A slightly more subtantial, and tunable QRP transciever, the QRP Lab QCX kit, is rather well-underway: And I've come to the conclusion that I should really improve my interior project bench. All in due time, of course.
My soldering is improving. This is a DSO 138 Oscilloscope that I assembled from a provided combination of discrete parts. The purveyors only ensured two required SMD* chips were factory-attached. At the US$22 entry price, including the housing, it was a fun and affordable project. If you take one of these on as a project, … Continue reading Getting a bit more challenging…
The latest assembly from Casa de Juan; A zap-o-matic? A high-precision random-number generator? A molecular stun-gun? a 50-Ohm dummy load for testing transmitters up to 20w output to minimize the risk of transmitting a signal; and burning up a transmitter while not hooked up to an antenna It's effectively a sandwitch of small PCBs surrounding … Continue reading What in the hell could it possibly be???
The transceiver is fitted to the Altoids tin, and there's sufficient space to include a battery as well. I'll need to fit the removable jack for the antenna, and wiring harness for the battery, but I think it's turned out rather well so far.
Apart from an astoundingly simple audio alarm and several car stereo installs, I've never built any actual electronic devices. So I'm actually rather impressed that I managed to cobble together a Pixie_4.1 from parts and with only a schematic and some rather worthless Chinese-language only instructions: It even works, as well. I'm sure nobody was … Continue reading It’s Working!
Warning: Ham Radio content ahead:Do these new FCC restrictions and adjustments to the 60m band mean that I'll have to find a way to get my FT817 reprogrammed? Would it be covered by warranty?