Baby Gherkin Cucumber

About a month ago we planted some gherkin cucumber seeds, with the idea of making dill pickled gherkins, well the trellised vines have started to flower and produce the first fruit. We have 6 vines in and looking at how much fruit is being produced we should get enough jars to last us a year ๐Ÿ™‚


Summer Crops

Its summer time here and as most of our garden is on the western side of the house, its going to get hammered with the summer heat. We are not expecting things to go all that well, but we planted some corn, beans, beatroot and tomatoes. If we can get things established before we get the next heat wave things should be fine.


QRP Labs Phasing Receiver

While QRP Labs makes some wonderful kits, they really could do with adding 20% more board area so that old sausage fingers can got in there and do some Da Finger Poken. I get that some things really need to be packed in tight, but others do not and I think the filter boards can be much bigger and contain a 2nd set of holes for the wires rather than trying to solder them to the tops of the header pins. Anyway that’s enough moaning from me. The kit is going together wellย  all tests have been successful and I am confident that it will eventually power on and work.

I got reading glasses a few months back, but I can tell you I am really noticing how hard some things are to do, to solder that one smd park i had to use both my glasses and the huge magnifying glass to get the job done ๐Ÿ™‚

I love it when a plan comes together, needed 3.1uh on the 2 inductors, and guess what I got, 3.1uh HAHAHA.


I still have the polyphase board to build. Then i need to start working out what bits i am going to add to it to make it complete. Arduino and SI5351A obviously and some kind of AF amp should do the trick. More on this to come.


Bottom Of The Cycle DX

So we are heading to the bottom of the solar cycle they said, the bands will be dead they said. So I fired up the big black box on 15m tonight and worked some DX. A bit of Italy but while tuning about I came across EY7AD Rakhim in Tajikistan, that’s a new country for me. So we can only hope we get a few more days like this over summer so i can work some more new dx.