum and all of the above in any combination and enjoyed every bit of it. Next time I will get a vintage station working for it. Could we maybe do this TWICE a year? It gets my vote.
A BIG REQUEST! An "EXPORT TO ADIF BUTTON" so the qso data could be imported into my regular logger? Next year perhaps>
Thanks again, it was FUN!|
|K7IN - PAUL CAVNAR|
|Both NRR stations developed trouble early on so, had to resort to my comm rig (IC-738) just to participate at all. Next year will be quite different.|
|K7SJ - ROGER STEIN|
|Great fun! My last Novice Roundup was in 1965 as WN7BOC in WA state. The rig was a DX-35 and an HR-10 for my receiver. I had 5640 points by the end of the contest, enough to win the Section award for WA state and get my call in QST!! It was grand to work the 16 stations I did in this NRR from here in Halifax, NS. Next year I will be on with my Johnson Adventurer, waiting on a new power transformer. See you then. CUL es GD DX, de VE1/K7SJ ..|
|K8BYP - DAVE CAMPBELL|
|Nice contest, nice to have a real exchange. good ops. Scoring web page easy to use!|
|K8ZAA - RANDY BRACE|
|Lotsa fun with the HW 8. Thanks all!
|K9FH - PHIL LEJMAN|
|Wish the online contest logger could be used for my general operating log throughout the year. It worked great and was fun to use.|
|K9JP - JEFF PETERS|
|Really had fun and making those 15 meter QSO's were very special to me. No, O.O. report in the mail yet! Finished off the last weekend of NRR on Anna Maria Island as K9JP/4.
Anna Maria Island is south of Tampa and north of Sarasota. About a hour south of Tampa at the end of HWY 64 or west of Bradenton. Kris and I are here this week with my son and his future wife.
I sure had fun during the NRR and will continue to talk it up through out the year. The weekly activity night will be a great hit, and I saw someone suggest a weekned sprint every now and then. That will increase interest, as with every SKCC monthly WES the SKCC group grows by 5 to 10 members.
72 de Jeff K9JP NRR-164|
|K9SB - TIM TOMLJANOVICH|
|I really had fun with this operating activity.
I managed to put 8 novice era TX on the air.
3 of them took a little work to get them there.
Listening to the band brought back memories from my novice days with weak, drifting, chirpy signals, having to tune to find stations when calling CQ. Look forward to next year. Time to dig through the junk box to find parts for a 6L6 or 6V6 Tx.
TX-- HW-8, HT-40, RANGER, T4XB, DX-100, ADVENTURE,
RX--DRAKE 2B WITH 2BQ, R4B, 75A-4, R-390A|
|K9VKY - BRIAN ROBERTS|
|I had a wonderful time with my first NRR, found it even more fun than SKN, and looking forward to the next one. Brian K9VKY|
|KA3LOC - RIC NELSON|
|NRR-17 was fun. Thanks to all who made it fun. Used a Ten Tec Century 21 @30w most of the event. But dusted off my original Novice rig ('83) a Kenwood TS-120S @ 30w, for the last few QSOs. 73 & God Bless.|
|KA8GEF - EMIL ZELASKO|
|Had only eleven contacts but a tremendous amount of enjoyment! These hams are of a special breed and time and I appreciate that. I hope to continue using these great old, unique rigs, running CW and staying in touch with these friends that I have made. 73 and cuagn OM's...ka8gef Todd|
|KA9BHD - BOB LYONS|
|Had tons of fun. Thanks for the event.
|KB2PLW - RANDY HAUS|
|Except for Antique Wireless Association events, this has been the best contest I've been in over the last 25 years! I will definitely be in the NRR in 2018!|
|KB5JO - CURT HULETT|
|Couldn't find much time for this event this year. Maybe next will have built a one tube wonder for the event. My DX60 doesn't chirp enough.|
|KB8UMD - JOHN PEREGORD|
|I was inspired by the stations I worked, especially AE5S...he had a great QRP xtal controlled signal...not to mention his CW key. I hope to have my own Novice style homebrew next year as I have been collecting parts for the last six months. My score would have been higher if I had paid attention to the off freq. stations using xtals. I finally got the knack after a few days where some where almost 5kc off my TX. Many thanks to the NRR organizers, SKCC, and all the great ops who pulled my C21 out of the mud. 73, de KB8UMD - John/Midland, MI|
|KC4FLT - CARL RIPPE|
|Thanks so much for a chance to get on the air and have so much fun with other novice rig op's. I used a Ten Tec Century 21 with a knee key. 65 watts input into an inverted vee at 50'. Thanks!! 73!!|
|KD2BD - JOHN MAGLIACANE|
|While I started out with an Advanced Class License in 1983, I spent my first month as a ham tapping out CW in the Novice portion of the 40 meter band
using a 2 tube crystal controlled transmitter of my own design.
