Monthly Archives: November 2015

QRP by the River

I haven’t been able to get out to do any portable operating in while.  I had a few hours this morning before we headed out of town to spend the weekend with family, so I thought I do a quick … Continue reading

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AlexLoop Mounting

In my 40+ years in Amateur Radio, the AlexLoop Walkham was the first commercially-made HF antenna I ever bought.  I wanted something for those spur-of-the-moment QRP outings when I want to get on the air quickly and not have to … Continue reading

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Line Isolator

One of my favorite portable antennas is a 30-ft wire fed through a 9:1 unun.  This type of antenna generally the uses coax feeder as a counterpoise, since the 9:1 unun configuration provides no line isolation.  Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Tilt Stand for the YouKits HB-1B

This is another one of those projects that took longer to write up than to build. The top facing controls on “trail-friendly” radios like the YouKits HB-1B and others are very convenient when you’re sitting on the ground out in … Continue reading

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Clipboard Keyer

I purchased a set of Palm Mini paddles for portable operating a while back. I love the magnet base, which attaches nicely to the side of my little YouKits HB-1B transceiver. However, in some situations — like sitting on the … Continue reading

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Jackite Pole Hacks

I’m a big fan of the Jackite fiberglass poles for portable antenna supports. I have two of them have have seen a lot of use over the years. Here are a couple of quick and simple hacks that improve (in … Continue reading

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Guy Ring for a 31-ft Jackite Pole

Here’s a neat idea I “borrowed” from my QRP buddy, Ed Breneiser WA3WSJ. When I need my Jackite pole to be self-supporting and I don’t have to carry stuff very far, I usually opt for my Jackite ground mount stake. … Continue reading

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Yet Another QRP Blog…

Yep.  That’s right.  After maintaining my static website for many years, I decided to start a blog.  While my existing website gets a fair amount of traffic, it’s just too cumbersome to add new content.  So, most of my new … Continue reading

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