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This unbuilt Wilderness 30-meter SST (Super Simple Transceiver) kit was designed and introduced by Wayne Burdick, N6KR, now of Elecraft fame. It is a superheterodyne VXO-controlled radio capable of about 15 kHz on 10.1 MHz according to the kit’s Assembly and Operation manual. It is CW-only with satin smooth QSK and capable of between one and two-watts RF output. There is plenty of audio to comfortably drive 8-ohm headphones. As far as we can tell, the SST kit is no longer available anywhere – a rare find for 73RR. The kit’s parts are top quality, as shown in the accompanying photographs. Wilderness' price was $90.
The ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics was published in 2015 and features “Thirty antennas to get you on the air from anywhere!” Accompanying photographs show the book’s Table of Contents to give you a look at what’s inside. All of the articles in its 118 pages appear to be reprints from ARRL publications. Writers include well-known experts Joe Everhart, N2CX; Phil Salas, AD5X; Robert Capon, WA3ULH; Markus Hansen, VE7CA; Doug DeMaw, W1FB; Zack Lau, KH6CP/1, and many more. This book features antennas for 80 through 10 meters (including WARC) on HF and 6- and 2-meters and 70cm on VHF. A variety of antenna supports and vehicle mounts are featured, as well. It is in excellent condition. Perfect for T-FR radio operators.
This Pixie2 kit is a QRPp CW transceiver can be built for either 40- or 80-meters. A tiny marvel, the Pixie2 made banner headlines when introduced at the 1995 Dayton Hamvention. A 3.579 crystal is included with this kit for 80-meter operation. The builder will need to provide a crystal for 40 meters, if that band is selected. It is very simple to build, provides headphone-level audio and puts out between 200 and 300 milliwatts of RF. Hundreds of QRPp’ers have had tremendous success with this transceiver – many, many using quite modest antennas. The parts for this kit have been inventoried and are complete. This package includes the Pixie2 assembly and operation manual. Click here for more details. Click here for a picture of a completed Pixie2.
We are fortunate to have come across a first edition copy of "QRP Power," the 1996 ARRL compilation of more than two dozen QRP articles from League publications including QST, QEX and The ARRL Handbook. It is described as "a transition from the QRP renaissance period into the 21st Century . . . Contributors to this work are some of the best (low power) operators on the planet. The circuits and kits presented in this book reflect a dramatic change from the direct-conversion rigs of the past to more technically superior designs." Accompanying photographs show the full index of articles. Except for some slight cover ware, this book is in like-new condition.
This unbuilt, very early version of the NorCal BLT (Balanced Line Tuner) kit is a Z-Match tuner for 10-40 meters. It was introduced in 2000. It will easily handle 5W RF and comes with a built-in N7VE LED SWR indicator that is switched in and out via a front-panel toggle. It uses polyvaricon tuning capacitors. It includes a NorCal modification so it works with end-fed and coaxial-fed antennas. HIGH or LOW-Z inductances are selected by a back-panel toggle switch. It features a clear-plastic top. The enclosure is made using pre-cut pieces of PCB board. Complete assembly and operation instructions are included. It was designed by antenna tuner guru Prof. Charles Lofgren, W6JJZ.
Two titans of antenna theory and practice teamed to write “All About Vertical Antennas” – Bill Orr, W6SAI (SK), and Stuart Cowan, W2LX (SK), covering the antenna’s designs, construction, optimization for DX work, verticals for small spaces, grounding, short verticals for 40 through 160 meters, and more. There is information on how to build 25 types of antennas. An accompanying photograph shows the book’s Table of Contents, outlining information in its 8 chapters. There is a comprehensive Index at the back of the book for easy reference to specific subject citations by page. The cover has a very slight blemish. The binding appears never to have been broken. There are light red marks (felt tip) on pages opposite the binding. 191 pages, copyright 1988.
This MFJ-816 QRP/QRO HF SWR-Wattmeter was manufactured by MFJ Enterprises decades ago. Its look is old school; not much like MFJ products today. It is a perfect companion for antenna tuners that don't have SWR and power output reading ability. The '816 covers 1.8 to 30 MHz, showing Forward and Reflected power and SWR. Its front panel push button toggles the unit between FWD/SET and REF/SWR via a classic MFJ meter. It will handle up to 300 watts, but is also calibrated on a 30-watt scale. Standard SO-239 coax connectors are on the back. A copy of the original instruction sheet is included. It has been thoroughly tested and performs beautifully.
If you want to understand how tubes work, you've got to dig deep inside the vaccum. That's where the nuts and bolts of "Hollow-State Design" takes its readers. The secondary title of Grayson Evans, TA2ZGE / KJ7UM's fascinating book is "The Art and Science of Building with Thermatrons." That is what Evans calls tubes. This 220+ page treatise is heavy on HOW vacuum tubes work. Actual DIY projects? Not so much. But, if you've been staring in bewilderment into the guts of that vintage HQ-110 receiver or Viking transmitter, or considering building a linear with a pair of 807s, "Hollow-State Design" is certainly for you.
The Arizona QRP Club’s Black Widow Paddle was designed and produced by Jerry Haigwood, W5JH, and became a very popular kit in the Morse community about a decade ago. No longer in production, 73 Radio Row has found one that – with a thorough cleaning and reassembly – looks and works like brand new. It is made of brass with a 3 inch x 3-inch base. It uses computer-controlled machined parts for excellent fit and accuracy. It has both spring and magnetic return force. Its arms ride on precision ball bearings. The contacts are silver plated for low resistance. Bearing tension, contact spacing, and magnetic return force are all adjustable. Click here to see the manual.
The MFJ-9320 QRP transceiver covers a busy part of 20-meter CW: ~14.050 to ~14.060 MHz. This one was generously donated to 73RR by Steve Gallchutt, wGØAT. Here are some of the CW rig’s specs, as noted by MFJ:
- 0.2 uV receiver sensitivity for weak signal work
- Sharp passband crystal receive filtering
- Differential-mode AGC: Audio output holds rock-steady over 80 dB signal range
- RF output rated by MFJ at 2 watts with 12-15VDC applied
- Seamless QSK (break-in keying)
- Loud side-tone CW monitor
- User adjustable TX offset/RX passband center
Click here to download the 9320 manual.
Whoever titled "The New Shortwave Propagation Handbook," must not have taken into account that books on basic theory have long shelf lives. This book was new 20+ years ago but a 1995 time stamp disqualifies it as "new" today. But the concepts discussed are solid in 2016. Authors George Jacobs, W3ASK, Theodore J. Cohen, N4XX, and Robert B. Rose, K6GKU, combined their vast knowledge into a very robust desk reference. Check out the table of contents in the accompanying photographs. This copy is almost new condition inside and out, including a solid binding.
"Whether you're just getting turned on to ham radio or already have your license, 'Ham Radio for Dummies,' 2nd Edition, helps you with the terminology, the technology, and the talknology," writes renowned radio operator H. Ward Silver, NØAX. "This hands-on beginner guide reflects the operational and technical changes to amateur radio over the past decade and provides you with updated licensing requirements and information, changes in digital communication (such as the Internet, social media, and GPS), and how to use e-mail via radio." Copyright 2013, it is in like-new condition. HRFD is a great beginner’s entree to amateur radio.