I finally set up a usable workstation and have been catching up on some projects. Of course as I start building I keep acquiring new projects to add to the list.
Elenco Power Supply
I started this kit and easily soldered all of the components to the board in short order. I started off using an old Weller pen but switched to my new Hakko FX888D-23BY which made things much easier!
The plan is to finish the kit as shipped then make adjustments/modifications as I’ve found them on the web. These include adding a display, bleeder resistors, better potentiometers, caps, etc. Once complete, I can use the power supply for the remaining projects below.
These I’m looking forward to! I purchased the Ultimate 3 kit initially for 2m since I only had my Tech license. Since upgrading, I’ve purchased the switchable bandpass filter (https://qrp-labs.com/ultimatelpf.html) and 5 more plug in filters for the 6, 10, 20, 40, and 80 meter bands. I’m looking forward to setting up and testing the WSPR beacon. While I was on the QRP site buying the filters, I decided to buy the QCX 5w CW transceiver (https://qrp-labs.com/qcx.html) as well since learning CW is on my “to-do” list once I finish studying for my Extra license.
To round out the QCX, I ordered the enclosure designed for the QCX from BaMaTech in Germany. And of course I need a paddle, so I ordered the “Dirt Cheap” Paddle from American Morse Equipment (http://www.americanmorse.com/dcp.htm). This, plus my recent eBay acquisition of a Vibroplex Original Bug, are more inspiration to learn CW!
We Vibroplex Original “Deluxe” Bug
I’ve found a number of resources on the web and plan on cleaning up the bug and hope to get on the air with it eventually. I want to learn CW with a straight key first, I recently picked up a key on eBay (Menominee Triumph Legless Straight Key) which I plan on using for training.
Speaking of training, I also purchased a Morseduino 2 Decoder from WB7FHC which I will use for practice and may incorporate it into a future project or use – we shall see!