Amateur Radio Station: W5EHS - FCC Licensed Owner/Operator: Dan Kautz

QEX Logo PlacedQEX is a bimonthly publication of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) that specifically covers communication experimenters.

QEX Mission:

1. provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and information among Amateur Radio experimenters,

2. document advanced technical work in the Amateur Radio field, and

3. support efforts to advance the state of the Amateur Radio art.

We strive to maintain a balance between theoretical and practical content. Articles range from simple construction projects to progress in radio theory.


I was a regular subscriber for many years. As I became more professional and involved with my profession and extensive traveling as part of it, I let thoughts of experimenting with radio slide. I eventually stopped subscribing to QEX. For the past decade I have become highly involved with machining and creative art. Making things with my hands and machines, home built CNC electronic control systems and home built high current DC power systems (for CNC).

I see now that I was still actively involved with electronic projects and experimentation. Once bitten, the bug stayed with me. I need to get back into the communication experiments.

The best area for that is of course, the amateur radio I never left. Microwaves are currently the ultimate challenge for me and a chance to use my machining skills to make components. I can CNC machine engrave and cut panels for enclosures and also machine antenna and circuit components for microwaves. Oh my… electronics AND machine shop activities. Could heaven be any sweeter?

Umm… Back to earth. I have my QEX subscription activated and waiting for my first hands on again with a transverter kit ordered from Down East Microwave. Gotta re-start somewhere.