Ultimate BA
My Ultimate BA Station

Over the years I've had quite a lot of different gear set up for BA operation. I have finally settled on the gear that I expect will carry me forward into my retirement years.

I have set up one position that will contain my "keeper" BA stations, shown here.

The bottom shelf is my primary receiver stack. I keep the receivers on this shelf as they are easy to reach, being all on the same level. On the left is a 1930's era HRO Sr. This is an outstanding receiver for CW and AM work and can even be used for SSB although I really don't put it to that use. It has a complete coil set, A thru J to cover 50kc thru 30mc.

The receiver in the middle is an NC-303 complete with converters for 50mc, 144mc and 220mc. This is my primary SSB receiver and typical operation sees it used in conjunction with the Viking Invader 2000 on the upper shelf.

The receiver on the far right is a Hammarlund SP-600 JX-6 (Navy R-274B). I used to have the R-391 in this position, but the SP-600 is a far better band cruising general coverage receiver. The R-391 is outstanding in its frequency accuracy, but it really takes a lot of wrist action to cruise the Short Wave Listening Broadcast frequencies. The SP-600 is superb in this area, with the smoothest tuning action I have ever encountered in a boatanchor. For occasional SSB use, there is a CV-591A located just below the SP-600. This is also on a set of switches so I can run it with the SP-600 or the R-391.

On the middle shelf at the left is a Viking Valiant II transmitter along with a Johnson SSB adapter for occasional use of the Valiant on SSB. This is my medium power CW/AM/SSB BA station

To the right of the SSB adapter is the Viking Invader 2000 CW/AM/SSB transmitter. This is used for my hi power BA station (1kw CW, 800w AM and 2000kw/pep SSB).

For low power work, the top shelf contains a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver along with an Heath AT-1 transmitter. This is used for CW operation only.

Also on the top shelf is the Collins R-391 and a Collins R-388. The R-391 is there because it is about the best receiver ever made although a little tough to cruise the frequencies, and the R-388 because I love the style and performance. The other piece of BA gear I keep and use quite a bit is a GRC-109 military set, not pictured.

Now that my "ulitmate" station has been established, I will be selling much of my collection that no longer has a place as I don't want it collecting dust and sitting unused. I'd rather pass it on to some other BA enthusiasts to use and enjoy. Check my excess radio list for what is currently available.

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