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A journey of a thousand components starts with…

Ok,  I have to admit to being one of those city bound hams living in a high rise apartment building who is really only on UHF/VHF.  I like to build things and for the last year I’ve built two small transceiver kits, neither of which work at all yet.  I built the Rock-mite 40m from Small Wonder Labs and a DC 20 kit from Hendricks QRP Kits.

I do have a chicken/ egg sort of problem in that I don’t have a reliable antenna as I am looking to build something stealth, I don’t have any bench equipment unless you call a multi-meter equipment.  So naturally I’ve also got to admit that my budget is quite low as I have a family and kids who always have needs that come first.

After some questions on the forum over at eHam.net I decided that I wanted to acquire a Ten-Tec Century 21 model.  So I surfed the various site and bid and won a unit on eBay.  I know, never trust those guys right?  Well, I’ve been mostly lucky in the past and having a trust of hams that at least give their call sign in the description I went ahead anyway.

So now I’ve got this cute little (heavy) paperweight depending on my skills to bring it back to it’s glory days.

Today brings my adventure of new beginning in “boat anchors” and the promise of HF from my New York City apartment.

Stay tuned and 73 all!

de W2DAB

5 comments to A journey of a thousand components starts with…

  • Curron

    I am looking forward to hearing about your work with the Century 21. I just received one myself and want to learn/relearn the code and use it to it’s full potential. For now I am enjoying learning how to use it. I like the receiver. I am also in a community that does not allow antennas. I have small black/stealth wire going out my bedroom window that is about 70 feet long. I attach that to the center fed of the coax and tie the braid to a 20 piece of wire tied to the ground prong on our electrical box. It works amazingly well.
    73, Curron

  • admin

    Curron, thanks for writing about your experiences with the Century 21. We really all learn from each other and I am in a stealth situation as well. Can you tell me what kind of wire you are hanging out your window and what your reports are like? Thanks again for adding your voice to the dialog. 73 de W2DAB – David

  • Noel

    I think you will love your C21 once you get it up and running. I bought one off EBay a couple years ago, had wanted one since I got my first ticket in ’76 when they were new. I got lucky and mine only needed the PTO rebuilt. Good luck and hope to hear you on the air someday.

  • admin

    Thanks for your well wishes, I am finally getting one after many years looking for the right opportunity as well. Hear you on the air!

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