New QRP rig from LNR

LNR LD-5

LNR (who now sells PAR antennas) has a new QRP rig on the way even as they work toward the re-release of their 4-band FX-4. The upcoming LD-5 will cover all 5 bands from 15 to 40 meters. Elecraft seems to have started something with the form factor of the KX1. Since then a number…

What would you pay for this rig?

X-108

All bands (10-160m) and 20 watts. It’s definitely an attractive radio and seems to offer a lot of features with an informative display. The Standard/Deluxe versions cost $600/$700. The price for the CQXIEGU  X-108 seems competitive and the products from China are maturing to the point where they are competitive in ways other than just…

All Continents in 1 hour with MTR QRP

MTR_WAC

I decided to try out the other two bands (30 & 40m) of the Mountain Top Rig this evening and conditions, like last night on 20m, were fantastic. 3B8/HB9ARY was booming in so loud I had to partially remove the headphones since the MTR doesn’t have a volume control. He was operating simplex with only three…

MTR lives! (Thanks, Steve KD1JV)

mtr_log

As careful as I was in building the latest kit from that creative genius known as Steve Weber KD1JV, I had a flaw somewhere and couldn’t get the past the initial steps of aligning the completed kit. I’ll spare you all the details of how much midnight oil I burned looking for the fix –…

XU7AEX Cambodia – ATNO #313

aw

I sure hope this was the Real Deal and not a pirate… Very little info is available from the regular sources regarding this station from Cambodia but he was loud and clear this morning on 17m CW with not too much of a pile-up. He was listening a few Hz off his transmit freq –…

Audio: NPR podcast of Radiosport

wrtc2014

Here is the 8 minute audio podcast on the topic of radio contesting as covered by NPR yesterday morning (9 Aug 2014). It is also available on their website (which also specifies that it is permissible to share it) but is a bit difficult to find. Far more interesting than the write-up, the audio contains…