Category: QRP

9800 Miles on 200mw with WSPR

Yes, you read the title right- 9800 miles (15772km) on 200mw of power using WSPR. Read on to find out how this was done, and why it was even possible to begin with. Equipment used The equipment is simple. At the top is my QRP Labs U3S as shown in a previous post, the Bread …

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The QRP Labs U3S WSPR Beacon

In September of 2017 I built a QRP Labs U3S and posted my initial review of it on This Blog.  That was over a year ago though, and since then a lot has changed. So lets catch up and re-review the U3S and talk about what it can do, and how you can get the …

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HF Antenna 80-10m, no tuner needed.

One of the amazing things about Amateur Radio is that you can turn the hobby into whatever you want it to be. You can  spend thousands of dollars on all the latest gear with a 130 foot tower with giant beams atop it. OR…. you can spend as little as possible and have at least …

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QRP Labs QSX is Almost Here!

In 2017, QRP Labs changed the QRP kit landscape when they released the QCX, a high performance single band QRP CW transceiver. For $49 a person can have a self aligning transceiver packed with features. Many wondered: will they follow up with a SSB kit? The answer of course is yes. But it’s going to …

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Dual Band BITX40 Project Update

I’ve written about putting together a dual band BITX40 in the past and the methods I used had varying success. The idea was to augment the built in filters with switched in/out add-on filters from QRP-Labs. This is a sound idea, but the layout of Low Pass Filter on the BITX40 really didn’t allow it …

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Jackite Pole vs $10 eBay pole- Which should you use?

Jackite Pole Comparison

Howdy folks! In this video we compare the $10 QRP Antenna pole that we previously reviewed and the 31′ Fiberglass Jackite pole. They both have their uses, but which one is the clear winner? Or IS there a clear winner? The Jackite  pole is great because it’s sturdy, tall, and very high quality. The QRP antenna …

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A Simple 5v Power Supply for Arduino, U3S and more

Many electronics experimenters and builders take the lowly 7805 regulator for granted, and we pop it in a circuit without a second thought and move along. But for beginners who are wondering how to power their Arduino or other 5 volt project (such as the QRP Labs U3S) from a 12v-13.8v power supply, the 7805 …

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Arduino is so easy that MisDotGeek gets a new header

It isn't pretty, but it works!

I sat down at my desk tonight not sure what I was going to do. Right now I’m between QRP projects, as my uBITX hasn’t arrived yet and I’m not quite ready to put up my new antenna (I’ve got some building to do). So I grabbed an Arduino from my parts bin and a …

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W7RLF talks BITX on Amateur Radio Roundtable with Tom, W5KUB and Dave KE0OG

On January 2nd 2018 I was honored to be a guest on Tom Medlin’s Amateur Radio Roundtable over at W5KUB.com.   Dave Casler KE0OG, Tom and I discussed various BITX40 and uBITX questions: Are the BITX radio beginner friendly? Is it hard to get contacts on the air? Are there cases available for those who …

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Low Budget Tools and Parts For The Budget Builder

The uBITX is now out, QRP Labs QCX is on the market, and the BITX40 is still a fantastic kit- Hams all around the world are preparing burn some solder and get on the air! If the BITX40 has taught me anything it’s that you don’t need anything fancy to get your radio on the …

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