My name is Joe Cro, and I live in Washington Crossing (near
Philadelphia) Penna. I'm an avid collector/restorer/user of Vintage radio
gear - both transmitters and receivers, both AM, and sideband equipment
and their accessories.
I like to collect some of the more uncommon or esoteric gear as well as
common gear made by Heathkit, E.F. Johnson, National, Hallicrafters etc.
and others. I get a big thrill out of breathing life back into an old
transmitter or receiver and actually using it on the air. I believe that
no matter how great something looks on the shelf, it's even more beautiful
if it works. Consequently, I'll be giving some reviews from my own
personal experience and the expertise of others.
I've been a licensed Amateur Radio Operator since 1984 and an avid SWL
many years before that and currently own approx 250 different receivers,
transmitters, and transceivers of all types. My friends jokingly refer to
me as "Vortex Joe" (as coined by Steve - KD2NX) since anything within a
500 mile radius of my home location that has a vacuum tube in it usually
winds up in my basement never to see the light of day again.
I operate primarily on AM (85 percent), SSB (10 percent) and CW and other
digital modes (5 percent) and prefer to concentrate my efforts on the
lower three bands but occasionally go up to 10 and 6 meters to join in the
AM action there.
If you have any questions or requests please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll be happy to answer or accommodate your questions. I'd love to
hear from people from all over - not just my particular region or country.
The more varied input I can get the better the column.
Thank you for dropping by and "Mod-U-Later"!
Joe Cro N3IBX