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Benton Harbor Lunchbox in!

My new "Sixer", the Heathkit HW-29a 6 meter transceiver


I have come to own a fantastic little piece of amateur radio history! The nifty little “Benton Harbor Lunchbox”, a Heathkit HW-29 “Sixer”. It didn’t come with the microphone but hopefully I’ll be able to get one of those as well, if not I […]

Hello or CQ


I have the usual collection of amateur radio books to help me with learning the technical side of the hobby, I recently purchased Danny Gregory and Paul Sahre’s delightful book ” Hello World/ A Life in Ham Radio”. As someone with a graphic design background I was chuffed that the production and the […]

W2DAB is now an Amateur Extra

Testing at ABC World Headquarters

I’m thrilled to announce that I tested and passed my Amateur Extra exam last Wednesday night at the BEARS testing session at ABC Headquarters here in NYC. The BEARS VE’s were all terrific guys and the session was pretty heavily subscribed, by my rough count and feeble memory there […]

You got to know when to fold ’em

As Kenny Rogers sang “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold them… ” etc. So when my good friend Lou / KB1UYS from Vermont made me an offer I couldn’t refuse I came into the possession of a working Ten-Tec Century 21. Now as I go forward I am enjoying the […]

Morse’s sweet code endures

Several years back I got my amateur radio license about the same time that I was applying to a top design school, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. At the time I really didn’t connect the hobby that much with my aspirations to create new interactive products and experiences for a living.

Since that time I’ve […]


Well… I started working on the Ten Tec Century 21 again this week with the help of my new friend Lou/KB1UYS, I started with disconnecting the secondary leads that connect to the power supply board and measuring the voltage. With the unit plugged in and the power switch pulled out I wasn’t getting anything […]

Not so stealth antennas

I am walking to the grocery store in my upper east side neighborhood, which incidentally is in the Grid Square with the highest number of Hams in the U.S. and I look up and spot what looks like a Beam Antenna, a Vertical Antenna and maybe even a directional Yagi!

Now you might say […]

Generosity of the knack…

I haven’t been a ham all that long, but I am heartened by all of the good will in this hobby. I am writing about my efforts to rehabilitate a Ten-Tec Century 21 that I purchased through eBay that arrived dead.

Recently I was contacted by a operator from Vermont that has volunteered to help […]

When is a rig to dead to continue with…

So, I’ve had many suggestions from other hams on how to fix my Ten-Tec Century. Some of the repairs I did not feel completely up to such as disconnecting full sections of the boards to test.

After Curt’s kind email I checked the voltages currently and came up with the following:

From the photo […]

New Ham to the rescue

K8AI's excellent Photo of what my burned out area should look like.

I’ve gotten some help with my problems and am encouraged by Curt (K8AI)… Curt was kind enough to send me pics with annotated voltages on each section of the power supply that I am trouble shooting. Trouble shooting may be a […]