Author Archives: k4swl

RadioShack liquidation sales

[Note: This post was originally published on my shortwave radio blog, the SWLing Post.] One of my local RadioShack stores is closing and liquidating all of the merchandise and store fixtures. I’ve visited the store twice and found that the best … Continue reading

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Working K1N: The Navassa Island DXpedition

While I love QRP and ham radio in general, I must admit that I’m not much of a DXer. I love the idea of DX, but at this point in my life, it’s hard to make time for it and, … Continue reading

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Fully-assembled Mountain Topper rigs soon available from LnR

Many thanks to Chris (K4RCH) for passing along this message from Steve (KD1JV) at LnR Precision: I am pleased to announce that the 3 band Mountain Topper will be commercially available as a fully assembled product from LnR Precision. They should … Continue reading

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Sherwood Engineering ranks the Flex 6700

Rob Sherwood has now tested and ranked the new FlexRadio Systems 6700 on his receiver test data page.  Hint: the 6700 tops the list when sorted by third-order dynamic range narrow spaced. Click here to view the results.

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October 10: Let’s talk shortwave…and astronomy

I’ve been invited to speak at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a non-profit educational radio astronomy observatory (and former NASA tracking station as well as one-time NSA installation), in the mountains of western North Carolina. I’ll be speaking about shortwave radio, … Continue reading

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NM0S’ Ozark Patrol regenerative receiver kit

Just learned that David Cripe (NM0S) has a new kit for sale: the Ozark Patrol regenerative receiver kit. The Ozark Patrol is a simple, straightforward kit, designed with beginners in mind. The kit is a through-hole design, which is to … Continue reading

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New HRO store in Plano, Texas

Many thanks to Dave (N9EWO) who writes: Ham Radio Outlet has announced a new store location in Plano, TX planned to open in the first quarter of 2015. see:   http://www.hamradio.com/news_announcements.cfm Thanks, Dave!

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KX3 Companion App for Android

Neil, comments on (my other blog) the SWLing Post: “An app specifically made for the Elecraft KX3 is KX3Companion (www.kx3companion.com). There are free and paid versions on Google Play (does not work on Kindle Fire). The same author has created … Continue reading

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The new Splinter II kit from Breadboard Radio

I’ve just learned that Bill (W4FSV) has cooked up a new QRPp receiver / transmitter kit at Breadboard Radio: the Splinter II. In his blog, Bill mentions some of his first contacts on the Splinter II: “I have never been to … Continue reading

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The Ten-Tec Patriot: an open-source SSB/CW/Digital transceiver

Today at the QRP ARCI conference, Four Days in May, Ten-Tec is showing off their latest open-source transceiver: the Model 507 Patriot. Building on the concepts behind the Model 506 Rebel, released last year, the Patriot is open-source and firmly … Continue reading

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