Category: Amateur Radio

Finishing a QRP Guys Para40Set

A few weeks ago, David KA4ZUC posted on the QRP Amateur Radio Facebook group: He was unable to finish his Para40Set radio kit because of some physical limitations, and asked if he could pay somebody to wind the T1 toroid for him. Apparently, another ham had done so for a fee, but did it wrong. …

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Salvaging old CB’s for QRP Parts: Part 1

About three years ago, I stopped at a garage sale on the way to a friends home. It turned out to be an estate sale full of goodies for a guy like me, always looking for things that can be used or repurposed. I spotted a red bin with a bunch of cables and wires …

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QCX Giveaway: We Have a Winner!

First, I want to sincerely thank everyone who entered. There are certainly many reasons that you all mentione’d you’d love a QCX! Seven entries mentioned POTA, 22 mentioned SOTA, 2 mentioned quick lunch QSO’s, and one person even mentioned buying one as an Anniversary present for their wife! I would encourage all of you to …

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QCX Kit Giveaway!

Giveaway Closed Entries have been closed as promised at 5PM PDT on April 17th- Thanks for coming in, and check the comments below for some great reasons to get a QCX 🙂 Please see https://miscdotgeek.com/qcx-giveaway-we-have-a-winner/ to see who won! Original Post I try to avoid headlines with exclamation marks, but this one deserves it! MiscDotGeek …

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Project Brownie is Complete!

It’s complete, and it’s for sale! Details in the video below Last year I introduced Project Brownie: The quest to imagine what a spy radio, made with technology that wouldn’t emerge for another half century, would have looked like in the 1960’s. To do this, I”d need some parts, some creativity, and some tools. A …

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Ham Radio Homebrew Hack Chat with ZL2CTM on 3/18

On Wednesday 3/18 at 12pm PST (1900Z) there will be a Hack Chat over at Hackaday.io with Charlie Morris, ZL2CTM. If you haven’t watched his videos on YouTube, they’re definitely worth checking out. Charlie goes into great detail about the design and construction of his radios, and there’s a project for any level of builder. …

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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