When I was a kid, I used to religiously pore over the ads in the Electronics Illustrated, Popular Electronics, and later on, QST issues that I received. I don’t do that every month nowadays, but I think it is a worthwhile exercise to do every two-three months. New products are always being introduced, and some of them can be quite useful and fun.
This month, I went through the ads in QST. Here are some that I highlighted.
Using Your Meter. This is a new book from The W5YI Group. It’s notable to me because I’ve been thinking that a simliar book might be my next publication. The No-Nonsense Guide to Using Your DMM—my working title—would be a lot cheaper than the $24.95 that W5YI is asking for this book, though.
Got any tips for using a DMM? If so, e-mail me and I’ll include it in the book.
- Bonito RadioJet 1102S. This is a software-defined receiver made in Germany and imported by a small company, Computer International, in Michigan. Unfortunately, the company’s website is a real disaster. I spent about ten minutes looking for a price for this radio without any luck. So many small companies’ websites are so poor that I think it actually hurts, rather than helps their business.
- MastrAnt. This company sells synthetic guy ropes. We’re going to need some of this down at the museum. I think the metal guy wires are detuning our 40m inverted Vee.
Do you peruse the ads in QST and other ham radio magazines? Which ones have you found interesting lately?