Portable SDR with built-in antenna analyzer

pSDR

As I read the web site and watch the embedded videos, I am of course interested in the technology described – but perhaps even more interesting is the age of the ham involved. We often hear about the “graying” of ham radio and I’ll be the first to agree with those who say that the hobby…

Why not a “smart” autotuner?

rxnb

Three decades ago, every issue of QST had an ad from Palomar Engineers with exactly two products being pushed – a VLF converter and a noise bridge. They looked quite similar in identically-sized bright red housings. I bought the VLF converted and had a lot of fun experimenting with it. As for the noise bridge –…

Thanks *again*, Nigel!

G3TXF

Nigel G3TXF has given me a number of New Ones in his extensive travels as a DXer – most recently Tristan da Cunha as he operates as ZD9XF. I won’t say he’s particularly strong here at the moment but we were both strong enough for him to give me ATNO #314. For those who know…

Irony on the ham bands

crimea

This weekend there were special event stations on the air from Ukraine and Sweden – each “celebrating” their own history and culture: 24 August is Ukraine’s version of our (US) 4th of July and today they are commemorating their 23rd year of independence from the old Soviet Union. This, as fighting with Russia over Ukraine’s Crimea…

The first 25 entities with Mountain Topper QRP

KD1JV's MTR (Version 2) - same size as deck of cards.

I’ve decided to return to my QRP roots for a while with the goal of working DXCC with my KD1JV MTR rig. The log/details of the progress will be kept up to date here. I’ve had it on the air exactly one week now and have just finished working the first 25 entities in 4 separate…