Late last summer, I got back into CW and thought it might be fun to homebrew a CW transmitter once again, this time using modern solid-state devices.
Learning about the upcoming Novice Rig Roundup several months ago helped to accelerate the process. The end result was a 55+ watt output 80-meter crystal controlled transmitter using a pair of IRF-510 MOSFETs in push-pull as the final power amplifier.
Working alongside a Drake R4C receiver, this transmitter provided a number of solid QSOs. For the NRR, however, I went a few steps further and employed a Quadrature Phasing Direct Conversion receiver I had previously designed for use in Frequency Measuring Tests (FMTs). This receiver's 50 Hz bandwidth helped me pull out the weaker QRP signals, but some HW-8s and HW-9s often wandered out of my narrow passband. To make life even more interesting, I used my homebrew WWVB-referenced frequency standard as my station clock and my homebrew WWVB-referenced frequency counter to set my transmitter to within 1 Hz of 3562 kHz.
The open-wire transmission line feeding my 80-meter dipole was also homebrew as were all the associated impedance matching networks. The dot-memory keyer I used was built from a design by WB0LHE and WB9OBB that appeared in the June 1978 issue of QST.
Less than 24 hours before the NRR ended and QSOs were coming fast and furious, one of my finals overheated and went SK. Fortunately, it failed as
an open circuit, so I only lost 3 dB after re-tuning, and my reports were still 589 to 599.|
|KD2JC - JOE VRABEL|
|What a great event. The longer time period is a fantastic idea. Lets me play with my only vintage DX-60B and Drake 2A longer. Thanks to all the initiators who put this event together. 73|
|KD8DEU - AL VAN BROCKLIN|
|Don't have tubes here but have enjoyed contacting you all and hearing your chirps. :) Had over 6k points by the end of 2/26/17 . . . great fun!|
|KE4OH - STEVE ROBERTSON|
|I didn't do too well this NRR. But I heard plenty of stations that I wasn't able to work. Hopefully, that means NRR is gaining in popularity! I'll be back next time.|
|KF7WNS - GARY EKKER|
|Happy to see such a good turnout. I only had the first weekend and a few hours the final Sunday to operate, but had a great time. I'm looking forward to meeting up with many of the NRR group later on.
|KG4LLQ - KENNETH POWELL|
|MAIN "NOVICE" STATION IS MY HOME-BREW, ONE TUBE (6DQ6A) WITH A TUBE VOLTAGE REGULATOR TRANSMITTER. IT IS CRYSTAL CONTROLLED WITH 12 WATTS OUTPUT TO A H/B FOLDED DIPOLE 40 METER ANTENNA. THE TRANSMITTER IS ONE I BUILT FROM A DESIGN IN A 1960 ARRL HANDBOOK. RECEIVER IS A GONSET G-63 I REFURBISHED.
SECONDARY STATION IS A REFURBISHED HEATHKIT HW-8 TRANSCEIVER WITH AN OUTPUT OF 2 WATTS ON 40 METERS. ANTENNA IS THE 40 METER FOLDED DIPOLE. I OPERATED ONLY ON 40 METERS.
THE NRR IS THE BEST CW EVENT FOR OPERATORS OF QRP, BOAT-ANCHOR, NOVICE, VINTAGE TRANSMITTERS, RECEIVERS AND TRANSCEIVERS. 73 TO ALL - KEN, KG4LLQ|
|KN4JDD - NEALE TINDALL|
|I made about 15 QSOs with my IC-735 and NC-173. In the future, I hope to acquire a real novice transmitter and fully enjoy the roundup. Nonetheless, I had fun, and enjoyed working all the stations. It's always great to hear those rig names of the past. 73 to all, hope to work it again next year.|
|KP4GC - JORGE ACEVEDO|
|Using Kenwood TS-520 instead of HB/xtal with 25 watts output . The use of crystals limits my possibilities for contacts. Next improvement of the HB station is a HB VFO which already have in hand from prior project .The HB setup includes power supply, antenna tuner, change over relay , keying relay and a Double Zepp antenna . Also have a lightning bug;HS-16a headphones and Elenco swr meter.|
|KQ9J - BOB HOFFMAN|
|Couldn't get on near as much as I wanted to due to work and other obligations. Still, had lots of fun and made most of my contacts with my HW-16 until the last day when line noise got the best of me. This is a GREAT event and I loved hearing all those vintage rigs :)|
|KW3U - JIM SEEBER|
|great fun operating 4 xmtrs , flawless except for 2 xtals that would work in one xmtr but not in another,both old blileys.|
|N0UMP - BILL SCHROCK|
|Had a great time using the DX-60, HG-10 and HR10B.
