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43691Re: PA Kits for the Softrock V6.3 RXTX

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  • n4fbz
    May 5, 2010
      Thanks for the offer!!! You're the first amateur (beyond my best friend) to offer help!!! (Only one other non-ham person offered to help- and she gave me a box full of junk cell phones. I WAS able to trade them for one working phone...)


      I'll relate more later... right now, I'm at a severe space disadvantage (we live in a mobile home, and my wife kindly let me use her sewing-machine table for working on stuff), and the money situation is also unbelievably tight too (I'm a graduate student who graduates Sunday, and will loose my part-time Assistantship that week!) So whatever I get has got to be small in size and CHEAP. Indeed, I won't be able to buy anything more for a while.

      Since I'm no longer in business, I will be focusing more on equipment that advances Amateur Radio and can be used for experimentation. I'd like input on cheap but very effective test equipment kits and so on. Maybe if people had used equipment taking up space... that they wanted to get rid of...

      I can provide proof of the loss to the owner/moderator of this sig, including pictures of the burned-out hulk.



      --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, "The Silver Fox" <alan.r.hill@...> wrote:
      >
      > If you can document your plans/needs to recover, perhaps this community can
      > provide some assistance.
      >
      > 73's
      >
      > Alan - W6ARH
      >
      >
      >
      > From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Sid Boyce
      > Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 3:55 PM
      > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [softrock40] Re: PA Kits for the Softrock V6.3 RXTX
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > It still looks like a hard climb back to the top.
      > OK on the baluns.
      > 73 ... Sid.
      >
      > On 04/05/10 05:11, n4fbz wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Actually, it's just the reverse.
      > >
      > > I lost all of the equipment I'd been collecting over 25 years, including
      > > the 16 years I had a robotics repair business (and my best friend also
      > > lost a lot of his stuff we'd set up in my shop). We had a complete
      > > computer controlled testing and experimenting setup (that we were
      > > starting to use for amateur radio experimentation) which took all those
      > > years to get together (digitizers, scopes, analyzers, you name it). I'd
      > > bought people's junk and fixed it in the evenings- because I didn't have
      > > the money to buy working equipment (and couldn't afford the prices). So
      > > I lost the money I'd worked hard for and spent on the equipment- and
      > > literally thousands of man-hours of hard work. There was a lot of
      > > homebrew equipment and esoteric stuff lost too, and my laboratory
      > > equipment (and several radios I'd collected over the years- waiting for
      > > repair/rebuild/restore). I don't have the income to start buying stuff
      > > (a new decent soldering iron to replace the burned one at $40 was a huge
      > > expenditure with our present income), and don't have the years of time I
      > > lost fixing up the equipment. So, It's pretty much irreplaceable- at
      > > least for now. It also wiped out our ability to do some experimenting
      > > we've been planning for a while (a really different new antenna that
      > > preliminary exploration suggests will work quite well, and some other
      > > circuits/mods) - until we can rebuild and replace some of what was lost
      > > (we're planning and seeing what we can scrape together, including
      > > salvaging what we can from the shop).
      > >
      > > The notes and calculations? All I have to do is look at the schematic,
      > > pop the lid and see what I did, and I can re-create most of that
      > > including why I did things the way I did. Actually, it all was quite
      > > simple. My biggest worry was that with such a simple setup, it would
      > > work as well as it does. Essentially all I did was replace both
      > > daughter-boards with a couple of small broadband baluns. One, on the rx
      > > bandpass filter board, used one of the original boards and the
      > > components were mounted on the bottom rather than the top (so it would
      > > fit properly in the case). Nothing to it.
      > >
      > > --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com <mailto:softrock40%40yahoogroups.com>
      > <mailto:softrock40%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > > Sid Boyce <sboyce@> wrote:
      > >
      > >> Bad news on the fire. That stuff is not easy to replace, the notes and
      > >> calculations possibly are irreplaceable.
      > >> 73 ... Sid.
      > >>
      > >
      >
      > --
      > Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
      > Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
      > Specialist, Cricket Coach
      > Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
      >
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