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SolderSmoke is one of the oldest ham radio podcasts, which began in 2006, hosted by Bill N2CQR and Pete N6QW. Official web site at http://soldersmoke.com



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SolderSmoke #239 Travelogue: James Webb Space Telescope. Mars returning to opposition in early December. Getting more active in the Vienna Wireless Society. POSSIBLE PLUG FOR PARTS CANDY Bill’s Bench Hex Beam K4KIO - on roof – TV Rotor – 20-17-12 Lots of fun. Working Japan regularly, Australia, South Africa on long path 17,000 miles. 51 countries since July 11. VFOs and Temp stabilization. Dean KK4DAS found my ceramic resonator VFO for DC receiver drifty. He was right. So I built a real...
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SolderSmoke #219 14 Mar 2020 SPECIAL CORONA VIRUS EMERGENCY EDITION We thought it would be nice to put out a special edition of the podcast to help listeners keep up their morale during this difficult time. So we'll do our regular kind of show, but we'll try to emphasize things you can do to stay busy and keep up morale while stuck at home. BILL'S BENCH (and operating position) --NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP. NRR. Continues through this weekend. Lots of fun. Cool rigs worked: Jon WS1K's...
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February 4, 2008 On the air (HF) from Rome. Stealth antenna. Fixing my HW 8. Recording of AA1TJ's Tunnel Diode Beacon. A FB QST. Marconi's capacitor (with a quiz). A Rome thunderstorm in the background. MAILBAG: Aise 3D2AA homebrewing on Fiji. Rogier PA1ZZ's California hassles. Jerry NR5A building tube gear in S. Dakota. Niels PE1OIT in defense of DSB. Ramakrishnan VU3RDD needs articles. ECHO-GUEST: Ron, AG5RS, (a Knack sufferer) homebrews in Dubai, UAE. - Source:...
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SolderSmoke 194 4 March 2017 BIG NEWS: uBITX from Farhan BENCH REPORTS Pete: Recycling Old Boards Working on Arduinos and advanced displays Bill: SDR Adventures and Misadventures. RTL-SDR is fun. Built HB front end. HDSDR under Windows is fun and easy. Thought about Raspi3, 7 inch touch screen, Linux, software YUCK. Followed advice of Ken G4IIB and got a 50 buck tablet with Google Play. Who needs tiny OLEDs? Use a 7 inch tablet as your display! Building a Ceramic Resonator for the HRO 455 kc...
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Uploaded on August 21, 2005, this was the very first SolderSmoke podcast. It all began with a comment I that I made to Mike Caughran KL7R during one of our weekly meetings on the online chat channel for radio amateurs called Echolink. I mentioned to Mike that I had heard about this thing called a podcasts. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHxcINBH1Z4 Uploader: SolderSmoke
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SolderSmoke Podcast #241 is available Blog article: https://soldersmoke.blogspot.com/2022/10/soldersmoke-podcast-241-mars-direct.html Audio: http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke241.mp3 Introduction: Back on Mars. Opposition approaching. I have a Mars filter. And (like T.O.M.) a Mars globe. N2CQR DXCC done SolderSmoke in the WayBack Machine Sticker news 4,000 YouTube Hours. PARTS CANDY -- Don't Scrimp with a Crimp! Bill's Bench School DC RX projects -- in Hyderabad and Northern Virginia. Direct...
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May 26, 2014. Pete Juliano's first SolderSmoke podcast. I think we both thought that this would be a one-time appearance. But one show led to another and soon we were in a permanent podcast collaboration. This was a very fortunate development, for me, for the podcast, for all our listeners and for ham radio. Thanks Pete! Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PS2QLyMjjc Uploader: SolderSmoke
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Travelogue: Mars at opposition. Not as good as 2020. SSSS Prep Hearing aids and high frequency loss. AirPods as hearing aids. Out in the Shenandoah with a Baofeng. Success among TJ High School students. Satellite in space? PARTSCANDY Bill's Bench: Direct Conversion Receiver: IT IS ALIVE! EVEN IN LTSPICE PTO works very well. Diode ring -- really needs a diplexer, Radio Marti. AF amplifier simplicity. But WHY can't you listen to DSB on a DC receiver? Now I know. How does a diode detector work? Is...
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This is the video from SolderSmoke #234, recorded on November 17, 2021 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ8iSi8lFas Uploader: SolderSmoke
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January 2, 2008 SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EDITION AA1TJ's circuitry and poetry. Homemade tubes. Book Review "Early Radio" by Peter Jensen. The Vatican's antennas. Google Earth flight simulator. Mixer madness continues (now in LTSpice). Mars-asteroid collision? Bollywood: The BITX-20 connection. BANDSWEEP: Straight Key Night at WA6ARA. ECHO-GUEST: Andy, ZS6ADY, South African Boatanchor fan. MAILBAG: Jake N4UY(NOVA QRP), Steve G0FUE (Bath Build-a-thon), Nigel M0NDE Source:...