I did get an OO for hum on my signal, but I think I got it taken care of....73 all....N0UMP Bill|
|N2OUV - JOE YAMOND|
|N2TMS - TODD SPATH|
|Rigs: HW-16 (XTAL and HG10b VFO), HW-8 (VFO), Viking Challenger (Xtal), AT-1 (Xtal).
Ant: Short coil-loaded 40m attic dipole, 33 ft long at 16 ft up.
Thanks for a chance to be a "Novice" for a week. It only took me 40 years to catch up on this missed phase of my teenage years Hi Hi.
IMHO, the week long format was perfect. It allowed time to slip into the shack without totally neglecting the rest of my "duties". Also, the pace was more of an "experience" and less of a race. Thanks to all I made contact with (and to those I tried).|
|N3HEE - JOE GALICIC|
|I had lots of fun making contacts on my new Bayou Jumper kit and vintage HW-16. There was lots of activity and I enjoyed hearing some of the classic
Novice rigs on the air.|
|N3PDT - DOUG TOMBAUGH|
|Wow, what a great event this year! Congratulations, and thank you to Bry, Gary, Jim, Jill, and everyone else that helped make this year such a hit. The increased publicity showed. The sked page is invaluable, and the online logger (and its continuous tweaking and updating)is awesome.
Transmitters used this year: B&W 5100 w/VFO, HB 6AG7 to 2-807s w/XTAL & VFO, Heathkit DX-40 w/XTAL, Globe Scout 65 w/XTAL. No one was able to hear my five-component QRP w/XTAL yet, and I had a DX-60 that refused to cooperate.
Thanks for all the great contacts. It's fun to hear the whoops, and chirps, but there are plenty of great sounding vintage rigs out there as well. I've heard some beautiful notes from Heathkit DX lines, A really sweet sounding T-50, plus some great HB rigs as well. Vintage doesn't have to mean poor sounding signals, but it *can*!
PS: Let's not let the upper part of 40m CW fall silent now. I'll be listening and calling up there!|
|N4DLA - MATTHEW VUREK|
|Used Ten-Tec Century 21 and folded dipole.|
|N5GW - GENE WARREN|
|I was having a great time using my hb QRP VXO tx, the "Peanut" at one watt and its matching hb rx, the "Mere Ear". Also used were three other hb tx's, and heavily modified HW7 & HW8. Then I went on vacation to TN with the xyl, taking the Peanut along. Unfortunately the final BJT, an MPSU02 promptly went up in smoke, crushing my NRR high score dreams. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I think the on line logger is a great idea. SUGGESTIONS:I wonder if using a VXO is fair to the rockbound ops since I can cover most of 7100-7125 using only 3 xtals. However I checked with one of the sponsors who said VXO is classified as "xtal". Perhaps VXO should be a separate category. Also maybe a bonus for straight key. The bonus for extra rigs seems too small, as once you have several SPC multipliers, you can score many more points not wasting time changing rigs, at least for QRP hb XTAL. Can we have NRR twice a year? 72, Gene, N5GW|
|N6EV - PAUL CARREIRO|
|I'm sure there will be a lot of comments like this... I can't remember a time I've had more fun on the air! NRR 2017 was a big success in fun factor alone. I worked 100% xtal controlled on all bands. What fun!
With as much nostalgia as this event brings, I must say working Doug, N3PDT up at 3720 KHz rock to rock was a highlight. I'm sure that part of the spectrum hasn't seen CW since the Novice bands were changed. These old 37xx KHz crystals haven't been used since then.
Thanks to all who used the N8FQ SKED page. I think a SKED page of our own helped with participation and enthusiasm for the event. I look forward to seeing continued visitation of the SKED page between NRR events.
Thanks to all for participating. NRR shouldn't be all about one 'contest period'. Continue to get on the air and exercise these rigs and crystals!
