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Amateur Radio Magazine Article Archive

I've been writing for Amateur Radio magazine, published by the Wireless Institute of Australia,
and Lo-Key published by the VK QRP Club on and off for the last thirty years.

Will VK6UU has scanned and made available online back issues of Amateur Radio from the 1930s to the 2000s.

Doug VK1ZDJ has scanned and made available online earlier back issues of Lo-Key.

As a result many of my articles are available online and can be found via the links below.

1. Technical

January 1988: One valve regenerative receiver, storage idea for end-fed antennas

February 1988: Valve equipment power supply, shorting stick

March 1988: One valve QRP transmitter, Two valve audio amplifier

April 1988: A tune up indicator

May 1988: An ATU, antennas and operating

September 1988: One valve regenerative receiver

August 1990: ATU in a cake tin

July 1995: 80m CW transmitter

September 1995: VK6 80 direct conversion receiver

December 1995: A compact 80m loop antenna

January 1996: Garran 40m CW transmitter

July 1996: Experimental receiver for 2m FM using a car radio

November 1996: Micropower 2m FM transmitter

March 1997: Morse Mouse

June 1997: 70 centimetres from a two metre rig

September 1997: A receiver for the Garran

October 1997: Receive SSB on your Shortwave AM radio

March 1998: Further thoughts on the Garran

April 1998: Six to two receiving converter, Two way Morse practice set, Super VXO heads south

June 1998: Junk box regenerative receiver, The versatile end-fed wire

July 1998: DSB 40m transmitter

August 1998: One transistor frequency synthesiser

October 1998: Yoghurt container sound projector

March 1999: Receive SSB on your FM receiver

November 1999: Moorabbin simple regenerative receiver

January 2000: ACT 3.5 80m CW transceiver

September 2000: Receive SSB on your VHF/UHF handheld

October 2000: Build the 'Funway 80' receiver

January 2001: The 'good enough' Morse key

April 2001: More crystal sets

September 2001: An antenna coupler for the FT-817

October 2001: DC2000 experimental direct conversion receiver

April 2002: A constructors report on the WBR Receiver, A cradle for portable transceivers

December 2002: Build an electronics set

February 2003: The Versatenna - A traveller's antenna for VHF & UHF

July 2003: The NoPA 40m DSB transmitter, New life for your old broadcast receiver

March 2005: 160 - 15m indoor magnetic loop

September 2011: A simple SDR Part 1

October 2011: A simple SDR Part 2

November 2011: Portaloop antenna for MF reception

March 2012: Salvaging parts: What to take and how to use it

May 2012: A valve receiver that runs on 12 volts

June 2012: A computer powered multimode transmitter

July 2012: Magnetic loop for HF pedestrian mobile

August 2012: "Match 22" QRP antenna coupler

September 2012: RF Portatest universal test instrument

November 2012: 'Porta 40' direct conversion receiver for 40m

January-February 2013: Cheaply improve Morse DX reception

January-February 2013: An HF crystal set - a practical exercise in refined simplicity

March 2013: 'Split 40' 40m direct conversion CW transceiver

March 2013: 'Summer Loop' Ultra-light pedestrian mobile magnetic loop antenna

April 2013: Arduino dead band opener (automatic CQ caller for CW)

June 2013: Receive 7 MHz on a 27 MHz CB radio

June 2013: Review of Ten Tec R4020 CW QRP transceiver

August 2013: Review of OzQRP MST400 SSB transceiver kit

September 2013: Little transmitters around the shack (a look at LIPDs)

December 2013: A triband end-fed wire antenna (40/20/10m)

January-February 2014: 'Summer Loop II' - improved magnetic loop for 21-50 MHz ped mobile

March 2014: SDR40 - A simple 7 MHz SDR

April 2014: Knobless Wonder fixed frequency 7 MHz SSB transceiver

June 2014: A practical introduction to phasing direct conversion receivers

November 2014: UnitLoop magnetic loop for 7 MHz

March 2015: The Wadetenna for 7-50 MHz pedestrian mobile

April 2015: Wire antennas for seaside DXing

October 2015: Junkbox two transistor two band regenerative receiver

November 2015: 7 MHz wind up CW transmitter

April 2016: Length matters - fun with coaxial cable

August 2016: Review of the OzQRP MDT DSB transceiver kit

September 2016: Some uses for centre-off toggle switches

November 2016: A balanced antenna coupler for portable use

December 2016: Tune for maximum brightness LED antenna current indicator

March 2017: Making your Pixie QRP transceiver slightly less appalling

April 2017: Super simple 40m receiver from available parts

May 2017: L-match antenna coupler for portable use

June 2017: Two transistor inductorless ceramic resonator regenerative receiver

August 2017: Forty Thirty 7 MHz 30 watt CW transmitter-receiver

March-April 2018: Review of the Digitech AR1780 portable receiver

November-December 2018: Review of the Peak LCR45 LCR and impedance meter

March-April 2019: Junk nostalgia and dangerous projects

July-August 2019: Receive SSB on your 27 MHz AM CB

September-October 2019: 50 ohm oblong loop for 144 MHz SSB and WSPR

November-December 2019: Coax cable magnetic loop and tuner for 1.8 and 3.5 MHz

January-February 2020: JS Eight Zero - Simple direct conversion receiver for 3.5 MHz JS8

November-December 2020: Making thick shaft variable capacitors useful

See the VK3YE YouTube channel for video demonstrations of many of these projects

2. General interest

May 1997: Wanted - 100 members to replace the dead!

July 1997: Book review - CB PLL Data book

October 1997: Producing an amateur radio news broadcast

February 1998: Amateur radio on the world wide web

February 2001: Australia's new electromagnetic radiation requirements

April 2001: How much do you know about your WIA?

November 2001: The Australian Amateur Radio FAQ

July 2002: WIA Federal Convention 2002 - an observer's observations

December 2002: Book review 'The Dick Smith Way'

December 2003: Try this - Your computer as a sound recorder

Jan-Feb 2012: Ten tips for ten watts: by someone who does it with two

October 2012: Usability and complexity

January-February 2013: HF 'gig guide' - the lowdown on the best bands

August 2015: Getting back into amateur radio

June 2016: Producing YouTube videos for amateur radio

September 2016: How to make your hobby pay for itself

November 2016: What they say and what they mean: Decoding the lingo of ham radio ads

January-February 2017: Melbourne QRP by the Bay gathering a success

May-June 2019: "No one replies to me": The secrets to successful CQ calling

3. Novice Notes

This beginners column started in the 1970s and has had several sub-editors.
I compiled it between 1995 and 2002 every two months.

Old articles are available online.
They still have good information but verify important details for currency.

Some of my items have been enlarged, updated and republished at Amateur Radio beginner articles.

4. Lo-Key

Lo-Key has been published by the VK QRP Club since its formation in 1984. Earlier issues are now available online.

Many of these back issues (since about 1988) contain articles I've written. Click here for an index to Lo-Key articles.

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