The Ocean Hopper was a simple three tube regenerative receiver that you plugged coils in the top to change bands. I learned to copy my first amateur radio stations using the Ocean Hopper but it wasn't easy! With the lightest touch on the tuning dial and constantly tweaking the regen control they drifted along, its lack of stability being just one drawback! Still listening to my first "live" CW transmissions on the Ocean Hopper was a very thrilling experience! However it didn't take long for me to realize this receiver was not going to be adequate for my ham radio station!
My Dad was a radio operator on the USS Loggerhead submarine during WWII and he taught me the code during dish washing duties so that part of taking the FCC exam came easy unlike most new hams. I studied the ARRL Novice license manual and started making my way through "The Radio Amateur's Handbook" during 1969 and in the fall I passed the Novice exam. My ticket arrived in early 1970, callsign WN9FFO. Now all I needed was a better receiver and with my greater understanding of radio theory and equipment I set off to the Tri-County ARC hamfest in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
Anxiously I set it back up and while tuning noticed the hum was entirely gone and on 40M I now was getting almost 50 watts output from the new RCA 6DQ6B! If you have not listened to my video clip please click on the T-60 picture at the top of the page and it will take you to a Youtube video of my "new" T-60 calling CQ on 40 meters. Not bad sounding CW with just a hint of "whoop" to give it that vintage charm!
You will find me "rockbound" most often on 7.028 & 3.530 CW. I don't use the T-60 much on AM but show up on 3.885 or 7.290 mhz using a Turner +2 microphone when I do. My favorite time to put the T-60 on the air is Straight Key Night. Also I like to participate in the CW Classic Exchange.
If you have a T-60 I sure would like to hear from you. Please E-mail me [email protected]. Maybe we can schedule a T-60 to T-60 QSO! Also if you have pictures either past or present of your T-60 I always adding pages of T-60 owners and their callsigns.
Knight T-60 Links
Knight T-60 Links