By KD8OUT, Mike Kieffer, President. We all want to congratulate Dr. Jack Purdum(W8TEE) on the acceptance of his article for an upcoming issue of QST. Summary below. Those who attended the July meeting will recall the presentation given by Jack Purdum, W8TEE, on building a VFO controlled, 3W transceiver for less than $50. Dr. Purdum has teamed up with Dennis Kidder, W6DQ and co-author with Jack of the Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio book, and Farrukh Zia, K2ZIA, to write an article about building the “Pieces-Parts Transceiver”. The article has been accepted for publication by QST sometime in “mid-2016”.
The article contains the following paragraph in the narrative:
At the Milford Amateur Radio Club Field Day location, we always have a GOTA (Get On The Air) station set up where the public can come in and make a contact. I overheard a mother talking to her young, enthusiastic, son. Essentially, she said: “Yes, it looks like a fun hobby, but where are you going to get the thousands of dollars it takes to buy the radio?” That’s a nettlesome comment, people, about how our hobby is perceived. Next year, I’m taking this rig to FD and attaching a sign saying: “Build this station for under $50.” I specifically selected the acrylic case so passers-by can see how simple it is.
Jack feels it’s important to draw in and retain new members and that striking down perceived cost barriers is a step in the right direction. Along with the article, Jack has written an assembly manual and is offering the Nano/VFO PCB for $6, which greatly simplifies construction of the transceiver.