Category: Amateur Radio

JS8 Ragchew vs. Heartbeat

Post Updated 9/9/21 to address comments both here and on Facebook that had some great points! While monitoring JS8 on 40 meters I saw a QSO in progress that seemed to be going nicely, a long “rag chew” in the works. You can imagine my dismay as things went a bit down hill when one …

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Prototyping with Corrugated Plastic and Hot Glue

While taking a look at the latest Solder Smoke Blog posts, I ran into This Post where Bill mentions how much he loves using a wood board- so much so that he might not even put the radio in a case! This got me thinking: What do I have around my shack that I could …

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BITX40 Rebuild Part 3: Back On The Air!

In the July 2020 update, I made mention that my BITX40 BITX’d the dust, so to speak. Receive worked, but transmit failed. In Part 1 of the BITX40 Rebuild series I talked about the history of my radio, some of the modifications I’ve made, and how badly I messed it up when troubleshooting the problem! …

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ATU-10 QRP Auto-Tuner emerges. And, a uSDX killer?

QRP Guys need tuners that are small,. portable, and low power. Can an Automatic Antenna Tuner do the job? Find out!

BITX40 Rebuild Progress Report, MiscDotNews

In this post we’re going to catch up with what’s been going on over here at MiscDotGeek and explain the gap in posts lately. We’ve been busy, and some of it hasn’t been all good, sad to say. I recently posted about a series of videos related to the BITX40 Rebuild project, which so far …

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First QRP Portable Ops: Failure!

I recently decided that with the amount of camping I’d like to do, I couldn’t handle sleeping in the back of my Suburban. As much as I like the rig, getting in and out is difficult at best, and there’s no room to sit up, let alone stand up. So, I bought The Tent To …

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BITX40 Rebuild Part 2: It Has Begun!

As I wrote in Part 1 of the BITX40 Rebuild Part 1, my own love affair with the BITX40 goes back to December 2016 when a gift from my wife arrived from India in the form of a BITX40v3 from HF Signals, Ashhar Farhan’s company that at the time produced just the BITX40v3. Also mentioned …

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A Personal Milestone: Published on Paper

As far back as I can remember, I have had a fondness for words and language. Even in the second grade, learning the roots of words, their suffixes and prefixes, and so many things surrounding grammar- it was all just fascinating to me. Beginnings Through Middle School and High School, English class was what I …

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Ununs, A new End Fed, and Homebrew Capacitors [YouTube]

Things have been pretty hectic here at Chez Geek, but I’ve made some time this month to work on a new project. Now that the QCX Mini 20 is all fixed up, and I’m making inroads in learning CW, it’s time for a dedicated “spare” antenna. My station has been single-antenna since I restarted radio …

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QCX Mini Troubleshooting and Repair Tips

If you’ve been keeping up on the MiscDotGeek YouTube channel or the QRP Labs Groups.io forum, then you’re likely aware that the QCX Mini has had some teething issues. We’ve already covered the C38 problem, and that’s been fully resolved. Instead we’re going to look at the issue that some builders are having: The inability …

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