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…

Godzilla? A full size, 3-element Yagi on 160m

Three workers on the boom

7J4AAL in Japan is now sporting the largest Yagi currently in use on 160 meters – a full-size, 3-element monster atop a rotating 200-ft (60m) tower. The previous Largest 160m Yagi was at OH8X but a winter storm put the tower and antennas on the ground in December 2013. The same tower also supported an…

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 –…