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Two configurations for back-up DC power for the shack

Standard configuration

I am currently awaiting the arrival of a PWRgate PG40S from West Mountain Radio. With a hefty battery available, it only makes sense to put it to use as a method of protection against power outages during wind storms. After all, most modern rigs, including my K3, like to be shut down in an “orderly fashion” rather…

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…

How to recruit a young potential ham?

r_merit

In about three weeks a 13-year old Scout working on his Radio merit badge is going to be visiting my station. We’ve never met but his mother and my wife are co-workers so we do have some common ground. Several days prior to visiting me he will have spent a few hours at a club’s…

Off-topic: QRP automobile

elio_1

Forgive me for writing what may seem like an advertisement… I’ve just made a deposit to secure the purchase of my next car – a QRP three-wheeler known as the Elio. It is the antithesis of my Chevy Silverado in just about every way and will be an “also” car rather than a replacement for…

Why ham radio endures in a world of tweets

It’s always nice when our hobby gets favorable publicity among the non-ham population. From David Rowan at WIRED: Somehow it makes little sense that amateur “ham” radio continues to thrive in the age of Twitter, Facebook and iPhones. Yet the century-old communications technology — which demands such commitment that you must generally pass an exam…

LED lighting for the shack

LED_lights

Every now and then I like to operate without the main room light being on. Turning it on in the wee hours of the morning when Pacific DX is coming in on 80 meters just ruins the ambiance. I like working morning DX by the light of the rig’s panel lights – or maybe by…