73 Paul N6EV NRR #122|
|N7NSL - EDWARD IVESTER|
|This was great fun! I'm just a novice CW guy so it was all new to me. Had great help from my Elmer, Larry Wilson, W7IXZ. I'll be starting a search for a Novice rig for next year.|
|N9EGT - WAYNE STEURY|
|It was fun to operate with my Heathkit HR-10 and DX-60B with my dipole. I never had sucess on cw in my novice days in 1965 but now I can do the code and operate! It took 50 years but here I am. It is a thrill to fulfill my teenage dream at age 66.|
|N9SE - MARTY RAY|
|Great fun! Drake 2NT/2C, Viking Adventurer, HW-8, Argonaut 509.|
|NF1U - FRED ROSENBAUM|
|ONLY FOUND A FEW NRR STATIONS WORKING. GENERALLY AS A QRP STATION I DO NOT CQ BUT S & p AND FIND THAT MORE EFFECTIVE FOR ME. I ONLY OPERATED FOR 3 NIGHTS AS I WAS FIGHTING A SEVERE HEADCOLD AND COPYING WAS JUST TO UNCOMFORATABLE. MAYBE BETTER NEXT YEAR.|
|ON7DQ - LUC DECROOS|
|Only got to 4 qso's ... there is clearly no interest in NRR in Europe ... maybe next time ?|
|VE7AOV - JOHN NIGHTINGALE|
|N.R.R. is a great idea; we get to hear signals with character again.|
|VE7SL - STEVE MCDONALD|
|I found the NRR incredibly refreshing compared to most operating events and
will be back for more next year. I chose to use my homebrew Longfeller (6AG7
/ 6V6) and Heath VF-1 VFO to take advantage of the extra points offered for
QRP operation. I found myself often struggling to be heard but did manage
some great transcontinental contacts on all three bands, including a broad
daylight QSO with WS1K in MA on 40m...QRP to QRP!
Next year I'll be running either my DX-40 or Drake 2NT and will get them up
to speed during the interim period. Having a little more power will help a
I have posted a summary of my NRR 2017 experiences here:
Thanks to the amazing work of the organizers, it looks like the popularity
of the NRR is quickly catching on so hopefully even more action in 2018.
Thanks to them all for this fun event....see you in the 2018 NRR!
|W0VLZ - NIEL WIEGAND|
|I ended up putting 6 transmitters and 7 receivers on the air, everything from a 6AG7/Regen combo to a Drake B Line. It was great to get these guys on the air. Now that they are out of mothballs I'm looking forward to putting them all on the air on a more regular basis. Next year? That 75A4 and CE 20A should make a nice CW station. Thanks to all for making this happen.|
|W1XT - BOB MYERS|
|Great time digging out my Heath AT-1 and Hammarlund HQ-170 for the week+ event. Thanks to all who answered my QRP 5W AT-1 calls. Lots of activity and a fun time. Thanks to Bry and everyone else who help make this a really special event. Already thinking about next year. 73 all. Bob W1XT|
|W3NP - DAVE HUMBERTSON|
|I had a great time - just wished I could have gotten on the air more. I used 5 of my vintage transmitters, the Eico 720, DX-40, DX-60, Drake 2NT, and Knight T-50. A T-50 was my first rig. I had to make a repair on the eico and also replace a filter cap on the 2NT during the event but that made it even MORE fun! I made about 6 Q's using xtal control but mostly used my HA-5 VFO with all of the rigs. Back in the novice days there were so many stations packed into the 50 kc segments that you could always find someone with a nearby xtal freq - not so today!!
I got to use my original 3720 novice xtal when I saw Doug N3PDT post that he was up there - Tnx Doug!! The receiver for the entire event was my Drake 2-C/2CQ combo and I used my B&W electronic TR switch. I managed to work most of the far western stations (AZ to BC)on 15 (very bad QSB) but no prop to the closer west. 40 was up and down but 80 was very good. Antenna on 15 was 3 el yagi and 130' CF Zepp on 80/40. Used my WW2 German straight key that I used as a novice in 59/60 (gift from Elmer) and a 1915 Vibroplex bug.
While I have not been a fan of the sked page for SKCC (seems like cheating) the N8FQ was invaluable and very necessary for this event and I used it a lot.
It was so good to get the old rigs on the air and have most of the stations on the other end actually know what they were and to appreciate them!!! I got to recognize many of the participants by their distinctive sound.
A big thanks to Bry and the others that made this happen. The online log was fantastic. What a let down that it is over.
