Hambrew es QRPp Review


From: Chuck Adams (adams@chuck.dallas.sgi.com)
Date: Sat Nov 13 1993 - 22:26:36 EST


I received a few days ago in the mail two items: QRPp - Journal of the
Northern California QRP Club and Hambrew - for Amateur Radio Designers
and Builders.

Let me give my impressions of both, and these are my impressions and
mine alone.

                        HAMBREW QRPp

Date Autumn 1993 December 1993
Pages (including cover) 48 pages 60 pages
Size 5.5"W x 8.5"H 5.5"W x 8.5"H
Weight 2.7oz 2.3oz
                        (weighed on electronic postal scale)
Postage, if mailed 1st $0.75 $0.75
      I don't have the 3rd class rates........
Paper 60lb slick 20lb nongloss
Pictures 3 full page shots B&W No full page photos
                          including F&B covers
                        22 B&W Photos (good qua.) 1 B&W Photo (scanned)
                                                total space of 10 pgs about 1/3 page total
Cartoons 2/3 of a page total none
Advertising 4.5 pages none

HAMBREW ARTICLES (already table of contents posted to net)
  1. Ramsey 30 Meter Transmitter Kit Review - Ramsey might go
  after them after this one. They changed the box (RS), added LED
  pwr, and other stuff to really canabalize (sp?) the thing. I
  personally don't think the results could be counted as a Ramsey
  kit. :-) I really didn't like the way they split the article
  after one page and continued toward the last of the publication.
  They did this in a bunch of places. A definite turnoff for me.

  2. Zapp The DX With The Zapper - how to build a mobile antenna
  for about $30 to $50 using PVC es stuff. "The Zapper" a play
  on the "Bug Catcher". ;-) Cute.

  3. The NorthWest QRP Club "30-30" CW Transmitter by KG7CR.
  A crystal controlled QRP rig. 2.5 pages including one page
  for schematic and parts list and .5 page for winding toroids.
  Not much meat at all, like maybe a PC board layout for those
  who are interested.

  And other articles, which I leave for the others in the group
  to give us their feedback on. I wasn't too thrilled myself,
  but that's just me, I'm sure.

QRPp Articles (already a table of contents posted to the net, I think)
  1. A bunch of articles by various people from this group, including
  yours truly. So, a bunch of it will be review for those who read
  this group.
  2. Article by Wayne Burdick, N6KR, designer and father of the
  NorCal 40 Rig! This article alone is worth the $5 price for a
  whole years subscription to the newsxxxxx ooops, Journal of
  the Northern California QRP Club. :-) Four pages of the description
  of the circuits and two full pages for the schematics. So, those of
  you who did not get to buy the kit, here's your chance to get a
  look at it. No PC board layout. We'll let Wayne worry about that
  deal. It's his puppy, so to speak.
  3. Three and a half pages on an Audio Filter by Jim Pepper, W6QIF,
  including graphs of frequency responses and circuit diagrams.
  4. Three and a half pages with NorCal Club members, numbers,
  and addresses. I see some of you there in the list. Who's who of
  the internet. :-)

  And I didn't want to get too detailed in the reviews.

  Summary. Hambrew - $20 per year, four issues sent 3rd CLASS mail.
            QRPp - $5 per year, four issues sent 1st CLASS mail.

I enjoyed the QRPp more and spent more time wading through it, since
it has more print and more info and a lot fewer pictures and advertising.

Hambrew, P.O. Box 260083, Lakewood, CO 80226-0083 $20/yr
QRPp, Jim Cates, WA6GER, 3241 Eastwood Rd., Sacramento, CA 95821 $5/yr

I don't think that Hambrew is aimed or going to attempt to do much for
the QRP crowd. I got a call from George De Grazio, WF0K, Publisher,
after I called on his 800-5-HAM-RIG number to see where my copy was.
I received a copy first class mail a few days letter with note that
this was a sample issue. What? I paid $20 for one year plus a bonus
issue. Does he not have me down as a regular subscriber? Those of
you who have not received your issue, call him. Since they are being
sent 3RD Class mail and we know what the US Postal Service does to
third class mail, I'd check up on it.

Oh. There will be no back issues of QRPp. Issue will be mailed
out Dec 1, 1993 first class mail. Be sure to get your money in
post haste.

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of the NorCal Club, but I don't get anything
special from them, so this is a review on what I have seen. The above
is my opinion(s) and I'd be glad to have anyone in this group that has
seen the Hambrew issue and disagrees with the review, let US know. I
make errors, but rarely. :-)

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Chuck Adams, K5FO - CP60
QRP ARCI Awards Chairman

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