Yes, I think I’ve Had a Few Radios…….

While in a QSO tonight on 40M CW, I was using my old Drake Twins having an FB conversion with a fella my same age….and after sending the rig information that I was using, he mentioned he started with Heathkits……and did I always have my Drakes?  It occurred to me, Holy Kow, have I had some radios over the years!

Here, in order of the year of acquisition, is the list of “major radio stuff” I have had (doesn’t include the kit built QRP radios – look on the “I Built This” page):

1969     Heathkit HW-16 Transceiver  (still have it!)

1977     Yaesu FT-101EE Transceiver  (only had it a year)

1978     Kenwood TS-520S with:  SP-520 Speaker; AT-200 Antenna Tuner; VFO-520S External VFO (sold it in 1989)

1979     Heathkit HW-8 (my first one – sold it the same year)

1981     Heathkit HW-100 (sold it in 1982)

1989     Yaesu FT-767GX Transceiver (sold it in 2015)

1990     Heathkit SB-1000 1KW Linear Amplifier (sold it in 1993)

1999     Yaesu FL-7000 500W Linear Amplifier (still have it!)

2011     ICOM IC-706MKIIG Transceiver (sold it in 2020)

2011     YouKIts QRP Transceiver (sold it in 2014)

2012     Elecraft KX-3 Transceiver (still have it)

2014     Drake 2-C Receiver (still have it)

2015     Yaesu FT-2000 Transceiver (sold it in 2019)

2017     Drake 2-NT Transmitter; also Drake 2-CQ Q-Multiplier

2016     Heathkit HW-7 Transceiver (still have it)

2019     Yaesu FT-DX3000D Transceiver (my primary home radio)

2020     Heathkit HW-8 (actually acquired two units – both work FB!)

2020     Yaesu FT-991A Transceiver (now my primary backup and VHF/UHF and portable radio)

Wow, that’s a lot of radios over the years…………