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First ever Skype video recording of Bill N2CQR and Pete N6QW producing a SolderSmoke video. My video techniques will improve! Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huKb8QDdIfk Uploader: SolderSmoke
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January 18, 2008 Solar Cycle 24. First transistor QSO. Tunnel Diode Madness. Rovers on Mars. SETI. BSEE in a can: EMRFD+LTSPICE+QRP-L. Understanding mixers. Kipling's Afghan Heliographs. Tech Topics. MAILBAG. Part II of Andy, ZS6ADY, Boatanchors QSO. KL7R SK. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l59EYFp3Pc8 Uploader: SolderSmoke
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Pete and Bill on February 7, 2022 Audio podcast available on soldersmoke.blogspot.com Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM5dWxBwt4U Uploader: SolderSmoke
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January 27, 2008 "A Nonlinear History of Radio." Fessenden's mic. Cluster Map. BANDSWEEP: Lunar Echoes at 6.7 MHz. Winter SPRAT. HALO Balloon. AO-16 Satellite goes DSB. Calling CQ on Chinese repeaters. MAILBAG: AA1TJ setting up Tunnel Diode beacon. Kevin, M0KHZ builds in an 18th Century Shack. Steve, G0FUW, listens from Ascension Island. Lars, OZ1CX, has THE KNACK. WA7MLH Builds a Superhet on YouTube. Waza, VK2HDH, calls in on Echolink. PART III: Andy, ZS6ADY, on Boatanchors in South...
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Video clip of the London portion of the world famous SolderSmoke podcast. see http://www.gadgeteer.us Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RriN8P6EJJM Uploader: SolderSmoke
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SolderSmoke 171 31 January 2015 Bench Report: Pete's Small Screens (in Color!) Si5351s Bill's Graph Paper Frequency Readout Bill's Broadened Barebones Barbados RX. DIGITIZED! Another AD9850 DDS using M0XPD Kanga UK Shield New 13 dollar Color Display (Prettier than Graph paper!) Pete and Ben's Article in QRP Quarterly Available free here: http://www.qrparci.org/qqsample/qqsample.pdf The DEEP SPIRITUAL REWARDS of DC Receivers The Importance of Good Power Supplies SPRAT Article on HW8 Design Error...
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TRAVELOGUE: Cathartic decluttering: Bill preparing for future winter travel to Dominican Republic. Will build SolderSmoke Shack South. Dividing everything up: Rigs, parts, tools, supplies, antennas, test gear. Everything. OUR SPONSOR: Parts Candy. https://www.ebay.com/usr/partscandy Premium quality test leads! Hand cut, hand crimped, hand soldered, these will become your new favorite test leads GUARANTEED! PETE'S BENCH: -- Cycle 25 better? – Out here on the left coast – it is not evident --...
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November 4, 2013 Special hour-long interview with Peter Parker, VK3YE -- Early experiences with radio -- CW -- DSB Gear -- Simple gear, and gear that is TOO simple -- VXOs, Super VXOs and Ceramic Resonators -- Building receivers -- Chips vs. Discrete -- Making the leap to SSB -- The Knob-less wonder and the BITX -- No need for a sophisticated workshop -- Advice for new phone QRPers Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NXVehlBy_0 Uploader: SolderSmoke
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February 22, 2008 "In vain he prayed for percolation..." David Cowhig WA1LBP. 1931 QST: https://soldersmoke.blogspot.com/2015/07/been-there-done-that-he-begged-his.html More HW8 fun. "Hot Water Handbook." Q11? Using my UK HB Power Supply. Tony Fishpool and Graham Firth's Test Gear Book. A WA8MCQ corollary to Murphy's Law. 2-B retube. DSB QSOs from Rome. A visit to the Rome radio club. I0ZY and I0YR: Big Amps and Antennas! The Florence (Firenze) Science Museum. MAILBAG: W7ZOI...
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15 March 2009 Beware the Ides of March! Ostia Beach and Ostia Antica 248 Knights of QRSS. And Wizards! ET Phones Home (with QRSS?) Possible new grabbers in VK6 and Dubai Telescope, Satellites... REAL QRP QSOs on 80 and 40 Saving an old Toshiba Laptop ECHO-QSO WITH JEFF, KO7M: -- Piper Cubs and MFJ Cubs -- Satellite QSOs -- LT Spice and test gear MAILBAG: Gene W3PM listens from QE2, HB WSPR rig Jim AL7V sending parts for my W3PM rig Jim AB3CV's color burst Gnat Jason NT7S on Tektronix guys and...
