Newly "Supercharged" C.Crane Skywave Receives S9 Big Guns

Gary DeBock


The C.Crane Skywave Ultralight portable is extremely crammed, with the loopstick Litz wire connection points on the circuit board in the worst possible place for a "Supercharging" Loopstick transplant. The entire operation is a severe test of technical skill, patience and determination, with the final reassembly requiring four different part assemblies to fit together like a puzzle. For this reason the nightmarish operation has never been written up, although there have been 5 loopstick transplants in the basic Skywave portable and 3 in the SSB model. Quite a few of these models are now in Japan (where they seem to have become something like a cult item).


Unfortunately no other modified portable has the unique combination of compact size, high quality and outstanding performance-- the absolute requirements for a "Frequent Flyer" Ultralight on overseas trips to exotic ocean beaches. As such, sometime before November's trip to Kauai three more of these "Supercharged" Skywaves must be assembled-- one for each of my DXpedition partners. The first 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave was assembled overnight this morning, and fortunately there were some S9 signals from a couple of Japanese and Korean big guns to welcome it into the world around sunrise (see photo below). The booming TP's provided some relaxation after the nerve-wracking (or nerve wrecking?) transplant operation:

747   JOIB   Sapporo, Japan     Chinese lessons at excellent strength at 1343: strongest Japanese signal this morning
972   HLCA   Dangjin, S. Korea     Female Korean speech at S9 level in the predawn darkness at 1211
Besides these there was an S5 signal from 594-JOAK around 1348, an S3 signal from 603-HLSA at 1340 and a few syllables of Japanese from 693-JOAB off and on. These are not exactly exotic Asian catches, but who cares? The "Supercharged" Skywave is pulling them in without help-- and somehow another one of these wacky operations has managed to succeed.

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Stand-alone 7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave


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