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) …

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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.

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.

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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.

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