Collector Profile - Stephen Aug, W3DEF
One of the great things about Ham Radio is its diversity.
Another is how well it will wait for you while other interests, like jobs
and family, take up your time. When you are ready to return, it gladly
accepts you back into the fold.
Stephen Aug, W3DEF, found this out. His ham radio
experience started in 1953 as K2EOF. Like many of us, his teen-age years
were exciting as he discovered radio. In the first eight to ten years he
owned (and still has) a National NC-125 receiver, a Shure 55S and D-104
microphones and a Bud FCC-90, 100 kc. frequency calibrator.
Next came a busy career as a business reporter and
editor of the old Washington Star. Radio took a back seat as he continued
as a business and economics correspondent at ABC News. Still later at ABC
he spent 13 years doing business reporting on the "Good Morning America"
and the "World News Tonight" shows. For 6 years on weekends he
anchored "Business World."
"Since I retired in 1995, I've become a lot more
active in ham radio, " Steve said. "Most of my time is spent
with older rigs." In 1990 he started to collect, starting with a Collins
51J-4. He found that he needed to re-learn what he knew about vacuum tubes,
but had "plenty" of help from his friends.
Since then he has added a B&W 5100-B transmitter
with a 51SB-B phasing SSB generator. This along with the 51J-4 is one of
his favorite stations, where he enjoys AM as well as vintage SSB operation.
"Changing bands on the B&W takes almost five
minutes. There are about 19 dials, knobs and switches that must be manipulated
if you're operating sideband," he said. "Phasing out the carrier
with those tiny pots can be very challenging, but it's still fun."
Other stations he owns are a Drake T4X-B and SPR-4
pair (bought in the 70's), a Collins station consisting of a 32V2 transmitter
and 75A2 receiver with matching speaker. For receivers he has a Hallicrafters
SX-43, an SX-62, and a National NC-183. His modern equipment consists of
a Kenwood SSB transceiver, an Ameritron linear and an MJF antenna tuner
to a ground-mounted vertical (Gap Titan).
W3DEF says he enjoys his 1950's radios best, along
with his trusty 1955 Royal manual typewriter. Look for him on AM and SSB.