SEA-PAC 2017 Friday Workshops

Curt Black, WR5J

Conv Ctr - Seaside A/B/C

Build a 40-Meter One Watt CW Transceiver on 7.030 MHz as your first ever Do-It-Yourself Project.

No experience necessary.  This workshop will take you through how to identify parts, how the parts interact, populate your board, practice soldering, and then solder and fire up your single board transceiver.  The kit includes the radio, a clear-plastic case to show off your handiwork, antenna wire, battery, earbud, and a thumb code key.  After you finish the kit you can take it out to the beach and make some contacts.  The 7.030MHz crystal puts the transmitted signal in the US General band.

We plan to finish these radios on Friday.  To help with that, please bring or sign up for a Friday Lunch.  If for any reason you need more time or help, you can use a room upstairs Sunday morning.

When you enroll, download the construction manual here.  You can see a demo of a completed Pixie on YouTube by clicking Here.

For a head start on learning Morse Code click Here for the FISTS CW Course. Start with the Readmefirst file.

Questions?  Send an email to


Bill Balzarini, KL7BB

Conv Ctr - Riverview A/B/C

Build a complete 3-watt 40-meter CW transceiver. The SEA-PAC DIY Workshop will be fun for advanced builders or those who are ready for a DIY challenge and learning experience. This 3 Watt CW Kit comes with a small Digital Embedded controller that runs the frequency control over the 7.000 to 7.300 MHz Forty meter ham band. The March 2016 QST described the embedded controller. When you enroll, please download and the review the assembly manual.

During the workshop we will build the main radio. Some may complete the digital controller. We set aside a room on Sunday for builders who want to continue the project with a nearby Elmer.

The Entire Kit you receive includes:

1. 3 Watt TX-RX RF Board and components (RF- Kit Construction is covered in all-day Friday Workshop).

2. AD9850 DDS RF-VFO (Assembled Digital VFO chip and plug-in PC board).

3. Arduino "NANO" Embedded CPU Controller (Assembled Arduino NANO CPU and plug-in PC board).

4. Digital Shield board for the AD9850 and NANO Plug in boards (Design by K2ZIA and W8TEE).

5. Two-Line Digital Display.

6. Rotary encoder for controlling Arduino NANO CPU and a large 33mm control knob.

7. Arduino hook-up wire (for shield board, display, rotary encoder, and 3 watt TX-RX kit).

8. Power plug, BNC coax plug, ear-bud earphone, and NANO programming cable.

9. CW Thumb Key for Sending the Morse code.

10. This kit does not include the final case for all of the PC boards, display and rotary encoder.

11. The Software will be available for download.

12. Finishing this complete kit will likely require additional time at home to build the Digital controller VFO. Time is available on Sunday morning upstairs.

See the YouTube video from here and the Digital Manual from here.

For additional workshop info contact Bill, KL7BB, at

Steve Aberle, WA7PTM

Location - TBD

"A Pi In Your Shack and Go Kit"


If you've heard of the Raspberry Pi, you already know it is a capable small (3.37" x 2.21" x 0.93") computer which can augment your home station or be easily included in a Radio Go Kit. But, it runs Linux, so how do you use it? What if you could attend a day-long seminar and walk away with a Raspberry Pi that is fully configured for ham radio use, and you could even practice using that software before you left? We are thinking digital mode operation, Winlink system access, APRS, etc. Plus, you'll learn the basics of keeping your RPi up-to-date with the latest software. This workshop should be great!

For workshop specifics and options, click here.

For additional workshop information email Steve at

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

Shilo Inn - Ballroom

"Propagation During the Solar Minimum"

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, will cover topics that will improve your success during the next few years. 

Topics planned include: the sun, recent solar cycles, the ionosphere, MF/HF/VHF propagation, antenna choices, propagation for portable and QRP operation, propagation myths, and suggestions to get thru the next solar minimum. You will go away with a greater appreciation on how to improve your ham radio experience during the coming solar minimum.

For additional workshop information email