---   Aiders and Abettors   ---




Several persons and entities have substantially contributed to the restoration of BigRig, and this page is intended to recognize their contributions and to thank them for their help. The order of presentation bears no relation whatsoever to the nature of their contributions - they all deserve thanks!

1.     Cliff Wiehr, K8GLM.     Ongoing moral support and encouragement, many parts, various tools, the occasional lunch, and many a good idea.

2.    Mike Edelman, W8MJE.     Mike contributed a brand-new and very old pair of RCA 5U4Gs for the LVPS, delivered them to my doorstep, ceremoniously plugged one into its socket, and then enjoyably regaled me with his raconteur's perspective on a multiplicity of topics.

3.    Major Tareq Al-Ali, W8/9K2AC.     Tareq needs an introduction. Tareq is a Major of the Kuwaiti Army, on asssignment to the U.S. Army's TACOM in Warren.   Tareq listens to the S.M.A.R.T., but hasn't yet decided to participate. I hope he soon will. Tareq heard of the BigRig project while listening to the repeater. He visited this website and read of my need for a Turner 99 mike (the mike pictured on the home page). Although thousands of miles from his home hamshack, he somehow came up with not one, but two, lovely examples of the 99, and sent them to me for the project. Knowing nothing about it all, I was flabbergasted when I opened his totally unexpected FedEx package. Tareq exemplifies traditional ham radio, and any major resourceful enough to dig up antique microphones while stationed in a foreign land will surely be a colonel in no time!

4.    Mike Goldstein, VE3GFN.     My cousin Mike, VE3 Good For Nothing, of Toronto, has finally become good for something. Mike had a home-brew 811 GG amplifier in his basement that contained some RF parts needed for BigRig. Mike unhesitatingly cannibalized his amplifier to give those parts to me. Incidentally, Mike is a long-time builder of ham gear, and has had a couple of his state-of-the-art receiver designs published in the Radio Handbook. Now, if only I could get his photography up to par!

5.    Ted Hartson, WA8 Uniform Limaform Golfiform.     Ted, a good friend of long ago, now far away, scrounged through his Arizona junkbox to produce a certain hard-to-find R.F. choke. I suspect that it took Ted a long time, because I also suspect that this super technical guru, equipment builder and modifier, has one of the largest junkboxes east and west, of the Mississippi.

6.    Joe Cuchetti, K8JRE.     Another S.M.A.R.T. listener, perhaps smarter than most of us for listening and not talking, overheard my lament about hard-to-find relay racks. Joe took it upon himself to make the necessary inquiries leading to my acquisition of a fine rack into which BigRig will soon be assembled.

7.     Bill Gilmore, WB8FPQ.     Bill located and contributed some Amphenol connector parts that are no longer manufactured, and hence quite hard to find. Yet, find them Bill did, which was good news because they're needed for BigRig's inter-deck cabling. The cabling will probably be the last-constructed item, so Bill's parts haven't yet been used, but all going well, soon will be.

8.    Neil Dorfman, K8RX.     Neil is the ham mentioned in the Exciter section, who so graciously agreed to a reversal of our previous Millen / Abbott trade, so I could have back my Millen exciter. I sure hope, though, he doesn't try to put that Abbott on the air!

9.    Marty Rose, K8CMR.     It was Marty's shack that was harboring my long-forgotten National CRU modulation monitor, and it was Marty who generously gave it back to me with no challenge to my claim of ownership and without even demanding a single cup of coffee in return.

10.    Dave Pridemore, WJ8R.     Dave was an early aid to the BigRig project. When I was initially contemplating the construction of my large (30" x 30" x 30") oven for painting transmitter metalwork and parts, Dave was generous enough to supply a very sophisticated, programmable, digital-readout, and thermocouple-input, temperature controller, and also, a solid-state amplifier for the controller. Not only did Dave supply those parts for the oven, he hand-carried them right to my doorstep!

11.     Belden!     Back when I was in business, and my company bought wire, we practically always specified Belden in our designs. We found Belden wire to be of high quality, and Belden's extensive catalog was an enormous help in finding wire to meet odd specifications. Many should read it if for no other reason than to finally understand that the term "RG-8" doesn't say very much about the coax, and that there are scores of different kinds of RG-8, many of which are suited for some applications but not for others! For the BigRig restoration, I bought a 25' roll of Belden 10kv test-lead wire for use in the high-voltage power supplies. Unexpectedly, I ran out, and when I tried to buy another roll, I found that Belden was no longer selling it in 25' rolls, and only 100' rolls were available through distribution. The 10kv wire was well over a buck a foot, so a 100' roll was quite expensive for the BigRig project, given that I needed only about 25 feet. I sent an email to Belden inquiring where to obtain only 25' of the wire. A Sales Supervisor by the name of Jeremy Bradley somehow caused a 25' hank of the hard-to-find wire to land on my doorstep, and at no charge whatsoever, all unbeknownst to me and quite unexpected. Thanks to Belden, and thanks to Jeremy Bradley, who knows how to keep the Belden name at the top of the list!

12.     Is Santa a ham? George Gobel was right on when he would chant "Strange things are happening . . . ." A couple of weeks ago, eBay postings offered two Millen plug-in tank coils. They seemed like the B&W coils that BigRig has used, but I was unsure whether they were interchangeable. I emailed the offeror asking for physical dimensions. He answered. Being far more interested in speed than in thinking, I misinterpreted his response and sent another email asking for clarification. The offeror clarified. Again, I didn't pay adequate attention and again I asked for more information. He sent more. When I asked for yet another clarification, he gave up on my incessant badgering and said he was just going to pull them off of eBay and send them to me!

Embarrassed, I asked him to tell me a reasonable price and shipping cost so I could pay him properly. He ignored that request. I asked again, and he ignored that too. Sure enough, several days later, two gorgeous tank coils arrived by UPS. They're a perfect fit for BigRig and were made with Millen's always-impeccable design and manufacturing. They've aged well, too. I emailed my generous benefactor, thanking him, and asking for his name and his call, so I could at least thank him on this page. I received no response other than his desire that the coils find a "good home." He had visited this site, saw that BigRig was being restored in memory of my dad, and went on to say that the coils were just a gift in memory of his own father, Curt, W2UBT.

Well, after a little digging, I think I have figured out the donor's identity, but to respect his apparent desire for a little anonynimity, I won't tell. But, this fellow ham not only donated two valuable coils to the BigRig project, he refused repayment for eBay fees and the packing and shipping costs. Is that old-time ham generosity or what? Even in my advanced years, some things make me a little teary-eyed.




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