When it comes to homebrewing QRP HF radios with simple parts and test equipment, then one of the go-to guys is Tony Fishpool, G4WIF, current membership secretary of the G-QRP Club in the UK, and frequent contributor to its quarterly SPRAT magazine. Tony is also a co-author with Graham Firth, G3MFJ, of Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer, and numerous articles on equipment building with attention to detail and budget. Tony believes, along with his cohorts at G-QRP, that ham radio does not have to be expensive to be fun. G4WIF is my QSO today.
Episode 128 - Ian Keyser - G3ROO
Ian Keyser, G3ROO, has a 1600 square foot “maker space” or shop that he uses for all of his projects, including ham radio, and shares this space with his Dover Construction Club. Ian works “top band” with wire antennas and a superb grounding system. He collects and refurbishes vintage World War Two spy radios that he displays in his GB2SPY Museum. G3ROO is Eric, 4Z1UG’s QSO Today.
Episode 123 - Jim Veatch - WA2EUJ
Jim Veatch, WA2EUJ, is a three time winner of the ARRL Homebrew Challenge contest where his winning entries pushed the limits of homebrew design and implementation within the financial constraints of the contest. Jim has gone on to create other projects, some of which are now available in kit form, such as the Hardrock 50 amplifier and automatic antenna tuner available from HobbyPCB. Jim is Eric, 4Z1UG’s QSO Today.
Episode 113 - Bill Kelsey - N8ET
Bill Kelsey, N8ET, has a long and interesting amateur radio career beginning in 1962. From his interest in QRP and QRP kits, Bill founded the Kanga Kit Company, creating radio and test equipment kits for the ham community for many years. While Bill is recovering from a recent stroke, he still has projects on his workbench, now using Arduino processors, pursuing UHF moon bounce, and finds time to operate the Digital modes. Bill joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.
Episode 95 - H.P. "Pete" Friedrichs - AC7ZL
From his first long nose pliers, at the age of six, to his private use of the chemistry lab at his junior high-school, Pete Friedrichs, AC7ZL, has had a fascination with technology, chemistry, and radio. Often this is old but amazing technology that he recreates with the remnants of discarded objects. Pete is a renaissance man whose study and fabrication of "simple" technology rivals that of some of America's great inventors. He is a published author of books based on his experiments, as well as fiction and ghost stories. AC7ZL is Eric's guest on QSO Today.
Episode 076 - Doug Crompton - WA3DSP
Episode 068 - Don Huff - W6JL
When it comes to hams making their own kind of music, one has to think of Don Huff, W6JL, who notes on his QRZ page that people who make things are happier than those who buy them. Don operates a completely modular home-brew HF station and power amplifier that is continuously variable in output power from 50 mw to 550 watts. Don loves to rag chew and share, and this is why he is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.
Episode 058 - chuck Adams - K7QO
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