Category: Reviews

Building the QSX PA: First Impressions

As shown in A Previous Post, the QRP Labs QSX is on its way. It’s a SDR based all mode HF rig, 80m through 10m. It’ll be digital ready, too which is very cool!¬†Recently we looked at what it’s going to take to build the QSX, and in this post we’re going to actually start …

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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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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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Ham Radio for $100 Part 1: VHF

It is often said that ham radio is a very expensive Hobby. It is my aim in this blog post to show you that while ham radio can be expensive, it doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive to get started and have a lot of fun on the air! We’re going to look at three …

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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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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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