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This was Mike Caughran KL7R's last podcast. He died in a car accident shortly after we made this program. January 13, 2007. Mike's oscillator work. Michigan Mighty Mite. Lasers, diodes, and Einstein. Laser communication experiment. W7ZOI-KL7R QSO on SKN.M0HBR's feedback amps.The new comet. Saturn, Jupiter and calculation of c. 17 meter QSOs. New SPRAT CD. MAILBAG: China enigma, VE4KEH, M0DAD, GU0SUP, M1CNK, K4AHU, KD4EDM, KG9DK, AA6KI, VA7AT ON5EX Source:...
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Radio Amateurs Bill Meara and Pete Juliano talk about the home construction of shortwave radio equipment. Between them, they have 100 years of radio building experience. Through their podcast they seek to share both enthusiasm for the radio art, and the "tribal knowledge" that will help others build their own equipment. Started in 2006, SolderSmoke is perhaps the oldest and longest-running podcast devoted to amateur radio. See http://soldersmoke.blogspot.com Archives:...
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I had some technical difficulties, so my audio is a bit distorted. Monday September 19, 2022 Sorry, I had some technical difficulties, so my audio is a bit distorted. NIMCELS? Niche Internet Micro Celebrities. I dunno.... Can our listeners come up with an acronym that describes our place in the universe? Sponsors: Parts Candy. Carlos in Chicago. Great leads. Don't scrimp with a crimp! You need some good quality test leads on your workbench. Get yours from Carlos. Click on the picture on the...
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SolderSmoke podcast #237 is available: http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke237.mp3 Travelogue -- New York City! Stickers! And about that trip to Los Angeles for the SolderSmoke Cable TV show... Well, it fit in well with SolderSmoke the book's UNFORGETTABLE appearance on the Oprah book club. And TechieTatts? Daughter worried about listeners rushing to get tattoos -- A risk we were willing to take. https://in.pinterest.com/padmakumar10/techie-tatts/ This episode is sponsored by PartsCandy. GREAT...
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June 8, 2008 Echo-QSO with WA6ARA! Phoenix lands on Mars. Beacon operations. Adrian Weiss, W0RSP. FB QRP Author. Need correspondent for Flea at MIT. Understanding balanced modulators. Dan's accident (Dan's Small Parts). Hendricks Cap Kit. "Hot Iron" Journal of The Constructor's Club The Woodpecker. MAILBAG (Return of the GONG!): W6DWF KC0PEI on "IP Telepathy" Mark Z on a crank-up Pocket Pixie. Ramakrishnan in Singapore. Niels PE1OIT on Robert E. Pease. Jerry NR5A: Cursed...
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SolderSmoke34.mp3 October 7,2006 Interview with Ashhar Farhan, Indian homebrewer and father of the famed BITX-20 transceiver. HB in India. EMRFD. W7ZOI influence. Hans Summers. Quadrature rigs. DSB and PSK31. Homebrew test gear. The importance of measurement, Tektronix scope. Homebrew heartaches. Homebrew spirit. Symmetry. He had a different callsign back then. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-L4IE9f1aA Uploader: SolderSmoke
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February 14, 2008 Back to QRP and CW! My 30-gauge antenna. What happened to Q-11 in my HW-8? Drake 2-B re-tubing. AA1TJ goes "All Tunnel Diode." Marconi's HUGE cap = 1.7 uF. MAILBAG: John K7JM listens to Rome thunder in snowy Montana. Randy K7AGE makes a HAARP Moonbounce video. Pete W6JFR on Italian craftsmanship. Ramakrishnan VU3RDD notes that Tesla had The Knack. Jorge Luis KI4SGU on turtles and cosmology. ECHO-GUEST: Part II of our QSO with Ron AG5RS in Dubai. Source:...
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Video of SolderSmoke podcast number 236. SolderSmoke Podcast #236 is available! http://soldersmoke.com/soldersmoke236.mp3 Winterfest! Many Boatanchors. Lots of old good analog test gear. Talk with Dean KK4DAS. Met up with Armand WA1UQO and Charles AI4OT. Pete's Bench: -- Looking for help in software development for MAX2870 board. -- Tapped Capacitance Impedance Matching -- The Pea Shooter (See N2USD's version in videos below). -- Tribal Knowledge on Making Enclosures Bill's Bench: -- 17-12 Band...
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March 2, 2008 The beauty of a chirpy signal. Armstrong Solar Panel movement. Babani book campaign? AM on 3705 in Europe. ARRL HB Contest winners. BBC QSYs. BANDSWEEP: G0KYA's SDR 40/80 receiver. My meeting with IK0JNI (DSB rig in a Rome cafe). MAILBAG: Frank VK2AKG on stealth ladder line. Kevin ZL3KE on Q-11's demise. Gil NN4CW on monofilament. Farhan on Pat Hawker. John G8SEQ on Q11. Seth W8FG on QRP-L group build. Wink WA8KOQ on loading up rain gutters. Jim N8ESH spots Loan Ranger (the...
