So it's been a while since I last blogged here. I haven't really been all that active on the radio for a while now, but I think that's about to change. Last weekend I did my first kit build - it was the NS-40 (None Simpler 40) transmitter kit from the 4-states QRP group. Was a quite simple build - One bug I still need to work out on it (I goofed and put the oscillator transistor in backwards!). Also sat down tonite and ordered up a Cherkassey straight key off Ebay. I haven't run with a straight key for a long time, but the NS-40 has a little too much keying current for me to risk trying my MFJ keyer or my K1EL Winkey USB. Next up i think will be a receiver, perhaps the SS-40 kit from 4SQRP, and perhaps their Magic Box as well. Also new for me is my new desk mic - WA6CML bought me a used Heil Goldline with PTT base...so pretty sitting on the desk. Also have been working on the local APRS digipeater - Currently it's up and on the air here at home as WI0LA-10.