Favourites

Some links to some of my favourite makers, sites, blogs and suppliers.

Bricks-and-mortar shops

Rockby Electronics in Clayton, Melbourne is a clearing house of electrical and electronic parts and components, usually at great prices.  Impossible to visit and not find a bargain. The clearing stock area (only open on Saturday mornings) is a treasure trove of old stock from the electronics industry, it takes me back to the electronics clearance houses of my childhood.

Altronics, general electronics supplies, well-stocked stores, firmly catering to small scale electronice businesses and hobbyists.

Jaycar, commercial end electronics retailer, still carries a good range of general components, lots of stores so they are never too far away.

Online suppliers

Minikits, Australia’s premier supplier of general and specialty HF, VHF/UHF and microwave kits and parts.

PK Loop Antennas — VK3KHZ’s shop is the first stop if you want a loop antenna, but even better, Paul brings down to VK certain unobtainiums such as silver mica caps and crystals on 1825, 7125 and 7146kHz.

Kits and Parts — A site that fully documents its kits for every imaginable homebrew radio module from balanced modulators to bandpass filters. I have scratch-built several BPFs from the information on this site (notably for kits which are now no longer offered).

Tayda — Hobbyist supplier in Bangkok, Thailand with a useful catalogue and quick service.

Dans Small Parts — Just when you thought that part was extinct, Dan offers them in a bag of 20.

RF Parts — Great range of hard-to-get parts, including RF transistors, silva mica capacitors and compression trimmers.

American Morse — Beautifully made paddles and keys that will last a lifetime.

OzQrp — Australian supplier of DSB and SSB monoband rig kits; my primary 40m SOTA transceiver is one of these.

Core Electronics — Australian supplier of everything you’ll ever need for that Arduino/digital DDS VFO, SDR or controller project.

QRP Me — Everything you need for manhattan construction, and a pantry-full of things fitted into tuna cans.

Toroids.info — The definitive site for toroids including a turns-length calculator for every imaginable donut.

Communication Concepts — QRP connoisseurs look away. Solid state linear amplifier kit and part specialists. You have to invest a few dB to gain a few dB.

Surplus Sales of Nebraska — Suppliers of unobtainiums such as brand new air variables, transformers, and the kinds of gems that might have been buried in the boxes under the tables at a 1979 ham-fest.

QRPLabs — Hans Summers puts so much research, thought and care into his kit offerings, and still manages to sell them at great prices. 

Hams and homebrewers par excellence

VK3XU — Before e-commerce, Drew Diamond’s four legendary books published in the 1980s and ’90s gave VKs and ZLs repeatable and buildable designs without unobtainable parts such as 2N3553s, 40673s, toroids and Neosid pre-made coils. If you click on the link you will see that Drew eschews most things digital these days.

VK3YE — Peter Parker’s comprehensive Youtube channel, books and resources, Peter is the figurehead of the Melbourne QRP scene.

AA7EE — Dave’s perfect manhattan-style homebrew rigs and the insightful and reflective way he writes about them takes radio crafting to a new level.

N6QW — Pete Juliano from Soldersmoke turns out more excellent homebrew SSB rigs in a month than most do in a lifetime.

W6JL — Don is well known for combining CW and homebrew over many decades.

AD5GH — Rod’s Express Receiver is a superbly designed and built 80 to 10 meter communications receiver (non-SDR) in which each module is optimised, but achievable.  If Wes Hayward updated his Progressive Receiver (1981) this is what it would look like.

Podcasts

Soldersmoke — Bill Meara N2CQR and Pete Juliano N6QW, the voices of homebrew culture,  are solely responsible for putting the soul back into homebrewing.

ARRL The Doctor Is In — Steve WB8IMY interviews Dr Joel W1ZR for a slightly more cerebral but eminently listenable chat on various technical topics.

vk3hn

QRP, radio craft, homebrew, SOTA, bricolage.

Ripples in the Ether

Emanations from Amateur Radio Station NT7S

Hackaday

Fresh hacks every day

vk2yw

A fine WordPress.com site

vk3mel

Up the Hill

VK1VIC / VK2VIC Amateur Radio Blog

Summits of the Air , World Wide Flora & Fauna activations, CW (Fists #14192), (SKCC #14993)

VK7TW

Blog of Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW's SOTA and amateur radio adventures.

vk3cat

VK3CAT Radio Communications

Andrew White ZL3CC

amateur radio in Aotearoa / New Zealand

David "Mitch" Mitchell - VK3XDM Hawthorn, VK7XDM Hobart

My worpress blog site on amateur radio, skiing and all things outdoors.

Gerbrandt van Santen

cloud computing, haiku en dagelijks leven

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