Amateur Radio (Ham Radio)

A Little About Me

My amateur radio callsign is K9GDT. I've been licensed since 1961
and have never lost interest in the hobby. Quite the opposite is true. My
interest has grown steadily throughout the years. Amateur Radio is
actually a collection of many 'sub-hobbies'. ...claimed by some to exceed
thirty. I believe this attribute explains my sustained interest. Whatever
you do in your ham 'career', there's always some facet that remains

Throughout the years, I've enjoyed HF, VHF, UHF, DXing, VHF auroral
propagation, SWLing, AM, SSB, traffic nets, social nets, RTTY, packet
radio, CW (Morse code), transmitter fox hunting, and homebrewing.

Two facets have consistently held my interest: homebrewing equipment
and CW operation.


Homebrew Topics

Some of My Homebrew Radios  

40m CW/SSB Receiver
40m 100w multimode Transmitter
More Information: 40m Receiver
More Information: 40m Transmitter
75m AM Transceiver
600 Watt HF Amplifier
More Information: 75m Transceiver
More Information: 600 Watt Amplifier
20m 100w CW/SSB Transceiver

Named because the project is being built on a
donated depopulated Tempo One chassis.
26JAN16: Progress Report: 20m Transceiver

   K9GDT's Homebrew Notes - Ramblings on the art of homebrewing radios
   Links to other homebrew radios

Attention Radio Builders! Do you showcase your homebrew radio equipment on the worldwide web? If so, I would like to include a link to your site. It doesn't matter what you've got: original design or handbook project, solid state or tubes, simple or elaborate. Please tell me about it. - George

Vintage Radio

Some time after your 40th birthday, you begin to notice changes. For instance, how your arms gradually become too short to read a book....or a rekindled interest in the playthings of yesteryear....Lionel trains, Hallicrafters shortwave receivers or vintage cars, to name a few. I sure do miss that red 1966 MGB convertible!

Not long ago, these things were considered worthless junk....fodder for the landfill. Many are now considered classic "industrial art." Pieces of vintage amateur radio equipment, affectionately called "boatanchors," are no exception. Check out some of my favorite boatanchors:

   My vintage radios.
   The K9GDT Cubic Mini-Museum.


Whether you're building new gear or restoring vintage radios, finding parts and documentation can be a real problem.

   Here's a list of resources you may find useful.

Disclaimer: I cannot personally vouch for all of the suppliers listed on the resources page. If you've been treated unfairly by any of them, please tell me about it. I will consider removing them from the list.


   The lighter side of Ham Radio.  Have fun!
   WM7Ds excellent Who's Who in Ham Radio

Noteworthy Radio Web Pages

   Join the W7EKB 600MRG 600 Meter Research Group.
   Thinking of acquiring some new gear? Check out the user reviews at eHAM!
   K9YA Telegraph - A free, monthly, Ham Radio eZine  Many interesting topics show up here!
   Guide to Amateur Radio for New Hams
   N9BOR - Mikes FB web site!
   W2AEW - Alan's great electronics and radio videos!

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  February 13, 2016
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