enjoy a very prominent position amongst QRP'ers. Deservedly so.
Any improvement you can make using a better antenna is exhibited
directions, receiving and
transmitting. Another aspect of antennas that
often interests QRP'ers is portability, since so many of us
backpack, or at least camp. I was fortunate a year or so ago, to
pick up a really great portable antenna made by
new in its aluminum foil MIL wrapping. This is a
made for easy erection and dismantling.
antenna consists of a very sturdy composite body with a built-in
balun, and a pair of phosphor-bronze wire reels: one on each end.
To put up the antenna, all you have to do is zero the dials
outermost on each reel, and then reel out wire until the dial
indicator-which is calibrated in MHz-displays your intended
frequency of operation. Fasten it down with the built-in knurled
knobs, and haul it up by the lanyard loop molded into the body.
There is a 637T-1 model that covers a slightly reduced 3-30MHz
I have my own opinions about QRP rigs-doesn't
everyone- and will
present some of those rigs,
and their photographs, as this page is developed.
Obviously I like my
Elecraft K2 and my
Small Wonder Labs DSW-40-not to
mention my Ten Tec Argonaut II!
But I intend to present many others
I like that I feel deserve mention.
This small unit is one of the handiest
instruments I own. It will fully identify just about any
discrete semiconductor you could find. It tells you the type,
the 'polarity' (PNP
/ NPN /
N ch etc.) the pin IDs,
the gain (for BJTs
[Bipolar Junction Transistors])
and what voltage-at what current-it took to turn on the
The only negatives I can find
are that it does not define zeners, and cannot tell you a DUT's
maximum/breakdown voltage. Still... for QRP-types, that's rarely a
All in all, it's a VERY INFORMATIVE little
unit in the $65 price class.