Category Archives: communications

QRP SWR meter for Amateur Radio

Well I have a QRP Transceiver and wanted an appropriate SWR meter for it.  For my non-radio friends, QRP is the “Q” code for lower power.  Now days it is understood to be a transceiver with 5 watts or less … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communcations: Universal Radio and Kitties

I buy my new radios and random accessories from Universal Radio.  There are several reasons for this.  They are easy to work with.  After all,  they worked with my brother-in-law in Venezuela when he wanted to buy me a radio … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: Yaesu FT-897D

My first true HF rig.  Actually it is almost a “DC to Light” rig.  A “DC to Light” rig is a radio which receives/transmits  from KHz to GHz.  This one does’t quite make it to the GHz. My brother-in-law bought … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: VHF and UHF Handie Talkies

The hand held radios for amateur radio use are called handie talkies or HTs.   This was derived from the military where the original back pack radios were walkie talkies and thus the new fangled hand held ones would thus be … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: My First true Amateur Rado, Yaesu FT-227R

I traded a bunch of computer parts for this radio shortly after I got my license in 2004.   Strange guy I dealt with.   Later he wanted to start a Christian Amateur Radio Net etc.  Praying on the air I don’t … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: A CB base station

I got into radios in the late 1970s with CBs like many others.  I had a couple of mobile rigs used as base stations with a power supply and then I got my first real base station.  40 channels and … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: 2007 Christmas Key

Morse Express actually had two models left of the LTA Christmas keys.  2010 2009 are made by GHD.  In addition to the 2005 key,  they had some 2007 keys left. Here is mine: And Princess Hank is assisting in the … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: 2005 Christmas Key

Each year,  Morse Express commissions a Christmas ornament from a craftsman.  The design varies with the year and the craftsman. They still had some new old stock from 2005 made by LTA and I have been working OT,  so I  … Continue reading

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NaBloPoMo – Communications: Astatic D-104 Microphone

The Astatic D-104 is the granddaddy of microphones.  It was in production in one form or another from 1933 to 2001.  You had to supply your own cable to match your radio.  Many shops sold them pre-configured.  But that was … Continue reading

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