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Since you're looking me up, it's a good chance that you just worked me. Thanks for the QSO!

For the past few years, I've been exclusively operating either homebrew or pre-1960 equipment.  Here's a few glamour shots:

Above: The main operating desk, late 2016. Below: 30 Meter homebrew transceiver built around an old CB VFO.

The copper "breadboard" rig is what I use for 60m SSB/CW/JT65. It's a single conversion transceiver built using termination insensitive bilateral amplifier blocks as described in an article by Wes Hayward and Bob Kopsky.  To the right of that is an 80-10 all-mode QRP transceiver that I started working on a few years ago and never seem to get around to finishing.

Above is my latest home-brew rig (on my messy workbench), my spin on a modern version of the old Hallicrafters SR-160 transceiver that I call the SR-16, since it uses two RD16HHF1 MOSFets in the final.  While I've kept the front panel simple, this rig doesn't lack any "modern" conveniences - it's fully synthesized with two VFOs per band, RIT/Split functionality, VOX, compression, multiple crystal filters, etc.  The heart of the beast is Jeff Damm and Wes Hayward's "HyCas" hybrid-cascode FET/Bipolar IF/AGC circuit.   I started the initial planning in February, 2017, and it took about six months to complete - well worth the effort, the rig's a blast to operate!

Antennas here consist of an old Mosley TA-33 at 45', Cushcraft D2W at 50', 60 Meter inverted vee with the apex at about 50', a quarter-wave vertical for 40 and shunt feeds on the tower for 80/160.

I've recently started a web blog (n8nmsteve.blogspot.com) to share some of my electronic adventures (nightmares?) with those who may be interested.  Honestly, I've been remiss in providing frequent updates, only because I prefer melting solder a little more than writing about it.

I also operate a DX cluster node (DX Spider, actually) that's accessible via telnet at n8nm.chickenkiller.net - the chickenkiller part is my paying tribute to the time-honored practice of curing power amplifier misbehavior through the ritual sacrifice of poultry to Papa Legba.

73/GL/DX de Steve N8NM

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Grid Squared Award#17197
Granted: 2017-10-04 14:50:02   (N8NM)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#7049
Granted: 2017-08-17 04:30:02   (N8NM)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
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