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

FT8 Portable Blues Continues

Yet another quirk. This one doesn’t affect operating portable. Just weird… ios no longer connects to pi access point.

Got the proverbial “No route to host message”. Googled it.

Seems like a known ios quirk.

Some say to enable and disable airplane mode. NFG!

HA. My guess, it’s bitchin because there’s no internet connection which apparently the modified kindle/android os doesn’t care about. Luckily for ft8 portable and us.

Made about a dozen contacts off the kindle this morning. Of course the big gun stations tromp over my penut whistle 7 watts. No point in calling cq!

So now the only diff will be antenna and battery power when portable.

72 de KE2YK – Stay tuned for the continuing saga of FT8 portable blues!

New ICOM IC-705

Just read that this new rig will be delayed until the 3rd quarter due to the wonderful gift from our bat eating friends in Wuhan.