Keep the Ham Stuff
I have enjoyed Nuts & Volts for
quite a long time — if the width of the
shelf space occupied by my back issues
is any indication. I just wanted to write
to say I’m glad to see ham-related
articles showing up regularly.
Ham radio was something that
intrigued me, but I never got into it. I
hope to do so, and the articles are
great motivators besides being
informative. I am especially keen to try
my hand at QRP. I will be relocating
shortly and plan to get started in
earnest in the new home.
Also tubes! Love ’em; love to read
about them; and again, hoping to get
back into tube projects soon. Maybe a
new bass amp, or maybe refurbishing a
couple of old radios that decorate our
There’s nothing like accidentally
touching a fingertip to the plate
connection of an output tube to
remind you that you aren’t in solid-state
land any more. Please keep up the
Living by the Four Rs
I have been an avid fan for your
publication, Nuts & Volts — in a word
I wanted to praise Bryan
Bergeron’s editorial on "Conspiracy
Theory" — I couldn't agree more!
I live by the four Rs: Reuse,
Repurpose, Repair, and Recycle.
It's sheer joy to find items that folks
think are “broken” and bring them back
to an “as good as” or better condition.
Like Bergeron pointed out, the repairs
are mostly on the simple side: a broken
switch; frayed belt; or sometimes just a
little cleaning is needed.
However, on one hands we're
saving resources, helping the planet,
etc., but in this ever-changing world,
this way of thinking is bad (less profits).
For example, is it better to restore
a broken vacuum cleaner that may just
need a new switch, or should it be
trashed so a new vacuum would need
to be purchased? It’s the Great
In any event, living the Rs way of
life has been most rewarding and keeps
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