Author Archives: k4swl

micro-BITX: a homebrew general coverage SSB/CW QRP transceiver

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who shares the following: Farhan VU2ESE Does It Again! http://www.phonestack.com/farhan/ubitx/ubitx.html A compact 10 watts, easy to build, general coverage SSB/CW transceiver for HF bands Homebrewers have traditionally avoided making multiband transceivers as they can get extremely … Continue reading

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Ham takes SOTA activation to new level

(Source: Southgate ARC) Amateur takes unusual route to SOTA Colin Evans, M1BUU, from near Haworth, West Yorkshire attained SOTA Mountain Goat on Saturday 28th January on the summit of Whernside, G/NP-004. Colin took rather an unusual approach to his activation … Continue reading

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BITX40 Goes Digital

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who notes that Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE) has upgraded the BITX40 Transceiver with a Arduino Nano/Si5351 VFO: http://www.hfsigs.com/ Thanks for the tip, Pete!  

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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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