I remember Leroy, W6SYC, had a four channel Motorola tube station in a Motorola “J” cabinet where he controlled the channels with a touch-tone pad inside the cabinet next to a Western Electric 247B DTMF decoder chassis. This was his primary two meter base station and it was beautiful to look at and of course it sounded great on the air.
These are the memories that stirred in me during my conversation with Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, who is my guest this week on the QSO Today Podcast. Jim is a homebrewer who uses what he has on hand, often from surplus gear, to build his projects. As a three time winner of the ARRL Homebrew Challenge, Jim’s solutions are not only clever, but the end products are beautiful in form and design. I hear some of ham radio’s leaders lament the loss of the homebrewing art. They may be right in terms of the homebrew single tube Novice rigs that everyone started with 60 years ago; however, it seems that homebrewing has morphed with the times as the World War Two surplus parts are less available. Electronic parts and kit companies are proliferating on the Internet with no shortage of low cost opportunities to obtain parts to build almost anything. These are very exciting times to be a homebrewer as you will hear on my QSO Today with Jim.