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NanoVNA and EFHW

The NanoVNA arrived the other week, these units are very good value and work remarkably well.  With small size and weight (63 grams)including battery, it can easily be taken out in the field, providing it is protected from the elements.  … Continue reading

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20 metre SSB Compact Transceiver

This one follows the design of the DK7IH Cigarette Packet Micro Transceiver.  The changes made to the original design are: – Plug in front end, transmit driver and PA low pass filters – FET power amplifier (IRF510) rather than bipolar … Continue reading

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New Case for the QRPLabs QCX CW Transceiver

The QCX transceiver was previously packaged in a standard plastic enclosure from Altronics.  The fit was good and the extra space allowed for a battery pack but metal is a better choice for RF. I was not satisfied with the … Continue reading

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Three Summits around Falls Creek

With nice weather forecast and a day off on Monday, it was an ideal opportunity to do a couple of new summits in the Falls Creek area.  I left home in Melbourne’s South East at 7am on Sunday and took … Continue reading

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144 MHz for the KX2 Transceiver

Many times I have thought it would be nice to have 2 metres on the KX2, I do miss it from the FT817 days. This bare board transverter was on Ebay from a Ukraine seller, the feedback was very good … Continue reading

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Mt McLeod VK3/VE-034 SOTA

Mt McLeod was on the unfinished business list after we ran out of day light a couple of years ago when it was summit 3 for the day and decided to turn back. Kevin, VK3KAB and I decided to have … Continue reading

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Handles for the IC-7200 Transceiver

Grab handles are a good idea for the IC-7200  for when the radio is taken out portable.  The problem is that they cost something like $120 as an accessory!  This is about 10% of the cost of the radio itself. … Continue reading

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