An Evening With Mr. Bob Heil – K9EID

Bob Heil K9EID

Bob Heil K9EID

 

I recently attended a SKYPE session at the local radio club meeting. The 90 minute presentation was given by the amazing Bob Heil.

Bob spun his fantastic tale of Ham Radio memories, coupled with his inventions and the famous people he met in the world of rock bands and ham radio over several decades.

Click HERE to find out more about Bob K9EID and his rather amazing career.

 

And Oldie Goldie – The Hot Water 8

Our Heathkit HW8A few weeks back my good friend John, WA2KSM offered me the use of a true oldie goldie! This old Heathkit HW8 CW QRP rig was so clean inside and out that it was hard to believe its age. No scratches or dings anywhere!

As you might imagine, the band control push buttons need cleaning but that’s about all the TLC it needs.

Not having a way to cleanly match this little gem to my G5RV, I purchased the “World’s Smallest Standalone ATU” from Elecraft.

Elecraft T1 Autotuner

Since I have owned Elecraft gear in the past and now get great pleasure from my KX3, I had no doubt that the T1 would be the right choice for the HW8. My assumptions were right. Tuning is a breeze and performance is all I’d expect from Elecraft.

The 20 meter band has been weak over the summer but I have already made a few contacts on this beautiful old QRP rig. Since I have the original manual, some of this winter will be dedicated to going over the entire alignment procedure.

If you are into QRP or low power operation and are in need of a portable Auto Tuner, take a spin over to the Elecraft T1 site for all the specs!

The WW1X Homebrew Buddipole / Buddistick System Inspired By W3FF

W3FFA few years ago a small group of us built the homebrew buddistick system inspired by the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick projects.

Rockwell WW1X  has done an outstanding  job constructing his versions of the W3FF homebrew projects.

Watch this video if you think you’d like to homebrew a set of inexpensive, great performing multiband antenna systems.

Constructing these homebrew antenna systems is a great project for yourself,  group or club.

Go to the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick site for the original homebrew construction details. Get Rockwell’s 6 meter beam construction details from here and his BALUN information from here.