Yaesu FTM-400XDR Review

The Yaesu FTM-400XDR is an excellent mobile ham radio for use in both digital and analog UHF/VHF bands, and is one of the best choices on the market for users interested in APRS. And, despite its feature-packed design, it still clocks in at a relatively affordable price. Good Simultaneous voice/data transmission – This radio uses… Continue reading Yaesu FTM-400XDR Review

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Yaesu FT-891 Review

Whether you’re looking for a desktop ham radio or a mobile unit for a truck or car, the Yaesu FT-891 combines powerful features with solid value. Its HF receiver, in particular, is extraordinary, rivaling even some base station radios. Good Stellar signal quality – This radio uses Yaesu’s bit floating point Digital Signal Processing (DSP)… Continue reading Yaesu FT-891 Review

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TYT MD-380 Review

Chinese ham radios often get a bad reputation among enthusiasts. But the TYT MD-380 is here to show that there are always exceptions to the rule. This HT (Handheld Transceiver) is an excellent entry-level radio for those who want to get started in the hobby. It combines excellent features with a reasonable price point. That… Continue reading TYT MD-380 Review

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Yaesu FT-65R Review

If you’re newer to the world of ham radios and you’re looking for a basic, affordable, no-frills HT (Handheld Transceiver) that will grow with you as you learn, the Yaesu FT-65R is an excellent choice. Despite its affordable price, it packs in plenty of features, and with up to 5W of power, it provides excellent… Continue reading Yaesu FT-65R Review

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VE3DNL Marker Generator Kit

An inexpensive marker generator kit that’s worth its weight in gold! The VE3DNL Marker Generator, designed by Glenn Leinweber VE3DNL, is one of the most useful tools that a QRPer can have on the bench. It is a small circuit that generates a square wave rich in harmonics that can be heard on a receiver… Continue reading VE3DNL Marker Generator Kit

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38 Special QRP Tranceiver Kit

A 30m QRP Transceiver The NorCal QRP Club sponsored the first annual Dayton Building Contest in 1996. We selected 2 projects, the 49er 40 Meter Transceiver designed by Wayne Burdick, N6KR, and the Pipsqueak Regenerative Receiver designed by Paul Harden, NA5N. To add a little spice to the contest and generate some technical articles, we… Continue reading 38 Special QRP Tranceiver Kit

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SMK-1 Tranceiver Kit

A small 40m transceiver using surface mount components! Many people have been mentioning that they would love to see a “training” or “beginner rig” before they tackled a new full-featured SMT-based rig which will not be available until early fall. I thought about this, talked with Dave Fifield, and together we came up with a… Continue reading SMK-1 Tranceiver Kit

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NorCal 20 Transceiver

A 20 meter QRP CW Transmitter with super features NorCal produced a second kit and sent it to the G-QRP Club, which handled distribution to hams in third world countries at no charge to the receiving hams. We gave the kits away! 500 kits sold, equaled 500 kits for third world hams. George Dobbs was… Continue reading NorCal 20 Transceiver

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The NB6M Miniboots

By Wayne McFee NB6M Requests for an “outboard” version of the RF power amplifier used in the 5 Watt Mod for the SMK-1 led me to further research and experimentation which resulted in the amplifier circuit described in my article “A Mosfet QRP Gallon”, published in the Fall, 2000 issue of QRPp, the journal of… Continue reading The NB6M Miniboots

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NorCal Resistor Kit

A collection of 2000 common-value resistors for the homebrewer! NorCal’s resistor kit contains 2000 1/4-watt carbon film resistors with 25 of each of the following: 1,2.2,2.7,3.3,3.9,4.7,5.6,6.8,8.2,1012,15,18,22,27,33,39,47,56,68,82,100120,150,180,220,270,330,390,470,560,680,820,1K1.2K,1.5K,1.8K,2.2K,2.7K,3.3K,3.9K,4.7K,5.6K,6.8K,8.2K,10K12K,15K,18K,22K,27K,33K,39K,47K,56K,68K,82K,100K120K,150K,180K,220K,270K,330K,390K,470K,560K,680K,820K,1M2.2M,2.7M,3.3M,3.9M,4.7M,5.6M,6.8M,8.2M,10M The kits comes in a 3″x3″x5″ heavy-duty white cardboard box that makes a perfect case. All that you have to add are some 3×5 card index dividers, and your… Continue reading NorCal Resistor Kit

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