The Elecraft KX3

Elecraft KX3

The Elecraft KX3 was just announced at this year’s Dayton Hamvention. The all-new 1.5-pound radio itself puts out 10 watts, although a high-performance 100-watt+ companion amplifier/ATU for fixed-station/mobile will be available. The KX3 is an Ultraportable: 1.5 lbs 1.7×3.5×7.4″ KX1 form-factor  internal battery pack & charger  internal wide-range ATU new adjustable attached keyer paddle K3-like … Read more

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TE8X Venado Island

Tonight I was lucky enough to catch an Island On The Air, or IOTA station in Costa Rica. TE8X.Always a thrill to make contacts like these. Venado Island IOTA NA116Grid locator:EJ79LXBEGIN 17 MAY 2011, operation in 28.470 to 28.498 USB, 7.190-3.790-in 160 Meter 1.840 to 1.850 (centered in 1.845) KHZ in LSB, but checking also … Read more

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My Par End-Fedz Antenna

Par End-Fedz Antenna

I use a Par End-Fedz antenna at my QTH, in particular, the EF-20. Par Electronics calls these antennas ‘dipoles’.  They are nothing of the sort. Just because an antenna is a half-wavelength long, does not make it a dipole.  Here’s what they say- “The Par End-Fedz are a full length half wave dipoles, but with … Read more

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Just picked me up one of these radios for around $100, which is a steal for what you get. The KG-UVD1P is a portable, easy to use Ham Walkie-talkie, that you can carry almost anywhere. 128 channels, VHF and UHF dual bander, supports CTCSS/DCS scan and high/low power selection. LCD screen, bright flashlight illumination, auto … Read more

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