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Build-a-thons Are Back!

Rex Harper, W1REX, the Bob Ross of kit-building know-how, will host a build-a-thon at this year's Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention. Rex, purveyor of simple-to-build QRP kits and homebrewing accessories at, holds these sessions at hamfests and conventions throughout the US and beyond. This year's project: a WWV reciever to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of WWV's time-keeping service. The build-a-thon will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. You and your soldering iron are invited to come and build!

​​What to bring: A basic set of tools -- wire stripper, needle-nose pliers, a small pair of wire-cutters, a small soldering iron, 60-40 rosin-core solder, and a small soldering-iron stand or rest. A spring clamp can act as a useful third hand when soldering. A small hand-magnifying lens (or your phone's camera) also can be helpful for confirming color codes on small parts. Rex is bringing a few tools if someone forgets an item. But he doesn't have enough for everyone in the room.

How to sign up: Visit Rex's website,, and look for the Duke City Hamfest Buildathon Kit item near the top of the menu on the left side of his home page. Order the kit directly from Rex. That will sign you up for a session. All payments are made to Rex via his site's PayPal buttons, not to the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfestand convention.

This kit is accessible to newbies or experienced kit-builders alike. Come join the fun, and bulid along with Rex!

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