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Author Topic: Need first QRP rig recommendation  (Read 31378 times)
AD6KA
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2012, 05:11:36 PM »

Forgot to add:

I vote for the K1.
Great performer and holds it value
well on the used market. Not to mention
that building one is  the most fun you can
have with your clothes on! (Except for the K2)  Grin

Two Band Model: Get 40m & 80M.
Four Bands: 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m.


73, Ken  AD6KA
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GILGSN
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2012, 09:41:25 PM »

You can't get 80m on a four-band filter board..
It's 40/30/20 plus 17 or 15. Most people get 15m.

Gil.
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K8AG
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2012, 09:39:59 AM »

Very FB on your interest.  If your interest is exclusively 40m then the NC40A from Wilderness Radio would be nice.  Or a simpler rig, the SST.  I would also consider a tri-band rig such as the PFR-3 from qrpkits.com - I have one that I really enjoy.  It is a new and different experience to operate a rig that YOU built - so do consider it.  One does not need to overspend to obtain such a rig, but do carefully review any other options that you might consider.  Also watch the QRP clubs to their occasional kit offerings - 4stateqrp has a really nice keyer kit, and also a nice power meter.  But first a rig ....

73 Curt

I second this.  I have had the PFR-3 for a while now.  Kit needed a bit of care.  The radio has a 4-pole IF filter and internal battery and manual tuner.  Mine is used all of the time.

72, JP, K8AG
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W1JKA
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2012, 06:19:13 AM »

    In answere to your question,40m qrp mostly cw.You may want to check out the MFJ cubs.Regardless of what others say these are nice little rigs,inexpensive,compact,easy/fun build and rugged.They will also drive a small 2 in. or greeting card speaker nicely.I have the 20 and 40m units and in real use comparison to my K-1  and SW-30 home rigs reception,signal separation,tone and amount of contacts are the same(it's all in your antenna system anyway).With these cubs you have to wait for about 5 mins. for freq.drift to settle (same with my K-1 and SW rigs)and tune with light finger tip taps since tuning knob is only 10 turns.My portable operations are sometimes extreme(kayak,canoe,ice fishing,winter camping,ect. in wet weather and I use the cubs exclusively,usally inside a quart zip lock bag with 3 small connection holes.
My K-1 would never hold up to these conditions.You can't go wrong with any of the previous post recommendations,they are all nice qrp rigs.    73 Jim
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KH2BR
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2012, 05:43:11 PM »

I vote for the juma trx1. http://www.nikkemedia.fi/juma-trx1/
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N4FZ
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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2012, 06:18:25 PM »

Just finished building the Hendricks KD1JV Tribander for 20,30,40m, 5W output and a very sensitive receiver. Build took about 15 hours. You need an ESD safe soldering iron, WES51 Weller with a 1/32" fine tip and .032 Radio Shack 60/40 tin/lead solder works well. You will also need a good magnifying glass to check the tracks for solder splatters after each solder joint.  Overall a fun kit to build! I have worked several stations in Europe already. Volume is enough for a small 8 ohm speaker as well, I use headphones. A straight key or iambic paddle is auto-detected when connected. LED frequency readout. Doug Hendricks, KI6DS, will make sure your build is a success, just check out his warranty policy. Price is $215 shipped USPS.  80,40,30,20,17,15m bands are available, pick any three when you order.  Grin
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GILGSN
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2012, 09:33:52 AM »

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Just finished building the Hendricks KD1JV Tribander for 20,30,40m,

If I remember well, it does not allow you to listen between bands, correct?
That would be a great firmware upgrade...

Gil.
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KF4LXB
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2012, 06:59:30 PM »

I second N4FZ. I just built the tri-bander as well, 15,20 and 40m. This was my first kit and went together well. Great radio and budget friendly. I bought it for hiking and backpacking operations but I like it so much I may make it a part of the home station.
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OK1RP
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2014, 04:44:16 AM »

Hi,

I would like to ask how K1 can be configured for 80/40/30/20m (as stated above) in 4band module version please?

73 - Petr, OK1RP
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AF6WL
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2014, 07:36:45 AM »

I would like to ask how K1 can be configured for 80/40/30/20m (as stated above) in 4band module version please?

The K1 4 band cannot be configured for 80/40/30/20
The 4 band version switches capacitors on the filters - 80/40 is too much of a spread ; 40/30/20/(17or15) is the choice.
http://www.elecraft.com/k1_page.htm

However also note that the 4 band module has just been discontinued - due to part availability ; the 2 band is still available.
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WA2TPU
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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2014, 10:09:34 AM »

To-K4SKA.......

Since you have the TS-940 rig which was a "top of the line rig" from Kenwood at the time......Might I suggest you purchase another one of the "top of the line" rigs of today?? I highly recommend  that you consider buying either the QRP KX3 or K3 in kit form. Not only are they fun to put together but are TRULY SUPERB PERFORMERS that are  upgradable to 100 watts IF you want to go Qro. Just my thoughts.....I LOVE MY KX3...ITS THE BEST RIG I'VE EVER OWNED. PERIOD!

Best regards with many 72....73.
Don sr. -- WA2TPU/Qrp -- A TRUE ALL AMERICAN MADE 5 WATT QRP GREEN STATION.
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OK1RP
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« Reply #26 on: August 01, 2014, 07:17:10 AM »

Hi,

thank You (AF6WL). That's why I asked for it when Ken, AD6KA talked about 4 bands version with 80m.
I know that in fact this design is not allowing the 80m band on 4 bands module at all... even this module is discontinued which can be for lot of the owners serious issue.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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KE7TMA
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« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2014, 11:38:42 PM »

Elecraft also offer the new KX3 in a kit.
Rob Sherwood rates the Receive on the top of his list.

http://www.sherweng.com/table.html


(((73))) Milverton.

Putting a few pieces together with no soldering required is hardly a "kit".

Gene


It's a kit as far as the FCC is concerned.
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WE2F
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« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2014, 06:46:15 AM »

I've had a NorCal 40a, built a PFR-3, had a YouKits HB1a, and now I have a TenTec 503...that being said, you couldn't have my K1 without prying it from my cold dead fingers. Best QRP rig I've ever had. I have three two-band boards for it, but the 40/20 board is almost always loaded up and ready to go.
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WA7NDD
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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2014, 04:41:22 PM »

I just wanted to say that I have owned an FT817 for seven years, and it has never let me down. I've used it portable, at home on wire, and on my StepIR beam. I've used it a lot on digital, SSB, and CW. Yes the KX3 would be a nice radio, but the FT817 at less then half the price with accessories, it is a very good bang for the buck. Unless you're into CW way more then most of us, you will want a QRP rig with more modes.
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