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 Post subject: The BG-175 is here!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:42 pm 
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I opened the box and there it was in all of it's MFP'd canvas goodness. As soon as I touched the canvas, the memories came flooding back...

(Warning - start of dream flash-back sequence)

It was a dark and stormy night. The monsoons had started almost a week early. Thank goodness we had made it to the drop site and dug up the supplies left behind by the "B" Team before the rain got heavy enough to drown an unprotected human.

I knew that the Team had made the drop - on the way into Vientiane I had noted that every bar on the south side of the river had been trashed. The "B" Team's cover as a tropical storm must have worked, there were no alarms as we checked into the Hotel Continental.

We managed to snag a 3rd floor balcony room. The roof leaked, and the walls were moldy but the window faced West - a far more important factor. In addition to a couple of Swedish Ks, Monroe had managed to smuggle in a 45 pistol as well. If the drunken frat boys down the hall got out of hand, we had it covered.

The radio rig was both new and just the thing we needed. A GRC-109. Pretty sweet. 15 watts out and the AC power supply would eat anything I could feed to it. The GN-58 was just an insurance policy, nearly 30 pounds, but if the juice quit, the "A" Team would would be left hanging....

The antenna was a wire running from the door, along the wall, out the window and with a little help from the wind, out into the palm tree outside. The -109 would tune up the bed springs, right now, we could safely use the wire. Nobody would be looking up in this rain. The outside wire also allowed Goodell to crash on the rack. He was dead drunk, it could be a couple of days before he could walk again....

Gunter had made contact with the notorious Madam X that afternoon. While discussing the local culture during a an extended session of mattress gymnastics, he'd learned that the Laotian Colonel working with the rest of the Team was none other than Wei Hu. Hu was a well know poppy merchant and a prime target for the weenies in MI...

We had to get a message out to the Team before things went South.... Just as I got the set tuned up and ready to send - the room lights went out! A fast glance out the window showed were weren't alone. It took a few minutes, but once the little genset was attached - I could start pounding brass. Now, if only my crank monkey didn't give out....

(End dream flash-back sequence)

I finally got access to my own little crank monkey - he's on loan for the day tomorrow (Sat) so he and his sister (The infamous Madam K) and I will hit the park and try working 40M (7050 +/-) with my GRC-109.

My back up will be my HB-1B (7 watts, covers 3.5 to 22 Mhz and weighs all of 600 grams.) With antenna and tuner, and all support 'stuff' it tips the scales at under a kilogram. The -109 radio gear is 34 pounds, the genset another 30 pounds and it's crystal controlled. Gotta love vintage gear.

I told Raptor that I would put up a thread featuring the BG-175 - the pics will be up late tomorrow.

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(http://www.ohio.edu/people/postr/bapix/grc109.htm)
The -109 is a mil-spec version of the CIA RS-1 (http://cryptomuseum.com/spy/rs1/index.htm)
and is seen as a GRC-109 and 109A - I have the newer "A" version.

Used by the CIA and US Special Forces, it replaced the GRC-9 and was easier to transport. AS you can see, easier is a matter of comparison...

See http://militaryradio.com/spyradio/grc109.html for more.

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This A model as the spring hasp locks.

The GRC-9 a WWII vintage radio set (http://www.angrynine.nl/theangrynine.html) is larger and less sophisticated. Both are almost worthless on the crowded ham bands of today.

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I gave my GRC-9 away years ago for use as a display piece despite being fully operational

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Before a certain Canadian ham asks - why 7050 KHz...

(Coastal station, commercial) KPH transmission frequencies will include 426, 500, 4247, 6477.5, 8642, 12808.5, 17016.8, and 22477.5 kc. KPH and Amateur Radio station K6KPH will be on the air every Saturday and Sunday. KPH will monitor 500 kc and ITU HF channel 3 for calls from ships, as well as on 4184, 6276, 8368, 12,552, 16,736, and 22,280.5 kc.

Amateur Radio station K6KPH will be in operation as usual, listening for calls on 3550, 7050, 14050, 18,097.5, and 21,050 kHz. K6KPH has remained operational throughout the history of the restoration project, “giving amateurs a chance to work the last remaining commercial Morse code coast station,” Dillman said. K6KPH uses the original KPH transmitters, throttled back to 1.5 kW, antennas and receivers.

If I can work anyone on 40M long path to Calif with surplus RVN conflict gear - it will be K6KPH. read the full story at the links.

(more here - http://www.arrl.org/news/shore-station- ... -october-8

http://www.radiomarine.org/gallery/show ... nel=pab1_3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj-IwYPrtTM for a fun vid. and why I get goose bumps listening to commercial coast stations. The CW is just....music.

End of an era
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYhrSEERvbI


What spark gap signals sounded like - in this case, the Titanic SOS reproduced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snkwsU98QlQ

and finally - if you read my book Tales of the Chernyi- this is what a 'sideswiper" or cootie key looks and sounds like. This homemade key is made from an old steak knife - a real SHTF bit of kit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10vcuiHhdpY

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