Free Semiconductors are still
available from KE6F in this COVID-19
Updates: 8August2016, 19July 2017,
27February 2018, 3Sept2018, 26Nov2019
The early months of 2020
found us in a new world. A global pandemic has
forced many of us to exist in a state of
near-isolation. That's certainly been the case
in the W7ZOI household. We go out to
purchase groceries and the necessary pharmacy items, and we
continue to exercise with walks. But that's
about all. Many of us in the amateur radio
community find ourselves melting solder and building things,
often attacking projects that have long been on our bucket
list. Mail order parts are still
available, but they can be expensive. But that should
not detour us. There are some really good parts
available, often for little cost.
Bob, KE6F, has for several
years now been supplying experimenters with components,
essentially free of charge. The only cost to the
user has been for postage. This started with
a huge supply of BF998 FETs. These are dual gate,
Although they are SMT parts, they are very easy to use, even
in a breadboard (no printed board) environment.
I used one of these MOSFETs in a 6 meter low noise amplifier
that is on my web site. (Click here to read the short
additional parts were given away to our homebrewer
community, including some interesting power MOSFETs and
quite a variety of SMT parts.
Bob continues to supply us with good
parts. There are two offers:
1) The BF998 MOSFETs are still available. To get
what Bob calls as "a pinch" of these parts, send Bob
a padded self
with $2 attached postage. Please, no cash or loose
2) The second option is a
"grab bag." For this, send Bob a large
padded shipping envelope, self addressed, with
$4 attached postage. Please,
no cash or loose stamps.
This envelope will include that pinch of BF998 FETs,
plus a bunch of other goodies. But
here's a change from the past.
Bob generally wants to get away from dealing with
specific parts, so this offer is for a true grab
bag. I can't tell you what you will get,
but suspect that it will be spectacular.
If you are specifically interested in some BUZ FETs
(power mosfets), mention that to Bob. He
still has a lot of them.
The BF998 MOSFETs are not some obscure junker
parts from the past, but are parts that are still
available in the Mouser and Digi-Key
catalogs. That said, they may not last
forever, for they are no longer recommended for use
in new designs. The feedback that I've
had over the last several years is that these are
DO NOT SEND MONEY or LOOSE
STAMPS. Also, it is important to send padded envelopes. A normal envelope is easily punctured by
the parts, causing problems with the postal system.
The above SASE
conditions apply to experimenters in the
USA. If you are elsewhere, please
contact Bob for details.
The address for the parts is
Bob Miller, KE6F
9239 Knights Lane
Wilton, CA 95693
Bob's email address is
Many thanks Bob for your continued generosity.