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HAPPY Memorial Day!
The WORLD'S BIGGEST BUILDATHON was a resounding success!
The room wasn't quite filled to capacity as 248 WBB kits were handed out to the eager builders. I gave a quick rundown of the prep work leading up to the WBB event, set the timer and we were off! As expected, there were many builders who were having difficulties discerning the color bands or reading the tiny lettering on the caps. MANY had read my emails leading up the the WBB so there were lots of needle nose pliers and lighted pocket magifiers spread about the room. Those who missed the emails were usually within easy borrowing distance. About halfway into the build, it became apparent that some hooligan 68pf caps had snuck into the 220pf jar for a little rumble and never made it back to their clubhouse in the 68pf jar so there were a few kits kitted with two 68pf caps and one 220pf short. Unfortunately, I had a EXPRESS mail box sent the previous day with lots of spares for every part in the WBB but it didn't arrive in time to help solve the crisis. Fortunately, I had brought 350+ kits with me so I put a volunteer, Dennis from Kanga UK, on the job of stealing the 220s out of the spare kits to give to those who were 'heavy' on 68s and short a 220. That job went a little slowly until we got a volunteer with GOOD eyesight on the job and 220pf caps started flying out of the corner of the room. As WBB kits were completed and tested, we 'borrowed' those 220 caps to get the others built. There was pandimonium about but we managed to power through the problem and continue the builds. We did have 2 casualties from the tiny letering and parts but 246 WBB kits were completed, tested and declared working. So in 1 hour and 10 minutes, we has 246 of 248 WBB kits build, tested and declared working transmitters! I think that I can call that a success.....full report
I have a new kit called the Sea Sprite .
It is a merging of the EZ Build Two Tinned Tunas concept with the Lil' Squall design. I took the Lil' Squall design, simplified it for single band operation and then laid it out in the 'normal' sized tuna can thereby having the added room for BIG pads, HEAVY traces and WIDE spacing making it as near 'builder proof' as the EZB Two Tinned Tunas kit has been! I also removed the band module hardware, making it single band operation, and changed the filter from a low pass to band pass filter. This should help with interference generated by SW broadcasters hanging around the 40m and 20m amateur radio bands. Also, it will be sold without the can for further savings to QRP builders.
Snack on some Dole pineapple while building (approx. 75 cents) and you will have the perfect can for the transceiver kit when you have completed construction.
May 27, 2016
2016 order status:
Backorder log has a handful of orders, mostly Rockmite related, from April and a FEW more from when WBB & FDIM was looming large and simply devoured ALL my time.
Rockmite][, Rock Topper & Z-Rock ATUs:
I tried to get Rockmite][ and accessory kits kitted and shipped before I left for FDIM and ALMOST succeeded! I came up a couple of parts short, so I was unable to ship any orders AND had none to sell at FDIM Vendor night.
The missing parts are on order and I should have Rockmites flying out of the shop by next Wednesday.
Tuna Can Kits:
Almost all kits are back on the shelf. The NEW Tuna Helper kit has been well received by builders. SUPER Tuna][+ pcbs are history and another batch of pcbs are on order...(with pcb updates).
The Sea Sprite transceiver kits are on the shelf and ready to ship.
MePad and MeSquares panels are STILL in stock. Grayson Evans did a Thermotron seminar right before the WBB. MANY of his Powerpoint images showed a thermotron mounted to a MeTubes pad so he created a 'run' on MeTubes panels during Vendor night. I sold every panel I had! Toroid EZ tools and SBSS solder bots are back on the shelf now as are the latest builder's tool: "A Brass Set" .
Still working on allocating a little more time for personal FUN.....and failing miserably.