Category: DIY

Cheap Drone becomes Roadkill

Last month, I posted about the cheap drone I have and showed off some of the photos I’ve taken with it- clearly, I shouldn’t be able to get such good photos with such a cheap drone, but I have! I’ve also crashed the thing more times than I can count, and it’s come away mostly …

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SSB and Digital with… a QCX?

In January 2019, a ham named Guido, PE1NNZ posted to the QRP Labs groups.io group. The title of the post was “QCX-SSB: SSB with your QCX transceiver“.If you’re familiar with the QCX, then you’ll realize that this is a profound statement! The QCX is a high performance 5w CW transceiver. So how on earth did …

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Salvaging old CB’s for QRP Parts: Part 4

In the previous three installments, we tore down two old CB’s and an even older tube based CB linear amplifier. Those teardowns were a lot of fun and a great way to look at the way things used to be done before frequency synthesis took over. In this final CB teardown, we’re going to look …

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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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IOT Emergency Alert with RPi and Notify17

Today’s post outlines a project that I threw together in as short of time as possible because there was an urgent need for it. As readers of This Blog may know, my wife is quite ill and has been for some time. Unfortunately her condition has worsened greatly, and she is now bed bound. This …

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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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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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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