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May 16, 2022, ~ A 5% Effort ~ The 20M Shirt Pocket SSB Transceiver

The 95% Club ~ Are You a member? Update May 16th, 2022. The 20M Shirt Pocket Transceiver. A long time ago I authored about a dozen articles for QRP Quarterly. I no longer subscribe to that magazine nor contribute articles, therefore have no clue about any innovative projects that may have recently appeared. Let us just say I will not be creating any future articles for publication in QQ nor rejoining QRPARCI.  I have of recent times heard from some hams the current publication is a bit thin. I have no actual knowledge of this but only share what has been stated to me. Of all of the pieces I submitted for publication two were perhaps some of the most innovative and greatest technical challenges to me personally and those were the KWM-4 SSB/CW Transceiver and the 20M Shirt Pocket Transceiver. BTW my KWM-4 solved the Collins KWM-2 CW problem. The 20M Shirt Pocket Transceiver was a challenge in that within the confines of 16 Cubic Inches is a 1-watt SSB Transceiver. The Front Panel is 2X2
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The 1MC ~ AKA the "The Bitch Box"

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5/10/2022...An Exciting New SDR Transceiver ~ Designed and Birthed in the USA

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May 4th 2022. The Digital VFO More Than Meets the Eye

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May 3rd 2022, ~ Initial Tune Up it Loads OK

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