One year ago today, I picked up an oscilloscope from Craigslist, wrote my first blog post, and officially decided to get myself back into amateur radio. And what a year it’s been!
In the last year, I have:
- Built a direct-conversion 40 CW transceiver with a digital VFO
- Mostly-built a ‘Beach-40’ DSB 40m transceiver
- Built a direct conversion receiver from scratch
- Built a regen receiver from a kit
- Built an arduino-based CW keyer, arduino-based CW keyer and a homebrew set of CW paddles
- Bought and used my first oscilloscope and my first proper soldering station
- Learned to use LTSpice to simulate analog circuits
- Learned morse code enough to copy the W1AW broadcasts and make my first contacts
- Built and tuned both a portable 40m dipole and one for my apartment
- Attended 3 hamfests (DeKalb, SMCC, Hamfesters‘)
- Participated in the ARRL Field Day and QRP night with the North Shore Radio Club NS9RC
- Changed my callsign
- Broken a lot of things
Here’s to another year on the air and at the bench!