Author Archives: k4swl

Kickstarter: HobbyPCB 5 Watt SDR starting at $239

Many thanks to Jim Veatch (WA2EUJ) who shares the following: HobbyPCB is offering their RS-HFIQ 5W SDR on Kickstarter starting at $239. Check it out here:

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BITX40: A Fully Assembled $45 SSB QRP transceiver

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who writes: Don’t know if you have seen this or not. VU2ESE of BITX20 Fame has just introduced the BITX40. This is a fully assembled and tested SSB Transceiver for $45 including shipping from India! … Continue reading

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The new CommRadio CTX-10 QRP general coverage transceiver

[Originally poublished on the SWLing Post.] Many thanks to Fred Osterman and Dave Zantow for sharing information about the new CommRadio CTX-10 transciever.  Here is the description from Universal Radio’s catalog: AeroStream Communications near Golden, Colorado entered the hobby radio … Continue reading

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NPOTA: Photos from weekend “two-fer” activation of TR10 and PK01

[This post was originally published on my other radio blog, The SWLing Post] As I mentioned in a previous post, what I love about the National Parks On The Air program is that it combines two of my favorite things: … Continue reading

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What can go wrong? A box, a cat, and a little CW.

Many thanks to my buddy, Philip (N4HF), for sharing this video that made me chuckle:

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NPOTA: Activating the Carl Sandburg Home (NS07) today

This afternoon (September 8), I should have a chance to activate the Carl Sandburg Home again for the ARRL National Parks on the Air program. You might recall, I activated the site Sunday as well. I’ll plan to use the … Continue reading

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NPOTA: Activating the Carl Sandburg home (NS07) today

I am planning to activate the Carl Sandburg Home (NS07) for National Parks on the Air today. I should start sometime between UPDATE (17:00-18:00) UTC and operating for about one hour. I’ll be SSB/QRP on 14286 and possibly 7286 kHz … Continue reading

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NPOTA activation this weekend (August 28)

After two months in Canada, I’m pleased to make some time this weekend to activate PK01, the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’ll be joined by my good friend, Vlado (N3CZ), and we plan to set up at the Folk Art Center on … Continue reading

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Build a cardboard stand for the Elecraft KX3

Many thanks to Tomasz Pabich (SP7Q) for sharing his simple Instructables project for the Elecraft KX3: a cardboard stand. Click here to view on Instructables. I love how simple and affordable this project is! Thanks for sharing, Tomasz!

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HARA Arena to close, Dayton Hamvention to use new venue

[Originally posted on the SWLing Post] Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Eric (WD8RIF) for passing along the following news via WDTN and DARA (the Dayton Amateur Radio Association). (Source: WDTN) TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The iconic venue brought sports, concerts, … Continue reading

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