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Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by KN4BFO, May 7, 2018.

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  1. KN4BFO

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    what are some ideas of stuff to make thats ham related what are some ideas and projects for (around the house stuff or just real cheap stuff)
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  2. AG6QR

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    Lots of opportunities for antenna construction, including copper cactus J-poles, wire dipoles, various improvised loading coils, etc.

    Many have made improvised morse keys or cooties from brass, hacksaw blades, and other hardware.
  3. K8ERV

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    Cheap? Did someone call?

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  4. KD8DEY

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    Soda can variable capacitor for a Xtal set, Wax paper & aluminum "condenser" for the headphones, Ball point pen & copper "rust" or razor blade & safety pin detector....
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  5. KL7AJ

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  6. N8TGQ

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    Here's a key and paddle made from old gift cards. largepaddle.jpg Straightkey 01.jpg
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  7. VK3YE

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    Pet Shop Pill Gun Variable Inductor

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  8. K9STH

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    Aluminum cake pans, etc., make very cheap chassis for projects.

    Those cheap, aluminum, cookie sheets can be cut for all sorts of shields, panels, etc.

    Dollar Tree is an excellent source of these various items.

    Metal file boxes make good cabinets for small projects. Old ball point pins make excellent basis for test probes, etc. Nails can be used for test probe tips. Nail polish can be used for all sorts of things including holding wire turns in place on coils.

    Goddard's Silver Dip / Tarn-X are good for cleaning rotary switches. Bar Keeper's Friend is good for cleaning all sorts of metal items. Pill bottles make excellent coil forms.

    Glen, K9STH
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  9. N1OOQ

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    You can get flashing copper at the hardware store. It's solderable and easily bendable. You can cut it with big scissors. I use it to make shields around circuits that need it.
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  10. W4RAV

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    An inventor only needs an idea and a box of junk! :)

    I don't build much, but an earlier project was a "balun" with excess I might have otherwise put in the recycle bin.


    I used a large pump-type shampoo bottle, about 5" tall, 4" diameter, upside down. After measuring and tapping holes for my tie-wraps, I wound about 20' of RG8x around the plastic bottle, and used a PL-259 connector on one end to bridge with the feed-line. The other end of the coax was center conductor to one side, shielding to the other, making the dipole connection points. I used nuts-n-bolts and a couple of large washers on both sides of the bolts for stress-relief on the plastic and to secure the antenna legs. This assembly allows me to remove the balun from the system easily and add/remove bands with little effort. A threaded brass loop from an old table-lamp lets me use a simple double-ended snap hook to a eye-bolt screwed to the eve of the house. I finished off the project by applying a generous amount of liquid tape to anywhere that water could seep in.

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