Category Archives: Gear

Replaced my Mobile Mount Today

Back in March of 2013, I installed a Diamond K9000 Motorized Antenna Mount. Unfortunately it started acting up about five months ago after about 3.5 years of service mounted on a truck that leaves its garage about twice a week, … Continue reading

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A New Transistor for the Pixie

Of course the Pixie final transistor, Q2 S8050, gets darned hot, and I’ve blown one out in the past just holding the key down more than a few seconds.  With my Pixie + Red Core Filter, I was seeing about … Continue reading

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Passing Pixie!

After experimenting with T37-6 yellow core inductors, it was time to change to the T37-2 red core.  These have a lower operating frequency, up to 10 MHz, and it is possible that they might have a higher attenuation on 14 MHz … Continue reading

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A 40 Meter LPF for the Pixie

As I mentioned the 40-meter Pixie QRP rig has pretty horrible harmonics, well above the maximum allowable FCC limit (-43 dBc).  One Pixie was about -9 dBc, and the other was about -20 dBc. The output filter in the Pixie … Continue reading

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Pixie Pain

There is an inexpensive QRP kit that sells on eBay for somewhere between $4-10, called a Pixie.  It is a single conversion rock bound 40 meter QRP rig often set to 7.023 MHz, but sometimes 7.040 MHz.  They are often … Continue reading

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K1 Tuner Completed

It took about an hour to wind the 5 inductors and install the remaining components, so the entire kit took about 2.5 hours to assemble.  Some minor changes need to be made to the K1 itself, and the meter circuit … Continue reading

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Gotta Love Portable Operation

My family and I went to Lake George in early August for a week of fun — I’m not as bendy as they are, so while they were parasailing and kayaking, I hung back at our hotel to make a … Continue reading

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A Grand Day at ARRL HQ

A friend of mine, Paul, N1PSX, and I drove to ARRL HQ yesterday for a visit.  It was Paul’s first trip, and the first time in a long time for me (my father and I visited in 1982 when we … Continue reading

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K1: All But Final 2 Toroids

Two hours and 5 minutes later, and the final transmitter components, with the exception of T3 and T4 have been installed.  Total time is now  24.25 hours.  It’s going to take an hour to wind those two remaining toroidal transformers, … Continue reading

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K1 Passes Voltage Tests

Assembly of the K1 RF Board continues.  Today, I added 49 more components in 115 minutes.  This means the RF Board assembly time so far is 7.5 hours after 193 components, and the total K1 assembly time now stands at 19.5 hours.  There are … Continue reading

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