Whiskey Foxtrot Seven Tango

2010

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build — Update 2

Ran into some dif­fi­cul­ties exac­er­bat­ed by my own stub­born­ness. Volt­ages were not good on the NE5532 U4 and U5. Upset, I asked for help on the Yahoo forum. I decid­ed to step away for a week (had work com­mit­ments in any case.) Cooled down, heed­ed advice and got it fixed! Trou­bleshoot­ing thread fol­lows (tl;dr) … 80 Trans­ceiv­er Build — Update ” data-via=””…

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build — Update 1

(Hap­py Spring, by the way) Used my new awe­some AADE L/​C meter IIB to match a bunch of .1μF caps to with­in ±.0.5% and stuffed the board a lit­tle. I was steal­ing time away from work so I did not forge through…as much as I was tempt­ed. So far this has been a thor­ough­ly enjoy­able kit-build­ing expe­ri­ence. 80

Ft. Tuthill 80 Transceiver Build

When I learned that Ari­zona QRP Club AZ ScQR­Pi­ons released a new QRP Trans­ceiv­er kit designed by N7VE (Dan Tay­loe) I placed my order with­out even think­ing twice. N7VE push­es the per­for­mance enve­lope of HF design to new lev­els (think the famous Tay­loe Detec­tor) and this lit­tle trans­ceiv­er kit is no excep­tion. 80

G5RV vs. Ground Plane on 80M: G5RV by 5dB!

Excit­ed by the pos­si­bil­i­ty of adding to my DX worked totals on 80M dur­ing the ARRL DX CW con­test a few week-ends ago, I hur­ried­ly installed a new 80M ground plane (GP) anten­na. Like the year before, I intend­ed a sin­­gle-band effort and the new GP was going to be my secret weapon. G5RV vs.…