Archive for August, 2011

CC-40 Update

August 30, 2011

Wow…the end of August is tomorrow, how time flies when your fat, dumb and lazy…LOL. Trying to figure out how to put all these smt (or is it smd) parts into egg cartons and not mess it up. Jason has bagged them in the order in which they are shown on the inventory…but pre-installed parts are not noted and I was wondering why I was missing so many parts.

Dave, AA7EE (another beta builder) has taken off like a rocket and built a lot of his CC-40 already. I’m tempted to wait on building mine until he finds all the snags (only a couple that I know of)…but beta builders are supposed to help out doing this as a team.

Anyway, I think my approach will be to keep the parts in the packaging until I need them…then use egg cartons when there are more than one of each type. I would like to have my built before we go camping next week, but not sure if that will happen or not. I may be going back to work when I return from camping (that is a story in itself), so may not have a lot of time on hand after this week.

I need to update my web page…but that will probably happen after my camping as well. Not much else to say…keep those irons hot and solder fumes floating!!!

PFR-3 and CC-40 News

August 26, 2011

Got my CC-40 from Etherkit (NT7S) yesterday and looks like this is gong to be fun to build. The PFR-3 receiver is installed and works quite well. Have to still do the alignments, but that should take long.

Have to decided if I will finish the PRF-3 first and then do the CC-40…or take a PFR-3 break and get the CC-40 done as I am one of the beta builders. Will probably do the CC-40 now and finish the PFR-3 later.

Weather is perfect, so did the antenna set-up for a 25 or 30 foot pole on the back of the RV for dipoles, BuddiPole, etc. We are going camping after Memorial Day and plan on being on 80 thru 10 meters at some point while camping. I love being retired!!!

…Mikey, WB8ICN

PFR-3 Progress

August 23, 2011

Need to wind two roids and then start aligning the receiver portion of the rig. So far, the kit has been a dream to build. No surprises, easy to follow instructions and a great PCB to lay parts on. Really impressed with the kit’s PCB quality…some kits (actually many!) supply PCBs that are hard to work with, at least for an old fart like me.

Helped a friend put up a “Cobra” antenna today…a neat short dipole antenna for 40 thru 10 meters. Thinking of building one for myself. I have built and used the 160 thru 10 and 80 thru 10…but the 40 thru 10 meter version is only about 42 feet long and will be a neat antenna to use while camping (RVing). This one uses coax instead of ladder-line and that is something that is favorable in my book.

Rain heading this way so maybe tomorrow I will get some air time in.

72/73’s for now….Mikey

Summer Update

August 19, 2011

Started building the PFR-3 from Hendrick’s Kits. Looks like it is going to be a fun build and great radio to use!

Awesome weather here at the home QTH has caused us to hang out here vice traveling around and spending $4.00 a gallon for diesel. With weather like this, I don’t need to travel somewhere else to enjoy it…LOL.

Found I have a stash of TL082’s…so thinking about playing around with some AF filters for a DC receiver or one that I already have on-hand. Using the PRG-80 receiver that Mike, KO4WX wrote about some time back.

That’s it for now. Drop me a line if you have any good ideas for a HB project!

72/00…Mikey, WB8ICN