Two quick tips:
- Parachute cord. A couple of subscribers to the qrp-l.org mailing list suggested the use of surplus parachute cord to suspend wire antennas. Dale, WC7S, says, “they stretch and allow for icing and frosting.” You can get a 1000-ft. spool for $60.
- Cheap electrolytics. While working Harry, K4IBZ, I looked him up on QRZ.Com and read that he often operates a Johnson Adventurer. Having just acquired one—someone donated it to the Ham Radio at the Hands-On Museum Project—I struck up a conversation with him about the transmitter. He told me that he enjoys restoring vintage rigs, and encouraged me to rebuild this one. His coolest bit of advice is that he salvages the electrolytics out of old CRT computer monitors. Great advice!