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2015 Dayton Hamvention Exploits

Tektronix 455... have always wanted a 'scope' to use to monitor my signals.  Got this one from a engineer who upgraded to a fancy new one.  Paid $75 for it and it works great!

Tektronix 455… have always wanted a ‘scope’ to use to monitor my signals. Got this one from a engineer who upgraded to a fancy new one. Paid $75 for it and it works great!

Bill, Tom and I decided to buy a QRP rig to play with that night while in Dayton.  So we picked this little jewel up, found an old power supply, and rigged up a dipole for some 40 Meter QRP.

Bill, Tom and I decided to buy a QRP rig to play with that night while in Dayton. So we picked this little jewel up, found an old power supply, some cheap meters and rigged up a dipole for some 40 Meter QRP.

Bill and Tom (with the assistance of my daughter's cat,

Bill and Tom (with the assistance of my daughter’s cat, “Ender”) put together the custom dipole for 40 Meters. It was strung through the kitchen and up the stairs… and it made beautiful music!

Inside the MFJ 40 Meter QRP rig... CLEAN!

Inside the MFJ 40 Meter QRP rig… CLEAN!

Picked up a cheap power supply and some $1 meters to add to our Dayton Hamvention

Picked up a cheap power supply and some $1 meters to add to our Dayton Hamvention “power house QRP station”.

Bad capacitor in power supply had to be re-soldered.

Bad capacitor in power supply had to be re-soldered.

Needed a little TLC

Needed a little TLC

Stealth antenna for QRP

Stealth antenna for QRP

Bill wiring circuits with Tom's oversight.

Bill wiring circuits with Tom’s oversight.

Bought this cute and tiny South African Special Forces Keyer to use for QRP and Straight Key Night contests.

Bought this cute and tiny South African Special Forces Keyer to use for QRP and Straight Key Night contests.

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A couple of old $1 meters

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Lighting up the FINALS! Burning holes through the clouds!

NEXT YEAR... this will be our big purchase for a tower for our weekend QRP station.  Tom gets to carry it out of the Dayton Hamvention Hara Arena to the truck.

NEXT YEAR… this will be our big purchase for a tower for our weekend QRP station. Tom gets to carry it out of the Dayton Hamvention Hara Arena to the truck.

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Coax, Wires, Cables, Connectors, Insulators, Rope for the Amateur Radio Operator

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If you are looking for coax, antenna wire, connectors, rotor cable, insulators, rope or the tools to make antennas Davis RF Company is a place I like to use.

 

Click link below to go to the Davis RF website…

Davis RF Company

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Magnets that grab your attention

800px-VFPt_cylindrical_magnets_attracting.svg    This is a good website to find all sorts, configuration and strengths of magnets for all kinds of projects. (I made a inexpensive stir-plate to propagate larger volumes of yeast to pitch into batches of homemade beer using Neodymium magnets glued to an old computer fan.)

Click link below to go to the Amazing Magnets website…

http://www.amazingmagnets.com/  

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Ham Nation Episode 36: Connect An Audio Mixer To Your Transmitter

Another great YouTube show!       Ham Nation

This episode speaks about hooking up and audio mixer to your transmitter with Bob Heil and Gordon West, et al.  Every show is packed full of information about many different facets of the hobby.  Watch them all! (Segment begins at 41:45 in the video…)

Hosts: Bob Heil (K9EID), Gordon West (WB6NOA), George Thomas (W5JDX), and Leo Laporte (W6TWT)

 

 

 

Ham radio equipment I have used over they years…

I has been fun to own, sell and trade some good equipment over they years!  I enjoyed every one of those old friends and worked many stations with them.

Ramsey Kits

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I have built four different radios from Ramsey and they are fun to build, easy to layout, and you learn a lot of radio design.  Built the 40 Meter QRP Receiver and Transmitter, the Aircraft Receiver, Infrared Transmitter and Receiver kits.  A great way to pass a rainy day!   (Click link below to go to their website…)

 

http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/  

Operating PSK (Power Point)

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This is another fine explanation of PKS31 operations.  It is a Power Point presentation by John MacFarlane VE7AXU / VA7PX from 2008… but it still gives you some sound knowledge!  (Click link below to begin…)

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Intro to PSK31 and a Good PSK31 Guide

Tons of fun on PSK31

Tons of fun on PSK31

 

BPSK31.COM does a great job of explaining how to get on the air with PSK31 technology.  (Click link below for another excellent resource.)

 

BPSK31 Website

Field Day & PSK31 Macros

This is BAD PSK31 signal identification... keep it clean!

This is BAD PSK31 signal identification… keep it clean!

 

Running PSK31 on Field Day in 2014 was a BLAST!  We soon learned that a set a easy to use macros sped up our contacts in the contest.  The link below is an excellent resource to consider.

 

http://www2.mmae.ucf.edu/wiki/Psk31_field_day_macros

 

 

Proper PSK31 Audio Level Setup with a Scope, RF Power Meter, and ALC indicator

Another SUPERB W2AEW video!  I love PSK31 and this is a GREAT video explaining how to have a clean and crisp signal showing up in everyone’s waterfall.

 

 

 

Simple Station Monitor for Ham Radio using an Oscilloscope

W2AEW does a FANTASTIC job of explaining all sorts of nifty concepts in Ham Radio.  I follow his videos on YouTube and spend many evenings learning from this fine gent!  I also have some of his books as reference material.

I am gonna HAVE a scope some day!

 

 

 

 

Collection of Connector Pinouts & Cable Descriptions

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Need to figure out what cables to use or what the pinout configuration should be?  This is a nice resource for just that!

 

Welcome to the Hardware Book. Internet’s largest free collection of connector pinouts and cable descriptions.   (Click the following link…)  http://www.hardwarebook.info/  

Every Ham Needs To Make A Crystal Radio… AT LEAST ONCE!

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My daughter made a crystal radio set over 15 years ago for a school Science Fair.  It worked great!  But she took 2nd Place (to a freakin’ terrarium) because the (freakin’) science TEACHER indicated to me that “the sound wasn’t very loud”… C’est la vie!  (I should have tried to drive my 1 KW linear amplifier with it!)

 

Try one of these great XTAL SET SOCIETY kits…  http://www.midnightscience.com/

 

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Eurorack UB-1202 Audio Mixer Review

This is the 12-Channel audio mixer I picked up at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention Flea Market for $50… and I love it!

 

QRP Kits by Hendrick

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Hendrick QRP Kits… It’s always good to have a mental health break from time to time!  Grab a soldering iron and make some smoke!

http://www.qrpkits.com/

Rainbow Kits

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http://www.rainbowkits.com/index.html    (Click on the link for the webpage to open.)

I have made several of these kits over the years.  Also, they are fun science projects for kids.  If you like to tinker in the ham shack when the weather prevents outdoor activity, try one of these projects!

 

The DI… Direct Box

Do you need a DI (Direct Box) when mixing audio?

 

Setting Up a Little Mixer

Nice little mixer…

How To Mix Audio

This video will help explain how to create and audio mix with a mixing board.

 

 

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Connecting Devices To Your Audio Mixer

This video can be helpful when connecting gadgets to your audio mixer to route to the speakers.

 

Using a Small Audio Mixer for Ham Shack

I picked up a small used 12 channel audio mixer at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention Flea Market for $50 and plan to route all sorts of audio from my radios and computer through my ham shack.  Here is a simple explanation of how an audio mixer can be used.

 

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