SolderSmoke Podcast 166 is available for download: http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke166.mp3 Bench Report: Pete working on Direct Conversion Receivers. Bill on his 2B and on 20DSB rig, and an M0XPD/Kanga DDS kit, and a 140 watt amp. GETTING STARTED IN HOMEBREW: Start simple: Build an oscillator. Make it oscillate! Gather tools, simple test gear, and books. Try to understand what you build. Build a direct conversion receiver. Don't fear the toroids! Be patient. This is not Plug and Play. Build a DSB transceiver. Little tips: Protect variable caps. Use heat sinks. Use reverse polarity protection. Don't breathe the solder smoke! Ventilate your bench. China Radio International Mystery Solved. Book Recommendation: "International QRP Collection" by Dobbs and Telenius-Lowe MAILBAG
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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