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A gentle reminder…

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A few days ago I started getting a number of hits on my site from a link posted on the new website for Force 12 Antennas. Behind-the-scenes statistics pages for blogs contains a lot of info. So I moseyed on over to the specific page of the Force 12 website and found a quote I…

Stirling power for radios? Not yet, but…

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Before the two Tom’s, Witherspoon (K4SWL) and Hanks (the actor), started promoting the concept of radio distribution to remote and impoverished areas of the world, there was Trevor Baylis who, in 1993 came up with the concept and initial design of the “self-powered” radio. Since then, the self-powered radio movement has spawned several similar radio…

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?

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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

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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…