Ryan Flowers

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Working From Home: How to Survive

One of the ways the world has reacted to COVID-19 is to send workers home. Twenty years ago that would have meant massive layoffs. These days it just means that your cubicle is now your dining table. Working from home sounds easy- and it is! But it has some hidden “gotchas” that will trip up …

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Excellent QRP, Homebrew, and DIY YouTube Channels Worth Checking Out

In this post, we’re simply going to show you some YouTube channels that you should check out, and subscribe to them if you like them. First up is Mark, G0MGX. His channel focuses on QRP Homebrew, and he has a great approach to how he builds. Here has an excellent series on scratch building a …

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The BITX Easy is Almost Here!

5/10/20: Updated information here: https://miscdotgeek.com/bitx-easy-more-details-tentative-pricing-and-release-date/ Hey everyone, been pretty busy and haven’t had a chance to keep up with some developments on the BITX Easy, but Sunil has been posting some tantalizing pictures on Facebook the last few days. If you’re not familiar with the BITX Easy, check out these posts:https://miscdotgeek.com/the-bitx-easy-more-details-emerge/https://miscdotgeek.com/the-bitx40-is-dead-long-live-the-bitx40/ Sunil has posted pictures …

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Review: More Hand-Carried QRP Antennas

Ever since I restarted with ham radio in 2016, I have looked up to Peter Parker, VK3YE. His extensive coverage of various topics on his YouTube channel was inspiring, and you can see his influence throughout These Pages, such as the VK3YE inspired L-Match tuner. My own perception of QRP radio was greatly influenced by …

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JS8Call is Growing: You can help!

JS8Call is growing, and you can help! Learn about the latest changes and how any FT8 user can make a difference with JS8Call

Ready for a new PC? Now’s a Good Time!

If you’re anything like me, you wait until you just can’t use your old computer anymore because it’s too slow- then you upgrade with the least expensive parts possible. I did this in 2018, and I kind of wish I’d have waited! Why? When I built my new PC I got an AMD Ryzen 5 …

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QSX Update and Winter Project Ideas

Most of us have been waiting patiently for the QSX, but some have been waiting a little less patiently. Unfortunately this has put a lot of pressure on Hans over at QRP Labs, but he’s stood his ground: It’ll be ready when it’s ready, because quality comes first. And to that we say, bravo! Given …

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QRP-Labs goes QRO!

QRP Labs has announced a new kit: A 50W Amplifier for the QCX series of CW transceivers! And get this: It’s only $29.50! Given the cost of much of the lousy kits available on ebay and other importer sites that hardly have any instructions, this is a fantastic deal. It’s a Class C amp suitable …

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Why Windows 10 is my Desktop OS of Choice

In the comments section of a recent Hackaday.com article about some Windows 10 updates, there was a lively discussion taking place regarding the merits of using Linux instead of Windows 10. Many sung the woes of how awful Windows 10 is, how bad the updates are, and how switching to Linux saved them in some …

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The Phaser: A Digital Only QRP Radio Kit

Recently we looked at a digital DSB transceiver kit for FT8 that’s been making the rounds, and talked about the pros and cons of such a design. There’s also been discussion about the DSB digital FT8 rigs on several groups.io and Facebook groups. Another vendor has entered into the arena of digital-only QRP radios. It …

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