March 2nd was my first time participating in the Winter Classic Exchange CW event. I loved it, especially the drift and chirp I heard on the air. Your multiplier in the event is the sum of the ages of your gear. I used my three oldest radios, including the Ameco AC-1 transmitter, Heathkit HW-8 transceiver, Drake 2-NT transmitter, and the Drake 2-C Receiver; this gear gave me a 235-year multiplier. Twelve of my twenty QSOs were QRP. Also being crystal controlled on the AC-1 and the 2-NT presented a challenge. This event was a great warm-up for Novice Rig Roundup also this month.
|Drake 2-NT Transmitter & Drake 2-C Receiver estimated age 54 years each.
|Ameco AC-1 Transmitter estimated age 51 years.
|Heathkit HW-8 Transceiver estimated age 38 years counts as 76 years.