73, Dave - W3NP ,(KN3KJX in 59/60).|
|W3TS - D. MIKE MICHAEL|
|I had a lot of fun and need to start getting ready eariler next year. I need to make up a copy of my first HB xmtr The Scrounger from EI using a 6L6 for next year. I'm not sure why my points in the auto logger don't apply for my ARGONAUT 505 at 3W it is a 1969 rig.|
|W5IQS - EVAN ROBERTS|
|Great FUN event. I had forgotton the sound of CHIRPS! I ran my K2 at 60 watts. It doesn't qualify as an novice rig though. I had it with me in South Korea in 2004-05 and in the Persian Gulf in 2006. It is an "old friend". Best 73 Evan, W5IQS|
|W6ERL - ELMER LOCKE|
|home brew one tube(6w6) 4w QRP tx xtal w/VXO... Rcv- Drake tr4-c rx dipole ant|
|W6PAP - MAYNARD WRIGHT|
|I used my Swan 270B for the first few days as I needed that "modern" rig for traffic net duties. Then I switched to the Elmac AF-67 and Hallicrafters S-40B. I used a 1922 Western Union straight key throughout NRR. I had a lot of fun with both setups. 40 meters was the only productive band (for me) here in the Sacramento area. I found no NRR activity that I could hear on 80 and the S-40B (at least mine) is not very stable or sensitive on 15.
Being a morning sort of person, and having some late afternoon/evening commitments, I was on 40 in the early hours more often than in the evening. 40 was open every morning I tried it, as evidenced by the activity I heard, but I heard no NRR activity nor could I stir up responses to NRR CQs. Maybe being a morning person and loving tubes are mostly mutually exclusive passions. :)
Looking forward to next year. 73, Maynard W6PAP|
|W7IXZ - LARRY WILSON|
|Super fun time trip back memory lane! Got three of the ton of boat anchors on line but mostly enjoyed the Ranger II. More rigs to be added next year. Logging was excellent and no troubles with it at all except operator error. Thanks Jim.|
|W7PAZ - DAN SANDS|
|My first participation in a NRR. Sure brings back memories of 1966. My rig this year was a Knight T-60 using a Hallicrafters HA-5 VFO, a Drake R-4B and a J-38 straight key. This experience makes it vividly clear why my old Novice log books are mostly filled with CQ entries or "lost him" notes.|
|W8KZW - JEFF BAUMAN|
Had a blast with NRR. Too bad I was traveling all week and only got some air time in over the weekends or I would have been able to work a few more stations.
This event was truly a time machine back to 1964 when I homebrewed my 6DQ6B Novice rig! I'd be embarrassed to show what it looks like on the inside (tank coil wound on wood and just dangling from the Load capacitor) but holy cow, brought it up on a Variac and it works as good as the day I put it away 52 years ago!!!
I built it repurposing the chasis of an old AM/FM radio and kept the skimpy power transformer, so there's no way I'm going to get full output power from the tube. But I worked a lot of stations with that rig and my Hallicrafters S-107 at home, all the while longing to be running the DX-60A and HQ-100 at my Junior High School radio club station that was available to us 9th period.
The rig was designed and built to run 80, 40, and 15 meters but for some reason - long forgotten - I removed the bandswitch decades ago and settled on 40 meter operation only. Antenna switching was accomplished with an A/B switch between the TX and Lafayette HA-350 receiver. I was rock bound on 7113 for NRR.
I think the toughest part of all this for me is going back to sending with a straight key after all these years running 30+ WPM with an iambic paddle! I'm sure I'll get back in "shape" eventually!
My goal for NRR this year was to just work at least ONE station and I've actually worked a half dozen or so. So regardless of score, NRR was a success for me. I plan to leave the station set up in the shack, and you'll find me calling CQ NR down the log.
Thanks to all who helped put this fun event together.
W8KZW (WB5KZW / WB2WRH / WN2SCH)|
|WA3JJT - STEVE MILLER|
|I have only been able to operate a little, but this is the most fun I've had in a long time! 40 sounded just like it did in my old Novice days in 1968! Lots of FB old rigs, and you used to know someone by their fist. 7100 - 7125 will be a new hangout from now one. Let's keep these old rigs on the air! Novice rigs here....Heathkit AT-1, DX20, DX35, Ameco AC-1 and AC-1 clone, WRL CW-7 clone, Knight T-60 (my old novice rig) Johnson Adventurer, and a Philmore NT200 clone. 73! Steve WA3JJT|
|WA5BDU - NICK KENNEDY|
|Lots of fun. I'll get in earlier next year. Great to work all those old rigs. I used my T-60 with crystals and Drake 2B, old AT&T hand key.|
|WA5TCZ - DARRON SANCHEZ|
|WOW what D Jvoo allover again sounded like back in 1967 when i had my novice ticket.many key clicks and whooping chasing stations around the frequency.
