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Amplifier progress

I realized that I haven't written an update about the amplifier project in a couple of months. Some good progress has been made. To recap, I've decided to home-brew an HF amplifier by taking two other kits (the Communication Concepts … Continue reading

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Gear lust got the better of me

Ever since I first got on the air with my K2, I've operated almost exclusively digital modes (except for a couple of early phone QSOs). Elecraft recommends that you limit yourself to 5w on digital modes with the K2, because … Continue reading

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K2 build project: Parts inventory and control board

Having read a couple of blog posts that other people wrote about assembling K2s, and having read the introduction to Elecraft's wonderful assembly manual, I resolved to take a "measure twice, cut once" approach to building my K2. With that … Continue reading

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K2 build project: Introduction

For those of you not following along at home, I passed my Technician and General license tests over a year ago, having wanted to become a ham since I was about 13 (but never having followed through on it). In … Continue reading

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Building an IOio satellite antenna

I've had this post on my to-do list for a couple of weeks, but I needed to wrap up the build and take some pictures before I could write a complete entry.  It wasn't until after I got my license … Continue reading

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Obligatory shack tour

To paraphrase Chris Burger, the author of the excellent "How to make a Morse Code QSO," any discussion of ham radio must commence with a discussion of tools. The "shack tour" is a staple of many ham web sites and … Continue reading

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