Category Archives: Testing

Refinishing Outdoor Cafe Table

I should have taken pictures of this just before I started but phone was dead and I am fairly impatient once I start a project. My friend Dave has been on the lookout for quality outdoor patio furniture but has … Continue reading

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SMARTsFest in Minnesota – Philco 42-327 revival Part 1

I went to the SMARTsFest a few weekends past and came back with a new project. It is a 1942 Philco 42-327. This is a tube radio and I will be rebuilding it to working order and cleaning it up … Continue reading

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DIY Magnetic loop

How it works: A loop antenna is effectively a tuned RLC circuit. What does this mean? It means the primary coupling loop inductively couples to the secondary. The secondary loop has a variable capacitor to electrically adjust its resonance. Alternatively, Some … Continue reading

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New (to me) projects on the bench – Part 3

  8) EICO Model 221 Vacuum Tube Volt Meter Whenever I get a new (to me) piece of test equipment that is older than 25 years I always want to look at the capacitors. They are almost surely leaking. I … Continue reading

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Tecsun 2P3 AM Radio build

Tecsun 2P3 AM Radio Receiver Kit – DIY for Enthusiasts, Built it into a radio case ! Bought from Amazon…. This was a fun build. I love the way it is set up similar to the way old radio projects … 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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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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How to find VE Testing Sessions

Ready to schedule that Ham radio license test? The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) publishes test session dates and times for test sessions held across the United States.  To find all the latest test sessions for your area … ARRL Test … Continue reading

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Broadcast your Club Repeater

I created this presentation of BroadCastify streaming for my club (Eden Prairie Radio Club). In thinking about this I would highly recommend doing this for several reasons. BroadCastify <– Click for PowerPoint Presentation. Lets address some of the more common questions: Why … Continue reading

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Jan 17th 2016 Net Check-In

The recap (and for those that missed tonights net): Check ins tonight with discussions on Football, Minnesota weather, Radio Frequency interference (and a quick discussion on Cree LED bulbs) as well as updates on what our fellow hams are up … Continue reading

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