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SolderSmoke 73 January 2, 2008 SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EDITION AA1TJ's circuitry and poetry. Homemade tubes. Book Review: "Early Radio" by Peter Jensen. The Vatican's antennas. Google Earth flight simulator. Mixer madness continues (now in LTSpice). Mars-asteroid collision? Bollywood: The BITX-20 connection. BANDSWEEP: Straight Key Night at WA6ARA. ECHO-GUEST: Andy, ZS6ADY, South African Boatanchor fan. MAILBAG: Jake N4UY(NOVA QRP), Steve G0FUE (Bath Build-a-thon), Nigel M0NDE Previous...
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Travelogue:  Mars at opposition.  Not as good as 2020 (see charts below) SSSS Prep Hearing aids and high frequency loss. AirPods as hearing aids. Out in the Shenandoah with a Baofeng. Success among TJ High School students. Satellite in space?   PARTSCANDY   Bill's Bench: Direct Conversion Receiver:  IT IS ALIVE!  EVEN IN LTSPICE PTO works very well. Diode ring -- really needs a diplexer, Radio Marti. AF amplifier simplicity. But WHY can't you listen to DSB on a DC receiver? Now I know....
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Amateur Radio operators discuss homebrew radio projects. This is the SolderSmoke Podcast #231 Our blog: soldersmoke.blogspot.com Our podcast archive: soldersmoke.com Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTeRG8SK1v4 Uploader: SolderSmoke
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SolderSmoke 76 February 4, 2008 On the air (HF) from Rome. Stealth antenna. Fixing my HW 8. Recording of AA1TJ's Tunnel Diode Beacon. A FB QST. Marconi's capacitor (with a quiz). MAILBAG: Aise 3D2AA homebrewing on Fiji. Rogier PA1ZZ's California hassles. Jerry NR5A building tube gear in S. Dakota. Niels PE1OIT in defense of DSB. Ramakrishnan VU3RDD needs articles. ECHO-GUEST: Ron, AG5RS, (a Knack sufferer) homebrews in in Dubai, UAE. Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_075 . Next episode:...
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SolderSmoke 112 July 26, 2009 Jean Shepherd comments on solder smoke Back to Sicily Apollo 11 Hans Summers' Heroic Homebrew Grenadian QRSS Adventure Regen progress (they ARE possessed) Knack-related maladies Amateur astronomer discovers scar on Jupiter A reading from SolderSmoke (the book) Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_111 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_113 .
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SolderSmoke 77 February 14, 2008 Back to QRP and CW! My 30 gauge antenna. What happened to Q-11 in my HW-8? Drake 2-B re-tubing. AA1TJ goes "All Tunnel Diode." Marconi's HUGE cap = 1.7 uF. MAILBAG: John K7JM listens to Rome thunder in snowy Montana. Randy K7AGE makes a HAARP Moonbounce video. Pete W6JFR on Italian craftsmanship. Ramakrishnan VU3RDD notes that Tesla had The Knack. Jorge Luis KI4SGU on turtles and cosmology. ECHO-GUEST: Part II of our QSO with Randy AG5RS in Dubai....
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SolderSmoke 55 April 22, 2007 Solar minimum. Meteor shower. Plasma deflector shields. Homopolar Motors. How SWR meters work. "The Club Saver" 2 meter rig. Testing air variable caps. Building traps (for animals, not antennas!) The Mystery Resistor of Mayfair. P/S problems.  BANDSWEEP: India's HAMSAT over California. M0HBR rejected by Bollywood. MAILBAG: WA6ARA, K4BVL, Scott Haley, W2MY, LA3PNA Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_054 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_056 .
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SolderSmoke 132 April 1, 2011 Fickle Finger of Fate: Lamp falls on QRSS Crystal Another heroic computer repair Sleuthing for RFI with Crystal Radios and Peter Frampton The seductive allure of the British Regen Watching the Space Station and the Space Shuttle Packets from SPAAAACE Don Vorgaard and the birth of SSB (and DSB!) Electric Radio Magazine SPRAT and the ZL2BMI DSB Rig Jerri Elsworth's 555 contest (Did I win?) 73 Magazine QSO with Mike Bryce WB8VGE Knack Job Opportunities at Make and...
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SolderSmoke 119 6 December 2009 December 6, 2009 4th Grade Morse lecture; SPRAT in the Pantheon; Cinghale shot SSS problem and the gap in my teeth STAGNOSALD! (Italian Flux) Movie Reviews Water on the Moon QQ: FB! Tyson the cat crashes both Ubuntu Linux AND WSPR 2.0 Building the Softrock 40: Comments on surface mount WSPR hits 100k spots per day; my numbers BIG MAILBAG Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_118 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_120 .
