Drake SPR-4 Receiver For Sale

I am selling a solid state Drake Receiver and Original Manual. To my knowledge, the radio is in good working condition. Cosmetically the radio is clean (minus the dust) as the photos will show.

The radio has the crystal calibrator and Noise Blanker installed. The crystal bank is fully loaded.  To my knowledge the radio works on all bands. The incandescent bulb is out behind the pre-selector and S meter indicators.  The original owner placed a plastic strip of frequencies along the front of the top cover as you will see in the photos.
An inquiry was recently made regarding the purpose of the threaded holes in both sides of the cabinet. I don’t know the reason for them but it is part of the original cabinet when manufactured. I verified that by looking at the cover of the manual and viewing an SPR-4 demo video on youtube.
Buyer pays for UPS packing, shipping and insurance.  PayPal preferred but USPS money order accepted.

If you are interested, make me an offer by email at ke2yk48 at gmail dot com

Here are the what you see is what you get photos. Dusty cover included in price!

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Field Day Was a Blast!

Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club

 

Been enjoying Field Day for about 30 years now and this year was no exception. Despite a family obligation I managed to squeak out around 150 CW Q’s!

 

This was my first year working split (so to speak). I attended the BNLARC / K2BNL Field Day with old (and new) friends on Saturday evening for around 4 hours.

KE2YK's KX3

 

Sunday morning was the first time working QRP CW from home! Unlike working Field Day from a picnic bench, this old geezer really appreciates the comforts of home. Worked class 1E in the central air… and you can’t beat that!

All in all despite the horrific WX Saturday morning on Long Island, Saturday evening at BNLARC was picture puuurfect. The WX was so clear I caught a faint glimpse of the Milky Way galaxy despite the light pollution.  A truly rare instance with humid Long Island summers!

72 and 73 KE2YK

 

 

 

 

 

How To Take Your SharkRF OpenSpot Portable!

Take Your Openspot Portable

Take Your Openspot Portable

I recently grabbed a SharkRF OpenSpot from Grapevine Amateur Radio. As of this post, Jason KC5HWB sells the units shipped for $215. What’s better than buying Ham Gear from a Ham! Jason does a video series on “What’s New In Ham Radio”. Be sure to check out his HamRadio 2.0 site for the latest and greatest goodies!

Since I already have a DVMega / Bluespot for the Ham Shack my plan was to set up the OpenSpot for portable operation.

Installed my Gatcepot 24000mAh 5.5A Universal 3-Port Ultra-High Capacity Power Bank , TPLink Nano Router and the SharkRF OpenSpot into the Pelican 1150 case and now go 100% portable by tethering the router to my iPhone 7.

With inspiration from Rob AK7RM’s how to (thanks Rob), I threw my How To version together with some extra info to help with the setup process. I also wanted to specifically cover the problem that hung me up for a bit. Check the note about the SSID value.

This how to is written specifically for use with the the TPLink Nano Router and an iPhone7 in Hotspot mode. However you can probably adapt it to any similar setup.

Get your copy of my OpenSpot Portable Ops document.

Enjoy! Hope To Catch you on DMR 73 – Gary KE2YK