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The new amp and the lids in the FT4TA pileup Tribal Knowledge! GETTING STARTED IN HOMEBREW: Start simple: Build an oscillator. The HQ-100's anti-drift alarm clock Book Review: "Instruments of Amplification" by H. September 23, 2012 Trip to the Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata and Samana Evading Hurricane Isaac Honda Accord as an emergency generator On the air on 75 and 40 AM 17 Meter Azores rig works... " Does soldering a soldering iron disturb the universe?
BENCH REPORTS: -- Pete connects his new beam to the KX3. Bill's DSB amplifier woes: a JBOT unfairly scorned. Low Pass Filter Design with the ELSIE Program Samlex Power Supply How I almost blew it up! Carter, WA9DNF, REALLY knows which end of the soldering iron to grab! Bill on his 2B and on 20DSB rig, and an M0XPD/Kanga DDS kit, and a 140 watt amp. May 18, 2013 -- Solder Smoke's WWV Advertising Campaign! -- Shack and Shed reorganization -- Arduino Madness! ) Audio output transformer for Barbados Barebones RX Mighty Midget RX -- breaking it, fixing it (with help from friends) Freq counter connection to Tek scope Halli S-38E -- How to avoid electrocution? ) BANDSWEEP: 20 meter SSB via DC receiver on hurricane day Report on outcome of the hurricane -- inverter saves the day (really the night) MAILBAG (a big one). MAILBAG: Solder Smoke is on 478 THz in Salt Lake City WA3EIB's HT-37 Radio-Erotica in Hallicrafters Ad February 5, 2012 Recording on repaired computer RG-174 shield wires: "Murphy's Whiskers" "The Radio Art" "Non e radioamatore se non gli fuma il saldatore!
-- 32 Mighty Mites Completed -- The Martian -- Did Mark Watney REALLY have the Knack? NEW VIDEO: LXW0s HTFo Bill fixes his BITX 2040 Oscillator (Bandsweep! The Portable SDR rig -- Pete almost goes to the dumpster! Tek 465 dies (again) :-( MAILBAG Solder Smoke at Winter Fest Hamfest Presentation on BITX rigs at Feb 2014 Hamfest Solder Smoke 158 Solder Smoke 157 December 27, 2013 -- Santa Report: Rigol Scope at Solder Smoke HQ. -- The mystery, elegance, and gentleness of phasing SSB -- Phasing explained in 1970 ARRL SSB book -- Phasing SSB: From Hallicrafters HT-37 to SDR -- The SP5AHT Phasing Rig -- I & Q for you: The Binaural Experience -- Direct Conversion receivers and Software Defined Radios -- Simple DC receivers plugging into sound cards -- The joy of receiver building -- 145 MHz aircraft bounce across the The Great Australian Bight HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
" The Spring 2015 Issue of Hot Iron on Pete's KX3 Encouraging other hams to build Solder Smoke Podcast #172 16 February 2015 Bench Reports: Pete under the gun to finish SSB transceiver project. Radio Shack going under and JAN no longer making crystals. An easy way to get Q or ESR measurements on crystals? Du Wayne's Scalar Network Analyzer lights up the internet! June 21, 2014 Part II of our interview with Pete Juliano, N6QW -- Bill's Moxon Monstrosity -- Amplifiers and Exorcisms (See slideshow link on the blog) -- Varactor tuning -- Polivaricon capacitors -- The challenge of building small rigs -- Heat, layout, components and VFO stability -- "No frills" as a building philosophy -- The future of Bill's Heathkit HW-101 We still have a lot more to talk about. Solder Smoke 161 Homebrew Single Sideband -- An Interview with Pete Juliano, N6QW -- Pete's background: 55 years in radio. Solder Smoke 159 April 1, 2014 Vienna Wireless Hamfest BITX Talk W1REX speaks Tuna Tin 2 Mojo Transfer Ceremony After 38 years -- finishing my Herring Aid 5 receiver Feedback, Phasing Dots, Rotational Sense, and Oscillation (or not) Motorboating (when you don't want to) Building my Tuna Tin 2 with parts from W1REX On the air with Tuna Tin and Herring Aid More Minimalist Meanderings: An (Almost) All Altoid Crystal Radio! -- Peter finishing up BITX40 (in a big box) -- BITX 17 (5 watts SSB) works JA, ZD7, ZS!
