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Bill's Recent Projects

New Project: Power Distribution Box

Some of you have already heard of this project, but for those who are unaware. This is an inexpensive approach to a "homebrew" fused, power distribution box similar to the commercial devices. You can build this in a couple of hours from easily obtained parts including a pre-made custom printed circuit board. Click here to view a better description, construction notes and parts list.

Latest Antenna Launcher (ZipLauncher)

Now for the very latest in launchers, we move to the ZipLauncher, the very simplest to build and easiest to use. This launcher even come apart into two peices for easier storage and transport. Just unscrew the barrel assembly and it fits into a container only 18 inches long.There is a complete paper on how to build the ZipLauncher here, complete with parts list, notes and assembly instructions. All you ever wanted to know, all in one place.

New Antenna Launcher (PAL-mkII)

This is the larest in Pneumatic Antenna Launchier technology from the cave in Conklingland. The new design is smaller and more compact. It uses different 'firing' technique which means "no batteries required". My PAL-mkII is the most efficient I've seen so far to date.

For those who may be interested in building a copy of my new launcher, I have provided Construction Notes for this version.

Elecraft BL-2 BALUN

The new BL-2 BALUN is a real slick addition to my shack. It is inexpensive, and works extremely well. It is also a dual-ratio BALUN, switchable from 1:1 or 4:1 ratios. Amd unlike previous units I have built, it does not use toriods for the transformers. Instead it uses Binocular cores made of similar material to toroids, but they are easier to wind. For more information and test results for this and several other local BALUNs, click here.