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REVISIT JOE CRO N3IBX 2017

WASHINGTONS CROSSING PA

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February 16, 2017.  Took a trip to Pennsylvania to visit Joe Cro and see if he added any new gear to his collection.  (That was a dumb idea, of course Joe added more gear !).  Joe invited me into his living room to see his new acquisitions.

Hallicrafters SX-73/R-274 general coverage receiver from the Korean War era.

 

NATIONAL NC 400 RECEIVER

 

top: HALLICRAFTERS S20 R RECEIVER (Irb, W2VJZ's "champion of the sky")

bottom: JOHNSON VIKING VALIANT TRANSMITTER

 

JOHNSON VIKING 6N2 THUNDERBOLT AMPLIFIER

 

Tobe Deutschmann model H from 1935.  One of the first bandswitching Ham Band only receivers.

 

On the right:  RCA Radiola 60 broadcast receiver from 1928.

Left of large cone speaker:  Stewart-Warner Allwave receiver from 1933.

Left of Stewart-Warner:  Browning 35 general coverage receiver from 1935.

 

Joe invited me to his basement museum.  Naturally I had to follow the maze of equipment that led to his main operating position.

 

Finally I arrived at the "old man's" operating bench.  Make note that every square foot of Joe's basement has this much gear or more.

 

In front of Joe on the desk:  RCA ACR-175 general coverage receiver from 1936.

 

Joe points to a British Codar ATS transmitter and to the left a British AT5 MKII transmitter from the mid 1960's.  Both are 10 watt AM+ CW transmitters covering the 80 and 160 meter bands.

Under the MKII is the power supply for both transmitters.

 

The large black, rack mounted receiver is a National AGS (Air to ground) superheterodyne receiver from 1932.

 

Thinking that I may have seen everything, Joe invited me to the back 40 where he built a small house he calls "Studio B".

 

 

It's hard to grasp the concept that Joe has almost cornered the market on vintage radio equipment.  Everyone calls Joe, "Vortex Joe", because when a piece of gear enters Joe's domain, it gets sucked in and never gets out.

 

 

It's also hard to understand that with a large house full of equipment, this building was constructed to just handle the overflow !  It looks like Joe needs a Studio "C".

 

I really enjoyed my visit and without a doubt, Joe is a walking encyclopedia of vintage radio !

 

 

 

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