Grayson in Turkey alerted us to Mike's homebrew rigs:
I had to pass along photos of the latest work of Mike Bohn, KG7TR. Mike is a long time thermatron home brewer, having built several SSB receivers and transmitters. He is famous for his “octal mania” designs that only use octal tubes. His present SSB transceiver is no exception. Some of his work is shown in my HSD book.
This is SERIOUS homebrewing, a work of art. According to Mike he spent “six months of pretty much full time work (6-7 hours per day, 6-7 days a week) to get the radio to the state shown in the pictures. Probably 750 to 1,000 hours. I retired in January and this was one of my bucket list projects.”
This is way more time than most of us who still work ever hope to devote to a homebrew project, but it gives me hope. Someday we will hopefully retire.
This is a 80,40,20 meter rig with a pair of 6146’s on the output. Tuned the good old fashion way with 5-5.5 Mc L/C colitis oscillator. It does have an IC freq counter as the frequency display.
Even though the metal work looks like it was done in a well equipped machine shop, Mike says “The sheet metal work was pretty onerous. I don't have the tools to shear metal or make right angle bends, so everything had to be done with a jig saw, angle stock and files.” This also give me hope, but I have a hard time believing he doesn’t have a numerically controlled, laser mill!
Thought you would like to see some super nice work. Certainly “raises the bar”