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Thursday, December 31, 2015

N8NM's Straight Key Night Rig

Hi Bill,
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I’ve recently discovered your SolderSmoke podcasts and am enjoying the heck out of them!  In fact, you and Pete have inspired me to break away from the thermatrons and delve into the wonderful world of the TIA transceiver, and after several weeks of sniffing rosin, my new rig is now receiving signals without the aid of any external life support!  It’s still a bit haywired, but I’m looking forward to pairing it with my little 6AG76L6 transmitter for a few SKN QSOs tomorrow.
I haven’t taken any pics of the new rig yet, mainly because, at this point, there’s not much to see, but here’s it’s little octal-based friend with its AD9850/6AG7 hybrid VFO (works a bit better than the VF-1 that it replaced J):
Anyway, thanks for putting forth the time and effort to do the podcast!  All the best to you, Pete and your families in the new year.
Steve Murphy, N8NM

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