I just submitted my application for DXCC via LoTW. This has been an achievement I have fantasized for my entire time I have been licensed. Thanks to RZ0AF Andrei I submitted my application today.
Ran into some difficulties exacerbated by my own stubbornness. Voltages were not good on the NE5532 U4 and U5. Upset, I asked for help on the Yahoo forum. I decided to step away for a week (had work commitments in any case.) Cooled down, heeded advice and got it fixed! Troubleshooting thread follows (tl;dr) …
(Happy Spring, by the way) Used my new awesome AADE L/C meter IIB to match a bunch of .1μF caps to within ±.0.5% and stuffed the board a little. I was stealing time away from work so I did not forge through…as much as I was tempted. So far this has been a thoroughly enjoyable kit-building experience.
When I learned that Arizona QRP Club AZ ScQRPions released a new QRP Transceiver kit designed by N7VE (Dan Tayloe) I placed my order without even thinking twice. N7VE pushes the performance envelope of HF design to new levels (think the famous Tayloe Detector) and this little transceiver kit is no exception.
Excited by the possibility of adding to my DX worked totals on 80M during the ARRL DX CW contest a few week-ends ago, I hurriedly installed a new 80M ground plane (GP) antenna. Like the year before, I intended a single-band effort and the new GP was going to be my secret weapon.