A Radio Freq. Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 6, 2013

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Looking for some gift ideas for the radio nut on you shopping list this Christmas season?

Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

1. A Charter subscription to “The Spectrum Monitor.”

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The Spectrum Monitor is the heir apparent to the, sadly, defunct Monitoring Times Magazine. This radio hobby mainstay publication ended it’s run with the December 2013 edition. Editor-in-Chief Ken Reitz KS4ZR has launched his own PDF-only monthly magazine. But act quickly, the charter subscription price of $20 will only last a short time.

2. A Yaesu FT-60R Handheld Transciever.

ft60rThe FT-60 is a great little dual band (2 meter/70 cm)  handheld transceiver with a very reasonable price. Use this HT as a way to break into the local FM VHF/UHF scene. One caution though, this HT uses an SMA connector for the antenna NOT a BNC so make sure you order an adapter along with the HT. This will allow antenna flexibility and, including the attachment of a V/U handheld antenna for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite work.

3. A Yaesu FT-8800 Mobile Radio.

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The Yaesu FT-8800 is a dual band VHF/UHF (2 meter/70 cm) mobile radio with dual Variable Frequency Oscillators (VFO). The dual VFO feature allows the radio to be used in cross band repeat mode. Built around the solid Yaesu name, this radio is a bit more money but the features and functions are well worth it. It installs quickly and easily into your vehicle or it can be incorporated into your station and function as a great base rig for all your VHF/UHF FM activities.

4. NS-40 Class E QRP Transmitter Kit.

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Looking for adventure in Amateur Radio? On their own, QRP and CW offer more adventure than you might ever need. This kit takes both and adds the joy of building home brewed equipment to the mix. It’s the perfect combination for ensuring the radio amateur in your life will leave you alone for hours at a time. This kit is unique in that it uses a single transistor and there are no toroids or other coils to wind. All inductors are designed right into the QSL card-sized printed circuit board. And this kit is very low cost making it perfect for gift giving.

5. Books by Jeffery Murray K1NSS.

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Jeff Murray’s Dashtoons books feature radio funnies and fun. His books are available in hard copy or e-book format. These books would make a great gift for any radio hobbyist who likes to laugh.

6. Morse Code Clothing Polo shirt.

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The morse code© clothing products are stylish and, with their embedded code, would make a unique gift for any radio hobbyist. But since they come from the Netherlands, you’d better place your order now.

Radio Frequency International Report is a small blog that tries to highlight interesting and unique ways radio and culture intersect. It’s sporadic in nature, much like the propagation conditions that allow weak signals to be transmitted around the world. I hope you’ve found some of the content interesting this past year. I’ve enjoyed editing it all together and presenting it. Please feel free to share my url with anyone you think might enjoy reading these posts.

But until I post again – and before I forget – I want to wish you all good propagation and a very Merry Christmas and happy new year.

-Chris

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