27th January 2014
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Depending upon your need/usage, I can fully recommend any of these headphones for radio use.
KSC75 - my portable ear clip headphones. Fantastic sound in a small package. Better than earbuds. Comfy. $10 on Amazon. No-brainer. Buy one pair for your go-kit and one for your mp3 player.
KXT Pro1 - These inexpensive, comfortable, non-bulky on-ear headphones have a really pleasing sound to me on CW. And you can still hear the phone ring or XYL calling you from upstairs. Small enough to take with you on outings too. Radio Shack sells these for $16.
SB45 - Full sized, closed-ear design to keep ambient room noise at bay. Good sound on both phone and CW, comfortable and very good audio reports from the mic with my KX3. I believe there are two versions, one with 3.5mm plugs and one with USB, so make sure you get the right one. $29 on Amazon.
1st November 2013
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Halloween in Hell. Boo!
30th October 2013
Hans Summers’ Ultimate 2 QRSS Kit (which I’ve maintained is the most fun you can have legally in ham radio for $25 + shipping) has received a much-desired upgrade.
The upcoming Ultimate 3 will sport a cool new blue backlit LCD! This will make things much easier on my aging eyes in the dark, dank, spiderwebbed corner of the basement that is my shack.
For those not familiar, check out the page and read through the operating manual to see what can be done (WSPR, FSKCW, CW, Hell, etc.) with this little gem of a kit. I can’t stress enough how much of a no-brainer purchase this is at this price. The build is quite easy and the fun you’ll have far, far surpasses the cost. Just don’t buy them all before I get mine.
I have the first two generations of Ultimate QRSS Kit and this will be my third. The first (single band 30m) is out making the rounds amongst local hams, and the second has gotten much use in my shack, its 100mW WSPRs heard as much as 15000 km away down under.
22nd October 2013
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Hot off the press - from Paul, NA5N, and Jan NØQT:
Countdown to the 16th Annual Zombie Shuffle - A unique on-the-air
event exclusively for QRP Zombies
The whole world seems to be getting full of zombies. But - we’re the
originals!!! QRP Zombies since 1998.
WHY ZOMBIE SHUFFLE?: Because Zombies don’t sprint.
THE ZOMBIE SHUFFLE is an annual event for QRPers to get on the air, have some fun, and rack up a really big score in spite of what your CW or operating skills may be. It is normally held on the Friday before
Halloween to avoid the CW SS contest. It is administered strictly
through the QRP-L mailing list.
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013, from sundown (Suggestion - 6 p.m. Local time) to Midnight.
Rules? (or, in case of Zombies - Suggestions?) Dig here:
If you don’t have a Zombie number, email Jan firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. If you’ve been issued a Zombie Number, it is good for life, or death, whichever comes first.
ELVIS STATIONS: If you have served as an Elvis station in the past 3 years, or served as a Mayan King last year, you are an Elvis station this year!!!
CQ BOO is the time tested CQ for the Zombie Shuffle.
REBIRTH RULE: You may work the same station on a band every two hours so you don’t get bored.
CODE SPEED: This is not a 35wpm event. It’s a fun event regardless of your code speed nor how rusty you may be. We want to work you as bad as you want to work us.
CONTEST PHILOSOPHY: There is no point to the Zombie Shuffle whatsoever except to get on the air and have fun with fellow Zombies and QRPers. Even with only 2-3 QSOs, you can earn a fairly large score to brag to your co-workers and QRO buddies. If you haven’t been on the air for awhile, or you are a new CW ham, your fist is “rusty,” or your code speed is slow, this is the “contest” to put a few contacts in the log. Note that the scoring is based on SERENDIPITY rather than operating skill.
So, crank down that “full gallon” a bit, crank down your CW Speed, and
join the fun!
19th July 2013
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Portable delta loop feedpoint/insulator & balun. Balun is in the pink container. Coax will attach where red & green wires are on front bottom, and feed through the balun which is plugged in on the backside, and then to the antenna wire (green) which is fed through some of the mounting holes on the sides for strain relief.
The arrangement should provide flexibility to allow other wire antenna types and baluns (2:1, 4:1, etc.) to be used. The other mounting holes will be used for support cord. Apex of the delta loop and other corner will be set/hung by large clothing buttons.
Perhaps an expensive approach if you had to purchase the binding-post wall plate, but I was given a bagful by a fellow ham, so the price (for me) was right.
18th June 2013
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Already well into June. Time to measure myself against my New Year goal list for 2013:
- Complete 10-20m Top Loaded Vertical (before the cycle fades) — Soon… really...
- Experiment with weak signal modes WSPR, QRSS etc — Indeed. Having fun!!
- Operate more digital modes — A little bit. Some PSK and RTTY, but not as much as I’d hoped. CW man at heart….
- Build QRP-O-Meter (Xmas gift!) — DONE!
- Get my main HF antenna - G0FAH multiband dipole - back up where it should be (Thanks a lot Sandy!) — YUP!!
- Build portable 6m Moxon — Yessir! Morning of the June VHF Contest. Just in time for crappy conditions that weekend.
- Set up shack computer (properly) with rig interface(s), live digi-logging, clusters, etc. — zzzzz….. not yet. Lame.
- Commit to on ONE logging program. — Insert sad smiley
- Play around with some SDR ( Chinese dongle & Softrock) and software — half n half. Played with dongle <did i just say that?> and software, but Softrock still in its bag.
- Do more SOTA activations & chases — Did my second activation and achieved Shack Sloth chaser status. Huzzah!!
- Continued portable ops. — Always looking to get out. No prob.
- Build a HF Mag Loop — Seems like a good early winter project.
- More kits/more homebrewing — Built some antennas and three kits. Not bad.
- Fix my QRO rigs (Swan 350 suddenly squealing) — Who has time for QRO???
- Help local CW newbies with live QSO practice (NVIS antenna? internet?…) — Mostly their fault. Have to push more.
And I bought a KX3…. that must count for something……
11th June 2013
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My new portable 6m Moxon. Assembled in the basement Saturday morning and tested on the deck prior to the June VHF contest.
- Spreaders - 4 Fiberglass driveway markers (48”)
- 16 gauge wire - 20’ or so
- Two pieces of 1/2” copper pipe for hub- flattened in center, ends bent out 20 deg from centerline.
- U-bolt - attaches two copper pipe pieces back to back and holds antenna to mast
- Gap Spacers - Two pieces roughly 4.5” each, wire zip tied along top
- Paracord - four small loops to thread wire through, zip tied to ends of spreaders
- Zip ties - many, as needed
- Coax - RG8X
Aside from the coax, mast and hub, entire antenna collapses down into about 2” x 48”. Hub is about 12” x 5” x 1/2”.