New kits for QRP, antenna analysis

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No sooner do I search the web for BITX-related info than an email from a Hungarian ham informs me of new kits from China. Ain’t the internet great? Thanks, Al…

I’m not endorsing here – just passing along the info – and it might ought to come with a caveat, but I won’t rehash the whole copyright infringement, cheap parts, and lead (as in Pb) content here…you’ve heard it all before, including a previous post here regarding a QRO amp.

Now that that’s out of the way, a few interesting kits are now described on YouKit’s on-again, off-again website. Videos included for your multimedia pleasure.

I’d be lying like a Shih-Tzu if I said the FG-01 antenna analyser didn’t have my attention. No mention of a price yet, as I can see…

The TJ-2A will be fun for me to read about when others buy them – I’m sure they’ll appeal to the portable ops out there who want phone capability w/o the bulk of a KX3, FT817, etc.

And a CW keyer/controller looks to be similar (?) to my recently ordered WKUSB keyer, but at roughly the same price, why would I prefer the Chinese to the K1EL? Answer: I wouldn’t.

At any rate, it’s good to see so many options out there. Ham radio is definitely not dying and QRP in particular seems to have a lot of avenues to explore.

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  6 comments for “New kits for QRP, antenna analysis

  1. August 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hey John,

    Interesting announcement. These are the same folks that designed the HB-1A for TenTec. TenTec made their enhancements then called it the R4020. Apparently still mfg in China to Ten Tec specs. Reviewed in the Feb 2011 QST. A Chinese ham, BD4RG, is the designer. I haven’t played with one yet but guy’s over on eham.net seem to like it. Like you, I’ll wait but the size and functionality is attractive for sure!
    73, Guy/N7UN

  2. August 15, 2011 at 1:59 am

    That antenna analyzer looks really nice. I’m very pleased with my RigExpert and think that having a graphical display tells you so much more and makes antenna adjustment much easier than just knowing the numbers at a fixed frequency. I’ll guess it will be a lot cheaper than the RigExpert.

    I’m wishing you hadn’t mentioned the TJ-2A though. I find it hard to resist hand-held radios…

    • August 15, 2011 at 2:11 am

      I don’t have a RigExpert but have used one and like it. Judging from the picture, it seems like the RigExpert probably has better resolution than this one.

  3. August 15, 2011 at 8:23 am

    There’s an existing portable SWR analyzer made by Mark/WN8ATM. He had them at Dayton this year. Nice lightweight and functional unit. See http://www.iportableus.com/_mgxroot/page_10785.html for pics and specs. Mark has been shipping for 6 mos or so. But the $200 price seems high to me for what you get. Maybe I’m just cheap…. 72, Guy/N7UN

    • August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks for that info Guy. I agree with you about the price and, like Julian said, I prefer a graphical display to a numerical one. But it is nice to see an alternative to MFJ.

      Here’s yet another one:
      http://www.ea4frb.eu/sark100.html

  4. August 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Looks like $350 for the antenna analyzer:
    http://www.wsplc.com/acatalog/FG-01_Antenna_Graphic_Analyser_1-60MHz.html

    For that price I’ll go with the RigExpert.

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