-- Keeping things in perspective: It is 100 db down! -- The launch of Orion -- N2CQR/HI Beach Portable DSB on 20 -- Video review: "The Wanderers" November 4, 2014 The benefits of software inefficiency. Kluge FDIM INTERVIEWS: G3RJV on one and done projects, Sodder vs. AA1TJ goes "All Tunnel Diode." Marconi's HUGE cap = 1.7 u F. Ramakrishnan VU3RDD notes that Tesla had The Knack. ECHO-GUEST: Part II of our QSO with Randy AG5RS in Dubai.
-- On 40 AM with an HT-37 -- Listening to Chinese Cube Sats. -- The Solder Smoke lexicon -- words and phrases we use (a lot). -- Pete's new Blog: Bill's big amplifier problem fixed thanks to Allison KB1GMX. THE Si5351 PHASE NOISE CONTROVERSY -- ALL oscillators make noise. ) Pete and Ben's Article in QRP Quarterly Available free here: DEEP SPIRITUAL REWARDS of DC Receivers The Importance of Good Power Supplies SPRAT Article on HW8 Design Error Latest Edition of Hot Iron Elecraft KX3 -- Has one of the best receivers in the world Solder Smoke 170: January 11, 2015 Bill's Double A, DSB, Dipole, Dominican DX-pedition. " Dream Seeing the Southern Cross with Soviet Binoculars Pete goes remote SI5351 a chip with a lot of potential Pete's experiments with Nokia LCD displays Michigan Mighty Mites around the world The Postal Stream Roller Steve Silverman's very kind variable cap offer MOXON modeling with EZNEC Aspirations for 2015 Solder Smoke 169 December 6, 2014 -- 25 crystals "deployed" to new Colorburst Liberation Army recruits -- OBJECTIVE: For now, just oscillation -- Using the Reverse Beacon Network (when time comes to transmit) -- W2DAB's Mighty Mite: trials, tribulations, triumphs (and karma) -- Explaining the Mighty Mite (all 7 parts) -- Minima IF evolution -- up to 25 Mhz? -- Different kinds of Arduinos -- Si5350s and amateur experimentation -- First menus, now KEYPADS! -- How the VFO KILLED the Tek 465 -- Trying to fix the Tek 465 (not for the faint of heart) -- New products: Justin Beiber Duct Tape, bifocal safety glasses, magnetic reading glasses, Ward Silver's new book -- Backwards British Bike Brakes -- MAILBAG Solder Smoke 154 August 11, 2013 -- Alligators! (see picture below -- look closely) -- Ten meter beacon project (with Arduino and Reverse Beacon Network) -- Telescope repair: Chap Stick as lubricant, and the perils of macular pucker! -- The Wonders of WSPR and our need for instant feedback and gratification. -- MAILBAG Manassas Hamfest Building a Balanced Modulator in LTSpice Peter Parker's Minimalist SDR receiver Alberto I2PHD's SDRadio program My Arduous Arduino Adventure: Sig Generator MAR-1 amplifier chip WSPRing again (the sound of WSPR) Broadening my Barebones Superhet for phone Cliff Stoll on Kludge vs.
Catching Cubesats with Pete's SDR Dongle Digitizing old paper logs (and finding a lot more HB rigs) Interviews with Eric 4Z1UG on QSO Today Podcast FDIM interviews by Bob Crane Peter Parker's review of DSB kit MAILBAG: Parts from W8NSA Colin's tuna Tin Mighty Mite Dean's Tiny Tia Bryan's MMM dreams Armand braves the heat at the Manassas Hamfest Solder Smoke Podcast #177 Solder Smoke Podcast #176 Bench Update: Pete releases some magic (amplifier) smoke Pete's new termination-insensitive transceiver makes first contact Bill goes Yaesu (well, just a filter) Juliano Mill-Pad boards Termination Insensitivity is not a personality disorder! Pete's cool technique for bilat building Bill's project notebook and stage testing Installing the W6JFR EMRFD SBL-1 Bal-Mod Mod AREA 5351: Myths, Urban Legends, and Conspiracy Theories about the Si5351 A Rule of Thumb for Sideband Inversion Dongle Madness and the Dangers of Dongle Modification What is a dongle?
