Tag Archive for QRP

Portable SDR with built-in antenna analyzer

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As I read the web site and watch the embedded videos, I am of course interested in the technology described – but perhaps even more interesting is the age of the ham involved. We often hear about the “graying” of ham radio and I’ll be the first to agree with those who say that the hobby…

Why not a “smart” autotuner?

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Three decades ago, every issue of QST had an ad from Palomar Engineers with exactly two products being pushed – a VLF converter and a noise bridge. They looked quite similar in identically-sized bright red housings. I bought the VLF converted and had a lot of fun experimenting with it. As for the noise bridge –…

New QRP rig from LNR

LNR LD-5

LNR (who now sells PAR antennas) has a new QRP rig on the way even as they work toward the re-release of their 4-band FX-4. The upcoming LD-5 will cover all 5 bands from 15 to 40 meters. Elecraft seems to have started something with the form factor of the KX1. Since then a number…

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…