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Full-length books by Peter Parker VK3YE / AK3YE

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Australian Ham Radio Handbook REVISED! | Ham Radio Get Started
Hand-carried QRP antennas | More Hand-carried QRP antennas
99 things you can do with Amateur Radio | Getting back into Amateur Radio
Minimum QRP | Illustrated International Ham Radio Dictionary
Make Your Passion Pay (ebook writing)


Australian Ham Radio Handbook - click here for more

Everything you need to succeed in amateur radio (Australia)


Ham Radio Get Started - click here for more

Your successful start in amateur radio (USA)


Hand carried QRP antennas - click here for more

Tried and tested antennas for the
portable amateur radio operator


More Hand-carried QRP antennas - click here for more

More tried and tested portable antennas


99 things you can do with Amateur Radio - click here for more

Ideas and inspiration
for new and old hams


Getting back into Amateur Radio - click here for more

Quick start guide for people returning to radio


Minimum QRP - click here for more

The top-selling guide to low power
amateur radio transmitting


Illustrated International Ham Radio Dictionary - click here for more

Over 1500 radio terms explained!


Make Your Passion Pay: Writing non-fiction ebooks for fun and profit - click here for more

Guide to planning, writing and marketing ebooks


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Mini PDF ebooks by Peter Parker VK3YE FREE!

First contacts (start here)

An HF primer

HF portable the simple way

Hear amateurs on your shortwave radio

Ten metres for the newcomer

The versatile end-fed wire

A VHF/UHF primer

Voice repeater basics

Build a hanging dipole for 2 metres

A guide to radio test equipment

Ham Babble - making sense of what's said on the bands

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About Peter Parker VK3YE / AK3YE

I (mis?)spent my youth at rubbish tips, taking apart given radios and TVs and building electronic projects that mostly did not work. Early projects were built with screws and breadboards until I realised that good soldering needs new soldering rather than that reused from terminal strips in valve (tube) radios.

Milestones included the construction of a crystal set in 1980, discovering shortwave broadcasting on a valve receiver in 1981 and a simple 'electronic organ' in 1982 from a Dick Smith Fun Way book. Hours were spent putting wires into springs on a Tandy 150-in-1 electronics set. Amazingly some wires could be pulled out and the project would still sort of work with only half the parts in circuit.

Two back to back AM/shortwave radios led to the discovery of amateur SSB activity and a novice licence in 1985. The following year was spent building transmitters no one heard. A one valve crystal controlled CW transmitter from the 1973 ARRL Handbook provided the first contacts - mostly CW/SSB crossmode on the 3.579 MHz TV colour burst crystal frequency. The value of frequency agility was an early lesson and various VFOs were built, most of them drifty.

My gear improved in the 1990s, with more bands, more modes and smaller cases. Projects included a 7 MHz VXO CW direct conversion transceiver, 2m FM portable transceiver, and a 14 MHz CW transmitter for Cycle 22, then near its peak. Later favourites included HF DSB and SSB transceivers (often using ceramic resonators, ladder crystal filters, NE602s and BD139 transistors) and phasing SSB equipment.

I've never had huge amounts of space at home. This led to experiments with magnetic loops and HF pedestrian mobile. The joys of the latter (along with the perils of a trailing counterpoise) were first discovered with a converted Johnson Viking CB on 28 MHz. This was mounted in a carpeted chipboard box with battery and 1.5 metre whip. A move to a beachside suburb brought further HF portable and pedestrian mobile activity on more bands. Below I'm about to go beach HF pedestrian mobile with the 7 - 50 MHz HF Wadetenna (described elsewhere).


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Numerous articles on QRP, homebrewing, antennas and for beginners to amateur radio.


Available titles

Ham Radio Get Started (USA)

Australian Ham Radio Handbook (Aust)

Hand-carried QRP Antennas

More Hand-carried QRP Antennas

99 things you can do with Amateur Radio

Getting back into Amateur Radio

Minimum QRP

Illustrated International Ham Radio Dictionary

Make your Passion Pay (ebook writing)


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