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General Discussion / Video on bands and ranges.
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:52:39 PM »


General Discussion / 2018 Site Update.
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:46:02 PM »

I have tried to update the forum software but will need to update my database server first. Since I have clients on that machine, I can't do so without risking major outages, so I will have to wait for the appropriate time... I reverted to the previous version of the software. Hopefully there won't be any glitches. Let me know if you notice anything weird. My avatar had disappeared but I reuploaded it. You might have to do the same.

Now the YouTube channel is on Patreon:

Sorry, I haven't posted much here lately but the YouTube channel takes a lot of my time ???

Future projects include finishing boxing up the MFT-40 and QCX, as well as a few improvements to my Soda-Pop. I have a couple ideas for antenna builds and evaluations. What is needed IMHO are more operating videos. Another couple months and the weather should improve...


General Discussion / Major Sheldon’s Last Watt.
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:32:39 PM »
Hello. Here is a short story sent to me by Wayne (N6KR) at Elecraft. The author is W. A Taylor.
Click on the attachment below to get the PDF file.


Technical Corner / The Resurrection of the Small Wonder Labs SW+ Radio.
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:47:18 AM »


General Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2017, 07:14:58 AM »
And happy new year to everyone!


Morse Code / First Time Using a Vibroplex Bug.
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:14:50 AM »


Military Radios / Pedestrian Mobile Radio With The PRC-320.
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:57:09 PM »




General Discussion / Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: October 31, 2017, 06:42:16 PM »
Hello. I never have... Wondering about its utility in a prepping context...

Have you tried the 160m band? What is your experience? What do you think about it?


General Discussion / New Shirt & Mug.
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:04:38 AM »
By popular demand:

Get a few!


Antennas / The Marvelous 10/20/40 Half-Wave End-Fed Antenna.
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:30:52 PM »


Antennas / Th Fabulous Moxon Antenna.
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:33:03 PM »

I really wanted to make one video, but had nothing for this week so there will be a part 2.


Antennas / New Elecraft AX1 Antenna.
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:56:08 AM »
Hello gang.

I received a PDf from Wayne about the new Elecraft AX1 antenna, a dual-band 17/20m telescopic antenna. The whip collapses to 6". A tuner is required. It seems this antenna is mainly for HT type operations but also works for tabletop operating. I would put it in competition with the MFJ-1820T.

The PDF file is attached... No precise release date or price available at this time... I hope to get one for testing...


Technical Corner / New Steve Weber Project.
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:38:10 AM »
From the AT_Sprint Yahoo group:

I just ordered proto boards for a SSB reversion of the Soda Pop, tentatively named "slop bucket".

It's based on the Survivor SSB rig design, but with a Si5351 VFO and of course, mostly SMT parts. It is slightly bigger then the soda pop board, but not by much.(92 x 100 mm). It includes a VOX circuit so it can be connected directly to a sound card for digital mode operation.  I decided not to board mount the jacks this time for two reasons. 1) to keep the board smaller then 100 x 100 mm and 2) it allows more flexibility of enclosure choices. 

My plan is to initially offer just 50 kits, all of the same band and only to US address. I know this will disappoint a lot of people, but it makes my life easier.  ETA is before Christmas.

The main reason for offering just one band is because the IF frequency is different depending on the band to keep unwanted mixer products well away from the operating frequency.

A 20 M version will use a 9 MHz IF and a 40M version will use a 11.059 MHz IF. The 20M version will likely require a more expensive PA then the 40M version to get decent power output and that could impact the price of the kit, but probably not by too much. The price will be in the ball park of the Soda Pop kit.


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