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OpenQRP transceiver available in the UK

Graham Smith (G3ZOD) writes: “Kanga Products (UK) provided the first Open QRP 40m transceiver kits at the UK National Hamfest on 27/28th September. http://www.kanga-products.co.uk/index.php/openqrp-transceiver The kit is priced at £89 (GBP) and has an LCD display and front panel controls … Continue reading

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Say “Hi” to Juno as it passes by Earth today

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Troy, who emailed me about a really fun and unique opportunity for amateur radio operators:  to send the NASA spacecraft Juno a Morse Code greeting [specifically, "HI"] when it passes over Earth tomorrow, starting around 18:00 … Continue reading

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2013 Ten-Tec Hamfest and W4DXCC: Rob Sherwood guest

Along with the Dayton Hamvention, I try to attend the Ten-Tec hamfest every year. Not only is it one of the hamfests nearest my home base, but also their “radios only” free tailgating is the source of many great quality radio … Continue reading

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LNR Precision introduces the FX-4: a four band CW/SSB transceiver

I saw a prototype of the FX-4 at the Dayton Hamvention this year. Initial impressions are that it is well-built and easily back-packable. I will see about reviewing the LNR FX-4 after they become available. Many thanks to Chris (K4RCH) … Continue reading

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HackRF: an open source SDR transceiver

[From my shortwave radio blog...] Michael Ossmann is making a business out of developing and producing open-source hardware. His latest creation is called HackRF, and in less than a day, it has been fully backed on Kickstarter raising over $290,000 US … Continue reading

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“The Weakest Solar Cycle in 100 Years”

Thanks to QRPer.com contributor Eric (WD8RIF) for passing along this story from Sky and Telescope. Scientists are unsure why this solar peak has been less than stellar: (Source: Sky and Telescope) Scientists are struggling to explain the Sun’s bizarre recent … Continue reading

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BBC World Service interviews Paul (N6PSE)who is attempting to organize a DXpedition to North Korea

(Source: BBC World Service) A small group of US ham radio enthusiasts have been in North Korea recently to ask for permission to set up a ‘pop up’ ham radio station there. Paul Ewing is one of them; he wants … Continue reading

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This Sunday: the first annual SYBO QRP contest

This Sunday (July 14, 2013) from 16:00-22:00 UTC, grab your QRP rig and head for the outdoors in the new SYBO (Scorch Your Butt Off) contest. According to the SYBO website, this contest is all about operating in hot weather … Continue reading

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Ten-Tec Argonaut VI on Sherwood’s Receiver Test Table

Rob Sherwood, with Sherwood Engineering, just updated his receiver test data table with the Ten-Tec Model 539 Argonaut: The Argonaut VI certainly holds it own in comparison with contest grade radios.

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Elecraft taking orders for the KXPA100; a portable 100 watt amplifier with built-in ATU

(Source: Elecraft) June 17, 2013 Now accepting orders for the Elecraft KXPA100 100 W Amplifier We have received FCC certification and are putting on the finishing touches and performing our field test on the KXPA100. We’re now taking orders for … Continue reading

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