One of my build projects... feed point for a portable antenna !

The latest fun at The Builders Group was created by Bill WBØLXZ... Jacob's Ladder !

Builders Group which meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Everyone is welcome to attend if you are interested in solder smoke and learning about electricity. We learn something every time we go. Loren KDØRTX did some more work on her "Ham Can" 40 meter QRP CW transceiver,

which fits in a deviled ham can and runs on a 9 volt battery! I think I am in charge of developing and antenna for that little jewel and I am learning a lot about what might work. In combination of building this micro rig, she is also learning CW, and this radio is just the motivation she needs!  Bill, WBØLXZ and Joe WØMQY provided many tips and pieces of advice to help her with her first building project. The project she is building is available for purchase on the Four State QRP group website HERE. They have many different kits for sale so you can probably find something to buy and build.

Components for Bill's Project
Schematic Print Out

Bill brought in some mock ups that he is working on for a possible group build project. Originally it was on 2 separate boards but he is working on a design using only one board and is design is in the process of being finalized. It is a 1 watt 80 meter CW transmitter. From what I understand it could be used for those wishing to practice transmitting CW code. Follow the progress here and on the Builders Group tab above.

"What do you think Bill?"

Wayne brought with him, a battery charger gone bad that he is hoping to bring back to life. You can see Bill giving him a helping hand but I don't think it was working when he left. Between Wayne, Bill and Joe I am pretty sure it won't be long before it is charging again.

The Builders Group is a great place to melt solder, sniff some smoke and in our case, learn from the experts. There are open spots on the bench so please make a point to stop by and see what is cooling at the Builders Group! Come on down, for more information, please email us at and we will get you connected!

Room for YOU!
Here are some additional links for QRP and Kit Building... have fun.

Four State QRP Group

OzarkCon Annual Convention ( happening this weekend )

Ham Radio Secrets

73's and BTU, this is Kilo Delta Zero Sierra Echo Golf.

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