Duke City Hamfest Buildathon

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The Worlds Biggest Buildathon kit will be the centerpiece of W1REX's Buildathon at the Duke City Hamfest & New Mexico State Convention in Albuqueque on the weekend of August 11th. There will be either one or TWO Buildathon sessions depending upon the response. This item is for a seat reservation AND WBB kit AT the convention. The WBB can be purchased elsewhere on my website for mailing to your QTH.

What is the WBB kit you might ask...

Well it had to be simple as I have used it a couple of times for hamfest buildathons where there is not a single soldering iron in sight. The WBB kit can be easily assembled without a soldering iron. Some simple tools might come in handy: small lighted magnifier for reading tiny lettering on some parts, a pair of needle-nose pliers, small flat blade jewelers screwdriver.

The WBB kit is an updated version of the Hamfest Buddy rig by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ. Dave introduced the simple little rig in his CQ QRP column back in August of 2005. It is a simple little one transistor transmitter with a switchable two frequency operation mode. The oscillator runs continuously but at two different output levels. On key up, the oscillator runs at very low power to use as a radiated local oscillator in an inexpensive SWL receiver close by. On key down, the output increases to a much higher level that can be picked up in receivers further away. A link to the original CQ article is listed below. The WBB kit for the Buildathon attendees will have SIP sockets pre-installed so that no soldering irons will be required. We had 248 builders at the 2016 FDIM ballroom all building the WBB kit without any soldering irons in the room! The kits will also have plug & play parts, all pre-cut and bent for the proper socket spacing...so no tools will be required either! If the builder is all thumbs, they should bring a small pair of needle nose pliers... OR if they are resistor stripe or tiny cap lettering impaired, then they should bring their own pocket magnifier...

The Duke City Hamfest committee is subsidizing some of the cost of the kit so hams attending the Buildathon only need to spend $10 to participate in a wonderful Buildathon! There is limited space available and the plan is to host a Buildathon on Saturday with a maximum of 35 to 40 builders. If there is a BIG demand, I will be prepared to hold a second session on Sunday. Get your reservation in to secure your spot in the Buildathon by using the Paypal link at the upper right of this page.


link to CQ Magazine\'s Hamfest Buddy article

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  • WBB Parts PREP
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