Category Archives: Homebrew

Bill’s 1 Watt Wood Box QRP Beacon

Many thanks to Bill (AA0RQ) who writes: I’m running an attended beacon on 7041.8 kHz–the ID is VVV de AA0RQ/B AA0RQ/B AA0RQ/B 1 watt… Often after running the beacon I plug the beacon crystal into the little 6L6 single tube … Continue reading

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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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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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Four Days In May: A look back at FDIM 2012…

One of the highlights of my trip to the Dayton Hamvention last year was attending evenings at Four Days in May (FDIM), a QRP convention sponsored by the QRP ARCI that rather conveniently coincides with the Dayton Hamvention, which I try to … Continue reading

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Harold’s JA7HJ tower was not your average tower

I meet some very interesting people in radio circles.  My friend Harold Johnson (W4ZCB) is undoubtedly one of them. Last year at my local ham radio/DXer club meeting, members were asked to bring photos of shacks and rigs, and describe … Continue reading

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Author interview: Dennis Blanchard’s (K1YPP) “Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail”

This year, at the Four Days in May (FDiM) Dayton QRP gathering, I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Blanchard (K1YPP) and his wife, Jane, as Blanchard signed copies of his book, Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the … Continue reading

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Vlado’s challenge: home-brewed QRP DXCC

My good friend, Vladimir (Vlado) Karamitrov (N3CZ/ZS6MG) is someone who likes to challenge himself. Perhaps this is why he’s such an accomplished DXer and contester. Recently, at his QTH, he showed me one of his latest projects: a home brewed … Continue reading

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Andy’s 6N7 Tube QRP Amp

In this Glowbug Times article, Andy shows us his very cool homebrew tube amp. Andy shares his motivation: Once upon a time I’d decided to join a Big Guns Gang and made a Super-Duper Powerful Vacuum Tube QRP amplifier for my 800mW QRPP homebrew … Continue reading

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Ken’s PCB holder makes for a great weekend project

Thanks, Ken (WA4MNT), for bringing this very cool and simple project to our attention. Click here to download instructions–parts are available from Ken for $23, or components can be home-brewed (I can imagine the plastic components can be replaced with … Continue reading

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The Das DereLicht QRP transmitter–A bright idea

Make Magazine’s blog recently featured the Das DereLicht–a QRP transmitter made almost entirely from the electronic components found in within a CFL Bulb. The transmitter, was designed by Michael J. Rainey (AA1TJ) who was inspired while changing a defective CFL … Continue reading

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