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


2016-09-29

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2016-09-26

We are expanding our crystal selection

VOTE NOW for new frequencies you would like to see us carry!

(voting ends 10/2/16)

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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

HW-8-TR-partskit
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

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

HW-8-MC1496-Adapter
 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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 2016-04-30

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!

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 2016-04-08

Prototoids Prototyping PCB’s are now available!

 PrototoidsVert
 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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 2016-01-30  Full Reverse Polarity Protection article from the T5W exerpts can be found here.

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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