Heathkit DX-60A (Part 3) Initial QSOs

Final Amp compartment with plate choke, parasitic choke and 6146 in view
Final Amp compartment with plate choke, parasitic choke and 6146 in view

Still trying to make that 1st QSO, I thought that I might be sending a bit too fast so I slowed it down to about 20 wpm. Sure enough, out of the ether comes a fairly staunch signal KV6Z, Bill from Claremont, OK. He’s pounding in at 599 so I let him know his report and all the particulars. When he comes back, he gives me a 599 as well and says the rig sounds good. Whew, finally the 1st QSO and I know the rig is working. Well, got that one under the belt now, not too shabby a signal report so I QRZ’d again and N4LQ, Steve in Charlotte, NC, replies. We’re both 599 and I tell Steve about the rig and apologize if I might be drifting a bit. Steve says “No drift and the signal tone is pure with no chirps or clicks”. I am surprised to say the least, this over 50 year old transmitter (using only 3 tubes for the CW portion) can transmit a clean CW note. Amazing!

 

Rear view of transmitter with octal accy socket and new Hayseed filter cap in view
Rear view of transmitter with octal accy socket and new Hayseed filter cap in view

After all the excitement, I sign with Steve and Mauro, I1MMR from Genoa calls in and gives me a 599 which was his report as well. I am elated to see everything percolating so well and I also am aware that having the 2 elements on 40 helps in putting in a decent signal at various locations.

Bottom view of the DX-60A
Bottom view of the DX-60A

I button it up for the evening and will have to wait until tomorrow to relive the 60’s era Ham Radio culture.