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SolderSmoke 143 May 7, 2012 Cappuccio the Flying Retriever Kite Flying (no  injuries this time!) April 1 getting more and more difficult Turtle Wax and Telescope Maintenance Titan's Orbital period NJQRP's Amazing "Chat with the Designers" QRP-Tech and A-QRP Billy's workbench and computer build Sony Vaios goes toes up (really) Digi modes make me grumpy Kick Panel rig gets a receiver The Joy of Belden 1671A I want to bulild a BITX 75/20! Solar Flux when I was born (300+) SPRAT 150!...
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SolderSmoke 147 October 29/30, 2012 Hurricane Sandy on the way Thanks for birthday wishes Einstein -- a very nice fellow with a bit of the Knack Rocket project update 808 key chain cameras (thanks for the Amazon support!) Audio output transformer for Barbados Barebones RX Mighty Midget RX -- breaking it, fixing it (with help from friends) Freq counter connection to Tek scope Halli S-38E -- How to avoid electrocution? The HQ-100's anti-drift alarm clock Book Review: "Instruments of...
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SolderSmoke 162 June 21, 2014 Part II of our interview with Pete Juliano, N6QW -- Bill's Moxon Monstrosity -- Amplifiers and Exorcisms (See slideshow link below) -- Varactor tuning -- Polivaricon capacitors -- The challenge of building small rigs -- Heat, layout, components and VFO stability -- "No frills" as a building philosophy -- The future of Bill's Heathkit HW-101 Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_161 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_163 .
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Solder Smoke #183 20 December 2015 -- Foxes in the Backyard -- Pete completes another orbit -- Simple-ceiver Success! -- Frankenstein Receiver: IT IS ALIVE! AND BINAURAL!!! -- 160 Meter AM OR BUST! -- Fun on 40 AM -- Lots of Multi Elmac AF-67s! Who knew! -- The Amateur's Code, and violations thereof. -- Negative Frequencies? I don't think so. -- Capacitor Offer from our Secret Benefactor: EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY -- Projects for 2016: Pete goes Raspberry Pi, Bill goes DX-100 Mailbag: -- Croation...
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SolderSmoke 176 16 May 2015 Bench Update: Pete releases some magic (amplifier) smoke Pete's new termination-insensitive transceiver makes first contact Bill goes Yaesu (well, just a filter) Juliano Mill-Pad boards Termination Insensitivity is not a personality disorder! Flip those Bilat Boards! Pete's cool technique for bilat building Bill's project notebook and stage testing Installing the W6JFR EMRFD SBL-1 Bal-Mod Mod AREA 5351: Myths, Urban Legends, and Conspiracy Theories about the Si5351 A...
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SolderSmoke 170 11 January 2015 Bill's Double A, DSB, Dipole, Dominican DX-pedition. Living the "How's DX?" Dream Seeing the Southern Cross with Soviet Binoculars Pete goes remote SI5351 a chip with a lot of potential Pete's experiments with Nokia LCD displays Michigan Mighty Mites around the world The Postal Stream Roller Steve Silverman's very kind variable cap offer MOXON modeling with EZNEC Aspirations for 2015 Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_169 . Next episode:...
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SolderSmoke 205 23 June 2018 -- Summer solstice. Mars Observations. Graduations. Internships. Fathers Day. -- Antenna Angst: Pete's tribander and Bill's Moxon. Insulation and resonance? -- Pete's work on color displays. -- Bill goes back to fix up older projects: -- Fixing the Frankenstein Phasing RX. Found an open choke! -- Tightening up the HRO Dial. -- Achieving Juliano Criteria stability on a BITX20 VFO. -- Lexicon additions: "Scratch Built" "Hardrock Radio"...
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SolderSmoke 202 13 January 2018 Opening music from Shel Silverstein and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. On the Cover of the Rolling Stone or On the Cover of SPRAT magazine. Travelogue and Weather Report -- Bill's trip to the Dominican Republic. SWL on the beach. Return to the ice box. -- Dramatic events in California. -- Reading Chinese Sci Fi with lots of radio in it. "The Three Body Problem" by Cixin Liu Straight Key Night. IN QRP MODE THANK YOU. With nephew Jeffrey. Annual event --...
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SolderSmoke 92 September 28, 2008 The Flea at Trastevere QRSS 2N2222 goes toes up. Why? Da Vinci Code MEPT Frequency Standard Wind Powered QRSS QRSS Whispers reflecting off airplanes Transformer troubles at CERN Arnie's cool Cuban hack Woodpecker update A SolderSmoke charity project Another engineer joke Kanga USA BACK IN BUSINESS! The Joy of Fixing Things Jim Severns - KNACK VICTIM A Homebrew Italian Space Program MAILBAG: G0FUW in Gibraltar VU3RDD in Southern India KB1QVO on laser comms K4BVL...
