Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar
& the shack of KC9ON
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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!
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!
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
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
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Prototoids Worksheets are available for downloading
|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:
|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!
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