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LED Lamp Behaviour

April 11, 2018 - 2:06 pm

So I got my hands on some of these 12 volt LED lamps (chips / modules / lights / whatever) and since I had enough to burn one or two “by accident” I thought I should spend a few minutes to get to know them better. I’m not referring to your regular little round 1.2…

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Replacing the BS170 in an Ultimate3S Beacon

March 19, 2018 - 1:48 pm

After the weather zapped the output transistor (a BS150 FET) of my Ultimate3S beacon from QRP-Labs yet again, I was forced to replace the device, again. It is not a difficult job at all, just a little chore. This time I decided to make it easier on myself. Instead of replacing the transistor by soldering…

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Making (Big) Waves

March 15, 2018 - 11:41 am

The Yaesu FL-2100Z is a classic HF amplifier. It sits near the end of a long life line of multiple variations and models of the basic 811A or 572B triode valve, all using exactly the same grounded-grid core design, and all of them making nice big waves in the ether when fired up. I was…

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