Author Archives: k4swl

The ALT-512: A new general coverage QRP transceiver

Note: The following has been cross-posted from our other radio site, the SWLing Post. There’s a new QRP transceiver on the market: the twelve band ALT-512 by Aerial-51. At first glance, you’ll see a similarity between the ALT-512 and the … Continue reading

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New Product: Kev-Flex Stealth Kevlar Antenna Wire

My good friend David Cripe (NMOS) has recently informed me about a new product he’s offering to the radio community via his eBay store: Kev-Flex Stealth Kevlar Antenna Wire. Kev-Flex looks like a superb option for field antennas of all … Continue reading

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A Simple and Low Cost FT8 Transceiver

Many thanks to Pete (WB9FLW) who writes: Adam Rong BD6CR has designed a simple DSB Transceiver for FT8. Crystals are available for 7.074 MHz. and 14.070 MHz (which can be “pulled” with a trimmer to 14.074 MHz). Using only 4 … Continue reading

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Building a 20M mag loop antenna

(Source: Southgate ARC) Antennas come in many shapes and sizes, with a variety of characteristics making them more or less suitable for various applications. The average hacker with only a middling exposure to RF may be familiar with trace antennas, … Continue reading

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FCC invites comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal

(Source: Southgate ARC) The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and … Continue reading

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FT8 growing in popularity, fueled by poor propagation

(Source: Southgate ARC) ARRL report on a survey by Club Log’s Michael Wells G7VJR that shows significant growth in the use of WSJT FT8 during 2018  Wells reported that operators from some 270 DXCC entities were active on FT8 in 2018. “It’s … Continue reading

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Reverend George Dobbs G3RJV Silent Key

We’ve lost an iconic man in the world of QRP: the Reverend George Dobbs G3RJV. (Source: ARRL News) The founder of the GQRP Club and Amateur Radio author the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, of Littleborough, England, died on March 11. … Continue reading

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Now available: WSJT-X 2.0 full release

(Source: Southgate ARC via Mike K8RAT) WSJT-X 2.0 full release now available The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard The … Continue reading

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2019 Canadian Parks On The Air event!

(Source: Southgate ARC via K8RAT) RAC supports Canadian National Parks on the Air event Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce its support of the Canadian National Parks on the Air (CNPOTA) event which will be held next year … Continue reading

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Robert talks uBITX and navigating the world of used radio gear

Many thanks to my buddy, Robert Gulley (AK3Q), who shares the following announcement from his blog All Things Radio: I have posted two new articles in the Reviews and How-Tos section. These were both previously published in The Spectrum Monitor magazine earlier this year. The … Continue reading

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