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2018 ~ Year of SSB Transceivers

Exploring Upgrades and Improvements!
Hey guys (and gals) great news: The JABOM is cranking right along. Yesterday on a band that seemed virtually dead (and using the linear amp @ 600 watts out) I worked Portugal in mid-afternoon. The signal reports are excellent and I couldn't be more pleased. It is a testament to the design and circuit topology. The you tube  video documents the receive performance. The on air contacts demonstrate the transmit performance. 
While not having all the bells and whistles of commercial rigs the JABOM demonstrates that solid contacts, including DX contacts can be made using homebrew equipment. You only to get off the couch and now that March Madness is over --heat up that iron.
73's Pete N6QW



3/26/2018 ~ More work on the front Panel.
The Before C Change: The After C Change:

That is the advantage of having a CNC Mill -- you can make Escutche…

2018 ~ The Year of SSB Transceivers

Meet Stormy!
Something from 1959 ~ Almost 60 year ago

In the photo above we see K3IXU's  Big Gun DX station circa 1959 from Western Pennsylvania (Connor Lamb Country) where the station line up includes a DX-100B, SX-99, Johnson Adventurer and a Heathkit QF-1. We see K3IXU diligently working on a Toob QRP transceiver. The antenna was a 40 Meter Dipole and the TR Switch was some concoction involving a couple of lightbulbs later changed over to a Dow Key Relay. Once the west coast was worked on 40M AM Phone from this station. The Johnson Adventurer had the Screen Grid Modulator accessory albeit still crystal controlled. 

In 1965 uncertain that K3IXU would return home alive from Chu Lai, South Vietnam, K3IXU's dad sold this whole station plus a huge junk box of parts and other rigs for $100 to a new ham. Wonder what that stuff is worth today?. Prior receivers included a National SW-54 (pure junk) and a Hallicrafters S-85 a close second to the SW-54. 
Yes Virginia --we are seeing the…

2018 ~ The Year of SSB Transceivers

Learning Through the Recovery!

Daily I marvel at what happened when I lost my main computer. Thankfully the major radio/electronic files were protected but now with Windoz Ten I have to realign some of the ways I did things.It seems like no matter what you do you have to log into applications and provide passwords --yes more secure but a pain in you know where.
But on the bright side this has caused me to ask why did you do this or that? Now I am forced to look at better ways to do things. Just prior to the event I had switched over to a new way of showing data on the color TFT displays.Formerly when displaying USB or LSB. I fixed the "SB" part and depending on the mode would simply insert an "L" or a "U" in front of the "SB" part. Well we had the flicker problem and now every time through the loop --you would have the L or U seem to flicker. 
A ham in Europe said "Why don't you fix that --it is bothersome". Well that caused me to pla…

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3/17/2018 ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In case you didn't know it ~ St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Engineers. He was given this title because of the "Knack" demonstrated in removing the snakes from Ireland. I jokingly say I am Mediterranean Irish but my XYL is actually part Irish as evidenced by the naming of #2 son --- Timothy Ryan. More Woes with Windows 10. Knowing what I know today -- Never Again!One of the things that you keep being prompted by Microshaft  to do to the point of vomiting is to enact the "One Drive" crap! This is so that any device you have will be linked to this one drive. Thus on your phone you can look at important documents uploaded to this one drive and you can see them anywhere. In theory sounds good. Down side-- Hey, you know who, you don't want to put Stormy's contact info on the one drive --it will be seen --everywhere.

Initially this sounded like a good idea --except it now rearranges your hard drive and the links and p…

2018 ~ The Year of SSB Transceivers

Starting off on the Proper Course. If one were to be driving from St Louis (Middle America) to New York (East Coast) you would not want to stock your favorite VW Micro bus with maps that only take you from St Louis to Los Angeles. Sure the road signage today is pretty decent but once you get off the well traveled road, a map is just the ticket. There is a point to this (what seems obvious) in that when you start out on an electronics journey you need the right kind of "maps" which in this case means reference materials, tools, test equipment and a supply of parts. Yes it also helps if you have the knack. An inquiring mind is also on the list.  For some this is a hill too far and thus they resort to complaining abut everything except that they did not properly prepare for the journey. Today (as opposed to when I started my journey) there is a myriad of information and information sources available to us that is until Ajit Pai starts charging us to download from the internet. Wh…