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.
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!
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.