Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar & the shack of KC9ON
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From the 2018 RSGB Buildathon
HC49/U (TALL) Crystals for DSB/AM/SSB
|2018-11-13||Reverse Polarity Protection SMD kits and assembled units are back in stock|
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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!
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Component tester – check transistor pinouts, resistors, capacitors, diodes and more……..
Mini-Yack Keyer/Practice kits are back in stock
Check out our review of the Kanga UK Sandford Watt Meter
Fox Hunt Offset Attenuator Kits are back in stock
CALF – Configurable Audio Limiter Filter is back in stock.
Updated with new changeable CALF EARS
Check out our review of the Kanga Acorn II SDR Receiver kit
Pixie kits w/ switch and crystals are back in stock
Starting as low as $.04/ft
KANGA UK PRODUCTS ARE HERE!
Available in 9 colors
(High Quality Commercial and Military Spec)
only $2 each
We are now stocking various toroids
We now have Polyvaricons!
SMD Dummy Load
Want to try surface mount soldering?
Don’t want to start with a big project and tiny parts?
This dummy load uses larger 1W “2512” style resistors for your first SMD project.
Usable up to 225MHz with an SWR of less than 1.3:1 and up to 20W intermittent.
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!