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Home Construction May 2015

At the May 2015 gathering of The St George Amateur Radio Society, Paul VK2GX gave a presentation on Homebrewing radio and associated equipment.

Amateurs building their own equipment has a long history in amateur radio. It is only in the last few decades that most amateurs have used factory built equipment. For many decades, the only way for amateurs to get on the air was to build their own equipment.

Homebrewing your own equipment never died, but in the last few years, it has made a comeback. There are more kits and parts available and circuits published than ever. It is not just complete radios, but small accessories, power supplies, antenna tuning units, antennas and associated equipment.

But transferring a circuit or an idea into a finished product can be a bit daunting. It is easy to draw a few lines on a piece of paper or a computer screen, but there are a lot of choices to make. Paul provided a range of tips and hints to assist new comers to the hobby and old hands with some of his experience. Topics included are;

  • Selection of Wires and Cables
  • Cable Connectors
  • Joining and Soldering
  • Enclosure Construction
  • Fasteners
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Antennas
  • Suppliers

Due to many requests, a modified version of the presentation has been available for download. A list of parts suppliers, suitable for homebrewing, is also available.

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