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The Radio Society of Great Britain describes Giles Read, G1MFG’s “HF Antennas for Everyone” (2010) as a “deliberate mix of the traditional (antenna) and more recent designs. Sub divided into broad sections including horizontal, vertical and loop antennas, there is much variety to be found here. ‘HF Antennas for Everyone’ shows that no matter the size of the available space you will find antenna designs that will help you get your signals in and out. Feeders are also not forgotten – an often overlooked topic. This book even contains a section on Stealth antennas that are either essentially invisible or disguised as something quite different.” This book is in perfect condition.
Here is a great trail-friendly field accessory: the All Weather Radio Log Book for Portable / Mobile operators. From Andrew Stevens Associates ASA) in 2007, it is waterproof , rugged and almost indestructible. You can write in it with pens, pencils, markers – just about anything. Once the QSO data is logged, your notes are there forever. No running ink or erasure. There are 7 QSOs per page and about 50 pages. We’ll do the arithmetic: Room for about 350 contacts. The All Weather Radio Log Book measures just 5-inches by 3-inches. It is three-eighths of an inch thick and spiral bound. It will easily fit in your hip pocket. Entries include DATE, TIME ON, CALL , FREQ, TIME OFF AND COMMENTS. This is one-rugged amateur radio log that will is the essence of utility for the radio amateur who likes to operate outdoors.
“VHF/UHF Handbook” (1998) is a Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) publication edited by Dick Biddulph, G8DPS – an excellent desk reference for the new radio amateur and the seasoned VHF/UHF veteran. Just getting started on the frequencies above 50 MHz? This book is an excellent place to start. VHF/UHF propagation? Equipment? Antennas? All are covered. Also: EMC (ElectroMagnetic Capability), late ‘90s Data Modes, ATV, Satellites, Repeaters, Test Gear and Station Accessories. There are circuits for experimentation, VHF/UHF antenna pattern plots, a smorgasbord of station accessories and much more. It is beautifully indexed, making zeroing in on a topic of interest a snap. The cover has a bit of wear along its edges. But otherwise, this copy is in like-new condition. Here is the VHF/UHF operator’s chance to get this excellent RSGB publication without having to deal with shipping charges or money exchange.
We’d never seen this one before, but “Using Your Meter”, by Alvis J. Evans, is a really nice desk reference as a tutorial on how to get the most out of your digital volt meter (DVM) and Volt-Ohm Meter (VOM) multi-testers. It covers the basics in both theory and practical applications, focusing on voltage, resistance and current. An accompanying photograph shows the breadth of its contents. And, as you’ll see, it describes uses for the radio amateur and DIY’ers who delve into home appliances, lighting, automobiles and tool-control circuits. This copy is in like-new condition and is 176 pages in length. Evans is a former associate professor of electronics at Tarrant College in Fort Worth, Texas.a
This hardback version of the 2011 ARRL Handbook is in like-new condition, is hundreds of pages in length and weighs in at 6+ pounds. Remember, there is free shipping on this and all 73 Radio Row items. So, the price you see is the price you pay. It was edited by longtime League staff member H. Ward Silver, NØAX – no stranger to the QRP community. A complete view of its Table of Contents is among the images accompanying this posting. As you can see, this edition has many of the elements of the ARRL Antenna Book, Operating Manual, VHF/UHF book and many other amateur radio publications. If you’ve ever wanted a hardback version of the Handbook, here is your chance. Via the ARRL, you’ll pay about $60 plus shipping and any applicable tax.
“The Hot Water Handbook, HW-8 Recipes” came out in 1985, being compiled and edited by Fred Bonavita, W5QJM (SK). Its 21 pages cover a range of improvements and modifications to this popular multiband QRP CW transceiver from Heathkit. Included are instructions for anti-audio motorboating, installing an Inboard Active Audio Filter, Four Watts for the HW-8, 30 Meters for the HW-8 and lots more. An accompanying image shows its Table of Contents, giving the full picture. The list of writers includes some of the biggest names in QRP in that era. The plastic cover and binding was in such poor shape, we re-packaged this historic manual into fresh plastic sleeves for protecting each page. We have also included a second copy of the manual’s cover if the owner would like to affix it to the cover of the folder. 73RR is very happy to have found this copy and may be obtaining several more.
