Yehaaaah! #3: The ARK30 project

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From: NilsBull@aol.com
Date: Sat Jun 14 1997 - 07:52:23 EDT


Yo! Troops!

Damn! This is really too sweet! I just got finished going through the tune
ups of the ARK30 (which I have not yet blown up) and am sitting back waiting
for the meds to kick in before I go to the mechanical part. That's where I
screw my thumbs together before going outside to press my remaining undamaged
digits against the lawnmower exhaust manifold and then shock the hell out of
myself de-wiring the Intertype machine (runs on 220 vac) which I promised to
get rid of a month ago. And besides, Cindy got mad at me not jumping into the
lawn mowing project, so she's out there now proving that she can do it
without burning her paws half to hell. But that's another story. . . .

Gary Surrency sent me a couple emails worth of hints and rubes about how to
get the ARK30 going without blowing it up. Helpful thems was, since some of
the stuff that I was going through in the manual was kinda like drivin' me
nuts. (I have this thing about every radio being able to match the offset of
any other radio in the madhouse. Thus, the offset of the Argosy must match
the offset on the TR7, which must match the offset on the Hands DCR+tx, which
must match the ARK30, which must match the Argosy. On and on like that until
gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber
gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber . . . . .

So it's up an' running. I got almost 10 watts out of it before sanity
prevailed and I turned it back to just shy of 5 watts. Moy-see! What a nice
radio. Gary had mentioned that it was kinda retro-tech, which it is, since
the copyright date on the manual is 1993. But such a nice retro-tech, you
know?

Neat work. Only things that I'd change (and I plan to, if I can find my stash
of change stuffs) would be TEFLON RG174 instead of that normal stuff that
melts. We used the teflon stuff at Drake on the ill-fated (&c) UV3
transceivers and on places in the TR7 what required mini-coax that could take
the usual ham-fisted ways of folks like me. I fell in love with the stuff.
Strip, tin, slobber. No shorts. No chickens. No badgers. But it's expensive.
And about as rare as things can get sometimes. And no, I didn't buy up a
bunch at Dayton. Whaddya think I am? Cogent?

So now to the boxing up. Mmmm .... mmmm.... mmmm (which reminds me: I have to
find the remake CD of the Cannonball Adderly Quintet & Jack McDuff Quartet in
Concert TOGETHER! concert. There's a place in the middle of a Joe Dukes drum
solo where everything falls quiet and all you can hear is Joe Dukes going "M
mmmm .... mmmm....mmmm..MMMMM!!!!"

That's the way I feel now. (Let's hope I don't blow it up putting it in the
case nicely.)

And then . . . and then . . . I'll probably get the stupids and fall asleep.
See you on the air tomorrow . . .

73
Nils
WB8IJN &c
 . . . oh, son Ian called to wish me a happy father's day. . . said he'd sat
up and watched the movie "In the Name of the Father," and at the end found
himself sobbing and thinking of buying me a pint of irish road tar. . . I
suggested he buy me a bottle of good Irish whiskey . . . which reminds me . .
.. gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber gibber
gibber gibber . . . .


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