Category: Electronics

The Canon Powershot Camera: A Hackers Paradise

Imagine programming your thrift store point and shoot camera to do things no other inexpensive camera can do. Take time lapses, star trail photos, and far more. I’m not talking about raspberry pi’s or arduinos. Instead, I thought it would be neat to show you all my favorite camera in the world. It’s not a …

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Project Brownie Begins

One of my greatest joys of ham radio is repurposing things. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fishing pole for an antenna or stripping out old CAT5 cable for experimental wire antenna, or using fittings from old CBs. Earlier this year I found an old AM/FM clock radio that I stuffed my DC40 project into. …

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QSX Update: June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 QSX Update. We’ve spent some time collecting information about the QSX and thought you’d like to read it all in one place. At the Four Days In May conference (FDIM), Hans Summers did a presentation about the QSX, and it’s been collected in audio. Both the audio and a slideshow …

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AF5HD’s L-Match Tuner Build

A fun project for every QRP enthusiast is an L-match tuner. We’ve built a couple here at MiscDotGeek and our latest build (shown here) inspired Billy Dunn (AF5HD) to build a similar tuner. We have to say, this one turned out better than ours did! The only trouble he ran into was that one of …

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Toroid Tip #4: Counting!

As a collector of tips and tricks that I can use when building radio stuff. I’m also a writer and I love sharing knowledge. When Todd, N0IP shared a tip that I can’t believe I didn’t think of myself, I just had to write it up! For the other three tips, see the link at …

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MiscDotGeek talks Radio Homebrew on W5KUB!

Here at MiscDotGeek we’ve been pretty busy with Real Life Stuff, and it’s been hard to find time to hack on radios lately. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have time to talk about hacking on radios! And that’s exactly what we did last week on the W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable broadcast. In fact, we …

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QSX Update: February 2019

QSX Update February 2019

It’s the last day of February 2019, and if you’re like me you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for QRP Labs to release their upcoming QSX all-band HF rig. It’s slated to be feature packed SDR based radio, starting out as a 40 meter radio but will be expandable to cover all bands between 160 …

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Panasonic AM/FM Clock Radio Teardown

Have you ever been at a thrift store and wondered if you should buy that super cheap bit of electronics and salvage or re-use it? In this video we discuss how to tear down such a beast, and discuss things like what makes a good find, what parts can be easily re-used, and how industrial …

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QRP/ BITX40 and uBITX Case on sale!

UPDATE July 16th: It’s $6.99 until July 26th, the lowest we’ve seen it! Hey QRP Folks, I just saw that the Excellway EF01 case, so commonly used on BITX40 and uBITX builds is *ON SALE* until February 28th. Be sure to pick one or two up while the price is so low. They’re only $8.99 …

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The W7RLF BITX40: Finished at last!

Last year I thought the BITX40 was “done”. It successfully worked on 80, 40, 30, and 20m. It was truly multi-band! The trick to doing that was to make the Band Pass and Low Pass filters pluggable using QRP Labs filters. One only needed to open the radio, change the filters, and retune the VFO. …

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