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NEW! Getting back into Amateur Radio:
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  Minimum QRP: Doing more
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  Hand-carried QRP antennas: Simple antennas
and accessories to operate from almost anywhere

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Mini PDF ebooks by Peter Parker VK3YE FREE!

First contacts (start here)

An HF primer

Your first HF transceiver

HF portable the simple way

Hear amateurs on your shortwave radio

Ten metres for the newcomer

The versatile end-fed wire

A VHF/UHF primer

Voice repeater basics

Build a hanging dipole for 2 metres

A guide to radio test equipment

Ham Babble - making sense of what's said on the bands

  These are pdf versions of articles on the vk3ye dot com website. They were generally written in the 1990s - 2000s so some details may be out of date. However they should still provide a useful background, especially for the beginner.


About Peter Parker VK3YE

Peter (mis?)spent his youth at rubbish tips, taking apart given radios and TVs and building electronic projects that mostly did not work. He avoided soldering until figuring out that new solder works better than reusing solder from terminal strips in valve (tube) radios.

Milestones included the construction of a crystal set in 1980, discovering shortwave broadcasting on a valve receiver in 1981 and a simple 'electronic organ' in 1982 from a Dick Smith Fun Way book. Hours were spent putting wires into springs on a Tandy 150-in-1 electronics set. Amazingly some wires could be pulled out and the project would still sort of work with only half the parts in circuit.

Two back to back AM/shortwave radios led to the discovery of amateur SSB activity and a novice licence in 1985. The following year was spent building transmitters no one heard. A one valve crystal controlled CW transmitter from the 1973 ARRL Handbook provided the first contacts - mostly CW/SSB crossmode on the 3.579 MHz TV colour burst crystal frequency. The value of frequency agility was an early lesson and various VFOs were built, most of them drifty.

The 1990s brought more bands, more modes and smaller gear. Projects included a 7 MHz VXO CW direct conversion transceiver, 2m FM portable transceiver, and a 14 MHz CW transmitter for Cycle 22, then near its peak. Later favourites included HF DSB and SSB transceivers (often using ceramic resonators, ladder crystal filters, NE602s and BD139 transistors) and phasing SSB equipment.

Limited space led to experiments with magnetic loops and HF pedestrian mobile. The joys of the latter (along with the perils of a trailing counterpoise) were first discovered with a converted Johnson Viking CB on 28 MHz. This was mounted in a carpeted chipboard box with battery and 1.5 metre whip. A move to a beachside suburb brought further HF portable and pedestrian mobile activity which remains an interest to this day.


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