Our very own Steve, WD4JIX gives us a look at his new build of the Cushcraft A6270-13S. This is a 13 element yagi that works on 6m, 2m, and 70cm. Other reviews can be found on eHam. Manufacturer website is here. If you would like more detailed information, the manual download is here in PDF.
J-Pole antennas are one of the true works of electrical engineering that gives us a smaller footprint vertical with no need for a ground plane. But how do these things work? Here is a great presentation from Dr. Ed Fong WB6IQN explaining. Other articles and information on J-Poles available here: The DBJ-1: A VHF-UHF Dual-Band […]
Soldering iron calling your name? Here’s an excellent YouTube series from Chuck Adams, K7QO that shows you step-by-step how to construct and test the “Universal HF Receiver Kit” from kitsandparts.com. http://www.kitsandparts.com/receiver.php These videos go through each set of components, showing you how to build the kit in steps, and how to test each step along the way. […]
(Tips added at the end of the article below on 10/26/2019) If you’re like me, you like to save some money. One place that I like to save is by constructing my own antennas. When I was looking to set up my base station at home, I looked through all kinds of designs, and ended […]
Great Value/3-in-1 Solder Station First, a Safety Caution!! The included cable with my unit was wired incorrectly for North America, and could result in the unit being powered despite being turned off, or the fuse being blown. This could result in exposure to electrical shock! Recommend checking your cable against the included images, and replacing […]
“Call the spouse in here, I need a third hand!” This is probably not the best idea when dealing with hot molten solder and funny smelling smoke, but it may be necessary to get those components soldered on for the newest ham radio kit you’ve acquired. May I suggest that you may have a steadier […]
Here we go… I’m new to kit building, and pretty open to expanding and testing my skills. In looking through stories of others building kits, I became extremely intimidated by the horrible stories of seasoned builders would absolutely never tackle kits including toroids that must be wound by hand. Seemed that kit designers were somehow […]