Solder Smoke Podcast #178 18 July 2015 Anniversaries: Pete Juliano -- One year with the podcast BITX20 -- Ten years of homebrew fun Solder Smoke Podcast: Ten years of podcasting Bench Report: Pete's ZIA and LBS II Bill messes around with old microphones Looking ahead: Pete plans antennas Bill lusts after ladder line (spurred on by Farhan's new blog) On the Air Reports: Pete on 20 with ZIA and LBSII Bill having fun on 40 (even with the Spectral Purity Police) Bill tries rock-bound QRPp. (Spoiled by QRO BITX luxury) Bill's verdict: BITX40 with Yaesu filter, Si5351, and TIA best of the 3 rigs.
Spark plugs as lightning arrestors The Grundig Mini 300 SW receiver Jupiter from Rome and from Mars Saturn from the window More tremors Back to visual MEPT Is my antenna down, or is it conditions? Mark "MOJ" Johnson finds Jean Shepherd episode on THE KNACK. - Solder Smoke79.mp3 March 2, 2008 The beauty of a chirpy signal. W7ZOI on bidirectional amps Farhan's simple "JBOT" 5W BJT amp AA1TJ's xtaflex Regens from hell WD-40 Sprat 139 Arthur C. Clarke's "Voices from the Sky" MAILBAG - Solder Smoke110.mp3 June 21, 2009 Day trips in Lazio and Tuscany My SSSSSolder SSSSSSMoke SSSS problem Crystal Radios pick up heavenly Gregorian chants... regen picks up screeches from somewhere else Speech processing for DSB? Pete's Belthorn III Transceiver (with cool color display) Bill's BITX 20 (that used to be a BITX20/40) AD9850 DDS added to Barebones Superhet Jean Shepherd on Parasitic Oscillations, Obsession, and Madness Simple Test Gear for the Homebrewer Digital Oscilloscopes and their amazing capabilities Dongles and other great stuff in SPRAT 162 The BIG St. ) a REGENERATIVE RECEIVER -- The Joys of Regen Shortwave Listening -- Grayson Evan's Tube (Thermatron) Book -- Book review: "The Joy of X" (It's about math). -- The importance of passing on "tribal knowledge." -- What you need: A library, tools, test gear and a junque box.
-- Si5351 VFO/BFO development -- Chuck Adams, Tribal Knowledge, and Muppet boards -- KX3 QRO? MAILBAG Solder Smoke Podcast #174 March 28, 2015 Happy Arduino Day! Book Recommendation: "International QRP Collection" by Dobbs and Telenius-Lowe MAILBAG Solder Smoke 165 September 13, 2014 Workbench Update: Bill's "Off the Shelf" Regen, Pete's Boatanchors Mysterious Echos on Shortwave Signals. Solder Smoke Mailbag Solder Smoke 164 August 16, 2014 ANCIENT TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE -- TUBE AND TUBE-LIKE RADIOS Workbench Updates: -- Pete's Arduino Keyer Project -- Bill Builds (and LIKES! - Solder Smoke75.mp3 January 27, 2008 "A Nonlinear History of Radio." Fessenden's mic. Grayson TA2ZGE homebrewing crystal filters in Ankara. ******************************************* Solder Smoke Podcast #184 16 January 2016 -- The Radio Amateur is BALANCED -- Pete exhibits CLEAR symptoms of Dilbert's disease! MAILBAGHalloween, Thanksgiving, and Billy's Birthday (on the range! Azores DSB re-build: Oscillator troubles then adding a JBOT. ) MAILBAG October 4, 2011 A Meteor and Jupiter: Cosmic Birthday Present! Tony Fishpool and Graham Firth's Test Gear Book.