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Drake TR-4 "hum" when transmiting SSB Nov 17th 2013, 17:03 2 7,642 on 18/11/13
What happened to my ham radio? Nov 7th 2013, 23:55 3 8,203 on 22/11/13

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Drake TR-4 "hum" when transmiting SSB Howard60 on 17/11/13
I have been aff the air for the past 15 or so tears. I am 74 years old. I decided to get back into the hobby I loved since 1954. I got the TR-4 on the air to work the November SS this weekend. I did pretty well for an old man and an old rig with a G5RV antenna between 2 ttes. But, out of hundred or so contacts, about 7 or 8 told me I had a "hum". Can anyone suggest what might cause this hum? I amnot realy very technically inclined. Thanks
What happened to my ham radio? Howard60 on 7/11/13
I am 74 years old and was first licensed in 1954 at age 14 as KN6LSL. I fell in love with the hobby and soon became K6LSL. Over the years, there have been periods if time in which circumstances created times when I was not active. I reached a peak in the '90's as N0KOE in Denver, Colorado. From 1997 until 2013, I was inactive. But, I recently have unpacked my trusty TR-4 and am in the process of setting up my shack again now that I am finally fully retired and have the time to devote. But, Ham Radio all od a suddenly only vaguely resembles the hobby I grew up with. I am a CW lover, especially straight key, although I succumb and buy a Vibroplex "bug" in the '90's. So, the no-code idea bothered me at first. I thought it was fantastic learning tool. But that is me. However, I got my first few issues of QST and CQ, and found articles on contesting such as using "Remote Control". Being in South America and operating using an antenna farm in the United States. While I realize that computers and the Internet are marvelous tools that most of us would be lost without; I think that we are allowing them to take the personal touch out of the ham experience. Working CW by typing on a keyboard and allowing the computer to send the code and then reading the return just seems to me senseless. Maybe I should just get off my soapbox; let those that like that carry on and I will fire up my TR-4 and Vibroplex. I will work the same contest, get 1% of the score of the big guys, but betcha I will have a lot more fun doing than they will. Thanks for listening
Howard Campbell - N0KOE
Traphill, NC

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