What a hoot.
going to do this next year.
Thanks to all that sponsored this fun laid back contest.
Most fun in a long time on ham radio CW.
|WB0SND - MIKE MARX|
|Really enjoyed the NRR this year. Online logging was great. My station really isn't put together after moving this summer, so I have been having to shuffle radios around. I managed to have 6 different transmitters on the air. The main one was the Viking 2 which did great. Looking forward to next time! 73, all de WB0SND|
|WB2AWQ - HOWARD HOLDEN|
|Not much time for NRR, but had two QSOs on 15M, not far from my total as a real Novice!40M was the best band, only one QSO on 80M.|
|WB4AEG - HAL DALE|
|Got plans for another hombrw and I may replace the AT1 and the Globe 680 with a VikingII for next year...I plan to modify the Viking for grid block keying and will be xtal controlled. Should provide for a much more pleasing note.
Anyway, this is a fun contest and with several days for operating, makes it convenient for even the busiest schedules.
BTW, the Adventurer was the work horse for this NRR ... Thanks to all for the hard work. Hal/WB4AEG|
|WB4IEA - WILLIAM SPURLOCK|
|The 2017 NRR event has been most enjoyable one yet. It has been a long week, and I would like to thank everyone that answered my sometimes rough fist and band conditions. I'll look forward to contacting everyone when there's a little more time. Take care everyone and have fun.
|WB5UAA - GUY NAVARRO|
|Had a lot of fun with my Homebrew 6L6. Used a crystal when I could, a VFO for most. The power transformer in my Heathkit DX-40 burned up. Lots and lots and lots of smoke! I have a new transformer on order. There's no way I'm ever going to scrap that classic rig!|
|WB8CAC - BOB MASON|
|Great hearing some of the old rigs getting a workout. Fun calling CQ and tuning... just like real life.|
|WB8SDA - CARMEN LABBATO|
|No Contest winning 2017NRR log here but sure had a great time using my NON-ICOM IC-718 at 5 watts.|
|WB8YYY - CURT MILTON|
|HW16 vfo or xtal
homebrew Tx xtal|
|WD1AL - RYAN BASSETTE|
|Have a 3 year-old running around full time so I had to grab a contact or two when I could, but it was truly a blast hearing slow code above 7.100 again; this is where I would hang out (between 7.1 and 7.150) during the late 80's in my novice days, and it was ALWAYS a guaranteed QSO daytime here in New England. Great event and would love to get some older gear up and running for the next one perhaps (had a Drake TR-4C as a novice, but sold it years ago).|
|WD4NKA - GARY JOHANSON|
|Great Event! The Regenerodyne and MOPA had a great workout.|
|WD8NHA - MICHAEL COLE|
|Fun Fun Fun!!!! Just moved to new QTH so started simple with my HW99 but after several QSO's started digging other rigs out of storage. Lot of nice sounding rigs out thre and really nice to hear cw up in the old Novice portions of 80 and 40!! 73 Mike WD8NHA|
|WD8RIF - WILLIAM MCFADDEN|
|NRR 2017 was a blast!
2-NT HA-5 VFO (5w) 2-C
2-NT XTAL (5w) 2-C
HW-7 VFO 2w
HW-8 VFO 2w|
|WN4NRR - BRY CARLING|
|This has been an amazing NRR. Much better than last year. Really enjoying it. I will be happy to trade QSL cards with anyone who would like one. THANK YOU to each person who made this so much fun!|
|WN5AIA - RONNIE HULL|
|Boy was this ever a good time.. lots of chirps, whoops and clicks.. I love it! Can't wait till next year!|
|WO5S - FLOYD CURETON|
|It's been a great week to QSO with stations with so many variety of old equipment!|
|WS1K - JON JESSE|
|It wasn't easy one band, qrp and a handful of rocks but it sure was FUN!
Thank you to everyone involved in organizing and pulling this event off. You did good!|
|WW6D - DOUG BENDER|
|My old Johnson Ranger II needs a tune-up but sure is fun getting it on the air. Thanks to the organizers of this event! The on-line logging makes this so nice.|