Category Archives: Kits

Designing a truly portable SDR

SWLing Post reader, London Shortwave, is working on a portable SDR (software defined radio) system based on his Toshiba Encore 8″ Windows tablet, FunCube Dongle Pro+, and supported by the excellent SDR# application. Today, he shared this photo of his … Continue reading

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The Spec-Ops Pack-Rat: A new go pack for my radio gear

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to travel with one bag and efficiently pack my radio gear. This year at the Dayton Hamvention, my good friend Eric, retiree of the Air National Guard, took me onto the nearby Wright Patterson Air Force … Continue reading

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Jeff designs an SDR “Go Kit” around the Softrock Ensemble

Jeffrey Fritz (WB1AAL) contacted me with details about his SDR (Software Defined Radio) “Go Kit” and has kindly allowed me to post it. Jeff writes: As a reader of the SWLing blog, I know that you are very interested in … Continue reading

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Making A Transistor Radio by George Dobbs

Those of you who are ham radio operators (especially QRPers) are familiar with the name George Dobbs (G3RJV). In 1972, Reverend Dobbs wrote a book called, Making A Transistor Radio and now it’s available online. Making A Transistor Radio is a clear, … Continue reading

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A simple upgrade for your Ten-Tec Model 1254 shortwave receiver

In the video below, Alan (W2AEW), shows us the installation and basic operation of an upgraded micro-controller for the Ten Tec Model 1254 Superhet Receiver Kit. As Alan points out in the video, this is one of two upgrades offered … Continue reading

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Heathkit is back in business

Great news for kit builders! Legendary company Heathkit has started manufacturing kits again. Though their first line-up of products do not include radios, they are planning to cater to the amateur radio community as soon as next year. I would … Continue reading

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Cardboard Tube Radio Kit

While cruising Retro Thing, this cardboard tube radio kit caught my eye. It’s available for 49.95 EUR from Conrad International in Germany. I would have never thought about combining the warm character of vacuum tubes with a cardboard chassis. Still, … Continue reading

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