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Monday, May 17, 2021

Bill N2CQR Talks to Dean KK4DAS about the Simple SSB Group Build

Dean KK4DAS visited the N2CQR SolderSmoke shack.  We talked about a lot things including chess, Mars, and AI.  Dean is an amazing guy -- he used to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a couple of times  actually spoke with Richard Feynman. We also shot a video about the Vienna Wireless Society's group build of Pete Juliano's Simple SSB transceiver (video above).  

This group build all started with Dean's build of Pete's rig.  He built his early in the pandemic, while on furlough from work,  thus the name "The Furlough 40." That makes all of this very much a quarantine effort. As we have learned, dark clouds often do have silver linings. 

For more details on the group build, check out Dean's blog:

And here is the Vienna Wireless Society's Group Build page: 

Thanks Dean!  And three cheers for all the Vienna Wireless builders!


  1. Very nice. I'm a baby builder, but I hope too connect with you soon, Dean! Jack, NG2E

  2. Jack - trust me - if I could do it, so can you. We have some first time builders in the group that are still figuring out which end of the iron is hot - and they are making progress. This has been a fun group project and the hams are supporting and helping each other in the best amateur radio tradition. Thanks again to Bill and Pete for all their support.
    Dean KK4DAS


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