Category Archives: The VA1DER Project

The VA1DER Project, the project to establish myself as a ham radio operator.

Automating PCB Construction – Part 0

(Author’s Note: This is the “zero’th” part of what will be a three part series on printed circuit board milling.  This article is where I decide on what milling machine to get and the reasoning behind it, so there is … Continue reading

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Welcome to the family – Drake TR-7A

I finally found one!  Now sitting on my shelf is a beautiful Drake TR-7A, serial number 12195, and I am in love.  Welcome to the family! When I was conducting research for my initial HF radio purchase, I had narrowed … Continue reading

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SB-104A Talkback

My SB-104A has been on my workbench for the last week as I work on the talkback and the 60Hz line noise appearing on the transmit audio.  I received a report that my transmit audio was almost unreadable due to the … Continue reading

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Face, Meet Egg

So, as I wrote in my last post, I had taken my Heathkit SB-104A radio offline due to suspected power supply problems.  Under load it appeared to be sending AC directly through to the radio.  It turns out this wasn’t … Continue reading

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Radio Offline – Capacitor Woes?

I’ve taken my HF radio, a Heathkit SB-104A, offline for now.  I had noticed some 60Hz line hum through the speaker when transmitting, however I didn’t really think much of it.  I just assumed the audio pre-amp was picking up … Continue reading

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Antenna Analyzer On the Way

My 80m off-centre-fed dipole antenna has been up for a few days now.  It’s up but I’m sort of shooting blind when it comes to knowing if I’ve got it right.  I hate shooting blind.  I had to make some … Continue reading

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Antenna Rises!

As of Mon, 4 Jul 2016, I became the proud owner of a new multiband off-center-fed dipole that should be resonant on most bands from 80m down.  Is there a formal project document for it?  No.   Will there be, most … Continue reading

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This is hard work…

In my last post, I talked about how I came to the idea of applying proper project management principles to my amateur radio hobby to add focus.  It was a great idea, but I’d forgotten just how much leg work … Continue reading

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Eureka Moment

I have been a little unhappy with the progress I’ve made to date towards getting my ham shack operational.  It’s not the lack of progress per se, which is to be expected given circumstances, but the haphazard nature of it.  Things are … Continue reading

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