Category: Reviews

QRP Labs VFO Review [Spoiler: we love it!]

I’ve had the QRP Labs VFO for many many months now and it’s about time I got around to actually writing a review of it. When I originally purchased my BITX40, it did not come with a digital VFO. With the analog VFO, tuning was an exercise in futility. I had never owned an HF …

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WordCamp LAX 2017

WordCamp LAX 2017: Travel and Luggage This will be my first work partially authored at subsonic speeds at 33,000ft. I can see Lake Tahoe from here. Well, I could a minute it’s ago anyway. My employer has asked me to join them at WordCamp 2017 in Los Angeles, and so right now I’m aboard a …

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QRP Labs U3S WSPR Transmitter Build and Test

The QRP Labs U3S is a multi-mode transmitter kit. It outputs 200mw of power on any band you have a filter for, and is extendable to up to 6 bands that it can rotate through. It’s only $33 and is incredibly capable. Let’s check it out! I received the U3S in April 2017, but was …

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QRP Antenna Pole: 20ft for $10

Jackite Pole Comparison

No matter whether you’re using JT65, Voice, CW, or any other mode, you need to have an antenna. When you’re QRP, you also need all the help you can get. And high is might,. right? If you are going to be portable, you need a portable antenna. At my home, I don’t have room for …

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BITX40 Is it a good Beginners HF Radio?

People often look at the price of the BITX40 and assume that at such a low price point it must be a good entry into HF Radio. But is that really the case? Let’s take a look at a few facets of the BITX40, and you can see if it’s the right radio for you. …

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BITX40 Builds: M6YPA’s 3D Printed Case and Microphone

Today we bring you a beautiful 3D printed case from Adrian Cattell, M6YPA. Here are the pictures. See below for Adrian’s description of the case, and how it came to be. Thanks for sharing, Adrian! Update: This case is now available for purchase from Dave, KE0KHA. Click Here to go to his site and get one of …

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Cheap Soldering Iron: Which one?

In this entry we’ll talk about my search for a cheap soldering iron. I’ve been burning myself with cheap soldering irons since I was about 10 years old and I taught myself various bad ways to solder. I’ve dabbled in electronics here and there since then, always curious but not really knowing what I was …

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Last of the Breed: A must-read epic by Louis L’Amour

As a youngster in High School, I enjoyed English more than any other class. Sometimes I found it maddening when the teachers forced us to read books I had zero interest in (I’m looking at you, The Lillies of the Field!) or books like Lord of the Flies, where I had more in common with the …

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H701 Tablet Review (Or, “How bad can it be?”)

H701 Tablet Review TL;DR: This is the worst electronics purchase I’ve made that wasn’t at the Dollar Store. Do not buy cheap Chinese tablets on sketchy websites. You get what you pay for. If you want a quality tablet, go buy a Samsung. You’ll spend more but you’ll get your money’s worth. If you’ve spent …

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