My new old Norcal QRP Power Meter kit

pm_1

A few days ago, I did something I never ever do – checked into my much-neglected Twitter account. What great timing! Fellow blogger Jason NT7S had just listed a few items he had for sale, one of which was a kit I missed out on in 2008 – Norcal’s QRP Power Meter Kit. An email…

The Russian Woodpecker & the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

duga-3

When I got my Novice ticket in 1978, the Russian Woodpecker was at its peak. Developed to detect ICBM launches, the over-the-horizon radars known as Duga-1, Duga-2 and Duga-3  caused an incredible amount of QRM on the 20- and 40-meter ham bands. Even Radio Moscow was not immune. The system became operational in 1976 amid…

Allied Radio (1929-1981) catalogs online

allied_radio

Add Allied Radio to the growing list of old publications finding their way online (the others are here). I find the prices for various items to be an interesting thing to ponder. A $40 console radio in 1938 cost $748 in today’s equivelant dollars. Here’s an inflation calculator to help you make similar comparisons. . .

“Poka” – the new “DSW”

ru

I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it. My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye. But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google…

Updates: Ten Tec, Elecraft, 73 Magazine

73

Just before Christmas of 2011, Wayne Greene of 73 Magazine released the entire collection of that magazine to the public domain. I posted a convenient way to download those 518 issues and that posting ranks as my all-time highest hit count so I know many hams around the world now have those 17GB of great…

Construction begins on KD1JV’s MTRv2

MTRv2

With a mix of anticipation and dread I finally began construction of my MTR 2.0 this evening. Prior to beginning I experimented with various methods of soldering on a pair of cheap SMD kits. After all that, I’m doing it the old way – the way that always worked before – standard old-fashioned soldering as…

10B-DXCC QRP

Via Wayne N6KR on the Elecraft reflector: I wanted to acknowledge what is, to the best of my knowledge, a unique feat by Don Bush, WA2TPU. He has achieved DXCC (over 100 countries worked) on every ham band from 160-6 meters, excluding 60 meters, running 5 watts or less for all QSOs. He used a…