Sunday, November 27, 2016

DX-160 Restoration Project

I am offering this DX-160 for sale for $60 plus shipping as I need the shelf space for my NEW OLD Kenwood TS-180S. Regret having to do this but it has fallen into disuse and I figure some collector will appreciate the work i have done in it.

It was cleaned, re-painted, re-capped, tuned and aligned and I even added LEDs to replace the puny original bulbs. The result is a radio with a brighter appearance and sound.(Also added is the Radio Shack shown in the pictures.)

Note that the mods/upgrades include a shielded back plane to reduce external noise

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hacking off a piece of the Winter backlog..

An outfall of the disastrous 2016 Zuni Loop FD effort was that WB6JDH's (Dick Palmer) tent poles got squirreled away to my domicile and Dick made the trip last Saturday to retrieve them. By the way, just so you get an idea of what a crapfest field Day was this year, we fell from 11,000-plus points last year (a 33-year high) to just over 8,000 point (duped but not verified.) Our QRO competitors down the road in Orange County and perennial powerhouses, OCARC/w6ZE, fell off to just under 5,000 points and they were off by about 3,000 points as well. But more later.

Anyway, Dick picked up his poles but took the occasion to bring down his modified and hot-rodded HW-7. I will fill this post out later with details but this is his own version of an earlier mod for this rig that basically "hots up" the receiver to a fire-breathing -125 dBm. He does so by incorporating two circuits from the venerable Ugly Weekender article, shown below:

As I said, I will provide notes and descriptions later, but for now, here are some pictures:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

K6WHP Rendition of K7QO's QSB-01 20m Build

This is under construction and will emerge as a compendium of notes and comments based on my progress through Chuck Adam's QSB-01 project. You are referred there for the details.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

A good idea whose time has come and gone and come again..

..uh oh:

April 1, 2016

Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2016 – Today, the Federal
Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) approved
Report and Order 14-987af which reinstates the Morse
Code test for General Class and Amateur Extra Class
licensees. “It was a big mistake eliminating the Morse
Code test,” admits Dotty Dasher, the FCC’s director of
examinations. “We now realize that being able to send
and receive Morse Code is an essential skill for radio
amateurs. As they say, it really does get through when
other modes can’t.”

Not only will new applicants have to take the test, but
General Class licensees who have never passed a code
test will have one year to pass a 5-wpm code test.
Similarly, Amateur Extra class licensees that never
passed a code test will have one year to pass a 13-wpm
test. Those amateurs that fail to pass the test will
face revocation of their operating privileges. Materials
for administering the examinations will be distributed
to Volunteer Examiner Coordinators by the end of April,
so that they can begin the testing on May 1, 2016.

“This isn’t going to be one of those silly multiple-
choice type tests,” noted Dasher. “We’re going to be
sending five-character random code groups, just like we
did in the old days. And, applicants will have to prove
that they can send, too, using a poorly adjusted
straight key.”

Technician Class licensees will not be required to take
a Morse Code test, nor will a test be required for new
applicants. “We discussed it,” said Dasher, “but decided
that since most Techs can’t even figure out how to
program their HTs, requiring them to learn Morse Code
seemed like cruel and unusual punishment.”

When asked what other actions we might see from the FCC,
Dasher hinted that in the future applicants taking the
written exam may be required to draw circuit diagrams,
such as Colpitts oscillators and diode ring mixers, once
again. “We’re beginning to think that if an applicant
passes an amateur radio license exam it should mean that
he or she actually knows something,” she said.

For further information, contact James X. Shorts,
Assistant Liaison to the Deputy Chief of Public
Relations for the FCC .

Well, now that all of you no-code Generals and Extras have your sphincters puckered down to f/16, look at the date of the FCC bulletin. (Actually, it's an old one -- from 1024.)

As for all of your Baofeng Techs out there..well..there's no excuse for you. You ARE dilettantes and ARE going to have to learn technical shit some time.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Late to the Dance: Palm Springs 2016 Hamfest

Earlier this month, WB6JDH and I ventured out to Palm Springs for the Desert Rats annual ham fest. Originally held on a private residence on the last Saturday of January, it was moved to a public venue because the tree-huggers were afraid we hams would step on too many snails or birds or mammals or some-such.

I had been absent the last couple of years but Dick told me that the Desert Rats had come to their senses and waived the $25 fee for tailgating they had been charging in the past in the interest of getting more of us casual sellers to attend.

Last year's swap meet aspect of the get together only say abut three or four participate. This year, there were more and -- hopefully -- the participation will climb.

As you can see, it is a spectacular place to sell, being on a verdant almost golf-course-like outfield of a baseball field. While the pickings might have been small, it was a nice, warm day of relaxing in the sunshine.

Cannot wait until next year!