Icom ic-705

A Good Companion for the The ICOM 705?

Peter Waters G3OJV from Waters and Stanton Amateur Radio Shop in the United Kingdom has his own YouTube channel where he reviews different Amateur Radio products and homebrew ideas.

Peter has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1960 and has co-owned his Amateur Radio shop since 1973.

With that kind of experience, Peter is one of the few Amateur Radio YouTuber’s I follow.

Of special interest to me, Peter has done several videos related to homebrewing compromise antennas for small spaces.

Small space, compromise antenna projects interest me because I enjoy homebrewing antennas, have a small yard and small space antenna ideas are useful when I activate State Parks for the Parks on the Air program.

The Elecraft T1A is a fine piece of gear. I have owned one for around 3 years now and have used it on outings with several different QRP rigs. As Peter will demonstrate, the features of the T1A extend beyond a simple QRP tuner.

I’d have to agree with Peter. The Elecraft T1A will make a good companion for the ICOM 705. Let Peter explain the T1A and you can then form your own opinion.

73 de KE2YK

Cheap Desk Magnifying Unit For Home-Brewers!

As a QRPer I follow a small group of hams that post to the Fireflies QRP org.

If you like to build kits or home brew like me, check out Larry’s W2LJ’s find about a much needed accessory for the shack.

Yeah I know, I can hear it now… Banggood is a company located in China. I have purchased several kits and other odds n ends from Banggood without problems. The only downside… It can take several weeks for delivery.

Psst: If you happen to be a first time buyer over at Banggood, there is a coupon offer and you may be able to get the magnifier for a few dollars!

I’m going to take advantage of this low price because I have been using a small magnifying glass attached to one of those portable alligator clamp stands.

This magnifying glass will help tremendously with these old, tired eyeballs!

Larry W2LJ has been posting on his own blog for years. You may find many of his posts informative. His Blog can be found here.

72 es 73 de KE2YK

Great Ham Radio Prices at k1cra.com

Having good use out of the hamsticks that I bought from Craig’s k1cra.com ham radio store in the past, I ordered both a 6 and 17 meter hamstick for Parks on the Air and some of my other crazy operating and antenna experiments from Craig’s store again yesterday.

Since 2003, K1cra.com has been selling ham radio gear for reasonable prices up in Maine. Check out Craig’s about page for store info.

As always, I compare prices with Amazon. Amazon sells MFJ hamsticks while k1cra.com sells Workman brand. Guess its safe to assume both are manufactured in china. A sad reality these days!

Amazon hamsticks were around $12 more than the Workman hamsticks at Craig’s store and, unlike Amazon, no sales tax is charged. So I saved roughly $16 since there were shipping costs. IMHO that is a good saving on 2 items.

In summary, before hunting around for ham radio gear, you may save quite a bit as I did by shopping at k1cra.com.

What is better than supporting a fellow ham and saving $$$ at the same time.

72 es 73 de Gary Ke2yk