We spent much of Friday and Saturday working on the Great Leaf Gathering. Our home is surrounded by big trees that seem to shed endless leaves and we usually spend several days (about now) every year in the clean-up process. It requires at least three BIG efforts to get them all blown, bagged, and hauled away.

It was important to get that work done yesterday as a cold rain rolled into the area overnight. Our timing was good and today I’m able to enjoy the lazy rain from the warm, dry side of the window.


I managed to catch-up on SolderSmoke (the podcast) last week thanks to the commute time caused by a rare out-of-town trip for work. It was episode 234 and N6QW mentioned one of his latest projects, the PSSST-20, a scratch built minimalist SSB transceiver (Pete’s Simple Seven SSB Transceiver):

Our goal is to create a fully functioning “Minimalist” SSB transceiver using something different than the currently popular bilateral (Bitx) topology and in doing so use the minimum number of transistor devices. The ensuing webpages describe a fully functional and operational 20M SSB transceiver that uses a total of 7 transistors, Five of those transistors are 2N2222A, the 6th is a 2N2219A and the 7th is now a RD006HHF1. With some shopping all seven can be purchased for under $10 total. The output power is 4 Watts with the RD006HHF1. If you stick with the IRF510 the cost is under $5.


I caught Wayne, N6KR of Elecraft on the Coffee and Ham Radios video podcast. Burdick described the Elecraft design philosophy and more. It’s detailed (and long) at about 100 minutes, but fans of the company will find it time well-spent.