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Alistair Smith
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My home-brew mini paddle for QRP rigs
Here I am again with a little bit of spare time and a love of radio. Yesterday I was dreaming up solutions for a portable paddle morse key and thinking about how much it might cost me to buy a new one. My solution was to have a go at making my own.

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Laserbeam delights - Audio DSP filter for CW
Last Monday I had a bit of free time and I have been planning to help Keith G0RQQ put his new audio CW filter into a box for some time. It made sense to use the bench in the workshop here because everything is set up and read to go, Keith preferred that opt...

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Some QRP fun, 40m QRM and the Virgin Media TIVO box
I have been enjoying my festive break from my work and spending a couple of weeks sorting out some projects and radio related experiments. I have fired up the little QRP rigs to work a handful of stations on CW. I never managed to work anything on the SW-20...

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Milliwatt madness, frogs, pixies and QRP adventure.
I have had a wee break from radio related activities and blogging. Work has had large demands and my young family have taken up the rest of my time, I also had my FT-817 stop working as it should do and left without a decent QRP setup. I wanted to play radi...

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Frog Sounds QRP Transceiver video
I was asked to put a video of the small TRX online and here it is. I am sure many of you will be interested to hear what it sounds like on RX but I must apologise in advance for the recording from headphones. I do not have an amplified speaker to record fro...

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Frog sounds QRP transceiver fun and first QSO
Last night I had a chance to try my new Frog sounds QRP transceiver that I got from a Chinese eBay store. The unit cost me £21 and a few pence and I hadn't realised when I purchased it that it was pre built. I was hopeful it would be a kit but that is no hu...

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Improving the FT-1000mp Mark V RX
I have been on a mission to make the most of the equipment in my shack, I didn't want to get sucked into buying more radios or very expensive new models to chase a very small improvement. I decided the next best thing was to squeeze every improvement I coul...

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Back to QRP and a 2 way QRP contact today with S52TLN
It has been some time since I have had the time to blog about my radio activities. My day job and young family have taken the majority of my time since my last post. Fortunately I have been enjoying a half-term break here in the UK. This is the break in an ...

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QRP contacts, DX and local QRM
I have been really busy recently with a mixture of work and family life. It is great to have a hobby but sometimes other things just stand in the way. This weekend however I got a sneaky few hours to visit a local radio rally to sniff out some bargains and ...
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