RARE: Dave Ingram, K4TWJ (SK)'s Famous Hamfest Buddy Transmitter Kit

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RARE: Dave Ingram, K4TWJ (SK)'s Famous Hamfest Buddy Transmitter Kit

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The Hamfest Buddy is an oscillator-transmitter kit developed by the late Dave Ingram, K4TWJ (SK), longtime “World of Ideas” and “QRP” editor at CQ Amateur Radio magazine. In its August, 2005 edition, he featured this circuit that can produce 50 to 60 milliwatts of RF on the 40-meter CW band with a 9-volt battery. A 7.040 MHz crystal is provided with the kit. At 12-volts DC, the ‘Buddy can put out 250 to 400 milliwatts, which is certainly sufficient for making contacts on the air. Ingram’s clever concept includes instructions for how to use the rig as a BFO (beat frequency oscillator) allowing you to copy CW and SSB with your inexpensive shortwave receiver. Dave included an earphone for use with your SWL receiver. A copy of the CQ article will be included with this kit. The Hamfest Buddy was very popular at the time and is quite rare today.

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