Author Archives: K0FEY

About K0FEY

I am a member of the Eden Prairie Radio club. This is a Minnesota Ham Radio Enthusiast club and we promote experimentation and learning through the Amateur Radio hobby. Come check into a net on Sunday with us or better yet meet us in person on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

40M CW Transmitter QRP Pixie Kit Receiver

Wandering around on Ebay, I found myself looking again at the Pixie QRP morse code transceiver. I purchased for $15 from seller “19d10recon” and got 2 crystal frequencies to use. Laying out the parts I found I was missing 2 but … Continue reading

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New (to me) projects on the bench – Part 2

Started going through the bench stuff from Craigslist: 2) B & K Precision 177 VTVM Dynascan Vacuum Tube Volt Meter Tester – Works, nothing needed. 3) Superior Electric 3PN 116B Variable Powerstat Auto Transformer 109A 0-140 VAC – Works, nothing needed. … Continue reading

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New (to me) projects on the bench

I was looking through Craigslist and found a few things that will go into the repair bin. Will tackle these one at a time in the next few weeks. (I hope) 1) Leader LBO-507A 20MHz Oscilloscope 2) B & K … Continue reading

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Tuning antennas for SWR

Tuning antennas for SWR **Note: This method is that in which you will be cutting your antenna to ensure a resonant length. Introduction: Common models of SWR (standing wave ratio) meters are used to give a general reference of how … Continue reading

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FAA Medical Reform defined

FAA Medical Reform Today, January 11th 2017, the FAA announced its final rule on Medical Reform to go into effect May 1st. A pilot may opt to continue using their medical certificate or opt to exercise this rule instead. It … Continue reading

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Ham Night before Christmas, Tracker and Santa Net

Merry Christmas Fellow Hams!!! Santa Tracker: For over 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. Follow Santa as he makes his magical journey! noradsanta.org Santa Net: Every year on 3916, we … Continue reading

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People don’t do the things they need to

Taking a time out for a quick life hack. I wrote this article for my work and thought you might benefit from it. People don’t do the things they need to. You ask your child to take out the trash … Continue reading

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Aviation Maintenance Squawks

Taken from here. After every flight, pilots fill out a form, called a gripe sheet which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe … Continue reading

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Ham Radio Fests!!!!

Ham Radio Fests!!!! HAMFEST/CONVENTION 09/24/2016 | SMARTSFEST 2016 Location: Henderson, MN Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: SERT Radio Club & SMARTS Club Learn More HAMFEST/CONVENTION 10/01/2016 | Last Chance Tailgate Location: Plymouth, MN Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: Twin City FM Club … Continue reading

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GENERAL AVIATION RULES OF THUMB

Combing the internet and this fell out:.. trust but verify, folks. GENERAL AVIATION RULES OF THUMB Standard Pressure, Temperature, and Lapse Rate Sea level standard pressure = 29.92″ hg Standard lapse rate = -1″ hg. for each 1000′ increase in … Continue reading

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