Amateur Radio and Electronic Hobby Kits, Parts, and Accessories

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Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar

& the shack of KC9ON

 

 Want to know more about Amateur Radio, QRP, or HF Digital Modes?

Visit the Ham Radio page for Amateur Radio information and links!

 

Download the Spring 2016 Catalog

2016-06-15

Check out the Odds and Ends page

New parts added

IRFL110 MOSFET, Terminal Blocks, 0805 SMD Resistors and Caps, 1/4W resistors

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2016-06-04

Shack Cleaning time and we have a bunch of [almost] FREE books that need to go!

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2016-06-04

Fox Hunt Offset Attenuators are back by popular demand

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2016-05-30

CALF – The Configurable Audio Limiter Filter is back in stock!

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2016-05-15

HW-8-MC1496 Adapter kits are back in stock

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2016-05-14

Now Available – Crystal Sampler Pack

contains 1 of every frequency we carry – 22 Crystals in all!

QRP/SKCC/Digital and other packs also available

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2016-05-11

VOTE for the next new batch of crystal frequencies this fall.

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2016-04-30

Pixie Switch Kits are back in Stock

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2016-04-13

A Review of the Chinese RTL-SDR

100KHz-1.7GHZ Software Defined Radio Kit

SDR-ReadytoGo
2016-04-12

Reverse Polarity Protection kits

Surface Mount Version

are now available!

RPP-SMT2
2016-04-10

Reverse Polarity Protection kits

are now available!

RPP
2016-04-09

Mini-Yack – Iambic keyer & trainer

(little brother of 3CPO)

are now available!

Mini-Yack-Set
2016-04-08

Prototoids Prototyping PCB’s are now available!

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2016-04-03

NEW HC49s Crystal frequencies

3.535     3.550     3.560     7.040     7.070     10.140

14.050      14.060     21.050     21.060

Now Available

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2016-03-02 Download the Catalog-2016-Spring
2016-01-30 Full Reverse Polarity Protection article from the T5W exerpts can be found here. RPP-in-HW8
2015-12-08 Reviews of the Chinese 49er and Manual Days Antenna Tuner are on the bottom of the Chinese QRP Kits page. 49er-Kit-C
2015-11-05 HW-8-MC1496 Adapters are back in stock! HW-8-MC1496-Adapter
2015-11-03  HW-8-TR QSK Relay Replacement kits are back in stock! HW-8-TR-Side
2015-10-30

Enclosures for 3CPO are now available!

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2015-10-04

A fresh batch of HW-8-LM386 Audio Amplifier boards are back in stock.

HW-8-LM386-V4
2015-09-04

3CPO the Code practice oscillator, keyer, and Iambic training is back in stock!

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2015-08-16 USBTinyISP adapter boards are back in stock!Use this adapter along with a USBTinyISP type programmer to easily program Arduino AtMeta328 and AtTiny85 IC’s.  Or use as a stand along Arduino Bare Bones board. Tiny-Adapter
2015-07-14

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About it!

CALF Published ARTICLE from the QRPARCI April 2015 issue of The QRP Quarterly now available!

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2015-06-07

CALF versus NESCAF Smackdown!  We compare the CALF active op amp filters against the NESCAF switched capacitor filters.  Read the article and Listen to the audio samples in the CW Reception page.

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2015-05-30

3.5mm stereo cables now include fish bone winders!

Visit the Cables and Adapters page for more.

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2015-05-27

Audio Attenuator kits are back in stock!

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2015-05-15 NEW Stereo to Mono adapters.  See our Cables & Adapters page for details. Adapters

 


  • What’s 3rd Planet Solar all about?  Check it out in the About section.

 


 

Bagging a CALF herd

CALF-KITTING

 


 

A few pictures of the shack:

 

Shack-Wide NewShack2 CALF-3CPO-HW-8
Once in a lifetime event – The bench is clean! 2016 Shack Upgrade The happy trio – HW-8, CALF, and 3CPO

 

 

The gear consists of an Icom IC-725 and MFJ 949D tuner/meter as the primary HF station with a Bencher and 3CPO for CW.  The old TRAC keyer still works but mostly retired now.  The main antenna is a simple 40M bowtie dipole which works pretty good on all bands.  Lately my Heathkit HW-8 has taken center stage pretty much replacing the IC-725.  Since my first HW-8 there is now a HW-7 and another HW-8 for camping.

 

The 2M primary station is an IC-251H with killer audio and RF output.  For Satellite and ISS work a Yaesu FT-290RII and Kantronics KAM fills the bill.  Yes, you can work the Space Station on just a watt or two and a simple vertical antenna!

 

When home-brewing and repairing we also use some fairly older equipment.  Heathkit IG-1271 signal generator, B&K 512MHz frequency counter, Philips 100MHz scope, Autek WM-1 RF/SWR meter, Heathkit IM-1210 DMM, Ramsey COM3 service monitor, Bird Wattmeter (that I always want more slugs for!), a few handheld DMM’s, my Digital Dummy Load, bench vise, and of course a Tenma solder reworks station.

 

Not pictured of more old equipment I pull off the shelf from time to time to play with.  A Kenwood TS-520 (under restoration), TS-530, Heathkit HW-16, HW-7, 2nd HW-8, HW-101 (under restoration), and my first rig an old Hallicrafters HT-17 (also under restoration).

 

Thanks for stopping by and 73!

John kc9on

 


 

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