Tag Archive for QRP

All Continents in 1 hour with MTR QRP

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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)

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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…

Updates: Ten Tec, Elecraft, 73 Magazine

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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

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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…