This page updated Mon Feb 7, 2017.
OK. I'm not a great web page maintainer. I have a choice. Get things done in the lab or spend all my time working on this web page. My preference is to get work done and when I can 'round to it, I will add material to this page. It's life.
So here is the deal. I will put stuff that I have modified in this section as well as where they are below. That way you can look here first for the newest updates and newest material. After about a week I will remove the link(s) from this section to note that nothing new has been added in the last week. Hopefully I can do this better.
Yet another project in progress in the lab. This one to check both the quality of test equipment and parts from China. Thus the name Chinese Checkers.
As a friendly challenge, the following stations have agreed to start on Nov 1, 2016 and go for WAS on 30m with only 1W or less using a KitsAndParts.com 1W transceiver. We are all starting with a zero count on states and we will see how the band behaves with QRPp power levels and at the same time attempt to work all 50 US states. Not a contest.
The purpose to study the propagation characteristics of 30m band starting with the winter months and see if all 50 states and some DX entities can be worked using QRPp and QRP levels.
I did TMPS in 1995 and did a paper at the first FDIM at Dayton in 1996. Here is that paper.
Here is my map of states worked followed by the list and the confirmed column means a confirmation on QRZ.COM in the logbook. The first person to confirm via qrz.com, in case of dups on the band, gets the honor of the confirmation.The map is obtained from the site at the bottom of this page and colored using a free program called inkscape.
Date State Call Name Confirmed on QRZ.COM ----------- ------ --------- ------ --------------------- Nov 1, 2016 CA W6QFU Gene confirmed Nov 3, 2016 AR KG5HCF Dave confirmed Nov 17, 2016 TN AA4MB Matt confirmed Nov 23, 2016 AZ N9AV Norm confirmed QSL card Nov 1, 2016 NV N7XM Josh submitted Nov 2, 2016 WI K9GB Mel submitted Nov 2, 2016 OR KF7WNS Gary submitted Nov 2, 2016 MA K1SND Tony submitted Nov 3, 2016 OH NI8R Greg submitted Nov 3, 2016 MI W8NIC Larry submitted Nov 3, 2016 TX WI5H Mike submitted Nov 4, 2016 NV WD7Y Ed submitted Nov 18, 2016 SC W4HBW Bob submitted Nov 19, 2016 MT KE7ONQ Bud submitted Nov 25, 2016 ND N7IV Joe submitted Nov 29, 2016 UT K7AJ Terry submitted
I use a program called INKSCAPE to edit the following map of the USofA. The map is in scalar vector graphics format. After I bring up inkscape and just simply click on the new state and then change its color to red and save the file, I export the file to PNG graphics format for use on this web page. Inkscape has a way to modify the map to make the background transparent so that the yellow of the web page shows through. This makes the map much more pleasing to the human eye that having it in a white rectangle on the page. IMHO.
The following books are in zipped (.zip) format. MP3 files for the audio and ASCII text (.txt) files for the text to be used for checking you copy. They are 20WPM for the entire book.
Here are some useful youtube videos. IMHO.
The following are documents and work done some time ago. Please realize that some of the URLs, companies and other information may be gone from the planet Earth. This is here for those that might have unbuilt kits or have one that is not working. Also building techniques requiring tools that may no longer be available from the original sources or manufacturers. Please don't ask me to find things. If you can find it using google, then it is most likely that I can not help either. Good luck..
My email address is the usual hiding from Internet bots.chuck dot adams dot k7qo at gmail dot com