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SolderSmoke 37 October 29, 2006 Mike's homebrew manual spectrum analyzer. Bill's Class A, no-feedback amplifier design project. LTSpice. DSB, AM, IMD and SPLATTER. HW-101 clutch repair and oil change. Owning two copies of SSDRA - moral issues? Wireless Range Extenders. Mailbag Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_036 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_038 .
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SolderSmoke 165 September 13, 2014 Workbench Update: Bill's "Off the Shelf" Regen, Pete's Boatanchors Mysterious Echos on Shortwave Signals. Solve the Mystery. Please. Microcontrollers -- What they can do for you. Small world: As a kid, Pete was neighbor of "Digital Dial" N3ZI NEWS FLASH: Arduino creator Massimo Banzi was a ham! Born in a bar, cheaper than pizza: The Italian origins of Arduino Arduino CW generators No coding skills needed Arduino + AD9850 = Signal Generator...
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SolderSmoke 134 May 15, 2011 New "Ikea" microphone NOVA QRP Club WSPR T/Rouble resolved Finishing up Rome WSPR rig Easy-Peasy on Asus eee-PC Space Station Packet Beacon Boatanchor News: DX-100, HT-37, "CQR" anchors, 75 meter antenna Drake 2-B history interview by W8SX Lew McCoy and Ernest Hemingway Ade Weiss, QRPoetry and Ade's new book Regen theory MAILBAG (with a focus on New Zealand) Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_133 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_135 .
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SolderSmoke 164 August 16, 2014 ANCIENT TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE -- TUBE AND TUBE-LIKE RADIOS Workbench Updates: -- Pete's Arduino Keyer Project -- Bill Builds (and LIKES!) a REGENERATIVE RECEIVER -- The Joys of Regen Shortwave Listening -- Grayson Evan's Tube (Thermatron) Book -- Book review: "The Joy of X" (It's about math). -- Shameless Commerce: A Plug for Bill's Book -- Pete discusses tube projects -- Making your own enclosures from Home Depot flashing -- Amplitude Modulation --...
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SolderSmoke #234 17 November 2021 Roots of SolderSmoke: The "Click and Clack" of ham radio? Influences: Jean Shepherd, CarTalk, Shortwave stations. Steve "Snort Rosin" Smith WB6TNL? No. Steve "Aching Sinus" Smith WA6SOC Pete's Bench: PSSST Super Simple SSB -- 7 Transistors. Switching IF Module: PSST Details: https://www.n6qw.com/PSSST_20.html DC RX. KWM-1 Resurrection "Shame Shelf". How to make things work:...
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SolderSmoke 90 August 17, 2008 August in Rome, Italian beaches, Circeo Hardrock Cafe, My Sharona, The Knack The Planet Mechanics VK6DI on QRSS Listen to me talking to Jean Shepherd (1976) SolderSmoke (sort of) in Australia in 1944 Herman Munster is not an appliance op... Book Review: "The Science of Radio" August QST: KD1JV's rig, pneumatic switching, QRP WAS Conrad's Garage, KDKA, K4HU (SK) Kits and Parts by W8DIZ Working on 80 meter DSB rig Computer fixed, counter still dead...
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SolderSmoke #240 19 September 2022 Sorry, I had some technical difficulties so my audio is a bit distorted. NIMCELS? Niche Internet Micro Celebrities. I dunno.... Can our listeners come up with an acronym that describes our place in the universe? Sponsors: Parts Candy. Carlos in Chicago. Great leads. Don't scrimp with a crimp! You need some good quality test leads on your workbench. Get yours from Carlos. Click on the picture on the blog page or go to PartsCandy on e-bay. "Techno...
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SolderSmoke 167 November 3, 2014 Who the heck is Giovanni Manzoni? Pete's Bench Report: "Let's Build Something" Project Arduinos and Si5351s Bill's Bench Report: 140 watt Amplifier Completed! Low Pass Filter Design with the ELSIE Program Samlex Power Supply How I almost blew it up! The new amp and the lids in the FT4TA pileup Tribal Knowledge! "Nature abhors a vacuum (tube)!" "The Innovators" by Walter Isaacson. Carter, WA9DNF, REALLY knows which end of the...
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SolderSmoke #231 26 June 2021 nnual Field Day Special Edition Travelogue: To the Dominican Republic! New dog -- Meet Guapo (see below). A great Father's Day for Pete and Bill. I got a TinySA. Pete got some cool chick magnet glasses (see below). Watch out Newbury Park! Bill's Activity SST Transceiver. Took it to Dominican Republic. Made only one contact, but QRP-QRP. Not a lot of CW activity, and not a lot around 14.060. A lot more FT8 visible on the NA5B WebSDR. That might be better for this...
