Finished the 6V heaters and started on the crystal oscillator:
One thing this is teaching me is that it has been a long time since I used a large soldering iron. I'm getting better but still have to remind myself to take care.
Remember the broken 40 meter JEL (B&W) coil? Here it is repaired.
The shiny stuff is home-made "Q-dope," liquid polystyrene, some of which dries white if it picks up contaminants from the old plastic. The polystyrene coil support is a strip cut from a plastic box that just happened to be the right material.
The toluene in the Q-dope is so obnoxious that all work with it I have done outdoors and tried to choose times when there was a steady breeze.
I KNEW THE LOSS WAS SERIOUS WHEN I SAW THE NEWSPAPER JUNK THEIR OLD PRINTING PRESSES. Seeing it myself made it real. Ripped the heart right out of that building and that paper. It's not why newspapers are dying but it is one reason why they die largely unmourned. I'm pushing back. Typewriters, Dial Telephones, Hand Tools, Old Amateur Radio Gear, Telegraph Keys, Analog Volt Ohmmeters, Vacuumatic Coffeemakers, Slide Rules, Fountain Pens, etc.: I have 'em. I use 'em.
It's not political. There are other places for that. People who love old technology can be found all across the spectrum. Let's concentrate on what we have in common.
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