Kit building

Small Wonder: My Hi-Mite should ship this week

Small Wonder: My Hi-Mite should ship this week

I ordered a Hi-Mite 20 back in October knowing the the waiting list was long. My kit should be in next week.

Accuprobe kit is in the can

Accuprobe kit is in the can

I finished the Accuprobe kit from the NorTex QRP Club. This is the fourth kit I have built this month. Building the Accuprobe falls squarely into the beginner category for small kits. Assembling the circuit board was dead simple but the project box was a little more complicated. I spent quite a bit of time […]

SMD Soldering, My First Try

SMD Soldering, My First Try

I finished my first kit with SMD parts, the Mcount kit from Jackson Harbor Press, and it works too. It was very satisfying to hear the device sound out FB when I applied power. For the first power application, I ran the current through my DVM to make sure the power draw was OK. The […]

NorCal Marker Generator is best first project

NorCal Marker Generator is best first project

The NorCal Marker Generator is touted as a good first project for budding home-brewers. I agree because there are not a lot of ways to mess this one up. I think I found one way, though. I couldn’t tell if the marker was working at first and it probably wasn’t. So after I finished the […]

The NorCal Keyer kit works great

The NorCal Keyer kit works great

Building the NorCal Keyer kit was fun and I got a burst of construction experience. The device worked right away; keys the rig and everything. I appreciate the help of Rich Patrick, KR7W, who suggested the project and gave me some soldering pointers. Also, Warren Young’s free videos on soldering were a terrific find. These […]

Great find: Videos on how to solder

If you are just getting started building electronics kits, the Tangentsoft site is brilliant. Warren Young, “Tangent” of Tangentsoft, has written several articles on building DIY audio projects. His articles mesh perfectly with homebrew QRP projects, even though his focus is on audio amplifiers. The article, “Getting Started in Audio DIY,” covers tools for circuit […]

Melting Solder without getting burnt

I dusted off the old soldering iron and melted some solder. My first project was the NorCal club marker generator. The experience reminded me how building kits is both fun and frustrating. The marker generator kit is dead simple to build and the instructions are really good. With any kit, my biggest pet peeve is […]