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SolderSmoke #233 13 October 2021 Travelogue: Cape Cod. SST. Marconi Site. The WFSRA: The World Friendship Society of Radio Amateurs. Pete's Bench: The Pimp. The NCX rig. The Collins. The many DC receivers built worldwide. The parts shortages are real! Several key radios on hold. Si5351 sub. Talk to G-QRP convention Bill's Bench: FT-8. Not for me. I tried it. Novice Station Rebuild. Globe V-10 VFO Deluxe. Selenium rectifier removal CONTROVERSY? Not crazy about my Novice station. Not crazy about...
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SolderSmoke 107 May 11, 2009 SolderSmoke -- The Book! ON SALE NOW! Get it here: SolderSmoke: A Global Adventure in Radio Electronics http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/soldersmoke/6743576 Orbits II reborn via a VK6 junkbox NA5N's Amazing Atlanticon 2002 article WSPR madness: 20 mw across the Atlantic. K1JT picks up my sigs WSPR generates interes on Hack-A-Day Linux: Ubuntu gets SolderSmoke Thumbs-up Somerset Supper Report Diode Ring Mixers Solar conditions AA1JT, Chloroform, and HB...
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SolderSmoke 18 Two amateur radio experimenters discuss workbench radio projects. This week: New Bench and Shack wiring. Using a hot screwdriver as a soldering iron. VW solar panels. Class AB Amps. Saturn's watery moon. Mars Recon Rover. The next SolarMax. Heliosismology. Aurora in NY. DX during a solarmax on the Azores. Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_017 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_019 .
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SolderSmoke 15 This Week: SuitSat. Jupiter's moons. Back yard telescopes. Trip to Pluto. TimeDomain Reflectometer. KX1 high power mod. DC-DC converters. Good Jobs. Movie Review: "The Dish". Book Review: "First Light". Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_014 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_016 .
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SolderSmoke 9 This week - Mars Rovers - nano wattmeter - xtal radios - QRP news Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_008 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_010 .
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SolderSmoke 7 Discussions between two ham radio operators/experimentors about projects we have currently on our benches. Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_006 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_008 .
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SolderSmoke 85 June 8, 2008 Echo-QSO with WA6ARA! Phoenix lands on Mars. Beacon operations. Adrian Weiss, W0RSP. FB QRP Author. Need correspondent for Flea at MIT. Understanding balanced modulators. Dan's accident (Dan's Small Parts). Hendricks Cap Kit. "Hot Iron" Journal of The Constructor's Club The Woodpecker. MAILBAG (Return of the GONG!): W6DWF  KC0PEI on "IP Telepathy"  Mark Z on a crank-up Pocket Pixie. Ramakrishnan in Singapore. Niels PE1OIT on Robert E. Pease....
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SolderSmoke 91 September 14, 2008 Sardinia! ON5EX's QRSS MEPT leads us back to bike riding Watching Jupiter, listening for Jupiter KF6KYI's I-tunes QRSS Stan, 9H1LO's new grabber Laptop motion detectors as earthquake detectors Nuclear fusion in the shack Filo T. Farnsworth Building a QRSS freq standard SPRAT CD Forget about stocks: SSDRA now selling at $399.89 SolderJokes QST articles on-line! FB! Jim Williams and the joy of fixing things STEREO SPECIAL: Roger Hayward's new binaural DSB project...
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SolderSmoke 78 February 22, 2008 "In vain he prayed for percolation..."  More HW8 fun. "Hot Water Handbook." Q11? Using my UK HB Power Supply. Tony Fishpool and Graham Firth's Test Gear Book. A WA8MCQ corollary to Murphy's Law. 2-B retube. DSB QSOs from Rome. A visit to the Rome radio club. I0ZY and I0YR: Big Amps and Antennas! The Florence (Firenze) Science Museum. MAILBAG: W7ZOI on G3VA's "Technical Topics." WA7MLH's new videos. Don K6WH on 30 gauge,...
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SolderSmoke 58 May 13, 2007 Ham radio brotherhood: ST2NH, homebrewing in Khartoum. W7ZOI power meter completed and calibrated. Homebrewing good for the soul. Crystal receivers on HF. Basic Stamps on "24." HELP WANTED: SolderSmoke SEEKS DAYTON/FDIM CORRESPONDENT! Book Review: "From Crystal Sets to Sideband" by Frank Harris. MAILBAG: AC7FA, N8ET, M1CNK  Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_057 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_059 .
