Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Demonstration of the Knight T-60, and Heathkit VFO VF 1 Power Supply. Post #356.


One of the popular transmitters used by newly minted novice amateur radio operators in the 1960s and 1970s was the Knight Kit T-60. It was fairly cheap ($49.95) and could be operated in either AM phone or CW. As I remember, the T-60 had four tubes--6HF8 (oscillator), 6DQ6 (power amplifier), a 6DR7, and a 12AX7. The rig had a bad chirp on CW, most likely caused by improper loading of the plate circuit. That defect resulted in many FCC pink tickets and OO reports for new licensees. Although I never owned one, I used the rig a few times during field days and other portable operations. When I was first licensed as a novice in 1977, I was offered an old Heathkit HW-101 and that pushed the T-60 project out the door. This video does a good job of describing the functions and quirks of this early ham radio transmitter. Here are two places where you can find out more about this "classic" novice rig: http://www.ehmam.net (07 January 2015) and w9zt.webs.com. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. For additional Amateur Radio news, visit http://kh6jrm.net. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).