Everything you need to know about antennas – from wires to beams to transmission lines to fixed and portable systems and a ton more - can be held in one hand with this soft-cover 22nd edition of the ARRL’s renowned “Antenna Book for Radio Communications”. Except for some scratches, a rough edge and a dog ear on its cover, this book is in like-new condition. Due to its unorthodox page-numbering convention we’d only be guessing at the page count. But in its large format it weighs a bit over four pounds. (Remember: FREE SHIPPING). Its table of contents, shown in accompanying photographs, covers almost three pages. If you’d like to have all of your antenna-reference data consolidated in one place, perhaps this is your answer. Accompanying CD is not included.
The Small Wonder Labs FREQ-Mite is a PIC-based Morse read-out frequency counter that was produced by Dave Benson, K1SWL, in the late 1990s. It is an excellent accessory for transceivers with analog tuning. Its maximum counting frequency is 32.76 MHz – covering all of the high-frequency amateur radio bands – 80, 40, 20, 17 and so on. Its accuracy is +/- 1.5 kHz to 25 MHz and +/- 2 kHz at 32 MHz. Send a query asking what your frequency is and it sends Morse audio via an 800 Hz tone. The Morse speed is adjustable from 13 to 26 words-per-minute. The brains of the FREQ-Mite is a PIC 16C621 chip, programmed by Small Wonder Labs. The kit includes all parts and a top-quality printed circuit board. This is a through-hole parts kit. There are no surface-mount components. The package has never been opened and includes a six-page assembly and operations manual. Long out of production, the FREQ-Mite is a rare find, indeed.
This publication of the American Radio Relay League came out in 2011 and is every bit as relevant today as it was six years ago. “Small Antennas for Small Spaces” is a collection of limited-space antenna ideas from well-known amateurs, including the trail-blazing Folded Skeleton Sleeve 40 and 20 Meter Dipole Antenna by QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR. The book is jammed with information including how to get started, antenna configurations, feed lines, SWR, operating modes and RF safety. Also design ideas and projects for VHF and HF antennas you can use inside your home and put together in a weekend, outdoor HF antennas for any property, dipoles, inverted Ls, end-fed wires, loops, verticals, temporary antennas, outdoor antennas for VHF and beyond, compact omnidirectional, directional antennas you can install just about anywhere, and other creative solutions. This copy is in excellent condition – like new.
This MFJ-901B Versa Tuner is in fabulous condition, as accompanying images show. There are some slight dings in the enclosure, but internally it looks brand new. No evidence of arcing or RF abuse. Clean as a whistle. The MFJ-901B is the company’s smallest 200 watt-PEP Versa Tuner. It is designed to match virtually any transmitter (up to 200-watts RF power output) to almost any antenna, including dipoles, inverted Vs, verticals, mobile whips, beams, and others fed by coax lines. Also random and end-fed half-wave wires from 160 through 10 meters. The multi-tapped inductor gives the tuner amazing versatility. A 4:1 balun is built-in for balanced lines. Measures 5 x 2½ x 6 inches. Today, MJF sells this tuner for about $100. Here, used and in pristine condition, it’s a 73 RR bargain.
“Fundamenals of Transistors,” by Leonard Krugman, is one of the most famous books written during the dawn of the solid state revolution. It was published in 1954, just 7 years after William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brittain invented the transistor in late 1947 at Bell Laboratories. It gives a snapshot of the technology that would ultimately supplant the vacuum tube. Krugman covers the subject from semiconductor physics and high-frequency applications to amplifiers and oscillators. The book takes a deep dive into grounded base, emitter and collector applications. There is a small tear on the front cover and the usual wear-and-tear of a softback book that is almost old enough to qualify for Medicare. The binding is solid. It is a real collectors’ item.
The Simple Superhet Transceiver (SST), a Wayne Burdick, N6KR-designed CW rig, came out as a kit in 1997 and became an instant QRP radio hit. This one, expertly constructed, includes a varactor-switching modification, significantly expanding band coverage. The rig covers 7.031 to 7.045 MHz. That’s 14 kHz of 40 meters. From Southern California during the day it brought up Reverse Beacons in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. It puts out a solid 0 to 3 watts adjustable. Great on-air reports. Small and lightweight for trail-friendly operation. Smooth QSK, beautiful keying, 3-pole Cohn crystal receive filter and much more. See the SST Manual here. December 2000 QST review here. Also the Spring 1997 edition of QRPp. In 1997 the unbuilt kit sold for $85, which equates to almost $130 in 2017. The built-and-tested kit here is a real bargain.