Amateur Radio and Electronic Hobby Kits, Parts, and Accessories

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Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar & the shack of KC9ON

U.S. Distributor for Kanga UK

Check out their newly upgraded web site at

Click HERE for Kanga US stock




Back in Stock……

CCK Tracing Car Kits



Back in Stock……

Kanga UK two tone audio generator kits


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Fox Hunt Offset Attenuators v6 Thru-Hole version

These include an enclosure and connectors just like our SMD versions.


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CCK Pixie transceiver with Pixie Switch and 3 extra crystals


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MC1496 Adapter Board


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Foxhunt Offset Attenuator V5c kits


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Line Tracing Car Kits 


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CALF  – the Configurable Audio Limiter Filter kit


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Pixie Switch Kits


NEW SMB & N Chassis Connectors


Looking for an RF filter for your next project?

We have over 500+++ filters ranging from 5.6KHz to 300+MHz, bandwidths of 50Hz to 100MHz, in Band-Pass, Band-Reject, Low-Pass,and High-Pass configurations.


*** NEW***

Fox Hunt Offset Attenuators v6

These include an enclosure and connectors.  Assembled and semi-assembled (SMD soldered) are available. Coming soon – traditional thru-hole and SMD kits.


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HW-8-TR Solid State Relay Replacement Kits


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CCK Audio Amplifier Kits


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Kanga UK Urmston Regener Receiver Kits


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Component tester – check transistor pinouts, resistors, capacitors, diodes and more……..

(Now includes external test clips!)


HW-8-LM386 audio boards are back in stock


We have added over a dozen items to our odds & ends area


Now available FT-243 odd frequency crystals



HC49/U (TALL) Crystals for DSB/AM/SSB



Also available in Band/Sampler Value packs and 10-packs Value packs


Reverse Polarity Protection SMD kits and assembled units are back in stock

Thru-Hole kit & assembled versions also available



*** NEW ***

Love using polarized headers on your projects?  Hate crimping those pins?  Try our 2 and 3 pin wafer assemblies with the pins already crimped on!


Mini-Yack Keyer/Practice kits are back in stock


Check out our review of the Kanga UK Sandford Watt Meter

Meters can be purchased from this page (USA) or from Kanga UK


Ceramic, SMD, And Air Trimmer Capacitors

18+ Varieties


Check out our review of the Kanga Acorn II SDR Receiver kit


Magnet Wire

Bifilar Magnet Wire

Litz Wire

Starting as low as $.04/ft


NPO and Temperature Compensated Capacitors

(High Quality Commercial and Military Spec)


We are now stocking various toroids


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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