On The Cover: November 2008


Dave Cisco, W4AXL, of Hoover, Alabama

On the Cover

This month’s cover features Dave Cisco, W4AXL, of Hoover, Alabama, along with a small part of his collection of old ham radio gear. He notes that the rigs in our photo cover all of the major American manufacturers of the 1950s and ’60s. Next to Dave’s right arm is a National NC-173. Below that is a Hallicrafters SX-101A (with a couple of other Hallicrafters rigs below it). Above the NC-173 is a Johnson Ranger, and above that is a Hammarlund Pro-310. Over Dave’s head is a Drake 2B, and above that and to the right is a Collins 75A2.

Dave says he’s been an avid collector of vintage radios for about 25 years. He says his interest was sparked by trying to recreate his first station (he was licensed in 1953), and then it took on a life of its own. Today, Dave’s collection includes several hundred pieces (“I’ve lost count,” he says), and he is president of the Alabama Historical Radio Society, a group interested in all sorts of old radio gear (https://alabamahistoricalradiosociety.org). The AHRS runs a museum in Birmingham and regularly puts on programs about old radios, mostly for senior citizen groups. The presentations focus on radio in Birmingham and include recordings of old radio programs as well as vintage gear.

On the air, Dave operates everything from 160 meters to 70 centimeters and his primary interest is DXing. He has #1 Honor Roll recognition from ARRL and holds CQ’s Worked All Zones award. Dave is also active in the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club and the Birmingham DX Club. His current station consists of a Yaesu FT-1000 and a variety of antennas. The main one is a 5-element monobander for 20 meters, but he’s always putting up something new. “My wife says the house grows every time she looks at it,” he notes. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

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