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MTR lives! (Thanks, Steve KD1JV)

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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 –…

My new old Norcal QRP Power Meter kit

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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…

Construction begins on KD1JV’s MTRv2

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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…

Mountain Top Radio 2.0 available for order

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UPDATE: Sold out in 15 hours. Steve KD1JV made his latest kit available for sale last night. The MTR (Version 2) is $155 postage paid ($165 for DX). This new kit differs from the original MTR in that is a 3-band rig for the builder’s choice of 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters (80m components not included…

A solid-state kilowatt amp kit on the horizon?

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I’ve never understood why no manufacturer offers a 1000-watt amplifier kit (though Ameritron comes close with their amps needing a thorough look-over before power is applied). I think there is a market for such a kit and have thought that if one was offered, it would be based on a 3-500Z or some other tube. The…

Stellar WSPR receiver kit built and working

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Last week I ordered a Stellar WSPR RK-1 Receiver Kit for the 30 meter band. I received the kit today and built it after dinner in a little over an hour. There are about 40 through-hole parts to install on a board with plenty of real estate. Anyone who’s built a QRP kit will find…