The April Report for the NAQCC-FL adventure is now posted! You can access it here: https://wb4omm.com/naqcc-reports/.
I’ll be traveling to Dayton for the 2016 Dayton Hamvention, and also the QRP Four Days in May (FDIM) events. I will be at the FDIM venue all day Thursday, Thursday evening; Friday evening; and the Banquet Saturday night – I will be present representing NAQCC during the “Club Night” Friday. I will be at the Dayton Hamvention staffing the ARRL RadioSport booth performing DXCC/WAS/VUCC card checking During the day on Friday and Saturday. I will also be visiting the SKCC & QCWA booths at Dayton on both days.
If yo are up there, stop by and say, “Hi”…..if not, look for me on the bands!
I finally got the time to work on the “case” for my 1 Watter 20M, Serial #180.
My first attempt at “homebrewed” water-slide decals………they came out OK, but the paint I was using on the aluminum panel didn’t cooperate much! I think my Krylon Acrylics were old (I have had them for years……). BUT….still not too bad looking. They do the job! Couldn’t get the high gloss to make the decals “disappear”.
The radio has an LED pilot light for power on; the volume control has an on/off switch; and I have the switch installed for the audio filter (a 4SQRP Hi-Per-Mite), but it is not installed yet….I have to build it! After getting in all together, I will try it out later today to make sure it still works! Hi hi hi……..
I’ll post more on this radio on my “I built this” page……….
UPDATE: Yep, still works! I have made two-way contacts with folks in 15 states so far! Amazing what 1W of CW power will do (I actually have it set for .90 W so it is officially a QRPp radio). Yes, the 3 element Yagi beam at 40 feet helps!
Visit the “I built this page”…and see my newest addition…..a Kits and Parts “1Watter 14060” CW Transceiver……1 Watt output!
It took me a few days (about 20 hours) to put it together, and I finally had the chance to align it and finish it on Nov 23, 2015 – it fired right up, aligned easily, and on Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 around 11 am, I put it, “On the Air” at the Dog House (on my A3S Beam for 20M). I immediately worked KG4HV (John in Indiana, some 850 miles away), then Dave in Illinois some 1250 miles away……they both gave me great signal reports (559 and 579 respectively) and stated the signal sounded great! My next task is to fabricate an enclosure for it……this on will be a “Show and Tell” radio! Look for more updates and photos in the coming weeks.
Welcome to my QTH on the Northern Florida East Coast!
Select the pages to view from the list above…enjoy!