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OCX 3D Printed Case – by W4MHZ

After I built my 40m QCX transceiver, I needed a case.  I stumbled across a 3D printed case made by Mike Erskine (W4MHZ).  I wrote to Mike, asking him how to purchase one of his cases.  To my surprise, he sent me one for free, thanking me for my videos in the process!

Here’s a photo of my QCX in the W4MHZ case.  I used my sidecutters to make a couple of little nibbles in the plastic to make mine fit perfectly.

I’m very happy with it!

Mike is only charging $20 plus $5 shipping.  This is a good price.  If I had taken the time to design and 3D print my own case, I would have spent a lot of time and used up a lot of filament.  $25 is a bargain.

To get yours, contact Mike via email at:  3r5k1n3@gmail.com

Biking and Playing Radio (NEQP 2018)

On Sunday, May 6th, 2018 I rode my bicycle to a construction site with a good location for working portable. I set up my SOTABEAMS dipole and used my YouKits HB1B Mk III to make some contacts. The New England QSO Party event was being held that weekend and I worked 6 stations in a fairly short time.

It seemed like the sidetone of my HB1B devolved into lots of clicks and very little tone after a while. Not sure why but it was annoying. A great day for ham radio!

Propagation Prediction with VOACAP.com

Sure, you can turn on your radio and spin the dial to see who you can hear right now.  But, WHO SHOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HEAR?

The voacap.com website is an amazing tool. Use it to find out who should be able to hear you right now. Want to know the best band and time of day to contact a certain location (or DXpedition)? Watch this video and you’ll never play radio in-the-dark again.

FT8 – Quick Start (from St. John USVI)

I made a couple of FT8 contacts from here in St. John. I captured them for a video and then realized I probably needed to make a video about how to get started with FT8!

So, this video shows you how simple it is to configure and use the WSJT-X software to do FT8. I follow that up with some screen captures of contacts with Greece and France from my temporary vacation QTH here on the island.

Easter Island on 5 Watts (from St. John USVI)

I’m on vacation for a couple of weeks. I brought my KX2 to the Caribbean and made this quick video to show you my contact with Easter Island. I also show you my setup – which includes an unusual antenna. I hope to make many more contacts, as time (and the wife) permits! – Cliff

For more info on the antenna… see Page 9 of this manual… http://www.elecraft.com/manual/E740054%20KXAT1%20man%20rev%20B.pdf