New homebrew challenge to be announced at Dayton

I have it on good authority, that there will be a new ARRL sponsored challenge coming this spring.  The MacGuyver Challenge (as it is being

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referred to) will judge the builders’ abilities in creating a 1 Watt or higher 40M CW transmitter, using the highest percentage of household items possible.  The word is that the prize may already be claimed by junkbox-king Kyle Scrapschen, KB2CRP, who was showing his self titled “Junk Drawer Rig” at this year’s Mohawk Valley Hamfest in Sprakers, NY.  Using 17 antique twist-ties, an engraved spork, a lump of some crystallized kitchen-matter, and vintage Mattel Speak-and-Spell, Kyle claims to have had a QSO with a ham aboard a spam-fishing trawler off the coast of  Gough Island!

In other news, it’s April 1st.  Have a great one folks.  I was going to post a story about actually receiving my Xiegu X1M, but that’s NOT funny.


–Neil W2NDG

Neil Goldstein, W2NDG, is a regular contributor to and writes from New York, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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