Solder Smoke

Rambling post (written while listening to old Country music in a cold basement in Nashville)

Been neglect­ing my weblog for too long! Some minor recon­fig­u­ra­tion occur­ring along with some addi­tion­al met­rics around con­test­ing planned here. To catch up, I have been quite enjoy­ing my IC-7600, learn­ing more and appre­ci­at­ing it with each oper­at­ing ses­sion. I am not quite set­up for SO2R, but I have added some I.C.E 419B band­pass fil­ters along with the YCCC SO2R+ con­troller. I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cian my …

Ram­bling post (writ­ten while lis­ten­ing to old Coun­try music in a cold base­ment in Nashville) Read More »

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build — Update 2

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) …

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build — Update 1

(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.

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build

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.