Episode 102 - Rex harper - W1REX
Rex Harper, W1REX, became an amateur radio operator from his early memories of radio as a kid and his desire to do electronics as a hobby. His love for QRP and later QRP kit building came from wanting to build electronic devices in an evening or two that just worked. Rex shares his ham radio story and the development of his business, QRPme, with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today.
First Elmer: Father, former US Navy, Fire control technician
Allied tube tester
Education: University of Maine, BSEE
Dartmouth National Science Foundation Grant
Harper Electronics, Maine - First Apple retail computer store in Maine.
Super Simon Game
First License: 1995 Technician, N1SYZ
Why QRP? : instant gratification from building a project in one or two nights.
Doug Demaw, May 1976 - first tuna can radio
Four Days in May (FDIM) Convention
Doug Hendricks KI6DS - Norcal Tuna Tin 2
Fort Smith QRP Group
Norcal Sardine Sender
Sardine Canning Museum, Main
Dave Benson K1SWL, - founder of the Small Wonder Labs, now closed designed the Rockmite series of kit transceivers.
Hans Summer - for wsprnet
Manhattan style of electronic fabrication.
MeSquares - 300 squares on a panel for Manhattan constructions
Limerick construction - example of this surface mount design for through hole parts.
QRP Amateur Radio Club International - Steve Fletcher, G4GXL , President Build a thon
Dave Ingram, K4TWJ (SK) - CQ magazine author of “How it Works” and World of Ideas”.
ARCI Hall of Fame
Hamfest Buddy - designed by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, then adapted by Rex into a solderless kit developed for FDIM.
QRP Ham Radio Station Setup and Operation - a video by Jeff Tranter, VE3ICH, about using the Tuna Tin QRP devices into a transceiver.
Tuna Tin Mojo into N2CQR’s BitX17 at Dayton
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ - Rex’s friend and elmer
Advice to new or returning hams: Find a club and a mentor
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Complete Tuna Tin Station
Rockmite Single Band Transmitter
MeSquares for Manhattan Construction
Single band transmitter with no soldering