Amateur Radio and Electronic Hobby Kits, Parts, and Accessories

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Welcome to 3rd Planet Solar & the shack of KC9ON


*** Kanga UK products are in stock ***

*** M0TGN Morse Tutor ***

*** DX40 DC Receiver ***

*** URMSTON Regen Receiver ***

*** NEW ***

*** Foxx-3 Transceiver ***


Welcome to our new store front

Our old store front was getting too cumbersome handle all new products we will be offering in the future.  The new store front offers many new  features such as:


See right side ——>

Featured Products on sale

This month it’s our  6M HC49/S Crystals

Mail in orders

Place an order and select “Check Payments” during checkout.

Canada Postage Rates

For our Canadian friends the new system now calculates rates for Canada instead of the higher international rate.

Product Reviews

Let others know what you think about our products.


And more to follow………

*** 10% COUPON ***

Use coupon code


at checkout

Good through February 28 2018

Coupon only good using the 3rdPlanetSolar / KC9ON web site during check out.  Discount is not applied to items already on sale.  We can not manually apply the coupon after check out is completed.


We now have Polyvaricons!

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



Pixie with Pixie Switch and 3 extra Crystals

 Simple Test Equipment kits

Audio Spectrum and volume display kits

Solder practice and learning kits

and more…..


A new batch of Mini-Yack keyers are in stock


NEW PRODUCT – HC49U (TALL) Crystals!

Available in 3560, 7030, 7040, 7055, and 7118KHz

3560 works with the Cricket!  Great for VXO’s!



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



HW-8-TR replacement relay kits are back in stock!


Prototoids-SMT boards are back in stock


A new herd of CALF is in stock


Get more mileage out of your Crystals.

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

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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