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 our 2017 Catalog


2017-04-26

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

New Frequencies for 60M, 17M, 12M, 10M and 6M will be here soon!

2017-04-10

A new herd of CALF is in stock

2017-04-03

Mini-Yack keyer/trainer is back in stock

2017-03-28

Pixie Switches are back in stock!

2017-03-28

3CPO keyers are back in stock!

2017-03-16

New Crystal frequencies arriving May 1st!

4000     5373     5405     7023     14070     18096     24906     28060

Along with 6M (3rd Overtone) Frequencies

CW 50.090MHz (w/ 41.090MHz*)

AM 50.400MHz (w/ 41.400MHz*)

* – for 9MHz IF

2017-03-04

Get more mileage out of your Crystals.

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

2017-02-21

FT-243 conversions are back in stock

2017-01-25

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

2017-01-24

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

 

 
2017-01-24

Download our 2017 Catalog

2017-01-08

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

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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