Really enjoyed SolderSmoke 143, great job as always.
wanted to fill you in on the happenings at the WA6ARA QRP Ranch. A
bunch of us are doing a kit build. We meet at the QRP Ranch Man Cave
for a few hours of building several times a week. Several of us are
building the 40 meter SSB rig that won the homebrew challenge a couple
years ago and there are a couple BTX20s and 17 meter rigs being built
as well. I'd like to say they are from scratch but alas, we are
building them from Hendrick's QRP kits.
The first one has been completed, a BTX17, by a 15 year old Extra Class
ham in about 3 days. BTW - he already had WAS and DXCC. The next
project is the W6JL 50 watt amplifier that won the amplifier homebrew
challenge. I am building both the 40 meter and the BTX17 rigs. The 40
meter rig, plus amp is going in a ammo can and then in the jeep for
back country emergency use. I've enclosed a couple of photos, including
the required chocolate chip cookies to keep the gang going and the
solar oven to cook them in.
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