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SolderSmoke 59 May 20, 2007 Kindred spirits on QRP-L. Fredbox on 2 meter AM. New videos. Hewlett, Packard, Garages and Terman. LV Blake. SPECIAL REPORT FROM DAYTON: INTERVIEWS WITH G0BPS, G3MFJ, G3RJV, K8IQY and W7ZOI! MAILBAG: W9HAU, NC0O, WD5DZG on source for low value resistors. Scott Haley on thermal noise and the ZOI power meter. The need for SolderSmoke correspondents at other summer radio events. Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_058 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_060 .
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SolderSmoke 106 April 26, 2009 Sicily, Mt. Etna, The Godfather DSB success on WSPR Am I the lowest power WSPR station in the world? Diode Ring Mixers SolderSmoke: The Book SolderSmoke: The Cologne? And now, a word from our sponsor: Genesis Radio MAILBAG Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_105 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_107 .
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SolderSmoke 95 November 23, 2008 Amp design adventures with Spice, EMRFD WANTED: NE602 Spice model Pictures (from pirates?) in 80 meter waterfall Problems space with tools and solar panels QRSS news: W1BW 50 mw heard in VK6 and VK7 WSPR QRO controversy IK0IXI's video on HB 8 band SSB rig Ordering parts -- the aroma factor 1 uF caps OK for HF bypass? Reading Recommendation: December 2008 Discover Magazine Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_094 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_096 .
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SolderSmoke 125 June 12, 2010 Special Four Days In May Edition! Opening music: FDIM Bluegrass Our last (sniff) Italy Travel Report Snakes and Fireflies in Lazio G3ROO's Antenna Book Davinci beacon crosses the pond WSPR rig repaired New transceiver built for 30 meter digi Manhattan-izing a SMT board Paul Harden's wonderful book BOB CRANE'S FDIM INTERVIEWS! "Muntzing" with Michael, G3RJV's "Socketry" Meeting Andrea IW0HK in Piazza San Cosimato! MAILBAG: Including mail from...
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SolderSmoke 129 January 8, 2011 Introducing Cappuccio "On the Cover of the Hot Iron" Old tech, new tech: Hammarlund HQ-100 Lafayette HA-600 (A) WSPR: VK6 on the grey line, also Wake Island, and Alaska How I fixed a broken GPU chip using a light bulb! EMRFD's cool mod of the SBL-1 Diode Ring device (from W6JFR) MAILBAG Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_128 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_130 .
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SolderSmoke 142 March 19, 2012 SWR meter as a poor man's spectrum analyzer QRP Quarterly: Pete Juliano's SSB Rig, Idea Exchange, Mike's articles Great contacts on 17 SSB Squeezing the birdies out of 17 meter rig. Again. STOP MURPHY'S WHISKERS! A PLEA FOR BELDEN 1671A! My new 'scope Zen and the Art of Telescope Maintenance SETI Live: Search the waterfall for ET's sigs Ade Weiss's wonderful new book Chinese Knack? Soul in the Machine: Billy's earliest toroids Re-cycling my 20 meter CW rig (from...
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SolderSmoke 115 September 12, 2009 Camping in Sabina Michelangelo's late start Anniversaries: Internet, SolderSmoke, Hack-A-Day From Kitty Hawk to the Moon Carrington flares and childhood aurora Calculating speed of light (using cheese) Mythbusters Hubble Space Telescope, Sliding Spring Observatory Europa Transistor Museum Understanding Mixer products FALL SALE AT SolderSmoke CAFE PRESS STORE! MAILBAG Previous episode: soldersmoke_podcast_114 . Next episode: soldersmoke_podcast_116 .
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SolderSmoke 137 September 10, 2011 Earthquake! Hurricane! Tropical Storm! The Heathkit HW-7 -- An Undeserved Bad Reputation Over-the-counter saltpeter Movie review: Green Hornet, Captain America How many 2-Bs? (11,571) Ubuntifying dead laptops Get the SolderSmoke blog by e-mail Replacing a diode ring mixer with a diode... ...then trying the NT7S MOSFET detector Where is boatanchor wizard Walt Hutchins KJ4JV ? GREAT NAMES IN RADIO: MCMURDO SILVER Sputnik update Lew McCoy wrote about one of my...
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SolderSmoke 158 January 20, 2014 MLK Day. Tough winter. Shack heated by Heathkit. BITX 20/40 Almost done: Bandswitching arrangement. VFO construction using spreadsheets. 2N2222s wired in backwards! (CBE not EBC! Who knew?) Other amusing building errors. Crystal filter evaluation -- the G3UUR method. Sweeping a filter with an Arduino DDS. Building a BITX in LTSpice. New Rigol 'scope (now 100 MHz). Tek 465 REBORN! QRP HATERS -- They are out there! MAILBAG. BITX 20/40 dual band bandsweep Previous...
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