Amateur Radio and Electronic Hobby Kits, Parts, and Accessories

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Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar & the shack of KC9ON


2018-12-07

HOLIDAY18

Use coupon code HOLIDAY18 during checkout to save 10% on orders of$5 or more.  Valid until December 17th.  Must be used at time of check out.

   
2018-12-03

NEW PRODUCT

From the 2018 RSGB Buildathon

Kanga UK 2 tone audio oscillator kit

 
2018-11-13

NEW PRODUCT

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

7.285MHz

3.985MHz

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

 
2018-11-13 Reverse Polarity Protection SMD kits and assembled units are back in stock  
2018-10-26

*** 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!

 
2018-09-14

*** NEW ***

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

 
2018-09-03

Mini-Yack Keyer/Practice kits are back in stock

 
2018-08-22

Check out our review of the Kanga UK Sandford Watt Meter

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

 
2018-08-19

Fox Hunt Offset Attenuator Kits are back in stock

 
2018-08-15

CALF – Configurable Audio Limiter Filter is back in stock.

Updated with new changeable CALF EARS

 
2018-07-10

Ceramic, SMD, And Air Trimmer Capacitors

18+ Varieties

 
2018-07-09

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

 
2018-06-15

Pixie kits w/ switch and crystals are back in stock

 
2018-6-07

Magnet Wire

Bifilar Magnet Wire

Litz Wire

Starting as low as $.04/ft

 
2018-05-24

KANGA UK PRODUCTS ARE HERE!

Acorn II SDR Receiver

M0XPD Internet of Things DDS Shield

Arduino Sudden TX Shield

Arduino Receiver Shield

Aluminum enclosures

 
2018-05-27

HW-7 & HW-8 3D Printed Replacement Buttons

Available in 9 colors

 
2018-05-27

NPO and Temperature Compensated Capacitors

(High Quality Commercial and Military Spec)

 
2018-05-12

N Female Chassis Connectors

only $2 each

 
2018-05-12

We are now stocking various toroids

 
2017-11-29

We now have Polyvaricons!

20/20pF and 60/140pF varieties available.

 
2017-09-10

CCK PRODUCTS

Pixie with Pixie Switch and 3 extra Crystals

Solder practice and learning kits

and more…..

 
2017-09-08

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.

Available in BNC and SMA versions

 

 
       


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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