After an easy 2 hours this afternoon the only parts left to be installed on my ATS-4B are the inductors (already wound), jacks, switches and push-buttons.
So far everything is going well. There have been only two typos in the instructions (both minor and easily figured out) with answers confirmed via the ATS Yahoo Group.
I can’t help but be repeatedly impressed at Steve’s design and efficiency. Way back when they were first introduced, I built an ATS-3 so I do have some idea of what this rig will be capable of when finished – 5 bands, 5 watts and a weight measured in ounces. It just amazes me.
As I build this tiny contraption, I’m doing a bit of reading about early radio efforts that paralleled (but greatly differed from) Marconi’s spark gap mentality by a team of Canadian-American-Swedes and their accidental discovery. What a contrast.
One more session at the soldering iron should complete this rig, though I’ll probably stretch it into two to prolong the experience.
Minus the above-mentioned parts, here’s the rig as she looks at the moment: