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Announcing the 6th (2018) annual CE Boatanchor Event

This year's event will be held, once again, at Storybrook Farms (695 N Cherokee St) in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee on July 21-22. Plans are being made for numerous technical discussions, FREE tailgating on 10 acres, a 'deluxe' swaptable area which is shaded, has electricity, an open soft drink bar and bathroom facilities. Every year this event gets larger and better. If you're into 'boatanchors' you don't want to miss this! Make plans to attend. More details are being added frequently.

Presentations include - so far ...

Saturday - 9:00AM Opening Remarks - Introductions
Saturday - 9:15 thru 10:00
The "Mysterious" Batchelor Broadband Coupler - Nick Tusa, K5EF
Saturday - 10:00 thru 11:00
The Drake TR-8 Prototype - David, W5XU
Saturday - 11:00 thru Noon
The National Radio Corporation - George, W1LSB
Noon thru 1:30PM Lunch, Tailgating & On-Air
Saturday - 1:30 thru 2:15PM
SDR Techniques and Boatanchors - Bob, W9RAN
Saturday - 2:15 thru 3:00PM
The Pine Board AM Transmitter - Bob Heil, K9EID
Saturday - 3:00 thru 3:15PM
Saturday - 3:15 thru 4:00PM
Heil Parametric Receive System - Bob Heil, K9EID
Saturday - 4:15 thru 5:00PM
Restoration Hints and Kinks - K5EF/W1LSB/WØ  YVA

HF Rig Operators are welcome until MIdnight!

Sunday - 9:00AM Introductions
Sunday - 9:05 thru 10:00 Collins Radio Corporation - George, W1LSB
Sunday - 10:00 thru 11:00 The Drake TR3; Remanufactured - Dave Campbell, K8BYP
Sunday - 11:00 thru Noon Spratley Island DXpedition - David, W5XU

Station breakdown will commence at 1:30PM. See ya'll again next year!

Early registration for the Presentations is $10 for both days ($20 on-site).

Deluxe swaptables are available at $20/ea per day but space is limited to call NOW if interested.
(Nick, K5EF: 504-400-8873)

Tailgating area will open at 7:30AM Saturday.
Presentations are from 9AM to 5PM Saturday and resume Sunday from 9AM to noon.

Nearby Accommodations:

Country Inn & Suites - Park & Stay Inn - Hampton Inn - Marriott Courtyard - Fairfield Inn & Suites
Check these links for additional lodging suggestions;

We'll be on the air throughout the weekend! 14293 (days) 7250 (nights)
Talk in: 146.52 Mhz

Questions, comments? Contact Nick, K5EF

The 5th (2017) annual CE Boatanchor Event; Wrap-up Report

This year's event went off without a hitch, thanks to the hard work of the planning team and the local assistance provided by Bob Gass, N4FV. By Thursday 3PM, we had the TA-33 Yagi and the 130ft dipole antenna erected and operational. The Storybrook Farms site (Wes Schum's former QTH) is an excellent venue with respect to area to expand the bone yard and for low-noise operations on the low bands.

This year, the focus of technical and historical discussions involved both Collins and Drake in addition to the care and feeding of vintage gear. Also on deck was the actual 100V broadband transmitter prototype developed by Joe Batchelor and Wes Schum in 1956. This was the rig that got the attention of Karl Hassel, founder of Zenith Radio, and set the stage for exciting products from Central Electronics.

To encourage hoss-tradin' at this year's event, there was no fee for tailgating spaces in the boneyard. This made a positive difference and the field was filled with neat rigs…Drake, Collins, Alpha, National, Swan, Johnson, and Heath. Best of all, the prices were excellent and equipment changed hands! Growing the boneyard is the event's new priority and we welcome any suggestions or ideas for doing so. Please, don't be shy. Your input is very important, not only for the tailgating aspect but to keep us on track with finding speakers who can address the topics you see as important to the collector/restorer community.

This CE website is now being enhanced to include slides and other materials that were part of the past W9DYV events. While these materials are highly informative, they capture just a small part of the material discussed informally and, unfortunately, miss out on repair work done to specimen radios. For example, one of this year's speakers, Jeff Covelli (WA8SAJ), helped an attendee repair and make fully operational a rare Drake TR-44 rig. Its owner then had a grand time tuning the bands and making QSOs into the night!

Plans are already being made for next year's event. So, circle the July 21st weekend and plan to be in Jonesborough, Tennessee. See you next year!

This year presentations included the following; (PPT = Powerpoint file)

Collins Radio Company and the War Years, KE1ER
Converting the Collins 20V series to Ham Operations, KE1ER
The Central Electronics 100V Prototype Development (And the Prototype, itself!) K5EF
DXpedition to South Georgia Island, W5XU
How to Build Transceiver Adapters for the Central 10/20A, W9RAN/K5LYN
History of R. L. Drake, WA8SAJ
History of Swan Electronics, WA8SAJ
Troubleshooting and Aligning Phasing Rigs, K5EF
Is it time to ban the 458? (transceive with the CE 20A), W9RAN
A Very Special 20A, W9RAN

Presentations from previous years;

SSB and the US Navy, Nick England
Restoration of Boatachors, WØYVA
2016 CE Event

Photos by Brad. NB9M
Jeff, WA8SAJ, Drake expert
Bob, WØYVA; Nick, K5EF and the 100V Prototype
Our hosts, Diane and John Vogt
Lynn, K5LYN
Bob, W9RAN

Marge and Wes Schum and Nick, K5EF
Wes, W9DYV and Nick, K5EF

View a video of Wes Schum calling CQ during 2015 Field Day on CE equipment

The 4th annual (2016)CE Boatanchor Event was very sucessful with good attentance; great presentations; and
demonstrations of vintage and homebrew SSB equipment. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Videos of the presentations at the 2016 event:

Adventure to VP8ST, South Sandwich Island - David Assif, W5XU
Better Audio - Bob Heil, K9IED
Building the General Electric SSB, Jr - Mark Mumaw, NU6X
History of Single Sideband - George Maier, W1LSB
Homebrewing SSB Equipment - Mike Bohn, KG7TR
The History of Cosmophone - Brian Harris, WA5UEK
The Legends of Central Electronics & Wes Schum - Nick Tusa, K5EF
TMC Corp History - John Poulton, K4OZY
Tucker-Tin Two and the Hallicrafters FPM-200 Story - Bob Nichols, W9RAN
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Description and photos from the 1st CE Boatanchor Event

Photo of the 5th Annual SSB dinner, March, 1956. Can you spot Wes Schum?

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