Tag Archive for kits

Construction begins on KD1JV’s MTRv2

MTRv2

Updates to this project will be made in the form of comments (below) to this post rather than as new posts. . With a mix of anticipation and dread I finally began construction of my MTR 2.0 this evening. Prior to beginning I experimented with various methods of soldering on a pair of cheap SMD…

Mountain Top Radio 2.0 available for order

mtr_v2

UPDATE: Sold out in 15 hours. Steve KD1JV made his latest kit available for sale last night. The MTR (Version 2) is $155 postage paid ($165 for DX). This new kit differs from the original MTR in that is a 3-band rig for the builder’s choice of 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters (80m components not included…

A solid-state kilowatt amp kit on the horizon?

pa1000

I’ve never understood why no manufacturer offers a 1000-watt amplifier kit (though Ameritron comes close with their amps needing a thorough look-over before power is applied). I think there is a market for such a kit and have thought that if one was offered, it would be based on a 3-500Z or some other tube. The…

Stellar WSPR receiver kit built and working

rk-1

Last week I ordered a Stellar WSPR RK-1 Receiver Kit for the 30 meter band. I received the kit today and built it after dinner in a little over an hour. There are about 40 through-hole parts to install on a board with plenty of real estate. Anyone who’s built a QRP kit will find…

Dual economies and QRP

Juma TRX2A

Two new QRP rigs from two different countries provide an insightful look into the vast differences between those two countries’ economies and cultures. The recently available X1M Pro is a fully-built 5-band SSB/CW rig from China. It puts out 4 watts, has a general coverage receiver, built-in keyer, RIT, 100 memories and comes with a microphone.…

Ultimate III kit completed and tested

U3_1

I managed to find time to build Hans G0UPL’s latest kit yesterday morning and am happy with the results of today’s initial testing. Assembly time of the main kit plus one low pass filter (for 30m) took a bit over 2-1/2 hours. The parts assembly aspect of the kit consists of two small boards – the main…