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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!


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NEW Crystal Frequencies are in stock!

18096   50.4  41.09 & 41.4 (Rx 6M Compliments with 9MHz IF)


NEW Crystal Frequencies are in stock!

4000  5373   5405   7023   14070   24906   28060   50.090


A fresh batch for Foxhunt kits are now available in the store


Vote for the next crystal frequency you think we should carry this fall!


A new herd of CALF is in stock


Mini-Yack keyer/trainer is back in stock


Pixie Switches are back in stock!


3CPO keyers are back in stock!


Get more mileage out of your Crystals.

Pull them 10-20-30KHz+ !  Click here for the article.


FT-243 conversions are back in stock


We have a few of the new Prototoids-SMT boards available


New Parts added to our ODDS & ENDS page

FT23-43 Toroids 5mm Red LED 7806 6V TO-220 Regulators
MC145051 10-bit ADC SP232 RS-232 Drivers 40-pin Dip Sockets



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Prototoids Worksheets are available for downloading

Prototoids-R-top prototoids-r-worksheet
 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




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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