Tag Archive for kits

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

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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

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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…

2013 in review, ahead to 2014

2014

Radio doin’s in 2013 were a lot like previous years and consisted mostly of chasing DX by slamming dots and dashes against the ionosphere. Between pile-ups, I tinkered a bit with a FunCube Dongle Pro+ and built a helical antenna for receiving NOAA weather satellite images. Now I mostly use it for SWLing and continue to like it…

Wilderness Radio – going, going…..gone

sierra

I owe a lot of my enjoyment of ham radio to the QRP community and the vibrancy that once characterized it. In 1993, I’d just gotten out of the Navy and was able to return to ham radio after a 10-year hiatus. I didn’t have a lot of money and no longer had any of…