About a year ago……I built an SS-40 Receiver, NS-40
transmitter, MagicBox……..all were assembled and tested, but never put on the
air…..previously I built an EZKeyer – also tested but never
My QRPmeter has been used numerous times!!!
Every time I started to think about using them, I forgot,
got interrupted, or has some other “item” grab my attention.
Sooooo………finally, today I decided to string ‘em together and see if I could
make a QSO……..and brother, I did!!
This afternoon, around 2137Z, I called CQ on 7.140 MHz and
immediately, a big, booming W4MY returned to my call! He gave me a 579
(he was 599 plus!) and a “solid” signal report. According to my QRPmeter,
using a 12VDC battery, the NS-40 was putting out 5.8W to a 1.2:1 SWR on a wire
loop antenna. Boy oh boy, was I a happy ham! Thanks Marty,
All of the items worked flawlessly………so now to fine the
time to put them into an enclosure as a “transceiver”. Works so well,
I’m just gonna’ hafta’ take ‘em out in the field!!!
Next up…..my Cyclone 40, I hope on the air very soon
I uploaded photos of my “messy rig” at the operating
position, the power out, and a copy of the “special” QSL card I send out on
these auspicious occasions!! (at least when there is not sparks, smoke,
or deathly silence emanating from the radio stuff!)
72 to all……….
ARRL Life Member,
DXCC/WAS/VUCC Card Checker, Official Observer
EmComm Mentor, Volunteer
Examiner & License Instructor
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