Airchamp Dad
Darron Sanchez (WA5TCZ)
Replica of The Airchamp 200

Here is the Air Champ 200 Clone that I built. You can read the full story here. The article was written and originally published in Electric Radio Magazine #298 - March 2014 Issue.


QRP_RADIO Oak Hill Research 100 A 20 meter radio for QRPp
Built in 2014



QRP_RADIO2 Oak Hill Research 100 A 20 meter radio QRPp
Inside Detailed Look


QRP_RADIO3 Oak Hill Research Digital Dial DD1
Inside Detailed Look



Dad_cover Rockmite Collection
80m, 40m, 30m, 20m - These are all QRPp radios


Here is the Rockmite collection that I built.
You can read the full story here. The article was written and originally published in K9YA TELEGRAPH Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2014. You can subscribe free of charge to this online Radio Newsletter. Click here for more info.


Sucker Stick

"Sucker Stick Transmitter"
Built in 2005

Here is the "Sucker Stick Transmitter" that I built.
You can read the full story here.


Army Radio

WWII Radio used in England

Army Radio Details

Inside Details

Heathkit Keyer

Heathkit Electronic Keyer HD1410


Heathkit SB610

Heathkit SB610
Built in 1968


Heathkit SB101

Heathkit SB101
Built in 1968

My first radio was a Heathkit SB 101 that I put together, and it worked the first time powered up. This was my only radio for many years.

The Magic of Radio in the 50's

I remember when I was 11 years old in 1950. For Christmas my Mother and Father gave me a radio in a cardboard box because I was always fooling around with some kind of radio. The radio was the most exciting present I had ever received.
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The Elusive Airchamp 200

The rebuild of this radio was an exciting adventure as it brought back many fond memories of my first encounter with radio.
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The Mighty Little Rockmite XCVR

Building and working the little Rockmite radios was done to see just how low you could go in power and still make a reliable radio contact.
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Dreaded Black Code Machine

This is the true story about how I got my Ham license at the FCC Office in New Orleans, LA.
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The Loooooong Project

How strong of an impression is made on a young child that took most of my life for this project to come to fruition. Here is a story about the little "Sucker Stick Transmitter", the receiver and the power supply.. read more

The A/N X-15 Galactic Transceiver

This is an April Fools story that includes myself and a friend with fictious call letters.

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In 2005 Darron Sanchez [ HAM OPERATOR call sign WA5TCZ ] and owner of launched his first website, it was originally published as a site that paid tribute to the “Sucker Stick Transmitter”.




It's called a "Sucker Stick Transmitter" because the loading and antenna coils were wound basket weave style on penny sucker sticks back in the 50's.


The little transmitter is also some times called a "Slat Board Transmitter" because the chassis was made from slats cut from orange or apple crates.


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The transmitter is a simple one tube design using a 6L6, or a 6v6 tube. Either will work in this circuit. The 6L6 puts out about 8 watts, the 6v6 about 4 watts.

The transmitters frequency is controlled by selecting the proper crystal for 80 meters or 40 meters.

The reason for crystal control is to insure operation of the transmitter on assigned ham frequencies.

With the correct crystal plugger in and the correct voltages on the tube, along with the proper wound loading and antenna coils, all connected to resonate antenna, a new ham could make many contacts far and near.





The receiver is a simple one tube Regenerative receiver. The 3s4 tube and parts make up the very minimal receiver a person can build.


Voltage needed for the receiver 22 1/2 volts d.c. and 3 volts for the filament.





The power supply takes the a.c.voltage in your house, steps it up through a transformer, converts it into direct current through a rectifer tube, and then "purifies" it by means of a filter choke and two filter capacitors.This pure dD.C. current is necessary for your plate supply to insure a clean sharp signal.


Transmitter voltage requirments 300 volts d.c. @70-ma, 6.3 volts and 5 volts, all supplied by this power supply.





For those of you that are just dying

to build a Sucker Stick Transmitter.


The Original Schematic can be found in the 1950 Publication "How To Become A Radio Amateur", however after building and testing the Sucker Stick Transmitter there was no luck in getting it to work.


Revised Schematic

Please refer to Dave Ingram's (K4TWJ) revised Schematic from 2004 CQ Magazine OCTOBER issue. pages 54 thru 57. Found in CQ's Archives.

This transmitter has been built and proven to work.


WA5TCZ want's to hear your story!


If I have talked with you and gave you the inspiration to build these little radios, and I sent you all the information to build these rigs, or if you built one of these when you were a novice, or you remember reading about them in the ARRL publication called "How To Become A Radio Amateur" and always wanted to build them, Please send your thoughts on these rigs along with pictures of your rendition of the little "Sucker Stick Transmitters" that you built to my email address below along with how you made out using the rigs.

Also how long did you use them and how many contacts did you make?