N8LGL's Beacon Page
I will try to outline the progression of building the
N8LGL/b (10 Meter), via pictures, text and website referrals.
This project would have not been possible without the help of WJ5O.
Web Design by AsTech
N8LGL/B QSL Card
To turn a Radio Shack HTX10 into a 10 meter QRP Beacon
Radio Shack HTX-10
Pyramid DC Power Supply 12 amp.
23.6 liter/25 quart plastic box- From Dollar General
Radio Shack 3" Cooling Fan
Radio Shack 1 9/16" Cooling Fan
N0XAS's PicoKeyer Chip
Radio Shack 1/8" Phono Plug
4.8 volt Wal Wart
6 pin microphone plug
Hamstick 10 meter omni antenna
Total Cost - $ 216.09
The project began by mounting a fan in the top of the plastic box, with the thought of adding a second fan for increased cooling.
supply ino the box. As you can notice a few
holes were drilled with a 1" wood bit to route
the antenna and power supply lines.
phone charger (4.8v).
The N0XAS PicoKeyer arrived on 12/06/07
Great price and quality parts from Dale N0XAS.
Assembled by KC8VOJ
The radio arrived 12/08/07.
The 1 9/16" fan was attached as shown .
Connecting the two fans and HTX-10 to the power supply.
With the power on and the radio on the selected frequency. All that is needed now is to mount the keyer and add a antenna.
Front of Power Supply and rear of radio. I placed the units in opposite directions so I could always see if the power was on. I can see the light on the Power Supply and on the opposite side the dial is lighted on the radio.
On 12/12/2007 the antenna from the Lakeview Company arrived. I was very impressed with the quality and workmanship of the ground plane. I had researched many sites on the internet for the right omni antenna and was very pleased with this choice for a beacon antenna. Next step is to adjust the swr on the antenna.
Water level at the lake is 174m / 571' and the antenna will be at a height of 207.6m / 680'.
So we should have excellent takeoff angles in most directions,westerly direction the weakest.
PROJECT COMPLETED..... 02/23/08
Beacon moved to a remote site located EM89lk on 03/04/2008 for better Line of Sight and Less Operator Interference.